Product DescriptionIf you can only buy one AM rig and youTrend moreTowards DHThenThe Slayer isThe bike for you. The designers at Rocky Mountain were lookingTo pushThe evolution ofThe AM category by creating a lightweight, yet durable bikeThat could climb as well as it could rip downhill. Using creative design features such as a light, strong, integrated rocker pivot, 2 piece bottom bracket shell and using an e-type derailleurThat bolts ontoThe swing arm,The designers at Rocky Mountain were ableTo create aTruly AL
My mountain biking background has been dominated by downhill. Though as I’ve grown older and acquired more responsibilities, 20ft step downs and riding hell bent over nasty rock gardens just doesn’t have the same thrill that it used to. So I’ve been on a hunt to find a bike that will allow me a bit of the DH fun while reducing the pain and agony of hill climbs. The Slayer caught my attention for many reasons, but mostly I hoped the relaxed downhill geometry would allow me to ride all the local DH trails as well as the XC/All Mountain ones. Continue reading →
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Date Reviewed: May 16, 2014
Strengths: I have just bought a second hand 2013 Rocky Mountain Slayer 50 in excellent conditions, like new. It´s my first all mountain bike and I can say this is a real AM steed! You expect some pedaling efficiency in a AM, and the Slayer 50 delivers more than expected. It´s not snappy and fast like a xc bike of course, but it pedals very well uphill even without locking up the suspensions. To get to my daily training trail I must climb a long and steep paved road, so the Slayer´s climbing prowess helps a lot. The firm platform and the forward position of the seat tube makes this bike a much better climber than you would expect from a 165mm/170mm travel rig!
With that much travel, descending should be the Slayer´s strongest point and indeed it is! Compared to my previous trailbike (which was very good ), it´s faster, more stable and more flickable. It corners great and jumps better. I usually ride a pretty gnarly trail used also by DH people and I feel I can go almost as fast as they do, though I am still getting used to the bike. I feel my Slayer can take anything I throw at her, no matter what, which was not the case with my previous bike. It´s a very tough machine!
Weaknesses: At little over 14 kg, the Slayer is not a light bike by current all mountain standards, even so I don´t feel her that heavy when climbing and much less when descending. It´s an agile bike, but it would be perfect if it was 1 kg lighter.
Stock components are fine, but I prefer a wider (790mm instead of stock740mm) handlebar with a slightly longer stem (60mm instead of stock40mm). Some spacers to up the handlebar makes steeing more to my liking. Maxxis High Roller rubber instead of Continental Mountain king. The rest of components I kept stock. I prefer Shimano stuff over SRAM, so I would trade stock drivetrain and brakes for Shimano XT if it was not so expensive. But the x7/x9 type 2 drivetrain with a chain guide and bashguard is not eaxctly bad. The Avid brakes with a 200mm rotor work well, but a Shimano Zee would be more suited for this monster.
I would be rude if I said that this bike is a wek bike, Actually it´s an excellent all mountain bike. But things are changing fast nowadays and a new generation of AM bikes is coming to the market. Carbon frames, 1x11 narrow-wide drivetrain, more slack head angle, four piston brakes, 27.5 wheels. Compared to those bikes, the Rocky Mountain Slayer is not so up-to-date anymore.
Date Reviewed: April 23, 2014
Strengths: Fuerte! Como a downhill bike that pedals good.
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2013
Strengths: Climbs like a mountain goat. Point it downwards and it rides like a downhill bike.
Weaknesses: None so far.
The bike frame and geometry is truly amazing. Brought it in Whistler's local trails, Top of The World Trail and Garbanzo at Whistler Bike Park. Rides like a downhill bike and climbs like an XC bike. Technical trails was a breeze compared with my old DH rig. Tested it at the North Shore trails. The CBC and Neds Atomic trails became like XC trails.
One of the best bikes I have ridden so far.
Purchased At: Jenson USA
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2013
Strengths: Super snappy and responsive with lots o shock but still pedals really well.
Weaknesses: Had issues with fox shox but they fixed it.
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2013
Strengths: Quick, snappy, firm yet plush, it's named Slayer! Solid component spec
Weaknesses: Might be a shade over 30 pounds, but its a 170 mm bike and it defiantly hide its weight well. Came with 750 mm wide bars, crazy I find those narrow.
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2013
Strengths: Exceptional climbing performance. Downhill...it's a downhiller. Light. Downhill cartridge in Lyrik fork is a thing of genius. Easton wheels stay marvelously true. 203mm G3 Disks are a must. Reverb seat post is perfect.
Weaknesses: Easton Haven rear hub: the usual play after 1 season. Recently replaced with newly engineered parts under full guarantee from Easton.
Easton Haven direct pull spokes and nipples are difficult to get in exotic places. You should have at least 5 of each at home for sudden repairs.
I have not crash too much on this bike, but given the lightweight components around the cockpit I can imagine them not liking that too much.
For some reason in very muddy conditions, with the chain on the smaller chain ring, it sometimes gets caught on the bigger one and pulled up, blocking the drivetrain. I don't know why this happens only in wet and mega muddy conditions and have as yet no solution, but it is only function of the chainrings.
Repairs: this is highly specialized piece of gear that is also quite light and if you ride it hard it will fail at some point. I have just invested 700$ in a big spring repair job (with a fair bit of guarantee parts) on the fork, brakes and wheels. I would not recommend charging this thing in bike parks too much, but on the trail it's killer.
The upright geometry is fantastic and the pedaling position for long climbs is very comfortable and efficient. You sit very solidly above the pedals. Even on steep pitches, sitting down the front has no inclination to lift off. As a result, the lack of lockout or travel reduction on the Lyrik Fork is no issue. I rode the bike with the Talas 36 and felt no big difference in the uphill characteristic. For a 165mm travel bike the back is also very nice and stiff in the climbs and with the Monarch works very well. But it is the whole package: better pedaling position = smoother pedaling = less bounce = less suspension bob = more control = going up stuff you previously walked. The relatively short distance from your body to the cockpit takes some getting used, but I find it now a very comfortable and flexible position for uphill and down. One will notice however with a wide handlebar, your knees sometimes get in the way when going around tight switchbacks, but that's a technique thing.
The downhill performance is blinding! With the dropped down seat post and Monarch on soft this thing flies over everything you throw at it. The relatively slack fork angle is combined with a relatively short wheelbase and this makes it maneuverable and big hit tolerant while tracking like a freight train. You sit quite centered on this bike due to the shorter top tube and I personally love the fact of being really in the trail, but when things get steep you can move back with smaller moves while not having to extend your arms too much.
In short, this is the perfect Enduro and Trail bike which rips in the park too (in moderation).
Price Paid: $5500.00
Similar Products Used: Lapierre Jesty
Bike Setup: My Slayer 70 is the 2011 Medium (I'm 5'10, 170lbs) Frame (165mm travel) with pretty much the parts of the 2013 model....although assembled in 2011. This setup is pretty much that used by RMB team riders for the first two years of the bikes presence on the market.
The frame is extremely well built and I find very aesthetic. The paint job is perhaps not the most flashy but the paint is very robust. Excellent protection of front derailleur within the frame even though it my appear the thing would get all kinds of mud and junk on it. Not true. All suspension joints have stayed aligned and have yet to require tightening.
Fork: Rockshox Lyrik RC2 DH 2011 (the downhill cartridge very important!), 170mm. Travel cannot be changed on the fly and the fork cannot be blocked but read on regarding uphill performance....Small bump performance is marvelous...MUCH better than a Talas 36 for example.
Rear shock: Rockshox Monarch
Wheels: Easton Haven...recently the usual Haven rear hub issues have crept in, but it has just been handled on a full guarantee. Front wheel is marvelous. Have used in DH park and on tours.
Tire: Continental Rubber Queen 2.4 run as tubeless. Light, robust and grippy.
Brakes: Avid X0 with 203mm disks. This was the big minus on the original 'new' Slayer. The 203 disks are much better suited to the bike and the way it can be ridden. Avid is a lot plastic on the handles, but has a very good consistent feel. The G3 rotors are also easy to maintain and don't warp in long descents. Bleeding is a piece of cake. Running Nukeproof Organic Pads.
Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb: the standard. Also not on the original 'new' Slayer, but a must for Enduro. Regular bleeding is required, but it's excellent.
Front derailleur: Sram X9. Nothing to report.
Rear derailleur: Sram X0. Compact and quick.
Shifters: Rear X0 - has a handy upshift lever for the thumb which can be positioned for best comfort. Front X9. No fancy lever, but no big deal.
Handlebar: Easton Havoc carbon 506. A big old stick.
Chainrings& Cranks: Raceface something or other with bash guard. Extremely robust.
Chain guide: Bioncon. Very simple and effective. Slightly more friction than a wheel, but a lot less weight and much more reliable. Chain must be opened to replace tube but after 2 years of intense riding I have yet to have to do this.
The weight as I recall is about 13.2 kg....so quite light.
Date Reviewed: November 28, 2012
Strengths: Solid build-excellent handeling and cornering, very well engineered solid linkage.
Weaknesses: Ardent tires aren't the best in wet and muddy trails but who complains about tires anyway.
Date Reviewed: October 28, 2012
Strengths: Bike is good riding up and down. Strong bike
Weaknesses: No weakness now
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2012
Strengths: Climbs nimbly without sagging into it's travel, Geometry keeps you nice and upright when climbing,
Descending at speed this bike feels solid, rear end is firm, brakes are very powerful
Weaknesses: Short stem, crap grips( clear) get rid of them asap as water gets under them, chain bounces off some times
Duration Product Used: 1 year
Purchased At: distributer
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2012
Strengths: Stiffness, climbing, dropper post, descending like a fiend
Weaknesses: Upright geometry starts to hurt my back during long rides. Seat's not too comfortable
The downhills are just crazy fun on this bike. The rear thru-axle stiffens it up a ton, so you can point and shoot down those loose sections that normally bounce you around like a pinball without a problem. The big beefy Fox 36 is pretty sweet, confidence-inspiring on the technical downhill sections (i.e. Hall Ranch).
Big fan of the Formula The One brakes, they can stop you on an absolute dime. Coupled with the big rotors, you've got serious stopping power. Again, takes some getting used to, but once you figure them out, you feel pretty good about it.
First time I've ridden a 2X10 gearing, and I like it a lot, less stuff to fiddle with. I also like that there's a little piece next to the small chainring to prevent dropping a chain when you're screaming a downhill.
Shifting up front isn't too smooth, which is obnoxious, been having to play with the limit screws a bunch to get it dialed in.
All in all, this bike is absolutely incredible. It rides a lot like the Mojo HD and somewhat similarly to the Trek Slash. I'd HIGHLY recommend this bike to anyone thinking about it. Great all-mountain, free-ridey bike that can do anything you want to do (it'd be a great lift-accessed bike too). I got a killer deal on it too off Chainlove, $3,300, which is why I pulled the trigger on it (was going to buy a Mojo HD).
Duration Product Used: little over 100 miles
Price Paid: $3350.00
Purchased At: Chainlove
Similar Products Used: Ibis Mojo HD, Trek Slash
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2012
Strengths: Ride, looks, price
Weaknesses: A few minor mishaps but great customer service.
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2012
Strengths: Climbing prowress, DH worthy, amazing parts spec for the money, well built and burly while maintaining a respectable weight. Looks pimp.
Weaknesses: Nothing yet
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2012
Strengths: Stiff, light, strong, good components, awesome price on sale.
Weaknesses: Saddle, SLX front deraileur, funky cable routing, no chain stay protection.
I was a little upset that the 2012 model came with the Fox Float instead of the TALAS like last year, as I've gotten quite used to the travel adjust of the TALAS on my Enduro. However, the Float has been working great, and I have to admit I like how it feels more like a coil than the TALAS. Considering Rocky added the Reverb seatpost to the 2012, I feel it's a fair trade off, as I've been using the Reverb way more than than I ever adjusted my fork height.
The bike looks great, and I was impressed by how stiff the rear thru axle and tapered steerer made the bike too. It's held up to all the normal light freeriding and AM riding I like to do, and fact that it comes stock with The One brakes was also impressive (they work great compared to the Elixer x.9's I was using before).
What really surprised me was how well this bike climbs though, it feels almost like a hardtail in terms of weight and there's almost no pedal bob either (even with pro-pedal off). I'm not sure how much longer my body will be able to take all the large jumps and drops my friends and I like to do, but I know that when I start focusing more on XC riding I'll have a bike that works great for that to. Definitely an all around bike for just about any conditions.
The stock saddle is pretty umcomfortable, I'll be swapping that for a WTB Laser shortly. The SLX front deraileur was a huge pain to fine-tune, I still get chain rub in the gear combo's I like to use and none of my friends who work in bike shops have any better luck getting it dialed in.
I don't mind the cable routing going under the downtube, but to have them also stick out so far below the bottom bracket is slightly worrying. The bash gaurd should protect them, but I could see it being an issue for irregular shaped log roll overs perhaps. Finally, I wish Rocky would have included a custom chainstay protector as well. The rear deraileur cable routing makes using one of the aftermarket ones from companies like Lizardskins a no go as they don't fit. Seems like a real oversight on a $5k bike meant to be used for aggressive trail riding.
Overall though I'm EXTREMELY happy with this purchase, and feel like I chose a bike that will grow with me over the next decade, regardless of the terrain I'm riding.
Price Paid: $3347.00
Purchased At: Jensonusa.com
Similar Products Used: Specialized Enduro Elite, Specialized Stumpjumper
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2012
Strengths: Rolls graet. feels like you can overcome everything.
Date Reviewed: August 17, 2012
Strengths: The ride
Weaknesses: The price, the headset.
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