Trek Stache 29er Hardtail

4.71/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $1759.99

Product Description

Welcome to the future. Stache breaks new trail bike ground, blending 29er hardtail simplicity and fun with trail-tuned suspension, geometry, and spec. Trail, meet your new master.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James Collier a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2015

Strengths:    Biggest strength is the ear-to-ear grin this bike puts on my face every time I ride. It climbs, it descends, it handles well and it takes my 220 lb without complaint.

Weaknesses:    None, unless you count wanting to work less and ride more a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
In the October of 2013 after a huge life accomplishment I decided it was time to retire my well used Kona Dawg 26" dual suspension rig and get something new. I spent months reading magazines, blogs, reviews and chatting with the staff at my pretty awesome LBS. After giving many new riders the advice to buy a 29" hard tail, I was struggling over whether to buy a dual suspension or a hardtail. After much angst I decided to follow my gut and buy the inaugural year Stache 8 - the bike whose picture I had printed out and tacked to my wall many months previously. I was willingly to let the 29" wheels smooth out the bumps and willing to learn how to ride on a hard tail.

I am a 50+ cross country rider who rides the desert trails around Phoenix. I bought the Stache 8 on a Saturday morning and was on the trail by mid-afternoon. I was very curious about whether I made a good choice. After all of that money, would I learn to love this bike. Answer: absolutely "yes!". It took less than 3 miles for the grin to appear (and hasn't left yet). I noticed right away how easy this bike rolled through rock gardens, how easy it handled the sandy washes, and just generally made me happy. I have put over 1,000 miles on this bike, increased my rides from 1 a week to 2-3 a week and have never looked back. I can't recite every specification of this bike, but I can tell you that it has been great for me. I would recommend this bike to without reservation.

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Favorite Trail:   McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Duration Product Used:   1.5 years

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Landis Cyclery - Sou

Bike Setup:   Standard from the LBS, though I replaced the stock seat after 1+ year because my 220 lb body had worn out the stock seat.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2015

Strengths:    Price
Fast very fast
Low maintenance
Confident inspiring
Just Plain fun!!!

Weaknesses:    No dropper seat post
Must always remember your on a hard tail

Bottom Line:   
Like some of you out there I was spending half of my time staring into a magical lighted glass box absorbing all the forums, reviews, specs, geometry charts full suspension vs hardtail and youtube documents only to be left mentally exhausted and my decision in thicker fog then it had been in before my mountain bike quest.
While recuperating my tired some mined was vulnerable to invading clouds of the imagination assaulting the already tender brain with visuals of how the different bikes would ride on my Midwest terrain and how I would look on the bike and how the bike would look in my truck when driving to the local F.O.R.C. trails. Fearing I was falling into bike madness I decided a nap should stave it off and was certain I would awake refreshed and clear minded. I was certainly wrong awaking out of a bike dream were the bike Quest had followed me "No escape" I thought to my self.
It was clear bike madness had its claws dug Inn it was surly a matter of time before it would consume me.
Then a Stached faced man by the name of Gary Fisher comes out with with his version of what he declared was a simple all around fun bike.
"Simple you say? " I questioned Gary Fisher as if his picture could hear or reply clearly more symptoms of bike madness. From there I mustard up some brain power and added another bike to the limitless research list. From what I gathered Gary took his xc superfly geo and combined it with treks trail bike know how accompanied with the advantage of low maintenance hence the absent suspension in the back. Thus the stache is born.
I was sold based on it being promoted as a simple trail shredding machine to put it simply And now after eight months since my stache purchase I am grinning ear to ear not just from riding the bike but knowing I made the right purchase.
Now if you find yourself in a similar peril as I had described then me telling you the xc sized chainstays will keep your front end from going up on the steep climbs or the slacker head tube makes it favor some air among many other details will only thicken the fog you find your self in. My prescription is simple get a bike that is simple and have some fun already, biking is fun thus the less time in the bike clinic equals more time riding equals more fun.
Not that my guarantee is worth the time you vested in this review but I can guarantee the Trek Stache is awsome!!!!!!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dirtsurfer a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2014

Strengths:    stiff, stable & fun

Weaknesses:    didn't come with dropper post

Bottom Line:   
First impression ride last night (night ride) Bike was a blast. climbed very well, descended fast, quick handling and very stable. Working on tire pressures and shock pressures to dial in ride.
Shimano brakes worked well, no noise or power loss, Bontrager 29-3 worked well, very predictable, liked the wide bar and riding position. Type 2 derailleur worked well and the "no chain slap" clutch works. will replace the grips as they are too thin for my taste.
Bike begs for dropper post on steep rough trails- next purchase
I feel sorry for my 26" FS bike it might not get as many rides as it is accustom too.

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Favorite Trail:   Guatalasca - Sycamore Cyn

Duration Product Used:   1st ride

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Michael's Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Intense 5.5 EVP
Specialized Epic Comp
Tricycle with air bag

Bike Setup:   Stock Stache 7 - see trek website for specs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tim Criswell a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2014

Strengths:    Everything. this bike is just plain awesome. I love Hardtails and this is a really great one, Mine weighs 27.05 lbs with pedals and 2 water bottle cages.

Weaknesses:    None yet....

Bottom Line:   
I just bought the 2014 Stache 8. It is the orange colored one. Words can not describe how great this bike is.Al I can say is WOW. It climbs like a billy goat and descends like a full suspension. For a 29er it can accelerate like nobodies business. Even the stock tires are pretty good. I would highly recommend this bike to anyone looking for a all around awesome bike. Frame is awesome, components are awesome.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Fuzzyface a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2014

Strengths:    Relatively light weight

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
After 4yrs of 26" hardtail, I finally took the plunge into the 29er realm....and glad I did with the 2014 Stache 8. It only took a few rides to get accustomed to the geometry & feel. Having read some reviews about it being a well-balanced all-around mountain bike, I would have to agree. Climbs well, descends with confidence, and plenty nimble through technical sections. I ride mostly hard-packed trails with roots & logs etc, where the Stache is a blast...while recent rides through more technical rocky trails have proven the bike to be up for the task and confidence-instilling.

Component-wise, I'm no expert...but generally pleased with the package. The 2x10 setup is exactly what I need. The Fox shocks are quite nice, so far just sticking with climb or trail modes. As expected, the Shimano brakes and shifters are flawless. Whether or not the component upgrades from the Stache 6 or 7 are worth the cost, I can't say...but I trust that over time the components will pay for themselves, and I don't plan to stop biking anytime soon.

Fit-wise, the 19" frame for my 6'/170lb self fits well, thought the saddle to handlebar distance is a bit tighter than I was used to with my 2007 6500 SLR . Will see how that pans out on longer rides, but no complaints so far. An off-set seat post may be in the future, given my long torso... but the more forward position has been a plus on climbs and attacking technical sections...while not being a liability on descents. It was a tough call after also test-riding a Superfly (which had a more similar feel to the SLR), but I have no regrets going with the more aggressive-feeling Stache.

I would definitely recommend to a friend, whether a beginner or a seasoned rider.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Henri8 a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2014

Strengths:    Fast, technicaly capable, can cover most of the terrain included in a trail bike's menu, fun! Excellent climber, light, great cornring. Perfect for flowing long trails, gets by well in techincal terrain even if rocky, grear climber, good at long distance as well. Comfy for a hardail. Shimano SLX/XT/ Race face cranks perform well. Great geomtery. non-fashionable-not-so-very-short-chainstay with G2 front = agile handling, very capable in corenrs, tracks well but also quick handler.

Weaknesses:    How long is the rear wheel going to last?
A bit expensive
Rear tire sensitive to pressure (too high no tracktion, too low slam the rim)

Bottom Line:   
Can do (almost) anything fun bike. You can use it as your only mountain bike.

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Favorite Trail:   All flowing and technical single trek

Duration Product Used:   2 months

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Local distributor in

Similar Products Used:   Banshee Paradox
Felt 9
Kona Honzo

Bike Setup:   Single Chainring - wide narroe raceface 30t (no front derailer)
Front team XR4
Tubelwess front and rear
RockShox Reverb

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JCsMamba

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2013

Strengths:    Drivetrain, SLX brakes. Fork. This bike rides like a whisper on the trail. Blows me away every time I'm out there. I also like the color.

Weaknesses:    Just the rider.

Bottom Line:   
This was an upgrade to my 2013 Mamba that I rode for about 10 months. That Mamba was my first foray into MTB. I'm 5'8" 155 lbs, and that Mamba was a 15.5" frame. With the Stache I upsized to the 17.5" frame because I felt more confident on the bike, and it was the last 2013 Stache 8 anywhere around so the LBS gave me a hell of a deal on the new bike and the trade in.

I've had the bike about 3 weeks and I've put about 125-150 miles on it so far. I still can't get over how quiet she is. Every time I hit the trails, I find more things to be impressed with. She's light for an aluminum frame and the Fox fork combo. I switched over my Schwalbe tires for a tubeless set-up. Running 27 psi in the rear and 25 psi up front; this foot print gives me the best bite on these tires. I still haven't gone clipless, so I use the crankbrothers 50/50 2 pedals. Clipless will probably be the next upgrade for me.

Trek has their new Trek Care warranty plan that I'll probably purchase. It seems pretty comprehensive, I'm just beating up on the LBS so they can beat up Trek on the price. $356+ tax for the warranty. I could upgrade quite a few of the components before I hit that price point. If the warranty were closer to 10% of the list price, I'd be in. Although if I taco a wheel, it would pay for itself immediately. Trek also allows you to pay the difference in upgrading parts. So if I damage the SLX brakes in a crash, XT here I come.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charlie Kozak

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2013

Strengths:    Everything. A 29er all mountain bike! What else you can say.

Weaknesses:    I don't know yet.

Bottom Line:   
Very fun bike to ride if you are a hard tail fan.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joshua Ochal a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2013

Strengths:    Lightweight, Internal cable routing, Optional seat post dropper, Components that have not failed me yet, SLX roller clutch derailleur, Recon RockShox with lockout and adjustable response.

Weaknesses:    Bike has developed a clicking sound somewhere in the front that for the life of me I can't track down. I have to bring it in as it's still under warranty and hopefully it's nothing big. Also as mentioned in some other reviews the Avid brakes are loud however they preform very well.

Bottom Line:   
Hmmm what can I say about the Stache 7 other than......LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! I purchased it this past spring to replace my hammered on 26" Trek and haven't looked back! The component combination is perfect! I ride singletrack and enjoy quite a bit of technical and this bike suits my riding style perfect. I was amazed how much the 29er helps to climb over obstacles and features. The 120mm Recon RockShox give an extra bit of confidence on those steeper downhills. I normally ride a 17" frame however a 19" Stache fit me best so if you plan on ordering online you may want to size yourself up at your local shop. As for aesthetics I have received many compliments on the finish. It's definitely unique and stands out. Regarding integrity I have been very pleased with it. When I am riding hard this bike stands up to the challenge. As I had mentioned in the weaknesses section the only issue I have run into is a clicking sound which I can not track down. It seems to be coming from the front but for the life of me I have no clue what it is. Hopefully the shop can figure it out.

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Favorite Trail:   FOMBA

Duration Product Used:   25 hours

Purchased At:   Goodales Bike - Nash

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by M320 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2013

Strengths:    Almost Everything

Weaknesses:    Avid brakes. (noise)

Bottom Line:   
Getting back on a MTB after 13 years. I needed to find a bike that I could afford and could handle my size. I'm a "clyde" at 6'4 300 lbs. This is a very strong yet very nimble machine. It has great components and rides very well. It has been able to handle everything I have thrown at it and has wanted more. If you are a "clyde" , and want a great hardtail that can take a pounding this is the bike for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Redman PA

Duration Product Used:   6 weeks

Price Paid:    $1549.00

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by River Wolf

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2013

Strengths:    Outstanding value
Too many features to list
Very fun to ride

Weaknesses:    Bottle holder mounted too high on tube (minor)

Bottom Line:   
When it was time to replace my hardtail I rode several brands once deciding a 29er best suited my riding sytle and terrain. The Stache 7 won out based on a combination of: features, quality, performance, value and "trail feel".
For an out of the box package I'm impressed. The Gary Fisher designed frame has internal cable routing, closed convert dropouts, ISCG tabs, a press-fit bottom bracket and several dropper post routing options. I'm comfortable in it's ability for any upgrades I may make.
With a 17.5" chainstay and G2 geometry I'm powering through S-turns with ease. The fork, a RockShox Recon Silver with 120mm of travel has handled everything I've thrown at it flawlessly and the Shimano SLX equipped 2X10 drivetrain shifts as smooth as silk. So far the Avid Elixer 1 brakes are holding up, but an upgrade will be simple if necessary. Tons of small thoughtful features show just how well put together this bike is.

I love the feel of this bike. It has a very responsive, athletic feel that may give some riders a boost of confidence (or in my case license to shred). I also like that it can do more than I'm asking which means that I'll grow into it gradually. It climbs like a sherpa, drops like a world cup downhiller, rides from casual to hardcore. easy to maintain, and is easy on the eyes (the georgeous burnt orange paint must be seen in person).
Above all else the #1 reason this bike gets high marks is IT'S EXTREMELY FUN TO RIDE and that's why I ride .

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by geoffrey burch

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2013

Strengths:    i only voted 3 cause i havent tested this bike yet so i gave it a 3 just because... but plan on it, when the weather clears up here as Im going into the market for a new bike to ride, this is at the top of my list!

Weaknesses:    like i said above have not tested this bike, i know that color appeals to alot of people and this picture is this bikes biggest weakness, it looks like a nasty shade of brown... which is not even close

Bottom Line:   
i only posted here to say that this picture does not give any justice to the luster of color on this bike...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stamps

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2013

Strengths:    Solid build with thru axles front and rear, post mounted rear brake, stealth reverb routing, RF turbine crank, slx brakes and biggest of all...a shadow plus derailleur.

Weaknesses:    Poor cable management options when you're mounting a stealth reverb post: Trek provides the outlet at the seattube for a stealth post but then doesn't provide a cable management option on the downtube so you have piggyback the rear brake housing..also frames run a little long on the top tube so you may choose to drop a size from your normal size range.

Bottom Line:   
This is a review after my first test ride on bike. I'm 6' tall and got a 19" frame. Everything is stock except for a shorter stem (replaced 90mm w/ a 50mm), a raceface atlas bar, a tubeless setup and a stealth reverb. Bike weighs a hair under 28lbs.

The Stache is a great bike to ride. The shadow plus rear mech makes it unbelievably quiet for a hardtail. I took this bike on one of the rockier trails in my area and even on fast descents in rock gardens the bike had ZERO chainslap. The bike felt playful with its geo and didn't mind getting a lil' air. It was solid in the corners and felt stiff and responsive with very little flex thanks in part to the thru axles. After riding full suspension exclusively for the last 8 years it felt weird to be on a hardtail. However, with all its modern trail bike amenities, I never felt the need to dial it back on technical terrain and climbing of course was rediculously efficient.

The stache is great for aggressive riders who like to have fun on the trail. The Stache 8 build leaves little to be desired or upgraded out of the box. Sure you could get an entry level full suspension bike at its price range but that bike wouldn't come close as far as components go. Just be sure to test ride one as the sizes feel a little on the large side of spectrum.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dwnhlldav a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2012

Strengths:    Here's my 2nd ride review. I'll add an update after a bit more time on the bike.

Full disclosure, I repair bikes for a living and currently work for a Trek dealer. That being said, I've worked at dealers that sell pretty much all of the major brands and try to remain as unbiased as possible when having interactions on message boards. Yes, I typically buy what I can get a deal on, but have payed retail while working at a shop (a cardinal sin for us shop folk) to get a bike if my shop didn't carry a brand that offered what I was looking for at the time. So, even though I do work for a Trek dealer, please trust that when I review a bike, I'm doing if from the standpoint of someone who's been riding mountain bikes for 20 years and has been wrenching on them professionally for 15 years. I bring all of that history to a review, and try to keep the fact that I work for a dealer that sells the brand I'm reviewing out of my mind while writing a review.

Weaknesses:    Some background:

I tend to have one favorite bike that I keep for many years while cycling through a bunch of others, trying to find the next favorite. My last 3 primary bikes were a 2005 Santa Cruz Chameleon that I bought in 2005 and rode through 2011 (it was my backup bike for 2011), a 2011 Xcal that I bought and rode for the 2011 season and a 2012 rumblefish elite bought this year and rode till August. During that time I also had 7 other mountain bikes pass through the quiver. Even though I hadn’t found a suitable replacement for the Chameleon, I sold it at the end of the 2011 season because I felt I’d been on it long enough.

There's something about hardtails that keep me going back to them. Every couple years I buy a new full suspension bike and try it out. I can totally see the benefits, and for going downhill, they're the best. I've raced downhill in the past and if I had better access to lift/shuttle riding, I'd have another dh bike. I've just not found a full suspension bike that I have as much fun riding on my day to day trails. My latest full suspension bike was the 2012 Trek Rumblefish elite. If I lived somewhere with more descending I think I would like that bike a whole lot more, but as it is I ride the flat lands and occasionally make the drive to lift or shuttle served riding. It was a great bike, it just made my local trails too easy but it wasn't burly enough for those dedicated downhill days. So I sold it in August and was planning on riding my rigid single speed for the remainder of the season.

Bottom Line:   

I've owned 17 mountain bikes in 20 years of riding and ridden many more. My most favorite bike so far was my Santa Cruz Chameleon. It was also one of only a handful of bikes that stayed in my quiver longer than a season. That is a hardtail that makes you feel like you can do anything.

After 17 years on 26" wheels only, and a couple years going back and forth between 26" and 29" wheels I've become very sold on the idea of 29' wheels for my all-around trail bike. I do have some time on 650b wheels as well. I won't go into detail, but right now, they're not for me. The Xcal felt like a race bike. It was fast and agile, and it handled more technical stuff than I expected, but I never found it to be confidence inspiring and it didn't put as big a grin on my face as the Chameleon. In fact no 29er that I've ridden prior to the Stache came close to the playfulness of the Chameleon. Granted, I haven't gotten on a Canfield, Banshee or Transition. If you want to read my whole write up on the Xcal, you can refer back to here So, I knew I wanted a 29" wheeled hardtail with a burly build, slacker angles and a longer fork than a typical XC 29er. What I wanted was the 29" version of my SC Chameleon.

When the Stache was leaked prior to the full release of Trek’s 2013 line, it piqued my interest. I was going to buy a Banshee or Transition next spring. But the Stache seemed to be the same concept, plus I can get in through my shop ;). I got to make the trip from my shop in NE Wisconsin down to Trek for Trek World, the unveiling of the new model year to their dealers. The former service manager from my shop works at Trek so he arranged for a couple of us to take out some demo bikes after the official demos were over, meaning we got to spend more time on them. I opted for the Stache of course. The short version is, I liked it soo much I ordered one the next day. Dealer employees were offered a frame/fork only deal that would be shipping much earlier than complete bikes so I went with that. I only mention it so I don’t have to answer as many questions as to why my built isn’t stock.

There’s just a bit more you need to know. I’m what I like to refer to as “festively plump,” and I like and seek out technical riding. Those two traits mean I need a burlier build than typical or I’m constantly breaking and replacing stuff.

First Take:
When I got on the Stache I instantly felt at home. It's exactly what they say it is, a trail bike. The difference in ride between the Xcal and Stache is far greater than the sum of the geometry tweaks. The front and rear thru axles, wider rims, meatier tires, longer fork, stiffer bottom bracket and frame all add up to a very different ride from the race bikes. With the Xcal, I always felt awkward getting it off the ground and noticed flex in the frame and fork when ripping corners. 5 minutes after getting on the Stache I was wheelie dropping stairs. 20 minutes into the ride I was hitting doubles and casing some, following my guide off unknown-to-me drops and over skinnies while pinning it through corners. This bike taunts you into doing stupid things then uses the longer travel and big wheels to make up for any shortcomings. This thing loves to carve corners. It’s forgiving of mistakes. It’s far more playful than the race bikes.

Thoughts on the build:
My build is a bit heavier than stock. Most of it is in the wheels. The stock wheels (rhytm elite 29er) are strong and decently light given their intended use. I can feel the extra weight in my wheels, mostly on the climbs. I prefer the SLX brakes that the stock bike comes with over the XX brakes I’m running. Shadow plus derailleurs are one of the most substantial new technologies to come along in the last several years. I can’t see ever buying a rear derailleur that doesn’t have this technology. Between the new brakes and the shadow plus derailleurs, I’m firmly back on the Shimano bandwagon.

I like the new 29.3 tires that come on the stock bike. The 29.4 I have on the front now is much like a kenda nevegal. It sticks like glue to the trail, but also rolls like it’s stuck to the trail with glue. Slow. I’ll probably swap it for a 29.3 and keep the 29.2 in the back. The 29.3 fits in with Kenda Slant 6 tires. Its a great compromise between rolling resistance and traction.

For most of my riding, a dropper post is unnecessary. But I have really liked having it on more technical rides. The joplin functions as it’s intended, but I’m lusting after a Rock Shox Reverb with stealth routing.

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Favorite Trail:   The Whole Enchilada

Duration Product Used:   2 rides so far

Similar Products Used:   2011 Trek X Caliber, 2012 Trek Rumblefish Elite, 2006 Santa Cruz Chameleon

Bike Setup:   - 2013 Stache 8 Frame/Fork - 120mm Fox Evolution 32mm, G2, 15mm thru axle
- Bontrager Rhythm Elite bars 820mm cut down to 740mm
- Bontrager Rhythm Pro Stem 80mm 7 degree flipped down
- SLX Shifters
- SLX Shadow Plus rear derailleur
- XT direct mount front derailleur
- Raceface Evolve DH crank. 22-36-Bash.
- Sram Elixir XX brakes 185mm front 160mm rear rotors
- Wheels - Azonic recoil hubs, 36 hole, 142x12 rear, 15mm front, Eighthinch Bueller rims. My shop has a house brand called Eighthinch (more info at It’s a fixie brand. These rims are sold for Fixie Freestyle, but they are an off the shelf all-mountain 29er rim. Since we buy them at OEM pricing, they were a screaming deal for me.
- Tires, Bontrager 29.4 up front, 29.2 in the back.
- Crank Bros Joplin post.
- Bontrager evoke saddle

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