When Rocky Mountain launched the new Smooth Link suspension design for the all-new Altitude platform in the Fall of 2008, we assumed that the entire lineup would eventually get revamped to use that new design. While that was expected, Rocky didn’t feel hard-pressed to do so since their other bikes continued to perform well — including the current Slayer design (which I quite like).
It turns out that the Slayer will be completely re-launched this Fall for the 2011 model year and will utilize both the Smooth Link suspension and Straight Up geometry for better climbing efficiency. I rode the Altitude 90 RSL at Interbike 2008 and liked it overall, but found it to be a little hesitant on the down. With the launch of the new Slayer line, I’m guessing that the downhill capabilities of the current design will continue one with the new.
I’ve been able to obtain a few photos of the new design.
2011 Rocky Mountain Slayer Features:
- Patented Smooth Link suspension design
- Straight Up geometry for active climbing
- Rear Travel: 165 mm
- Rear Axle: Shimano E-Thru 142x12mm rear thru-axle
- Tapered head-tube
- E-type front derailleur
- Granny Sandwich (aluminum plate mounted to ISCG tabs) keeps the chain on
- ISCG mounts for chain guide or Hammerschmidt
- Frame Weight: 7.09 lbs (366 grams lighter than current design)
- Rear Shock: Fox RP23 XV Boost Valve shock
Video of 2011 Slayer Production Process
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