Trek Slash 9


Words by Dan Bladon, photos by Sim Mainey


This Trek Slash 9 has been built around a frameset so differs massively from an off the shelf production version. The  frame combines Trek’s Full Floater linkages, Evo Link and Active Braking Pivot to squeeze every last drop of performance out of it’s 160mm travel.

Build kit has been chosen around the bike’s twin duties of enduro racing and time spent in the hills. Downhill focussed Avid Codes take care of stopping duties while a mix of SRAM’s 1×11 drivetrain components from top end XX1 to more affordable GX provide the go.

The Slash 9 usually has a 160mm Fox 36 FIT2 fork up front, but as it was away for it’s yearly service, the backup Mattoc Pro was called into duty for the Lakeland trip.


| Trek Alpha Platinum Aluminium, 160mm
Shock | RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir
Fork | Manitou Mattoc Pro, 160mm

Chainset | SRAM XX1, 32t Race Face chainring
Bottom Bracket | SRAM Pressfit GXP
Chain | SRAM XX1
Chainguide | One Up
Rear Mech | SRAM GX
Cassette | SRAM XG1150
Shifter | SRAM X1
Brakes | Avid Code 180mm/180mm

Rims | Spank Oozy 26
Hubs | Spank
Spokes | N/A
Tyres | Maxxis Minion 2.3″ / Onza Ibex 2.4

Finishing Kit
Seatpost | RockShox Reverb Stealth, 125mm
Saddle | DMR Stage1 with RideSaver
Stem | Truvativ Holzfeller
Bars | Truvativ Blackbox Steve Smith
Grips | Sensus Swayze

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