First Impressions

Sticking with this refined no-nonsense approach Trek use a few key features that help it stand out via tech that actually works and basically just makes sense. The first of these are Knock Block and the Straight Shot Down Tube. Now these might be unique to Trek but they don’t scream out when you first see them. Knock Block is a headset and stem that when paired with a Trek frame that has a stop chip installed means that your bars will never spin around in the event of a crash.

 

Knock Block was developed when Trek implemented Straight Shot Down Tubes on their bikes, removing the curve we see on other bikes allowing the fork to spin around and pass under the frame in a crash. The result of this is a stiff, light frame that gives you much better steering control over your bike at speed and in rough terrain. Another thing that is just smart and simple is Cable Freak (which was probably called Adjustable Cable Management Entry until the marketing team at Trek got hold of it and pointed out that the Road Runner had a patent on ACME). What this does is allow you to cleanly adjust how many cables come into each entry point so you can set your bike up the way you like and lock them all into place, making a quiet, rattle-free ride.

 

You will of course, also see some standard features like the well proven ABP (Active Braking Pivot) that makes the suspension work so well on Trek bikes and is honestly very hard to fault other that it is rather bulky leaving the rear axle open to damage from rocks.

 

Another now standard feature on all Treks is Mino Link, which allows you to adjust your head angle by half degree and the BB height by 10mm. Very handy and easy to use, but perhaps a bigger range of adjustment might be nice here as the Mino Link has no effect on the suspension; so why not push the extremes, because the Slash 8 is a very willing subject when it comes to searching for limits on the trail.