The latest 2021 bike to be unveiled to the world today promises to be an absolute mind-bender from Rocky Mountain; say hello to the all-new Rocky Mountain Altitude.
Starting with a blank piece of paper Rocky’s R&D team set about trying to re-design the Altitude to better itself in every area of performance. Or in other words, they set out to create the ‘ultimate enduro bike!’ The new Altitude’s travel has had a 10mm increase at both ends with 170mm up front and 160mm out the back. And frame material wise Rocky are offering a full range of carbon models as well as a full range of alloy versions.
There’s a lot of interesting thinking that has gone into the bike, for example, the size ‘small’ bike is offered exclusively with 27.5″ wheels whilst the size ‘medium’ is offered in a choice of either 27.5″ or 29″ and both the size ‘large’ and ‘XL’ come exclusively with 29″ hoops bolted in. Confusing? Not really. Rocky Mountain claims that they’re simply catering to the needs of shorter riders vs. taller riders. Whilst the size ‘small’ is offered with 27.5″ wheels it also features adjusted frame design to give riders a comfortable amount of standover height, while the size medium frame maintains the silhouette of the large and extra-large frames but is available in either 27.5″ or 29″ to accommodate proper fitment. Also, each frame size comes with a custom factory shock tune to ensure riders of all heights experience how Rocky intended the Altitude to feel.
One of the things we love most about Rocky’s is their super effective and user-friendly frame geometry adjustment called RIDE-9. The RIDE-9 adjustment system allows riders to quickly fine-tune their geometry and suspension with a pair of Allen keys. Nine configurations are possible thanks to two interlocking chips. Something additional that the new Altitude brings to the table is a secondary chainstay adjustment ‘flip chip’ located down at the rear axle which grows or shrinks the bike’s chainstay length by 10mm.
For more info on the new Altitude and to check out the full range in detail check out www.bikes.com
Front travel 170mm
Rear travel 160mm
Frame choice of carbon or alloy
Wheel size: Small – Medium: 27.5″ Medium – XL: 29″
Adjustable frame geometry via ‘Ride-9’
Headtube angle 64.4 – 65.5
Reach (size large) 474 – 486
Seat tube angle (size large) 75.4 – 76.5
Adjustable chainstays via flip chip
Chainstays (size large) 438-449
Built-in downtube protection
Noise-cancelling chainstay protection
‘Modular shock mount’ on all carbon models
Weight 14.2kg (size large carbon frame)