Technology

Suspension

In order to smooth out rough bumps or trail features, increase traction, and give the rider more control, many modern bikes feature suspension. However, many suspension systems suffer from drawbacks such as "bobbing" (the suspension being compressed by chain forces when the rider pedals), "brake jack" (the suspension is stiffened during braking), and "falling rates" (the suspension is stiff at the beginning of travel, but then blows through the rest of the travel and bottoms out harshly). We tune and optimise our suspension systems to avoid these problems and provide specific performance to each bike's intended use.

  • Smoothlink™ suspension is efficient yet supple when you’re on the pedals and across a wide range of gears.

  • Size Specific Tune ensures that riders of all sizes get the right balance of small-bump compliance, mid-stroke support, and end-stroke progressiveness. 

Frame Construction

The foundation of a bicycle is its frame, and a great bicycle frame needs to be both light and durable, as well as stiff in some areas and compliant is others. Bike manufacturers use a variety of techniques and materials to try achieve these goals and deliver value to riders. Using extensive manipulation of tube shapes and working with advanced carbon fibre processes put Rocky Mountain at the forefront of frame construction. We also don't dumb down our frame materials within a given bike platform — the same carbon or aluminum materials in our top-of-the-line models is found in our more economical models.

  • Smoothwall™ carbon uses one of the world’s most sophisticated carbon processes to deliver industry leading stiffness-to-weight, ride quality, and durability. 

  • ABC pivots are light and stiff. Unlike other bushings, our patented system controls the contact of the bushing surfaces, reducing stiction and binding. Their angled bushing surfaces increase their relative contact area, optimizing them for...

  • FORM™ tubesets utilize premium materials to meet our strict requirements. 

  • Pipelock™ collets expand radially and lock into the frame, creating the widest and most rigid pivot stance possible. Using Pipelock collets allows us to lower our front triangle pivot-weights while maximizing lateral stiffness.

  • Lighter and stiffer than conventional bearing pivots, BC2™ pivots are the next generation of our ABC system. Unlike other bushings, our patented system controls the contact of the bushing surfaces, reducing stiction and binding. BC2™ pivots...

  • Designed by us in Canada, the Powerplay™ drive system is a sleek, lightweight, and powerful electric assist that pushes the boundaries of electric bikes.

Geometry

Few things affect ride-quality like the dark art of bike geometry. A slacker bike descends more aggressively, a steeper bike climbs more efficiently; a lower bike increases cornering control, but pedal strikes become more common; a more compact bike is more agile, while a longer bike provides more stability. It is by balancing and perfecting these key variables that Rocky Mountain's designers formulate the handling characteristics of our bicycles.

  • 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.

  • The RIDE-4™ adjustment system allows riders to quickly fine-tune their geometry with a pair of Allen keys. Four configurations are possible thanks to one rotating chip. This allows for subtle geometry changes with minimal effect on your shock...

  • There are advantages to different wheel sizes in different situations. Our Equalized wheel concept allows riders to choose their preference without compromising steering dynamics. Other companies simply provide two axle positions, which...