Trail Testing: Trek Stache Eight

“Welcome to the future. Stache breaks new trail bike ground, blending 29er hardtail simplicity and fun with trail-tuned suspension, geometry, and spec. Trail, meet your new master.” – Trek Bicycles

The Stache is the latest addition to Trek’s Gary Fisher Collection and in a sense embodies the collection better than any other bike in the line. The Stache has a classical elegance in it’s simplicity and build quality, but it is pushing the boundaries of what a hardtail trail bike can be in a very modern way.

The Stache’s Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame tubes are shaped and optimized with a purpose. The junctions and welds are designed to hold up to a beating.

While a simple hardtail at a glance, when you look a bit deeper, you notice that the Stache is packed with all of the modern features found on burly trailbikes today. A 12×142-millimeter thru-axle keeps the rear end stiff and stable while Trek’s E2 tapered headtube along with a 15-millimeter thru-axle fork keep the front wheel where you want it.

The right chainstay features a sleek, wrap-around style protector to aid the Shadow Plus derailleur in keeping the chain quiet in the rough.

The Stache comes equipped with a Fox Evolution Series Float 32 CTD fork. The “CTD” stands for “Climb-Trail-Descend”, which are the three damping options available to the rider with a minor twist of the lever. So far we have found ourselves riding mostly with the fork open in the “Descend” setting; it seems fitting to not mess with anything while on a bike that thrives on it’s simplicity.

The Stache features Trek/Gary Fisher’s G2 Geometry which uses a custom offset fork to tweak the geometry to be nimble at slow speeds yet remain stable when flying down the trail. The headtube angle sits at a very trail-friendly 68.6-degrees. The blend of hardtail simplicity and efficiency with trailbike geometry is something special on the mountain.

A Shimano XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur keeps the chain from slapping against the frame through rough sections of trail thanks to it’s internal clutch mechanism. Canada-born, Race Face Turbine cranks are trail-tough and the anodized green color completes the look and feel of the bike.

“All work and no play is no fun at all.” Well said. See you out on the trails!

The wrecking crew strives to put as many miles as possible on each test bike before we write a full review. Watch for the full write-up on this bike in the coming pages of Mountain Bike Action.

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