Strengths: Amazingly plush rear suspension, carves the corners, very versatile.
Weaknesses: Spec on original build
I have owned this bike for 2 years now and wow what a bike! The initial build on the stock bike wasn't great but with a few mods this frame came alive!
Some people struggled pedalling this bike and it wasn't surprising why, the stock wheels and tyres weighed a tonne. I now have two wheelsets, one light set that I can keep up with the XC boys with and then mince them on the descents. And one burly wheelset for DH days. This really makes this bike very versatile and I still love every ride!
The DHX RC4 shock is the best thing Fox has come up with, it eats up anything you through at it, yet you get no pedal induced bob. With the right wheelset and dropper post this thing really can go on all day epics.
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2013
Strengths: Really fun bike to do it all. I ride it 15 miles xc and keep up, then bring it to the park and downhill all day.
Weaknesses: Expensive. On the heavy side, chainstay broke once but I think the new ones are much better.
Great bike. Have had it for 3 years now and love it more every time I ride it.
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2012
Strengths: I sold my Foes DHS Mono to buy this bike and this is a faster more agile and responsive bike, it fits my DH/FR fast and playfull style as it feels like nothing landing from 10 footers and catching air on this baby is easy as a pie.
Weaknesses: I paid 2700 for this bike brand new with 5 year waranty, paying full price wouldnt be as cool.
so far the bike handles like a well educated beast, in deed it is a smart bike, so custommisable to any settings you need, it does take some uphill, I do XC too and since I got my Scratch I dont get my XC bike out any more, ofcourse not all have the ability and strength to do, the bike weights 34 punds with stock parts
Firstly I'll say that I have found a full on DH rig too much for most of the UK DH trails. I bought this bike for FR, natural big mountain descents and DH.
This bike took a few runs to get used to as the cockpit is a lot smaller than what I was used to (changed to a 65mm stem just for a tad more room), but when you get it right and you will, this is the most fun bike I've ridden. I think the Fox 36 180mm fork feels better than the 2008 Fox 40 I owned, plus its lighter. It just tracks beautifully, has masses of adjustment and begs for big hits! The DHX RC4 its just as impressive! This bike can shred as fast as the full 8 inchers but is way more fun & chuck-able. Brakes are immensely powerful and have great modulation, lots of control without locking up.
As for pedalling it pedals great, however with the single ring at the front and the added weight, you have to be strong and fit to ride it. But there is no noticeable pedal bob when in the seat. I would recommend a dual ring setup if you are going to be doing lots of climbing.
Sram X0 is as smooth as always with a great quality feel when shifting.
And not so good: The most uncomfortable seat I have ever sat on, might as well screw a bit of 2x4" to your post! The MRP chain guide is poor quality, the lower guide broke on a rock impact (debatable as to whether others would have smashed off) The upper guide cracked with no impact so its obviously naff! The "tubeless ready wheels" are not quite ready and you have to buy rim strips and valves to get you going. I had to change the springs front and back to suit my weight.
These bad points are quite annoying when you have paid top dollar for the bike, I think the LBS's should offer you spring weights, and if things say there ready then that means ready!
Mega chuffed with the bike overall and now I have got rid of the initial niggles its endless fun! I have a Remedy 9 as well and between the two bikes I can ride anything!
This is the type of bike the industry has been waiting for. A bike with plenty of travel that will climb. I can take this bike downhill one day, then keep up with the xc guys the next. Everything is ridable on this bike. I haven't met a climb too steep or a decent too technical. I think the new Fox Talas 180 will make this true all-mountain machine.
Similar Products Used: spec. big hit, spec. enduro, trek remedy, fisher roscoe, ellsworth epiphany
Bike Setup: stock scratch 9 build with higher rise bars and time pedals
from Colorado US
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2010
Strengths: Stiff, good spec, abp works, versatile
Weaknesses: Square edge bumps suck, wheel path does not allow this bike to hold speed.
This bike has been great in almost every situation except holding speed on square edge hits. The new valving in the 2011 bikes may help out with the square edge compliance. Just hit the mushroom drop at moab, felt perfect. Climbs well, and descends even better. Extremely fun bike!
Similar Products Used: transistion bottlerocket, sx trail, kona stinky
Bike Setup: stock except for a different seatpost
a Weekend Warrior
from Phoenix, AZ
Date Reviewed: May 24, 2010
Strengths: Pedals Well, Light Weight, Stiff Frame, Great Suspension, can be ridden in any terrain. Easy build once correct parts were found.
Weaknesses: Cable Routing (Front derailleur cable runs under top tube), all else is solid. Spendy but worth it.
This bike rocks! I have a Heckler that has 5.75 inches travel and a DHR that gets 8.5 inches of travel. I would ride the heckler for all day riding and break out the DHR for the shuttle and lift action. This bike pedals better than my heckler going up and plows like my DHR on the way down. Living in Phoenix, I ended up setting the suspension a bit far off from Trek's recommendations, also I felt the down tube needed some added protection from the rocky desert mountains. A call to Lizard Skins for a sheet of their carbon leather covered the underside of the down tube nicely. Both the shock and fork were easy to set up and adjust on the trail, every click of adjustment made a difference in trail feel. I might sell my other two bikes and keep this little gem as "The One". Time will tell.
Jump, Drop, Climb, DH the Scratch will do it all. (180mm Talas is friggin' awesome!...but that's another review)
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I just installed a Marzocchi Roco Air TST rear shock to my 2011 Trek Scratch Air 9. Hopefully I will be able to get it out on the trails this weekend. The shock feels completely different from the RP23 that was stock. It runs on a lot lower pressures than the Fox did. This works out great for me ... Read More »