Trek Scratch Air 9 2011

Well… just when you think that you and your Remedy will be happy together for many years to come… they go and do this… the Trek Scratch Air 9.

I cannot believe how awesome this bike is. Check the details Pinkbike posted on this baby:

  • Air sprung front and rear
  • 170 mm of rear wheel travel
  • Uses Trek’s ABP Convert for active suspension while braking
  • 12 x 142 mm rear axle (convertible to 135 QR with supplied hardware)
  • Trail tuned Fox RP23 rear shock
  • Fox 36 Talas FIT RLC, 120-160 mm
  • Shimano 2 x 10 drivetrain
  • E2 Tapered headtube
  • Adjustable geometry via Mino Link
  • Two Scratch Air models: Scratch Air 9 (shown), and the Scratch Air 8

Having the ABP on board is something we’ve grown accustomed to, it’s like your bike says “don’t worry, I have this under control, you just go faster and have fun”. Now they’re introducing the Mino Link, a way to tune the head angle and bottom bracket height. Now it’s fine tuning really, but I bet it makes the difference between going out for an ‘enduro-ride’ today or going for a ‘downhill-ride’ today, and having fun with the same bike.

I would love to compare the Scratch with my Remedy, by weight and purpose. Along my Remedy I’m building a bike for DH only. I love how the Remedy rides downhill, but I was planning to ride for many years to come… The Remedy tags along for enduro rides, local rides in Holland, and downhill-marathon rides abroad. And it rocks at it. Would the Scratch be equally fun on all fronts ├índ the downhill tracks too?