The Slayer is ready, are you?
Rocky Mountain Slayer is back and meaner than ever.
With a nod from their Maiden DH rig they have designed a lean mean Enduro racing machine ready to take on the world!
Here are some details about the new rig
Intended Use: Enduro / All Mountain
Front Travel: 170mm
Rear Travel: 165mm
Wheel Size: 27.5”
Designed to lay waste to the world’s roughest trails, the Slayer is back as an all-carbon weapon. From the most aggressive Enduro World Series tracks to bike park laps and big mountain lines, its downhill-bike capability and pedaling responsiveness are matched with an uncanny ability to find and hold speed in rugged terrain. All killer, no filler.
“I’m super fired up that the Slayer is back,” says team rider Thomas Vanderham. “A few things really stood out to me through the development process—it pedals incredibly well, carries a ton of speed, and that extra bit of travel is awesome when you really want to rally! I see myself spending a ton of time on this bike."
The Slayer's carbon fiber frame, which is all-new and made in the same factory as Rocky's other carbon bikes, shares a similar appearance to the company's Maiden DH rig, with a vertically-mounted shock compared to Rocky's less well-endowed bikes that employ a top tube-mounted rocker link and horizontal shock. Just like its bigger brother, the Slayer also gets the carbon treatment for the rocker link, both its chainstays and seat stays, as well as the pared-down Ride-4 geometry adjusting chip at the lower shock mount. If you think that the 165mm-travel Slayer is a 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' version of the 200mm-travel Maiden, you're on the right path.
Another similarity between the Maiden and the new Slayer is the use of bearings rather than the bushing system found on many of Rocky's shorter-travel bikes. According to Brian Park, Rocky Mountain's marketing manager, ''The move to bearings on Slayer came about from our desire to make the back end narrower, even with Boost spacing.'' The slim, one-sided pivot design apparently wouldn't have been doable had they gone with bushings.
Our Ride-4™ adjustability system was chosen for the Slayer in order to provide precise geometry adjustments while leaving the suspension curve virtually unaffected. The head-tube and seat-tube angles can be changed by just over a degree, and the bottom-bracket can be raised or lowered by 7.5mm. This allows racers to adapt their geometry from track-to-track while keeping shock tuning predictable and simple.
Size Specific Tune
Size Specific Tune ensures that riders of all sizes get the right balance of small-bump compliance, mid-stroke support, and end-stroke progressiveness. Our design team does custom shock tunes based on real world field testing, and adjusts each tune for every specific frame size, from S to XL.
There are also only so many ways to get the job done, of course, which can lead to the age-old ''looks like a Session'' comment that's taken on a life of its own. ''The suspension kinematics of today have moved past the dogmatic battle between FSR vs. VPP vs. DW, etc...,'' says Park. ''Suspension design is a game of millimeters, and while some systems may look similar, riding them will quickly set them apart.'' Rocky says that they focused on creating support at the Slayer's sag point, something that can often make for a lively feeling and relatively playful bike, and that the Slayer's suspension ramps up in a moderately progressive curve. The idea is consistency over the whole stroke instead of a steep ramp-up at the end of it. - From Pinkbike