Trek Slash All Mountain Full Suspension
|MSRP : $3679.99|
Product Description2,000 meter descents. Epic mountain views. Megavalanche enduros. You want a bike that can handle it all, and still pedal to the top. Rider, meet Slash.
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Date Reviewed: September 13, 2013
Strengths: climbs very easy. goes fast downhill. good spec.
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Date Reviewed: June 23, 2013
Strengths: Climbing, descending, adjustability, ergonomics and geometry
Weaknesses: Parts spec could be lowered in some areas to improve value
Duration Product Used: 1 week
Price Paid: $4200.00
Similar Products Used: Giant AC, Specialized Stumpjumper
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: December 12, 2012
Strengths: Adjustable fork, 160-120, makes it a perfect trail bike. I thoroughly enjoyed that feature.
Adjustable BB. I forgot to test it myself on my demo, but I've heard its an amazing feature.
Wider bars than the remedy, sick color scheme.
Other than that, pretty standard strengths from a bike on this level. Good components (except for xo brakes) good wheels, superb tire choice, reverb comes standard etc.
Weaknesses: First, the brakes.
I have used avids on my last 3 bikes and have had nothing but problems. I was hoping a new pair of xo's would be different. They werent. They squeaked every time I used them, and despite the fact that the rotors were quite large (200 i believe) they had less stopping power than a lower-tiered brake. I have read reviews on these brakes and apparently this is common. On the other side of the fence, even a cheap slx brake delivers consistent, stop-on-a-dime performance. Trek and sram missed the boat on this one.
Slightly pricey, but who am I kidding. You can already pick a 9 up used for just north of 2k if you look hard.
My take-away was this. Like many trek bikes, I felt instantly at home. The slack geometry, which I had never ridden before, made me feel like I was nestled snugly in god's pocket. It felt great. I prefer that to a super steep, twitchy head angle.
The cornering was great. For the first time, I was confident in losing control in the corners because the bike magically righted itself every time. It was really cool. I was also able to make my first ever clockwise (aka, my weak side) power slide with clips, because the tires delivered such control that I didn't have to worry about putting my foot down.
The descending was about what I expected. Amazing, although I'm sure many other am bikes can deliver the same. I was able to descend a steep hill fast enough that I actually got nauseous.
The climbing was what really impressed me. Personally, I am in no hurry to get up a hill, and you definitely won't climb fast on the slash, but it was still very impressive.
Pedaling flat out was more annoying that I thought it would be, like there is always a slight force holding you back (that would be the 32 lbs.) But after my 2 hour test, I realized I liked it better than way. I have owned 22lb bikes, 32lb bikes and everything in between. While it is fun powering flat out on a super light, you don't get the sense of reward. When I pedaled the slash to the top of a hill, I felt like I earned it. Anyone can make it up on a light bike, but it takes a more hardened resolve to accomplish it on a heavy bike. That sense of satisfaction was something I have been missing ever since I threw away my first clunker. After my ride, my legs felt that "buzz" I had been missing for so long. It was a slower (uphill and flat out), but a more rewarding and enjoyable ride.
Here is a comparison to the remedy, which I was about to buy. They seem like similar bikes on paper, but in reality are worlds apart.
Remedy: 7 (Fairly good, even compared to a hardtail)
Slash: 4 (Very very good considering what it is, but worlds away from a rigid or ht)
After riding the slash, the remedy felt like a turbo-fueled chainsaw on speed.
Remedy: 7 (A few steps above the fuel, but worlds away from the slash)
Slash: 9.5 (Confidence instilling. Could only be better with a full out 200mm fork)
I hit all the same drops on both bikes (nothing over 3 ft) but the remedy always scared me a little bit, whereas the slash was a beast.
Remedy: 7 (It's alright. I definitely bombed hills with it, but I was always a little nervous something was going to happen)
Slash: 10. (This is where it shines. The wide bars, capable tires, slack head angle, drcv, and that mystical quality I couldn't put my finger on, allowed me to rip downhill with no qualms or reservations. If I picked a bad line or slammed the edge of a baseball sized rock, it didn't even notice)
The remedy is good at descending for what it is (a modified xc bike) but the slash is just good at descending period. I imagine a full DH bike could be better, but not by a whole lot. I've heard of guys giving up their DH rigs just for the slash because it was so good downhill and pretty darn good uphill. I believe it. Also, I was surprised when I pushed down on the front of the remedy vs slash. Although the travel is almost the same, the remedy felt very stiff, wheras the slash gave instantly, even though they were both pumped up the same. The talas is obviously made for downhill, and float for uphill.
I can't compare the slash to it's am brethren because I havn't tested them, but it felt sublime. Ripped down, cornered epicly, climbed better than I expected, and was a blast. I thought the remedy delivered what I was looking for, a bike that could rip downhill and still pedal. Wrong. It ripped uphill and only made you believe it could descend. The slash showed me what descents can really be, and that you don't have to give up an overall good ride to enjoy it.
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2012
Strengths: Climbs AMAZINGLY for type of bike. 33 lbs. (15.5" frame). Great component group. Forgives all my stupid riding mistakes. Available 5 yr. extended warranty.
Weaknesses: $5K and no pedals???, stock tires are garbage, stand over height is retardedly high, chain guide/bash guard.
Suspension - Awesome... and if it is not awesome enough for you, the next model up has the Kashima coating on the front and rear. The DRCV works amazing when blazing downhill (I used to be really good at finding quick smooth lines in the decents... now I just Point and Shoot) but will take a TON of getting used to for jumps (if you hit the same jump at slightly diffferent speeds or preloads, the bike can behave in a number of different ways depending on if the DRCV valve opens or not). Like anything else, at first it was frustrating but then I got used to it. The fork is Talas so it can be adjusted to 120 or 160. Not sure if I would have rather had the adjustability of the Float, but I can say that I like the feel of my current setup and I do switch between between travel settings.
Components - X0, X9, X7. All good stuff but I would be fine with even lower grade to help save a few bucks. Reverb stealth is nice but they should have put the longer travel model one this bike. Also, the seatpost "lever" is actually a long travel button that is hard to push when hammering on the bike. This would have been much better if Rockshox made it more like the shifter lever. Probably wouldn't hurt if it could be flip flopped to the left/right/over bar/under bar either. The matchmaker stuff is trick but I find it doesn't work for my tiny hands. Most of the Bontrager gear (bars, stem wheels, grips etc) is pretty good for stock. The chain guide/bash guard is TERRIBLE. I don't think anyone test rode this option, if they did, they never would have equipped it. The guide can be adjusted but at any setting the chain can come off and actually jam the chain preventing it from threading on the chainwheel. DUMB DUMB DUMB design. A simple four bolt bash ring would have been cheaper and better, while allowing a variety of tentioner options. Instead, I am stuck with the combo which comes up short on both fronts.
Brakes - Elixer 9 - I have always been partial to BB7's because I work on my own stuff and I have a pretty strong grip from riding Trials.. but these are nice. I never notice my hands getting tired, and I stop when and where I want to.
Tires - Might as well put on slicks set at 60 psi coated in WD-40. Nice try Trek but... no
Wheel - not bad, not great. not heavy, but not light. Meh.
Overall - I love this bike and have no buyer's remorse. I can ride XC on it and not feel too inefficient, big hits feel real small :). Rubbing on a magic lamp I would wish for... 14.5" frame, BB7's with 203 rotors, a decent set of platform pedals, longer travel seatpost, four bolt bash guard and e13 guide, x5/x7 drivetrain, Kashima coating.
I ordered this bike expecting certain options to be included (according to the website). I later found out that this model year did not include said options (the website was just not updated). One email to Trek and they made good on it. Fan for life! Also, I opted for the 5 year extended warranty, time will tell if it was worth the 350 bucks.
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Price Paid: $5000.00
Purchased At: Support your LBS!!!!
Similar Products Used: Blur XC, K2 Razorback, DBR XR-7, Rumblefish, SC Superlight, Gian Reign, Giant NRS, Rocky Mountain ETS, And a bunch of others.
Bike Setup: Bone stock save for the tires. Maxxis advantage 2.4
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