Slash 9.8 is a carbon enduro mountain bike built to handle big hits, rail corners, and rip down the mountain faster than you ever thought possible. Ultra-stiff and ultra-tough carbon frame, carbon wheels, and the most refined suspension tech from RockShox make this long-travel 29er a worthy contender for any dedicated rider and enduro podium.
It's right for you if...
You're looking to tackle huge days on huge mountains, whether it's an enduro race or an epic adventure. You want the light weight and muted vibes of a carbon frame, and you prioritize tunable suspension performance over a shiny, top-shelf drivetrain.
The tech you get
A full OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with 160mm of travel and an all-new RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock with an updated Thru Shaft damper, plus an all-new RockShox ZEB fork with extra-beefy 38mm stanchions. A Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain for super-smooth shifting that's easy on the thumb, 4-piston brakes for confident descents, and Line Elite 30 carbon wheels with a 108-tooth Rapid Drive hub for quick acceleration when you need it most.
The final word
This is a beast of a mountain bike. You get hot new suspension technology normally reserved for the most expensive bikes, and you get it on a fresh new frame. With Slash 9.8, the faster you go, the better it rides, so giddy-up.
- The RockShox ZEB fork's bigger 38mm stanchions help you stay on your line through the chunky stuff, while the updated damper lets you dial in the feel
- New, removable Knock Block has a bigger steering angle to keep cables and hoses safe without sacrificing turning radius
- We added a second down tube guard to better protect your frame from shuttle-related damage
- Wider seat tube, wider dropper—the 34.9mm diameter post is stronger, more durable, and moves up and down faster
- A large internal storage compartment in the down tube lets you stow tools and gear
|Frame||OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays, internal storage, tapered head tube, Knock Block 2.0, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armor, shuttle guard, threaded BB, ISCG 05, 34.9mm seat tube, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 160mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox ZEB Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 2.1 RC damper, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 170mm travel|
|Rear Shock||NEW RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, DebonAir spring, Thru Shaft 3-position damper, 230 x 62.5mm|
|Wheels||Front: NEW Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle
Rear: Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, sealed bearing, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle
|Tires||Bontrager SE5 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29" x 2.50|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano SM-BB52, 73mm, threaded external bearing|
|Crankset||Shimano XT M8120, 30T, Boost (55mm chainline), 170mm length|
|Shifters||Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT M8100, long cage, 51T max cog|
|Cassette/Freewheel||Shimano XT M8100, 10-51, 12 speed|
|Chain||Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed|
|Brakes||SRAM Code R 4-piston hydraulic disc|
|Rotors||SRAM CenterLine, 6-bolt, round edge, 180mm|
|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||Knock Block 2.0 Integrated, 72-degree radius (includes infinite-radius chip), sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom|
|Seatpost||Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9mm
Size S = 100mm travel, 345mm length
Sizes M & M/L = 150mm travel, 440mm length
Size L = 170mm travel, 485mm length
Size XL = 200mm travel, 550mm length
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138mm width|