TREK Session 8 29 GX
|Options||Size: R1; Satin Trek Black; EXPECTED EARLY JULY 2021; PLEASE CONTACT FOR AVAILABILITY
Size: R2; Satin Trek Black; CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
Size: R3; Satin Trek Black CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
The Session is a legendary downhill bike that's carried the world's top riders to many victories in the last decade, from Red Bull Rampage to the World Cup circuit and countless jaw-dropping video segments along the way. Now it's back with some huge updates that make it faster and more versatile than ever.
The new high-pivot suspension design results in a rearward axle path. That means that the back wheel can move with the rearward force produced by bumps rather than against it. On the trail, it feels like way smoother suspension that maintains more forward momentum and provides more grip.
However, a rearward axle path increases the distance between the rear cogs and the front chainring as the suspension compresses. This is also known as 'chain growth'. Since the top section of chain can't actually grow, all that added tension causes the crank to rotate backwards, also known as 'pedal kickback'. It keeps the suspension from working freely, and it results in a harsh ride. To counteract chain growth and the resulting pedal kickback, the new Session has an idler pulley that routes the top section of chain so it's closer to the high pivot. This virtually eliminates chain growth and its negative effects.
The Session still features Active Braking Pivot and Mino Link adjustable geometry, but it now includes a Mino Link to adjust suspension progression. Riders can choose between a firmer 25% progression for racing, or a plusher 20% progression for park riding.
Session comes with the fastest-rolling 29-inch wheels on all sizes, but the frame is also compatible with 27.5 inch wheels, or even a mixed set-up with 29" up front and 27.5" at the rear.
Session's new sizing is based around reach rather than seat tube length so riders can choose the size that best fits their riding style. Size up for more stability at speed, size down for more manoeuvrability. Size-specific chainstay lengths ensure perfectly-balanced handling for each frame size.
Session is built with a robust Alpha Platinum Aluminium frame and features plenty of replaceable armour and the option to run cables internally or externally.
Highlights in summary
- New suspension layout with a high pivot and idler pulley increases traction, carries more speed and reduces pedal kickback for more stability
- Virtually zero pedal kickback means that you'll stay confidently planted and in control during descents - especially when landing jumps or drops
- The high pivot design delivers a more efficient rearward axle path so you'll carry more speed and your wheel won't get hung up on obstacles
- Adjust your suspension progression by flipping the lower shock mount chip - 20% for plush park rides, 25% for racing efficiency
- New DH sizing system is based on reach, not rider height, which is the most important factor in a great downhill bike fit
It's right for you if...
You practically live at the downhill park, and want a fast, traction-packed DH bike that can handle your gnarliest runs thanks to a suspension design that keeps you in control all the way down.
The tech you get
A burly alloy frame, 200mm rear travel with a FOX DHX shock, 200mm RockShox Boxxer Select with plush Charger RC damper, powerful Code R 4-piston brakes and a SRAM GX 7 speed drivetrain.
The final word
The Session has always been the go-to DH bike. Now it's more of a ripper than ever thanks to a new suspension design that delivers more traction, speed and virtually no pedal kickback.
|Frame||Alpha Platinum Aluminium, high main pivot, idler pulley, integrated frame protection, internal or external routing, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ISCG 05 2-bolt mount, Active Braking Pivot, 157x12mm thru-axle;
Fox VAN Performance shock, 250x72.5mm, 200mm travel
|Forks||RockShox Boxxer Select, DebonAir spring, Charger RC damper, 46 mm offset, 20x110mm Boost thru-axle, 200mm travel|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX DH, medium cage|
|Shifters||SRAM GX DH, 7 speed
|Chainset||Truvativ Descendant DH, DUB 83, 34T steel ring, 165mm length
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB, 83mm, BSA threaded|
|Freewheel||SRAM PG-720, 11-25, 7-speed cassette|
|Stem||Bontrager Line Pro, 35mm, Direct Mount, 50mm length|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Line, alloy, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 780mm width
|Front Brake||SRAM Code R 4-piston hydraulic disc, SRAM CenterLine 6-bolt 200mm rotor|
|Rear Brake||SRAM Code R 4-piston hydraulic disc, SRAM CenterLine 6-bolt 180mm rotor|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Code R|
|Rims||Bontrager Line DH 30, Tubeless Ready|
|Front Hub||Bontrager Line DH 30, 6-bolt, 110x20mm Boost thru axle|
|Rear Hub||Bontrager Line DH 30, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, Shimano 7 speed freehub, 157x12mm thru axle|
|Tyres||Bontrager G5 Team Issue, wire bead, 2-ply 60tpi, 29x2.50"|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails, 138mm width|
|Seatpost||Bontrager Rhythm Elite, 31.6mm, 0mm offset, 330mm length|
|Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Elite, lock-on|
As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.