Trek Rail 9.8 XT Review

  • 9099 €
  • Carbon / Alu
  • Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System
  • 160 mm
  • 625 WH
  • 150 mm
  • 2022
  • 29"
  • 23,4 kg
Flat steering angle, thick spring elements and a chic look. The Rail 9.8 XT wants to appeal to trail lovers among e-mountain bikers.
Bosch is the major motor manufacturer in the EMTB world, alongside Shimano - and it's no surprise, as the Performance Line CX Smart System shows. The very natural motor control and the progressive power output characterise the character of the Bosch motor. The well-tuned driving modes hit the mark. Thanks to the good range, longer tours with the Rail 9.8 XT are no problem.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the Rail 9.8 XT in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (9000) .

The good Rock Shox chassis absorbs even larger roots with the calmness of a Buddhist monk. The thick 38mm stanchions on the fork provide an extra dose of steering precision and performance. When it comes to the brakes, Trek reaches for the top shelf and instals premium brakes with four pistons and large brake rotors from Shimano. At the drivetrain components and the rest of the parts, Trek uses good equipment. When it comes to the geometry, Trek does not go completely crazy. The head tube angle and reach values were chosen with care. The result: A balanced riding behaviour with a good combination of playfulness and straight-line stability. Overall, the Trek developers have done a great job with a god geometry.

Value for money

If you are keen on value for money, this is your chart. It shows you at a glance how much bike you get for 9099 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Trek Rail 9.8 XT

The Rail 9.8 XT is a real multitool for tours on extremely demanding single trails. With a top-notch motor, a very good brake system and a very good geometry make it a capable All Mountains from Trek with a very wide range of use. A generous warranty also speaks of sustainable business practices. With 25 years of warranty, Trek sets the bar high!
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Trek Rail 9.8 XT Review
Ludwig Döhl
Bike enthusiast and founder of emtb-test.com

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technical Details

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SIZE XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Sizing of Manufacturer
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M
L
XL
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Wheelsize
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29
29
29
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Stack
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633
646
66
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Reach
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452
487
517
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Top Tube Length
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601
639
673
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Seat Tube Length
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42
45
50
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Seat Tube Angle
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76,7
76,7
76,7
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Head Tube Length
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110
125
140
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Head Tube Angle
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64,2
64,2
64,2
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Bottom Bracket Drop
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33
33
33
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Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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341
341
341
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Chainstay Length
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448
448
448
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Wheelbase
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1236
1278
1314
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Standover Height
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768
765
763
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  • Motor Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System
  • Display Kiox 300
  • Battery 625
  • Frame OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame
  • Frame Material Carbon / Alu
  • Fork RockShox ZEB Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 2.1 RC damper, eMTB optimized crown, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 160mm travel
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout no
  • Damper RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RT3, DebonAir spring, Thru Shaft 3-position damper, 230mm x 57.5mm
  • Gearrange 510%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano XT M8100, long cage
  • Crank E*thirteen E*spec Plus, 34T, 165mm length
  • Cassette Shimano XT M8100, 10-51, 12 speed
  • Chain Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed
  • Brake Set Shimano XT M8120 4-piston hydraulic disc
  • Brake Rotors 203/203
  • Rims Bontrager Line Comp 30, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle
  • Front Hub Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, alloy axle, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle
  • Rear Hub Size: S, M, L, XL, Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Rapid Drive 108, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle, Size: S, M, L, XL, Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle
  • Tires Front Size: S, M, L, XL, Bontrager SE5 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.50'', Size: S, M, L, XL, Bontrager SE6 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.50'
  • Tires Rear Size: S, M, L, XL, Bontrager SE5 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.50'', Size: S, M, L, XL, Bontrager SE6 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.50'
  • Saddle Bontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138mm width
  • Seat Post Size: S, Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 100mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9mm, 345mm length, Size: M, Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 150mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 34.9mm, 440mm length, Size: L, Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 170mm travel
  • Stem Bontrager Line Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr compatible, 0 degree, 45mm length
  • Handle Bar Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 780mm width
  • Handle Bar Width 780
  • Head Set Knock Block Integrated, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.8'' bottom
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