Trek Session 88 FR Freeride Full Suspension

5/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Wheels: Bontrager Big Earl
  • Shifters: Shimano New Saint Rapid Fire Plus
  • Saddle: Bontrager Big Earl
  • Handlebars: Bontrager Earl, 50mm rise, 31.8mm
  • Headset: Custom Cane Creek; 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bryantaber a Downhiller from Mass

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2010

Strengths:    Very Light Frameset, Full Floater, Light tubing

Weaknesses:    Frameset is a little too thin

Bottom Line:   
Bought the frame brand new from a Bike shop mechanic who only needed the Session stock bike components. I am coming off of an IH Sunday and up til now never thought I would see a bike that pedaled better than the Sunday. I was wrong. My Trek is abt 37 lbs BUT I'm not sure what it is but this bike feels so flickable on the trails I have never ridden so fast in my life. I am just pumping out of turns and up small hills where before I had to be pedaling out of the burms to climb the hill. My friends behind me have noticed a big difference.Im pumping thru the trails and their pedaling still behind me. They cant keep up. The bike feels sooooo fast and light as if I can just push and hop along my run and place the bike where I want. ITS A FARRRR Superior jumper than the IH. The Sunday was sooooo stable in felt like it didnt want to leave the ground. the sesion feels like the lightest, stiffest most nimble single pivot without any of the brake jack, Accept it pedals like a hardtail. It took a while getting used to the Single crown and the front is a bit twitchey compared to my trple. The slack headangle and lightweight front is probably the reason. Now for downer. I have seen some nasty dents at the Mt. The tubing is thin. At Hiland Mtn, However, they use the session for their rental fleet. They are usuing clear pvc drainage hose ziptied to the frame as protection. Tney assured me that they have had no significant dents as a result. I have since done the same and can atest to it's success. So far is is the most Superior feeling Dh bike I have ever owned. I cannot believe how fun and easy to pedal it is. It's as responsive as my Giant trance. if I could raise the seat as hi I would use it as my trail bike. I hear its 2100 frame only (if u can find one). So It's hrd to give it 5 turds as a value. But defntly 5 for Overall, Im n ot just one of those guys who love to write glowing reviews to feel good about his prurchace either. I really have to be impressed to take the time to write a review. Hope this was helpful

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Favorite Trail:   Lincoln Woods / Diablo

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike

Similar Products Used:   Balfa BB7, IH Sunday, Turner Dhr

Bike Setup:   Mavic 823's, Saints, Totem (FR version), Formula Ouro's, Answer Carbon Bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mcap a Weekend Warrior from Fountainville, PA

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2010

Strengths:    This bike is amazing. The suspension feels bottomless and is so smooth. This bike pushes you to ride faster and soaks up the big hits. The Saint components are excellent, the bike is fairly light, Totem has worked well and is very stable. The 65 degree headtube is aggressive and is very good around turns and feels very smooth off large drops. You can really notice the benefit of the ABP. I love this bike and I have yet to run into another at the mountain

Weaknesses:    Pricey if purchased new at retail price.

Bottom Line:   
If you have the cash and are looking for a unique DH/FR rig and can find one for sale, buy it! There are many other great DH/FR bikes out there, the Session 88 can handle whatever you throw at it

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Favorite Trail:   Diablo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Stock 09 Session 88 FR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fatsweatski a Downhiller from Ardmore. PA 19003 USA

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2009

Strengths:    Light Stiff great components great appearance Abp, Full floater and evo link combine to make a bottomless feeling no break jacking rocket

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
This bike is sick in all the right ways..If you have big enough you know whats this bike can take it and correct your mistakes as they happen.

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Favorite Trail:   Wissahickon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Human Zoom Bikes and

Similar Products Used:   My 2003 Kawasaki KX250


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by oldman54 a Downhiller from Calgary, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2009

Strengths:    Light, fast downhill bike with excellent brakes.

Jumps like a kangaroo.


Weaknesses:    High price

Bottom Line:   
The bike is disgustingly fast since there is no brake jack so you can hit the turns hard, brake with control and shoot thru.

I'm not a big fan of tight, technical trails but on this bike had no problem negotiating them and actually enjoyed them. This might be explained by the bike's lighter weight which allowed it to be shifter around easily.

Took a few runs but after the suspension was dialed in jumps became a shear joy. The suspension feels bottomless.


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Favorite Trail:   Whistler, B.C.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5500.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky Primo is the closest bike I have ridden to this one.

Bike Setup:   Freeride

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