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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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