Specialized Slaughter GRID 2Bliss 2.6in tyre review£50.00

An affordable speed boost

BikeRadar score4.5/5
  • Weight: 930g
  • Width: 61mm (30mm internal rim @ 25 psi)

The Slaughter 2.6in is a great option for adding volume and protection while also boosting rear-wheel speed.

As usual for Specialized’s 2Bliss tubeless design, setup is easy across a wide range of rim types, normally popping into place with just a track pump. Plus, all current-generation GRID carcass tyres have proved impressively puncture/cut/brake/drive and scuff resistant (however badly we’ve treated them).

The carpet of smaller knobs means less chance of pointy stuff finding a thin spot to spike through and cause punctures compared to a bigger knob/bigger space tread. There’s also an extra ‘cap’ layer of puncture protection built into the crown of the carcass to back that up too. That enhanced longevity boosts effective value, so while the 2.6 inch is £15 more than the 2.3 inch, it’s still good value.

In terms of performance, while it’s not super wide for a 2.6 inch, the Slaughter carcass is pretty tall. That adds impact protection to your rims, and benefits from a wider rim – 30mm internal works well – to support it through corners. Don’t go too wide though as that can square it off too much and means the softer, larger shoulder knobs start to drag in a straight line, which defeats the whole idea of the tread pattern.

When set up correctly, the low-60-duro centre tread rolls fast, but still pulls a surprising amount of grip off solid surfaces. Smaller knob tread means it’s more supple in feel than the big tread Specialized GRID tyres too, so it flows well on rougher trails adding to the speed gain.

There’s occasionally a momentary grip gap in the intermediate area as you lean in, but crank it over onto the full-sized 50-duro shoulder knobs and it’ll rail round hard in loose, loamy or even wet conditions. This makes it a great (and currently one of the only) increased-protection rear ‘enduro’ tyre, whatever front tyre you pair it with.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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