Trek Elite XC 9.8 2011 Mountain Bike

Trek Elite XC 9.8 Review

The Trek Elite XC 9.8 is a high performance hardtail mountain bike, which is ready to take on races and long distance rides without letting you down or putting you off pole position. It has a carbon frame and high end components from Shimano and Bontrager along with a suitably aggressive set up that will allow you to eat up miles of the toughest terrain around.

Trek’s use of a carbon frame is what you would expect to see for this price bracket and it is the best way of reducing the weight of a bike without compromising on its structural strength. The frame is coupled with a fork from the Fox F-Series, providing 100mm of travel from its air spring design. This is just what you need to take on jumps, judders and shakes that are brought about by rough trails and uphill climbs. A 10 speed Shimano gear set up and hydraulic disc brakes from Avid complete a very competent package in style.

To go with its status, the Trek Elite XC 9.8 features a no-nonsense, attitude-filled design that blends a largely black and grey frame with red detailing. The Bontrager tyres match nicely with the black rims and the carbon frame has virtually no seams. It also has one of the less chunky frames that you might see, giving a greater degree of deception to its innate strength and power, which should please riders who are not looking for a showy cycle.

Trek Elite XC 9.8 Specifications

  • Frame: TCT White Carbon with BB30 bottom bracket and drop in headset bearings
  • Front Fork: Fox F-Series Remote RL with air spring, rebound, remote lockout, alloy steerer and 100mm of travel
  • Rear Shock:
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
  • Number of Gears:
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore XT 10 Speed
  • Chainset: Shimano Deore XT
  • Chainrings: 42-32-24 Teeth
  • Bottom Bracket: BB90 Trek integrated Shimano BB kit
  • Cassette: Shimano M77110 11-36 10 Speed
  • Chain:
  • Pedals: Not included
  • Front Brake: Avid XO hydraulic disc brake
  • Rear Brake: Avid XO hydraulic disc brake
  • Brake Levers: Avid XO levers
  • Handlebars: Bontrager Race X Lite flat
  • Stem: Bontrager Race X Lite 7 degree
  • Headset: Cane Creek IS-3 1-1/8″ alloy cartridge headset
  • Grips: Bontrager Race Lite
  • Rims: Bontrager Race Lite disc wheel system, centerlock and tubeless ready
  • Front Hub:
  • Rear Hub: Bontrager Race Lite disc wheel system, centerlock and tubeless ready
  • Front Spokes:
  • Rear Spokes:
  • Front Tyre: Bontrager XR 1 Team 26×2.2″
  • Rear Tyre: Bontrager XR 1 Team 26×2.2″
  • Tubes:
  • Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 3 with titanium rails
  • Seatpost: Bontrager Race X Lite 31.6mm with 5mm offset
  • Seat Binder:
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