Trek Scratch 9 Freeride Full Suspension

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 Van FIT RC 2 w/coil spring, rebound, alloy E2 tapered steerer, 20QR, 180mm travel
  • Rear Suspension: Fox DHX RC-4, custom "freeride tuned" w/externally adjustable velocity sensitive damping, bottom out force adjust and bottom out progressiveness, external rebound; 8.5x2.5"
  • Wheels: Bontrager Cousin Earl Elite Disc wheel system, 32 hole, 20mm front hub, 142x12mm rear hub, tubeless ready
  • Shifters: SRAM X.0, 9 speed
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-970 11-34, 9 speed

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 20, 2015]
Edward
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Chasis / Frame and geometry, Frame weight

Weakness:

So far None

I Bought a used Scratch last year with a Boxxer. Weight is 14,5 kg with pedals. It still pedals uphill very good with the DT swiss xc1600 wheels. Downhill ist best preformance I ever had. The bike is capable to do real downhil courses and enduro as well. It is light enough to do touring. I love the floating pivot system!!! It is great.

[Jul 03, 2013]
MountainShredder

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Amazingly plush rear suspension, carves the corners, very versatile.

Weakness:

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.

[May 19, 2013]
Dave

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

[Dec 14, 2012]
Allan Ptacnik
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

[Jul 18, 2012]
Mitch

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Slays all DH / Free ride tracks because of the awesome head angle

Weakness:

is a slug going up hill. Even tho mine has all carbon xo and vivid air, talas forks and all the rest making it light, its still an fr bike

would reccommend to any freeriders, but those looking for something in between dh and xc this isnt your bike.

Mad bike, love it to bits. and do commute 10k to work, but feels like my tr450, just a tad bit lighter and i sit higher

[Aug 01, 2011]
methcohna
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Suspension design, frame stiffness, pedalling efficiency, 180mm forks, tyres.

Weakness:

Worst seat ever, MRP chain guide poor quality, tubeless not quite ready wheels.

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.

Whats good:
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!

Bottom line:
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!

Similar Products Used:

Trek Remedy 9

[Oct 22, 2010]
jpv6578
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

170mm travel and climbs, high quality pivots and other hardware, Fox DHX RC4, ABP

Weakness:

160mm travel fork, joplin seatpost, bontrager tires

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

[Oct 11, 2010]
katoom250
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff, good spec, abp works, versatile

Weakness:

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:

Stinky, session 7, gemini, socom, slope style, nomad, bionicon.

[Jun 20, 2010]
steve09
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

light weight, stiff, active suspension, no brake jack, full seat tube, versatile

Weakness:

cable routing, joplin seatpost. Works wonders for some but I cant stand the play

The bike is easy to pedal up and a blast coming down. A bit pricy but it is worth it. It rides like a dream.

Similar Products Used:

transistion bottlerocket, sx trail, kona stinky

[May 24, 2010]
Jibro
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Pedals Well, Light Weight, Stiff Frame, Great Suspension, can be ridden in any terrain. Easy build once correct parts were found.

Weakness:

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)

Similar Products Used:

Santa Cruz Heckler
Turner DHR

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