RM Slayer 70 2019 RRP £5499
To be honest with you, I wasn’t looking for a new bike. I had only had my Trek Slash 9.8 29er for around 8 months when I was speaking to Jen and Dan at Ride Bikes about what’s happening over the coming months. I love stopping in to the shop when I’m in Ulverston (Usually with my boys) for a brew and to talk about all things Bike. Jen and Dan mentioned to me about the possibility of them working with Rocky Mountain in the future and my ears pricked up! I was told to keep this strictly under wraps for the time being.
When Ride Bikes finally unveiled that they would be working with Rocky Mountain UK, I was excited to see what bikes they would have available. Now, I have been on a 29er for the last three seasons as I believe (and still do) that for out and out straight line speed, they are unrivaled but, one of my riding buddies had always proclaimed that because of my height (5ft 8) I would be more suited to a 27.5. I decided to take his advice, and opted for a Rocky Mountain Slayer 70.
I chose the Slayer 70 model due to the fact that it’s a thing of beauty and has the Fox X2 shock and all new Grip 2 fork damper in the black out 170mm Fox 36’s. Suspension set up is a real stickler of mine and I believe it’s the key to good grip in the corners, working in harmony with the Maxxis tyres. The Slayer has super sleek (hidden) frame linkage bearings and the Rocky Mountain Ride 4 adjustable geometry which will allow me to tune the bike to specific events.