I have a 18" Rocky Mountain Slayer:
Price: Asking GBP900 but am open to offers
I have used this bike myself and bought it new a while ago. Recently I did the Alta Rezia freeride tour with it. You can see some pics here http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alta-Rezi ... 57?fref=ts
If you scroll through the page you can see several pics of it in action. You can find some detailed pictures here:
I have bought it at CRC new in 2008 and have replaced a lot of parts since then. During last winter I have given it a big service and have replaced the following parts:
lower cup of the headset
stem which is now Answer
bar which is now Answer
Grips. Now Lizard Skin
BB. Now SLX
Installed a Bashguard in stead of the normal outer ring
Replaced the crashed rear derailleur with a Sram X0
New Gore Ride On derailleur cables
The complete speclist is now:
Frame Rocky Mountain FORMTM7005 Taperwall Aluminum + Carbon seatstay
Fork DT Swiss XMC150
Front Travel 150 mm
Rear Shock FOX FLOAT RP23 CUSTOM VALVED
Rear Travel 152 mm
Headset FSA ORBIT
Stem/Bar Answer Protaper
Brakes AVID JUICY 5
Brake levers AVID JUICY 5
Shifters SRAM 7.0 TRIGGERS
Gearing SRAM X0 / SHIMANO LX
Cranks/rings RACE FACE EVOLVE XC X-TYPE & E13 Bashguard
Bottom bracket Shimano SLX
Hubs Hupe Pro II
Cog SRAM 970
Chain SRAM PC971
Rims DT Swiss 5.2d
Tires Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4
Seat post RACE FACE EVOLVE
During the Alta Rezia tour my rear rotor exploded due to the heat. I have replaced them with standard Avids as well. I have only ridden 3 or 4 days on them.
Prior to going to this tour I have send the rear shock to Sabma to give it a service and I did the same with the DT Swiss fork. During the tour the fork started leaking again and I have send it back to do the service again under warranty. I have not ridden the bike since then.
I must say that they did a poor job on the service because I am now missing a little plate which holds the cup if you want to remove the axle. Nothing serieus but I thought it would be fair to mention.
In 2009 I was in Wales on a holiday which you can see here.
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... ht=custard
I tacoed the front wheel on the Marin trail. This meant that I had to replaced the wheels with a set of Hope wheels (Hope pro2 and DT Swiss 5.2 rims. The current tyres are tubeless Schwalbe Fat Alberts. During the last trip the tyres had a pretty hard time and maybe you would want to replace the rear one.
Last year I did a clinic with this bike and I found out that the fork had a nasty 'cloink' this meant that I replaced the Marzocchi with the Dt Swiss which is in now. Pics of this clinic are here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1098674478 ... 6Maart2011
(I am the one with the red jacket)
As you can see, I have used the bike but over the years I haven't used it a lot. There were also some rides in Ardenne but this is nothing serious. I would do those rides without a doubt on my hardtail. Even though it it used it still looks great. As mentioned before, this bike is ready to ride. I even think that I wouldn't have to check anything if I were to go on another Alta Rezia trip.
Another cool feature on the bike is that it is signed by Hans Rey
Here is a test of the bike:
Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 50 Review
By Marc-Andre Casavant february.28.2008 18:49
Rocky Mountain's Slayer SXC 50 in its natural habitat
As previously stated in our review of the Rocky Mountain ETSX 50, early this
season, Andreas "Dre" Hestler of Rocky Mountain sent us an ETSX 50 as well as a
gorgeous Slayer SXC 50 for review. As one of Rocky Mountain's newest designs,
the Slayer SXC 50 is built for all-around trail riding. This definitely showed
to be true during the many hours of riding the SXC during the beautiful summer
and fall months.
We've had hours and hours of fun tweaking every single feature that the Slayer
SXC 50 provided us. With Gatineau park nearby, we had a wide variety of trails
to test this beauty on.
Click here to view all of our pictures of the Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 50
Press "n"/"p" or click on the right/left sides of images to browse
Out of the box, the Slayer SXC 50 showed some impressive lines and a build
suitable for a wide variety of riding conditions. We were especially impressed
by how light the complete bike felt considering it's aggressive XC look.
Like every other bicycle Rocky Mountain sells, the SXC 50 came personalized with
the signature of the person who built the bike on the back of the seat tube. It
doesn't make the bike go faster but it is a really nice touch. The frame is
beautifully welded and has a beautiful clear coat to help protect the paint job
from the elements once on the trails. The Slayer SXC 50's frame came painted in
a glossy "barnum green" paint job. A few maple leafs were masked during paint,
enabling these leaves to be embedded in the paint. The craftsmanship and the
attention to detail is one of those things that I've always enjoyed with the
bikes built by Rocky Mountain.
The first time on the bike, the Slayer SXC felt very different than other cross
country bikes I have ridden. Built as all-around bike and slightly more tuned to
XC than the Slayer, I was extremely curious to know how it would perform on the
XC trails and wanted to see how well a bike could perform with 6 inches of
travel front and back.
The Slayer SXC series is Rocky Mountain's "One Bike. Any Trail" or "Super XC"
line, built for you to enjoy on any type of trail that mother nature can throw
at you. Rocky's Slayer SXC product line extends what we've all known as Rocky
Mountain's Slayer. In 2007, the SXC line had 3 models: Slayer SXC 90, Slayer SXC
70 and Slayer SXC 50. For 2008, Rocky Mountain adds 2 new models to the growing
Slayer SXC "Super-XC" line: Slayer SXC Ladies Only and the Slayer SXC 30. The
Slayer SXC Ladies Only and the Slayer SXC 30 are a nice addition to the lineup
and will definitely see success as these two models will ensure that there are a
wide range of models to choose from.
The main difference between each of the Slayer SXC models is color and the
components of the complete bike build. In 2007, all Slayer SXC frames were built
basically the same with the exception of the color of the frame. Compared to the
SXC 50 which we were able to test, the SXC 70 and SXC 90 came in metallic white
and GM silver respectively. Some of the other differences on the two higher
models of the series included an upgraded braking system, upgraded drivetrain
components, front fork and rear shock. That said, the Slayer SXC 50 which we
tested was very nicely spec'd as you will see bellow.
For 2008, the only difference in the line is that the 2008 Slayer SXC 30 does
not have the carbon fiber seat stay which the higher-end models have. In the
end, all Slayer SXC models will give the same great performance and options on
Easy adjustment knobs on the fork to adjust damping and the amount of travel.
The Marzocchi All Mountain fork with Extension Travel Adjustment (ETA), and the
Fox Float RP23 enabled us to have a wide variety of setup possibilities for any
type of terrain; from big climbs to fast descents. We especially liked the Mavic
Crossride wheels, the SRAM drivetrain and Race Face Evolve components which came
stock on the bike. The Slayer SXC 50 also comes with powerful Avid Juicy 5
hydraulic disk brakes, a comfortable SDG Belair seat for those long rides and a
Carbon fiber seat stay giving the SXC more bling factor and keeping the weight
Weighing in at approximately 28 lbs (without pedals), this bike felt really
light. We were taken aback the first time we lifted the bike. There's something
incredible about having 6 inches of travel front and back in a really light
bike. This was all for the best. As a bike designed and built to perform in a
variety of trails, keeping the weight down is important, mostly when tackling
The SXC is made of aluminum with the exception of the seat stay on the rear
triangle which is made of carbon fiber, protected by a thick layer of clear
There's something about Rockie's paint job...love it!
The rear suspension has been designed to offset the force exerted on the pedals,
from the rear suspension pivots. Applying force on the pedals barely activates
the rear suspension and pedaling the Slayer SXC 50 showed us just how much the
new generation of full suspension XC bicycles have come a long way. The rear
suspension design of the Slayer SXC family of bicycles absorbs forces exerted on
the rear wheel very efficiently.
With the bike fully unpacked and tuned up for a ride, we couldn't wait to go for
a rip on the Slayer SXC 50! Granted, the first few rides had to be tame because
of an extremely bad ankle sprain which had me off the bike for a couple of
months. It didn't take long before I was able to put the Slayer SXC 50 to the
real test and see what it was all about.
With the Gatineau park 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa and a vast network of
trails in the Ottawa region, we couldn't have had a better place to put the SXC
50 to the test.
Before I discuss the overall performance of the Slayer SXC 50, it's important to
point out the different types of suspension settings available to "tune" the
SXC's performance during the rides.
The FOX Float RP23 air shock allows you to adjust your preload and rebound. The
Float RP23 also allows you to choose from three different ProPedal firmness
adjustments; light, medium and firm. We found it very easy to turn on/off
ProPedal on-the-fly while riding the bike, which turned out to be extremely
useful on the trails. Whether it was to setup the bike for a steep climb or a
descent, the rear suspension of the Slayer SXC 50 was easily tuned for the type
of trails we were riding.
The medium ProPedal setting turned out to be one of our favorite settings of the
three available on FOX Float RP23 due to the type of terrain we were riding on
in the Gatineau park. It gave us a good mixture of firmness in the rear
suspension while keeping the shock set up to absorb some of the roughest
sections of the trail. We would of course turn off ProPedal on descents to get
the most fun out of them and to let the bike flow with the terrain. Being able
to quickly turn ProPedal on before a steep climb or turn it off during descents
turned out to be extremely useful and was a luxury to have on the bike. The idea
of being able to set up the bike so easily on-the-fly was something we
absolutely loved about the Slayer SXC 50.
In addition to the great range of settings available on the rear suspension of
the SXC, the Marzocchi All Mountain 1 front fork added its fair share of
adjustments. The Marzocchi All Mountain 1 enabled us to set up the travel of
front fork, and enabled us to switch between having 3 inches and 6 inches of
travel. The fork also enabled us to quickly adjust the compression damping of
the fork. Having these options at the tip of our fingers turned out to be very
useful and enabled us to lower the front of the bike for steep uphills or let us
add some travel for the descents.
Compared to some of the early full suspension trail bikes that we've ridden and
tested, the SXC 50 is truly part of the next generation of full suspension "all
mountain" bikes. In addition to the vast amount of suspension settings available
on the bike, the pedaling efficiency is nothing short of fantastic. The Slayer
SXC 50's pedaling efficiency is simply amazing and this bike definitely pulls
its own weight when compared to its competing counterparts.
We found that the Slayer SXC 50 does a very good job at reducing the amount of
energy lost when pedaling the bike while enabling the suspension to absorb those
gnarly rocks and roots. Even when pedaling aggresively, the bike is very easy to
pedal which is impressive considering the Slayer SXC can be setup to have 6
inches front and back.
When ProPedal was turned on, and the front fork setup at the 3 inch setting with
compression damping maxed out, you'd almost think you are on a hardtail. Long
flat rides or extremely steep climbs benefited from this setup.
For long cross country rides, we were able to set up the front suspension with 3
inches of travel to keep the front-end low and set up with a low or medium
ProPedal setting which would enable us to increase the pedaling platform while
setting up the rear suspension to be more sensitive. It really was extremely
easy to adjust while riding the bike. I should also note that the light weight
of the bike was really appreciated on the long epics and the descents alike. The
bike could just go and go and was light enough to be very agile in all
During descents or while riding rough trails the Slayer SXC 50 was easily
adjusted to give us 6 inches of travel in the front (it is always 6 inches in
the back) with ProPedal turned off to take full advantage of the rear
suspension. Switching the front fork to the 6 inch setting raises the front by,
yes you guessed it, 3 inches which always caught me by surprise when I made the
change. This slackens the head angle of the bike and transforms the bike into
one plush and fun ride. In this setting, the Slayer SXC was nicely set up for
some awesome descents while maintaining a great pedaling platform.
Overall, the Slayer SXC 50 is an great do-it-all bike which gives you enough
options to truly adjust the riding characteristics of this bike to your liking.
From the amount of time we rode the Slayer SXC 50 in Gatineau park and the
Kanata Lakes trails it's obvious that Rocky Mountain has done an awesome job in
designing a bicycle which can be ridden in all types of trails. As much as I
liked to be able to set up the SXC for the different type of trails I did find
myself setting up the bike with 3 inches of front suspension and with ProPedal
turned on on the rear shock. This type of setup still enabled me to comfortably
ride descents in the Gatineau park but since most of the trails seem to have
long climbs and technical XC trails, setting up the bike for XC most of the time
seemed to make more sense.
The Slayer SXC 50 would be a bike perfect for anyone with a mix of great
cross-country trails around, just like in Ottawa. It is a beautifully built and
hand-crafted bicycle, and an extremely efficient bicycle which leaves you
wanting more trail. The joy of riding trails and having rear shock and front
fork adjustments at the tip of your fingers is wonderful. Full suspension
cross-country bicycles have come a long way and the Slayer SXC 50 shows how rear
suspension design combined with shock technology can produce incredible rides.
It was a pleasure to be able to enjoy hours of fun on the Slayer SXC 50 this
season and it will be hard to go back to my old cross country bike after being
spoiled with such a well-rounded and well-spec'd bike.
Rocky Mountain has built one solid line with the Slayer SXC. Marketed as the
"One Bike. Any Trail" type of bike the Slayer SXC proves that it is exactly what
it is said to be. This bicycle is as versatile as we have ever experienced on an
"all mountain" or cross country bicycle. Weighing approximately 28 pounds, the
Slayer SXC 50 is definitely a bike that can adapt to a wide variety of trails.
The Slayer SXC 50 attracted a lot of attention during the summer months. You can
see for yourself in our pictures why it got so much attention and from our
experience on the bike, there is no question that this is one superbly designed
and built bicycle.