THE WOLF’S FIRST IMPRESSION
After our brief riding sessions to collect footage for this feature, it is very apparent that Trek has created a solid downhill bike. We are very excited to put this bike to the test against some of the best we have ridden and are counting down the days until the chairlifts start spinning. The versatility to run the new Trek Session in three different wheel configurations is a definite strength, and we hope to try out the Mullet setup this summer. Another strength we see is the solid value for privateers and cost-conscious downhillers.
In terms of performance, it is still much too early, and we have not yet put the bike through enough scenarios to learn it inside and out but there are some readily apparent improvements. The progressivity at the rear end is noticeably improved and when we charged into hard compressions, the bike kept up with the terrain and has not hung up yet. We really like the suppleness off the top and feel that it is going to do a good job for riders who like to charge full speed. The added length will take a little getting used to on some of our tighter, slower DH trails with switchbacks as the longer reach, lengthening wheelbase and 29-inch rear wheel had us feeling a bit slower in the tightest stuff. Certainly, there is a learning curve to each bike and with some more tuning and practice we are confident the Session will get even better. If we had to break down our initial impressions of the new Trek Session it would be that it is a fast, versatile, confidence inspiring downhill bike that will let you push harder, and ride faster than you thought you could.
Stay tuned for a long-term review to see if we can work out the little kinks and get this bike to do exactly what we want.
Price: $6,999 (Session 9)