Guerrilla Gravity Launches Limited Edition Trail Pistol Race SL

Jun 24, 2020
by Guerrilla Gravity  

PRESS RELEASE: Guerrilla Gravity

Guerrilla Gravity introduces the Trail Pistol Race SL, our first limited-edition bike. The trail bike agile enough to climb the Rockies yet controlled enough to descend the Whistler Bike Park, the Trail Pistol Race SL combines a svelte build kit with suspension qualities that continue to impress the most discerning riders from coast to coast. There are only 25 of these special-edition bikes available, so make sure your credit card hand is as fast as your new bike will make you.

The award-winning Trail Pistol provides the foundation for our limited edition Race SL variant. Its slack 66 degree head angle and long reach progressive geometry offers stability in steep terrain and its 26 lbs (size 2, no pedals) weight ensures that gravity will be friendly going up and down. The Trail Pistol’s steep seat tube angle positions the rider in a powerful and efficient climbing stance. When the trail twists and turns, the short 426 mm chainstays offer agility and response, encouraging the Trail Pistol’s pilot to pre-hop the drops and scrub the jumps for maximum momentum conservation.

The Trail Pistol Race SL provides a “racey” and efficient feel when climbing and pumping trail features, that turns forgiving when the trail points down and things get rowdy. Think of it like a bike that surges uphill with its 120 mm rear travel but descends like a mini-enduro bike when the gravity-boost kicks in. It’s your make-no-compromise trail weapon of choice for big days in the saddle.

After dialing in the progressive geometry of the Trail Pistol, our engineers kept looking for ways to make it faster. The solution was to reduce the weight of the entire bike in order to drop seconds off your favorite trail times. Rest assured, the intention is still to maximize fun on the best part of mountain biking, the descent.



We hand-selected a build kit utilizing the lightest parts we trusted to hold up to the abuses our team inflicts on the staff-favorite Trail Pistol. The new RockShox SID offers steering precision closer to the Pike than the XC forks of yesteryear, while contributing heavily to Trail Pistol Race SL’s benchmark complete bike weight.

Similarly, the Industry Nine Ultralight 280C wheelset is built to handle the rigors of aggressive trail riding and like the Trail Pistol frame, 100% made in North America. With components like these, you’ll be quick to yell “See ya later” as your friends eat your dust.


Since we ordered a small run of the Trail Pistol Race SL build kits, it is only appropriate that each of the 25 models stand out with custom SID Vicious-inspired plaid decals Why plaid? Because plaid is rad.


The limited edition Trail Pistol Race SL is built in Denver, CO using Revved Carbon Technology. Revved is revolutionizing carbon fiber, offering sustainable and environmentally friendly manufacturing while increasing impact resistance compared to all other “traditional” carbon bikes.

Currently, Revved is exclusively available on Guerrilla Gravity bikes and is 100% sourced and made in America.

MSRP: $7895

Only 25 limited edition bikes are available! Order your Trail Pistol Race SL today at:
www.RideGG.com/TrailPistolRaceSL




134 Comments

  • 128 12
 Their art department is someone's niece on an iPad.
  • 14 10
 Aw come on. It's someone's nephew, clearly.
  • 51 4
 Is it just me or are the PB comments getting more and more negative these days?
  • 17 2
 There’s a lot of unhappy individuals out there.
  • 17 1
 @Rageingdh: everyone gets to be a bully behind a keyboard...

That being said I've always found the GG frames to be rather unattractive
  • 48 4
 Fuck you.
  • 1 2
 @4everkidd: I'm not in love with the looks, but that is 100% not an issue to me. The adjustable headtube is ugly.
  • 4 3
 Honestly just don't find this bike appealing
  • 4 4
 What happened to Wakidesigns?
  • 1 2
 I was thinking the same. Woah
  • 2 0
 @felimocl: we were given the impression he was removed for racism or hate speech or something.
It was on the Black Live Matter article. Not sure.
  • 1 0
 @nabooska: pysch
Looks like his new profile just down voted us
  • 4 0
 @Richt2000: good riddance
  • 47 5
 Limited edition decals... wowww!
  • 11 4
 totally blown away by this shit level lol
  • 35 0
 Whistler bike park on RS SIDs? Lol.

So Its a XC race build on a standard frame? Not a SL frame?
  • 18 6
 They are modular builds. The front triangle is always standard and over built. It wouldn't really be on brand for them to build a super light version. This is just a flagship bike to make you check out their website, then build a similar spec with aluminum wheels for $4000 and never have to worry about it breaking.
  • 13 35
flag dominic54 (Jun 24, 2020 at 3:04) (Below Threshold)
 I think their frame weights must be monstrous. My aluminium 140mm trail bike, with pike and magic Mary, works out at 25lb. It also would have cost about 5k in new parts; I bought a lot of second hand and discounted bits, bringing it to about 3k. I don’t understand the hype. I’m sure that’ll be unpopular though!
  • 22 0
 @dominic54: they dont build bikes for racers really, strength before weight. The frame is something like a half a kg lighter than an aluminum equivalent. I wouldn't call it hype, but their big attraction is how modular and bombproof they are. They aren't building bikes to compete with other bikes, they are building bikes they want to be fun to ride and durable.

I am on board, I'm out to ride, I dont care about koms or any of that. I want to blast down some trails with a smile and not have to drag a broken bike back to the trailhead.
  • 20 2
 @dominic54: 25 lbs alloy 140mm trial bike.. what you riding?
  • 3 0
 @BoneDog: the only thing it could possibly be in my mind is an Orbea Occam.
  • 9 0
 @dominic54: I have a smash (145mm rear, 150mm fork) and it weighs in at just around 31 lbs. Not bad for an All-Mountain rig. It seriously shreds.
  • 15 1
 @BoneDog: Lol ya, maybe 25 lbs on your bathroom scale that also tells you you weigh 150 lbs...
  • 19 1
 @dominic54: yea please indulge us with the name of your mysterious bike. 140mm alloy at 25lbs my ass
  • 4 0
 Likely something with 26" wheels and short geometry.
Thats a lot less Metal and Rubber and therefore weight...
  • 14 2
 No, he's comparing this bike to an effing 10 speed Ti hardtail w/o a dropper... GTFO www.pinkbike.com/photo/14598339
  • 10 14
flag dominic54 (Jun 24, 2020 at 8:40) (Below Threshold)
 @BoneDog: It's a Liteville 301. Yes, it's 26". But it's also a size large, and yes, it's accurately weighed. Thanks for asking; amazing how keen people are to jump in with abuse! Just ask, guys. 66 degree HA, 620mm TT, pretty slack seat angle which I'm less keen on but it's an older frame, of course. I'm happy with it. I'm no racer, but it's been tripped through the french and Italian alps, bikeparks, and everything else. I use light-ish parts, but nothing wild. I smashed a rim once, but that was more my fault than the bike.
  • 12 0
 And Stan's Crests, everyone's favourite burly, bike-park-ready alloy rim!
  • 2 3
 @blkmrktrider156: Nope. Why would I do that?
  • 1 3
 @ethanshredz: carbon 27mm internal rims, in a heavy lay-up version.
  • 2 3
 @Konda: Yes indeed. but perhaps not as much as you'd think. It'd probably gain less than a pound at 29".
  • 5 2
 @tgent: Actually my scales say I weigh 140lbs. Which I do. I take it you're somewhat heavier. If I were too, then perhaps I'd need to choose heavier components ; but I don't as mine certainly aren't breaking.
  • 6 1
 @dominic54: To compare more apples to apples, Pinkbike's review liteville 301 with 27.5 wheels was 27.9 lbs size medium no pedals, soooo still a big weight difference between this and your bike.
  • 4 2
 @tgent: Stock builds are always somewhat heavier than what's possible. You can shed a lot of weight with some careful kit choices. At least a couple of lbs, without trying super hard; which brings it more into the territory of what my bike is. I've looked at each part and thought about what I need, strength vs. weight. Personally, I like a light bike, and so that's what I ride. Have a look at Dangerholm's content to see someone who talks about this, and is blogging about it (disclaimer: I don't have his thighs).
  • 2 0
 @RonSauce:

Yea bit like what nukeproof did with their ‘SL’ reactor - just chucked a fox 34 on it called it SL.

Personally I’m suprised by GG on this one. Really cool brand. Nearly bought a shred dogg a year or so ago but at the time no uk distributor.
  • 2 1
 @Richt2000: For a company like this it makes sense though. They only are making 25 of them, it's not like this bike is going to make or break them. They are just giving you a reason to talk about them, something to debate since everyone loses their mind when a bike isnt hyper specific. Without this "SL announcement" all they would be saying is they added another I9 wheel option to their pull down.
I personally wouldn't want this build out, but I'd be willing to bet 25 people do if I was in their shoes.
  • 2 4
 @RonSauce: except for when it does break
  • 2 2
 @BoneDog: I had my Mach 5.7 at that weight, though it was 26 of course... Still, not bad considering it had a 150mm fork on it, a Reverb, and was a large.
  • 3 0
 @dominic54: If you are riding a large and weigh 140 lb ... you are either in Tour De France elite climber territory, or your scales are wrong.
  • 2 2
 I had a 25lb ALL aluminium f/s all mountian rig (Opus Maadh 1 frame).... but yes, 26" wheels. 140mm full floating shock VPP with 150mm Revelations, Crossmax SLR's and only XT. But around here is toooooo flat, so I sold it and got another hardtail. My Kona Big Unit is at a breath under 21lbs... another ALL \m/etal build, it is possible people!
  • 1 3
 @BigAlfonz: I don’t know whether to take that as a compliment! Chris froome is taller than me, and weighs less. I’m a rock climber, and in good shape with very little body fat. I’m just thin. Maybe you’re not? ????
  • 1 1
 35mm SID, smooth tracks don't need much travel.
  • 28 1
 ....so, after you hit ludacris speed...you go plaid?
  • 28 3
 If this was another brand it'd be 12 grand no doubt.
  • 11 1
 They couldn't literally have used more marketing buzzwords for this.
  • 5 1
 When I read "svelte" I knew I couldn't finish the article.
  • 11 4
 Only 25? You better pull the trigger now if you want a shot at owning one of these!
  • 3 0
 Gonna have to reload the bank account first.
  • 7 0
 I think this is the "Pinkbike whined about the weight of our bike" edition.
  • 6 1
 Yes and no. If GG wanted to get serious about XC weight, itd make a frame that was lighter with carbon stays and slimmer layup front triangle - and itd ditch the modular concept on that bike.

The Gnarvana is a pretty light 160/170 29er, the Trail Pistol shares its construction, and so where one is relatively light the other is chonky for its intended use.
  • 1 1
 @PHeller: the Pedalhead is their "XC" bike.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: Isn't that a hardtail though?
  • 3 0
 was hoping they were doing an actual SL layout front triangle... bummer.
  • 4 0
 Would've liked to see a lighter layup with a weight limit to shave a pound or two from the frame. A sub 170lb XC rider doesn't need the same front triangle as a 250lb dude doing downhill. The graphics are cool. The SID option is cool.
  • 7 0
 so its a macdougal?
  • 2 0
 As a Scots American of Clan Robertson descent, I was also trying to figure out what that was. Funny.
  • 2 0
 @LeDuke: I don't know if its actually a Macdougal or if that is even a tartan, but doesn't really matter as the whole lot was invented by wealthy Victorian English aristocrats anyway
  • 2 0
 More MacGregor imo... Wink
  • 4 0
 I'm a bit confused by referring to plaid as Sid Vicious inspired, I don't think I've ever seen a picture of SId--or any of the Pistols from that era--in plaid!
  • 9 0
 Look up "sex pistols" on images and you'll see Johnny Rotten in a plaid suit in the first ten results. Vivienne Westwood loooves plaid.
  • 1 0
 @slimjimihendrix: I might have missed the pictures you're talking about, but all the pictures I've seen of John in plaid are from way after Sid was around (I would guess most are from the 90s and more recent). I know Westwood was keen on plaid, and my memory is a bit hazy on this, but I don't think plaid even became a real thing in the punk scene until after Sid was gone?
  • 10 5
 This bike just stole down country's lunch money.
  • 9 4
 It was armed robbery.
  • 1 2
 Robbery and r**e...
  • 5 0
 At that price, sadly, i've not got it in my sights..
  • 5 0
 doesn't even include plaid eagle. i thought sram was on top of things.
  • 2 0
 That'll be for when they a 54t to NX.
  • 6 1
 This has BCBR written all over it.
  • 9 4
 Why would you choose an unnecessarily heavy bike that costs too much for what it is?
  • 2 2
 @LeDuke: I'd argue that all mountain bikes cost way way way too much for what they are.
  • 2 0
 I think I'm getting old. Really starting to like these "downcountry" things. If I could afford to replace my Jeffsy I would probably consider something like this.
Love the blue fork, wish it was a Pike.
  • 3 0
 It's practically a pike with its 35 mm stanchions.
  • 2 0
 @AvidTrailRider: yeah but blue
  • 2 0
 @ssteve: Oh hahaha, I see
  • 6 2
 Hmmm. As it turns out plaid and bikes go well together.
  • 3 1
 its like a carbon weave too
  • 5 0
 Legs.
  • 5 0
 Calves....
  • 5 0
 knees
  • 5 0
 ... Toes?
  • 7 0
 Eyes ears mouth and nose
  • 1 0
 @ssteve: Head, Shoulders...
  • 8 5
 This build knocks 5lbs off the regular trail pistol, nice work GG, and it looks amazing!
  • 7 0
 That's what spending more money on parts will get you.
  • 4 2
 Bike looks rad. I like the plaid - stands out - there's a ton of boring bikes out there. I give them credit for trying something different.
  • 3 0
 Looks like GG put a XL dude on a small bike for that photo?
  • 2 0
 I was thinking "that is a very CO looking bike rider photo." Altimeter smart watch and no-see socks. Very fit looking and tan. Short sleeves.
  • 3 4
 “Currently, Revved is exclusively available on Guerrilla Gravity bikes”

So you have plans to license it out? Maybe you can start making alloy bikes again and ditch the silly modular frame platform that causes your bikes to get shorter as the travel increases. And size-specific chainstays.
  • 2 2
 Hey Brett, don’t be such a spoil sport, it’s not your fault you can’t buy a GG bike, times are hard for everyone, but once you get that Walmart greeter job, you should be able save enough each paycheck that by 2040 you too can ride a GG bike!
  • 2 0
 @nurseben: I actually own a GG and love the company. Maybe my tone was too salty. I want them to return to glorious alloy and make bigger bikes again Smile
  • 3 1
 Definitely should have some designed custom I-9 wheels to match too...
  • 3 5
 I love the concept, My favorite bikes are 120mm 29” with trail geo BUT, they really killed this bikes potential by putting a 120mm XC fork and XC tires on it. As it stands it’s just a WAY over built heavy bike that barely more capable then a scott spark. Put a 140 pike and real tires and you have a bike that rips.
  • 15 0
 Then just buy the Rally build of this bike and don't worry about the SL. This is an advertisement for a new build kit to make it lighter, not a completely new bike.
  • 3 1
 @manuni88: And it is a nice build kit, at that. Same way I would build up a XC race bike, except I'd opt for the Lev Ci dropper at 100mm instead of an 80mm dropper. Tires dependent on course. And, I'd put it on a lighter frame. The price considering the build kit, isn't bad though.
  • 3 0
 I have mine set up a little more burly, did consider running an SC120, but got a Message instead and increased travel aka Pistola.

Great bike, Pistola 29/27+, hard to beat for most riders.
  • 4 2
 Downcountry just got REAL!!
  • 2 1
 Wait.. which one of the Americas is this made in?
  • 1 0
 At 1.71m and 65 Kg, I am pretty sure I am an imported American.
  • 5 0
 The north one.
  • 3 1
 Why only 80mm dropper?
  • 1 2
 That is weird. Even a KS Lev Carbon is 100mm.
  • 1 0
 cause it's lighter
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: Ah yeah, when the frames that heavy, you have to make sacrifices to hit 25lbs.
  • 2 0
 @TucsonDon: GG seems to only be half a pound heavier than "most" other 120mm frames, and comparable frame costs are $500 to $1000 less. Not a bad trade-off? The majority of a bikes total weight comes from the parts you hang from the frame. Not the frame itself. Granted there are a few 120 frames that are significantly lighter.

The lightest bike in the PB "down country" field test was 26.1 lbs. GG built a bike the same weight for a thousand dollars LESS... too bad the field test didn't require all the bikes to cost the same, would have been a whole different set of results.

Granted, I think it would be cool for them to do a lighter front triangle for a true SL trail pistol. But they would have to make that frame "incompatible" with the rest of the line OR somebody would put a Gnarvana rear end and a 38 on it and do something stupid...

Could have used a lighter bar and stem and offset some weight for a longer dropper OR just built a lighter bike. But likely they have prior business agreements, or just like to be cool to their main suppliers and featured them on a special build?
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: It's >1.5lb heavier than a Transition Spur frameset (5.4 lbs frame and shock), Ibis Ripley is about the same 5.5lbs frame and shock. The Trail Pistol is 6.5 for just the frame without shock, then at least another 0.5lb for the shock, so 7lbs total. That's a lot for a bike in this category.
  • 1 0
 @TucsonDon: none of that changes anything I said. Still 1/2 a pound heavier than "most" 120mm bikes and $500-1000 less. Still most of your bike weight comes from the parts... (Pretty sure you gotta add shock weight to all those other frames too) I was specifically thinking of the Ripley at the time, also that new Revel is supposed to be really light but I haven't seen a real weight yet. At the time the Spur didn't exist. Quite an interesting bike though, amazing weight for the cost and great geo. Take a XC racer and give it Enduro geo...very cool!

But... they are limiting it to a 120mm fork and the flex stays VS the TP Horst link and can take a 140mm fork. So not necessarily an apples to apples comparison? Though who knows until we see some real back to back tests?

Compare the release video of the smugglers with the release video of the Spur, doesn't seem like even Transition is trying to show them as apples to apples?
  • 1 1
 If it acts like a min enduro bike, then you must have done some secret special tuning to that SID fork!
  • 2 0
 Absolute Plaid
  • 2 2
 So at limited to 25 pieces, so that means the other 75 from the 100 batch order are for warranty purposes....
  • 2 0
 They make all their frames to order in house in the US
  • 1 0
 Brake lever angle is on fleek.
  • 1 2
 So limited it’ll be out of stock - looks sweet af though
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