Trail Testing: 29+ Trek Stache 9

With the new Stache being one of the most talked about bikes at Sea Otter 2015 (there must be something to unveiling it to the public in a snowglobe), we made sure we were on the list to receive one right away. We’ve only just begun putting miles in on this unique bike from Trek, but we’re having a blast.

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Let’s start with the obvious. “Those tires are massive…but not too massive…” The new Trek Stache runs 29+ tires (a term coined for the combination of 29 x 3-inch tires and 50-millimeter rims). The idea behind this is simple; traction. Lots of it. With the tires being set up tubeless, we’re running pressures around 12 psi. At such pressures, we’re finding plenty of stability in corners, without the fear of blowing off tires, but with the benefit of additional traction. With our dry Southern California corners getting looser by the ride, we’re finding the Trek Stache finding more of a hold in many of the corners our standard trailbikes would not.

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Look for the full write-up in an upcoming issue of Mountain Bike Action, but until then, check out some of the details of the bike. Some highlights are the new Manitou Magnum 34 Pro fork, a unique chainstay design, the SUNringle Mulefut rims and Stranglehold dropouts that are designed to simplify singlespeed setup and increase geometry versatility.

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Frame

Alpha Platinum Aluminum, E2 tapered head tube, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, PF 92, Midstay, Boost148, Stranglehold dropouts, G2 Geometry

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Front suspension

Manitou Magnum 34 Pro, air spring, E2 tapered steerer, Boost110, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 110mm travel

Sizes

15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5″

Front Hub

DT Swiss 350 centerlock disc, Boost110

Rear Hub

DT Swiss 350 centerlock disc, Boost148

Rims

SUNringlé Mulefüt 50mm 32-hole w/cutouts

Tires

Bontrager Chupacabra, Tubeless Ready, aramid bead, 29×3.0″

Shifters

SRAM X1, 11 speed

Rear derailleur

SRAM X1, Type 2

Crank

SRAM X1 1400, 30T X-Sync

Cassette

SRAM XG-1175, 10-42, 11 speed

Chain

SRAM PC 1130

Saddle

Bontrager Evoke RXL, hollow Ti rails

Seatpost

KS eThirty Integra, remote lever, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, zero offset, internal routing

Handlebar

Bontrager Rhythm Pro, OCLV Carbon, 31.8mm, 15mm rise

Stem

Bontrager Rhythm Pro, 31.8mm, 7 degree

Headset

FSA IS-2, E2, sealed alloy cartridge

Brakeset

Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc

Grips

Bontrager Race Lite, lock-on

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