$12,000 Trek Rail 9.9 e-MTB – Is It Worth It?

$12,000 Trek Rail 9.9 e-MTB – Is It Worth It?

Watch our full-length e-MTB Test Sessions Video where we compare the Norco Sight VLT 29, Trek Rail 9.9, Santa Cruz Heckler and Specialized Turbo Levo SL – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9-4rI5rBsA

If you’re new to e-MTB, make sure you’re riding on trails designated for e-bike use. Ask your local bike shop or advocacy group if you’re unsure.

Our e-bike test was filmed in Boise and Idaho City, Idaho, using only off-road and motorcycle trails.

#electricbike #emtb #trek

Trek Rail 9.9 Specs
Travel: 150mm (5.9-inches) rear // 160mm (6.3-inches) front
Wheel Size: 29-inch
Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX Gen4 // 250 Watts // 75Nm torque (updatable to 85Nm)
Battery: 625Wh
Suspension Design: ABP (Active Braking Pivot)
Frame Material: Carbon
Measured Weight: 48.9-pounds (22.2kg, without pedals)
Size Tested: Large
Model Tested: 9.9 X01 AXS
Warranty: Lifetime
MSRP: $11,999 USD as tested // Models start at $4,999
More Info: www.trekbikes.com
Within just a few minutes of riding, the Bosch CX-equipped 29-inch Trek Rail gives the immediate impression of e-MTB dominance. Extra effort on this bike is rewarded more than any other since the motor just keeps on pulling, giving that a little bit of consistent extra torque that makes it amazing in scenarios where you’re pushing things to the max. The Rail also won the Energizer Bunny Award for the best battery longevity in our test.

Ultimately, the Trek Rail does everything pretty well, making it one of the best all-rounders in the test. With descending characteristics you’d expect from your favorite Trek mountain bike, the Rail is easy to ride and even easier to climb with its snappy torque and steady pull. If budget is of no concern, the 9.9 build is near the top of the pecking order in the E-MTB landscape. It’s not as playful or charismatic as some of the others, but this tuxedo-looking bike symbolizes class and intention with a big win on battery life.

Readers Comments (27)

  1. Effin cheaters!!!!!!

  2. I have the 9.8 XT Rail, makes all other bikes obsolete. Worth every penny.

  3. This is as dumb as paying 5000.- for a hooker. As if you were her first…………..

    TODAY

  4. PNW Adventure Fam January 3, 2021 @ 10:28 pm

    Sorry but put that thing up against the S-Works Turbo Levo and my guess is the Trek gets left in the dust.

  5. Wait a little longer and the next gen batteries will do wonders to these.

  6. Ya know, there are cheaper options…

  7. I refuse to “download an update” for my mountain bike.

  8. Heh heh bosch’d it get it

  9. That suspension looks underpowered for the weight

  10. these comments don’t realize that this bike is not meant for the average person haha

  11. Trek are out of their fucking minds.

  12. That is one of the ugliest bikes I’ve seen

  13. Jimmy Katsaounis January 3, 2021 @ 10:46 pm

    Great review. I would beg ,borrow,steal to be on a e bike . At this age it’s better than sex .

  14. I’m 220lbs. With a 50lb bike and all my gear I would have to have a freaking motor on it just to get around.

  15. Well I can dream.

  16. great review, I am convinced..Ii am going to go pick the $200 Walmart Bike

  17. E mountain biking is not mountain biking.

  18. Ιωαννης Παρασκευοπουλος January 3, 2021 @ 10:57 pm

    Beautiful bikes! May I ask your height guys and what size bikes did you test?

  19. Noé Julián Saavedra January 3, 2021 @ 10:59 pm

    $12,000 HAHAHAHAHAHA. 😂😂😂😂😂👎👎👎👎👎

  20. 12 grand and the shock is still terrible typical trek overpricing the hell out of everything

  21. I’ve had the 2021 aluminium Rail9 for a month now, demoed the Levo, Decoy and SightVLT. The Rail was an easy winner. Bontrager tyres and dropper can go straight in the bin though…. Great videos, cheers.

  22. Never use anything from Titanic to describe anything….ever.

  23. Our e-bike test was filmed in Boise and Idaho City, Idaho, using off-road and motorcycle trails. Watch our full-length e-MTB Test Sessions Video where we compare the Norco Sight VLT 29, Trek Rail 9.9, Santa Cruz Heckler and Specialized Turbo Levo SL – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9-4rI5rBsA

  24. Yt decoy…….. that is all

  25. 12000? it is crazy two such bikes equal my Mercedes c class 3 years old.

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