By: Kevin Rouse
For 2011, Trek has taken the proven Session geometry and carried it over into 2011 unchanged. Structurally however, the 2011 Session 88 has received a full makeover, and now sports a burlier frame construction, while maintaining its celebrated low weight. A reinforced downtube is now comprised of thicker walls and Trek has altered the entire frame's weight distribution, claiming increased durability. Also helping durability is a new for 2011 downtube protector similar to those seen on some of Trek's newest carbon offerings.
Other notable structural changes include in-frame stanchion bumpers located just aft of the headtube. The bumpers are actually connected by a structural reinforcement within the frame, helping increase front-end stiffness. Out back, a different stay configuration now allows for internal cable routing to the rear derailleur.
On the suspension side of things, the 2011 Session setup remains similar to last year, though it has been subtly revised with a new rear shock tuning based on Trek World Racing Cup testing.
The complete Session 88 will be offered with pricing starting around the $5000 mark. A new Session 8 model, which utilizes last year's Session 88 frame, will be closer to $3000.