MEET THE NEW TREK SLASH
With the Top Fuel getting bumped into the Trail category and the Trek Fuel EX also getting the longer, slacker and more aggressive treatment, Trek Bicycles stepped back to take a hard look at what the next generation Slash should be.
Boasting 170mm of travel front and rear, the Slash’s intentions have certainly risen to what it seems riders and the industry are demanding. Bigger travel bikes that can pedal and are equipped with DH-bike geometry seem to be more commonplace these days and Trek wasn’t about to let their flagship Enduro Race Bike fall behind. We’d actually say that Trek has actually made the new Slash even more versatile than the outgoing, 29er Slash, which was very much a race-focused machine.
By allowing riders to run either a 27.5” (OE Spec) or 29” rear wheel, and being able to use up to a 190mm fork up front, Trek’s new Slash can be the ultimate race rig or the freeride, big-hitting park rat’s dream machine.
Size medium bikes and up come with a mixed wheel setup, whereas size small Slashes will come with 27.5” front and rear, just like our friend Casey Brown’s bike, seen here. Watching a rider of her height pop, shred and climb some techy, wet and root-littered trails north of Whistler was a fun experience, and her excitement about having more control over the bike thanks to the smaller wheels was evident. Also exciting for riders is the roughly 80mm increase in dropper post insertion. This means that size medium bikes can run a 200mm dropper. Longer droppers for everyone!
GEOMETRY | Trek Bicycles will be offering the Slash in five sizes from Small to XL, with a Med/Large midway through the range. Coming in with a half-degree slacker head tube angle in the nominal position, the Slash sits at 63.3 degrees with the mixed-wheel configuration. Sold separately are headset cups for those who want to take advantage of the ability to add or subtract a full degree from that head tube angle number. There is also a changeable lower shock mount that changes BB height for smaller adjustments and to offset the change from swapping wheel sizes. Not geometry related but also adjustable is the compression ratio, which goes from 20% to 25%.
Along with the slackening of the headtube angle and adding to the bike’s adjustability, the new 2024 Slash will have a 77-degree seat tube angle, 351mm BB height, 27mm BB drop, size specific chainstays achieved by shifting bottom bracket position in the front triangle and an overall wheelbase of 1,277.7mm for the size large mixed wheel configuration.