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A Tall Tale – Perception is reality on the new Instinct

March 08, 2021

From exaggerated stories of blissful alpine singletrack to rubbing elbows with the pros, everyone has “that friend” whose tales from the trail are too good to be true. But this story feels different. They're telling it with confidence and you’ve heard their new Instinct has them riding trails in a whole new way. Your friend has always been a good rider, but have they really transformed their riding completely?

Go with your gut on this one - Trust your Instinct. That’s what your friend did and it’s working for them.

Click here to explore the 2021 Instinct models.

Featuring:
Kevin Calhoun
Felix Burke
Thomas Vanderham

Video by: Scott Secco
Photography by: Margus Riga

Music: “Walt Whitman”
Performed by Trampled by Turtles

Tags: Instinct

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Introducing the new Instinct

March 08, 2021

The Instinct has been designed for epic rides and wide-open singletrack. As our most versatile platform, the Instinct thrives on all types of trails, tackling features with the utmost efficiency and responsiveness.

The Instinct has been the go-to bike for riders looking for a bike that does it all, and our most recent design takes that philosophy to the next level. The desire to ride faster and harder than ever is universal amongst riders, and the changes we've made to our Instinct take that to heart while maintaining peak efficiency. Updated geometry and frame features mean that the Instinct is versatile and can adapted to meet any demands that you or the trail may have.

"I feel like I can pedal the Instinct all day and it’s never going to shy away from a demanding descent or long, technical climb. Every time I put my feet to the pedals, I’m excited about the possibilities of the ride, where this bike will take me, and the adventure it has in store.” – Felix Burke

 

Intended Use: Trail
Wheel Size: 29" 
Front Travel: 150mm
Rear Travel: 140mm

A simpler lineup

The 2020 Thunderbolt and Instinct platforms both offered 140mm of rear travel but differed in their wheelsize and ride characteristics. The natural evolution of these platforms within the Trail category was to combine them into one platform designed for efficient riding for all-day adventures.

Looking at the needs of shorter vs. taller riders, we’ve introduced a wheelsize split with our small Instinct frame. Our extra small frame is offered with 27.5” wheels while the small frame is available in either 27.5” or 29” wheels. For riders that are tall enough to ride medium, large, or extra-large frames, the Instinct is available with 29” wheel only. In order to accommodate the shorter riders, our size extra small and small frames have an adjusted frame silhouette to give riders a comfortable amount of standover height.
 
The Instinct is designed around efficient and versatile trail riding, which is why we’ve offered six frame sizes including size small available in two distinct frames to accommodate either 27.5 or 29 wheels.
 
The evolution of size specific tune

With a suspension curve that provides a supple beginning-stroke, supportive mid-stroke, and progressive end-stroke, our engineers designed these bikes for hard riding on technical trails. Our product team goes above and beyond by creating custom shock tunes for every frame size to ensure riders of all heights experience how we intended the Instinct to feel.

Size does matter

Our size extra-small and small frames have a visibly different frame silhouette than our medium through extra-large frames. The two smallest sizes use a 190x45mm shock to achieve 140mm of travel which creates a lightweight kinematic, making it easier for small riders to properly set up their suspension and use all of the travel. The medium through extra-large frames use a 210x52.5mm shock to achieve 140mm of travel, so no matter what size of rider you are our bikes are designed to perform at their best.

Frame features

In pursuit of true versatility, the Instinct has been updated to include a variety of new frame features.

We’re always looking for ways to take our bikes to the next level, which leads our engineers to incorporate thoughtful ideas through flawless integration. Added benefits like the ability to control the balance between stability and playfulness, ease of maintenance, and frame durability are just the beginning for these bikes.

10mm chainstay adjustment
  • Long = high speed stability
  • Short = playfulness
  • Dedicated Rocky Mountain 180mm brake mount supplies, no extra parts needed
  • New Rocky Mountain hanger
  • SRAM UDH compatible in Long mode
RIDE-9 adjustment system
  • The RIDE-9 adjustment system allows riders to quickly fine-tune their geometry and suspension with a pair of Allen keys. Nine configurations are possible thanks to two interlocking chips
Internal guides (Carbon models) and large ports (Alloy models)
  • Full guided internally for easy cable and hose management
  • Moto style compatible
  • Secured for a rattle-free setup
Added protection, guards, and chainguide
  • Downtube protection, noise canceling chainstay protection, “Canadian Shield” yoke protection, and downtube shuttle guard
  • New Rocky Mountain “Canadarm” mount with OneUp Components V2 Top Guide
Modular shock mount
  • Allows for future suspension kinematic updates
  • Only available on carbon models
Updated tube profile
  • Modern look with a focus on front triangle stiffness for steering precision
Dual bearings at the chainstay and seatstay
  • Increased stiffness and durability. Shielded bearings featured on all pivots including at the lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)

Technical Details

Instinct (29")

  • 150mm, 44mm (FOX) or 42mm (RockShox) offset fork
  • Max tire clearance is 29 x 2.6
  • Max chainring size 34t
  • Min chainring size 30t
  • Sizes: SM-XL
  • Weight*:
    • Frame & Fox DPX2 shock: 3.14 kg (6.90 lbs), size MD
    • Instinct Carbon 99, complete: 13.08 kg (28.8lbs), size MD
    • Instinct Carbon 90, complete: 13.65 kg (30.0 lbs), size MD
    • Instinct Carbon 70, complete: 14.24 kg (31.3 lbs), size MD
    • Instinct Carbon 70 Coil, complete: 14.56 kg (32.0 lbs), size MD
    • Instinct Carbon 50, complete: 14.15 kg (31.1 lbs), size MD
    • Instinct Carbon 30, complete: 14.4 kg (31.7 lbs), size MD
    • Instinct Alloy 50, complete: 15.3 kg (33.7 lbs), size MD
    • Instinct Alloy 30, complete: 15.76 kg (34.7 lbs), size MD

* Note: Complete bikes and frameset weights include protectors, seat collar, and rear axle: 94.5 g (0.2 lbs)

Instinct (27.5")

  • 150mm, 37mm offset fork
  • Max tire clearance is 27.5 x 2.6
  • Max chainring size 34t
  • Min chainring size 30t
  • Sizes: XS-SM
  • Weight*:
    • Frame & Fox DPX2 shock: 2.95 kg (6.50 lbs), size SM
    • Instinct Carbon 99, complete: 12.89 kg (28.4lbs), size SM
    • Instinct Carbon 90, complete: 13.25 kg (29.2 lbs), size SM
    • Instinct Carbon 70, complete: 13.98 kg (30.8 lbs), size SM
    • Instinct Carbon 70, Coil complete: 14.27 kg (31.4 lbs), size SM
    • Instinct Carbon 50, complete: 13.99 kg (30.8 lbs), size SM
    • Instinct Carbon 30, complete: 14.05 kg (30.9 lbs), size SM
    • Instinct Alloy 50, complete: 15.10 kg (33.2 lbs), size SM
    • Instinct Alloy 30, complete: 15.40 kg (33.9 lbs), size SM

    * Note: Complete bikes and frameset weights include protectors, seat collar, and rear axle: 94.5 g (0.2 lbs)

    See the full line-up here with complete details.

     

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2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay BC Edition – Rémi Gauvin’s custom build 

January 05, 2021

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

“I am really excited to finally have a Powerplay in my bike quiver. In the short time that I have had the bike, I have already had a ton of fun riding and using it. It has allowed me to get a few sneaky MTB rides in when the sun has been shining on days that I have been too tired to pedal fully on my own steam as I am now back into a full-time offseason training schedule. The time it takes to get to the top of the trails is staggeringly quick and the bike is no slouch on the way back down either. It has also been a blast to boot around town on! Because it is based off of the Instinct BC platform that I have ridden on hundreds of hours already it was instantly comfortable for me and I am looking forward to riding it more this winter!”

-Rémi Gauvin

Frame: Instinct BC Edition Power Play, size Large, RIDE-9 Position 1.

Fork: Fox 38 Float EVOL Grip2 Factory Series 170mm @ 115PSI

Shock: Fox DPX2 with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets  @ 215PSI

Stem: Race Face Atlas 50mm 35mm clamp Handlebar: Race Face Next R, 35mm clamp, 35mm rise  760mm width.

Headset: FSA Orbit NO.75E

Brakes: Shimano XTR 4-Piston Finned Metal Pads RT86 203mm Fr RT86 203mm Rr 

Shifter: Shimano XTR 12-speed 

Derailleur: Shimano XTR 12-speed 

Cassette: Shimano XTR  10-51tooth

Chain: Shimano XTR 

Pedals: CrankBrothers Mallet E

Wheels: Race Face TurbineR Wheelset

Tires: Maxxis Assegai MaxGrip DH Casing 29x2.5 Fr / Maxxis Minion DHR2 MaxGrip DH Casing 29x2.4 Rr

Seatpost: Fox Transfer Post, 150mm Drop with Race Face Lever

Saddle: WTB Volt Saddle

Click here to explore the 2021 Instinct Powerplay BC Edition models. 

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

Rémi Gauvin Instinct Powerplay BC Edition Vancouver, BC

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Introducing the new Instinct and Instinct BC Edition

August 23, 2017

Stable and aggressive, the Instinct is our most versatile trail bike.

With 29" wheels and a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments, the all new Instinct is available in both carbon and alloy models. An all-new frame for 2018 pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increasing stiffness and tweaking the suspension kinematics. Despite the increase in travel, the new frame has noticeably more efficient pedaling, with better small-bump sensitivity and a host of next-generation features. 

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In the same family, born in BC, we’ve turned the Instinct BC Edition into an aggressive trail monster.

Designed with an optimized link and long stroke shock that provide 155mm of rear travel and ultra-aggressive geometry, we’ve kitted out the Instinct BC Edition with wide bars, big tires, ultra-stiff wheels, and more capable suspension. It smashes all mountain lines, rails corners, and plows over everything in sight, while displaying all the climbing efficiency that makes the Instinct a crowd favourite.

Please head to your local Rocky Mountain Bicycles Dealer to order your new Instinct or Instinct BC Edition.

“I can't believe how much fun I've had riding the new Instinct. I was blown away by how effortlessly the bike carries speed, while improvements to the geometry and stiffness keep it nimble and stable. The Instinct has handled every type of terrain I've thrown at it and even opened up new lines for me on trails I've been riding for over a decade." - Thomas Vanderham

INSTINCT
Intended Use
: Trail
Wheel Size: 29" (27.5+ ready)
Front Travel: 140mm
Rear Travel: 140mm

INSTINCT BC EDITION
Intended Use
: Aggressive Trail
Wheel Size: 29" (27.5+ ready)
Front Travel: 160mm
Rear Travel: 155mm

Improved suspension performance

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

Next generation features

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, singlesided bearing pivots, integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

Updated RIDE-9™

Our RIDE-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging. Instinct BC Edition, with its increased travel, comes with a single mounting position in its link to provide the best balance of travel and geometry.

Progressive geometry

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve significantly shortened the chain stays to improve agility and used a moderately steep seat tube for efficient climbing performance.

 

Technical Details

  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 29” Wide Trail and 27.5+ compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 29 x 2.6, and 27.5 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs)
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • All Instinct models include the FSA extend-O-matic headset. The bike ships with a second (taller) headset bottom cup, which allows the rider to opt for 27.5+ wheels without negatively affecting handling, and no fork swap is required.
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Pipelines will not include chainstay and downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re available. The October shipment will have them installed.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • BC Edition features a dedicated link delivering 155mm of travel and fixed geometry
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seat stays, new envelope, and updated layup (47.7% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Weight:
    • Frame & shock: 5.09lb (2310g), size Medium
    • Frame & shock: 5.62lb (2550g), size Medium, Instinct BC Ed.
    • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
    • Instinct Carbon 70 complete: 27.4lb (12.4kg), size Medium
    • Instinct Carbon 90 BC Edition complete: 29.5lb (13.4kg), size Medium

 

Please note:

We have a new naming convention In the interest of describing our lineup more clearly, we’ve updated our naming conventions. What used to be called Instinct 970 MSL is now Instinct Carbon 70, and what used to be called Instinct 950 is now Instinct Alloy 50. The Instinct still uses high-quality Smoothwall carbon and FORM alloy frames, and higher spec numbers still indicate higher end specs.

 
Riders: Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC

Riders: Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 
 
Riders: Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 
 
Riders: Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham
Photo: Anthony Smith
Location: Mt Barbour, BC
 

Limited quantities and sizes available from August 24th. General availability from mid to late October. Please head to your local Rocky Mountain dealer to pre-order. Regional availability may vary.

See the full line-up here with complete details.

 

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Catching Up with Jesse Melamed

November 16, 2015

Jesse tells Stan's Notubes about overcoming his injury and finshing the last two rounds of the EWS series; and how he's going to come back strong in 2016.

“Next year I want to be the best I can be. I’m not trying for anything but my best, although I’d like to get some more top 10 finishes in the EWS like the one I had in Ireland. I will train hard over the winter, but I also want to have fun - I’m still young, and I have plenty of years to reach the top step.”

- Jesse Melamed

Check out the full interview at notubes.com.

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Big Sky Gamble by Sam Schultz

March 16, 2021

Wanting to get out unsure where to go, Sam Schultz put his trust in Eric Melson which led them to a zone known more for backpacking and skiing than mountain biking.

The two ventured into the Montana backcountry along with photographer, Marc O'Brien where they found epic singletrack and some spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.

Click here to read the full story on Freehubmag.com

 

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Introducing the new Pipeline

August 23, 2017

The all-new Pipeline combines the confidence of plus-sized tires in raw, technical terrain with an aggressive trail chassis.

An all-new 2018 Pipeline frame pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increases stiffness, adjusts the suspension kinematics for more efficient pedaling and better small-bump sensitivity, and gives the frame a host of next-generation features. Available in both carbon and alloy models, the Pipeline plows through greasy roots and square-edged chunder with authority, while providing near limitless traction on rocky, slippery climbs.

Please head to your local Rocky Mountain Bicycles Dealer to order your new Pipeline.

“With its plus tires, the Pipeline lets my imagination run wild with what is possible on the trails. It allows me to do all of the crazy things that I can think of." - Jesse Melamed

Intended Use: Aggressive Trail
Wheel Size: 27.5+ (29" ready)
Front Travel: 140mm
Rear Travel: 140mm

Improved suspension performance

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

Next generation features

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, singlesided bearing pivots, integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

Updated RIDE-9™

Our RIDE-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging.

Progressive geometry

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve significantly shortened the chain stays to improve agility and used a moderately steep seat tube for efficient climbing performance.

 

 

Technical Details

  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 27.5+ and 29" Wide Trail compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 27.5 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs) and 29 x 2.6
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • All Pipeline models include the FSA extend-O-matic headset. The bike ships with a second (shorter) headset bottom cup, which allows the rider to opt for 29" wheels without negatively affecting handling, and no fork swap is required.
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Pipelines will not include chainstay and downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re available. The October shipment will have them installed.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seat stays, new envelope, and updated layup (47.7% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Weight:
    • Frame & shock: 5.09lb (2310g), size Medium
    • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
    • Pipeline Carbon 70 complete: 29.1lb (13.2kg), size Medium

 

Please note:

We have a new naming convention In the interest of describing our lineup more clearly, we’ve updated our naming conventions. What used to be called Pipeline 950 MSL is now Pipeline Carbon 50, and what used to be called Pipeline 950 is now Pipeline Alloy 50. The Pipeline still uses high-quality Smoothwall carbon and FORM alloy frames, and higher spec numbers still indicate higher end specs.

 
 
Rider: Jesse Melamed
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 
 
Rider: Jesse Melamed
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 
 
Rider: Jesse Melamed
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 

Limited quantities and sizes available from August 24th. General availability from mid to late October. Please head to your local Rocky Mountain Bicycles dealer to pre-order. Regional availability may vary.

See the full line-up here with complete details. Check out the full list of models with specs and geometry.

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Introducing the Altitude Powerplay

May 25, 2017

Ride more, further, faster. The Altitude Powerplay brings cutting-edge power to an aggressive trail bike, and opens the door to amazing terrain for all.

Introducing a fully integrated, electric-assist mountain bike that takes our Altitude’s legendary handling and ride quality and adds a compact, powerful drive system. The new Powerplay™ drive system was designed in parallel with the frame, delivering ultra-short chainstays, optimised suspension kinematics, super-low centre of gravity, and class-leading torque. The result is an e-MTB that actually rides like a proper mountain bike—perfect for everything from self-shuttling all mountain trails, finding flow between the descents, and squeezing in power lunch rides. 

Intended use: Aggressive Trail
Wheel size: 27.5 Wide Trail
Front travel: 160mm
Rear travel: 150mm

“Rather than bolt on a bulky off-the-shelf system, we struck out on our own to redefine the category. The Powerplay system is the result of designing an electric drive for the suspension and geometry needs of proper mountain bikes; in fact, the geometry and pivot points of the Altitude Powerplay are identical to those of the new Altitude. In our opinion this is the first electric bike that actually rides like a mountain bike should.”

— Alex Cogger, Rocky Mountain Product Line Director

It’s an Altitude — The Altitude Powerplay has the same geometry and suspension performance as the unassisted Altitude platform. It is the first e-MTB that features true aggressive trail ride feel.

Next generation drive system — The Powerplay™ drive system was designed from the ground up to allow true mountain bike performance, while providing class-leading torque, massive battery capacity, and ultra quiet operation.

Intuitive pedal assist — An in-line torque sensor provides smooth, instant power response, making for an intuitive, natural ride with no learning curve. Get on and go.

Charge fast, then charge hard — The 48v motor provides super short charge times, taking only two hours to reach 80% capacity of the available 632Wh lithium ion battery.

Fully supported — Easily serviceable components, with both replacement parts and strong dealer service support in Europe.

Powerplay™ drive system

The Powerplay™ drive system was born from the desire to push the boundaries of electric assist bikes. We knew from the project’s outset that to design an electric mountain bike to our suspension and geometry standards, we would need to take a fresh approach.

A low-mounted motor keeps the centre of gravity low and the entire system compact, while allowing for ultra-short chainstays and a bottom bracket that is integral to the frame. We use a high efficiency, three-phase brushless motor to provide class-leading torque and ultra quiet operation. To get instant power response on trail, we put the torque sensor between the chainring and the drive gear, and our 48v battery voltage allows for super fast charging.

Designed in Canada, the Powerplay™ drive system is sleek, lightweight, and powerful. Ultimately, it’s a drive system that allows us to deliver electric mountain bikes that ride like true mountain bikes.

Powerplay™ drive system details
  • High efficiency, three-phase brushless motor provides class-leading torque
  • Instant, natural power response makes for an intuitive ride, thanks to an in-line torque sensor
  • Ultra-quiet drive operation
  • 48v battery voltage for fast-charging and heat management in high-torque scenarios
  • To prevent creaking and wear, pedaling forces are isolated from the drive system via a bottom bracket shell that is integral to the frame itself
  • Increased stiffness thanks to structural motor casing
  • Compact, low-profile motor design with reinforced motor casing and integrated motor-brace bashguard
  • Display-free with a low-profile remote for a pure ride experience
  • Bar-mounted remote displays assist level, battery level, and diagnostics; controls three assist levels and “walk” mode
  • Optional eBikeMotion mobile app (iOS & Android) connects via Bluetooth and provides a wide range of system customization, reach estimates, ride tracking, and more
  • Available with a massive 632Wh lithium-ion battery
  • Minimal drag when exceeding the motor speed or when drive system is disengaged thanks to crankset clutch and elimination of traditional e-bike gearbox
  • Based on a third generation electric drive system that's been in development since 2010
  • Dealer service and parts support in Europe
  • Wear items (BB, drive sprocket) are shop-serviceable with common shop tools
  • Works with standard Race Face bottom bracket and crankset
  • Charge fast, then charge hard: ultra fast charge times of 1 hour 40 minutes (to 80%) with the 500Wh battery, or 2 hours (to 80%) with the 632Wh battery

Bike details
  • Available full Smoothwall™ carbon frame
  • Weight:
    • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 90 size Medium: 47.6lb (21.6kg)
    • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 70 size Medium: 49.2lb (22.3kg)
    • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 50 size Medium: 49.1lb (22.3kg)
  • Ride-9™ system for a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustments
  • All sizes fit a water bottle inside the front triangle
  • Geometry & pivot points identical to the traditional Altitude, with suspension kinematics optimized for additional chain torque
  • Upper idler straightens the chainline for reduced drivetrain wear
  • Integral bottom bracket shell is part of the frame, not the drive system—improving stiffness and preventing creaking or wear
  • Standard PF92 bottom bracket is shop serviceable and easily replaceable
  • Single-sided chainstay and seatstay pivots for a narrower rear triangle—reduces heel rub, even with Boost spacing
  • Enduro MAX cartridge bearing pivots with simplified hardware
  • Shock-eyelet bearings for small-bump sensitivity
  • Designed for 27.5x2.5 Wide Trail tires for precise, aggressive performance; compatible with 26+ tires (26x3.0)
  • Clean and tidy: oversized downtube ports for ease of cable routing, with full-length internal dropper post routing and internal brake routing in the front triangle
  • Lightweight bolt-on axle for reduced hardware complexity and extra security in e-MTB applications
  • Tapered ZS44 | ZS56 headset
  • Post-mount 180 brakes
  • Boost spacing
  • 1x specific
  • Metric shock, 210mm x 55mm
  • Technologies:
    • Powerplay™ drive system
    • Smoothwall carbon
    • FORM alloy
    • RIDE-9 adjustment system
    • Smoothlink suspension
    • Size-specific tune

 

Available in limited sizes and models starting July 2017. See all the models & colours

Available in select European markets only: France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, & Italy.

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RMB x 7Mesh: Coastal Collaboration

May 03, 2017

For the 2017 season we are launching the Coastal Collaboration with 7mesh Industries! The tightly focused collection features core 7mesh garments with Rocky Mountain design elements.

Both 7mesh and Rocky Mountain are British Columbia born and bred, and the rugged BC landscape has inspired and shaped the products that carry their logos. Only 40 kilometres separate Rocky Mountain in North Vancouver from 7mesh in Squamish, and the mountains between and around them offer the perfect riding and testing playground.

Coastal Collaboration

The coastal mix of terrain variety, seasonality, and of course the weather – mountains always see weather -- make this part of BC unique. Rain, sun, snow, wind, mud, rainforest, loam, and granite are all part of the cycling diet, sometimes all on the same ride.

Both Rocky Mountain and 7mesh have met the challenge of making gear which smooths the roughest trail, and makes a ride in the ugliest conditions comfortable. The Coastal Collaboration is a natural extension of those shared values, and the Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory XC race team will be sporting this custom 7mesh apparel throughout the 2017 race season.

 

 

“We chose to work with 7mesh on our Coastal Collaboration as we share the same back yard,” said Scott Pilecki, Sports Marketing Coordinator at Rocky Mountain. “Both brands’ products respond to the demands of our challenging environments, and we see a likeness in how we approach designing and following through with our products. We are proud to offer this line-up to our fans."

One of the rules of building equipment for coastal British Columbia is that off-the-shelf won’t cut it, and both companies are experts in proprietary designs and custom solutions. Each of the styles in the collection has been built and re-patterned specifically to integrate Rocky Mountain design elements into 7mesh apparel without sacrificing any technical performance or protection. 

“Rocky Mountain is great people, great athletes, and great bikes made the Coastal Collaboration a joy for us,” said Brian Goldstone, 7mesh Director of Marketing. “As a newer cycling brand it’s an honour to partner with one of the most established and respected mountain bike brands in the business.”

The Coastal Collaboration riding apparel is available in limited quantities, exclusively through the Rocky Mountain Online Store and Rocky Mountain Dealers

Learn more about 7mesh at 7meshinc.com.

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The new Altitude is here

March 17, 2017

Taking trail to new heights. Often imitated but never surpassed, the all-new Altitude pushes the envelope of what a modern trail bike is capable of.

For 2018 we've designed an all-new frame to increase stiffness, improve pedaling efficiency and small-bump sensitivity, and include a host of next-generation features. Now available in both carbon and alloy models, the Altitude allows for a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments to tackle any terrain—from technical BC loam, to clapped out EWS tracks, flowy New Zealand jumps, and Moab slickrock singletrack.

"The Altitude has always been my go-to, do-everything bike, from technical climbs here on the North Shore to burly descents in the Italian Alps. This new one improves everything I love about the bike—it’s smoother, stiffer, lower, slacker, quieter, and nails all the little details. Just like this old freerider, the Altitude gets better with age!” — Wade Simmons

Intended Use: Aggressive Trail
Wheel Size: 27.5 Wide Trail
Front Travel: 160mm
Rear Travel: 150mm
 

Improved suspension performance

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

Next generation features

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, single-sided bearing pivots, integrated “spirit guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

Updated Ride-9™

Our Ride-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging.

Progressive geometry

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve retained short chainstays to keep the bike agile, and used a moderately steep seattube for efficient climbing performance.

 

 

Technical Details:

  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 27.5” Wide Trail and 26+ compatible
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Altitudes will not include downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re ready.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • 1x only
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seatstay, new envelope, and updated layup (25% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: XS-XL
  • Weight:
    • Frame & shock: 5.45lb (2470g), size Medium 
    • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
    • Altitude Carbon 90 & Carbon 70 complete: 28.4lb (12.88kg), size Medium

Naming: In the interest of describing our lineup more clearly, we’ve updated our naming conventions. What used to be called Altitude 790 MSL is now Altitude Carbon 90, and what used to be called Altitude 750 is now Altitude Alloy 50. The Altitude still uses high-quality Smoothwall carbon and FORM alloy frames, and higher spec-numbers still indicate higher end specs.

Rider: Vaea Verbeeck
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC

Rider: Remi Gauvin
Photo: Dave Trumpore
Location: Derby, Tasmania

Rider: Carson Storch
Photo: Tyler Roemer
Location: Queentown, New Zealand

Rider: Wade Simmons
Photo: Brian Vernor
Location: Los Angeles, California

Select models and sizes available from May 15th. Regional availability may vary.

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