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2018 Trek Slash 9.8 orange

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2018 Trek Slash 9.8

Availability: In stock

Regular Price: $5,499.00

Special Price $4,999.00

Your Savings: 9%

Quick Overview

When you're ready for downhills that used to scare you, the Slash has your back!


Color: Roarange/Gloss Black

Sizes: 17.5" Please call for size availability

 Yes, this is the bike that has appeared on so many magazine covers and YouTube clips: The Slash 9.8. It won PinkBike's "Mountain Bike of the Year" in 2017 and proved that 29'ers can go dowhill in gnarly conditions really fast. The Slash 9.8's geometry is designed for ugly dropoffs and rock gardens taken at speed. Despite the long-ish wheelbase, the Slash can handle hairpin turns with ease. Adjusting the bike's geometry is simple with the revereable Mino Link chips found at the top of the seat stays. By flippping the chips 180 degrees, the bottom bracket can be dropped by 7mm, and the head angle can be slackened to add stability on particularly hair-raising trails. 

Going uphill on the Slash 9.8 isn't difficult, either. Unlike so many "all-mountain" machines that feel like you're pushing cow up a fire escape, the Slash 9.8 isn't afraid of climbs, thanks to light weight and excellent gearing. Weighing in at only 31lbs for a 17.5" bike, the Slash 9.8 is more than capable of getting out of its own way. A low number like that is achieved with Trek's ultralight OCLV Mountain carbon fiber frame and OCLV carbon fiber seat stays. The frame's incredible torsional strength allows the bike to handle precisely in frightening terrain and boast flex-free power delivery. The Active Braking Pivot (or ABP) rear suspension geometry isolates the braking dynamics from the suspension, preventing the rear shock from contracting when you might need it most. By placing the ABP pivot at the rear wheel dropout, the movement of the suspension isn't affected by pedaling forces, either. Cool, huh? The seat stays are connected to the rear shock with a one-piece EVO Link rocker where the aforementioned Mino Link chips are located. The rear shock itself is an air-adjustable RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:activ unit with the latest Thru-shaft design.

What is Thru-shaft? Glad you asked!

A conventional shock design needs an internal floating piston (or IFP) for the damper shaft to press against, resulting in a delay for the shock to react to a given bump. The Thru-shaft design eliminates the IFP, allowing the damper shaft to run out the other end, eliminating any lag on any given bump. The shock will simply function better, especially during a rapid succession of hits on a fast downhill course. Better shock function means better control on rough terrain. More control is always good for speed and rider confidence! With 150mm of suspension travel at the rear wheel, the Slash 9.8 can handle hard landings and root "fun houses" all day.

Up front, the air-adjustable Fox Performance 36 Float suspension fork takes on the rough stuff with 160mm of travel. installed in a tapered E2 head tube, the Fox suspension fork handles descents with precision. A 3-position damper knob at the top of the crown makes mid-ride tweaks simple. A 15mm thru-axle adds an extra dash of razor-sharp handling in choppy singletrack.

A 12-speed (yes, 12-speed) SRAM GX Eagle rear shifter operates a SRAM GX Eagle rear derailleur, offering incredibly quick operation across a 10-50T SRAM GX Eagle cassette. Helping to deliver power is the job of a SRAM Descendant 7k Eagle alloy crankset with a 32T Direct Mount X-Sync chainring. Installed in a press-fit PF92 bottom bracket, the crankset features an MRP chainguide for holding on during the really rough landings.

Bontrager's tubeless-ready Line Elite 30 wheels are laced to a new 108T Rapid Drive rear freehub for instant power delivery out of every corner. A 29mm inner rim width allows the tire to plant a wider contact patch on the trail for improved grip at any speed. Stacked spoke lacing and Boost 110/148 hubs make the Slash 9.8's wheels feel precise when charging into fast turns. The wheels are wrapped with tubeless-ready 29x2.40" Bontrager SE4 Team Issue tires for bags of grip on technical surfaces. Helping to reign in speed is a set of SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc brakes.

A Bontrager Drop Line dropper post with handlebar-mounted remote lever, Bontrager Evoke 2 saddle, alloy Line Pro stem and 35.0mm OCLV carbon fiber Line Pro handlebar complete this enduro-ready machine.

Additional Information

Year 2018
Gender Mens + Womans
Color Orange
Speeds 12 Speed

Sturdy constuction, nimble handling, aggressive fit, OCLV Mountain carbon fiber main frame, OCLV Mountain carbon fiber seatstay, alloy chainstay, Active Braking Pivot (ABP) rear suspension geometry, Boost110/148 front/rear hub spacing, EVO Link rocker, adjustable Mino Link, tapered E2 head tube, Knock Block headset, PF92 bottom bracket, Control Freak internal cable routing, downtube Carbon Armor, 150mm travel rear suspension, air-adjustable RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:aktiv rear shock w/Thru Shaft 3-position damper, air-adjustable Fox Performance 36 Float suspension fork w/160mm of travel, SRAM GX Eagle rear shifter, SRAM GX Eagle rear derailleur w/Roller Bearing Clutch, SRAM Descendant 7k Eagle crankset w/32T Direct-Mount X-Sync chainring and chain guide/bash guard, 10-50T SRAM GX Eagle cassette, SRAM GX Eagle chain, tubeless-ready Bontrager Line Elite 30 wheelset w/Rapid Drive rear hub, 29x2.40" Bontrager SE4 Team Issue tires, SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc brakes, Bontrager Evoke 2 saddle, Bontrager Drop Line dropper post w/bar-mounted remote lever, Bontrager Rhythm 35mm stem, Bontrager Line Pro OCLV carbon fiber handlebar w/27.5mm rise

Manufacturer Trek