The Slash sets a new benchmark for long-travel performance with more travel (170 mm/170 mm), more aggressive geometry and more ways to personalise your ride than ever before. Its new high-pivot suspension layout has a rearward axle path that gives Slash insanely smooth suspension for maintaining more forward momentum and more grip for devouring brutal trails. While many bikes with high-pivot suspension compromise pedalling efficiency, Slash’s geometry and axle path allow for climb-gripping traction for hammering back to the top without destroying your legs.
The Slash’s high main pivot allows the rear axle to move slightly rearwards as the suspension compresses. That means the back wheel can move with the force from impacts rather than against them, so it’s easier to barrel over obstacles than on a bike with a more traditional vertical axle path.
What’s with the extra pulleys? As the rear axle moves backwards, it tugs on the chain, which pulls back on the crank. That pedal kickback makes for a harsh ride on the legs. Routing the chain around idler pulleys gives it room to grow without extra tension, so you don’t get that harsh pedal kickback.
Placed for maximum pedalling efficiency, these oversized pulleys help keep pedalling smooth and prevent wasting your valuable energy. Not only is the Slash easier to pedal than other high-pivot bikes, but this thing scrambles right up super chunky, techy climbs. It maintains more upward momentum and the back wheel doesn’t get hung on the edge of roots or rocks.
A super slack 63.5° head angle gives you downhill stability, while a steep 77° seat angle helps put power to the pedals. Size-specific chainstays give every rider balanced handling. The long reach gives you room to manoeuvre and there’s room for extra-long droppers. Most riders can run a 200 mm dropper!
Rock the mullet
Since Slash is made for the steepest terrain, it comes with a 29” wheel up front for monster-truck capability, and a smaller 27.5” wheel out back for more agility and better bike-to-bum clearance on near vertical roll-ins. But if you still want that full 29er speed, it's easy to run a big wheel out back by just swapping the lower shock mount brackets.
Ride your way
Slash has tons of adjustability for the most discerning riders. Adjust head angle one degree steeper or slacker with optional angle-adjust headset cups. Use the chip at the lower shock mount to adjust leverage rate. Replace the lower shock brackets to run full 29er.
Quiet and protected
Updated guards deflect impacts. The chainstay guard has been meticulously designed with a shape that reduces chain movement for a blissfully quiet ride. Integrated Carbon Armour provides an extra layer of downtube protection while the removable external guards protect from rock and shuttle damage.