Sea Otter 2013: Rocky Mountain Bikes

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Rocky Mountain
Don’t worry, we still have lots of stuff to bring to you from the recent Sea Otter event. Here’s one that should please the old school fans of this Canadian brand. Rocky is going to be back in the UK this year.

Rocky Mountain had a couple of new bikes to show us; the Altitude and the Instinct. The Altitude is a new 27.5in, 150mm bike and the Instinct is a 130mm 29er.

Starting with the Altitude 950, it’s a 150mm trail bike with 27.5in wheels. It’ll come in several models, with the top of the range being the carbon framed 790. The bike here is the 770, with a carbon front and aluminium rear. There’s 150mm travel front and rear and there’s a nine-position adjustable ‘chip’ that’ll adjust the shock (and therefore the head tube angle and BB height) to give a 1.72 degree adjustment, from 66.9 to 68.1°.

Classic Canadian heritage on show
150mm of medium-wheel action
Even more flash models are available.

The base model starts at US$2899, going up to a lofty $6800. Rocky Mountain reckons that it’s going to be going after the market traditionally occupied by the Rocky Mountain Slayer.

Meanwhile, over in big wheel land, the Instinct is a new 29er with 130mm travel and looks to be aimed at the riders after an all-round, capable 29er trail bike.

Neat looking moulded-in cable guides on the alloy frame
130mm of big wheel action.
The curved top tube is a bit of a Rocky Mountain icon these days.


After a couple of years out of the UK, Rocky Mountain now has an importer in the shape of Rocky Mountain UK, which aims to demo the bikes around the UK this year and build up some dealers after Rocky’s couple of years’ absence.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)


    I've always loved Rocky Mountain bikes. They're up there with Yeti and Santa Cruz, in my rather slim book.

    Love my altitude and glad to see there’s a new UK distributor.

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