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2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct - Felix Burke

March 25, 2021
Felix Burke has ridden on the Rocky Mountain XC race program for 4 years, specializing in endurance and adventure events. If the event requires racing long distances on technical trail, you can bet Felix will be fighting at the front of the pack. He’ splits his season between spending time in both Québec and BC, to not only sample a wide variety of trails but also to appreciate both the Anglophone and Francophone riding culture. While the Element is his go-to race steed, the all-new Instinct has become his daily driver.
 
Felix Burke Instinct
"The new Instinct really opens the door on any type of trail option for me, which makes each ride that much more exciting! Whether it’s a big pedal to the top of a distant trail or pinning it down the steepest lines in my local trail network, I always know I’m going to have fun on my Instinct. I love how agile it is by nature, and I’ve made tweaks to my suspension to allow for quick movements and a playful ride feel. In general, I want my bikes to be light and nimble, but also reliable for an all-day ride. It can be a tricky balance to find, but tried and true components like Shimano XTR drivetrain, XTR 4-piston brakes, and Maxxis MaxxTerra tires offer the best blend of efficiency and reliability.”
- Felix Burke
 
Frame: Instinct, size Large, RIDE-9 Position 2, short chainstay position 
Fork:  Fox 36 Float EVOL Grip2 Factory Series 150mm Heritage Edition
Shock:  Fox DPX2 210x52.5mm, with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets 
Stem:  Race Face Turbine 40mm reach, 35mm clamp
Handlebars:  Race Face Next R 780mm width, 35mm clamp, 35mm rise
Grips: Race Face Half Nelson
Brakes:  Shimano XTR 4-Piston Finned Metal Pads RT86 203mm Fr RT86 180mm Rr  
Shifter: Shimano XTR 12 speed 
Derailleur: Shimano XTR 12-speed  
Crankset:  Shimano XTR  170mm, 34T
Cassette:  Shimano XTR  10-51T
Chain: Shimano XTR  
Chainguide:  OneUp Components Chain Guide Top Kit V2  
Pedals:  Shimano XTR
Wheels: Race Face Next R31 28H on Turbine hubs 
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF MaxxGrip DD 29x2.5WT / Maxxis Aggressor MaxxGrip DD 29x2.5WT
Seatpost:  Fox Transfer 150mm, 30.9
Saddle: WTB Silverado
 
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Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
 
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