Say what you want about Wisconsin having "tame" trails. It doesn't take long before you're in over your head on a stair-step descent and your XC hardtail isn't going where you point it. This is where the Slash 7 comes in handy!
The Trek Slash 7 isn't a downhill-wannabe machine, or a full-suspension XC bike. It lands squarely in the all-mountain category with the ability to do Enduro races on the side. Rocky singletrack, root-strewn downhills and technical trails are where the Slash 7 is truly at home. The backbone of the Slash 7 is an Alpha Platinum aluminum frame, designed around a nimble geometry that can get out of its own way while tackling big hits along the way. A tapered head tube and threaded bottom bracket anchor a massive down tube on each end, giving the Slash 7 a precise feel in twisty singletrack. If you're worried that the fork crown will ding that down tube on your first "unintentional shrubbery inspection", have no fear: The Knock Block 2.0 keyed headset/stem system prevents the fork from turning too far and damaging the frame. Twisted cables are a thing of the past, with Control Freak internal cable routing, too. Boost 110/148 thru-axle hub spacing helps add an extra dash of handling precision in the twisties. A clever internal compartment in the down tube keeps tools and a tube tucked away in a multi-pocket Bontrager BITS storage bag. Replaceable downtube guards help keep the bike's finish looking good.
The suspension is the best thing about the Slash 7's ability to handle challenging trails. Active Braking Pivot (or ABP) geometry allows the rear wheel to move through its travel distance without being affected by hard braking forces. The rear suspension pivot is the rear wheel axle! Cool, huh? This lets the rider mash on the binders to avoid diving into the scenery without making the rear shock bind up in the process. The air-adjustable RockShox Deluxe Select+ rear shock allows the rider to tweak the Slash 7's feel for confident control, especially when putting the power down in bumpy terrain. The ultra-rigid EVO Link that holds the rear shock helps reduce lateral binding forces, making it perform smoothly in bumpy drifts. 160mm of travel helps soak up hard landings and clattering washboard trails with equal aplomb. If you want the Slash 7 to handle a bit differently, the Mino Link inserts at the top of the rear seat stays can be reversed. The bike's angles can be slackened, making it even more stable for white-knuckle descents. Up front, the air-adjustable RockShox Yari RC fork soaks up impacts with 170mm of travel.
12-speed single ring shifting is found on the Slash 7, and SRAM's Eagle NX drivetrain makes it more affordable without giving up durability. A 12-speed Eagle NX shifter is mated to an Eagle NX rear derailleur, bringing easy operation to the party. A massive SRAM PG-1230 11-50T cassette is ready for roller-coaster trails, along with a SRAM X1 Eagle crankset and a 30T X-Sync chainring.
Bontrager's tubeless-ready alloy Line Comp 30 wheels boasts a 29mm rim width, giving the tires a wider footprint than XC rims. The tubeless-ready Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tires add an aggressive tread pattern (along with a 29x2.40" size) that adds boatloads of grip on any trail. The Line Comp 30's rear hub has a 54T ratchet driver for the cassette, allowing the rider to put down power with almost no lag. Plus it sounds cool, too!
The Slash 7's SRAM Guide T hydraulic disc brakes boast powerful 4-piston calipers that help reign in speeds with fantastic lever feedback, even in wet and messy conditions. A Bontrager Drop Line dropper post helps get the cromoly-railed Arvada saddle out of the way with a bar-mounted remote lever. The Bontrager Line alloy handlebar and stem feature a 35mm clamp diameter, adding a better feel to the Slash 7's handling.
|Frame||Alpha Platinum Aluminum, internal storage, tapered head tube, Knock Block 2.0, Control Freak internal routing, downtube guard, shuttle guard, threaded BB, ISCG 05, 34.9mm seat tube, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 160mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox Yari RC, DebonAir spring, Motion Control RC damper, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 170mm travel|
|Headset||Knock Block 2.0 Integrated, 67-degree radius (includes infinite-radius chip), sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Deluxe Select+, DebonAir spring, Select+ RL damper, 230x62.5mm|
Front: 110 x 15 thru-axle
Rear: 148 x 12mm thru-axle
|Rims/Wheels||Bontrager Line Comp 30 alloy, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt|
|Hubs||Bontrager alloy thru-axle Boost 110/148|
Front: Bontrager XR5 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.60''
Rear: Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.40''
|Crankset||SRAM X1 Eagle, DUB, 30T steel ring, Boost (55mm chainline)|
|Bottom Bracket||73mm DUB BSA threaded|
|Chain||SRAM NX Eagle, 12 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX Eagle with Roller Bearing Clutch|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM PG-1230 Eagle, 11-50T, 12 speed|
|Shifters||SRAM NX Eagle, 12 speed|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Line, alloy, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 820mm width|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Elite|
|Stem||Bontrager Line, 35mm, Knock Block, 0 degree, 40mm length|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide T hydraulic|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide T 4-piston hydraulic disc w/SRAM CenterLine, 6-bolt, round-edge, 200/180mm rotors|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails, 138mm width|
|Seat Post||TranzX JD-YSP39, internal routing, 34.9mm, Small: 100mm / Medium – Medium/Large: 150mm / Large – X-Large: 170mm|
|Accessories & Extras||Bontrager BITS Internal Frame Storage Bag|
* Subject to change without notice.