Trek have released the long-awaited 2021 version of their Slash model.
Prices for the 2021 Trek Slash start from a very reasonable £2650 for the Trek Slash 7, and for the real pros out there, go all the way up to £7500 for the Trek Slash 9.9. With most people reviewing the higher-end versions, we decided to look at the more affordable Trek Slash 7.
The Trek Slash 7 29er Mountain Bike is a high-value all-mountain ripper that’s built for shredding singletrack at full speed. It’s got a stout aluminium frame and capable suspension package that can smash through gnarly, choppy descents like nobody’s business.
It’s right for you if…
You’re an all-mountain rider who loves pinning steep descents and sketchy rock gardens. You want a bike that’s born to plough through the roughest stuff at full tilt, is fully capable of racing enduro, and doesn’t break the bank.
The tech you get
An aluminium frame built for harsh riding with a threaded bottom bracket, dual downtube guards, Knock Block 2.0 and 160 mm of travel with a RockShox Select+ shock and 170 mm Yari RC fork. Plus, a SRAM NX Eagle drive train and Line Comp 30 wheels that are already completely tubeless ready, including sealant.
The final word
It may be the most affordable Slash in the line-up, but don’t underestimate how fast it’ll carry you down the mountain. You get a frame built for day after day of hard riding with a no-nonsense parts package that leaves enough cash in your pocket for enduro entry fees or a lift ticket to party laps.
Why you’ll love it
- It’s equally at home between the tape and in the rugged wild – Slash excels at racing enduro, but it’s ridiculously fun on gnarly trail rides, too
- A sleek internal storage compartment gives you a versatile spot to stow tools and gear
- We added a second down tube guard to better protect your frame from shuttle-related damage
- New, removable Knock Block has a bigger steering angle to keep cables and hoses safe without sacrificing turning radius
- Wider seat tube, wider dropper – the 34.9 mm diameter post is stronger, more durable, and moves up and down faster
- Weight M – 15.08 kg / 33.25 lbs (with tubes)
- Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminum, internal storage, tapered head tube, Knock Block 2.0, Control Freak internal routing, downtube guard, shuttle guard, threaded BB, ISCG 05, 34.9mm seat tube, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 160mm travel
- Fork RockShox Yari RC, DebonAir spring, Motion Control RC damper, tapered steerer, Boost110, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 170mm travel
- Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+, 230×62.5mm
- Wheels Bontrager Line Comp 30, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, SRAM XD driver, Boost 110 front, Boost 148 rear
- Tires Bontrager XR5 29×2.60″ front, XR4 29×2.40″ rear, Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi
- Shifters SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
- Rear derailleur SRAM NX Eagle
- Crank Size: S
- SRAM X1 Eagle, DUB, 30T steel ring, Boost (55 mm chain line), 170 mm length
- Size: M , ML , L , XL
- SRAM X1 Eagle, DUB, 30T steel ring, Boost (55 mm chain line), 175mm length
- Bottom bracket SRAM DUB, 73mm, BSA threaded
- Cassette SRAM PG-1230 Eagle, 11-50, 12 speed
- Chain SRAM NX Eagle, 12 speed
- Saddle Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails, 138mm width
- Seatpost TranzX JD-YSP39 dropper, internal routing, 34.9mm
- Handlebar Bontrager Line, alloy, 35mm, 27.5mm rise
- Stem Bontrager Line, 35mm, Knock Block, 0 degree
- Grips Bontrager XR Trail Elite, alloy lock-on
- Headset Knock Block 2.0 Integrated, 72-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8″ top, 1.5″ bottom
- Brakeset SRAM Guide T hydraulic disc