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Rocky Mountain Slayer 30

Rocky Mountain Slayer 30     Photo: Mark Weiss

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLAYER 30 / $2,200, 34.3 lbs
Why It's Cool: A hand-built frame with superb all-mountain performance at a closeout price.
The Ride: The Slayer has been redesigned this year to perfectly blend uphill efficiency with downhill flash. The new frame looks like Frankenbike, with a double-braced main triangle sporting a new single-pivot LC2R suspension system—six inches of rear travel when paired with the Fox Float RP3 shock. The nuts and bolts for this strange creation are a solid mix of Shimano LX and XT drivetrain parts, Hayes HFX 9 disc brakes, and Marzocchi's six-inch custom Drop Off III fork. The unusual range of components harmonizes when this bike hits the dirt. True, the Slayer is not too bad on the climbs, but it really comes alive when the trail drops. The first impression of being cocked back and perched up high disappears on the descent, as the bike's low center of gravity provides firm, solid handling.
Right Bike If: Your allegiance lies with fast downhills, but you still grasp the concept of a pedal stroke. Sizes: 15, 16.5, 18, 19 (tested), 20.5, and 22 in; www.bikes.com

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