Slash 9.8 is a carbon enduro mountain bike built to handle big hits, rail corners and rip down the mountain faster than you ever thought possible. Ultra stiff and ultra tough carbon frame, carbon wheels and the most refined suspension tech from RockShox make this long-travel 29er a worthy contender for any dedicated rider and enduro podium.
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You’re looking to tackle huge days on huge mountains, whether it’s an enduro race or an epic adventure. You want the light weight and muted vibes of a carbon frame, and you prioritise tunable suspension performance over a shiny top-shelf drivetrain.
A full OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with 160 mm of travel and an all-new RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock with an updated Thru Shaft damper, plus an all-new RockShox ZEB fork with extra-beefy 38 mm stanchions. A Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain for super-smooth shifting that’s easy on the thumb, 4-piston brakes for confident descents and Line Elite 30 carbon wheels with a 108-tooth Rapid Drive hub for quick acceleration when you need it most.
This is a beast of a mountain bike. You get hot new suspension technology normally reserved for the most expensive bikes, and you get it on a fresh new frame. With Slash 9.8, the faster you go, the better it rides, so giddy-up.
Internal frame storage makes it easy to ditch the pack and still carry your ride essentials.
With the all-new RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Thru Shaft, you get the most refined shock on the market, with an updated air spring and an exclusive Thru Shaft damper that gives you tenacious grip, plush control and the support you need for ripping rough descents all day.
Active Braking Pivot allows our engineers to tune how the suspension reacts to acceleration and braking forces independently. That means you get more confident control when you need it most.
Replaceable down tube guards protect the underside of your frame from rock strikes, trail debris and janky shuttle vehicles so you can forget about damage worries and focus on blasting the next run.
Trek’s mountain-specific carbon fibre is tougher carbon, with unique materials and lay-up procedures, Trek’s advanced engineering, and a higher standard of testing.
Each model features Rapid Drive 108 hubs, which have 108 points of engagement for quick accelerations and confident pedalling through even the most demanding terrain.
*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted
|Frame||OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame and stays, internal storage, tapered head tube, Knock Block 2.0, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armour, shuttle guard, threaded BB, ISCG 05, 34.9 mm seat tube, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 160 mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox ZEB Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 2.1 RC damper, tapered steerer, 44 mm offset, Boost110, 15 mm Maxle Stealth, 170 mm travel|
|Shock||NEW RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, DebonAir spring, Thru Shaft 3-position damper, 230×62.5 mm|
|Max compatible fork travel||180mm (596mm axle-to-crown)|
|Wheel front||Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15 mm thru axle|
|Wheel rear||Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost 148, 12 mm thru axle|
|Skewer rear||Bontrager Switch thru-axle, removable lever|
|Rim||Bontrager Line Elite 30, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle|
|*Tyre||Size: S , M , L , XL|
Bontrager SE5 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29×2.50″
|Size: S , M , L , XL|
Bontrager SE6 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29×2.50″
|Tyre part||Bontrager TLR sealant, 180 ml/6 oz|
|Rim strip||Bontrager TLR|
|Max tyre size||Frame: 29×2.50″ Fork: See manufacturer|
|Shifter||Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed|
|Rear derailleur||Shimano XT M8100, long cage|
|Crank||Shimano XT M8120, 30T, 55 mm chainline, 170 mm length|
|Bottom bracket||Shimano SM-BB52, 73 mm, threaded external bearing|
|Cassette||Shimano XT M8100, 10-51, 12-speed|
|Chain||Shimano Ultegra/XT M8100, 12-speed|
|Max. chainring size||Max: 34T, Min 28T|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138 mm width|
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 100 mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9 mm, 345 mm length
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 150 mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9 mm, 440 mm length
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 170 mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9 mm, 485 mm length
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 200 mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9 mm, 550 mm length
|Handlebar||Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 820mm width|
|Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Pro, alloy lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Line Pro, 35 mm, Knock Block, Blendr-compatible, 0-degree, 35 mm length|
|Head set||Knock Block 2.0 Integrated, 72-degree radius (includes infinite-radius chip), sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8″ top, 1.5″ bottom|
|Brake||Shimano XT M8120 4-piston hydraulic disc|
|*Brake rotor||Size: S , M , L , XL|
Shimano RT76, 6-bolt, 180 mm
|Size: S , M , L , XL|
Shimano RT76, 6-bolt, 203 mm
|Bag||Bontrager BITS Internal Frame Storage Bag|
|Weight||M – 14.56 kg / 32.1 lbs (with TLR sealant, no tubes)|
|Weight limit||This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider and cargo) of 136 kg (300 lb).|
Proper bike fit is essential for best performance and comfort. Any size and geometry measurements shown on archcycles.com are for general comparison purposes only. To find your perfect fit, visit an authorised retailer, where an expert skilled at sizing will help you find the appropriate bike and size for your individual needs.
All measurements provided in cm unless otherwise stated.
2022 Slash 9.8 XT