Trek’s Stache goes carbon

29+ wheels now in a lightweight carbon hardtail

Trek turned a lot of heads last year when it unveiled a redesigned version of its trail hardtail, the Stache, with 29+ tires and slack geometry. The company has added two carbon versions of this monster-trucking hardtail to the line for 2017. The new Stache 9.8 and 9.6 are lighter and feature more progressive geometry than their alloy brethren. 

Lighter, heavy-hitting hardtails

The Stache 9.6 is the more affordable carbon option :
The Stache 9.6 is the more affordable carbon option :

Trek claims the move to carbon saves approximately 400g over the alloy versions. Aside from a lighter chassis, the new carbon Stache gets updated geometry. In keeping with modern trail tastes, the bottom bracket is slightly lower and the reach has been increased across all frame sizes. The carbon versions of the Stache are available in four sizes, while the alloy models are offered in a five size range.

The Stache Carbon has a lower bottom bracket and longer reach than the alloy versions:
The Stache Carbon has a lower bottom bracket and longer reach than the alloy versions:

The two alloy models carry over unchanged for 2017, save for the addition of 120mm suspension forks in place of the 110mm models used last year.

Both the carbon and alloy versions are designed around 29x3.0 treads. They feature boost axle spacing and 1x drivetrains with a max chainring size of 32.

Pricing, spec and availability

Trek will offer the Stache in two carbon versions, the Stache 9.8 and Stache 9.6. There will be a frame-only option as well, which will retail for $1,579. (UK and Australian pricing has yet to be announced.).

The Stache 9.8 will retail for $4,699 / £3,700. (Australian pricing has yet to be announced.):
The Stache 9.8 will retail for $4,699 / £3,700. (Australian pricing has yet to be announced.):

The Stache 9.8 comes equipped with a 120mm RockShox Pike RC fork. Trek’s house brand, Bontrager, supplies the Line Pro 40 carbon wheelset shod in 29x3.0 Chupacabra tires. The drivetrain consists of a SRAM XO1 derailleur, X1 Carbon crankset and X1 shifter. Braking is handled by SRAM’s Guide RC brakes.

The more affordable Stache 9.6 will retail for $2,999. (UK and Australian pricing has yet to be announced.):
The more affordable Stache 9.6 will retail for $2,999. (UK and Australian pricing has yet to be announced.):

The Stache 9.6 sports a 120mm RockShox Yari fork. It rolls on SUNringlé Duroc 50 SL rims laced to Bontrager hubs. The Stache 9.6 also uses the 29x3.0 Bontrager Chupacabra tires. The SRAM drivetrain consists of a GX rear derailleur, X1 1200 crankset, and a GW shifter. SRAM’s Guide R brakes bring the 9.6 to a halt.

The two complete bikes along with the frameset will be available in September.

Visit www.trekbikes.com for more information.
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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