First Ride: Rocky Mountain Slayer 29
Cue the fog machines, horror screams and shaky camera movements, because there is a new Slayer on the loose, and it’s looking to murder singletrack near you. Launched in 2001, the Rocky Mountain Slayer made a huge name for itself as a freeride sender ridden by none other than Wade Simmons himself.
Over the years, the Slayer evolved to keep up with the demands of our sport and found itself dabbling in a few different categories. Today, the Slayer builds off its freeride roots while offering a modern touch. Rocky Mountain knew the Slayer needed the ability to climb, so they set out to design a bike capable of self-shuttling to the top of any trail. From there, the goal shifted towards making the rowdiest and fastest bike possible by adding a 29er option for high-speed attacks or a 27.5-inch model for slasher-type riders looking to have as much fun as possible on the trails.
We packed our bags and flew up to North Vancouver to witness the Slayer in action. Upon arrival, we were met with the godfather himself, Wade Simmons, along with Thomas Vanderham, Vaea Verbeeck, and a crew of incredibly talented shredders. We had a few days to wreak havoc on the North Shore’s local trail network and planned to hit the trails hard with a wild pack of Slayers. But before we dive into this first-ride review, let’s highlight the key features that set this killer apart from the rest.