Rocky Mountain’s goal for the latest iteration of their famed Slayer bike line was to create a world class All-Mountain/Enduro/DH adventure cycle machine. Easy to pedal, light weight, and fantastic on the downhills. Did they meet these goals? To achieve this, Rocky Mountain needed to design the latest Slayer from a clean slate. The engineers at Rocky Mountain chose a slightly modified four-bar platform for the suspension. Continue reading →
Weaknesses: Not a very good clmber and I've had a couple problems with the XT components, thats about it
Ive been racing with this bike for over a year now and have loved it. It isnt a very good climber, but it makes up for it in its dowhilling capability. I bought this bike used in great condition when I needed a race bike quickely and have yet to be dissappointed. Overall this is a reliable bike that can take almost anything you throw at it.
a Weekend Warrior
from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2006
Strengths: components, frame build quality, overall package, light overall weight for a 5+5 inch travel bike (sub 29 pounds), XT discs are excellent, Deus cranks are super-stiff, RP3 is fantastic, Vanilla 130RLC is heaven now that I have the right spring in it.
Weaknesses: stock tires (boat anchors).
I'm 6'0" and weigh about 220 with my gear. This is my "play bike". I loved my last ride (Palomino), but it spent a lot of time in the shop with broken parts. Being a big guy and an aggressive XC rider, I figured it was time for stronger equipment. I first rode a Slayer at a demo day at Kelso. I rode many bikes that day and the Slayer was the only one I liked better than my Palomino and it really put a smile on my face. I fluked upon it as I rode this while waiting to test ride an ETS-X. he test bike had Serac 2.1 tires on it.
I bought my actual bike a month later off e-bay, and after my first ride on local trails, I thought I had made a mistake. I couldn't climb and it felt like the bike wouldn't roll. I read some reviews and immediately swapped out the tires to the Fires. This transformed the bike completely. The bike climbs extremely well for what it is, and descends like a dream (compared to my prior bikes). Overall, I feel I can ride trails that I wouldn't have dared to try on my Palomino for fear of breaking it or myself. You won't win any XC races on this one, but if you are looking for a relaible bike for all day epic rides and all types of trail riding, this may be the bike for you.
Similar Products Used: 2003 Klein Palomino Race Disc,
Bike Setup: Large 2005 Slayer 70, stock with the exception of a Specialized BG saddle, Crank Brothers Candy pedals, Panaracer Fire XC 2.1 tires. Under 29 pounds
a Cross Country Rider
from Boulder, Colorado
Date Reviewed: January 19, 2006
Strengths: It's a Rocky Mountain... nuf said there. Got a great price that included a complete rider evaluation and bike fit. Thanks Sports Garage!
Weaknesses: Shimano components
My racing days are over and I have been looking for a full suspension bike for sometime now. I've been borrowing friends full suspension bikes for years... and to be honest, I was never really that impressed with the offerings. I started doing my homework and researched everything I could. Then I started shopping around and demo'ing everything I could. I fell in love with the Slayer. The bike fit me perfect... It immediatly felt like an extension of my body... I didn't have to think about the bike! I just rode! The shop I purchased the bike from was clearing out the 05's... So I got a great price. Plus, I rode the new '06 Slayer and thought it was a bit of an overkill on the travel/freeride feel. I liked the '05 better. I think if your not looking for a race bike, want at least 5" of travel and want a bike that can climb and stick to the trail like velcro, the Slayer is an easy choice.
It's only been about 3 months and about 500 miles... but so far everything is has been great except for the common Shimano component gremlins. I will be slowly upgrading all worn out Shimano components to SRAM, which should be in another 6 months! I will say this, the XT Disk brakes are really amazing, the best disk brakes I've ever used. Great feel/power and reasonably light.
The Fox RP3 is worth the extra money for those out there that have the choice. It's very tuneable, reliable and plush. The indents for the ProPedal lever suck, but I guess for '06 Fox have fixed this problem. My old bike has a Fox Talas fork, which I love. But I'll be honest, I really like this Vanilla RLC 130 on the Slayer. I've been very surprised how well this shock works throughout the full range of travel. Ramps up nicely and never feels harsh, unlike my Talas at times.
I'll write a follow up in the next 6 months and give you all a better long term evaluation. In the meantime... ride my friends!
Strengths: This bike is best for Epic rides. Long days of single track, big climbs where you earn killer descents. I'm an xc racer and this is my "fun bike". Lots of plush travel that climbs better than a hard tail on steep, uneven terrain. The Fox Float RP3 in the rear stays active. I run it on Pro Pedal for single track, double Pro Pedal for the climbs, and wide open on the way down. If you are looking for an all day fun ride, this is an awesome bike.
Weaknesses: It does not clean itself? Oh, it does not have a bottle opener like the Santa Cruz Heckler…
If you love to go down, but want to earn it, this is your bike. 30 lbs of plush 5" joy.
This thing is a Cadillac. Shimano haters won't like the component mix (all XT) but I do. Swapped out the stock Raceface Deus crankset for XT...based largly on the reviews the Deus suffered here!!! The riding position is kinda stretched out like a Gary Fisher and is quite comfortable, and when I stand up the pedal bob is negligable. Everyone tells me this is a "really nice bike," and I'm starting to believe them!!! Also 5 chilis for Cyclepaths in Tahoe (Ca.)!!!! These guys rock...they didn't gripe when I had them unbox this thing to swap out the crankset. I highly recommend this bike shop!!!!
Similar Products Used: Kikapu Deluxe Klein Attitude
Bike Setup: stock except XT crankset
a Weekend Warrior
from Denver, Colorado
Date Reviewed: July 10, 2005
Strengths: Time proven 3D linkage (a type of 4-bar) absorbs the big hits in a very plush manner. Confidence building excellent handling even in a rock garden with the Fox shocks. ProPedal rear shock has no lock out, but noticeable reduction in the bob when engaged. Very stiff frame, not to mention beautiful graphics. With full XT components with Dual Control (except crankset), this is a steal deal.
Weaknesses: If I dare say, a mixed combination of a heavy seat, and downhill specific tires with other light components has a puzzling effect - maybe it's not for a long trail ride. That’s not the bike’s weakness, however. Some may think this is a heavier set (29.2 lb), but this bike isn’t intended for a cross country racers. So far, after miles and miles of single tracks, and 4 thousand vertical feet up/down, sometimes in the rock garden, I haven't found a weakness.
4-bar suspension works beautifully, even under braking. Propels uphill like a champ (as long as you are willing – remember, this is not a racer bike) especially with ProPedal engaged. I had Manitou Black Elite with 120mm travel, but Fox is way superior to those cheap plastic garbage. It utilizes all length of the travel, so you’ll get an honest 130mm travel, which is essential in rock-infested downhill. Combined with a flawless components (drive train, brakes, shock, folk), it makes one of the best trail bikes around. Price advantage is another factor – all this for $2,200? You must be an insane biker to turn away from this machine!
I've had the pleasure of owning a 2012 Slayer 70 since last October. The bike has been fantastic for the most part and has been able to tackle everything I've thrown at it.
The one issue I have had is the Rp23. I weigh 170-175lbs with my camelbak on. According to Fox, and everything I have read, ... Read More »
Im about to buy a new slayer. I rode a demo 50 and it was really sweet. I was very impressed with it. Bike pedaled like a champ and was really fun on the descent. But thinking about going to with the 70. Is the 70 really worth the extra money. I pretty much ride Seattle/bellingham area. Any input w ... Read More »
I've got an amazing Slayer 70 for 6 months now, yesterday I decide to get out my Rp23 for first maintenance, cause it was not working as good as I expect...but I was really surprised when I saw that Shock Bolts where damaged as this:
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ok so here's the story, I had a 2011 spec enduro expert that I sold off due to the fact there wasn't any enduro race series going on in the north east. So in place of the enduro I bought a 2011 giant glory 00 to do some downhill racing this season. Well this year they decided to do a enduro series a ... Read More »
I am looking at what is listed as a 2012 slayer 50 online and the picture of the bike is a stock picture. The top tube on the bike is straight. Did Rocky Mountain make a 2012 slayer frame with a straight top tube? I was under the impression that the 30/50/70 were all the same frame, just differen ... Read More »