Replaced my SX Trail with Trek's new Scratch. Awesome bike. Climbs well and handles freeride situations very well.
As delivered. Medium frame.
Took off the Fox 36R and mounted the Totem coil off of my Session 88 FR.
Fox DHX 4.0 with 450 lb. spring.
Airing it out.
*Update with full review*
Changes from stock. Redrilled the rims to accept Schraeder valves. I'm not a fan of Prestas, no offense to those who are. I replaced the Fox Van 36R with a Rock Shox Totem Coil. I replaced the handlebar with a 2" rise Answer ProTaper with Lizard Skin Peaty lock-ons. The stock Bontrager bar was a low rise version. I replaced the stock seatpost with a Crank Brothers Joplin unit because the stock one wouldn't tilt back far enough for my comfort and I love the on the fly adjustability. I have a 40mm Truvativ Holtzfeller stem to replace the 50mm Bontrager Rhythm unit. I replaced the stock Wellgo pedals with Bontrager Big Earls.
The bike pedals very efficiently for a 36/24, now 36/22 with the Saint cranks (front) and 11-34 (rear) gear combo. It climbs better than my old SX Trail. I don't usually climb though. The Mino link is set on the 66 degree head angle setting. I like to go downhill and this is where this bike really excels. I feel almost as confident on this bike as I do on my Session 88. The rear ABP suspension is very compliant and plush. I take it off 5-8 ft. drops routinely and it handles them fine. It jumps well and is very flickable, balanced, and nimble in the air. The Avid brakes provide all the stopping power needed once broken in. The chainguide keeps the chain where it needs to be. I never had any shifting issues yet. The all new 142mm rear hub makes wheel removal and installation a snap. Adapters are included if you prefer to use a standard 135mm rear hub. All-in-all I like this bike better than my old '06 SX Trail. I have no complaints about this bike so far.
1 problem after about a month of riding. The Raceface Ride cranks come loose every ride even with Loctite. Replacing them with Saint M810s.
*Saint cranks installed.* Scroll down for pic.
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