Trek Session 88 Downhill Full Suspension

4.25/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $6299.99

Product Description

The qualities that make Session a killer race weapon also make it the ideal gravity big-hit machine.

  • Frame:Alpha Platinum Aluminum w/ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, AngleSet compatible, internal control routing, alloy EVO Link, Mino Link, replaceable derailleur hanger, 210mm travel
  • Front Suspension: Fox Factory Series 40 Fit RC2 w/steel coil spring (S, M blue; L, XL green), hi/lo speed compression, rebound, 1-1/8" steerer, 20mm thru axle, 203mm travel
  • Rear Suspension: Fox DHX RC-2 w/externally adjustable velocity sensitive damping, bottom-out force adjust and bottom-out progressiveness, external rebound; 8.75x2.75" (S 400lb; M 450lb; L 500lb; XL 500lb spring), tuned by Trek in California
  • Wheels: Bontrager Cousin Earl TLR Disc wheel system, 20mm front hub, 157x12mm rear hub, 32 hole, Tubeless Ready
  • Shifters: SRAM X9, 10 speed

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mkrp1976 a Downhiller from Midlands

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2011

Strengths:    I have bought the Trek Session 88 FR version. This bike is the best full suspension bike I have ever had and I have had a few. The way the rear end absorbs the bumps is amazing and the travel feels bottomless, I have never bottomed this bike out. The angles are real slack and took some getting used to but they are spot on and the bike is really stable at high speed and the bike rails the turns too. The spec on the bike is excellent and in my opinion is better than the DH version since it gets nearly a full shimano saint package on it. It looks great too and turns a lot of heads on the trails. I have changed a few thing on it no and have got the bike down to just over 35 lbs which is superlight for a bike of this kind.

Weaknesses:    The tubing is quite thin which is why I didnt want the DH version as it comes with Fox 40's and as the previous guy said I can damage your frame quite easily in a crash. The freeride version comes with Totems which are great. The standard pads in the shimano saint brakes are crap, ditch them and get some Goodrich pads and they are fine. Also the saddle is crap and the chain device weighs a ton. I have since got rid of both of these and put much lighter replacments on. I have also got rid of the bontrager bars and seatpost and replaced them with Renthal on FSA components. The frames come up real small, my size small (16.5") frame only has a 19" top tube! I have a 14" hardtail and that has a 22" top tube. This may be a problem for some as I found it too short but now I have changed the bars and seatpost its fine.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike and with a nip and tuck here and there it turns into an awesome bike. If you crash a lot and use duel crowns it may not be the bike for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Lots

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes Wolver

Similar Products Used:   Giant Glory, Banshee Rune,

Bike Setup:   Standard spec apart from changing the following, bars Renthal, seat post FSA carbon, chain device Superstar Plasma, saddle Nukeproof and tyres Maxxix Minion F's single ply.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by wildthingdh a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2010

Strengths:    build weight was very good. built the frame up with good tried and tested reliable components, which resulted in a very good ridable bike.

Weaknesses:    frame is too weak really if your not using it for racing. running direct mount stem on boxxers, had a crash where i came down on the bars and went over, which i have done and im sure you all have in the past on different frames. though when i got up the forks "with bump stops fitted" had dented the left had side of the frame which then pulled the head tube out of alignment, gutted. trek uk said you cant get replacement front ends and i would have to buy a new frameset complete, i dont think so !!!!! dont buy trek hydroform frames there too thin. local shop had customer in with a failed seat stay as it was to thin and you could see material missing from the forming process, air bubbles.

Bottom Line:   
if you want it to last a couple of seasons look else where.

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Favorite Trail:   les corrsets france

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   lesuire lakes uk

Similar Products Used:   orange frames, astrix frames.

Bike Setup:   downhill

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dh dood a Downhiller from canada,bc

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2009

Strengths:    The bike IS A TANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is ALL STRENGHT

Weaknesses:    If there was any i would have already found them THIS BIKE IS NOT CAPABLE OF BEING WEAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
N O T H I N G !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail: thumb trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   trek

Similar Products Used:   ROCKY MOUNTAIN SWITCH but even that swedish tank is not comparable

Bike Setup:   everything stock i have three of them though one is all after market besides the frame and the other is my test bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by justin schenk a Downhiller from Morro bay CA

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2009

Strengths:    overall handling and light seems to float over everything. fit and finish is excellent. all componenents work well. i didnt give the bars stem or seat and seatpost a chance. i changed brakes from avid to saints as i am picky. stability is great as is the cornering. do yourself a favor and get the 88 it will be a great bike for everyone.

Weaknesses:    a little slow getting up to speed compared to nomad but that makes perfect sense. it just bugs me.

Bottom Line:   
the best overall dh bike of the year i believe magazines have raved about it and so do i get the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   face

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $6500.00

Purchased At:   Family Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   v1o2nd gen, socom, scott highoctane nomad, vpfree.all these were owned and tested thoroughly the session is the best overall

Bike Setup:   fox 40 dhx5.0 deemax wheels after a period of time. fsa gravity light bars WIDE. thompson post sunline direct mount stem, saint brakes. other than that stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by andy a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2009

Strengths:    light, well made ish, good design, three year waranty

Weaknesses:    Seems it could be easly damaged due to thin material construction! But that's how you get a light bike i guess.Fox damping.Bearings of poor quality, need replacing after winter riding.

Bottom Line:   
As good as they say. But it is a race bike, hence the thin and light frame, so live with it. Had mine since last Sept and some bearings need replacing, but sill rides good. Just bought the frame set though.
Rode the production bike and the 40's let it down. Also rode my mates with a vivid shock, This is a worthy upgrade. Made the 37lbs build more controlable. Don't belive the hype about the special fox tune. There is a lot more potential in the frame. I'm currently thinking of a Crane Creek, as i can live with the extra weight, that's why i like the bike, it will still only be 38lbs. Nice to push up the hill as well.

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Favorite Trail:   Most of them

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   lesuire lakes

Similar Products Used:   GiantDH team / Transition Blindside.

Bike Setup:   Boxxer Teams,hope hubs on 29MTX's,maxxis 3C,formular oro's,SDG Ifly,Sunline kit.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nozes a Racer from Portugal

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2009

Strengths:    Light;Beautiful;Super eficient suspension & geometry

Weaknesses:    Until now,the only weakness seems to be the rider (me) :)

Bottom Line:   
I waited about 4 months for this frame!
This is a cost AND weight-controled build,and I managed to build an excelent bike weighting 17.4kg and costing me under 3500€.
I've raced it last weekend for the first time,and was blown away by how good it really is,the ABP system realy works,the suspension feels bottomless and the geometry feels just about perfect
Can I give my bike 7 chilis?
Well,it deserves them!!

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Favorite Trail:   Lousã

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Ofimoto bike shop (P

Similar Products Used:   Giant ATX One DH,MSC Nozko,Iron Horse SGS,Kona Stab

Bike Setup:   Session 88DH size M,Fox DHX5 400 spring,Boxxer Race,Truvativ Hussefelt WC bars,Nuke Proof+Sun Equalizer 31 wheels,Race Face Evolve DH crankset,E13 LG1,Hayes Stroker Trail,Bontrager tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jmacovei a Weekend Warrior from bristow, va

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2008

Strengths:    Impressive suspension kit and heavy weight bomber feel. Gorgeouse frame and overall design, look and feel.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Bought this bike less than a month ago, just getting into downhill after breaking into Mountainbiking less than 6 months ago...the bike is a stunner, looks gorgeous, read the reviews and product development articles in Dirt Magazine prior to its release, dropped the 6k with no problem after hearing Shandro was on the development team and reading the Dirt magazine assessment of this bike. Used it a couple of times so far, and have to say, it sucks up bumps and all while maintaining a tall in saddle feel with no problem (meaning standing up on the pedals). I will write another review after breaking it in at Snowshoe in the spring and other places. So far, no complaints, very solid bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Gambrill, Fountainhead

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5800.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Cycles, A

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   X0, Fox RC2, DHX 5.0, Avid Elixir, Bontrager Rims, Tires, Saint crank

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bikr_guy930 a Racer from CA

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2008

Strengths:    Very stiff frame
Very light frame/bike (Complete weighs 36lbs out of the box)
Dialed out of the box
Finally a competitive downhill bike from Trek

Weaknesses:    Expensive, but the completes are pretty much ready to go out of the box.

Bottom Line:   
Bike has a very good initial feel; it is instantly confidence inspiring, there is nothing to 'get used to'. Very good parts spec - bontrager stuff works extremely well, unless looks are more important than performance to you, there is nothing you need to change. Bike is light and on top of that it carries its weight low. Very stable/corners very well. ABP works, you can brake VERY late into very rough corners with minimal adverse effects. Pedals incredibly well. So for their first legitamate downhill bike, Trek has done an incredible job. In my opinion, it is the best bike on the market right now unless you 'need' 10 inches of travel.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Almost everything

Bike Setup:   Stock

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