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Overview of Rocky Mountain Bikes

1981

Vancouver – British Columbia – Canada

Founded by: Grayson Bain, Jacob Heilbron, Sam Mak

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Rocky Mountain bikes history

Rocky Mountain cycles is a Canadian bicycle brand that has been producing a wide variety of quality mountain bikes since the early 80s. Over the years, it’s bikes and riders have won several awards, including Mountain Bike Germany’s Bike of the Year, the 2001 Red Bull Rampage, the Transalp Challenge, and the 2008 Cape Epic.

The different types of Rocky Mountain bikes available include XC, Trail, Enduro, Big Mountain, Adventure, Youth, Electric, and Fat bikes. They are ridden by big-name athletes in the MTB scene including Thomas Vanderham, Wade Simmons, Andreas Hestler, and Sam Schultz.

www.bikes.com – Rocky Mountain Bicycles official page

Technologies used

The Rocky Mountain Development Centre is located at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore mountain range, giving engineers immediate access to a vast playground for field testing their new designs. This allows them to fast-track the research and development process with the help of team riders who are always on hand to try out new Rocky Mountain bikes.

Rocky Mountain frames use Smoothwall carbon for highly efficient power transfer and a world-class stiffness-to-weight ratio. Its trademark ABC and next-generation BC2 pivots are lighter and stiffer than conventional bushings, reducing stiction and binding. 

For its Powerplay electric mountain bikes, Rocky Mountain has developed the Dyname 3.0 Drive, a compact, lightweight motor with high-torque designed specifically for the needs of mountain bikers.


 

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XC


Element

Carbon 50

rocky mountain dual suspension mtb

Carbon / 29″ wheels / Travel: 120mm(f), 100mm(r)

This Rocky Mountain MTB is designed for cross-country (XC) riding, with less travel on the suspension, thinner tires, and narrower handlebars than most mountain bikes. It has 29″ Race Face AR 25 rims with DT Swiss hubs and spokes, fitted with a 2.4″ Maxxis Rekon front tire and 2.35″ Maxxis Ikon rear tire.

The suspension consists of a Fox Float DPS Performance Elite shock with 100mm of travel on the rear and a Fox 34 Step-Cast Float Performance Elite fork with 120mm of travel on the front. The groupset includes a Shimano XT drivetrain with 10-51T cassette and dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes.

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Element Carbon frameset – $2,899
  • Element Carbon 50 – $4,599
  • Element Carbon 70 – $5,799
  • Element Carbon 70 XCO Edition – $6,199
  • Element Carbon 90 – $2,899

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Trail

Instinct / Thunderbolt / Growler


Growler

20

rocky mountain hardtail

2 designs available – Black/Beige and Black/Green (Pictured). Refer to the Slayer&Growler size chart when choosing the right size frame!

6061 Alloy / 29″ x 2.6″ / Travel: 130mm

The Growler 20 hardtail bike is an excellent all-round trail bike that can decimate singletrack at high speed or climb slow, rocky ascents in equal measure. The 29 x 2.6″ tires are perfect for tackling a variety of terrain and weather conditions. 

It’s built around an 6061 alloy Rocky Mountain 29er frame with a 130mm Suntour XCM34 DS fork. It features a Shimano Deore drivetrain with 10-speed Sunrace cassette and Shimano MT200 organic pad disc brakes. 

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Growler 20 – $999
  • Growler 40 – $1,599
  • Growler 50 – $1,999

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Thunderbolt

Carbon 50

rocky mountain mtb

Carbon / 27.5 x 2.4″ / Travel: 150mm(f), 140mm (r)

The Thunderbolt Carbon 50 is a full carbon dual-suspension trail bike aimed at semi-professional competitive riders. The lightweight frame features Rocky Mountain’s proprietary RIDE-9 adjustment system that helps you to quickly fine-tune the geometry and optimize the Fox Float DPS EVOL suspension system.

For the drivetrain, you get Shimano’s top-class XT derailleur with a 34T Race Face crank and a wide ratio SLX 10-51T cassette. These are paired with equally impressive SLX hydraulic disc brakes mounted on DT Swiss hubs with WTB ST Light i30 rims. For maximum charging ability you get 140mm of travel on both front and rear plus a Race Face Aeffect dropper seat post for those gnarly descents.

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Thunderbolt Alloy 10 – $2,199
  • Thunderbolt Alloy 30 – $2,499
  • Thunderbolt Carbon 50 – $4,599

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Instinct

Carbon 70

rocky mountain dual suspension bike

Smoothwall Carbon / 29 x 2.4″  / 140mm travel (f&r)

Pushing the limits of what mountain bikes can achieve, this full carbon Rocky Mountain dual suspension bike is a beast of a machine that takes no prisoners. From the complete 12-speed Shimano XT groupset to the Maxxis Minion DHR II WT MaxxTerra tires, they spared no expense in putting together this monster of a trail bike.

  • 12-speed Shimano XT, 10-51T
  • Fox Float 36 EVOL FIT4 Performance Elite forks
  • Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance Elite rear shock
  • Race Face AR 30 wheels
  • Weight: 28.7 LBS
  • 180mm Shimano RT66 rotors

The Smoothwall carbon frame is kitted out with Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance Elite suspension with 140mm of travel on both front and rear, plus the instantly adjustable Rocky Mountain RIDE-9 fine-tuning system. As if that’s isn’t enough, you get top-class Race Face AR30 tubeless-ready rims and a Race Face Turbine dropper seat post. This is a serious All-mountain Trail bike… with a serious price tag to match.

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Alloy 30 – $2,599
  • Alloy 50 – $3,799
  • Carbon frameset – $2,899
  • Carbon 50 – $4,749
  • Carbon 70 – $5,899
  • Carbon 90 – $7,299

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Adventure bikes

Soul / Fusion / Solo


Soul

10

rocky mountain mtb

2 Designs Available. Best use: XC, Trail

6061 Aluminum / 27.5 x 2.4″ / 120mm travel

The Soul 10 is an aluminum hardtail MTB from Rocky Mountain bicycles aimed at fun, recreational adventures in the outdoors. It’s a great bike for weekend trail rides, exciting work commutes, or light mountain biking.

  • Head Tube Angle: 66° / Seat Tube Angle: 74.5°
  • 120mm Suntour XCM DS
  • 11-42T MicroShift CS
  • 9-speed MicroShift Advent w/Clutch

It features a slightly heavy but decent Suntour XCM fork with 120mm of travel and ever-popular Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes. The 9-speed Microshift drivetrain is a bit limited but offers more than enough gears for short, adventurous trips into the great outdoors. On the wheels, you get RM’s own 27.5″ tubeless-ready rims with nice and nobbly 2.4″ Kenda Amtrak tires

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Soul 10 – $749
  • Soul 20 – $839

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Fusion

30

rocky mountain 29er hardtail

2021 models, 2 designs available. Best for XC, Recreational,

6061 Aluminum / 29 x 2.4″ / 100mm suspension

The Fusion 30 is an affordable Rocky Mountain 29er hardtail that offers great value for money in an aluminum trail bike. It benefits from a quality Shimano Deore 1×10 drivetrain running an 11-46T cassette that offers a decent range of gears for light trail riding.

  • Head Tube Angle: 66.5° / Seat Tube Angle: 74.5°
  • 10-speed Deore, 11-46T
  • Suntour XCR32 LOR Air, 100mm travel
  • Rocky Mountain Microdrive 2PC 30T crank
  • Shimano TX505 Hubs

The 29″ wheelset features Rocky Mountain’s own tubeless-ready rims on Shimano hubs with WTB Ranger Comp 2.4″ tires and MT200 disc brakes. You don’t get a dropper seat post, but the air-sprung Suntour XCR32 fork is better than most in this price range, offering hydraulic lockout and adjustable rebound with 100mm travel.

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Fusion 10 – $749
  • Fusion 30 – $899
  • Fusion 40 – $1,199

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Solo

50

rocky mountain gravel bike

Best Use: Gravel, Adventure

6061 Alloy frame & carbon fork / SRAM Apex 1 / 700 x 40c

Gravel bikes are all the rage these days and Solo 50 does a decent job of satisfying the appetite of this ever-growing market. This Rocky Mountain gravel bike combines a solid 6061 aluminum frame with a carbon gravel fork and 650b wheels to provide a bike that can take on any type of terrain.

  • 42T crank, 10-42T cassette
  • TLR wheels & tires
  • SRAM Apex hydraulic disc brakes

The 1x SRAM Apex groupset is an interesting choice, combining a large 42T crank with an 11-speed 10-42T cassette. The pairing works well to provide a wide gear ratio and complements the Apex hydraulic disc brakes. Rocky Mountain has gone with quality WTB parts for the wheelset, combining STi21 rims with Venture TCS tires. They are fast-rolling both on and off-road and offer excellent traction even at high speed.

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Solo 30 – $1,399
  • Solo 50 – $1,899

> Availability & Buying Options


Enduro

Instinct BC Edition / Altitude


Altitude

Carbon 70

black rocky mountain carbon bike

Carbon / 27.5″ or 29″ / Suspension travel: 170mm(f), 160mm (r)

Massive amounts of travel combined with a lightweight carbon frame and Rocky Mountain’s RIDE-9 adjustment system make this an all-mountain enduro bike that charges both up and downhill. The Smoothwall carbon frame is designed to be very compact, with a short reach and a low bottom bracket. This helps to improve agility at high speed and yet still manages to stay relatively stable.

  • 12-Speed Shimano XT 10-51T
  • Race Face ARC 30 Rims
  • Shimano XT Trail 4-piston brakes

The standard build kit reads like an MTB riders dream, with a 12-speed 10-51T Shimano XT groupset, Race Face ARC 30 rims, and Maxxis Minion DHF and Aggressor 2.5″ tires. The 150mm rear travel comes from a Fox Float DPX2 Performance shock matched with a 160mm Fox 36 Float EVOL GRIP2 Performance Elite fork. It’s a top-quality Rocky Mountain carbon bike designed to take podiums.

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Altitude Alloy 30 – $4,299
  • Altitude Alloy 70 – $5,249
  • Altitude Carbon frameset – $3,699
  • Altitude Carbon 50 – $5,499
  • Altitude Carbon 70 – $5,899
  • Altitude Carbon 70 Coil Edition – $6,999
  • Altitude Carbon 90 Rally Edition – $9,099
  • Altitude Carbon 99 – $9,999

> Specs & Buying Options


Big Mountain


Slayer

Carbon 50

 

rocky mountain downhill bike

Slayer & Growler models have a different size chart compared to the rest of their bikes

Smoothwall Carbon / 29 x 2.5″ / 170mm travel (f / r)

The Slayer Carbon 50 is a Big Mountain bike with a big attitude to match. With a lightweight Smoothwall carbon front triangle and 170mm of front travel on the RockShox Lyrik Select fork, this is a Rocky Mountain downhill bike that can get the job done. Whether smashing jumps in the park or tearing down the side of a mountain, the Slayer does what it’s built – for slaying!

  • Shimano SLX 1×12 10-51T
  • Race Face Aeffect Clinch 32T
  • WTB ST i30 TCS Wheels with Rocky Mountain/DT Swiss 370 Boost Hubs

The long, slack frame benefits from a strong FORM alloy rear triangle and RIDE-4 fine-tuning plus a OneUp dropper post and tubeless-ready 29″ WTB rims with 2.5″ Maxxis Minion tires. For those steep enduro ascents, you get a huge gear ratio on the 1×12 Shimano SLX groupset with matching 4-piston hydro disc brakes to lock in those tight, downhill twists. Best strap in ‘cos it’s gonna be a wild ride!

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Slayer Alloy 30 – $3,599
  • Slayer Alloy 30 Park Edition – $4,099
  • Slayer Alloy 50, 27.5″ – $3,999
  • Slayer Alloy 50, 29″ – $3,999
  • Slayer Carbon Frameset – $3,099
  • Slayer Carbon 50, 29″ – $4,999
  • Slayer Carbon 70, 29″ – $5,999
  • Slayer Carbon 70, 27.5″ – $5,999

> Specs & Buying


Fat Bike

Blizzard / Suzi Q


Blizzard

10

rocky mountain blizzard fat bike

6061 Alloy / 10sp Shimano Deore / 26 x 2.4″

Remember when winter meant slipping and sliding through muddy sludge? Not anymore – fat bikes have revolutionized those powdery white mornings and given us a reason to jump out of bed. The Blizzard 10 is an aggressive Rocky Mountain fat bike that won’t just challenge the snow, it’ll eat it up! 

The massive 4.6″ Terrene ‘Cake Eater’ tires treat snow or sand-like smooth, compact asphalt and help absorb any vibration through the aluminum frame and rigid fork. However, they aren’t the lightest wheels in the world so it’s fortunate you get a decent 10-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain with 11-46T Sunrace cassette to keep them turning.

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Blizzard 10 – $1,199
  • Blizzard 20 – $1,649
  • Blizzard 30, 27.5″ – $2,149
  • Blizzard 50, 27.5″ – $2,699

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Electric bikes

Powerplay series


 

rocky mountain e bike selection

Altitude Powerplay

Alloy 30

rocky mountain e bike

Alloy / 108Nm@250W / 27.5 x 2.5″ / 160mm(f), 150mm(r) travel

Hitting the trails all day long is great fun but can sometimes get tiring. If you need a bit of an extra boost on those long ascents, this Rocky Mountain e-bike has got your back. Using RM’s trademark 250w Dyname 3.0 Drive, the Altitude Powerplay releases 108Nm of torque to keep those pedals turning until sunset.

Powered by a 672Wh fast-charging Li-Ion battery and supported by an 11-speed Shimano Deore groupset, the Altitude Powerplay is built to tame the mountains. The alloy frame uses RIDE-9 adjustment tech with a 160mm RockShox 35 Gold RL front fork and 150mm Deluxe Select rear shock. On the wheels, you get 2.5″ Maxxis Minion tires on 27.5″ WTB ST i30 tubeless-ready rims, a formidable pair for charging the trails.

PRICES – MSRP – USD

  • Altitude Powerplay Alloy 30 – $4,999
  • Altitude Powerplay Alloy 50 – $5,999
  • Altitude Powerplay Alloy 70 – $6,499
  • Altitude Powerplay Carbon 70 – $8,199
  • Altitude Powerplay Carbon 90 Rally Edition – $8,999

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Kids’ bikes


rocky kids bikes


Reaper

24

rocky reaper kids full suspension mountain bike

Best Use: Trail, XC

Alloy / 24 x 2.25 / 120mm front, 130mm rear travel

No child should be denied the fun of shredding down mountain trails and singletrack just like the pros they look up to. With the Reaper, Rocky Mountain has packed all the fun and features of their Altitude and Instinct bikes into a child-size package.

  • 10-speed Shimano Deore, 11-42T cassette
  • Hydraulic disc brakes, 180mm rotors
  • RockShox & Suntour

In both 24″ and 26″ options, the Reaper is perfect for kids and young teens from as little as 4’3″ (129cm). The FORM alloy frame is RIDE-9 adjustable and has a 120mm travel Suntour Raidon 32 fork with RockShox Monarch 130mm rear travel shock. The drivetrain is a 1×10 Shimano Deore with MT201 hydraulic disc brakes on WTB SX17 rims wrapped in 2.25″ VeeTire Crown Gem tires.

PRICES – MSRP – USD


Rocky Mountain Bikes Size Chart

What size Rocky Mountain bike frame is right for you?

SM 5’2″ – 5’5″
MD 5’4″ – 5’9″
LG 5’8″ – 6’0″
XL 5’11” – 6’3″
XXL 6’2″ – 6’6″

Credit: Bikes.com

Exclude: Slayer, Growler, Reaper, and kids’ bikes


Slayer & Growler Size Chart

Height range

Slayer 29″

  • MD 5’6″ – 5’10”
  • LG 5’9″ – 6’1″
  • XL 6’0″ – 6’4″

Slayer 27.5″

  • SM 5’2″ – 5’7″
  • MD 5’6″ – 5’10”
  • LG 5’9″ – 6’1″
  • XL 6’0″ – 6’4″

Reaper Size Chart

Inseam length

  • Reaper 24″ – 22-25″
  • Reaper 26″ – 24-28″
  • XS / Reaper 27.5″ – 28-32″

Youth’s

Inseam length

  • Edge 12 – 10.5-15.5″
  • Edge 14 – 13 – 17.5″
  • Edge 16 – 15 – 20.5″
  • 20 Edge / Soul / Vertex 17 – 24″
  • 24 Edge / Soul / Vertex
  • Edge 26″ XXS – 23.5″ – 29.5″
  • Edge 26 XS – 25 – 31.5″
  • Edge 26 SM – 27 – 33.5″
  • Growler Jr 24″ – 19.5 – 27.5″
  • Growler Jr 26″ – 21.5 – 31.5″

A Brief FAQ

 

 


Where To Buy Rocky Mountain Bicycles?

Rocky Mountain bike dealers are well-represented all around the globe and their bikes can be found for sale in every corner of the world.

JensonUSA – The best selection of Rocky Mountain bikes to buy online.


Carbon Hardtail?

Although Rocky Mountain Bicycles specializes in mountain bikes specifically, the only carbon hardtail MTB they have is the Suzi Q fat tire bike.


Are Rocky Mountain bikes good?

How good are rocky mountain bikes depends on your purposed field of use, but the fact that Rocky Mountain owns the domain “bikes.com” should tell you all you need to know. This is no fly-by-night bike manufacturer – they’re the real deal and they make bikes for serious riders with discerning taste.


Where are Rocky Mountain bikes made?

The Rocky Mountain Development Centre is located at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore mountain range in British Columbia, Canada


Who makes Rocky Mountain bikes?

Rocky Mountain bikes are made by the talented engineers of its parent company Industries RAD Inc.


Rocky Mountain bike vs Trek / Specialized / Santa Cruz

Rocky Mountain is a specialized brand that custom builds all its frames on-site in Canada. They are not as well-known globally as more mass-produced brands like Trek, Santa Cruz, and Specialized, some of which have factories in Taiwan or China.

However, the top-end offerings from these famous bike companies are comparable to Rocky Mountain bikes and present equally stiff competition in tournaments around the world.


 

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