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First Look: Trek Session and Session Park, Two Different Ways to Ride Big Mountain – Plus Actual Weights

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2015 Trek Sesssion 27.5_0

It’s hard to explain to outsiders the subtle but important difference between the stack of bikes that often clutter a cyclists garage, but even subtle differences in geometry can affect performance. And at the highest level of the sport, those differences are amplified.

For the downhill crowd, that narrow but almost imperceptible divide in bikes is between racing and big mountain or slope style riding. Both categories require a bike that may visually look similar, but they are two separate and distinct riding styles. Working with their stacked team of racers and slopestyle athletes, Trek has introduced two new iterations of their Session DH bike to help meet both groups needs.

2015 Trek Sesssion 27.5_3

The worlds fastest riders require a platform that’s stable at speed, capable of being pedaled through rough terrain, and maximizes traction. For that application, Trek has fitted 27.5″ wheels, more travel, and a longer rear end to the Session DH.

2015 Trek Sesssion 27.5_4

To partially compensate for the added height of the front end due to the larger wheels, Trek has created their own line of direct mount stems with a drop. Combined with a shorter head tube, the bar height of the race bike is not too dissimilar from that of the Park version.

2015 Trek Sesssion 27.5_2

Some racers prefer to externally route their cables to make swapping in new components easier, while others prefer the clean look of internal routing. Regardless of preference, the Session is more than accommodating.

2015 Trek Sesssion 27.5_1

Like the majority of other full suspension bikes in the Trek line up, the Session has a Mino Link, which allows riders to tweak the frames geometry with a simple adjustment.

2015 Trek Sesssion Park 26_0

While riders like Brook Macdonald and up and coming US rider Neko Mulally have been smashing World Cups on the Session DH, slope style giants like Brandon Semenuk and Cam McCaul have very different needs for events like Rampage.

2015 Trek Sesssion Park 26_1

Designed for bigger hits, the bike has 190mm of travel rather than 210mm, and is more progressive. The stays are also much shorter, 420mm versus 445mm. This is partially due to wheel size. Unlike its more racing oriented sibling, the Session Park has 26″ wheels, which are easier to trick, and parts are currently more readily available and cheaper.

2015 Trek Sesssion Park 26_2

Both bikes will be equipped with downtube protecters.

2015 Trek Session DH Build Kits

For 2015, Trek will sell four different Session builds – one alloy and one carbon – for both the Park and DH versions.

2015 Trek Session Prices

Completes will start arriving at dealers starting next month.

2015 Trek Session DH 9.9 27.5 Weight

The top of the line Session DH 9.9 weights 15.24 kg (33.59lb) stock. Although it would be pretty easy to save almost a pound by swapping in a Ti Coil and installing carbon RF Sixc Cranks.

2015 Trek Sesssion Park 26 9.8 weight_0

The carbon Session 9.8 Park bike retails for $6,829, $2,000 less than the premium race bike. Due to the smaller wheels, weight is a relatively low 15.74 kg (34.7 lb).

2015 Trek Session 88 DH Weight

The $5,240 aluminum Session 88 DH weighs 16.70 kg (36.8 lb).

2015 Trek Session Bike Weight

The aluminum Trek Session Park costs $4199.99 and weighs 17.26 kg (38 lb).

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9 years ago

Nice rides

9 years ago

That purple/blue colour scheme looks awesome!

Paul in VA
Paul in VA
9 years ago

Session 8 paint is icky. Will the Session 8’s RockShox Boxxer Race fit a 650b?

Paul in VA
Paul in VA
9 years ago

I guess it’s called Seesion Park, not Session 8

Big mike
Big mike
9 years ago

Not one to complain much but Trek does get a lot of love on here

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