Yes, this is the bike that has appeared on so many magazine covers and YouTube clips: The Slash 8. The Slash 8's geometry is designed for ugly drop-offs and rock gardens taken at speed. Despite the long-ish wheelbase, the Slash can handle hairpin turns with ease with dialed geometry. If the setup isn't quite to your liking, you can change it! Adjusting the bike's geometry is simple with the reversible Mino Link chips found at the top of the seat stays. By flipping the chips 180 degrees, the bottom bracket can be dropped by 7mm, and the head angle can be slackened to add stability on particularly hair-raising trails. Going uphill on the Slash 8 isn't difficult, either. Unlike so many "all-mountain" machines that feel like you're pushing cow up a fire escape, the Slash 8 isn't afraid of climbs, thanks to light weight and excellent gearing.
The Slash 8's fast-rolling 29er wheels, 160mm RockShox Yari RC suspension fork, and Trek's exclusive RockShox Deluxe RT3 with Thru Shaft shock is a complete package. The rear suspension geometry uses Trek's Active Braking Pivot (or ABP) that is centered on the rear hub. Braking and pedaling forces are completely isolated, boasting total control no matter how hard the brakes are applied or how hard you pedal. The Slash 8's "backbone" is Trek's exclusive Alpha Platinum aluminum frame. The frame's immense torsional strength allows the Slash 8's suspension to perform perfectly, while clever features let you concentrate on the trail ahead. Features like Control Freak cable routing that prevents rattle on rough trails, and a Knock Block keyed headset that prevents the fork crown from damaging the frame in a fall. Cool, huh?
SRAM's GX Eagle 12-speed shifter and rear derailleur operate across a 10-50T cassette. Yes, that's a 50T large cog! Power delivery is done through a Descendant 6k crankset with a 32T direct-mount chainring. The derailleur's Roller Bearing Clutch helps keep the chain engaged tightly, and not flying off during technical downhills.
The Slash 8's Bontrager Line Comp 30 alloy wheels are tubeless-ready, and are shod with meaty 29x2.40" Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tires, bringing massive grip to the party. A Rapid Drive freehub allows for faster cassette engagement when pulling out of corners with minimal freeplay at the crank. SRAM's Guide R hydraulic disc brakes feature large pistons that manage heat better and provide better lever feedback.
Bontrager's Line dropper post, Arvada saddle, Line alloy handlebar and stem complete this outstanding trail conquerer.
|Frame||Alpha Platinum Aluminum, ABP, Boost148, Knock Block steerer stop, EVO link, tapered head tube, Mino Link, Control Freak internal routing, down tube guard, ISCG 05, 150mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox Yari RC, DebonAir, Motion Control RC damper, tapered steerer, Boost110, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 160mm travel|
|Headset||Knock Block Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8? top, 1.5" bottom|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Deluxe RT3, RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 230x57.5mm|
|Axles||Front: 110 x 15mmRear: 148 x 12mm|
|Rims/Wheels||Bontrager Line Comp 30, Tubeless Ready, 54T Rapid Drive, tubeless strips included, valves sold separately|
|Tires||Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, 120tpi, aramid bead, 29x2.40"|
|Crankset||Truvativ Descendant 6k Eagle DUB|
|Chainrings||32T Direct Mount|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB Press Fit, 92mm|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle, Roller Bearing Clutch|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 10-50T, 12 speed|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Line, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 780 width|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Elite, alloy lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Line, Knock Block, 35mm clamp, 0 degree|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails|
|Seat Post||Bontrager Line, internal routing, 31.6mm, 15.5: 100mm, 17.5 & 18.5: 125mm, 19.5 & 21.5: 150mm|
* Subject to change without notice.