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Jul 22, 2018 at 6:24
Jul 22, 2018

Trek Slash 9.8

$2300 GBP
This is my 2017 Trek Slash 9.8 with an XL sized frame. I unfortunately have to sell as I need the cash to support my University studies. The bike is in very good condition with only a few minor scratches. The bike rides great, plows through rough sections but is also light (around 14kg last time I weighed it) so it's not a pain to winch it up the climbs. It is by far the best bike I've ever owned and it's a real shame to see it go. I am the second owner of this bike, the previous owner was a shop mechanic at York Cycle works and was in excellent condition when I purchased it from him. I'm in no rush to sell the bike and would like as close to the asking price as possible. The frame has a minor scratch on the non-driveside of the down-tube caused by me loading the bike into my roof rack incorrectly, this has no effect on the performance of the frame. The coating on the dropper post has also worn slightly towards the top of the stanchion, this has no effect on the performance of the dropper post as far as I can tell. I have included pictures of both these blemishes in the photos. The spec is as follows: Frame - Slash 9.8, OCLV carbon mainframe and 1 x specific carbon seat/chain stays. Features 148mm x 12mm Boost dropouts, Downtube/chain stay armour, Knock Block headset and Mino Link Geometry Adjustment (not a feature I used much on other bikes, but handy on this one!) The condition is excellent, with a few very, very minor scuffs here and there from normal use and the slightly larger scratch from my bike rack. The frame bearings are absolutely sound and there are no creaks, cracks, rattles or squeaks! Headset bearings are nicely greased and running smooth. Rear Shock - 150mm of incredibly smooth travel via the Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3 shock. Mounted on bearings (not bushings) makes for a super supple rear end. It was serviced approx 9 months ago and 2 volume spacers were installed. Fork - RockShox Lyric RC3 Dual Position - 160mm travel (adjustable down to 130mm for the climbs) as well as the usual rebound and compression adjustments. Lower leg service carried out about 9 months ago with fresh oils. Two extra Bottomless Tokens are installed. No marks whatsoever to the stanchions and only a small amount of scuffing to the paint of LH lower leg - very light, purely cosmetic and occurred in transport. Wheels - Bontrager Line 30 Comp Boost. Rear wheel has a slight wobble in it however not noticeable when riding. There is a very, very, small ding in the rear wheel however it is barely noticeable and quite difficult to find. The decals and rims have some minor scratches from general riding. Brakes - SRAM Guide R's, 200mm front rotor, 180mm rear. Set up with Uberbike race matrix pads and still have quite a bit of life left in them. They are the newer versions of the Guides and use the bleeding edge tool for bleeding. Drivetrain - 1. SRAM X1 alloy chainset - Upgraded with an Absolute Black 30T Oval GXP direct mount chainring. Cranks are worn slightly from them catching the inside of my foot whilst peddling and scuffed on the ends from the occasional rock strike, fully functional however. Chainring is barely worn. The PF BB has never creaked, bearings are still working great. 2. Upgraded Absolute Black ISCG-05 chain device with upper guide and taco skid plate on the underside - excellent condition, a few marks on the Taco itself as you'd expect. 3. Upgraded KMC EX11 chain, in gold - less then 200 miles old, looks great on the bike. 4. SRAM X1 11 speed shifter and matching cassette (10 - 42T, XD freehub body fitting) - less than 200 miles wear on the cassette. 5. SRAM X1 rear mech - works just as it should, jockey wheels have lots of life left and it's remarkably un-scuffed too! Finishing kit - 1. Upgraded Chromag BZA 35 Carbon bars, in matching matte black. Bars are virtually scuff free and are uncut at 800mm wide and have a 35mm clamp. There is the odd mark on the paint from where controls have been clamped. 2. Upgraded Chromag BZA stem in black. 35mm length plays really nicely with the frame reach (for me anyways) and helps the handling compared to the stock 50mm. 35mm Clamp 3. Upgraded Chromag Lynx DT saddle, chromo rails. Minor scuff on the surface. 4. Bontrager Line Dropper post, 150 mm travel. 5. No pedals included Tyres- Both setup tubeless. Front- Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.35" Addix Soft compound Rear- Bontrager SE4 (not pictured) Both tyres have lots of life left in them. I currently have a one up EDC tool installed in the head tube. This involved cutting threads in the steerer tube and using a special top cap from OneUp which the tool slots into. I have a spare OneUp top cap so I don't mind leaving this one installed however the tool won't be included. The tool can be purchased from OneUp directly for around £40 and it is one of the best things I've fitted to a bike. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't like carrying a pack on longer rides. Alternatively I can stick a regular top cap and star nut in for you if you don't want to use the tool. I will also consider selling as a frame only and include the knock block headset, rear axle, bottom bracket and shock with the frame as well as an adapter which allows any stem to be run with the knock block headset rather than just the stock Bontrager stem. For this I would be looking for £1500 however I will consider reasonable offers. Any question please ask away, I will not post the bike as it's a hassle.

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Jul 14, 2018 at 11:11
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willbikeleeds pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 13:34
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Enter the EWS Austria/Slovenia Fantasy Contest to Win Prizes From Rotor
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willbikeleeds mikekazimer's article
May 14, 2018 at 3:04
May 14, 2018
Winning Bike Check: Richie Rude's Yeti SB5.5 - EWS Olargues, France 2018
@ThomDawson: I would imagine it’s because adding 10mm to the fork travel only gets you an extra 7mm in ride height, once you account for sag (I assumed he’s running 30%). An increase in the fork travel would also change various other ride characteristics which maybe he isn’t after. Judging by how his bikes have been set up in the past, he’s most likely already over-forked up front and an extra 10mm of travel maybe wasn’t what he was after. This is a question which would be best directed at Richie or his mechanic
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