First Look: 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer

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It's back! Following a short hiatus, Rocky Mountain is thrilled to show off the all-new Slayer. With a nod to the fundamentals, the new breed sports a full carbon frame, 165mm of rear travel, ultra-slack geometry, unique blind pivots, and looks that could kill. This bike will have you cranking the volume as you realize it's unforgiving ability to thrash turns, embrace chaos, and melt faces.

Slayer Highlights

  • Intended Use: Enduro and All-Mountain
  • Rear Travel: 165mm / Front Travel: 170mm
  • Wheel Size: 27.5-inches
  • Full Smoothwall carbon frame
  • Ride-4 adjustability chip for precise geometry adjustments
  • All sizes fit one water bottle inside the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to run Di2 and a dropper post concurrently
  • Max type Enduro cartridge bearing pivots with simplified hardware, Pipelock rocker link pivot
  • Shock-eyelet bearings for small-bump sensitivity
  • Single-sided chainstay and seatstay pivots for a narrower rear triangle to eliminates heel rub, even with Boost spacing
  • Metric shock, 230x65mm
  • 1x specific
  • Clearance for up to 27.5x2.5-inch "wide trail" tires, and compatible with 26+ tires (26x3.0-inches)
  • Full-length internal dropper post and lockout routing, internal brake routing in front triangle, internal tube-in-tube shift routing
  • Oversized downtube ports for ease of cable routing
  • New derailleur hanger design reduces hardware complexity
  • Lightweight bolt-on axle saves 35g compared to a traditional Boost axle
  • PressFit BB92 bottom bracket, ZS44/ZS56 headset
  • Post-mount 180mm rear brake
  • Max chainring size is 36 teeth
  • Sizing: S, M, L, and XL



Geometry

Longer, lower, slacker. The new Slayer is all the things you've come to expect of a modern big mountain trail weapon. It features the RIDE-4 geometry adjustment system, which uses a flip chip in the lower shock mount to adjust the bottom bracket height and head angle between four positions. Numbers in the slackest and steepest positions are noted, below:



In Action

Join Thomas Vanderham and Florian Nicolaï as the Slayer moves mountains way up in Fernie, British Columbia:

"Rocky Mountain Bicycles’ namesake mountain range holds a special place in our heart. The iconic peaks of the Rocky Mountains embody a particular wildness, a disdain for the manicured and curated experiences of the modern world. We knew this year that we were overdue for a return to our roots—our bedrock."

Build Kits, Pricing, and Availability

Choose from four builds kits in two colors, or go frame only to spec your dream ride. The Slayer will be available in December, 2016. Visit www.bikes.com for more details.

  • Slayer 790 MSL — $6,999 USD / $8,799 CAD
  • Slayer 770 MSL — $5,799 USD / $6,999 CAD
  • Slayer 750 MSL — $4,999 USD / $6,199 CAD
  • Slayer 730 MSL — $4,199 USD / $5,199 CAD

Photos by Margus Riga and Paris Gore // Video by Mind Spark Cinema

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