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Slash 9.8 XT

R110,000.00

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.

[2022] Model 35388

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It's right for you if...

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.

The tech you get

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.

The final word

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.

Why you'll love it

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Features

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Internal Storage

Internal frame storage makes it easy to ditch the pack and still carry your ride essentials.

RockShox Super Deluxe Thru Shaft damper

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.

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Active Braking Pivot

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.

Complete frame protection

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.

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OCLV Mountain Carbon

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.

Rapid Drive 108

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.

Specifications

*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted

FrameOCLV 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
ForkRockShox ZEB Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 2.1 RC damper, tapered steerer, 44 mm offset, Boost110, 15 mm Maxle Stealth, 170 mm travel
ShockNEW RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, DebonAir spring, Thru Shaft 3-position damper, 230×62.5 mm
Max compatible fork travel180mm (596mm axle-to-crown)
Wheel frontBontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15 mm thru axle
Wheel rearBontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost 148, 12 mm thru axle
Skewer rearBontrager Switch thru-axle, removable lever
RimBontrager Line Elite 30, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle
*TyreSize: 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 partBontrager TLR sealant, 180 ml/6 oz
Rim stripBontrager TLR
Max tyre sizeFrame: 29×2.50″ Fork: See manufacturer
ShifterShimano XT M8100, 12-speed
Rear derailleurShimano XT M8100, long cage
CrankShimano XT M8120, 30T, 55 mm chainline, 170 mm length
Bottom bracketShimano SM-BB52, 73 mm, threaded external bearing
CassetteShimano XT M8100, 10-51, 12-speed
ChainShimano Ultegra/XT M8100, 12-speed
Max. chainring sizeMax: 34T, Min 28T
SaddleBontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138 mm width
*SeatpostSize: S
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 100 mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9 mm, 345 mm length
Size: M
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 150 mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9 mm, 440 mm length
Size: L
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 170 mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9 mm, 485 mm length
Size: XL
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 200 mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9 mm, 550 mm length
HandlebarBontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 820mm width
GripsBontrager XR Trail Pro, alloy lock-on
StemBontrager Line Pro, 35 mm, Knock Block, Blendr-compatible, 0-degree, 35 mm length
Head setKnock Block 2.0 Integrated, 72-degree radius (includes infinite-radius chip), sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8″ top, 1.5″ bottom
BrakeShimano XT M8120 4-piston hydraulic disc
*Brake rotorSize: S , M , L , XL
Shimano RT76, 6-bolt, 180 mm
Size: S , M , L , XL
Shimano RT76, 6-bolt, 203 mm
BagBontrager BITS Internal Frame Storage Bag
WeightM – 14.56 kg / 32.1 lbs (with TLR sealant, no tubes)
Weight limitThis bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider and cargo) of 136 kg (300 lb).

Sizing & Tech

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.

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2022 Slash 9.8 XT

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