Rocky Mountain go #dirtydropbargoodness with the Solo

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If you were still pondering whether this gravel biking was just a fad, then yet another mountain bike company embracing all the fun of off-road drop barred fun should be evidence that these bikes are here to stay for a while yet.

Top spec Solo 70. All bikes shipped will come pre-washed, we assume
Photo: Margus Riga

Canadian based Rocky Mountain (as an aside, we love that the company’s URL is bikes.com) is much better known for their mountain bikes, and they have a rich heritage – dating back to 1981. Until now, as far as we are aware, they haven’t strayed from their flat barred and chunky tyred origins.

The Solo

It was therefore a bit of surprise when an email popped into our inboxes earlier this week, announcing the company’s foray into our world. Its all-new Solo is apparently “a bike meant for riding anywhere and everywhere”. With tyre clearance for 700c x 40c or 650b x 2.2in tyres, it ticks our boxes. We also love that Rocky Mountain clearly couldn’t let go of all their MTB sensibilities completely and have included routing for a full length dropper.

Clever touches

In fact, there are some nice sounding design touches. We don’t think any of them are completely revolutionary, but equally it’s nice to see them all together in one place.
Rocky Mountain has spent a bit of time developing a unique yoke design for the Solo’s rear triangle to allow that whopping tyre and more chainring clearance from the driveside stay. There are also a healthy complement of water bottle bosses, rack mounts, and anything-cage style bosses on both fork legs.

The Solo 50 and a big hole in the ground
Photo: Margus Riga

The are two build specs available initially – the Solo 50 and Solo 70. As far as we can work out, specs are identical other than the cheaper 50 is built up with a SRAM Apex1 groupo, while the Solo 70 is treated to SRAM Force1.
The Solo comes with the skids package as standard
Photo Credit: Margus Riga

Technical Details:

  • Multiple water bottle bosses for carrying options
  • Three-Pack cage bosses on each fork leg
  • Rear rack compatible frame
  • Tyre clearance for 700c x 40c or 650b x 2.2in tyres
  • 12 x 142mm thru axle for increased wheel strength
  • Unique yoke design to accommodate both tyre clearance and chainring clearance
  • 1X specific
  • Internal cable and brake routing
  • Tapered head tube
  • Chainstay length optimized at 425mm
  • Dropper post compatible
  • Sizes: XS-XL
Who doesn’t love a switchback
Photo: Margus Riga

Weight:

Solo 70 – 9.5kg
Solo 50 – 10kg

The Solo 70 back in the studio

And the 50 again

Pricing & Availability:

At the moment, we only have pricing and availability for the State and Canada, but will add UK details as soon as we have them.
Solo 70: $2,549 USD, $3,449 CAD
Solo 50: $1,899 USD, $2,649 CAD

Moody skies package is extra
Photo: Margus Riga

Comments (1)

  1. “Until now, as far as we are aware, they haven’t strayed from their flat barred and chunky tyred origins.”
    They did produce road bikes 5-10 years ago. I had a carbon Solo in 2011 – lovely bike, still got the frame with a crack in it in my garage. It was hit by a van, so not a comment on their longevity! Would love a disc brake version

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