The Slayer returns to the Rocky Mountain line

Venerable all-mountain bike remade as a hard-hitting enduro racer

The Slayer has returned to the Rocky Mountain line for 2017. This long-travel trail bike has been revitalized to tackle the most demanding enduro courses and to log laps in the bike park. 

Rocky Mountain Slayer highlights

  • 170mm front travel
  • 165 rear travel
  • Compatible with 1x drivetrains
  • Ride-4 adjustable geometry
  • Full carbon frame
  • Compatible with 27.5 and 26+ tires
  • Four models and a frameset
  • Pricing from US$4,199 – US$6,999 (UK and Australian pricing TBC)
  • Available December 2016

Rocky Mountain Slayer frame features

All four models use the same full carbon frame, offered in two colorways
All four models use the same full carbon frame, offered in two colorways

Each of the four complete Slayer models are built around the same full-carbon frame. The Slayer is offered in four frame sizes, and each has room for a single water bottle in the main triangle.

Tucked below the bottle mounts is a compartment that can house a Shimano Di2 battery for riders who wish to run an XTR or XT Di2 drivetrain.

A port on the downtube can house a Di2 battery for those who wish to run electronic drivetrains
A port on the downtube can house a Di2 battery for those who wish to run electronic drivetrains

Like Rocky Mountain’s other full suspension models, the Slayer uses a Horst-link suspension design coupled with the company’s clever Ride-4 adjustable geometry system.

Rocky Mountain's Ride-4 system provides four geometry positions from low and slack to steeper and higher
Rocky Mountain's Ride-4 system provides four geometry positions from low and slack to steeper and higher

Ride-4 is an offset chip in the lower shock mount that can be oriented in one of four positions, incrementally altering the Slayer’s geometry to suit ride taste and course conditions. In its slackest setting, the Slayer has a 64.75-degree head tube. When pushed steep, the head tube is propped up to 65.85 degrees.

Bottom bracket height varies by 7.5mm across the low to high settings in the Ride-4 system.

Rocky Mountain was pushing steep seat tube angles long before the current trend. The Slayer is no different, with a seat tube angle that varies between 73.75 to 74.85 degrees, from the slackest to the steepest geometry setting.

Ride-4 has four geometry positions, shown are the steepest (top) and most slack (bottom)
Ride-4 has four geometry positions, shown are the steepest (top) and most slack (bottom)

While some competitors have focused on improving the clearance of their latest enduro bikes to fit big rubber — sometimes even 27.5+ treads — Rocky Mountain has taken a different tack. It’s one that might hint at a trend we’ll see more of next season.

The Slayer has clearance for 27.5in wheels with tires up to 2.5in wide, but it can also accommodate 26in wheels shod in 3in tires. It appears that 26+ is going to be a thing in 2017, consider yourselves warned.

While the Slayer is designed around 27.5 wheels, it is also compatible with 26x3in wheels and treads
While the Slayer is designed around 27.5 wheels, it is also compatible with 26x3in wheels and treads

Other features on this new enduro machine include full internal routing, thankfully with tubes through the frame to make installation easier, a BB92 bottom bracket, and 230x65mm metric shock sizing.

Rocky Mountain Slayer pricing, spec and availability

Pricing for the four bikes is as follows. All four builds along with the frameset will be available in December. 
  • Slayer 790 MSL — £TBC / US$6,999 / AU$TBC
  • Slayer 770 MSL — £TBC / US$5,799 / AU$TBC
  • Slayer 750 MSL — £TBC / US$4,999 / AU$TBC
  • Slayer 730 MSL — £TBC / US$4,199 / AU$TBC

The top-end Slayer 790 MSL comes with a 170mm Fox RC2 fork with a Fox Float X2 EVOL shock. It gets a Shimano XTR drivetrain with a 11-46t XT cassette and Race Face Turbine crankset. Shimano Saint brakes with 203/180mm rotors bring it to a halt
The top-end Slayer 790 MSL comes with a 170mm Fox RC2 fork with a Fox Float X2 EVOL shock. It gets a Shimano XTR drivetrain with a 11-46t XT cassette and Race Face Turbine crankset. Shimano Saint brakes with 203/180mm rotors bring it to a halt

Second from the top is the Slayer 770 MSL. It uses a 170mm RockShox Lyrik RCT3 fork with a Super Deluxe Debonair RC3 shock. The 770 MSL uses a Shimano XT drivetrain with XT brakes
Second from the top is the Slayer 770 MSL. It uses a 170mm RockShox Lyrik RCT3 fork with a Super Deluxe Debonair RC3 shock. The 770 MSL uses a Shimano XT drivetrain with XT brakes

The third bike in the line is the Slayer 750 MSL. This version uses a RockShox Lyric RC fork with the Super Deluxe Debonair RC3 shock. The drivetrain and brakes are predominately comprised of Shimano’s SLX group
The third bike in the line is the Slayer 750 MSL. This version uses a RockShox Lyric RC fork with the Super Deluxe Debonair RC3 shock. The drivetrain and brakes are predominately comprised of Shimano’s SLX group

The entry-level model is the Slayer 730 MSL. Given the price of admission, and the fact it shares the same frame as the top-end bike, this looks like a great option for riders looking to get their start in enduro racing. The 730 sports a 170mm RockShox Yari RC fork with a Deluxe Debonair RT shock. SRAM’s entry-level 1x NX drivetrain and Guide R brakes keep the price low
The entry-level model is the Slayer 730 MSL. Given the price of admission, and the fact it shares the same frame as the top-end bike, this looks like a great option for riders looking to get their start in enduro racing. The 730 sports a 170mm RockShox Yari RC fork with a Deluxe Debonair RT shock. SRAM’s entry-level 1x NX drivetrain and Guide R brakes keep the price low

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Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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