Designed to lay waste to the world’s roughest trails, the rocky mountain Slayer is back for 2017 as an all-carbon weapon handling the most aggressive Enduro World Series tracks to bike park laps and big mountain lines. All Killer, no Filler.
rocky mountain slayer – the review
With its downhill-bike capability, 170mm fork and 165mm of rear travel this all-new Rocky Mountain Slayer goes head to head with our favourite enduro bikes such as the Radon Swoop, YT Capra and the revised Commencal Meta AM V4.2. Some tough competition with this bunch, but Rocky Mountain promise us that the Slayer’s pedalling responsiveness is matched with an uncanny ability to find and hold speed in rugged terrain. Rocky Mountain have stuck with what they feel is the right size for the job in hand and developed the Slayer to roll on 27.5″ wheels rather than giving a choice, as with the Specialized Enduro, or following Trek’s route with the almighty 29″ only Slash.
Rocky Mountain are based in Vancouver, Canada, so hard-hitting yet durable bikes have always been on their agenda. A short pedal from the Mount Seymour trailhead, Rocky Mountain’s Development Centre is nestled at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains and it’s here that the engineers take full advantage of their prototype frame shop and testing facility when developing new designs. The first Slayer model was launched over fifteen years ago at a time when efficient ‘platform damping’ rear shocks were new and enabling trail bikes to gain travel and ability yet stay capable and surefooted whether on slow technical drops, or fast high speed descents. At that time, the 120mm travel Slayer bridged the gap between skinny XC bikes and over built freeride machines.
For 2017 the Slayer now sits in the Rocky Mountain range above the 160/150mm Altitude and below the Maiden DH bike.