from Charlotte, NC
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2011
Strengths: Light weight for a 6.7 inch travel bike. Climbs really well with the compression adjustment on the rear shock and fork, plus the travel reduction from 160mm to 120mm on the fork. Amazing descender - I felt like I was on a full on DH bike. The bike ate up rough terrain, jumped really well with lots of pop, and railed turns. The Joplin adjustable seatpost is a great addition - just a flick of a button and your all set whether the trail is headed up or down. Bike really liked freeride style stunts - skinnies, wallrides, and would soak up drops. Adjustable geo is a nice option
Weaknesses: The only weakness I found was that it takes some time to get the rear shock dialed to my liking. You have to try a couple different settings and air pressures, but this is normal for freeride and DH bikes.
If you want a bike that you can ride on xc trails and get to the top to "earn" your descent then put the Scratch on your short list. Your lycra wearing buddies may beat you to the top of the hill, but they better get out of the way once you point this bike downhill. Handles the bike parks really well - loves drops thanks to the suspension and geometry and rides really well on skinnies due to the tight turning radius. Bike pedals really well - I even rode it on the road a fair bit. For a do it all bike you can't go wrong, especially if you like aggressive trail riding, bike parks, DH, and just ripping singletrack but still want to climb to the top!
Similar Products Used: Intense Uzzi, Iron horse sunday, Yeti 303, Kona coiler, Demo 8, Enduro, sx trail, Gary fisher Roscoe, trek remedy, trek session
Bike Setup: Stock set up
a Weekend Warrior
from Belmont, VT
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2011
Strengths: This Bike is amazing, climbs with the best of the cross country crowd when by all means it has no right to. The bike is stable downhill and coasts endlessly. Stable and fast on the most technical downhills. The Suspension is bottomless and clears 4-5' drops with grace. The tires are also have good grip but just not stiff enough in the corners.
Weaknesses: The handle bars are ok I opted to swapp to a favorite. I swapped them and the stem out ASAP. Bearing in the chain tensioner are garbage too. One is already toast after 3 months.
Amazing!! For the Price I would have expected a lighter Crank, like the Race face Sixc.
Similar Products Used: 2010 Scott Genius 20, Rocky Mountain ETSX 70,
Bike Setup: Stock except for Thomson X4 Stem and Bar Gravity carbon DH
a Weekend Warrior
from San Anselmo, CA
Date Reviewed: July 5, 2011
Strengths: Light, fast climber, joplin is a bonus, plush smooth travel
Weaknesses: the Dropper post failed on me at the end of the demo ride so that sucked. the grips were a bit bleh
I liked it. i rode a fairly technical trail with lots of roots. i liked the Talas for its 160/120 option. that made climbing that much easier. If you like technical trails and a bit of harsh freeride but still need to climb then this is for you. but you have to have money. 3 Flamin' Chillis because i dont know if it rides worth the money because it was a demo five for Overall because it was a great pedaling descending machine.
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 »
I own a 2008 Rune and was looking at a Scratch Air 9 that I could get for a great price. Just wondering if anyone has actually ridden both of these bikes? I am especially interested in how the Scratch Climbs compared to the Rune. My rune has the ISX-6 shock and the Manitou Nixon Elite 160mm Fork. Th ... Read More »
I just started riding. Im currently on a HiFi 29er. It feels huge to me in the tight twistys and turns. I ride markham park here in Florida. I know the 29er is a fast bike and rolls over crap like a monster truck, but I don't see myself doing 30 through these trails. I also would like to bring my ol ... Read More »
I own a scratch air 9 and love it, the only thing i'm not 100% on is the rear shock.
Its hard to explain but it doesn't always feel as active as i would like and i struggle to get the sag right when matching it to a nice ride. Anyway...
Would i be mad to consider putting a coil in the ... Read More »
I want to see how well they pedal. I'm looking to get one and want to see if the air shock pedals as well as the custom tuned dhx on the session, and the funky reservoir shocks on the trail bikes. I'm getting rid of my dh bike, so this bike will need to go down as well as it goes up, and like the g ... Read More »