Rocky Mountain Slayer – First Look

Iconic long-travel bike reborn for park and enduro

27.5 29er Enduro News

Rocky Mountain is launching a new and improved version of its hard-hitting enduro bike. The 2020 Slayer features progressive geometry, a boost in front and rear suspension travel and adjustable geometry. Best of all, Rocky Mountain gives riders the ability to choose their preferred wheel size and frame material.

2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer First Ride Review

 

Rocky Mountain Slayer Highlights

  • Available in 29 and 27.5-inch wheel versions
  • 180mm suspension travel (27.5 version)
  • 170mm suspension travel (29er version)
  • Carbon and alloy options
  • Adjustable geometry
  • Compatible with coil shocks
  • Price range: $3,299 – $7,999
  • Available in September
  • Visit bikes.com/slayer for more information

Built to Shred

The Slayer has a storied pedigree. Introduced for the 2001 model year in the heyday of the freeride movement, the Slayer has evolved with the times, with larger diameter wheels, and longer, slacker geometry. As downhill bikes have become dedicated race weapons, the new Slayer straddles the line between enduro racing and park riding.

Enduro racers concerned about speed may opt for the 29-inch version, while park riders are likely to prefer the increased playfulness of the 27.5-inch Slayer. The 27.5-inch Slayer features 180mm of front and rear suspension, while it’s big-wheeled brother sees a slight decrease in suspension travel to 170mm front and rear.

According to Rocky Mountain, the new Slayer features a less dramatic change in anti-squat through the first part of the travel. This is intended to increase small bump compliance. The suspension rate has also been adjusted to make it more progressive than the previous version, which is better suited to coil shocks, which come stock on several Slayer builds.

Rocky Mountain Slayer Geometry

In keeping with the times, the latest Slayer has roomy cockpits with long reach measurements, a steeper seat tube angle to keep the rider centered while climbing and short chainstays to improve agility.

Rocky Mountain has carried over its RIDE-4 geometry adjust system. A pair of Allen keys is all that’s required to reorient the geometry chip, located in the shock link, to adjust the frame’s angles in four different positions.

Rocky Mountain Slayer 29 geometry.

Rocky Mountain Slayer 27.5 geometry.

Rocky Mountain Slayer Weights, Specifications and Pricing

Slayer Carbon 90 – $7,999

  • Fox Factory suspension w/ SLS spring
  • Shimano XTR 4-Piston brakes w/ 203mm Ice-Tec rotors
  • Maxxis Double-Down tire casings with 3C MaxxGrip compound upfront
  • Race Face Carbon Next R crankset and handlebar
  • Slayer Carbon 90 (29”) complete: 15.4 kg (33.8 lb), size medium
  • Slayer Carbon 90 (27.5”) complete: 15.2 kg (33.5 lb), size medium

Slayer Carbon 70 – $5,999

  • Top of the line Rock Shox Ultimate suspension package
  • Shimano XT 4-Piston brakes w/ 203mm rotors
  • Maxxis Double-Down tire casings with 3C MaxxGrip compound upfront
  • OneUp Components dropper post with adjustable travel range

Slayer Carbon 50 – $4,999

  • Rock Shox Lyrik Select fork with Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate shock
  • Shimano SLX 4-Piston brakes w/ 203mm rotors
  • Maxxis Double-Down tire casings with 3C MaxxGrip compound upfront
  • OneUp Components dropper post with adjustable travel range

Slayer Carbon frameset – $3,099

  • Carbon fiber front triangles use tube-in-tube cable management for easily routing the shift housing, seatpost housing, and brake hose through the front triangle.
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to seatstay bridge and FORM 7005 alloy rear triangle
  • Dual bearings at the chainstay and seatstay for increased stiffness and durability.
  • Shielded bearings featured on all pivots for durability, including at the lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Slayer Carbon frame (29″) and shock: 4.2 kg (9.26 lb), size medium
  • Slayer Carbon frame (27.5″) and shock: 4.0 kg (8.8 lbs), size medium

Slayer Alloy 50 – $3,999

  • Rock Shox Lyrik Select fork with Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate shock
  • Shimano SLX 4-Piston brakes w/ 203mm rotors
  • Maxxis Double-Down tire casings with 3C MaxxGrip compound upfront
  • Race Face Aeffect dropper post
  • Slayer Alloy 50 (29″) complete: 16.8 kg (37.1 lb), size medium
  • Slayer Alloy 50 (27.5″) complete: 16.4 kg (36.1 lb), size medium

Slayer Alloy 30 – $3,299

  • Rock Shox Yari fork with Super Deluxe Coil shock
  • Shimano 4-Piston brakes w/ 203mm rotors
  • Maxxis Double-Down tire casings with 3C MaxxGrip compound upfront
  • Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop dropper seatpost

⚠️ Visit the Rocky Mountain forum to share your thoughts on the new Slayer.


About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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