Essentially a bargain for the performance offered
With a distinctive lowered centre tread and chunky cornering blocks, the Slaughter is Specialized’s fast-rolling rear tyre.
The lighter Control version here shares the same low-profile central knob pattern and rubber blend as the tougher Grid model we’ve tested previously, but not having an extra cap-ply layer saves almost 200g, and makes it more suitable for everyday trail duties and lighter, shorter travel bikes.
The Slaughter looks like a Specialized Butcher tyre with the crown knobs given a buzz cut, and accelerates and rolls very speedily.
The firmer 60a centre compound increases wear life, and softer, 50a durometer, angled edge blocks jut out to form a pronounced rail that’s close in spirit to Schwalbe’s Rock Razor. The difference is, the Slaughter is fully tubeless-ready, with a folding bead, for a bargain £35.
In dry conditions it’s a total winner, but in terms of out-and-out confidence, grip levels aren’t quite as assured as the Schwalbe when it’s very slimy.
Hold and bite across damp roots and rocks is a fraction less predictable, and braking confidence is marginally diminished too.
Still, the Slaughter is almost as good overall for considerably less cash, lasts longer than most of the competition and is essentially a bargain for the performance offered.