Trek Slash 9

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    Nov 13, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    I'll probably be doing the Arizona thing again next year (company offered me more money). With that extra money, I want to buy a serious mountain bike for serious mountains.

    After "some" research, I've come up with the Trek Slash 9.

    Do any of you have experience with serious mountains, downhills, and high jumps? (not freeride tricks, just high jumps) If so, let me know your opinion on this bike. The bike shop I know there has it in stock.

    Here's the bike:

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    Nov 13, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    BTW, those tires go in the trash. I've gotten hooked on the climbing ability of the Kenda Nevegals.
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    Nov 14, 2012 5:12 AM GMT
    Hmm... I actually bought my old stumpjumper for a long job in New Mexico... got a rear tire made for sand. It turned out to be a good investment for that part of the country. Also had it delivered to me in ABQ... saved some shipping hassles.
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    Nov 14, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    Super sexy.
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    Nov 14, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
    Before I googled that specific bike, I could tell that's a sweet ride just by glancing at the geometry and that back shock. Very nice.
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    Nov 14, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    i'm a pure XC rider, anything that hinders climbing is a no no on my list.

    So can't give any opinion here, except everything on that bike is high quality.
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    xassantex saidi'm a pure XC rider, anything that hinders climbing is a no no on my list.

    So can't give any opinion here, except everything on that bike is high quality.
    I've only been mountain biking since Oct 16 (used to be only road and easy trails). Climbing angles more than 30 degrees are still a huge challenge...usually have to walk the bike up (then have fun on the downhill side).

    But one thing I've learned, is that a hardtail or locking shocks are a must for climbing.
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    I'm such a geek. I read Trek Slash and thought K/S!
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    swimguychicago saidI'm such a geek. I read Trek Slash and thought K/S!
    Be thankful it's not the Trek Remedy 9.9. That thing is a fucking monster!

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/technical_trail/remedy/remedy_9_9/#
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    Nov 15, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    xassantex saidi'm a pure XC rider, anything that hinders climbing is a no no on my list.

    So can't give any opinion here, except everything on that bike is high quality.
    I've only been mountain biking since Oct 16 (used to be only road and easy trails). Climbing angles more than 30 degrees are still a huge challenge...usually have to walk the bike up (then have fun on the downhill side).

    But one thing I've learned, is that a hardtail or locking shocks are a must for climbing.


    Yes and no..locking the front shock is a big help ..most of the time.. in extremely technical climbs you might want full shock absorbtion.. situational.
    Locking is great if standing but often when i climb i remain seated right on the tip of the saddle (so it feels like a giant dildo up your ass ) and grind a gear i can manage for optimal traction while pulling down on the handlebar.
    If standing i lock front shock but don't mind the sag of rear shock as it keeps the tires glued to the trail.
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    Nov 15, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    xassantex said
    paulflexes said
    xassantex saidi'm a pure XC rider, anything that hinders climbing is a no no on my list.

    So can't give any opinion here, except everything on that bike is high quality.
    I've only been mountain biking since Oct 16 (used to be only road and easy trails). Climbing angles more than 30 degrees are still a huge challenge...usually have to walk the bike up (then have fun on the downhill side).

    But one thing I've learned, is that a hardtail or locking shocks are a must for climbing.


    Yes and no..locking the front shock is a big help ..most of the time.. in extremely technical climbs you might want full shock absorbtion.. situational.
    Locking is great if standing but often when i climb i remain seated right on the tip of the saddle (so it feels like a giant dildo up your ass ) and grind a gear i can manage for optimal traction while pulling down on the handlebar.
    If standing i lock front shock but don't mind the sag of rear shock as it keeps the tires glued to the trail.
    You're the first person I've heard/read about this. Most of the people I've met at the trail say the opposite. Now I'll have to borrow my friend's Scalpel (Cannondale) for a trial run. He swears by locking out both front and rear for the climbs.
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    Nov 15, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    There used to be a fun little climb at Quiet Waters (not great trails but good enough if you're in the area--I wouldn't make a special trip). Might still be there; don't know. Just the one mound though, from memory maybe only 20 ft high but very steep. The only way I figured to get up was momentum and you get some runway on the approach. Do not slow for anything. I fell over sideways a bunch of times trying to figure that out, sometimes right before the crest and I'm like, oh fuck, there I go again.

    Early on, I always tried to make sure no one was behind me on my attempts because I knew I'd fuck them up too.
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    Nov 15, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    paul, it's situational, again. Locking the rear sock will give you a better energy transfer to the wheels, hence a stronger climb. And it's true that most of climbing standing up is done where traction is not a huge issues, otherwise you remain seated.
    If it's a combination of the two : hard traction and steep , you can stand crouching , centered on the bike, it's very uncomfortable and hard on the quads but that's when i let the shock go free. But that's me.


    there is a very steep technical climb near home, bits of loose rocks ( baby's heads) ,sand, roots , steps ... it's one of those where you must remain aggressive all the way, it hurts and your breathing is messed up from the bumpy ride . I never ever lock the shocks ( front and rear) , whether standing or sitting. I want the shocks to absorb as much as possible to smoothen the way.
    ...reminds me i haven't done it in a while.. hmm..
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    Nov 15, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    xassantex saidpaul, it's situational, again. Locking the rear sock will give you a better energy transfer to the wheels, hence a stronger climb. And it's true that most of climbing standing up is done where traction is not a huge issues, otherwise you remain seated.
    If it's a combination of the two : hard traction and steep , you can stand crouching , centered on the bike, it's very uncomfortable and hard on the quads but that's when i let the shock go free. But that's me.


    there is a very steep technical climb near home, bits of loose rocks ( baby's heads) ,sand, roots , steps ... it's one of those where you must remain aggressive all the way, it hurts and your breathing is messed up from the bumpy ride . I never ever lock the shocks ( front and rear) , whether standing or sitting. I want the shocks to absorb as much as possible to smoothen the way.
    ...reminds me i haven't done it in a while.. hmm..
    That sounds like half the climbs on the "expert/pro" trails at Markham. If I can ever learn to climb those, it'll feel like a major accomplishment. icon_lol.gif