Trek Slash 8 Mountain Bike 2020 [Review]

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Reviewed by Pedallers

Last Updated on September 2, 2020

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2020

Trek Slash 8 Mountain Bike 2020 Review

The Slash 8 mountain bike is one of the best in the market. It comes with a quality frameset made from high-quality aluminum, which makes it travel fast. It is equipped with a fork suspension that absorbs road shocks, reducing the onset of muscle stress. The RE:Aktiv braking technology and timeless tires ensure stability and control is maintained, irrespective of the riding surface. This bike is popular among endurance bikers.

Features

Straight Shot geometry

The versatility of this endurance bike is manifested through the Straight shot geometry design. This enables the rider to take on different terrains with great body balance and the same momentum. The frame design distributes the weight of the rider evenly, making the bike respond quite well to the movements of the rider. The geometry can be adjusted to high or low positions with the Mino Link flip. Adjusting the geometry does not have any effect on the fork system in any way.

Quality braking technology

This endurance bike is equipped with a great braking system. This is by virtue of the braking technology developed by Trek, known as Active Braking Pivot (ABP). This brake suspension technology delivers sharp and responsive braking force instantly at any time. It is perfectly capable of absorbing shocks and boosts stability, regardless of the terrain. This allows the rider to maintain smooth composure on any landscape and in closed intersections without anxiety.

ReAktiv technology

This element allows the mountain biker to pedal smoothly through different kinds of outback surfaces. The biker is able to handle the bike with comfort and prime efficiency when getting to rough grounds. Rounding off this characteristic is the braking pivot technology that provides the bike with tremendous acceleration and halting capacity when required. The broad dropouts of this bike furthermore improve productive pedaling.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Sizes: small, medium, large, extra large and extra extra large

Weight: 13.78 kilograms

Weight load: 136 kilograms

Body Frame: lightweight platinum aluminum, Active braking pivot (ABP), straight shot geometry with knock block, Mino link flip, 148 boost, travel 150mm, cable freak management

Fork: 160mm maximum travel, Rockshox, motion control,  110 boost, steerer

Shock: Rockshox, Re:Aktiv brakes with thru shaft, 230 x 57.5mm

Front-wheel: Bontrager Comp, tubeless-ready, 110 boost, 6 bolt, thru-axle 15mm

Back wheel: Bontrager Comp, tubeless-ready, 6 bolt, 148 boost, thru-axle 12mm

Rear derailleur: Sram GX eagle

Lower bracket: Sram Eagle, press-fit

Tires: Bontrager, 29er, tubeless-ready, 120TPI, internal walling

Crankset: 52mm boost, truativ, 32-tooth

Chainset: 12-speed levels, Sram GX eagle, 34-tooth

Bike cassette: 12-speed levels, Sram,

Shift lever: Sram GX Eagle, 12-speed levels

Brakes: Sram, hydraulic disc brakes, 4 piston

Brake rotor: Sram, round edge, 6 bolt, 200mm front, rear 180mm

Seat post: Bontrager, inner wire routing

Seat cushion: Chrome, Arvada, 138mm wide

Headset: Integrated Knock block, cartridge, radius 58 degrees

Handlebar: Alloy, Bontrager, 820mm wide, 27.5mm elevation

Hand grips: Alloy, Bontrager trail, lock-on

Pros
  • Aesthetic, solid build
  • Great handling
  • Versatile terrain use
  • Excellent fork suspension
  • Suitable for amateur and professionals alike
Cons
  • Short chainstay protector

FAQs

What makes the Slash 8 responsive in tight corners?

The straight shot geometry design gives the bike great response and handling

What braking technology is on the Slash 8?

The RE:aktiv technology comes with Thru Shaft for high stopping power without skidding

Conclusion

The Trek Slash 8 is a versatile endurance bike. The bike can be used on any terrain in the wild as well as for daily commuting. With its even distribution of body weight, quality braking technology and shock-absorbing fork suspension make it money well spent. The lightweight aluminum frame also makes it travel fast and durable. Bike handling and stability are great when using this bike for mountain biking.

Latest Price: Trek Slash 8 Mountain Bike

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