Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Glide Down The Mountain With Trek's 2016 Slash 9.8

All-Day Comfort, All-Mountain Capability, All-Enduro Machine

160mm of travel, slack angles, and a brand new carbon fiber frame that is claimed to a fair bit lighter than last year's aluminum version

The Slash's Suspension Explained

• ABP: Trek has using using their Active Braking Pivot design for quite a while now, and you'll also find it on the back of the Slash 9.8. The layout allows the dropout pivot to rotate concentrically around the axle, thereby limiting the amount of rotation between the caliper and rotor, something that Trek says helps to keep the suspension performing better regardless of if the rider is grabbing a handful of brakes. 

• Full Floater: Bolting the Slash's Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir shock to a short extension off the front of the chain stays instead of a fixed position on the front triangle isn't a fresh idea, but it is one that Trek has used for a number of years now across most of their full suspension range. Trek claims that it allows the shock to ''better respond to bumps across a wide variety of terrain,'' which means that the design gives them more opportunity to tune how the shock performs throughout its stroke by altering the leverage from both ends.

• RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir: The debut of a carbon-framed Slash is certainly noteworthy, but Trek's switch from using FOX's DRCV CTD shocks to RockShox's new Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir is probably going to have an even larger impact on how the bike performs on the trail. It comes down to increased oil volume, Trek explains, with the added damping oil allowing the shock to perform more consistently on the long, rough descents that the bike was made for.

Slash 9.8 Details

• Intended use: all-mountain / enduro
• Rear wheel travel: 160mm
• Wheel size: 27.5''
• Frame material: carbon fiber
• Active Braking Pivot suspension
• SRAM X1 eleven speed drivetrain
• RockShox Pike RC 130mm/160mm
• RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir
• Weight: 27lb 9oz

Full Details:

Travel 160mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir
Fork  RockShox Pike RC 130mm/160mm
Headset Cane Creek IS-3, E2
Cassette SRAM XG-1180, 10-42, 11 speed
Crankarms SRAM X1 1400 X-Sync, 32T
Rear Derailleur SRAM X1
Chain SRAM PC-1130
Shifter Pods SRAM X1
Handlebar Bontrager Rhythm Pro Carbon Riser
Stem Bontrager Rhythm Pro
Grips Bontrager Rhythm, dual lock-on
Brakes Shimano XT
Wheelset Bontrager Maverick Pro Tubeless Ready
Tires Bontrager XR4 Expert
Seat         Bontrager Evoke 3, hollow titanium rails
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth

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