First Look: Specialized's Fast Rolling Slaughter Tire 14

If you're as big of a fan of Specialized tires as we are, you'll be happy to see this new addition to their lineup. Created in the name of speed, the Slaughter offers riders a super fast rolling, low profile tire that still has tall side knobs for reliable bite in corners. It's aimed at the gravity and all-mountain disciplines and intended to be used as a rear tire, though some 
may find it suitable up front as well. Ideal conditions are hardpack and intermediate soil.

First Look: Specialized's Fast Rolling Slaughter Tire

First Look: Specialized's Fast Rolling Slaughter Tire

The Slaughter will be available in 2.3 x 650B (27.5) and 2.3 x 29-inch sizes. For the DH version, a 70a base compound and 42a top compound make for a fast, yet grippy tire. Dual-ply 60tpi casing and butyl sidewall reinforcement pads offer pinch flat protection. The GRID 2BR version provides all-mountain riders with a 2Bliss design with additional construction features to prevent cuts and to stiffen the sidewalls. Control level keeps a robust construction and weight to a minimum.

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Pricing is expected to be comparable to the popular Specialized Butcher tire, with the Control at $55, GRID 2BR at $60, and DH at $80. You'll likely see this one under Specialized's Pro Enduro and DH racers at select events this year.

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  • kidwoo

    4/8/2014 3:02 PM

    I don't know what you guys are griping about. Everybody in the industries trying to sell you something is saying 650b is 'consumer demand'. They didn't even want to just completely adopt a new standard that forces you to buy all their shlt again. You MADE them do it.

  • m3hl

    4/8/2014 9:30 AM

    NO 26!!!! uuuuugh

  • DylanV

    4/7/2014 12:10 PM

    Anyone find it weird that they release a dh tire not in 26 when their own dh bike is 26?650b demo incoming?

  • 'size

    4/7/2014 12:19 PM

    i'm guessing we'll probably see a 650b demo this weekend under gwin. don't forget the vital PMB power rankings... "...and pay closer attention to what he's riding this time."

  • cizznycle

    4/6/2014 9:32 PM

    you can get this in a 26" its just called the el moco...

  • erwinmruiz

    4/6/2014 7:56 PM

    I love Specialized tires, The butchers, Clutch, Purgatories and Chunder all rock (except for chunder which as dropped)

    Shwalbes are pretty good, but I find them slow rolling resistence with low PSI.

    The 650 B Slaughter GRID 2BR looks like it might be good for the rear here in So Cal

  • bturman

    4/6/2014 6:31 PM

    650B DH tire... sign of things to come?

  • Nicholast

    4/6/2014 1:07 PM

    Conversely, for those with big hoops, this is a great alternative the 29er-less Rock Razor. I can't complain about another tire option either, especially for the rear since I seem to swap those more than the front.

  • kidwoo

    4/6/2014 11:47 AM

    Be right back........gotta go drop 5 grand on a new bike with different whlz before I can use your 60 dollar tire.

  • bikeboardorblade

    4/6/2014 11:45 AM

    I was in a Specialized shop on Saturday asking about these, and they hadn't heard a thing about them. Same sentiments about no 26" option, I think the Schwalbe Rock Razor will be a good alternative.

  • kev.1n

    4/6/2014 11:25 AM

    more like sea slaughter tire

    or south Africa slaughter

  • joss002

    4/6/2014 11:07 AM

    Yeah i was going to sign up for one ,but no 26 !!!

  • cofattire

    4/6/2014 3:33 PM

    Yeah, bummer. I understand new 26" bike sales have dropped precipitously, but there are still tons of 26" bikes out there that will need tires for many years to come.

  • 'size

    4/6/2014 10:59 AM

    these definitely look like a better fast rolling and cornering rear than the purgatory. too bad no 26".

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