Lukas Baum

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The all-new Vertex

March 15, 2018

The Vertex embodies speed and confidence, sitting at the top of the food chain as our flagship XC-race hardtail.

Its lightweight frame provides incredible stiffness and rolling speed, while its modern, aggressive geometry inspires confidence everywhere on the race course—even technical corners and descents. Available in a next-generation Smoothwall HBO carbon layup for even lighter weight.

Intended Use: XC Race
Wheel Size: 29" and 27.5+ compatible
Front Travel: 100mm
 
Vertex Carbon 90
"The new Vertex is exactly what I need for marathon racing. The re-worked geometry has been designed for improved efficiency, which allows me to push my own capabilities on the trail. Light, stiff, and durable, the Vertex is everyting I want in a hardtail." – Sascha Weber
 
Vertex Carbon 90 frameset

Smoothwall Carbon
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.

Next generation features
Comprehensive, evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, boost spacing, Di2 & dropper post compatibility.

Smoothwall HBO layup
By incorporating premium 40-ton carbon fiber sheets into our Vertex Carbon 90 and Vertex Carbon frameset, we were able to eliminate more resin than what is usually left from our traditional Smoothwall construction. This process allowed us to incorporate desirable frame features, increase durability, and maintain the ride performance we are known for. Our standard Smoothwall layup that can be found on the Vertex Carbon 70 and Vertex Carbon 50 remains industry leading, without resorting to cost cutting by integrating fiberglass.

Rocky Mountain ride quality
Our Vertex retains all the ride DNA that makes Rocky Mountain Bicycles famous. We’ve focused on XC performance for flat out speed but have not made compromises on ride quality, keeping our bikes fun when out on the trail. We’ve lengthened the reach, slackened the head angle, and shortened the wheelbase, maintaining rear end compliance and a comfortable ride.

Vertex Carbon 70

Vertex Carbon 50

Rider: Sascha Weber and Lukas Baum
Photo: Dennis Stratmann
Location: Cadaques, Spain

Rider: Sascha Weber and Lukas Baum
Photo: Dennis Stratmann
Location: Cadaques, Spain

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