February 24, 2014
2011 Rocky Mountain Slayer 50
After flipping the fork, adding a dropper post and getting real tires for New England this bike ROCKS. It climbs like a mountain goat, descends like a full DH bike and is SOLID in the air. Ive done every type of ride on this bike including long distance 40 mile rides, 3000ft elevation gain rides, DH rides, pumptrack/DJ sessions, and enduro circuits with the SAME set-up. This bike is truly a DO-ALL bike!
I immediately added a KS dropper post, Avid Code brakes, and Intense Edge tires. I blew the Taiwanese rear hub but RM was super cooperative and hooked me up with a Sram hub replacement. I also blew the bearings after the second season but RM sells bearing kits on their online store (took under a half hour to replace)....Im also due for a hardware kit soon. RM says they fixed the hardware design to prevent pre-mature wear on their 2012 models.
oh yeah. DROP that RockShox domain fork and replace it with something real (Fox36 is what I put on it). The domain is non-responsive and slops through its travel. Burms and drops are impossible to navigate and hold speed.
I also added an air volume spacer in the shock eliminate flipping to pro-pedal and preventing bottom outs.
The Slayer 50 as a bike build is acceptable to get wheels underneath you and have a good time in the woods. If your looking to put in some miles and push through some tough terrain, then I would recommend investing in a fork at a minimum. This bike is SUPER fun, just be ready for some small upgrading along the way. Im 6'1" and I have the 19" frame and it fits perfectly. Its well balanced, manuals all day long and stays comfortable 1hr, 3hrs, and 7hrs into a ride.