Pyga Slakline GX
Words & Photos By Drew Rohde
A few month’s ago we introduced Pyga Bikes and their North American distributor in Reno, Nevada. After the factory tour, which you can see here, we hopped in the Pyga USA truck and headed out for some shuttle laps with our brand new Pyga Slakline. This 170/160mm machine was prepped for some rowdy riding, and that was exactly what we were getting into. It’s quite a testament to hop on a brand new bike, ride trails you’ve never ridden in a total cloud of dust and still feel comfortable. Let’s see just what gives this bike it’s confident feel.
Utilizing a Horst Link suspension design, this fully Toray carbon fiber frame packs 160mm of stiff and progressive rear wheel travel. Pyga is known as a brand with deep roots in the XC and adventure race category, so don’t think this all mountain machine can’t pedal back up the hill. It sports quite a bit of anti-squat, specifically around a 32 or 34-tooth chainring.
Although Pyga may not be a household name in the States, they still offer all the accouterments we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on our frames. Internal cable routing, a molded rubber downtube/chainstay protector, metric trunnion rear shock, a 44/56 pressfit headset and a rear Maxle to name a few.
Likewise, the geometry department should keep most riders in their safe space with some pretty capable numbers. With a 170mm fork installed, our size large Slakline has a 64.8-degree head tube angle in the low position and 65.3 degrees in high. The 624mm top tube attaches to a 470mm seat tube with a virtual angle of 76.5 degrees. In the low setting the Slakline has a 337mm bottom bracket height, 1,222mm wheelbase, 477mm reach, 607mm stack and 434mm chainstays.
Pyga US had control over specifying the builds for the bikes, as they’ve got a solid grasp on the North American scene and what riders demand. With that in mind, the Pyga Slakline is available as a frame for $2,649, or as a complete. Retailing at $4,699, the GX Eagle Slakline is what we tested. If you want to step up to an X01 Eagle build, you can expect to spend $5,999.
Both of the complete bikes come with BikeYoke Revive dropper posts, SDG Bel Air saddles, Sensus grips, Michelin tires and a Race Face cockpit. Stan’s Arch MK3 wheels come on the GX build while the X01 comes with We Are One Agents. Our GX bike came with SRAM Code R brakes, a Rock Shox Lyrik fork and Super Deluxe rear shock. The build clearly shows that it was spec’d by riders who shred and know what consumers want.