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First Ride: 2021 Trek Slash 9.9

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First Trip: 2021 Trek Slash 9.9

Transferring on down the tube updates, there’s one which’s technically a step backward in time, however it’ll little question be met with a lot rejoicing. The Slash has gone to an ordinary threaded BSA backside bracket.

Photograph Credit score: Ryan “Squirrel” LaBar

The brand new Trek Slash adopts the broader 55-millimeter chainline customary to accommodate wider tires and stiffer chainstays. Shimano is already utilizing this customary and SRAM is shifting that path too as evidenced right here. That doesn’t imply it’s gone Tremendous Increase, thoughts you. Trek invented Increase 148. They’re the rationale it’s spelled with a capital B. The 55-millimeter chainline simply means the chainring is shrugged out a pair millimeters to make extra room.

I wasn’t anticipating to see a bashguard as a part of the inventory spec on the Slash, however I used to be very a lot glad to have it after a very poor line selection induced me to smash it right into a rock exhausting sufficient to principally convey me to a cease and almost buck me over the bars. If this influence was on the chainring, it could have been a ride-ender, and possibly would have put me again a good chunk of change.

2021 Trek Slash

Photograph Credit score: Ryan “Squirrel” LaBar

The suspension received pushed up in journey to 160 millimeters within the again and 170 up entrance (although Trek says you may run a 180-millimeter fork). However perhaps the most important change to the Slash suspension is that Trek has ditched its RE:aktiv damper. They are saying this was a RE:motion to its enduro race group wanting a extra downhill-focused damper to satisfy the calls for of the seemingly ever-burlier Enduro World Sequence tracks.

To accommodate this, Trek’s engineers labored hand-in-hand with RockShox to co-develop the Tremendous Deluxe shock used on the Slash. The brand new shock nonetheless makes use of Trek’s Through Shaft damper know-how to ensure the shock is ready to react freely and instantly to preliminary and successive hits. We covered Thru Shaft a few years ago when Trek first adopted it, and it’s much less complicated and extra vital than it appears. It’s a high-tech instance of Trek’s historical past working intently with suspension manufacturers for its bikes.

A low-tech instance is the Trek-exclusive numbered rebound adjustment knob, which is very nice for referencing when making modifications. As for damping within the different path, the three-position low-speed open mode swap permits a bit extra or rather less pedal platform when toggled between ‘plus,’ ‘minus,’ or a impartial setting in between. However for many who need to get underneath the hood, the Tremendous Deluxe used on the brand new Slash takes inspiration from RockShox’s Meg Neg aftermarket air chamber improve, which permits quantity adjustment of unfavorable air chamber, not simply the optimistic. In a nutshell, you may regulate the depth of the added high-speed bump sensitivity {that a} unfavorable air chamber affords.

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