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2010 Dirt 100 Trek Session 88

15:41 11th November 2009 by Billy Thackray

Some people would say that Trek have come out of nowhere to produce this high spec performance machine. Others with their finger on the pulse will have recognised the improvements in their trail bike range over the last couple of years, the Fuel and Liquid models that have led to the development of this, their best bike yet, the Session 88 is a killer package and it is this package that makes the 88 so hard to fault, and for competing brands to beat. With superb geometry, an impressively lean weight and great componentry the Session 88 has managed to weather the storm and remain one of our picks of 2010. A great race ready downhill bike, that is also available as a frameset.


£4,500.00 (Frame only: £2,200.00)

Trek 01908 282 626


  1. anonymous

    bastard bike companies sticking there prices up!
    its all good for those with money eh

  2. Greg

    well if you check…they havent put the price up..?

  3. Friday

    I’ve just taken delivery of the 2010 Trek Session 88 Works (not the £3k one)for considerably less than £4,500. BUT… the shop I bought it from say it will be the last Trek they can get for me as Trek have said they won’t let the shop have any more because of undercutting other bigger outlets in the area that want you to pay the full price. Surely it is at the discretion of the bike shop as to what price/profit they make? In that case we would all benefit. To me, this seems a bit like price fixing to riders in the UK which is possibly why a lot of people go abroad to get their bikes. Ultimately, Trek made a sale and got their money, not for the first time from me. Sadly, my Trek-buying days have come to an end as I’m not willing to be stitched up on the RRP of this f’ing country as you know they’ll be selling this bike for a grand less at the end of the year which is why I refuse to pay full whack for it now.
    P.S. I think Greg might be talking about the £3k version which looks a bargain in todays pricing world.

  4. James

    Any news on the denting issue? I knew people who had to sell their warranty frames for peanuts because no-one wanted them, they’d got such a reputation.

  5. dom

    this whole rip of britain thing pisses me off. fcuk trek right in the ear, surely price fixing is illegal?
    18 months ago i bought a socom in canada becuse even after getting it shipped from the states paying impoprt duty and brokerage fee it still worked out 500 quid cheaper than buying it in the uk.

  6. Nathan

    so, for 2010 have they got rid of the coke can tubing or is it still a one season racer?

  7. nozes

    About 1 month ago I got my first big dent in the downtube of my Session88,caused by a very large rock that the front wheel lifted.No big deal to me,I can live with it.
    Apart from that,I’ve done some 9 DH races+the Mega this year with zero problems.
    15 days ago,at the Festibike expo here in Portugal,I saw the 2010 bikes,and my first reaction was to tap on the downtube…it’s noticeable thicker.

  8. Connor

    So does that now mean that the weight is back to a comparable weight to most frames? If it is, then I see no reason that a handmade Intense frame, can’t beat a china bike in almost every aspect except price.

  9. Colin

    it’s probably a taiwanese bike. not chinese. likely they have worked out the issues the frames had in the first year of production. price fixing works great. look at cervelo. they’re made in china, nothing wrong there. intense on the other hand…

  10. Mat frm NZ

    could someone give me the “out of the box” weight?

  11. Tom

    I agree with Colin there, I must say Connor. Seen way too many Intense frames that have come out of the factory, to the shops with bad machining, not something often said about many of the high quality builds that come out of Taiwan

  12. James

    Connor do you know how dire Intense’s quality control can be at times

  13. Kevin

    We have a large in stock which complete is 39lbs 2oz with reflectors and bell :)

    We’ve never had any pressure from Trek regarding pricing, they know themselves that at the top end of the market dealers won’t always be able to achieve full margin. Your shop that is no longer dealing Trek may not have told you the full truth. Retail price fixing is illegal in the UK and as such Trek can’t remove dealerships on this basis and know that. However they do restrict mailorder selling of bikes completely and selling on ebay so it’s more likely your local store has done this, been caught and are now bitching. If Trek aren’t happy with price reductions and you breach other conditions of your dealership agreement you’re giving them what they need.

    If Trek have withdrawn supply due to pricing your shop should sue them as they’d have a very strong case, they could even report it to the OFT. Doubt they will for some reason.

    My view on price fixing is that there are dozens of other bikes out there that are all very good and bike companies have to compete with all so I never see how it’s a rip-off.

  14. Dirt HQ

    Guys, just had this direct from Trek for you all:

    “I’m sorry to hear some riders are upset by the price rise of the 2010 Session bikes over last year’s. In isolation it looks like a big hike, but the whole of the 2010 range has been affected by this rise in varying degrees. Raw materials costs have risen and together with poor exchange rates, this means that retail prices have moved up. In the case of the Session bikes, in order to maintain a realistic retail price point in light of these increases, we have had to reduce our own margins. Price rises aside, it’s a good bike for a fair price.

    As to price fixing, it’s illegal and Trek in no way condones it. We set a suggested retail price for each model as a guide, but retailers are not required to stick to that price. The price they sell at is at their discretion.”

  15. Adam

    nice bike – although the ABP thing get’s way more hype than it deserves.

    it’s not magic, it’s just a way for Trek to sidestep the FSR patent, as it allows the calliper to be mounted on the seatstay, no the chainstay.

    it’s clever, but it’s no better than a ‘normal’ chainstay pivot – see Demo.


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