2021 Slash: setting the new standard
The first big-wheeled Slash set the benchmark for long-travel 29er performance, making it the go-to rig for enduro racers and aggressive trail riders. This year, it’s back with convenient new features, the most dialled suspension ever, and a more aggressive attitude towards descending. New Slash has more suspension travel with 160 mm in the rear and 170 mm up front. A longer reach, slacker head tube, and lower bottom bracket give it extra stability to match the extra travel while a 2-degree steeper seat angle and lightweight frame make climbing surprisingly easy for such a beast of a bike. Most Slash models feature the all-new Super Deluxe Thru Shaft shock that combines the latest improvements from RockShox with our Thru Shaft damper design. Along with the refined suspension layout, this shock makes the new Slash float over rough terrain like the love child of a monster truck and a magic carpet. New frame features give Slash riders a better overall experience. Since the Slash is built for the hardest rides, it now comes with a threaded bottom bracket that’s more robust and easier to maintain. An internal storage compartment on all carbon and alloy models holds ride essentials or snacks. A new full-length down tube guard protects the entire length of the down tube, which is great for shuttle runs. Knock Block 2.0 keeps cables or hoses from getting yanked in a crash. Plus, it has a much bigger turning radius than ever before. The fork now clears the down tube, so Knock Block is removable for infinite turning radius. An oversized 34.9 mm seat tube accommodates bigger-diameter dropper posts. They’re more durable and provide better support for the longer-travel posts that aggressive riders demand. New Slash boosts the benchmark for long-travel 29ers. It rips big descents like a downhill bike, blasts through the chunkiest trails, and is still spry enough to pedal all day. These hot new bikes will start shipping soon. Verse features a full cut-out and was extensively tested with both male and female athletes for ultimate comfort and performance. Like all Bontrager inForm saddles, Verse is born of cutting-edge biomechanical research to maximise performance and rider comfort. We increased the length of the rails on the Verse to better accommodate a larger fit range. We’ve also made Verse available in four sizes to fit more male and female ischial tuberosity widths better. Each size comes in three levels: Pro, Elite and Comp for a clear good, better, best story.