Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon 11

Trek dealers world wide are getting a first look at Trek's 2015 lineup this week, and details surrounding a few new models are quietly being released. Perhaps the most exciting introduction at the dealer event was the new Slash Carbon 27.5, available as the Slash 9.8 and Slash 9.9. When we previously tested the Slash we had great things to say, and we're happy that a carbon frame is finally an option.

Now that they're compatible, the Slash comes equipped with a 8.25 x 2.375-inch RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir rear shock.

Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon

2015 Trek Slash 9.8 27.5/650b

  • Frame: OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & seatstay, alloy chainstay, Carbon Armor, ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, BB95, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, ISCG 05 mount, magnesium EVO link, Mino Link, 160mm travel
  • Fork: RockShox Pike RC, 2-position Solo Air spring, rebound, adjustable compression damping, E2 tapered steerer, 15mm Maxle Lite, 130mm/160mm travel
  • Rear Suspension: RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir, rebound, lockout, 8.25x2.375
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X1, Type 2
  • Shifters: SRAM X1, 11 speed
  • Chainset: SRAM X1 1400 X-Sync, 32T
  • Bottom Bracket: BB95
  • Chain: SRAM PC-1130
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1180, 10-42, 11 speed
  • Headset: FSA NO.57E, E2, sealed bearings
  • Stem: Bontrager Rhythm Pro, 31.8mm, 0 degree
  • Handlebars: Bontrager Rhythm Pro Carbon Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
  • Front Brake: Shimano XT hydraulic disc
  • Rear Brake: Shimano XT hydraulic disc
  • Brake Levers: Shimano XT hydraulic disc
  • Rims: Bontrager Maverick Pro Tubeless Ready w/TLR strips
  • Front Hub: Bontrager Maverick Pro, Stacked Lacing 15mm front
  • Rear Hub: Bontrager Maverick Pro Tubeless Ready w/TLR strips, Stacked Lacing, 142x12 rear
  • Tires: Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, 27.5x2.35
  • Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 3, hollow titanium rails
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, zero offset
  • Grips: Bontrager Race Lite, lock-on

Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon

2015 Trek Slash 9.9 27.5/650b

  • Frame: OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays, Carbon Armor, ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, BB95, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, ISCG 05 mount, magnesium EVO link, Mino Link, 160mm travel
  • Fork: Fox Factory Series 36 Talas, FIT RC2 damper, rebound, E2 tapered steerer, 15QR, 130mm/160mm travel
  • Rear Suspension: RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir, rebound, lockout, 8.25x2.375
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR, Shadow Plus
  • Shifters: Shimano XTR, 11 speed
  • Chainset: Shimano XTR, 32T
  • Bottom Bracket: BB95
  • Chain: Shimano HG900
  • Cassette: Shimano XTR, 11-40, 11 speed
  • Headset: Cane Creek IS-3, E2, carbon cartridge
  • Stem: Bontrager Rhythm Pro, 31.8mm, 0 degree
  • Handlebars: Bontrager Rhythm Pro Carbon Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
  • Front Brake: Shimano XTR Trail hydraulic disc
  • Rear Brake: Shimano XTR Trail hydraulic disc
  • Brake Levers: Shimano XTR Trail hydraulic disc
  • Rims: DT Swiss EX1501 Spline One, tubeless tape & valves
  • Front Hub: DT Swiss EX1501 Spline One, 15mm front
  • Rear Hub: DT Swiss EX1501 Spline One 142x12 rear
  • Tires: Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, 27.5x2.35
  • Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 3, hollow titanium rails
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, zero offset
  • Grips: Bontrager Race Lite, lock-on

Trek's aluminum Slash 9 and Slash 8, shown above, will also receive the full RockShox suspension treatment.

The new bikes are expected to be available in September. Keep an eye on www.trekbikes.com for complete details, geometry, and pricing.

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11 comments
  • LoamyDog

    7/26/2014 11:50 PM

    The alum models look remarkably similar to the 2014. Must have spent all their time finally getting the carbon model going. For such a big market in trail bikes, and a big company like trek, I can't believe if took this long.

  • will-burr

    7/22/2014 6:38 PM

    Yea.... Big mistake in specing so much RockShox Monarch... Bring on the Fox shox TREK....

  • shutter2ride

    7/22/2014 3:13 PM

    interesting rendering in the second pic, someone went a bit overboard with the drivetrain ;-)

  • esteban.zimmermann

    7/22/2014 9:17 AM

    Why the hell would they offer the 9.9 only with fox and XTR?

  • bturman

    7/22/2014 12:36 PM

    Have you tried the new 36?

  • groghunter

    7/22/2014 7:46 AM

    Huh, they were making such a big deal about that DRCV shock a few weeks ago, and these show up... with Monarch Plus across the entire line.

  • kidwoo

    7/22/2014 12:26 PM

    At least it's an annoying and uncommon size!

  • ridevt

    7/22/2014 2:03 PM

    Pretty sure you're referring to the re:Aktive technology combined with DRCV. Apparently Trek thinks it still has a place on the lower travel trail bikes. Slash riders were having to run insanely high rear pressures to avoid bottom outs on bigger hits and the Monarch has the adjustability slash riders are looking for. My take...

  • groghunter

    7/22/2014 2:30 PM

    Actually, the only person I knew who owned a slash had switched it out for a Monarch. But since the deeper stroke part of the re:activ is essentially just a normal fox shock, I'd still say it's an interesting development.

  • ridevt

    7/22/2014 2:41 PM

    I had a 12 and have a 14 now. I've tried the PUSH reducer but still didn't get the big hit performance. Noticed the slash specific Monarch had become available on QBP and ordered it a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, Trek doesn't have the upper hardware available yet so I'm stuck piecing it together..

  • Joeard900

    7/21/2014 5:20 PM

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