Words and Images: Ieuan Williams
The Slash 29 is a bike that hit the mountain bike community by storm. With Session styling in its DNA and two first place spots in the Scottish Downhill series at the start of the year, the Trek Slash seemed to be fast enough when the going got tough. Having previously ridden the 2017 Slash in the 9.9 build configuration it was an obvious choice for a benchmark bike for the Dirty Dozen and one other bikes would have to do well to beat. However, with Trek now removing this specification and going with the 9.8 as the flagship build, it faced its own challenge of living up to the memory of the beast we rode previously.
If looks are anything to go by then it’s still got it. Trek have always been known for their attention to detail. The Slash is no exception, with the in-house carbon production allowing for standards to be kept high. The main difference for the 2018 bike is the new Through Shaft damper from RockShox. This metric shock changes out the old Fox Float X2 damper from the 9.9.
Trek have also changed out the full carbon frame for the 9.8 build. An aluminium chainstay has been introduced. We were intrigued to see how this affected the ride dynamic.