Trek Introduces New Carbon Stache

Aug 5, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Trek's Stache 29+ hardtail was a hit when it was released last year; it turns out that the combination of extra-big wheels and super short chainstays makes for a wildly fun time out on the trails. For 2017, the Stache has undergone a few geometry tweaks, and a carbon framed option has been added to the mix. Read on for the details from Trek below:

Trek Stache 2017

Press Release

A year ago, Trek took a flyer on Stache, a unique 29+ trail hardtail with oversized 29x3.0˝ tires and a remarkably nimble frame that would allow hardtail diehards to experience the thrill of the most technical terrain. Stache won over riders around the world for its confidence-inspiring handling, capability, and sheer fun. And now, we've packed all the best parts of the previous platform into an expanded lineup with lightweight carbon options and key spec upgrades, setting a new benchmark in the trail hardtail category.

The newly expanded Stache lineup includes two OCLV Mountain Carbon models (Stache 9.8 and 9.6), along with two Alpha Platinum Aluminum models (Stache 7 and 5). Stache will also be available as a carbon frameset.

Trek Stache 2017
Trek Stache 9.8
Trek Stache 2017
Trek Stache 9.6


The new OCLV Mountain Carbon frame of Stache 9.8 and 9.6 weighs about 400 grams less than its alloy counterpart, and also benefits from a more aggressive geometry with a 15mm longer reach and a bottom bracket that’s 5mm lower.

Stache 9.8 is equipped with the all-new Rock Shox 29+ Pike fork, Bontrager Line Pro 35mm cockpit, and Bontrager Drop Line dropper post. Bontrager's Line Pro 40 OCLV Carbon wheels complete the lightweight carbon package. The ultra-capable Stache 9.8 tips the scales at 27.2 lbs.

All carbon and alloy models feature additional travel, with an increase in suspension from 110mm to 120mm.


Trek Stache 2017
Trek Stache 7
Trek Stache 2017
Trek Stache 5


Prices
• Stache 5: $1,579.99 USD
• Stache 7: $2,099.99
• Stache 9.6: $2,999.99
• Stache 9.8: $4,699.99
• Stache C F/S: $1,579.99

All-new Stache models will be available at Trek retailers and on trekbikes.com this September.


91 Comments

  • 53 4
 Won't the front end be super flexy and heavy without a straight down tube and knock block? ????
  • 25 2
 I rode the aluminium version of this bike. It totally blew my mind. From Plus sympathetic I went to full on PLUS supporter. Let's cut the bullcrap it is not faster in any single "ordinary" instance of riding a bike. It has tons of grip but a svelte 29er like Epic would still kick it's arse on a wet climb. It has other, fantastic quality though. It allows you to stay in the saddle where even 10k S-Works Anything would tell you to carry it. It rides well through loads of soft crap, which is especially in the early spring. I rode a trail that is barely rideable in the summer on the whole length, where Stache just kept going. Then it allows you to climb stupid sht, at least as long as you keep it rolling, those tyres are fkng heavy and will punish you for stalling.

Then the cushioning gives it a very "noble" way of riding a singletrack, things are smooth but not stupid smooth. What else? I could manual it and bunny hop it, it's not much harder to do than on a regular 29er while wheelies are simply EPIC. It does suck on gravel corners at speed and in berms but it's not that bad.

It's a true explorers bike, long mile hauler, and since 29+ tyres are only slightly larger in radius than regular ones, you can easily put regular 29" wheels and tyres and enjoy a cool 29" HT in the summer time. Just remember to put a sub 50mm stem on it, to make it feel more humane.

One of the most fun bikes I have ever ridden. It's been a true pleasure to test ride it. If I had a place in my "garage" and time to maintain it, I'd totaly buy the Stache instead of any other 29" HT out there.
  • 5 3
 Thats not what Seb Scotts results say...
  • 5 6
 There s no need for a 29" hardtail...; I just keep enjoying my 29" full suspension instead! Wink
  • 36 3
 Stop it WAKI. Your real world experiences threaten my preconceived notions that are wholly based on my irrelevant experiences.
  • 3 0
 @codypup: I assume that diameter is not really the main thing here, rather the tyre width. The thing that PLUS does is that it really offers a new quality, unlike some stupid resizing like 27.5 or slightly improved damper or weight shaving or fkng handlebar clamp diameter.
  • 12 0
 @WAKIdesigns: agreed, except realize that in our country we are victimized by political theater that tells us that any shit is true if you repeat it enough times.
  • 1 0
 would be cool to have some tires that don't flat all the time though...
  • 3 1
 Goes to show how personal a ride is. I test rode an AL one out of a shop. I think it was the first bike ride of my life that I did not enjoy....
  • 2 1
 stache 5 only $1579 too. Like plus as an idea of a beginners bike
  • 2 0
 @ibishreddin: what's an experts bike then?
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: should have phrased differently. Not that I was saying plus bikes were for beginners at all, just that its good that new wheelsizes can be accessed without a lot of money by experienced riders and begginers alike.
  • 1 0
 @ibishreddin: i wasn't aggressive, I just thought that it's an interesting idea, it lit up a few brain cells of mine. What if... this 5" trend with people saying that 160 is too much, that you can easily get overbiked, that it's hard to utilize so much travel... What if many people just try to show off what kind of bike handling experts they are by riding a small bike, apart from the obvious that they just want to try something else? What do you think?
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: An expert bike by this definition would be a cross bike off road...
  • 1 0
 @blum585: you haven't put cowardness and hipocrisy into your equation... Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: For myself, my hardtail is how i justified going with the 160 bike instead of the 140 bike. Don't feel like I went too big on the FS bike when I have a hardtail to take out on flat rides.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: I guess we can be friends Smile That's one of the reasons I sold 120 bike. It was too close to a HT
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: After not riding a hardtail since about 2002, it was amazing to me what you can get away with, both comfort & capability-wise, on a slack, wagon-wheeled hardtail.
  • 2 0
 @groghunter: About as much as a 160mm 26er on some tracks.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: It definitely feels that way, sometimes. Bought it to have something to pedal on XC tracks during the week, ended up taking it down some of the "semi-gnarly" mountain trails when I loaned my FS to a buddy who was bikeless at the time. Rode that stuff amazingly well.
  • 1 0
 I have mine set up SS and am setting PR's left and right. Have also picked up no less than 7 KOM's in the last 2 weeks so in my experience the bike is anything but slow! The 3.0 tires are not heavy but the Mulfut rims definitely are. Over 800g's per rim! Get some lighter carbon rims and let her rip!
  • 14 2
 Love my Stache 7 from last year, is so playful, jumpy, and manually!!! Yea i said manually
  • 2 0
 Check cam mac cauls instagram, he s gone shooting some crazy stuff with the stache!! Like tailwhips, backflips... Cant wait to soo that 29er edit
  • 2 0
 luckily for you manually is a word: as in "my car shifts manually"
  • 13 0
 Should have a special fdo edition (for doctors only)
  • 1 0
 But would dentists also be able to buy it?
  • 2 0
 @DJR9000: they call themselves doctors lol
  • 12 0
 Sweet lines on that rig....and no chain slap!
  • 2 1
 could even do a belt drive if that tickles your fancy. i like options.
  • 1 0
 I like the look of my Krampus more though...
  • 1 0
 It's funny that this elevated stay is attractive to me... Salsa does the same thing in a different way & it looks terrible IMO.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: So do I, but the geometry is starting to get a little dated. I wanna know how the new Staches ride.
  • 8 0
 No more rigid fork on the Stache 5? Bummer!
  • 3 0
 I agree the rigid fork on the Stache 5 was wicked and unique, but I worked in a trek dealer and a suspension fork defiantly opened the bike up to more people
  • 4 0
 I have a steel 29+,the big wheels sweep the turns and carry speed until they don't . The Chupacabra tire is light and fast but lacks a beefy shoulder knob. The 29+ Pike is the biggest news here. The barn door is open for building fast big rigs.
  • 4 0
 I rode the 9.8 Stache Tuesday at Trek's trails. AMAZING! If you haven't ridden one, spare us your "take" on it. If you ride it and don't like it, that's cool, but I bet it won't happen....
  • 2 0
 So just in case anyone is curious about the capabilities of these bikes, my manager has a 2016 Stache 7 and has some of the fastest times down a local segment, only a few seconds behind Mike Day, as well as multiple KOM's locally (up and down). Just sayin...
  • 2 0
 I own a Stache 9 and love it! I had my LBS price out the Stache 9.8 - $5900 CDN. That is one expensive bike. It is $2000 more than my Stache 9 and weighs roughly 1 lb more (my Stache 9 came in at 28.3 lbs). What a deal, spend $2000 to save a pound. That is an excellent value. SARCASM. These bike companies really need to start giving their heads a shake.
  • 2 0
 I own a Stache 9 and love it! I had my LBS price out the Stache 9.8 - $5900 CDN. That is one expensive bike. It is $2000 more than my Stache 9 and weighs roughly 1 lb more (my Stache 9 came in at 28.3 lbs). What a deal, spend $2000 to save a pound. That is an excellent value. SARCASM. These bike companies really need to start giving their heads a shake.
  • 5 0
 If I had the $ for an n+1, this would be high on the list.
  • 6 1
 Finaly Trek signed a contract with Chinese suppliers from Aliexpress))
  • 1 0
 Love the cost for the aluminum version. Great way to round out a lineup, I think. Personally I wouldn't be dropping the cash for a carbon model on such a new concept, but for $1500-$2000 for the aluminum version I just might want to N+1 the hell out of this.
  • 4 2
 something is wrong here?! it appears from the images you could do X-up's which would defect the propose of the Knock Block system - jk, cause there's no sarcasm font
  • 4 1
 I'm disappointed they got rid of the carbon fork option.
  • 3 0
 If someone gave me one I'd ride the shit out of it.
  • 6 3
 Get a Canfield Yelli or EPO. Less money and rad company.
  • 4 2
 Looks like a rad bike, but if you're gonna get an aggressive hard tail, go with Canfield! They've been champions of this kind of bike loooong before it became cool and trendy enough for Trek to make the Stache. Support the little guys who are driving these trends, not simply cashing in on them when they are a safe bet.
  • 5 0
 Neither of those bikes are 29+ though.
  • 1 3
 @seraph: both are still a shit load of fun. Who gives a shit if they are/aren't +
  • 1 0
 @joose: the 2016 Tacoma TRD Pro is a shit load of fun, you should get one instead of a Canfield Yelli or EPO.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: can I get it in a +?
  • 5 6
 Again a carbon fiber framed hard tail that is far too heavy ! 27.5 pounds! Where is all that weight. In the wheels. The worst possible place. With 26 inch wheels and 2.35 tires id say 24.5 pounds. This would corner like a slug with such heavy wheels.
  • 1 2
 Well at least you don't have to worry about chain suck. Who's bringing out the first mainstream 31"er? Or maybe a 31+ called "circus" or "freakshow" TREK just went down a big step in my book. Really what good is this bike for? 27.5+ great for muck, snow, with increased roll over, but not snappy enough for race, 29 seems to be the ultimate for XC race, great rollover, carries speed, maybe a little too big for most Endro; so what's 29+ for?
  • 2 1
 It's called fun mate, what mtb riding is all about, smh.
  • 4 6
 1600$ for a complete bike with a carbon frame, even if it is a hard tail, that still seems like a very good price for what you get, 1x, carbon, Manitoulin which ive found to be a decent fork, seems pretty good
  • 3 0
 The aluminum one is $1600 (and up).
  • 3 0
 @dukebest: oops, lol, I was like DAMN THATS AN INSANE PRICE
  • 3 0
 It's 1600 for the carbon frame set f/s
  • 1 0
 I'll have one in Murdered the F Out please.
  • 7 9
 Let's rejoice as the bike that invented the boost standard is now in carbon!!!!!!!! Wooooooo!!!!! NEXT STEP IS IMPERIAL FORK SIZING!!!! SAY NO TO MILLIMETERS!!!!
  • 5 2
 Actually the bike that boost was first released on was the remedy 29. Also, boost is far from the worst thing the industry has dreamed up.
  • 3 2
 @MTBradshaw: I take two cocks of a boost at once in exchange for 35mm bar clamp or 650B.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns:

Giant overdrive 2 was way worse. Glad everyone else saw it for what crap it was.
  • 2 2
 This is wheelie getting silly !
  • 3 5
 27+ pounds for a $ carbon hardtail?

Ummm....yeah.... about that.... ummmm............
  • 2 1
 Yeah, but it's like.. almost a whole half pound lighter than aluminium, and it's not about lightweight anymore anyway, it's about..something else.
  • 3 0
 29+ is the answer to your question.
  • 2 0
 My carbon fatbike is like 30lbs. This looses all that weight in the wheels and has a 29+ pike instead of the shitty bluto that mine has
  • 1 1
 #lookslikeawoodsmoke
  • 3 6
 Just what we needed...more expensive hardtails!
  • 5 8
 Is it April 1st?
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