The long travel enduro MTB
The backcountry battle axe
You’ll need this where you’re going
Slash is a no-holds barred enduro sled built to rip, rally, and rail through the gnarliest trails on the planet. With 170mm of front and rear travel, mixed wheel size, and new high-pivot design, Slash not only descends like a beast, but it’s also ready to billy-goat up punchy climbs with square-edge slabs that send your friends on hike-a-bike missions.
Crush laps that enduro bikes of yesteryear only dreamed of. Charge through the chunder, hurtle over wheel-roasting roots, and blast through boulder fields with drops so deep you’ll question your sanity – but never your bike’s capability.
High pivot, high aspirations
The problem with tradition
Bikes with main pivots closer to the crank have a mostly vertical axle path that allows the rear wheel to move up to get out of the way of obstacles. That works, but can cause a few hang-ups, especially in gnarlier terrain.
Higher pivot, more momentum
Moving the main pivot higher allows for a rearward axle path, so your back wheel can move in the same direction as the force from impacts. On the trail, this means more momentum in the rough and fewer hang-ups on square-edged hits.
See the full High Pivot video
Because rearward axle paths increase the distance between cranks and cogs, the chain pulls back on the pedals. That causes pedal kickback that’s harsh on your legs, and the chain tension can counteract your suspension movement.
While the rearward axle path increases the distance between rear axle and chainring, it doesn’t increase the distance between the axle and that high main pivot, so, by routing the chain around this idler pulley, we eliminate the pedal kickback effect.
Climb like a mountain goat, charge like a bull
Slash pedals better than other high-pivot bikes thanks to an idler pulley layout that's optimized for efficiency. Plus, that rearward axle path gives Slash mind-blowing traction for scrambling up tricky climbs without getting caught on roots and rough edges. You get less wasted energy and more gas left in the tank for the descents.
The main ingredient in Slash's pedaling alchemy is its anti-squat curve. Anti-squat is affected by a few variables, but one of the biggest factors is main pivot position. The size and placement of the upper idler gives us another way to tune the anti-squat curve. Between the upper and lower idler layout and size, Slash delivers a super-efficient and super-consistent feeling anti-squat curve that makes this bike pedal more like the short-travel Top Fuel than the previous generation Slash.
Mixed wheel size
Slash ships with a 27.5 rear wheel for getting extra spicy on the steeps and a 29 front wheel for barreling over the big stuff. Swap the lower shock mount to run a full 29er if you’re after full speed or keep it MX for getting way back without buzzing the rear wheel on near-vertical descents.
Try new angles
Install angle adjust headset cups (sold separately) to tweak headtube angle a degree steeper or slacker to your liking — all without impacting your bottom bracket height.
Adjustable leverage rate
Easily adjust suspension progression with just a flip of a chip. Ride it in the less progressive setting for a plusher feel perfect for rugged trails loaded with square-edge bumps. Flip it to more progressive when you’re riding fast, hitting big features and don’t want to bottom out — or if you want to roll with a coil shock.
All that, and then some
Stow it, don’t show it
Stash your ride essentials with in-tube storage on all models — both carbon and alloy. Included Bontrager BITS bag keeps all your odds and ends organized.
Created for customization
Want to run a longer dropper? Swap air for a coil shock? No problem. Slash has plenty of room for beefy tires, big coil shocks, and running up to a 190mm fork. Plus, it’s even equipped with accessory mounts under the top tube when your storage door is loaded and you need to haul a little more.
We spent hours analyzing high-speed camera footage to figure out just how to shape a guard to minimize chain movement, so you get a quieter, more protected ride.
Keep your guard up
Removable dual-density guards protect all Slash models from rock strikes and shuttle damage, and carbon models get additional protection from integrated Carbon Armor —an impact-resistant laminate under the paint that adds durability.