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All-new Slash

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.

Upper Idler

Upper idler

The 19-tooth upper idler pulley is bigger than most so the chain doesn't have to bend as sharply, adding efficiency and strength.

Lower Idler

Lower idler 

The lower idler pulley prevents chain growth below the chainstay and keeps that tension off the derailleur cage so you get better shifting and suspension performance.

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.

Built burly

1. Super slack head tube

Sitting at a relaxed 63.5-degrees, Slash’s head tube keeps your front wheel far ahead for serious stability on the steepest, gnarliest trails.

2. Steep seat tube angle

Perched at 77-degrees, Slash keeps you in the perfect position for putting down power on long slogs up fire roads and punchy, slabby climbs.

3. That just-right reach

460mm of reach keeps the cockpit long and stable for control and stability through everything

4. Size-specific chainstays

Get the same trail-taming feel whether you ride a small or large thanks to size-specific chainstays that keep handling consistent.

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.

On guard

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.

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