TREK SLASH 9.8

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Fetish - R95 000 TREK­BIKES.COM – Myles Kelsey

II’ve rid­den a lot of long-travel trail bikes in my time. Some were good, some were ex­cel­lent (and a cou­ple weren’t wor­thy of a re­view at all). The Slash is ridicu­lously good. The 150mm rear sus­pen­sion oozes tech: a pro­pri­etary Rock­Shox shock cou­pled with Trek’s Thru Shaft tech­nol­ogy, RE:ak­tiv damp­ing and an APB rear pivot. Quite a mouth­ful. But the only thing you re­ally need to know is, it’s prob­a­bly the best rear sus­pen­sion around right now: tracks like a boss, smooth over small bumps, laughs at big hits. Along with the 160mm Fox 36 fork, ridicu­lously light frame (and how’s that colour scheme?), solid build in­clud­ing SRAM Ea­gle GX, 150mm drop­per post and light, stiff Bon­trager wheels – it also of­fers ex­cel­lent value for se­ri­ous trailies and en­duro rac­ers look­ing for a bike straight out the box.

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