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Straight to the Point

September 06, 2018

Every rider has ridden at least one bike that for whatever reason is unforgettable in their mind and holds a special place in their heart. With the occasional tall tale of greatness backed by the lasting proof of visible scars, the remembered fondness of this bike comes from conquering races, epic adventures, and even the simplistic motion of spinning on two wheels. For Andreane Lanthier Nadeau, the Rocky Mountain Vertex is this bike, and even today as a full-time EWS racer she still finds herself drawn to riding her cross-country hardtail.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau, or ALN as she’s known to friends and fans around the world, began her love affair with the Vertex in 2010 as a cross-country racer in Quebec. At the time, she was racing on 26” wheels and had moved up from provincial racing to compete at the international level. 2010 was also a very special year, as she had earned the opportunity to race her Vertex at the World Championships at home in Mont Sainte-Anne, QC.

From 2010 through 2015, ALN was riding and racing her Vertex 26” and Vertex 29” almost religiously. In 2015, ALN joined the Rocky Mountain Altitude Rally Team, marking the start of a new chapter in her athletic career as a professional enduro racer. In joining this team, she had committed to racing on the re-designed Altitude at each EWS stop around the world, but the Vertex always remained in her fleet.

“If I want to check up on my riding – like to figure out if I’m on point or not – I’ll take my Vertex out for a rip. It keeps me honest out there on the trails”– ALN

ALN is making waves on the 2018 EWS circuit as a member of the Rocky Mountain Race Face Team, competing against the fastest enduro racers in the world aboard her Instinct BC Edition. At home and in the off season, she still finds herself throwing her leg over the Vertex. She loves the challenge and finesse that’s required to ride aggressively on a hardtail, and more than anything she loves that she’s still creating riding memories aboard a bike with the same namesake year after year. 

“I feel like I owe it to the Vertex for helping to shape me into the rider that I am today.” – ALN

Its lightweight frame provides incredible stiffness and rolling speed, while its modern, aggressive geometry inspires confidence everywhere on the race course—even technical corners and descents. Available in a next-generation Smoothwall HBO carbon layup for even lighter weight. See the models

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The all-new Vertex

March 15, 2018

The Vertex embodies speed and confidence, sitting at the top of the food chain as our flagship XC-race hardtail.

Its lightweight frame provides incredible stiffness and rolling speed, while its modern, aggressive geometry inspires confidence everywhere on the race course—even technical corners and descents. Available in a next-generation Smoothwall HBO carbon layup for even lighter weight.

Intended Use: XC Race
Wheel Size: 29" and 27.5+ compatible
Front Travel: 100mm
 
Vertex Carbon 90
"The new Vertex is exactly what I need for marathon racing. The re-worked geometry has been designed for improved efficiency, which allows me to push my own capabilities on the trail. Light, stiff, and durable, the Vertex is everyting I want in a hardtail." – Sascha Weber
 
Vertex Carbon 90 frameset

Smoothwall Carbon
Smoothwall™ carbon uses one of the world’s most sophisticated carbon processes to deliver industry leading stiffness-to-weight, ride quality, and durability. We eliminate excess resin and fibers by using rigid internal molds instead of traditional air bladders. We then utilize different types of carbon in specific frame areas to maximize stiffness and impact resistance while minimizing overall weight.

Next generation features
Comprehensive, evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, boost spacing, Di2 & dropper post compatibility.

Smoothwall HBO layup
By incorporating premium 40-ton carbon fiber sheets into our Vertex Carbon 90 and Vertex Carbon frameset, we were able to eliminate more resin than what is usually left from our traditional Smoothwall construction. This process allowed us to incorporate desirable frame features, increase durability, and maintain the ride performance we are known for. Our standard Smoothwall layup that can be found on the Vertex Carbon 70 and Vertex Carbon 50 remains industry leading, without resorting to cost cutting by integrating fiberglass.

Rocky Mountain ride quality
Our Vertex retains all the ride DNA that makes Rocky Mountain Bicycles famous. We’ve focused on XC performance for flat out speed but have not made compromises on ride quality, keeping our bikes fun when out on the trail. We’ve lengthened the reach, slackened the head angle, and shortened the wheelbase, maintaining rear end compliance and a comfortable ride.

Vertex Carbon 70

Vertex Carbon 50

Rider: Sascha Weber and Lukas Baum
Photo: Dennis Stratmann
Location: Cadaques, Spain

Rider: Sascha Weber and Lukas Baum
Photo: Dennis Stratmann
Location: Cadaques, Spain

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