Slackline Ti Complete Build
The original aim of the Switchback was to design the most playful natured and confidence inspiring aggressive frame that we possibly could.
Designed around the 27.5” wheel and the 27.5+” wheel platform, the Switchback Ti has our custom designed Yoke that creates space in the chain stays to accommodate large volume, deep tread 2.4” tyres on 27.5” wheels or 2.8” Plus tyres on super wide plus 27.5” rims, while not effecting the incredibly short 415mm chain stay length as we refuse to compromise our class leading geometry! The 415mm chain stay length plus the bottom bracket height, head angle and reach measurement gives you an amazingly responsive and agile ride.
This frame rails corners and descends like no other hardtail on the market! Expect to leave the abstract idea that “you’ll be faster on a full sus” behind you, as the Switchback Ti will have you leaving your full-sus in the garage!
The geometry of the Switchback Ti has been optimised to help the rider feel confident on difficult, technical Enduro style terrain, while giving the ideal riding position to express your style and flare on the trail. The frame is designed to suit modern fitments such as a Stealth Dropper compatible seat tube and a 44mm head tube for tapered steerer compatibility and full internal top tube routing.
PLAY THE TRAIL
The OG of our entire range and now in its greatest iteration – and with Ti it’s superfly.
“Every now and then something special comes along” – that’s how the Dirt Mag review for the original Slackline began in 2012. Now in its third generation and bang up to date it retains its reputation for having Goldilocks geometry. Not too slack, not too steep; not too long, not too short – but just right for every ride.
The Slackline Ti is our all day trail slayer – the rider’s ride. The choice of customers who’ve been there, ridden that, and know what they want.
So what do they want? Well the playfulness and control that comes from 27.5 wheels for start. Unswayed by the big-wheel hype Slackline riders know they can rely on it to put a smile in every mile. From a groomed trail centre to the rough stuff in your local woods, the Slackline will have you skipping through the lot. And as you know, fun is fast. There’s no getting dropped by your mates on bigger wheels or full sus’s.
The confidence and control will have you pushing harder than ever, but this thing is so nimble and direct it’ll get you out of trouble as quick as you got there.
The triple-butted, aerospace-grade Titanium we use takes the legendary feel of the Slackline to another dimension. There’s a lot going in that tubing with differing wall thicknesses that allow elasticity where you want it and stiffness where it needs to be. We believe Titanium is the best material to make a hardtail from because its unique properties mean you can be playful with it. You don’t have to sacrifice weight, strength or compliance in the way you do with carbon, alloy or steel.
Our detailed thinking is matched by detailed execution – welds to die for and proper touches like the removable caps to make internal cable routing a pleasure not a chore.
Yes, all this comes at a price but you’re left with an uncompromised frame that will literally last you a lifetime, is less likely to dent and polishes up a treat. You can also choose from a range of beautiful hand-applied finishes to make it that bit more special – polished, blasted, anodised or ceramic cerakote decals.
The Gen3 features refreshed geometry that includes a meticulously worked out rear triangle with a length of 227mm to provide both stability and pop.
We can get that rear wheel in because of the bespoke CNC’d yoke on the drive side chainstay. This burly little number also adds the lateral stiffness that means every push on the pedals is rewarded with sweet acceleration. No more so than on a climb where this bike excels and scampers up the techiest test. The yoke has been completely redesigned for Gen3 to allow room for the big tyres we’re all starting to feel the love for. It’ll accommodate high volume 2.4” on regular rims or 2.8” tyres on super-wide 27.5 Plus hoops. The Slackline Ti is also optimised for a 120mm – 140mm fork (our geometry figures include 25% sag) so you can really play with the style of bike you want to create.
“A great all-rounder that’s not afraid to mix it with burlier builds through the tech” – Bike Radar
The ‘do-it-all hardtail’ thing has become a real cliché since the original Slackline helped create the category in the first place. We’re more into the idea of ‘do-what-you-like’ and this is the bike that lets you. There’s a simplicity and authenticity to what the Slackline Ti delivers, a pure joy of riding that’s appreciated by purist riders and those who just want to get the most from every ride – so that’s everyone then.
Trends will come and go but there always be room for a bike like the Slackline Ti. Maybe it’s time to make room for one in your life.
|Frame Weight – 1.9kg|
|1. 3AL-2.5V titanium 44mm head tube, gusseted down tube and our super-sweet alloy head badge.|
|2. ISCG 05 mounts and 73mm BB shell, Custom designed CNC’d Yoke that accommodates standard 27.5” or 27.5+ 2.8 tyre set-up.|
|3. Super-short chainstays (415mm) made from 3AL-2.5V aerospace-grade titanium tubing.|
|4. Custom CNC’d Swapout dropouts|
|5. Triple-butted 3AL-2.5V aerospace-grade titanium tubing with custom seat tube. Full internal routing takes full-length gear outer for consistent, weather-proof shifting.|
|6. 31.6 stealth routing dropper-compatible seat tube (34.9 clamp) with custom tubing|