a Cross Country Rider
from Juneau, Alaska
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2006
Strengths: The bike performs beautifully, and it is a smooth ride going down hill. The brakes, rear shock, and tires are bomber.
Weaknesses: The front shock and seatpost aren't the best. It seems that Rocky Mountain could have put a little nicer shock on the front, but I can live with it. However, the seat post was crap from day one. After riding for only a week, it broke, and I had a difficult time getting Rocky Mountain or Easton to help me out. The shop I bought the bike from eventually gave me another post, but the had a tough time getting this issue warrantied.
I love the bike, and aside from the seat post issue, it has performed admirably. It seems to be a great bike for the damp climate in Juneau, and it seems like a well built bike.
Similar Products Used: ENDURO 130 COMP,TREK FUEL 55
Bike Setup: STOCK
a Weekend Warrior
from Sylmar, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 15, 2006
Strengths: Great suspension that keeps you tires on the dirt. Almost no pedal bob. Geometry that is ideal for climbing as well as for steep decents. Very good handling.
Great all around bike, does pretty much everything. Not exactly made for racing because of its wider tires. Probably the best bike for the price in its class. Rocky Mountain makes great bikes which are designed to last. If your a biker that likes to hit the tough and rugged trails for fun then this is the best bike. If your into xc racing i would look at the Rocky Mountain Element.
Similar Products Used: Canondale Prophet GF Cake 3 DLX
Bike Setup: Stock
a Weekend Warrior
from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2006
Strengths: Build quality: lots of attention to detail, excellent welding. On RM's website they list this bike uner "All Mountain" eventhough it should really be listed as a XC bike. Love the HFX-9 brakes, and compontentry for the price. Can't beat it. Local company (I traverse between Seattle and Vancouver bi-weekly) and parts availability is no problem.
Weaknesses: Marzocchi EXR Pro Coil makes a bit of noice, but that's just the way the shock is. A bit heavy (weighed in at 31.5lbs) but rides like dream. Other then that, none really.
For the price, this is the best bike in its class. The fact that everyone and their mom rides Specialized (although w/ good reasons in some cases), this bike stands out as a tough competitor. These bikes are tested on Northwest trails and designed for NW riding, so if you live in the area, this bike is going to be a dream. Did I mention the 2006 Slayer got the "bike of the year"? Highly reccomended.
a Weekend Warrior
from Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2005
Strengths: Built tough! No flex whatsoever in the frame or linkages (I'm 6'2' and 220 lbs). Rear suspension is magic, almost zero pedal bob on climbs and opens to full plush the moment you hit a bump. Combined with Fox TALAS fork makes a very well balanced bike. Suspension gives great traction and the design makes full use of travel. Geometry is great, good for climbing, excellent on descents. Stable, comfortable and confident handling.
Weaknesses: High centre of gravity may take getting used to, a bit heavy but built tough! Compared to other bikes (Jamis XLT), a bit expensive considering the components you get, but frame quality is rock solid. Sluggish acceleration but this isn't a race bike!
A great all round trail bike. Plush, balanced suspension, great handling and a quality build. Would recommend to anyone riding tough, technical trails for fun. The rear suspension is outstanding.
Similar Products Used: Test rode Jamis XLT, Giant AC. Old bike was a Jamis hard tail.
Bike Setup: Stock - Hayes 9s, LX front and rear, deore shifters, Mavic 117 rims, Rocky MTN stems, bars and seatpost, Fox Float R Propedal shock. Upgraded to Fox TALAS 130 fork, Crank Bros candy pedals and WTB Laser V saddle. Tioga blue dragon 2.3 tyres.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2005
Strengths: sweet bike w/ awesome components. fork and shock are really plush and make for a nice ride. I've done 4 foot drops with this bike and didn't even bottom out. really sweet ride.
Weaknesses: can be on the heavy side. be nice if it came with some components (handlebars, seatpost) etc that were not the rocky mountain brand but otherwise ok. tires are 2.3's and can get a little cumbersome when trying for speed.
real nice bike. great all mountain ride and a lot of fun. wouldn't reccomend for hardcore xc racing, but if thats not what your'e into, this bike can do it all
Hey RM peeps,
Looking at buying a Slayer and trying to decided between a 2011 Slayer 50 and a 2012 Slayer 30. Price is the same. As far as I can tell the frames are identical, at least the geometry. Seems the technology is the same as well but the frame descriptions on the website are slightly d ... Read More »
My baby is a Slayer SXC 30. I have had her for four years, four months and nine days. I love, love, love this bike. While giving her a bath yesterday I discovered what looks like a small crack on the weld where the down tube meets the bottom bracket on the port/non-drive side. I'm going to take it t ... Read More »
I'm looking for the Slayer SLX, is it the same as the Slayer?
I'm looking at the geometry and it looks pretty good. I want to use it for trail riding. I'm going to transfer parts from another bike. I have a Marzocchi AM SL 1 from 2007 (160mm) fork, I guess that's good enough.
How does t ... Read More »
I am missing anything here or is this still way overpriced for a new 2006 Slayer 30 that has been sitting in the showroom for almost 6 years ? Original price was $2 878.99 plus tax, so $3 250.979 grand total. Now it's at $2 000 plus tax... And very dusty lol.
It's an 18" frame, weights in at 34.5 ... Read More »
Hey guys! I really need some help over here! I'm looking for change my Merida One-Five-O for some of these options:
[B][I]Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 70 2008[/I], Sram X9, Fox Talas 36 R 2008, Avid juicy 7, Revolution hubs with mavic 819[/B]
[B][I]Scott Ransom 30 2007[/I], Full Shimano XT ... Read More »