Trek Scratch Air 8 Freeride Full Suspension

5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $3879.99

Product Description

  • Frame: Alpha Red Aluminum w/Aluminum Armor, ABP, Full Floater, alloy EVO Link, E2 tapered head tube, oversized pivot bearings, ISCG03 mounts, 142x12mm or 135x12mm rear axle adaptors, replaceable derailleur hanger, adjustable geometry, 170mm travel
  • Front Suspension: Fox 36 Float R w/air spring, rebound, alloy E2 tapered steerer, 20QR, 160mm travel
  • Rear Suspension: Fox Float RP-2, "trail tuned" w/XV can, ProPedal, rebound; 8.5x2.5"
  • Wheels: Bontrager Cousin Earl Disc wheel system, 32 hole, 20mm front hub, 142x12mm rear hub, tubeless ready
  • Tires: Bontrager XR4 Expert, 26x2.35"
  • Crank: Race Face Ride, 36/24 w/bash guard
  • Cassette: Shimano HG8110 11-36, 10 speed

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jaymiller a Downhiller from Surrey,UK

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2010

Strengths:    Massive spec for the price, Build quality, Fox talas forks, lightweight for a freeride bike and its Trek.

Weaknesses:    If i had to not too keen on the fox DHX 4.0 air rear shock! The 2011 scratch air models have the fox float RP2 and RP23, The 2010 scratch air 6 has a fox float RP2.

Bottom Line:   
Wanted a 'do it all bike' but personally i dont think this exsists however ive gone from a 100mm hardtail to a 150mm full sus to a 170mm freeride monster! i do like to go for a good ride but agressive trails/freeride/downhill is my real interest and this bike is perfect for it! It doesnt climb as well as my Remedy but decends so much better, i feel the little extra weight when pedaling but its well worth it for decending. The riding position fits great for trails and freeride/downhill plus its got adjustable geometry! I love the remote adjustable seat post. Perfectly balanced when jumping and light enough to chuck around. For me personally im soo glad i went for the scratch over the remedy as it suits my riding better and although il never get the full use out of it in the uk its going to be perfect for my trips to scotland, morzine and maybe whistler! Well done to Trek for a fantastic bike and this is the first year of making it!

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Favorite Trail:   Leith hill, Pitch hill, Peaslake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Evans Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek 6500, Trek Remedy 7

Bike Setup:   DMR V12's
Soon to have dual ring with bash guard and chain device!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ubbersnoopy a Cross Country Rider from Washington State, USA

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight, sub 34 lbs stock with pedals. Nice active suspension that climbs well and descends even better. Good looking bike with great attention to detail. Big fan of the 142x12 setup, much easier.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
This bike has a very nice feel was instantly comfortable. Very good parts spec, the Bontrager stuff works extremely well and I feel confident in it and like their warranty and how Trek stands behind it.
The ABP and Full Floater system is very impressive, suspension is still active under heavy braking, when you really need it. Pedals amazingly well for a 7" travel bike.
After riding the Fuel EX, and putting it through abuse it had no business having to put up with, I knew the Scratch was the bike for me.
Got the air version for the climbing I need to do to then bomb it back down.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   KHS Dominatrix, Trek Fuel EX, GT LTS, and lots of hardtails

Bike Setup:   Stock, except XO gripshift and rear derailleur. Not a fan of Shimano's stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Plums a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver,Canada

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2010

Strengths:    Great Suspension, Good Geometry

Weaknesses:    Joplin seat post is a great idea but needs to evolve, i can't stand it when i grab the bike by the seat and the post lifts up. To much play for my liking.

Bottom Line:   
My friend has a 2008 Trek Remedy 8 and i really like this bike. I was so close to buying a 2010 Trek Remedy 8 but the 150mm 32 forks were making me nervous i took it for a long test ride and decided to go for the Scratch. I'm So stoked i got the Scratch! Not much penalty peddling but going down steep rocky pitches or drops gave me so much more confidence. Perfect bike for freeride.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Obsession

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro,Trek Remedy 8

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for removing large chain ring and adding a chain guide/ bash guard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zedman350 a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2010

Strengths:    pedals well, suspension soaks up anything

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
i've only had the bike 3-4 weeks but have managed several 2-3 hour rides. it pedals well even up hill (if you keep it smooth) downhill it soaks up anything i can throw at it. It was advertised with a standard joplin seatpost but when i picked the bike up i found that it came with a bar mounted lever instead nice suprise. Overall it handles well and deals with anything you could throw at it.

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Favorite Trail:   barham trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5600.00

Purchased At:   Activ Folkestone eng

Similar Products Used:   orange patriot, norco team dh

Bike Setup:   as it comes out the box

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