That reiteration divided crowds, the majority falling in love with its responsive power under the pedals which was almost uncanny for a bike that packed 165mm travel out back and a head angle that could be tilted south of 65 degrees. Some however found that the high level of anti-squat packed into the leverage resulted in a touch of harshness through the initial stroke - I guess there is always a compromise when it comes to creating a bike for the masses in this day and age where bikes are now expected to scale up steeps and lay waste to the trail back down.
Before I proceed, however, full disclosure, I am a current Rocky Mountain owner and a very satisfied one at that. I’ve had the pleasure of riding the Altitude, Slayer (2019) and my current ride is an Instinct BC. This does however give me a great perspective into who the new Slayer is for, what type of rider should consider it for their next bike and who should look elsewhere.
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