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Introducing the new Instinct and Instinct BC Edition

August 23, 2017

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

With 29" wheels and a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments, the all new Instinct is available in both carbon and alloy models. An all-new frame for 2018 pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increasing stiffness and tweaking the suspension kinematics. Despite the increase in travel, the new frame has noticeably more efficient pedaling, with better small-bump sensitivity and a host of next-generation features. 

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In the same family, born in BC, we’ve turned the Instinct BC Edition into an aggressive trail monster.

Designed with an optimized link and long stroke shock that provide 155mm of rear travel and ultra-aggressive geometry, we’ve kitted out the Instinct BC Edition with wide bars, big tires, ultra-stiff wheels, and more capable suspension. It smashes all mountain lines, rails corners, and plows over everything in sight, while displaying all the climbing efficiency that makes the Instinct a crowd favourite.

Please head to your local Rocky Mountain Bicycles Dealer to order your new Instinct or Instinct BC Edition.

“I can't believe how much fun I've had riding the new Instinct. I was blown away by how effortlessly the bike carries speed, while improvements to the geometry and stiffness keep it nimble and stable. The Instinct has handled every type of terrain I've thrown at it and even opened up new lines for me on trails I've been riding for over a decade." - Thomas Vanderham

INSTINCT
Intended Use
: Trail
Wheel Size: 29" (27.5+ ready)
Front Travel: 140mm
Rear Travel: 140mm

INSTINCT BC EDITION
Intended Use
: Aggressive Trail
Wheel Size: 29" (27.5+ ready)
Front Travel: 160mm
Rear Travel: 155mm

Improved suspension performance

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

Next generation features

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, singlesided bearing pivots, integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

Updated RIDE-9™

Our RIDE-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging. Instinct BC Edition, with its increased travel, comes with a single mounting position in its link to provide the best balance of travel and geometry.

Progressive geometry

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve significantly shortened the chain stays to improve agility and used a moderately steep seat tube for efficient climbing performance.

 

Technical Details

  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 29” Wide Trail and 27.5+ compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 29 x 2.6, and 27.5 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs)
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • All Instinct models include the FSA extend-O-matic headset. The bike ships with a second (taller) headset bottom cup, which allows the rider to opt for 27.5+ wheels without negatively affecting handling, and no fork swap is required.
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Pipelines will not include chainstay and downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re available. The October shipment will have them installed.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • BC Edition features a dedicated link delivering 155mm of travel and fixed geometry
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seat stays, new envelope, and updated layup (47.7% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Weight:
    • Frame & shock: 5.09lb (2310g), size Medium
    • Frame & shock: 5.62lb (2550g), size Medium, Instinct BC Ed.
    • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
    • Instinct Carbon 70 complete: 27.4lb (12.4kg), size Medium
    • Instinct Carbon 90 BC Edition complete: 29.5lb (13.4kg), size Medium

 

Please note:

We have a new naming convention In the interest of describing our lineup more clearly, we’ve updated our naming conventions. What used to be called Instinct 970 MSL is now Instinct Carbon 70, and what used to be called Instinct 950 is now Instinct Alloy 50. The Instinct still uses high-quality Smoothwall carbon and FORM alloy frames, and higher spec numbers still indicate higher end specs.

 
Riders: Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC

Riders: Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 
 
Riders: Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 
 
Riders: Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham
Photo: Anthony Smith
Location: Mt Barbour, BC
 

Limited quantities and sizes available from August 24th. General availability from mid to late October. Please head to your local Rocky Mountain dealer to pre-order. Regional availability may vary.

See the full line-up here with complete details.

 

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Catching Up with Jesse Melamed

November 16, 2015

Jesse tells Stan's Notubes about overcoming his injury and finshing the last two rounds of the EWS series; and how he's going to come back strong in 2016.

“Next year I want to be the best I can be. I’m not trying for anything but my best, although I’d like to get some more top 10 finishes in the EWS like the one I had in Ireland. I will train hard over the winter, but I also want to have fun - I’m still young, and I have plenty of years to reach the top step.”

- Jesse Melamed

Check out the full interview at notubes.com.

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Introducing the new Pipeline

August 23, 2017

The all-new Pipeline combines the confidence of plus-sized tires in raw, technical terrain with an aggressive trail chassis.

An all-new 2018 Pipeline frame pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increases stiffness, adjusts the suspension kinematics for more efficient pedaling and better small-bump sensitivity, and gives the frame a host of next-generation features. Available in both carbon and alloy models, the Pipeline plows through greasy roots and square-edged chunder with authority, while providing near limitless traction on rocky, slippery climbs.

Please head to your local Rocky Mountain Bicycles Dealer to order your new Pipeline.

“With its plus tires, the Pipeline lets my imagination run wild with what is possible on the trails. It allows me to do all of the crazy things that I can think of." - Jesse Melamed

Intended Use: Aggressive Trail
Wheel Size: 27.5+ (29" ready)
Front Travel: 140mm
Rear Travel: 140mm

Improved suspension performance

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

Next generation features

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, singlesided bearing pivots, integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

Updated RIDE-9™

Our RIDE-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging.

Progressive geometry

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve significantly shortened the chain stays to improve agility and used a moderately steep seat tube for efficient climbing performance.

 

 

Technical Details

  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 27.5+ and 29" Wide Trail compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 27.5 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs) and 29 x 2.6
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • All Pipeline models include the FSA extend-O-matic headset. The bike ships with a second (shorter) headset bottom cup, which allows the rider to opt for 29" wheels without negatively affecting handling, and no fork swap is required.
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Pipelines will not include chainstay and downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re available. The October shipment will have them installed.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seat stays, new envelope, and updated layup (47.7% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Weight:
    • Frame & shock: 5.09lb (2310g), size Medium
    • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
    • Pipeline Carbon 70 complete: 29.1lb (13.2kg), size Medium

 

Please note:

We have a new naming convention In the interest of describing our lineup more clearly, we’ve updated our naming conventions. What used to be called Pipeline 950 MSL is now Pipeline Carbon 50, and what used to be called Pipeline 950 is now Pipeline Alloy 50. The Pipeline still uses high-quality Smoothwall carbon and FORM alloy frames, and higher spec numbers still indicate higher end specs.

 
 
Rider: Jesse Melamed
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 
 
Rider: Jesse Melamed
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 
 
Rider: Jesse Melamed
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Whistler, BC
 

Limited quantities and sizes available from August 24th. General availability from mid to late October. Please head to your local Rocky Mountain Bicycles dealer to pre-order. Regional availability may vary.

See the full line-up here with complete details. Check out the full list of models with specs and geometry.

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Introducing the Altitude Powerplay

May 25, 2017

Ride more, further, faster. The Altitude Powerplay brings cutting-edge power to an aggressive trail bike, and opens the door to amazing terrain for all.

Introducing a fully integrated, electric-assist mountain bike that takes our Altitude’s legendary handling and ride quality and adds a compact, powerful drive system. The new Powerplay™ drive system was designed in parallel with the frame, delivering ultra-short chainstays, optimised suspension kinematics, super-low centre of gravity, and class-leading torque. The result is an e-MTB that actually rides like a proper mountain bike—perfect for everything from self-shuttling all mountain trails, finding flow between the descents, and squeezing in power lunch rides. 

Intended use: Aggressive Trail
Wheel size: 27.5 Wide Trail
Front travel: 160mm
Rear travel: 150mm

“Rather than bolt on a bulky off-the-shelf system, we struck out on our own to redefine the category. The Powerplay system is the result of designing an electric drive for the suspension and geometry needs of proper mountain bikes; in fact, the geometry and pivot points of the Altitude Powerplay are identical to those of the new Altitude. In our opinion this is the first electric bike that actually rides like a mountain bike should.”

— Alex Cogger, Rocky Mountain Product Line Director

It’s an Altitude — The Altitude Powerplay has the same geometry and suspension performance as the unassisted Altitude platform. It is the first e-MTB that features true aggressive trail ride feel.

Next generation drive system — The Powerplay™ drive system was designed from the ground up to allow true mountain bike performance, while providing class-leading torque, massive battery capacity, and ultra quiet operation.

Intuitive pedal assist — An in-line torque sensor provides smooth, instant power response, making for an intuitive, natural ride with no learning curve. Get on and go.

Charge fast, then charge hard — The 48v motor provides super short charge times, taking only two hours to reach 80% capacity of the available 632Wh lithium ion battery.

Fully supported — Easily serviceable components, with both replacement parts and strong dealer service support in Europe.

Powerplay™ drive system

The Powerplay™ drive system was born from the desire to push the boundaries of electric assist bikes. We knew from the project’s outset that to design an electric mountain bike to our suspension and geometry standards, we would need to take a fresh approach.

A low-mounted motor keeps the centre of gravity low and the entire system compact, while allowing for ultra-short chainstays and a bottom bracket that is integral to the frame. We use a high efficiency, three-phase brushless motor to provide class-leading torque and ultra quiet operation. To get instant power response on trail, we put the torque sensor between the chainring and the drive gear, and our 48v battery voltage allows for super fast charging.

Designed in Canada, the Powerplay™ drive system is sleek, lightweight, and powerful. Ultimately, it’s a drive system that allows us to deliver electric mountain bikes that ride like true mountain bikes.

Powerplay™ drive system details
  • High efficiency, three-phase brushless motor provides class-leading torque
  • Instant, natural power response makes for an intuitive ride, thanks to an in-line torque sensor
  • Ultra-quiet drive operation
  • 48v battery voltage for fast-charging and heat management in high-torque scenarios
  • To prevent creaking and wear, pedaling forces are isolated from the drive system via a bottom bracket shell that is integral to the frame itself
  • Increased stiffness thanks to structural motor casing
  • Compact, low-profile motor design with reinforced motor casing and integrated motor-brace bashguard
  • Display-free with a low-profile remote for a pure ride experience
  • Bar-mounted remote displays assist level, battery level, and diagnostics; controls three assist levels and “walk” mode
  • Optional eBikeMotion mobile app (iOS & Android) connects via Bluetooth and provides a wide range of system customization, reach estimates, ride tracking, and more
  • Available with a massive 632Wh lithium-ion battery
  • Minimal drag when exceeding the motor speed or when drive system is disengaged thanks to crankset clutch and elimination of traditional e-bike gearbox
  • Based on a third generation electric drive system that's been in development since 2010
  • Dealer service and parts support in Europe
  • Wear items (BB, drive sprocket) are shop-serviceable with common shop tools
  • Works with standard Race Face bottom bracket and crankset
  • Charge fast, then charge hard: ultra fast charge times of 1 hour 40 minutes (to 80%) with the 500Wh battery, or 2 hours (to 80%) with the 632Wh battery

Bike details
  • Available full Smoothwall™ carbon frame
  • Weight:
    • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 90 size Medium: 47.6lb (21.6kg)
    • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 70 size Medium: 49.2lb (22.3kg)
    • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 50 size Medium: 49.1lb (22.3kg)
  • Ride-9™ system for a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustments
  • All sizes fit a water bottle inside the front triangle
  • Geometry & pivot points identical to the traditional Altitude, with suspension kinematics optimized for additional chain torque
  • Upper idler straightens the chainline for reduced drivetrain wear
  • Integral bottom bracket shell is part of the frame, not the drive system—improving stiffness and preventing creaking or wear
  • Standard PF92 bottom bracket is shop serviceable and easily replaceable
  • Single-sided chainstay and seatstay pivots for a narrower rear triangle—reduces heel rub, even with Boost spacing
  • Enduro MAX cartridge bearing pivots with simplified hardware
  • Shock-eyelet bearings for small-bump sensitivity
  • Designed for 27.5x2.5 Wide Trail tires for precise, aggressive performance; compatible with 26+ tires (26x3.0)
  • Clean and tidy: oversized downtube ports for ease of cable routing, with full-length internal dropper post routing and internal brake routing in the front triangle
  • Lightweight bolt-on axle for reduced hardware complexity and extra security in e-MTB applications
  • Tapered ZS44 | ZS56 headset
  • Post-mount 180 brakes
  • Boost spacing
  • 1x specific
  • Metric shock, 210mm x 55mm
  • Technologies:
    • Powerplay™ drive system
    • Smoothwall carbon
    • FORM alloy
    • RIDE-9 adjustment system
    • Smoothlink suspension
    • Size-specific tune

 

Available in limited sizes and models starting July 2017. See all the models & colours

Available in select European markets only: France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, & Italy.

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RMB x 7Mesh: Coastal Collaboration

May 03, 2017

For the 2017 season we are launching the Coastal Collaboration with 7mesh Industries! The tightly focused collection features core 7mesh garments with Rocky Mountain design elements.

Both 7mesh and Rocky Mountain are British Columbia born and bred, and the rugged BC landscape has inspired and shaped the products that carry their logos. Only 40 kilometres separate Rocky Mountain in North Vancouver from 7mesh in Squamish, and the mountains between and around them offer the perfect riding and testing playground.

Coastal Collaboration

The coastal mix of terrain variety, seasonality, and of course the weather – mountains always see weather -- make this part of BC unique. Rain, sun, snow, wind, mud, rainforest, loam, and granite are all part of the cycling diet, sometimes all on the same ride.

Both Rocky Mountain and 7mesh have met the challenge of making gear which smooths the roughest trail, and makes a ride in the ugliest conditions comfortable. The Coastal Collaboration is a natural extension of those shared values, and the Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory XC race team will be sporting this custom 7mesh apparel throughout the 2017 race season.

 

 

“We chose to work with 7mesh on our Coastal Collaboration as we share the same back yard,” said Scott Pilecki, Sports Marketing Coordinator at Rocky Mountain. “Both brands’ products respond to the demands of our challenging environments, and we see a likeness in how we approach designing and following through with our products. We are proud to offer this line-up to our fans."

One of the rules of building equipment for coastal British Columbia is that off-the-shelf won’t cut it, and both companies are experts in proprietary designs and custom solutions. Each of the styles in the collection has been built and re-patterned specifically to integrate Rocky Mountain design elements into 7mesh apparel without sacrificing any technical performance or protection. 

“Rocky Mountain is great people, great athletes, and great bikes made the Coastal Collaboration a joy for us,” said Brian Goldstone, 7mesh Director of Marketing. “As a newer cycling brand it’s an honour to partner with one of the most established and respected mountain bike brands in the business.”

The Coastal Collaboration riding apparel is available in limited quantities, exclusively through the Rocky Mountain Online Store and Rocky Mountain Dealers

Learn more about 7mesh at 7meshinc.com.

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The new Altitude is here

March 17, 2017

Taking trail to new heights. Often imitated but never surpassed, the all-new Altitude pushes the envelope of what a modern trail bike is capable of.

For 2018 we've designed an all-new frame to increase stiffness, improve pedaling efficiency and small-bump sensitivity, and include a host of next-generation features. Now available in both carbon and alloy models, the Altitude allows for a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments to tackle any terrain—from technical BC loam, to clapped out EWS tracks, flowy New Zealand jumps, and Moab slickrock singletrack.

"The Altitude has always been my go-to, do-everything bike, from technical climbs here on the North Shore to burly descents in the Italian Alps. This new one improves everything I love about the bike—it’s smoother, stiffer, lower, slacker, quieter, and nails all the little details. Just like this old freerider, the Altitude gets better with age!” — Wade Simmons

Intended Use: Aggressive Trail
Wheel Size: 27.5 Wide Trail
Front Travel: 160mm
Rear Travel: 150mm
 

Improved suspension performance

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

Next generation features

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, single-sided bearing pivots, integrated “spirit guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

Updated Ride-9™

Our Ride-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging.

Progressive geometry

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve retained short chainstays to keep the bike agile, and used a moderately steep seattube for efficient climbing performance.

 

 

Technical Details:

  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 27.5” Wide Trail and 26+ compatible
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Altitudes will not include downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re ready.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • 1x only
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seatstay, new envelope, and updated layup (25% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: XS-XL
  • Weight:
    • Frame & shock: 5.45lb (2470g), size Medium 
    • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
    • Altitude Carbon 90 & Carbon 70 complete: 28.4lb (12.88kg), size Medium

Naming: In the interest of describing our lineup more clearly, we’ve updated our naming conventions. What used to be called Altitude 790 MSL is now Altitude Carbon 90, and what used to be called Altitude 750 is now Altitude Alloy 50. The Altitude still uses high-quality Smoothwall carbon and FORM alloy frames, and higher spec-numbers still indicate higher end specs.

Rider: Vaea Verbeeck
Photo: Margus Riga
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC

Rider: Remi Gauvin
Photo: Dave Trumpore
Location: Derby, Tasmania

Rider: Carson Storch
Photo: Tyler Roemer
Location: Queentown, New Zealand

Rider: Wade Simmons
Photo: Brian Vernor
Location: Los Angeles, California

Select models and sizes available from May 15th. Regional availability may vary.

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Four generations of freeride: the 2017 Rocky Mountain team

March 07, 2017

We're excited to announce that Wade Simmons, Thomas Vanderham, and Geoff Gulevich have all renewed ties with Rocky Mountain for 2017. They join the returning Carson Storch to round out our freeride program. The team will ride the Slayer, Maiden, and Altitude—and Carson will get a custom slopestyle bike cooked up in our North Vancouver prototype shop.

Wade Simmons, the Godfather of freeride, said “I’ve been with Rocky Mountain over 20 years now, and I’m stoked to be continuing on the program. We’ve got some fun adventures planned and I’m looking forward to sending it into the coming years. I need to show these young punks a thing or two!”

Thomas Vanderham continues to push the boundaries of big mountain riding, with appearances at select FEST events and in several film projects on the horizon. His precision and focus have also made him invaluable to the Rocky Mountain engineering team, and he works closely with them to develop and refine our bikes.

Geoff Gulevich maintains his globetrotting ways, with plans to log a ton of airmiles in 2017—both on and off the bike. His “Gullyver’s Travels” series will take him off the beaten path, and hopefully not feature too much male nudity.

Returning this year is Carson Storch. The young American athlete had a breakout year in 2016, with a podium spot and best trick at Rampage, and we’re fired up to see what he has in store in 2017.

After a long and storied career at Rocky Mountain, Brett Tippie is moving on in 2017. The Director of Good Times has been an iconic member of our family, and his signature laugh and unparalleled stoke will be sorely missed. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours Tippie, and we’ll see you (or at least hear you) out on the trails!

Rocky Mountain helped usher in the birth of freeride, and we’re proud to have every generation of freeride represented on our team. They continue to push the sport and inspire people to get out on their bikes—we couldn’t ask for better ambassadors for our brand.

Love the Ride,

—Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Photos by Margus Riga, Paris Gore, and Ale Di Lullo.

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Slayer earns top marks at the Bible of Bike Tests

January 03, 2017

"This is the most capable all-mountain bike Rocky Mountain has ever made. But the Canadian company didn’t just create something that rides well, it designed a masterpiece that is both aesthetically refined and technologically advanced." — Bike Magazine

We're stoked—the results are in, and stacked against thirty-four of the industry's best, the Slayer 770 MSL has received top marks in Bike Magazine's 2017 Bible of Bike Tests.

"The Slayer ushers in a new era of all-mountain bikes, taking riders farther than ever."

"The combination of the bike’s geometry and its 27.5-inch wheels makes it controllable and predictable–for such a big bike, it’s surprisingly coordinated and graceful. With a slack 64.75-65.85 headtube angle (adjustable via Rocky’s Ride4 geometry chips), stubby 425-430-millimeter rear end and low-slung bottom bracket, it’s no surprise that the Slayer slays the steepest, rowdiest mountain descents riders can find."

Full Round Table video and review here.

Previous Feature Gullyver's Travels: Episode One I've crisscrossed the globe as a competitor for many years, but I rarely ventured beyond the mountain resorts that contests are held in. As I get older, I've started pushing to escape the industry bubble and get off the beaten path more. — Gully
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Suzi Q: Ride Fat, Stay Fast

December 19, 2016

  • Intended Use: Fat XC
  • Wheel Size: 27.5 FAT

The new Suzi Q challenges the narrative of slow, plodding fat bikes. Its lightweight carbon frame and narrow Q-factor are more efficient and comfortable than traditional fat bikes, perfect for everything from local singletrack loops to fat bike racing. Short chainstays and extended reach make for a stable and balanced ride that still feels agile.

"This is a seriously nimble whip—not what you're used to from traditional fat bikes. The narrow q-factor is a dream to pedal for big racing efforts, and its short chainstays and extended reach make for balanced, natural handling on singletrack." — Andreas Hestler

Details

  • Full carbon and aluminum models available.
  • 192mm Q-factor is 20mm narrower than standard fat bikes to improve pedalling performance and comfort.
  • 27.5x3.8 tires for improved rollover and lower rotating weight.
  • Fits up to 27.5x4.2 tires (when available, with safe clearance from 770mm x 104mm).
  • Next generation fat bike geometry is longer, slacker, and more agile.
  • Integrated chainstay protector and downtube protector.
  • Di2 electronics-compatible with an internal stealth battery port.
  • Full carbon monocoque fork on the -90°, -70°, and -50° models.
  • Lightweight bolt-on axles save 100g per bike compared to a Maxle.
  • Suspension compatible. A 100mm Bluto at 20% sag maintains the ideal stock geometry.
  • Two bottle cages on the fork, plus two in the front triangle.
  • Front triangle Rivnuts for custom, bolt-on frame bags (not included).
  • 1x specific.
  • Stealth dropper post compatible.
  • Internal cable housing.
  • PressFit BB107 bottom bracket, ZS44|56 headset, 177mm real axle spacing.
  • Sizing: S/M/L/XL.

Geometry

The Suzi Q has a stable and balanced ride that still feels agile, thanks to super short chainstays and a lengthened reach. During the bike's design and testing phases we evaluated a wide variety of geometry and offset combinations to hone its steering dynamics. The result is a bike without any of the "autosteer" instability that plagues other fat bikes.

Wheels

We worked with Maxxis to design a high performance 27.5x3.8 tire and wheel system. Compared to a traditional 26x4 "race fat" system, our 27.5x3.8 tires have a larger outer diameter. That means better rollover performance and plenty of traction, without the added weight and rolling resistance of 26x5 systems. In ski terms, 26x4 tires are traditional camber skis, and the larger diameter 27.5x3.8 tires are early rise tips. No, 27.5x3.8 tires won't let you carve turns in waist-deep powder, but they do roll up over soft snow more easily.

Pedaling

Designed specifically to have a narrow Q-factor, pedaling the Suzi Q is more efficient and comfortable than traditional fat bikes. Whether you're racing the 1,000-mile Alaskan Iditarod Trail Invitational or going for a quick rip on your local single track, the result is a more natural feel with less fatigue and knee strain.

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The Longest Day

December 15, 2016

Today marks the shortest day of the year, December 21st. The Winter Solstice. It's the perfect day to reflect back to when temperatures were warmer, rides required less layering, and daylight lasted for what seemed like an eternity. Six months ago on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, we set out with the silly idea to ride 100 kilometers in a day on the North Shore.

Here in North Vancouver we are incredibly lucky to have three mountains flush with diverse trails that are all within spitting distance of each other. We hadn’t planned on doing a classic North Shore “Triple Crown” (riding up and down all three mountains in a day) but we knew that that was our best option to collect the kilometers we needed. With a route created to snag all the steeps and deeps, all hands were in and alarms were set.

Our start time was 5:00 AM at Panorama Park located in Deep Cove. Eight sleepy souls with eyes at half-mast feverishly stuffed food, layers, and tools into their packs along with copious amounts of coffee into their bodies. With our tires ceremoniously dunked into the calm waters of the Cove we began our mission.

You never know what you’re going to come across in the forest. Old rusted out pots, glass mason jars, beer bottles, broken china plates, all pointing to a very different era in these woods. 

With Seymour done and dusted there were two mountains that lay ahead of us. The signs of how tough riding on the Shore can be began to show with our Garmins only reading 35 KMs after one and a half mountains.

After navigating our way across a steep, sandy slope where a landslide had occurred a couple of years prior we figured we should probably stop again. While we definitely weren’t hungry, we knew that if we didn’t keep feeding the fire it would burnout without hesitation.

“I needed that Vaseline earlier. I wish I knew Dre was packing it around before we did all of that climbing.” — Kevin Calhoun

With the light fading, dirt and rock transitioned to gravel and pavement, we were at the homestretch. Pedaling through the streets of Horseshoe Bay we arrived at the parking lot where cold beers and salty potato chips awaited us.

"Once everyone is tired and things are starting to get weird, that's when you find the character within, and you truly know the grit of your friends."  Andreas Hestler

"Everyone in this group impressed the hell out of me. Eight of us tearing up the climbs and fully pinned back down! Bunch of legends!" Jesse Melamed

With the sun dipping below the horizon we submerged our tires into the waters of Horseshoe Bay and the journey was marked complete. The numbers were in: 3706 metres of climbing, 3712 metres of descending, 15 hours and 42 minutes in the saddle, and 87.1 kilometres travelled. We all decided that even though we had come up short on the distance that we set out to do, it was one hell of a hard ride that included some of the best trails on the Shore. We did it all in one day, and as a group without any losses.

A special shoutout goes to Margus Riga who made this entire journey with a massive camera bag strapped to his back all while hitting rad lines and leading the climbs with flats to boot!

Photos by Margus Riga
Words by Scott Pilecki
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