The Slash was one of the earliest bikes to arrive to the long-travel 29er party but until now, it’s only been available to those with thick wallets.

Trek has now announced an ‘Alpha Platinum Aluminum’ model to put more riders in the saddle of the bike originally designed for Trek’s enduro team. And despite the decrease in price, Trek isn’t pulling any of the high-end technology it touts on more expensive models. The new Slash 8 will have the Straight Shot downtube and Active Braking Pivot said to keep rear suspension alive under breaking power. It will also be outfitted with Knock Block to stop bars from spinning too far left or right and damaging the frame.

All Slash models will also be outfitted with RE:aktiv and Thru Shaft shocks, two technologies that have impressed our testers in the past.

The aluminum Slash 8 frame is complemented by a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and a 160-millimeter RockShox Yari Fork for a final price of … drumroll please … $3,500. There is also an aluminum frameset available for $2,000.

If you can’t cut the carbon cord, don’t worry. With the launch of the Slash 8, Trek has also re-introduced the Slash 9.9, a top-of-the-line carbon workhorse that will sell for $7,200.

The numbers.

The Slash is now available in four complete builds, or two frameset options--one carbon, one aluminum.

Learn more here.