Bike of the Week- Rocky Mountain Slayer 50

RM Slayer 50

RM Slayer 50

The three model Slayer series from Rocky Mountain represent their ‘All-Mountain’ category. Featuring 26″ wheels and 165mm of travel, the Slayers are remarkably lively for  bikes that is capable of bulldozing anything in their path. If your idea of a great ride includes long treacherous descents, epic climbs and perfect ribbons of singletrack then the Slayer might be for you. I think Rocky’s designers said it best when asked what they were trying to build in the Slayer series.  “Our goal was to create the best all-mountain/enduro bike possible. It needed to be light (sub 30 pounds) and pedal well on long climbs, yet have enough travel (6.5 inches) and burl to tackle the steepest. gnarliest descents. In short, the perfect “one bike” for all terrain.” Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

Dave and Jeff Slaying singletrack

Dave and Jeff Slaying singletrack

Dave and Jeff waiting for the camera.

Dave and Jeff waiting for the camera.

Why do we like the Slayer 50? It’s the type of bike most of us here at the shop own. I know that I want a bike that is capable of climbing Perry Hill without feeling like a boat anchor, but when the top is reached doesn’t have any limitations during the descent. I want a bike that feels playful on the trail, a bike that can be manualed and jumped, making every inch of singletrack feel like a natural playground. I’m not trying to win the race to the top, I’m looking to just get there and then maximize the fun-factor on the way down. A slack 66.5 degree head angle and short chainstays are the keys to the fun.  It comes spec’d with a Rockshox Lyrik fork, Rockshox Reverb dropper post, great wheels, seriously rigid frame and excellent parts selection. Meaning there is no need to swap parts before you hit the trail.

Slaying a manual, it's all about FUN on the trail

Slaying a manual, it’s all about FUN on the trail

Who’s it for? The Slayer 50 and 70 are for a trail bike rider who wants a bike that maximizes fun while out on the trail. A bike that can be taken on long epic trail rides or can be ridden hard on a quick after-work shuttle assisted downhill session.

Key Components: Rockshox Lyrik RC Solo Air / Rockshox Monarch RT3

SRAM X9/X7 Derrailleurs

Race face Bars/ stem / cranks

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