today i took the Rocky Mountain Slayer 70 out for a spin, and this is what i think of the bike....
riding around in the parking lot waiting for my riding buddy to show up, the bike felt clunky, heavy, kinda like a tank. once we started riding, it became a different bike.
it climbed really well. i leaned, really leaned, exaggerated leans, into turns and it turned really well. that clunkiness turned into stiffness, it was a solid bike, i had total faith in it. the bike made me want to drop off stuff, and i dropped off stuff and rolled away and the bike felt really good and solid under me. on some bikes when i land they feel kinda wobbly, but this bike felt sturdy. it rolled over stuff, up stuff, down stuff, all quite smoothly. it was nimble and quick and i felt totally in control the whole time. it didn't feel like a heavy bike at all, it handled really really well. coming downhill on twisty singletrack, it was fast and responded to my every whim. i didn't have to fight the bike, it just went along. it was super comfortable and was really really fun to ride.
one interesting thing is they build the bike in such a way as, when you sit on it and the bike sags, you stay in the center where you have the most pedal power. also it virtually eliminates pedal bob. i honestly didn't notice any pedal bob, and like i said, it climbed really really well. i was comfortable and felt like i had power the whole time.
dammit rocky mountain, you made a great bike, and i had to question my own loyalty to my bicycle which i swear by (turner 5 spot).
i wouldn't use this bike as a commuter, but for riding xc, climbing, and techy rocky stuff, dropping and hucking, hell yeah i would ride this bike all damn day.
these are just my opinions (except that part about how the geometry eliminates pedal bob and such, that is their claim). i don't claim to know what i'm talking about at all, i'm just saying what i felt. if anyone else has ridden this bike, i'd like to hear what you think about it.