2011 Trek Scratch 9: First Look

Jul 14, 2010
by Mike Levy  
2011 Trek Scratch 9

For 2011 Trek has split the Scratch line into two distinct categories, one being the air sprung Scratch Air and the other the burly coil sprung and freeride intended Scratch 8 and Scratch 9 models. The coil sprung versions have a different goal than their air sprung brethren: these are machines designed to spend all day in the bike park, spend all weekend shuttling, and session the biggest jumps. While the geometry differs from the Session DH race bike, the Scratch can handle the same terrain, impacts and speed. Fast riders who are looking for a smaller travel bike should take note.


The Scratch 9 and 8 are coil sprung and come fitted with chain guides - Park rats rejoice.



2011 Trek Scratch 9 details
  • Coil sprung front and rear
  • 170 mm of rear wheel travel
  • Uses Trek's Active Braking Pivot
  • 12 x 142 mm rear axle (convertible to 135 QR with supplied hardware)
  • Adjustable geometry allows for head angle and B.B. height variation
  • Custom tuned Fox DHX RC4 shock
  • 180 mm Travel Fox 36 Van FIT RC2 fork
  • ISCG03 chain guide tabs
  • Two models: Scratch 9 (shown) and Scratch 8
  • Available as a frame only



Trek Employs their Full Floater system on the Scratch


Trek's entire lineup, including the Session, uses their Active Braking Pivot (ABP) to keep the suspension free moving under heaving braking. ABP actually pivots concentrically around the rear axle with the goal of lessening the amount of rotation between the rear axle and brake caliper. The less movement that there is, the more active the suspension under braking. This is especially important on the bike like the Scratch the will see a lot of time at higher speeds and on rougher terrain.

The Scratch comes stock with a 12 x 142 mm rear wheel, but standard 135 QR wheels can be made to fit using the supplied ABP Convert hardware. While the new and stiffer 12 x 142 mm axle size is gaining ground quickly, being able to easily use a standard quick release rear wheel if need arises is a big plus.


Just like you'll find on the Session and Remedy, a one piece Evo Link


The rear shock is a standard looking Fox DHX RC4, but inside Fox has done some custom tweaking to wring the most out of the damper. The result is a shock with a more controlled mid stroke. This is important because the mid stroke of a shock is where a bike will spend the majority of it's time.


Watch the video to let Jose Gonzales, Treks lead suspension engineer, explain the why and how of the Scratches custom rear shock tuning

Views: 15,660    Faves: 15    Comments: 2


The downtube is protected by Treks Aluminum Armor that can be retrofitted to older Scratch's as well


The geometry on the all Scratch models is adjustable via Trek's Minnow Link system. Simply flip the direction the the pivot hardware and you can alter the head angle by half a degree and the bottom bracket by 7 mm. Small adjustments for sure, but entirely useful to dial the bike in to your riding style. A nice touch that can go a long way in protecting the frame from accidental rock damage is Trek's add-on Aluminum Armor. This easily attached pad protects the downtube from flying rocks that may be kicked up by your front wheel. It's also worth noting that the Aluminum Armor is retrofitable onto older Scratch models as well.


2011 Trek Scratch Coil specs
Frame and SizeTrek Alpha Red Aluminum
•E2 Headtube, EVO Link, ABP Convert, Full Floater
•170 mm
Rear ShockFox DHX RC4, Custom tuned
•8.5" x 2.5"
ForkFox 36 Van FIT RC2
•E2 tapered steerer
•180 mm travel
HeadsetCane Creek Frustrum SE Light Edition
CrankarmsRace Face Atlas
ChainringRace Face 36t
Chain GuideMRP G2 SL Mini
Bottom BracketRace Face
CassetteSRAM PG-970 11-34, 9 Speed
Rear DerailleurSRAM XO
Shifter PodSRAM XO 9 speed
HandlebarBontrager Rhythm Pro
StemBontrager Rhythm
BrakesAvid Elixir CR
Front WheelBontrager Cousin Earl Elite Disc
•20 mm thru-axle
Rear WheelBontrager Cousin Earl Elite Disc
•12 x 142 mm
TiresBontrager FR4 Team, 2.35"
SaddleBontrager Ryhthm
SeatpostBontrager Ryhthm Elite
•31.6 mm


Up front you'll find a burly tapered E2 headtube


Just as Trek has used in the past, the Scratch employs their tapered E2 headtube that focuses the strength where it's needed most, but keeps the weight low and allows the use of standard 1 1/8th stems. While there was resistance a few seasons ago to the new tapered standard, it makes so much sense that nearly all fork manufacturers are now offering models with taperer steerer options. The long travel Scratch uses Fox's exciting new 180 mm travel 36 Van FIT RC2 to handle anything that a rider can dish out.


Fox's new 180 mm travel 36 handles front suspension duties


2011 Trek Scratch 9


Stay tuned for more info on Trek's 2011 lineup, including the Scratch Air and carbon framed Remedy 9.9.

All photos by Sterling Lorence
Visit the Trek website to see their entire lineup.


191 Comments

  • 17 3
 Derailleur cable routed on TOP of the chainstay? Seriously?
  • 9 3
 As much as I love it, I will admit that was a strange design decision.
  • 11 17
flag rffr (Jul 14, 2010 at 10:13) (Below Threshold)
 Dude the chain sits high enough it shouldn't be a problem. If it is, just wrap the thing. Why does it matter where the hell the cable is if your going to wrap it anyways. How often do you change shifter cables... probably not once every year or two... so in other words... your point in bitching has abosolutely 0 basis and just sounds like a whiney spoiled brat not having every little thing perfectly the way they see fit.
  • 11 0
 IMO, mounting the cable on top of the chainstay is way more direct and cleaner to the rear derailleur.. that way the housing doesn't do that annoying loop that always catches on crap or just breaks the housing by the ferrel before it goes into the rear derailleur.. I purposly ran mine that way. Wrapped it though... chain will destroy it if you get it bouncing..
  • 6 0
 @rffr: wow... so... angry...
  • 4 0
 ^yeah no kidding
  • 7 0
 rffr, do you need a hug?
  • 2 0
 you can route it internally. i did that on mine and have no problem.
  • 12 0
 Sick!!!
  • 13 0
 thats a tank!! beautiful bike!!!
  • 14 0
 oh god ! that's fucking beautiful !
  • 54 1
 Since '08, I think Trek has hired some of the best designers in the business. Looks amazing!
  • 4 0
 nice bike Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Everyones stepping it up! Looks amazing! Salute
  • 8 0
 the guard on the down tube is Such a good idea!
  • 2 0
 Sweet sag guide on the 180mm fork
  • 3 0
 Looks like a great bike!! Let's hear about the air version though!
  • 1 0
 Very nice
  • 2 0
 i really want that frame man (:
  • 2 0
 the sag guide is a neat idea on the fork, but does it come off?
  • 2 0
 noooooooooo trek why are you doing this to me i just got a new bikeeeeee!!!!!!!????????????
  • 1 6
flag shredbag (Jul 19, 2010 at 16:40) (Below Threshold)
 i demoed that bike at the claymore this weekend, it wasn't that good,
  • 9 2
 cool bike and all but its going to be so damn expensive us regular folkes will not be able to afford one. so thanks for showing me one more thing ill never have.
  • 3 15
flag rffr (Jul 14, 2010 at 10:16) (Below Threshold)
 Get a job my god. If you can't afford a bike your in one sorry state. You don't have to keep buying bikes every year like people around here seem to do, so do this thing called work... soemthing in which most responsible adults do, save up and buy it. Same thing as a car, a high end computer etc. I don't see how it can be that someone as underpaid as me, can live alone, pay full time school tuition, have a top end lifted truck, top end comp, and still be able to afford vacations etc. Seems to me like your making an excuse either for your laziness, or the fact you spend your money unwiseley. IE pot etc.
  • 8 0
 true very true but rant other wise inapropriateyou dont know this person finacial situaton and what his responsabilitys are lay off and admire the dope bike that yes i with my salary that i work my ass off for will never be able to own that its just not practical
  • 1 1
 Local bike shops sometimes do you the favor of putting an expensive rig on layaway. It's a beautiful, easy route to take.
  • 5 1
 I think its safe to say that rffr hates the world. rffr, please tell us why?
  • 2 0
 yep thats how i got my faith its a good deal especialy when the economy is in the shitter
  • 7 0
 rffr, plz fill out one of these forms if the people you ranted about bug you that much
www.pinkbike.com/photo/5320233
  • 1 6
flag rffr (Jul 14, 2010 at 17:36) (Below Threshold)
 I don't hate the world. I just have a job and work hard. He mentioned "its just not practical" well to him, so then why complain about it being shown here? Also it's funny how many people seem to jump into others conversations around here like they have nothing better to do. A+ Also, A+ for paying attention rmes... it wasn't me complaining to begin with.. but I guess you read my post.
  • 5 0
 I thought public comments were made to be jumped into, kind of like a public pool? I mean, constructive criticism is just that.. constructive. For myself, if I'm wrong, or say something that others may disagree with, I know it's coming, as everyone can read what I wrote, and chime in whenever they please. Plus, there's always the infamous trolls.

Anyway, I welcome the comments, both good and bad. I've learned a thing or two from them, and had plenty of laughs to go with it.

On a much better note, 22 days until I'm riding the first lift up silver star!!!! Razz
  • 1 0
 of course iread your post but think you were talkin to that person in public like you just met would you go off on that rant in front of him?? it just seemed a lil off thats all
  • 2 0
 you canadians and your bike parks i wish i had one round here haha
  • 4 1
 Please correct me if I'm wrong, but if that is the top of the range Fox 36 Van, isn't it suppose to have a Kashima Coat?

The picture I found on Fox's website really differs a lot from the one on the Scratch...

www.foxracingshox.com/bike/11/forks/36_VAN/180_FIT_RC2
  • 3 0
 for 2011 only the aftermarket forks get the kashima coating all oe forks still just hve the regular stanchions
  • 2 0
 Only aftermarket Fox suspensions will carry the Kashima Coat... Bike Co. (SC, Specialized, Trek, etc..) will not.
  • 3 0
 That blows. I'm planning on buying a 2011 Scott Voltage FR 10 soon and I was really looking forward to having those beautiful, golden stanchions. Sad face. But thanks for the reply guys.
  • 7 1
 sickest bike ever !!! i want one Big Grin
  • 7 1
 Had a Carbon Remedy in the shop the other day. Ugh, beautiful bike
  • 6 0
 what a piece of engineeeeeeeeeerin!
  • 1 0
 not quite. it ride very well, really light and a good climber for a big bike, but the made a mistake witch is kinda huge: you have to be careful how low your bars are because the brake levers will hit the top tube. the lowest bar you can run with 0rise stem and no spacer under it is 40mm high. Personally, I don't like spacers under the stem and the 3cm tower on the stock bike is disappointing. Also, the lower part of the CG hits the bottom of the chain stay and i had a bit of trouble installing mine. When the bike compressed, the chain rubbed on the top of the box, and I run a 11-23 cassette. Overall... a great bike/frame, but the little stuff counts!
  • 2 0
 has anyone else noticed that Trek bikes feel a size small? I tried their medium scratch and it honestly felt like i was riding a small. great for doing tricks and making the bike feel like a bmx in a sense but kinda awkward if you're looking for something that feels a little more stable.
  • 5 0
 beautiful bikes! I need one of the Aluminum armours for my Session!
  • 2 6
flag nouser (Jul 14, 2010 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 put a broken tube there just cut it to length and put some zip ties around it works like a charm for me and it's a lot cheaper then what trek is going to be selling the armor for
  • 1 0
 yeah i've been waiting for the armour to become available, moto tape and tubes havnt been enough to stop my session denting!
  • 4 2
 Thats the equivalent of putting Canadian Tire mud flaps on a Ferrari...someone buying this bike likely has the coin to "splurge" on the aluminum armour
  • 1 0
 Looks like the 2011 Session will have the armour:
hagoromo.blogspot.com/2010/07/2011-trek-session-88.html
  • 1 0
 I ordered the armour from my trek dealer for $35 ... for the Scratch ... not bad, to retrofit my 2010 scratch 9
  • 6 0
 holy moley guacamole
  • 3 2
 its nice and everything but why sell a freeride bike withe a tapered head tube? it limits you to tapered or 1 1'8 forks any one who had 1.5 steer fork is shut out from getting the frame, it seems pointless to me as it would be easier to just make a llighter 1.5 steer stem (and lighter as 1.5 steeres are lighter than tapered or 1 1/8 forks)
  • 2 0
 I have a feeling (and only time will tell) that 1.5" steerers *might* be on their way out. I think tapered steerers are equally stiff and lighter.
  • 1 1
 tapered steerers are actually heavier than 1.5
  • 2 0
 On the forks maybe but surely building a 1.5" headtube on the frame more than negates this. I'm not that fussed by the small weight difference to be honest but if a lot of companies settle on one of the options it makes the most sense to go with the one that offers the best balance of weight and stiffness and that's on frame and fork.
  • 1 0
 i watched a video of this bike with cam or who ever the pro rider is for trek he did a gap jump with the session had to pedal that bike and the scratch was faster had to cost the jump i believe it was a marketing shoot for the fox fork
  • 1 0
 @DRmustang I think the fact that bikes are starting to look more and more alike is a good sign. It means they are all starting to find out what works the best. You are comparing the looks of ferraris designs to other cars, but these are not cars. A MORE accurate way to look at it I think would be dirt bike designs. Notice how they all have almost the exact same frames? And when one changed to aluminum frames they all followed? This is because it works!
  • 1 0
 I had the Scratch 7 and now I have the Scratch 9 Coil. Amazing bike packed with all of the latest tech and geometry is spot-on. Anyone who has not ridden ABP with Full Floater should give it a go, confidence inspiring. I know the Slash is awesome and with all of the focus on Enduro its fits the bill but if you can get your hands on a Scratch, do it! Best Super-D bike I've ever raced and I also have an air shock for the rear that I swap out with the coil for different Enduro courses. PS: The internal cable routing for the rear shift cable is a nice touch on this bike!
  • 2 0
 It looks really high for a derailleur mount, but I guess thats what it must be. Unless they've started including camera mounts on bikes now.
  • 3 0
 well, all negatives aside, if there are any, that bike is fucking gorgeous. trek knows how to make a real bike.
  • 1 0
 Trek is animate about not posting weights. For 2009 the Scratch 9 was 34lbs in a medium, and The Scratch Air 8 was 32lbs. So they are plenty lite. This year they are probably within a pound of last year.
  • 1 0
 its good to see they finally moved the rocker link forward so you can adjust the post fully. mine has a very limited amount of space because the pivot goes straight through the seat tube.
  • 1 1
 this piece of shit needs to be sold at walmart wow how can trek claim this bike my old next was this good lol. seriously i just cant spend all my money on this bike i like the 2010 a bit better with the adjustable seat post and duel frot rings its just what i am looking for a bike that can do it all
  • 2 0
 Mike - I've said it before and will say it again. Your attention to detail plus stunning shots sets a standard
  • 3 0
 Thanks Lee, but Sterling deserves the credit for the great photos.
  • 1 0
 i rode one of these at whistler last week, and defo see why they increased the travel both ends, as it was set up it wasnt quite plush enough. good improvement!
  • 2 0
 the rear end is the same as the last one 6.7=170mm
  • 1 0
 oh yeah, woops, well i like the travel increase in the front at least
  • 1 0
 yah new 36 180 mm i never thought the day would never come
  • 2 0
 thats bloody amazing
loving the aluminium guard to stop the frame denting Razz
whole bike looks so sick
  • 3 0
 Great another rear wheel spacing...
  • 1 0
 Wonder if they got wise and lengthened the top tube a little. That was the 1 and only reason I got an SX Trail instead of a Scratch.
  • 1 0
 I guess you and I are opposites, I got the Scratch because of the shorter top tube. Probably cause I'm not that big.
  • 1 0
 ... beautiful bike! Smile I'm building a Pitch setup with parts that can be used later on another frame. This could be a great frame for a upgrade ... Smile

Beautiful stuff...
  • 3 0
 I want It !!!
  • 3 2
 Am I being dumb? Whats the weird welded on mount thingy on the seat tube for?
  • 2 0
 Direct mount front derailler placement.
  • 1 0
 if your talking about the lil piece welded on the frame, its for installing a direct mount derailleur! cauz its seems to have no other option if a front der. is needed ( unless you use the hammershmidth)
  • 2 0
 Its so lush , i gotta so buy one !
  • 3 1
 where is the rest of the bikes?
  • 3 0
 It's all coming...
  • 2 0
 Suppose this is going to have a stupid price...
  • 1 0
 well considering last years was 4 grand i think itll be around that mark but probs abit more
  • 2 0
 no kashima coating on 2011 Fox 36???
  • 2 0
 Only aftermarket Fox forks will have the Kashima Coat on the stanchions. I know. Sad face.
  • 2 0
 Everything from trek these days is so purty.
  • 1 0
 they should have this tune on a stock RC4 so it doesnt feel like crap. the sag indicator on the 36 is a nice touch
  • 1 0
 I believe every bike has a different optimal tune, so I don't think you could do that. Elka custom tunes their shocks for each specific frame.
  • 1 0
 Wow, bike looks hard, but desing, I think is great. Beautiful bike! I want it!
  • 1 0
 If it looked like Semenuk's Scratch is what I was meaning, or even McCauls. Guess I'm just a magpie!
  • 1 0
 Does it have the same geo as the current scratch? Also wondering if the CaneCreek angleset could be used in that headtube.
  • 1 0
 wish trek would make a downtube protector for the session 88! WTF trek, if anything that bike needs it the most!
  • 1 0
 what's the weight? Seems like a pretty important piece that is not mentioned.
  • 2 0
 + 1
c25porter (10 hours ago)
 Trek is animate about not posting weights. For 2009 the Scratch 9 was 34lbs in a medium, and The Scratch Air 8 was 32lbs. So they are plenty lite. This year they are probably within a pound of last year.
[Reply]


C25 porter wrote this but didn't click on reply, so don't know if youbwould of gotten it...
  • 2 0
 clicked on the page then went OMG.
  • 1 0
 Iam happy with my new Lapierre Froggy 2010,but this one looks also really great!
  • 2 0
 trek is looking good again in 11, cams a weirdo too brandon is god
  • 2 1
 That head tube needs a curvy woman painted on it - like you'd see on the side of a WWII bomber.
  • 1 0
 The Scratch 9 has an MSRP of $6800 Can., $6000 US, or 4000 pounds UK, a chunk of change on any budget.
  • 2 0
 i'm lovin it! Big Grin
  • 7 0
 That aint no mcdonalds
  • 3 1
 Amazing bike
  • 1 0
 Uk price? I'm guessing mor than 2k.
  • 2 0
 4 or 5 atleast.
  • 1 0
 Wow.
  • 1 0
 Wowzas! Thanks.
  • 1 0
 the 9 is probably about 6k the 8 is porbably about 3.5k
  • 1 0
 Holy shizzle, is that in cad or gbp?
  • 1 0
 last years 9 was like 4k and now its well better, plus looks a ton better lol so itll be a wee bit more probs
  • 1 1
 il a de la gueule de vélo et paré pour envoyer en enduro voir meme en DH light
  • 2 1
 My private areas got all hot just looking at this!
  • 1 0
 the bike looks f*cking dope!!

nice work Trek Wink
  • 2 1
 that is so nice looking. Smile
  • 1 0
 Dear God why? This is my dream bike.
  • 1 0
 Nice! Bet they cost a million since its a Trek
  • 1 0
 I would love to own this bike!
  • 1 0
 does anyone know hom much just the frame is
  • 1 0
 2010 was about $2700. Trek strikes and claims another victim!
  • 1 0
 Beautiful bike, can't wait to test one out.
  • 1 0
 wtf is ISCG03? Why not go with the '05 standard?
  • 1 0
 is it just me, or does the guy in the video sound a lot like steve carell
  • 2 0
 he's basically his lost twin brother
  • 1 0
 Beautiful bike! Somebody knows the weight? Or did i miss something!?
  • 1 0
 nice fork, it must be fast as hell!!
  • 1 0
 ive got a scratch 8 and i bloody love it
  • 1 0
 same to they are amazing so smooth when landing a phew drops or tearing down a dh track or free ride course
  • 1 0
 would this bike be considered more of a all-moutain bike or freeride bike?
  • 1 0
 can anyone tell me what these bikes would be like on a climb??
  • 1 0
 VERY NICE BIKE !
  • 1 0
 pricing?
  • 1 0
 alot!
  • 1 0
 FIT!
  • 1 0
 Thats pretty nice!
  • 1 0
 sexy!
  • 1 0
 how much
  • 1 0
 I WANT ONE!
  • 1 2
 i rode a scratch 7 2 weeks ago and it was really quite poor. horrible geo wise and bloody heavy.
  • 1 0
 at 32 pounds i don't think so!
  • 1 0
 the scratch 7 is not 32 pounds
  • 1 0
 hmmm yea i saw it weighed although it was either 32 or 34 cant remember
  • 1 0
 beautiful color scheme!
  • 1 0
 weight?
  • 1 0
 sick f*ckin bike!!
  • 1 2
 why is that seat so high?
  • 2 4
 Nice comeback sGonzalez.....
  • 1 0
 why are you such a puss and cant comment where it shows up on my dashboard? you have to always start new comments....
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