so my '04 Rocky Mountain Slayer that i was pretty darn happy with got ripped off from a hotel garage in Lake Garda Italy (yeah, it sucks!)
so i'm taking my time looking for a replacement (i've got my Specialized FSR still and besides winter is on the way so more "mud" riding than Freeride)
i ride Freeride, although now that term has come to mean mostly lift-serviced downhill (which i do do some) but is more "All-Mountain"
i want a bike that can climb up anything (= not a heavy downhill bike)
but then is built to take the punishment for the downhill... i don't do MAJOR drops and stuff, but do ride super-techincal stuff (rocky, tight switchbacks, etc) and ride in the Biek Parks a few times a year.
the only complaint i had with the Slayer is that the rear bushings where the frame attaches to the frame were worn out BEFORE my brake pads!! apparently it's a design FEATURE so that any side-ways force is taken out on the aluminum bushings rather than the shock or the frame... (and a friend of mine with a different bike has blown his shoock 3 times this year - maybe connected? who knows)
anyhow, instead of just immediatley just buying another Slayer i am looking around.
what do i want:
* full supsension with 120-150mm front and 100-150mm rear.
* all built with bash-guard and pedals and all, should be less than 33lbs (max max 36)
--> which means the listed "weight" of the bike should be 30-33lbs or so.
* geometry so you can still make it uphill (the Slayer here was awesome)
--> probably best with an adjustable fork to improve uphill
* otherwise tough frame as i ride a lot and really punish my bike (i was REALLY afriad of breaking my FSR frame before i got the Slayer)
* oh, the frame must accomodate MINIMUM 2.5" tires and preferably with room to spare
* as for components and stuff i do not go top-of-the-line -- around LX/XT unless the bike gets WAY over my weight limit, but should be ok
* let's see: i am 6'1" and 165lbs or so
i will probably again set it up with 3 front chainrings and a bolt-on rockring... maybe this time with chainguide??
i REALLY loved the feeling of the Fox Vanilla coil-spring fork on the Slayer... are the newest air forks REALLY that much better (the Talas, the new Minute, etc) or should i still shoot for a coil fork?
* Specialized Enduro
* Fusion Whiplash/Freak
* another Slayer? (like i said it was great, but i have the impression that it is the best of the "old" technology as it has changed little since 2001)