The 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude, in for Take a look at
Rocky Mountain’s 2021 Altitude is on retailer cabinets at present with an entire redesign, merging the Altitude and Intuition BC fashions into one platform with 160/170mm of journey, which is simply 10mm much less rear journey than the new Slayer.
Measurement small frames have 27.5″ wheels, whereas medium riders can select between 27.5″ or 29″ wheels, and sizes L and XL are solely 29ers. With this alteration, I’d anticipate that the Intuition would see an replace subsequent yr and take inspiration from the Altitude.
Rocky Mountain’s lineup has modified fairly a bit over the previous couple years. The Slayer has taken over as their huge freeride bike, and the Maiden downhill bike has quietly disappeared from Bikes.com. It will likely be fascinating to see if Rocky Mountain ups the journey on the 140mm Intuition 29er, or in the event that they’ll depart it pegged as the center of the road path bike. The Thunderbolt, which began as a 130mm 27.5″ bike now has 140/150mm and sits as an aggressive mid-travel path bike with smaller wheels.
This leaves a big hole between their hardtail Growler, the 100mm journey Factor, and the 140mm Intuition/Thunderbolt at a time when riders are screaming for “downcountry” bikes or no matter you need to name them. One factor is for positive although, Rocky Mountain is sticking with their roots. Which means bikes which might be born and bred for BC’s steep and technical terrain and the 2021 Altitude Rally Version we’ve got available to check is strictly that bike.
Specs and deets
For the total listing of builds obtainable try the total scope on the brand new Altitude that Gerow wrote. Rocky Mountain has a variety of builds for this new bike, with aluminum fashions beginning at $3,500.
The Altitude runs a decreased offset fork with a big frameset weighing a claimed 7.49lbs. As talked about within the launch information, the Altitude has the Trip-9 geometry regulate system and Rocky Mountain has added adjustable chainstay size to select from an extended, extra secure setting or a shorter, extra playful really feel. Adjustable chainstays appear to be gaining extra traction on gravity race bikes. The entire Rally Version weighs 32.3 kilos.
The Rally Version will get just a few touches that a number of the builds under it don’t see, like a Fox 38 fork, a DHX2 shock, Shimano 203mm brake rotors entrance and rear, Race Face Turbine R wheels, and Maxxis Double Down 3C tires. Rocky Mountain says that this construct replicates the mannequin that the Rocky Mountain / Race Face EWS group rides and at $9,100, it ain’t low-cost.
However, for an EWS-ready construct, the Altitude Rally Version spares no expense in the case of race-worthy elements. Just like the Slayer we checked out final yr, the Altitude is able to ship.
On the other finish, Rocky Mountain is doing an awesome job at bringing functionality to an inexpensive value level. The Altitude Alloy 30 for $3,500 will get a Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork, as a result of it simply is sensible, and a Fox Float DPX2 Efficiency shock. The A30 additionally has a Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain and Shimano 4-piston brakes.
I obtained the Altitude Rally forward of the discharge and have been capable of squeeze in just a few rides. Thus far, it feels similar to the latest era Slayer. The brand new geo retains the bike proper beneath you, and for a 160mm enduro experience, the Altitude’s heft is well managed.
The standover peak appears low, and the 1218mm wheelbase feels very secure. Rocky Mountain has shortened the seat tube lengths by a few half-inch in comparison with the outdated Altitude and Intuition BC to maximise dropper put up insertion.
I’ve my medium Altitude set in impartial, and can doubtless depart it there. I’ll change the chainstay size to see how that impacts dealing with although. The impartial setting places the seat and head tube angles at 76° and 65°, respectively. Attain on the medium is 455mm. Rocky Mountain tends to be pretty conservative on geometry adjustments from one era to the subsequent, however thus far, we’re getting alongside nice.
To supply a comparability to the brand new Trek Slash launched final week, additionally a 160/170mm enduro bike, the top and seat tube numbers are comparable, and never as progressive as another huge bikes on the market. However, the Slash provides an extended attain, with the scale medium Slash at 450mm, which is 5mm shorter than the Altitude.
The suspension feels very environment friendly on climbs, and I’m simply getting the Altitude warmed up for some enjoyable descents. Hold an eye fixed out for the long-term written and video evaluation down the road.