Rocky Mountain has completely revamped their bike long travel weapon aimed at aggressive riding, the Slayer, making it even more massive and ready for any kind of abuse. The new Slayer has longer, lower and slacker geometry, more travel front and rear and a more progressive compression curve. It’s available in both the 27.5 “and 29” versions and the range of options includes both a carbon frame and an aluminum alloy frame.
The rear stays are made of aluminum FORM 7075 hydroformed both for the carbon frame and for the aluminum frame. This provides 180mm of travel combined with a 180mm and 37mm offset fork in the 27.5″and 170mm front and rear with a short offset fork (42 or 44mm) in the 29″ version.
The front triangle is appropriately reinforced and made from more solid use of its carbon fiber to ensure robustness during the use and abuse for which this frame is intended. The carbon frame tips the scale at 4.0kg in the 27.5″ version and at 4.2kg in 29″ version in size M, including the rear shock and frame accessories.
As usual for the Rocky Mountain frames, the Slayer also has the Ride4 system which allows you to change the geometry between 4 different positions quickly, using a pair of allen keys. All the bearings are hidden and protected.
The chainstay is protected by a rubber shell with 3 reliefs that make the Slayer particularly silent.
Even the down tube is protected by a sturdy, hard rubber shell.
In all sizes the frame provides a bottle holder inside the front triangle of the frame. Cable routing is internal and guided.
Hidden between the front and rear triangle you’ll find the exit point for the cables which allows for easy assembly and maintenance, thanks to a large removable access door. Here you can also see the chain guide, fixed to the chainstay by two Allen screws.
The new Slayer has a longer reach, a more relaxed head angle and a more vertical seat angle. The 27.5″ version is available in four sizes while for the 29″ you can only choose the three largest sizes.
Specs and prices
Slayer Carbon 90 – € 9,499
Slayer Carbon 70 – € 6.999
Slayer Carbon 50 – € 5.699
Slayer Carbon frame – € 3,999
Slayer Alloy 50 – € 4.499
Slayer Alloy 30 – € 3,599