In short I found that the Slayer SXC 30 lived up to billing and was biased towards downhill despite its all-mountain monicker. However, I did think that it was a such a mediocre climber that sometimes I would even describe it as a portly little waddler despite my Canadian propensity to try to be nice. On the other hand, Rocky sells the Slayer’s downhill capability short. It is a terrific little “pocket-rocket” downhill machine; and if outfitted with some burly tires can be used in some very demanding terrain.
Making this thing climb well would be tough. You’d need to drop some serious coin to get weight down to the point where it would do much more then waddle a bit less which would defeat the economic rationale inherent to buying a less-expensive bike. More crucially the suspension is difficult to tune for efficient bob-free climbing (more on the Slayer SXC’s small sweet-spot for suspension tuning later). Expanding the SXC’s downhill envelope would however, be very easy. Simply swapping for better tires (it’s not hard to find something better then the lamentable throwaway WTB tread) would go a long way to doing the job.
Consider this bike if you want value for money, don’t mind working a bit more on the uphill yet want a bike that will annihilate downhills.