The bikes in the Trek Slash range are built to help riders tackle tough, technical courses and daring downhill runs.
While this type of ful-sus mountain bike can be a little tough to handle in less extreme circumstances due to weight, Trek has set out to make sure that the lightness of each Slash model is something that can be appreciated.
Trek Slash 7
The Slash 7 features an Alpha Platinum Aluminium frame with a full floater setup that gives you 160mm of travel and plenty of impact-absorbing flexibility. A full float arrangement may not be for everyone, but it certainly delivers that feeling of extra travel without also making the bike feel a little vague and saggy on the uphill stints.
A RockShox Lyrik R solo air spring shock at the front is matched with a Fox Performance Series Float RP-2 rear suspension setup, the latter of which has been specifically manipulated by Trek’s engineers on the west coast of the US to make it work in harmony with the rest of the bike.
Bontrager rims and XR4 Expert tyres provide a good platform from which you can launch the bike onwards and downwards, while the SRAM X7 and X9 kit helps provide smooth gear changes and consistent power delivery without also adding too much weight to the Slash 7.
Hydraulic disc brakes from the Avid Elixir 5 range are capable enough to make the bike manageable at high speeds and overall the bike is surprisingly efficient when you start putting down some pedal power.
Trek Slash 8
While the Trek Slash 8 retains the same sturdy alloy frame of its more affordable sibling, the suspension setup has been revised again. At the front you get a Fox Performance Series 36 Talas R shock which has the option to adjust the level of travel between 120mm and 160mm so that a variety of courses can be catered to. The rear shock is part of the Fox Performance Series Float RP-2 range, but this time you get the 3 position ProPedal feature to add even more flexibility to the mix.
Elixir 9 hydraulic disc brakes from Avid are also present in the list of upgrades, while the Bontrager Rhythm Comp wheelset will help to keep you rolling quickly while offering the necessary bite that you need to remain on top of things at all times.
The RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost does a good job of helping to take the sting out of particularly major hits, so the Trek Slash 8 is going to make a good partner for anyone who has a stout conviction about their capabilities that they want to push further.
Trek Slash 9
In the continuing trend of suspension upgrades the Slash 9 introduces the Fox Factory Series 36 Talas FIT fork and also adds a Kashima coat to both the front and rear suspension units. This is a feature that is currently exclusive to Fox kit, allowing for smooth shock operation on a long term basis, with durability built into its construction.
Avid Elixir X0 hydraulic brakes, SRAM X0 gearing and a Bontrager Rhythm Pro Carbon handlebar come together to continue the light, hardwearing features elsewhere in the list of components.
Overall the Trek Slash family is going to gel well with any rider that wants to race downhill and take the less travelled path while still having the option to dig deep and climb back up the other side without being weighed down. Its versatility could be seen as a weak point, but unlike more specialised bikes it will not become a burden when changeable terrain presents itself.