Bike Checks: Alex Volokhov's Rocky Mountain Slayer & Maiden

Jun 1, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  


If there's one brand that you associate with freeride mountain biking it's Rocky Mountain. Simmons, Schley and Tippie coined the term while on Rocky's bikes and made British Columbia the place to be if you wanted to go big on a mountain bike.

The latest rider in that lineage is Alex Volokhov, who announced his deal with the brand earlier this week. The 26-year-old from Nelson has a string of top-quality edits filmed deep in the backwoods and has eyes set on more of the same this year plus some FEST Series sends too. To kick off his time with the brand, Rocky sent him an Instinct, a Slayer and a custom painted Maiden complete with a tribute to fellow BC freerider Jordie Lunn.

Alex sets his bikes up "slow and stiff" and they are set up to take the big hits and compressions that he regularly doles out. We asked Alex for the lowdown on the two bikes at the meatier end of the spectrum, and you can check out all the details below.
Rider Name // Alex Volokhov
Age: 26
Hometown:
Height: 6' / 183cm
Weight: 185lb / 84kg
Instagram: @alexvolokhov_


Rocky Mountain Maiden

Details
Frame: Rocky Mountain Maiden (Large)
Shock: DVO Jade - 850lbs Ti spring
Fork: SR Suntour Rux 38 - 90psi and 4/5 air tokens
Wheels: FSA, 27.5"
Tires: Schwalbe Eddy Current - 2.6"
Drivetrain: Box One
Brakes: Hope Tech 3 E4
Cockpit: FSA Gradient, 780mm bars
Size: Large
More info: bikes.com

The biggest set up difference on the two bikes is in the shock. The spring on the Maiden gets an extra 300 lb/in but that's no surprise given it has been built with Fest hits in mind.

Schwalbe's Eddy Current tires, which are aimed primarily at e-bikes, may not be what you expect to see on a freerider's bike but he's not the only pro doing this. We've also seen them on World Cup bikes belonging to Amaury Pierron among others as the blocks are bigger and the tires a bit sturdier than other offerings. Alex goes for 2.6" widths and uses the front and rear-specific treads. Pressure wise, he opts for 32psi front and 30psi rear for general riding duties, but will boost this up to 45/45 for the big jumps and high speeds at Fest.

A Suntour Rux fork that claimed its first World Cup overall this year on the front of Tracey Hannah's bike.
FSA provide wheels and the cockpit for Alex. He goes for 10mm wider bars on his Maiden over his Slayer, 780mm vs 770mm.

A tribute to Jordie Lunn tucked away on the seatstay. The silver Hope brakes to match with the frame also look super trick. Alex runs the E4 trail brake not the V4 as he finds it works better with his non-vented rotors




Rocky Mountain Slayer
Details
Frame: Rocky Mountain Slayer (Large)
Shock: Fox DHX 2 - 550lbs steel
Fork: SR Suntour Durolux 36 - 80psi and 4 air tokens
Wheels: FSA Grid, 27.5"
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary - 2.35", 32psi front, 30psi rear
Drivetrain: Box One
Brakes: Hope Tech 3 E4
Cockpit: FSA Gradient, 770mm bars
Size: Large
More info: bikes.com

Alex's Slayer has 27.5" wheels and 180mm of travel.

Alex runs the Box One drivetrain on both bikes, but he uses the 11-speed version on his Slayer and 7 speed on his Maiden.

Another tribute to Jordie, this time on the top tube with the Slayer.


Decisions, decisions...



55 Comments

  • 42 0
 Where does one get an 850lb spring? Asking for a friend.
  • 6 0
 I'm wondering what his sag is!? 10%...
  • 53 1
 From an F150???
  • 37 0
 @scottlink: can't be. The one on the bike isn't rusted out.
  • 6 7
 running 850lbs spring and i dont need your opinion.
  • 2 0
 So anybody still know where to get one?
  • 25 0
 Love that Rocky is still supporting the freeride movement since day 1! Glad to see they're still at it. Still have my '03 RM7 hanging in my garage with a cracked shock mount \m/-
  • 42 17
 The old Slayer looked better
  • 30 1
 This new Slayer rides better.
  • 18 0
 Is the crown hollow?
  • 6 2
 no
  • 9 3
 It's the name of the crown. same goes to Emily Blunt is not a blunt emily.
  • 2 1
 It's CNC machined internally after forging.
  • 1 1
 For sure it is. they get machined rather than hollow forged... result hollow crown Wink
  • 14 0
 30 PSI in the rear and 32 in the front?
  • 10 0
 For getting totally sick in the turns brah
  • 1 0
 Was thinking the same. 32psi in the front for "general riding duties", wonder how that front end feels
  • 31 4
 All the pinkbike armchair engineers heads have exploded. Anything over 19psi is impossible to ride. He would be so awesomer if he reduces pressures and added an insert.
  • 10 0
 @onemind123: I mean, I run 30psi front 32 rear tubeless cuz yeah it's fast. But I do think it's interesting that there is more psi in the front. Usually ya don't see that...
  • 1 0
 Yeaah nice setups. That a big man with bikes to handle it.
  • 14 3
 @onemind123: it’s the higher pressure up front that’s unusual ya goober
  • 4 0
 @kleinblake: Better for fakie nose wheelies! =P
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: "Fakie nose-wheelie any bike!"
  • 9 0
 So good to to another bike with SR Suntour on it. I've been running rux, auron and durolux on my bikes for years. I love the adjustability, ease of service and high end quality on their upper range products. I don't have to run Suntour, I choose to.
  • 10 0
 I don't think I could compress an 850lb spring at all.
  • 2 0
 Maybe the bike had a fucked leverage ratio. The last gen sessions needed crazy stiff sprints to not Bottom. My buddy at 180 rode a 700 and would bottom it out constantly
  • 4 0
 @freeridejerk888: I’ve got a maiden with a 375# spring. I weigh about 165lbs and am getting about 30% sag. 850# would be stiff as a brick on this bike.
  • 1 0
 Wow. Wonder why he rides it like that @jjalessi:
  • 1 0
 @freeridejerk888: most of the guys riding fest sized jumps and rampage sized drops run their bikes twice as stiff as us mortals.
  • 8 0
 Miss those maple leafs on RM frames. Bring them back! Wink
  • 6 0
 Good to see a different fork from the norm... is Rocky Mountain going to have them for stock bikes no too?
  • 5 0
 Unlikely. Probably only has them because he is sponsored by SR Suntour.
  • 4 0
 @tkrug: Probably yes, but Suntour does offer some great products. Running the Auron fork and Triair rear shock on my Meta TR and I couldn't say I miss anything compared to the previous Rock Shox setup. Superb value for money if you don't have the pocket change to go for FOX Factory parts.
  • 6 0
 Very nice. All I want to know now, is where can I get some of those JL stickers!
  • 5 0
 Nice to see suntour, their higher end is fantastic. I love my Auron and Tri-Air shock
  • 1 0
 +1. Running the exact same setup on my Meta TR. Superb value for money.
  • 1 0
 Yep, that Durolux is top notch performance wise. Has an annoying axle, but otherwise a killer value.
  • 1 0
 Just got mine tuned ... Fox 36 for sale in a week Wink
The Durolux is outperforming my 36er with ease, just the weight is slightly on the burlier side.
  • 4 0
 Both bikes look amazing. Awesome spec with Hope V4 and Magic Mary's. Stoked to see another BC rider on Rocky. congrats man!
  • 3 0
 Two noble steeds to choose from! Life is good bud!
  • 4 0
 Slay all day
  • 17 9
 I heard they are a crackin good time!
  • 3 0
 @adrennan: At least its not as bad as Specialized's new Enduro.
  • 1 0
 All rocky needs to do is drop the Slayer (awesome bike) and mass produce the Pipedream. They'd make more money than Bezos on that.
  • 1 0
 I think I remember reading somewhere that the bike from the Pipe Dream video was the a Slayer test mule. So pretty much the same thing, minus the linkage plates
  • 1 0
 Thanks for mentioning the bike, just had the best 4 Minutes of the day watching the video Wink
Why skip the Slayer, just add the Pipedream for all the tube lovers...
  • 3 0
 Daggas not mentioned feels Batman
  • 2 0
 Clean and tidy bicycles. Very nice
  • 1 0
 sweet lookin sleds. either one would be great to roll down to Backroads Brewing after some trail sessions.
  • 3 0
 Long Live the Maiden!
  • 1 0
 Such a beauty
  • 1 3
 Who?
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