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    2018 Trek Slash 9.8 vs Canyon Strive CF 8.0 Best Peddler?

    Alight, as the title states I am looking at a new bike. I think i have narrowed it down to The Strive and Slash.

    I have test ridden the Slash (9.7), cannot ride the Strive here in Australia. The only trail i rode the Slash on was straight up then straight back down, which is my favourite kind if trail. I am trying to find out which one will peddle better on up hill and normal single track and undulating terrain. I know they are not XC bikes and dont expect them to act like it, but there will be occasions where i go riding on more XC big k's style rides with mates. These are not my focus, but i don't want to hate every second of them.

    I was pretty happy with how the Slash climbed but did not get to ride it on much flats.

    Thanks.
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    I have a 2017 Slash 9.8.

    It pedals really well on normal single track and is suprisingly playful for a long travel 29er.

    The Trek 2018 tru-shaft shocks are having issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thag View Post
    I have a 2017 Slash 9.8.

    It pedals really well on normal single track and is suprisingly playful for a long travel 29er.

    The Trek 2018 tru-shaft shocks are having issues.
    Oh no! What kind of issues? I was trying to get one.

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    My friend manages the local trek dealer. He said that a lot of the tru-shaft shocks on the 2018 Treks are blowing up.

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    Correct, it seems like a big run of thru-shaft shocks had some seal installed incorrectly and blow up pretty quickly (sometimes first rides). After that is fixed, I haven't heard of any subsequent failures.

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    Had mine for about 3 weeks and have done 8 1.5-2.5hr rides. If you got an earlier batch of shocks it may have this problem but they have addressed the issue (supposedly) and the shock is brilliant. I would say it's more plush on small to medium hits than an X2 but doesn't handle big hits as well as the X2 does although I haven't installed any volume spacers in it yet.

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