Saturday, September 23, 2023

Trek’s New Slash Is going Top-Pivot and Blended-Wheel for 2024


If you happen to’re partial to long-travel MTBs, you’ve almost definitely had your eyes on Trek’s Slash in the future. If you happen to additionally like high-pivot motorcycles, you’ll be stoked to peer the brand new 2024 Slash. Except the brand new linkage, Trek has made a couple of different notable updates to the sixth era Slash.

For 2024, Trek boosted rear journey to 170mm. Every other important replace is the transfer to mixed-wheel setups. All new Slashes come inventory with MX wheels, excluding on small frames which persist with 27.5” entrance and rear. Medium frames or better do be offering the choice of operating a 29” rear wheel.

Trek doesn’t merely describe the brand new Slash as an enduro motorbike, they’ve billed it extra extensively as a long-travel motorbike meant for all-mountain using, enduro racing, or motorbike park shredding. With gobs of journey and subtle pedaling traits, the brand new Slash is usually a tempting possibility for any person who enjoys using tough terrain. 

2024 Trek Slash – Body Main points

2024 Trek Slash, front angle

The brand new Slash gives 170mm rear journey, including 10mm from the former Slash. 170mm forks come inventory on all fashions. Trek says you’ll be able to run as much as 190mm unmarried crown forks, however they haven’t examined the Slash with twin crown forks so that they gained’t give the golf green mild for that conversion. 

Trek made up our minds the MX wheel setup used to be ultimate for the Slash, providing optimum rollover up entrance and agile dealing with plus additional tire clearance out again. Whilst all fashions of the brand new Slash might be offered with MX wheel setups, medium-XL frames can run 29” wheels in the event you switch the inventory decrease surprise mount for the geo-correcting 29” model (offered one after the other).

Wheel Measurement

2024 Trek Slash, small frame
Apologies for the low-quality symbol, this used to be the one shot to be had to turn the small body 27.5″ Slash.

As famous above, small frames run a collection of 27.5” wheels to provide a proportional have compatibility and more straightforward dealing with for smaller riders. Trek notes there isn’t sufficient clearance to place a 29” rear wheel at the small body, nor are you able to run a 29” fork and entrance wheel. In addition they don’t suggest operating a 27.5” entrance wheel within the better body sizes.

The brand new Slash does no longer have Trek’s Mino Hyperlink flip-chip. Trek says with the attitude regulate headset cups and swappable decrease surprise mounts the Mino Hyperlink is not vital.  They’ve additionally made up our minds to awl their Knock Block headset steerage stops.

Measurement-Particular Chain Remains

2024 Trek Slash, chainstay

Trek took an enchanting technique to offering size-specific chainstays at the new Slash. The chainstays for all body sizes are in truth the similar; the positioning of the BB at the entrance triangles varies to create other rear finish lengths for nearly each length. 

If you happen to’re questioning about chain period with the brand new high-pivot linkage, maximum sizes of the brand new Slash run a normal uncut 126-link chain, however the XL frames do require 128 hyperlinks.

Extra Dropper Publish

2024 Trek Slash, brake and rotor

The brand new Slash frames boast considerably larger dropper publish insertion. A medium body can accommodate a 200mm publish, and a small can run as much as 170mm.  

As for fitments, the Slash makes use of Spice up 148 rear axle spacing and has a 55mm chainline. Max chainring length is 34t (spherical) or 32t (oval). The ground bracket is a BSA threaded 73mm, with a 3-bolt ISCG05 mount. Max tire clearance is two.5” for 27.5” or 29” wheels. The body has a 200mm post-mount for the rear caliper, however you’ll be able to length as much as a 220mm rotor. The brand new Slash frames use SRAM’s UDH derailleur hangers.

Up to date Garage

2024 Trek Slash, in-frame storage

Trek has revised their in-frame garage for the brand new Slash: The compartment opening is now larger, and the latch is now more straightforward to achieve. Trek has added ‘chunnels’ throughout the body to do away with the danger of cables catching in your shipment or the integrated BITS device roll. All motorcycles and framesets include a proper side-loading Bontrager bottle cage. In an eco-friendly transfer, Trek is now making all of the plastic portions of the garage compartment from recycled fabrics. One word for smaller riders; the scale small Slash can nonetheless have compatibility a water bottle, and nonetheless gives in-frame garage.

Incorporated Rear Fender

2024 Trek Slash, fender

Trek features a rear fender with the brand new Slash, which used to be designed to compare the glance of fork-mounted entrance fenders. It may be used with a 27.5” rear wheel, however in the event you opt for a complete 29” setup the fender will have to be got rid of, because it does no longer go away plentiful clearance for the larger wheel.

Below-Paint Body Coverage?

2024 Trek Slash, down tube guards

To offer protection to your steed, Trek did one thing distinctive with the brand new Slash – The carbon frames come prewrapped with an impact-resistant movie that sits underneath the paint. The Slash additionally options two replaceable dual-density higher and decrease down tube guards. The chainstay additionally will get a noise-reducing guard, formed to forestall the chain from whipping and to scale back each vertical and lateral chain motion.


2024 Trek Slash, idler pulleys

The brand new Slash nonetheless makes use of Trek’s long-standing ABP linkage, nevertheless it’s been revised to paintings with the high-pivot design. Trek’s ABP linkage helps to keep the suspension energetic underneath braking and permits them to music anti-squat and anti-rise independently.

2024 Trek Slash, wheel path chart

With its rearward axle trail, the Slash’s rear wheel resists putting up on square-edged hits and is helping handle momentum.

2024 Trek Slash, anti-squat chart

The Slash’s outsized 19t higher loafer and its exact place had been engineered to optimize pedaling potency and reach Trek’s desired anti-squat price (which is now a lot nearer to the 2022 Most sensible Gas than the former Slash, because the chart above displays). The higher loafer additionally removes pedal kickback brought about via chain expansion.

The decrease loafer pulley fights the results of chain expansion, fighting the chain from pulling the derailleur cage. This implies smoother drivetrain efficiency and unfastened suspension motion that doesn’t struggle towards the derailleur grab.

2024 Trek Slash, leverage chart

Identical to the newest Gas EX, the brand new Slash features a leverage price adjustment chip, so you’ll be able to make a choice from ‘Much less’ and ‘Extra’ settings. This chip supplies every other little bit of adjustability so riders can fine-tune the Slash’s suspension curve to fit their weight or using taste. The Slash’s suspension is acceptable for air or coil shocks, however flipping the leverage chip to the ‘Extra’ environment will most likely yield the most productive effects with coil shocks.


2024 Trek Slash, mullet geometry
2024 Trek Slash, matched wheel geometry

Trek’s geometry is for sure up-to-date, if no longer pushing the envelope in some spaces… just like the very slack head tube at 63.5°! That head tube perspective is adjustable via +/- 1° with Trek’s perspective regulate headset cups (offered one after the other).

With the other headset cups and wheel length choices, there are in truth six other geo configurations for the brand new Slash. Incorporated above are the numbers for MX motorcycles and whole 27.5” or 29” motorcycles, with the inventory headset cups. Take a look at Trek’s website online if you wish to crunch the numbers at the Slack or Steep configurations.

Nearly each body length will get its personal chainstay period, excluding the M/L and big frames which proportion the similar rear-end dimension. Smaller riders might be glad to peer the scale small Slash has a dropped most sensible tube to stay the standover peak low.

Type Lineup

2024 Trek Slash 8 aluminum frame, side
Pictured above is the Slash 8 with the aluminum body.

The brand new Slash is to be had in seven other builds. That’s a large number of portions and colour choices to checklist right here, so take a look at Trek’s website online for entire construct specifications on each and every. A couple of fast notes on builds; The Slash 8 and 9 fashions include aluminum frames, and all others are complete carbon. One cool factor about Trek’s builds is that they provide patrons the collection of Shimano or SRAM drivetrains.

2024 Trek Slash 9.9 XX AXS, side
Right here’s the range-topping 9.9 XX AXS T-Sort.

If you’re available in the market for the highest-end 9.9 XX AXS T-Sort construct, you get one giant improve in your cash… SRAM’s Flight Attendant digital suspension adjuster is integrated at the RockShox Zeb Final fork.  Additionally, all 9.9 fashions include a BITS steerer tube multi-tool.  

  • Slash 8 – $4399
  • Slash 9 GX AXS T-Sort – $5799
  • Slash 9.8 GX AXS T-Sort – $7999
  • Slash 9.8 XT – $7399
  • Slash 9.9 XTR – $9599
  • Slash 9.9 X0 AXS T-Sort – $9399
  • Slash 9.9 XX AXS T-Sort – $11,499

I used to be hoping to have my palms on a brand new Slash neatly ahead of release, however because of a delivery lengthen the motorbike simply arrived the day before today… regulate Bikerumor for an entire assessment later this autumn.


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