Rocky Mountain Slayer Mountain Bike Review

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Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 50
Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 70
Rocky Mountain Slayer 50
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Rocky Mountain Slayer SS350
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June 8, 2017
Model/Year: 2011

Pros: Quality build Light for enduro bike Likes to party

Cons: Jack of all trades master of none. Your not going to win XC with this bike and a full blown DH course could do more damage then you would like.

Recommendation: yes

February 24, 2014
Model/Year: 2011 Rocky Mountain Slayer 50

Pros: 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!

Cons: 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.

Recommendation: 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.

September 10, 2012
Pros: Solid bike on the downhill. Has a great seat tube design/angle that is helpful w climbing.

Cons: Weight and price

Recommendation: This is a trail worthy bike that eats up the downhill. Fun to ride.

December 2, 2011

August 30, 2009
Pros: Solid buid frame and an RP23 too boot. Overall fairly good parts. The bike handles pretty good on the trails

Cons: Not a fan of the Marzocchi fork.

Recommendation: Nice bike and for the amount of travel and how tough it is this bike still is decent when climbing.

December 6, 2008
Pros: The suspension is phenominal, next to no pedal-bob for a super plush ride. The fork is great for a basic fork, Comes with a fairly good parts spec.

Cons: Wish it came with a bigger fork and better rear shock.

Recommendation: This is a great platform to build up. It is a great performer on the trails as well as any park out there!

November 6, 2008
Pros: Great build and good quality frame and good suspension set up

Cons: Tires and seat but that is a personal thing

Recommendation: Awsome bike when setup it can take some real tuff trails and has good clearance for mud. Handles great just drop the seatpost and have fun.

May 14, 2008
Pros: Frame quality, riding position, highly adjustable front fork.

Cons: The wheel sets the bike comes with are a little too light weight. Upgrade to Sun-Rhynos and you'll be set.

Recommendation: An awesome bike for those looking at doing xc to moderate freeride. For those wanting a one bike quiver: Thrill Kill Me-Comfortably Numb one day, A-line the next. It handles both beautifully.