Instinct

Instinct Carbon Frameset

Quick Specs
  • Designed For Trail
  • F. Travel 140 MM
  • R. Travel 140 MM
  • Wheel Size 29" (27.5+ ready)
  • MSRP $2,899 USD

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

Whether you’re setting out on an all-day epic or pushing the limits of what’s possible on your local trails, the Instinct’s ride-quality is second to none. Available in both carbon and alloy, the combination of fast-rolling 29” wheels, modern trail geometry, and our RIDE-9 adjustment system means the Instinct is ready for anything you throw at it. 

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Specifications: Instinct Carbon Frameset

    • Frame SMOOTHWALL Carbon. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
    • Sizes S - M - L - XL
    • Fork Fox 36 Float EVOL FIT4 Factory Series 140mm 44mm Offset
    • Front Travel 140mm
    • Shock Fox Float DPS EVOL Factory
    • Rear Travel 140mm
    • Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E
    • Stem Rocky Mountain 35 CNC
    • Handlebar Race Face Next R 780mm
    • Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On XC
    • Brakes Shimano XTR Trail 4 Piston / Shimano RT86 180mm / Shimano RT86 180mm
    • Brake Levers Shimano XTR Trail 4 Piston
    • Shifters Shimano XTR
    • Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR
    • Cranks & Chainrings Race Face Next R Cinch 32T
    • Bottom Bracket Race Face BB92 30mm
    • Cassette Shimano XTR 12s 10-51T
    • Chain Shimano XTR 12s
    • Front Hub Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm
    • Rear Hub DT Swiss 350 Boost 148mm
    • Spokes DT Swiss Competition 2.0/1.8/2.0
    • Rims Race Face ARC 30
    • Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II WT Maxx Terra 3C Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT Maxx Terra 3C Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4
    • Seatpost Race Face Turbine R (by Fox) Dropper 30.9mm
    • Saddle WTB Volt Race 142
    • Weight 12.65 KG / 27.9 LBS
    • Frame SMOOTHWALL Carbon. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
    • Sizes S - M - L - XL
    • Fork Fox 36 Float EVOL FIT4 Performance Elite Series 140mm 44mm Offset
    • Front Travel 140mm
    • Shock Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance Elite
    • Rear Travel 140mm
    • Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E
    • Stem Rocky Mountain 35 AM
    • Handlebar Race Face Turbine R 780mm
    • Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On XC
    • Brakes Shimano XT 2 Piston / Shimano RT66 180mm / Shimano RT66 180mm
    • Brake Levers Shimano XT
    • Shifters Shimano XT
    • Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
    • Cranks & Chainrings Race Face Aeffect Cinch 32T
    • Bottom Bracket Shimano SM-BB71
    • Cassette Shimano XT 10-51T
    • Chain Shimano HG8100
    • Front Hub Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm
    • Rear Hub DT Swiss 370 Boost 148mm
    • Spokes DT Swiss Competition 2.0/1.8/2.0
    • Rims Race Face AR 30
    • Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II WT Maxx Terra 3C Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT Maxx Terra 3C Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4
    • Seatpost Race Face Turbine R (by Fox) Dropper 30.9mm
    • Saddle WTB Volt Race 142
    • Weight 12.88 KG / 28.4 LBS
    • Frame SMOOTHWALL Carbon Front Triangle. FORM Alloy Rear Triangle. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
    • Sizes S - M - L - XL
    • Fork Fox 36 Float EVOL GRIP Performance Series 140mm 44mm Offset
    • Front Travel 140mm
    • Shock Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance
    • Rear Travel 140mm
    • Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E
    • Stem Rocky Mountain AM
    • Handlebar Rocky Mountain AM 760mm
    • Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On Light
    • Brakes Shimano SLX 2 Piston / Shimano RT66 180mm / Shimano RT66 180mm
    • Brake Levers Shimano SLX
    • Shifters Shimano SLX
    • Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
    • Cranks & Chainrings Race Face Aeffect Cinch 32T Steel
    • Bottom Bracket Shimano SM-BBMT500
    • Cassette Shimano SLX 10-51T
    • Chain Shimano HG7100
    • Front Hub Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm
    • Rear Hub DT Swiss 370 Boost 148mm
    • Spokes DT Swiss Competition 2.0/1.8/2.0
    • Rims WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Tubeless
    • Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4
    • Seatpost OneUp Dropper Post 30.9mm
    • Saddle WTB Volt Race 142
    • Weight 13.60 KG / 30.0 LBS
    • Frame FORM Alloy. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. 2-Bolt ISCG05 Tabs. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
    • Sizes S - M - L - XL
    • Fork RockShox Pike Select RC 140mm 42mm Offset
    • Front Travel 140mm
    • Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT
    • Rear Travel 140mm
    • Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E
    • Stem Rocky Mountain AM
    • Handlebar Rocky Mountain AM 760mm
    • Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On Light
    • Brakes Shimano XT 2 Piston / Shimano RT66 180mm / Shimano RT66 180mm
    • Brake Levers Shimano XT
    • Shifters Shimano XT
    • Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
    • Cranks & Chainrings Race Face Ride Cinch 32T Steel
    • Bottom Bracket Shimano SM-BBMT500
    • Cassette Shimano XT 10-51T
    • Chain Shimano HG8100
    • Front Hub Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm Torque Cap
    • Rear Hub DT Swiss 370 Boost 148mm
    • Spokes DT Swiss Competition 2.0/1.8/2.0
    • Rims WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Tubeless
    • Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4
    • Seatpost Race Face Aeffect R Dropper 30.9mm
    • Saddle WTB Volt Race 142
    • Weight 14 KG / 30.9 LBS
    • Frame FORM Alloy. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. 2-Bolt ISCG05 Tabs. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
    • Sizes S - M - L - XL
    • Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL 140mm 44mm Offset
    • Front Travel 140mm
    • Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT
    • Rear Travel 140mm
    • Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E
    • Stem Rocky Mountain AM
    • Handlebar Rocky Mountain AM 760mm
    • Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On Light
    • Brakes Shimano MT400 2 Piston / Shimano RT54 180mm / Shimano RT54 180mm
    • Brake Levers Shimano MT400
    • Shifters Sram SX Eagle
    • Rear Derailleur Sram SX Eagle
    • Cranks & Chainrings Sram SX Eagle 32T
    • Bottom Bracket Sram BB92 DUB
    • Cassette Sram PG-1210 11-50T
    • Chain Sram SX Eagle
    • Front Hub Shimano MT400 Boost 15mm
    • Rear Hub Shimano MT400 Boost 148mm
    • Spokes 2.0 Stainless
    • Rims WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Tubeless
    • Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4
    • Seatpost Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop 30.9mm
    • Saddle WTB Volt 142
    • Weight 14.75 KG / 32.5 LBS
    • Frame SMOOTHWALL Carbon. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. RIDE-9™ Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
    • Sizes S - M - L - XL
    • Front Travel 150mm
    • Shock Fox Float DPS EVOL Factory
    • Rear Travel 140mm
    • Brakes 0 / 0 / 0
    • Tires 0 / 0
    • Weight 2.62 KG / 5.78 LBS
    • Frame SMOOTHWALL Carbon. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
    • Battery AXS 2 Battery Powerpack
    • Sizes S - M - L - XL
    • Fork RockShox Pike Ultimate RC2 150mm 42mm Offset
    • Front Travel 150mm
    • Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT
    • Rear Travel 140mm
    • Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E
    • Stem Race Face Turbine R 40mm
    • Handlebar Race Face Next R 780mm
    • Grips Race Face Grippler Lock On
    • Brakes Sram G2 Ultimate / Sram Centerline 180mm
    • Brake Levers Sram G2 Ultimate 4 Piston
    • Shifters Sram XX1 Eagle AXS
    • Rear Derailleur Sram XX1 Eagle AXS Wireless
    • Cranks & Chainrings Sram XX1 Carbon Eagle 32T
    • Bottom Bracket Sram BB92 DUB
    • Cassette Sram XG-1299 10-50T Rainbow
    • Chain Sram XX1 Eagle Rainbow
    • Front Hub Race Face Vault Straight Pull 15mm
    • Rear Hub Race Face Vault Straight Pull Boost 148mm
    • Spokes Race Face Straight Pull
    • Rims Race Face ARC 30 Carbon
    • Tires Maxxis Minion DHF WT Maxx Terra 3C Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.5 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT Maxx Terra 3C Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4
    • Seatpost Rock Shox Reverb AXS Wireless Post
    • Saddle WTB Silverado Team, Titanium Rails, 142 width
    • Weight 12.88 KG / 28.4 LBS

We make every effort to ensure accuracy, but reserve the right to update specifications & prices without notification

Technologies: Instinct Carbon Frameset

    • Size Specific tune

      Suspension

      Size Specific Tune ensures that riders of all sizes get the right balance of small-bump compliance, mid-stroke support, and end-stroke progressiveness. Our design team does custom shock tunes based on real world field testing, and adjusts each tune for specific frame sizes.

    • FORM™ alloy

      Frame Construction

      FORM™ tubesets utilize premium materials to meet our strict requirements. Each FORM™ tube that we create is engineered for its specific purpose within the frame, ensuring optimized strength, weight, and ride quality.

    • 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.

      Adjust your RIDE-9 position for geometry before considering suspension effects, or variables like air pressure and shock compression. Make gradual, incremental changes, take notes, and be methodical. Don’t adjust in a hurry before a big ride. Take your time and enjoy the process. 

    • Smoothlink suspension is efficient yet supple when you’re on the pedals and across a wide range of gears. It features a controlled end-stroke and a rate-curve that feels more capable than the travel would suggest. This four-bar suspension design philosophy is centred on ride characteristics; each bike platform we develop balances variables like anti-squat, axle path, chain growth, rate curve, anti-rise, etc. to achieve the legendary Rocky Mountain ride feel.

    • Smoothwall carbon

      Frame Construction

      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.

We make every effort to ensure accuracy, but reserve the right to update specifications & prices without notification.

FAQs: Instinct Carbon Frameset

    • Can I install the Extend-o-Matic Headset Cup and use 29" wheels?

      Yes, you can. Doing so will slacken your headtube and raise your bottom bracket.

    • Can I convert my Instinct into an Instinct BC Edition and vice versa?

      For sure you can, but to do so you’ll need 3 things. A 160mm fork, an 8.5" x 2.5" rear shock, and the BC Edition rear link. The link can be purchased from our online store or through your local dealer using the part number: 1098102.

      The BC Edition can also be converted to 140 mm of travel, you will need a 140mm fork, a 210 mm x 55 mm rear shock, and the RIDE-9 rear link and RIDE-9 chips. The rear link and RIDE-9 chips can be ordered through your local Rocky Mountain dealer or through our online store using the part numbers: 1098101, 1807003 (x2), and 1807004 (x2).

    • What is the longest travel dropper post that can be installed on the Instinct?

      The dropper post length is dependent on a couple factors; the first being your saddle height and the second being the maximum seatpost insertion depth which you’ll find listed below. Using the values below and the charts supplied by the dropper post manufacturer you will be able to figure out which dropper post length is best for you.

      Instinct carbon:

      Size S = 230mm

      Size M = 245mm

      Size L = 280mm

      Size XL = 280mm

       

      2019 Instinct Alloy:

      Size S = 200mm

      Size M = 230mm

      Size L = 280mm

      Size XL = 280mm

    • What is the recommended sag setting on the Instinct?

      We recommend running 25-30% sag on the Instinct.

    • What size of seat post does the Instinct use?

      The Instinct uses a 30.9mm seat post.

    • What size seatpost collar does the Instinct use?

      The Instinct uses a 34.9mm seat post collar.

    • Is the Instinct compatible with a front derailleur?

      The Instinct is not compatible with a front derailleur.

    • What shock size and hardware do I need?

      The Instinct uses a 210 mm x 55 mm.

      The forward shock hardware is a 25mm x 8mm ID pin and reducers, and the rear shock mount uses our bearing eyelet hardware. The bearing eyelet hardware can be purchased from your local Rocky Mountain dealer or from our online store using the part number: 1818003RMB

    • Does the Instinct have ISCG mounts?

      The Instinct has the 2 lower ISCG05 tabs.

    • What is the maximum chainring size that I can put on the Instinct?

      The maximum chainring size that’s compatible is a 34t. The maximum oval chainring size that’s compatible is a 32t. One thing to consider is that the Spirit Guide will not be as effective when an oval chainring is installed.

    • What type of headset is compatible with the Instinct?

      The Instinct uses a Zero Stack/Integrated ZS44|ZS56. The same size and type of headset are used when installing 27.5+ wheels but with the 12.9mm lower cup to achieve the correct geometry.

    • What is the size of the rear axle on the Instinct?

      The Instinct uses a 12mm x 173mm with a 1.5 thread pitch, replacement rear axles can be purchased from our online store or your local Rocky Mountain dealer using the part number: 3227009

    • What is the bottom bracket size on the Instinct?

      The Instinct needs a Press Fit BB92 bottom bracket, meaning that it's 92mm wide with a 41mm diameter shell. PF30 BB's are not compatible.

    • What cranksets are compatible with the Instinct and what is the chain line?

      The spindle length needed for the Instinct are the Race Face RF134, SRAM Boost, and Shimano Boost. The Instinct has a 51mm (Raceface), 52mm (SRAM Boost), 53.4mm (Shimano Boost) chainline. For cranksets from other manufacturers, we recommend reaching out to the manufacturer of the crankset directly for compatibility information.

    • What is the widest tire that will fit on the Instinct?

      The (X) is designed to fit up to a 27.5" x 3.0" or 29" x 2.5" tires. Keep in mind, there can be differences in tire widths between different tire manufacturers even if they are listed as the same size on the sidewall. We recommend checking the clearance before riding to ensure that you will not damage your frame. We recommend 6 mm of clearance between the tires and any frame members.

    • What is the fork offset on the Instinct?

      The fork offset on the Instinct is 44mm.

    • How much fork travel is the Instinct designed to use? What is the recommended max fork length?

      The Instinct is designed to have 140mm of front suspension. The maximum recommended fork travel length is 150mm.

    • How do I change the RIDE-9 setting on the Instinct and what do they do?

      The RIDE-9 adjustment system will change the geometry and suspension characteristics of your bike. Here is a video on how to use the RIDE-9 adjustment system.

      Here’s a setup guide on how using the RIDE-9 adjustment system will affect geometry and suspension characteristics.

    • Can I purchase touch-up paint for my Instinct?

      Yes, touch-up paint is available. Your local Rocky Mountain dealer will be able to order it for you.

    • What are the bolt torque specifications for my Instinct?

      The torque specifications for your bike can be found in the technical manual found in the resources section below.  

    • I’m looking at purchasing an Instinct. What size do I need?

      Here’s a link to our Sizing Chart, which can be used to get a general idea of how an Instinct will fit. The best way to be correctly sized for a bike is to visit your local Rocky Mountain dealer, but our online chart is a great place to start.

    • Can I purchase touch-up paint?

      Yes, touch-up paint is available. Visit your local Rocky Mountain dealer and they will be able to order it for you.

    • Why is there a hole in the downtube underneath the bottle cage mount?

      The hole is there to mount a Fox Live battery to your frame.

    • How do I remove the bearings from my frame?

      You can remove the bearings from your frame using a blind hole bearing puller and a 10mm collet.

    • What is the tune on my rear shock?

      On Fox rear shocks, there’s a 4-digit Tune ID which can be entered on the website below to tell you the tune of your rear shock. RockShox rear shocks will be labelled with a decal on the outside of the rear shock.