Slash 9.8 is a carbon enduro mountain bike that doesn't back down from hair-raising descents. It's built with an OCLV Mountain Carbon frame and 170mm high-pivot suspension for gobbling up boulders and keeping traction on point for wall rides and punchy climbs. A 29" front and 27.5" rear wheel keep handling playful, and an upgraded RockShox suspension package holds up to anything you can throw at it. All topped off with a Shimano XT drivetrain for clean shifts.
It's right for you if...
- You want a carbon enduro bike that's beastly on descents and nimble on climbs.
- You want the traction and stability of a high-pivot suspension and long travel for soaking up deep roots and big drops.
- Upgrades matter to you, and you love the benefit of a wireless transmission and carbon wheels.
The tech you get
An OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with high pivot suspension, plus internal storage. 170mm of front and rear travel with a RockShox ZEB Select+ fork with DebonAir spring and Charger 3 RC2 damper, and RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ shock. Plenty of gears for the push back to the top with Shimano's XT drivetrain, a Bontrager Line Dropper, and an MX wheel setup with 29-inch front and 27.5-inch rear carbon Bontrager Line Elite 30 Tubeless Ready wheels with Rapid Drive hub.
The final word
For riders looking for carbon performance and a cherry-picked blend of component upgrades, Slash 9.8 XT is ready to rip. It's built with 170mm travel in the front and rear, upgraded suspension and drivetrain, plus carbon hoops, so you can climb light and descend hard.
Why you'll love it
- Its high-pivot suspension gives you insane control for hairy descents, while carefully tuned anti-squat and oversized pulleys make pedaling astonishingly efficient
- The long, 170mm/170mm front and rear travel is more than enough for stomping big jumps and cleaning rock gardens
- OCLV Mountain Carbon frame and wheels keep your ride light, stiff in all the right places, and smooth and quiet through the chunder
- It comes ready to roll with a mixed wheel setup that gives you a fast-rolling 29in front hoop and stiff, yet nimble 27.5in rear wheel, and it can be set up as a 29er for more speed
- You can tweak Slash for how and where you ride with Mino Link, adjustable leverage rate, and add an adjustable-angle headset (not included)
|Frame size number||15.5||17.5||18.5||19.5||21.5|
|Frame size letter||S||M||ML||L||XL|
|A — Seat tube (cm)||39||40||42||43.5||47|
|B — Seat tube angle||74.0°||73.8°||73.8°||73.8°||73.8°|
|Effective seat tube angle||78.1°||77.8°||77.3°||77.1°||76.7°|
|C — Head tube length (cm)||10||10||11||12||14|
|D — Head angle (cm)||63.5°||63.3°||63.3°||63.3°||63.3°|
|E — Effective top tube (cm)||54.8||57.8||60.5||62.8||65.8|
|F — Bottom bracket height (cm)||35.2||35.1||35.1||35.1||35.1|
|G — Bottom bracket drop (cm)||1||2.7||2.7||2.7||2.7|
|H — Chainstay length (cm)||42.9||42.9||43.4||43.4||43.9|
|I — Offset (cm)||4.3||4.3||4.3||4.3||4.3|
|J — Trail (cm)||13.2||14.3||14.3||14.3||14.3|
|K — Wheelbase (cm)||119.5||122.4||125.3||127.8||131.2|
|L — Standover (cm)||72.7||76.6||76.6||76.7||76.8|
|M — Frame reach (cm)||43||44.8||46.8||48.8||51.3|
|N — Frame stack (cm)||58.8||62.3||63.2||64.1||65.9|
|Frame Size||Rider Height (in)||Rider Height (cm)||Rider Inseam (in)||Rider Inseam (cm)|
|Small||5'1" - 5'5"||155 - 165||29" - 31"||74 - 78|
|Medium||5'5" - 5'9"||165 - 176||31" - 33"||79 - 83|
|Medium/Large||5'8" - 5'11"||173 - 180||32" - 34"||81 - 86|
|Large||5'10" - 6'2"||177 - 188||33" - 35"||84 - 89|
|X-Large||6'2" - 6'5"||188 - 195||35" - 36"||89 - 91|
|Frame||OCLV Mountain Carbon, high main pivot, idler pulley, internal storage, angle-adjust headset, Mino Link adjustable geometry, adjustable leverage rate, integrated frame protection, internal routing, magnesium rocker link, ISCG 05, Active Braking Pivot, UDH, 148x12mm thru axle, 170mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox ZEB Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 3 RC2 damper, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, Boost110, Maxle Stealth, 170mm travel|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Vivid Select+, 230mm x 65mm|
Front: Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle
Rear: Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, SRAM XD driver, Boost148, 12mm thru axle
Front: Bontrager SE6 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.50''
Rear: Bontrager SE5 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 27.5x2.50''
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano BB-MT501 BSA|
|Crankset||Shimano XT M8120, 30T alloy ring, Boost (55mm chainline), 165mm length|
|Shifters||Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT M8100, long cage|
|Cassette/Freewheel||Shimano XT M8100, 10-51, 12 speed|
|Chain||Shimano Ultegra/XT M8100, 12 speed|
|Brakes||Shimano XT M8120 4-piston hydraulic disc|
|Rotors||Shimano RT86, 6-bolt, 203mm|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 820mm width|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Pro, alloy lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Line Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr-compatible, 0-degree, 35mm length|
|Headset||Integrated cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom, angle adjust cup compatible|
Size: S: Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 100mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9mm, 345mm length
Size: M, M/L: Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 170mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9mm, 485mm length
Size L, XL: Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 200mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9mm, 550mm length
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138mm width|
|Accessories & Extras||Bontrager BITS Internal Frame Storage Bag|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Argent Drizzle / Small / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888629||5304372||SLA303449826|
|Argent Drizzle / Medium / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888612||5304373||SLA272469206|
|Argent Drizzle / Medium/Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888605||5304374||SLA283311936|
|Argent Drizzle / Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888599||5304375||SLA279317216|
|Argent Drizzle / X-Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888582||5304376||SLA286244906|
|Daintree / Small / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888728||5304362||SLA251859356|
|Daintree / Medium / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888711||5304363||SLA222243836|
|Daintree / Medium/Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888704||5304364||SLA232732806|
|Daintree / Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888698||5304365||SLA227333216|
|Daintree / X-Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888681||5304366||SLA232904616|
|Lichen Green / Small / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888674||5304367||SLA282819666|
|Lichen Green / Medium / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888667||5304368||SLA257409116|
|Lichen Green / Medium/Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888650||5304369||SLA267378456|
|Lichen Green / Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888643||5304370||SLA258994826|
|Lichen Green / X-Large / 29-inch front / 27.5-inch rear||601842888636||5304371||SLA262916296|