First Impressions - Slayer
Revolution MTB|Issue 55
First Impressions - Slayer
FIRST IMPRESSIONS // ‘20 ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLAYER // IF YOU SEEM TO RECALL THE REBORN SLAYER WASN’T REBORN ALL THAT LONG AGO, YOU’D BE RIGHT. IN FACT, THE SLAYER WAS RE-INTRODUCED DURING CRANKWORX 2016 AS AN MY2017 BIKE, COMPLETELY OVERHAULED TO SATISFY THE NEEDS OF AGGRESSIVE ALL-MOUNTAIN RIDING AND ENDURO RACING, RIGHT THROUGH TO BIKE PARK LAPS.
Andrew Howieson

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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