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 complain...im 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.
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!
Bike Setup: DMR V12's
Soon to have dual ring with bash guard and chain device!
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
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.
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.
a Weekend Warrior
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.
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.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Enduro,Trek Remedy 8
Bike Setup: Stock, except for removing large chain ring and adding a chain guide/ bash guard
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2010
Strengths: pedals well, suspension soaks up anything
Weaknesses: none yet
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.