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Rocky Mountain Slayer 70

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It’s in for Issue 66′s Winching and Plummeting test. It’s an evolution of the original Slayer that we tested years ago brought up to date with a hydroformed alloy frameset with 165mm of rear wheel travel and 160mm up front via the Fox 36 TALAS R fork. It uses a four bar style SmoothLink suspension linkage driving a custom valved Fox RP23 shock. Finishing kit is all rather shiny, with carbon Raceface SIXC cranks, Formula The ONE brakes and an X9 10spd drivetrain.

Price: £4,198.99

From: Silverfish UK

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Machined rocker link…

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SmoothLink aims to keep chain tension parallel to the pivot to eliminate bob – something the old, hyper active, ground hugging Slayer had a touch of…

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Tapered up front with a Cane Creek Frustrum headset.

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Bolt through back end…

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We’re looking forward to doing some plummeting – and hopefully the winching won’t be so bad.

Giant Reign X0

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This is Giant’s rather shiny long travel up and down bike. There’s 170mm of rear bounce via their multi-link Maestro system. Unlike the other bikes in the test it uses the more DH orientated Fox DHX 5.0 air shock rather than the RP. The frame is super swoopy ‘AluXX SL’ aluminium and there’s a top flight 160mm Fox TALAS FIT RLC fork in the tapered headtube.

Price: £4,645

From: Giant UK

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DHX 5.0 shock has adjustable bottom out and switchable on-off Pro-pedal.

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A full coverage Race Face chaindevice with Atlas cranks and twin rings.

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You can see that Giant do a lot of hydroforming…

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A Maestro at rest.

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Rather neat looking own brand stem.

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Maxle bolt through rear end…

Cielo 29er Mountain Bike

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Handmade in Portland, Oregon and designed by none other than Chris King of headset and hub fame and Jay of Sycip fame, this is a rather beautifully made and finished big wheeler. The tubing is True Temper OX Platinum that doesn’t lose strength after welding and it’s got Paragon Machine Work sliding dropouts and an integrated Chris King headset.

Benji-bob Haworth is going to be testing it as a Grinder Bike for Issue 66…

Price: £1,299 for frame & headset

From: Evolution Imports

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Headtube ring reinforcements are polished up a treat…

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King BB – and the Chris King name on the frame…

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Lovely detailing.

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Sliding dropouts…

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