Trek Session Downhill Full Suspension

4.68/5 (31 Reviews)
MSRP : $4619.99


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: RockShox Boxxer Race w/coil spring (S, M red; L, XL blue), rebound, low speed compression, rebound, internal preload, Motion Control IS, 1-1/8" steerer, Maxle DH 20mm, 200mm travel
  • Rear suspension: RockShox Kage w/rebound; 8.75x2.75" (S 400lb; M 450lb; L 450lb; XL 500lb spring)
  • Wheels: Bontrager Cousin Earl TLR Disc wheel system, 20mm front hub, 157x12mm rear hub, 32 hole, Tubeless Ready
  • Tires: Bontrager G4 Team, 26x2.35"
  • Shifters: SRAM X7, 10 speed
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1050 11-26, 10 speed


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

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2013

Strengths:    Build Quality, Adjustable Frame Geometry, Parts spec second to none,

Weaknesses:    2012 session 9.9 came X0 brakes which are awesome but not for this application. Will need to purchase pedals as the ones provided dont inspire confidence. Will need a torque wrench and accompanying values to do any maintenance.

Bottom Line:   
I was in the market for a downhill bike and was able to grab this one as a left over for considerably less then retail. Only have a handful of rides so far but I am very pleased. The fork delivers as promised and the ease of compression adjustment via shock pump is right up my alley. The adjustable geometry makes the bike feel more like my all mountain bike. Im not a fan of the slack head angle yet but its there for those that prefer it. Trek also sends a cane creek adjustable head set. The bike is light, (even the handle bars and crank are made from carbon fiber) which in my opinion made it feel flickable. Since I wasn't running the slack geometry the bike turned very well. Not saying it wont with the slacker head angle just havent tried it. Absorbed rocks,roots and bumps with no problem and stayed settled over those sections. Really seemed to smooth out sections of the trail while inspiring confidence allowing me to go faster and not beating me up in the process. Havent had a chance to do any drops yet. Will update when the season is under way.

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Favorite Trail:   Mountain Creek NJ

Duration Product Used:   several rides

Price Paid:    $6500.00

Purchased At:   Wheel and Heel Wappi

Similar Products Used:   Demo 8, Giant Glory

Bike Setup:   Saint brakes and pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MN86404 a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2012

Strengths:    ergonomics, lightweight, fast, nimble.

Weaknesses:    none that I can think of.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the medium 2011 Session 8.
I picked this bike used, stock w/ a few upgrades, most notably the renthal fat bars.
Right away the bike felt good and I was comfortable immediately. If you stand up and pedal
you'd think, there's no way this an 8" travel bike because you cannot feel any pedal bob.
Took it off a 4' drop and it felt great, same with jumping. It behaved perfectly in the air. It might
not come with the best suspension but for what it has it works great w/ this frame design.
If you have a chance to buy one, do it. If you're deciding between a session or another bike..buy
it you will not be disappointed.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by doorknob100 a Downhiller from Los Gatos, CA

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2011

Strengths:    Extremely fast and light. Ascends surprisingly well for a DH bike, durable and eats up rocks very well once you have adjusted it to your weight. Accelerates from stop or slow to top speed faster than any bike I've ever ridden. Jumps great as well. Perfect racing bike.

Weaknesses:    Bontrager parts, takes a good deal of adjusting suspension.

Bottom Line:   
If you want to race DH or just go plain fast as well as jump a little, this is a great bike. Definitely worth the money if you can get it for a fair price and I've had a lot of fun riding it.

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Favorite Trail:   Northstar, Demonstration Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Bought Used

Bike Setup:   Boxxer Race, Elixir 5 Brakes, Fox Van RC, Giant grips (for some reason i bought it used,) Sunline DH bars,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Twisted1 a Downhiller from Seattle washington

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2011

Strengths:    Trek looks, Climbs and descends well, light,

Weaknesses:    Bontager


Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money! Once all the bontager crap was replaces the bike really started to shine! As far as people talking about frames cracking.... Maybe y'all need to just quit. Of corse if you crash a bike every five mins somethings gonna brake!

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Favorite Trail:   North shore, whistler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Kona stinky air, kona operator, trek scratch air, commercal supreme

Bike Setup:   Race face atlus cranks, boxxer fork, minion dhf, Mavric deemax wheelset, hussenfelt bars, tioga spyder saddle, Race face seat post

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:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ellery.waterson a Downhiller from wellington

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2011

Strengths:    good for gunning around corners and berms

Weaknesses:    na

Bottom Line:   
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Favorite Trail:   jail brake

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $5500.00

Purchased At:   burkes

Similar Products Used:   giant glory

Bike Setup:   uibgi7gitfityiytityttctuctuctcutcutcutcttctctuctuctu

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil a Downhiller from Stockton-on-Tees, UK

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2010

Strengths:    Fast straight out of the box, suspension design is excellent for my style and type of riding. 6ft drop to flat and it didnt bottom out! (The bike saved me cause I wasnt paying as much attention as I should have been!). I rate this as very good value for money for what the bike can do, just need my skills to improve to get the most from it. I dragged this around the red route at Gisburn then sessioned the DH, there's not many DH specific bikes that would allow this!

Weaknesses:    I've read a lot of bad reviews of the Boxxer race and to be honest mine works fine. I had the correct springs (for my weight 98KG) etc put in prior to buying. It took a few hours to bed in but now feels fantastic. Would like more adjustability but can certainly live for now without it.

Bottom Line:   
I'm faster on this bike then my old Kona (and I rode Kona's for around 10 years) without a doubt. I'm turning harder, carrying more speed even jumping more confident. I can understand people wanting more adjustment on the fork but at my current riding and skill level I dont think it makes a huge difference to me, and it certainly doesn't detract from what is a fantastic bike.
I'm rating this 5 Chilis cause

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Favorite Trail:   Carlton Bank

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3400.00

Purchased At:   Trek Dealer, Ripon

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky with Long Travel Plates and 888's up front.

Bike Setup:   Standard except M545 pedals and correctly sprung and oil weighted front and rear.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by MEGA a Downhiller from Austria

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight and really fast Racing Bike - at the beginning...

Weaknesses:    The frame, the bearings and the Bontrager components are the biggest CRAP on the market!

Bottom Line:   
I am riding now 12 years downhill and I have never had a bike which was so weak as the Session. After 16 hours of riding, the rear end was not working propperly any more. All the bearings were damaged because the rear end was twisted!! After 4 weeks of waiting I received a new rear end consisting of a new seat stay and new a chain stay. When I built up the frame again the rear end was not fitting well. The tolerances of the frame are extremly poor!

Also the weldings are a desaster! I took a look in the head tube and the seat tube. All weldings were burnt throu and the welding larvals were visibel in the inside!

Also the rear hub was destroyed after the 16hours of riding. There is NO seal which keeps dirt away from the ratchet pawls!

I have ridden so many bikes in my life but there was no bike which was so poor and such a crap as the Session was.

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Favorite Trail:   Schladming, Windischgarsten

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   KTM Tribute, Specialized DEMO, Intense 951, ...

Bike Setup:   Session 8 Frame with stock components. after some rides I mounted, a Holzfeller stem, Boobar, Sixpack ICONs and Codes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Smackbiethc a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2010

Strengths:    Suspension - offered components for the money - perfectly ready to blast of a mountain straight from the box.

Weaknesses:    No real points, one thing I find a little sad is that it's a bit of a drag to get the wheels out to put it back into the car. You always need a key for that. But that's not really a weakness, since it makes it unbeleavably stiff. Fork could be a bit more progressive, but that's normal - after all it's the entry level boxxer.

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the money, lot's of fun to be had on this beast!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Singletrack Bikepart

Similar Products Used:   Commencal Pasta Power, weekend on a Commencal Supreme and a Intense 951.

Bike Setup:   Stock - only changed the pedals. Considered changing the springs in the fork, but after it was ridden in, even these were allright.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by keystoneshredder52 a Downhiller from Bailey, Colorado, USA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2010

Strengths:    Good components. handles well. AMAZING Suspension.

Weaknesses:    fork...

Bottom Line:   
AMAZING bike. If you want a really durable bike that can handle anything you can throw at it then this is the bike for you. The only bad thing on this bike is the fork. Since i am a light rider in weight the fork is a little stiff. Only being 90 pounds it is really stiff. I also was surprised at the limited adjust-ability. Unable to add air to the fork disappointed me. NO beginning or ending stroke rebound was sad. Other than the fork i would highly recomond this bike. I was very suprised at everything. Extreme downhillers only.

5-value
100000000000- Overall

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Favorite Trail:   Money @ keystone/ KEYSTONE BIKE PARK

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Treds Bicycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Bighit

Bike Setup:   2010 trek session.... all stock.....

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:   dr.green 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 weight.it 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?
No?
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

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