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2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike

2012 rocky mountain element 950 29er bike   2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike

Element 950 is one of the new 29er bikes released for 2012 from Rocky Mountain. In order to mimic the finest 26ers, the RTC 29 geometry of the bike comes with superior components, such as shorter chainstays and top tube. Its 142mm rear axle definitely enhances its stiffness.

Its design, which features internally-routed derailleur cables through its downtube, is very nice. Both in minimum and maximum travels, riders can climb smoothly and efficiently with the RockShox Revelation 120mm with a travel adjuster that plummets to 95mm.

Really outstanding, the 2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950 29er Bike is a trail-friendly and XC-capable full-suspension 29er that can efficiently climb anything with incredible comfort. The only downsides of the bike is the slightly noodly wheels and its weight.

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2012 Rocky Mountain Element

2012 rocky mountain element   2012 Rocky Mountain Element

Rocky Mountain introduces two aluminum versions of the Element for 2012, which are in 26in and 29in models. The Element 26in has 120mm of travel with two-digit model names while the Element 29in has 95mm and three-digit model names. Both gets Monarch rear dampers.

Used both by the two versions are the 7005 aluminium FORM tubesets and four-bar SmoothLink suspension design. Along with the SmoothLink suspension system of the revised RTC 29 geometry are some unique twists like a slightly less bottom bracket drop and a bit shorter top tube for each size.

Both superbly upgraded, the 2012 Rocky Mountain Element 26in and 29in models have some neat touches. The frame features cable guides for dropper seatposts, BB92 bottom bracket shells, internal cable routing, tapered head tubes, direct-mount front derailleurs, and custom anti-chain-drop plates.

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2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex

2012 rocky mountain vertex   2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex

Rocky Mountain offers the Vertex bike only in a 29in wheel size for 2012. The carbon fiber design called Smooth Wall enhances front triangle stiffness. Riding comfort is optimized by the minimized seat stays and the 27.2mm seat post.

One of the interesting features of the racing bike is the use of the 142mm X 12mm rear axle standard for the frame. This gives more importance on the competence for performance more than the ease of rear wheel removal.

With four available frame sizes, the 2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex can fit riders of various heights. Emphasizing on ride quality, the new RTC-29 geometry of the bike features less bottom bracket drop, slightly shorter top tubes, short wheel bases, and super short chain stays.

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2011 Rocky Mountain Element

A part of Rocky Mountain‘s pride is displayed through its 2011 Element. A full carbon fiber XC race bike, the Element gets redefined for speed, stiffness and overall dynamic performance. The frame is flexible by changing its shock from the RSL or Race Super Light (98mm rear travel) to the MSL or Marathon Super Light (120mm rear travel).

The element features linear and a rising suspension rate for its rear shock to give no pedal feedback and chain growth. It has a tapered headtube, optimized tube forming design and a 3D smooth link rear suspension. There’s also a sag indicator machined in and unsupported seat mast. It uses an e-type derailleur from Shimano with BB92 for improved pedal power.

There are angular contact bearings to shave off weight and increase lateral stiffness at the swingarm. Fine-tuned to get the best race bike, it can possibly be for XC.

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2011 Rocky Mountain 30th Anniversary Limited Edition: Blizzard 30th, Vertex T.O. 30th

2011 rocky mountain 30th anniversary limited edition blizzard 30th vertex t o 30th   2011 Rocky Mountain 30th Anniversary Limited Edition: Blizzard 30th, Vertex T.O. 30th

Rocky Mountain celebrates it 30th Anniversary with the release of two limited edition hardtail mountain bikes, the Blizzard 30th and Vertex T.O. 30th for 2011.

When we said limited we mean it. The 2011 Rocky Mountain 30th Anniversary bikes are limited to 30 each. Using both original bikes when Rocky Mountain started, they are also taking it further by bringing parts in from original partner Race Face and adding an original Selle Italia Flite saddle.

Both the 2011 Blizzard 30th and Vertex T.O. 30th use the most popular color schemes released by Rocky Mountain, giving both bikes a nostalgia feel, but updated with current components.

You can expect both the Blizzard 30th and Vertex T.O. 30th to come with Rock Shox SID RLT, Shimano XT Drivetrain, brakes and hubs, and Race Face Deus Cockpit. Check with your local Rocky Mountain retailer about purchasing a piece of history.

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2011 Rocky Mountain Flatline World Cup + Pro

2011 rocky mountain flatline world cup pro   2011 Rocky Mountain Flatline World Cup + Pro

Two models are a part of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Flatline series for 2011: the World Cup and Pro.

Rocky Mountain‘s 2011 Flatline World Cup and Pro was developed by Thomas Vanderham and Sabrina Jonnier. Both ride for the Maxxis-Rocky Mountain World Cup team.

The 2011 Flatline World Cup and Pro use 8 inches of travel. Since most downhill riders want their weight low, Rocky Mountain uses the LC2R (low center counter rotating system), allowing cyclists to achieve just that.

The 2011 Flatline World Cup and Pro models feature Rocky Mountain’s patented head tube mitering process, fusing the top tube and down tube at the junction. The process adds for a lighter and stiffer ride.

The Rocky Mountain 2011 Flatline World Cup has a Fox 40 RC2 front suspension, DHX RC4 rear shock, Shimano Saint Drivetrain and brakes, and DT Swiss EX 500 tubeless rims. Releasing in red/white, the…

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2011 Rocky Mountain Solo CXR Cyclocross

2011 rocky mountain solo cxr cyclocross   2011 Rocky Mountain Solo CXR Cyclocross

Rocky Mountain, as you may know, is predominately a mountain bike company. In acknowledging the need to train, however, they will release the 2011 Rocky Mountain Solo CXR cyclocross.

Last year, Rocky Mountain had 3 cross bikes in their line up. In 2011, they will only feature 2. The Rocky Mountain 2011 Solo CXR received input from team riders Geoff Kabush and Alison Sydor. In the end, the Solo CXR is a race cross bike scaled down.

Oval shape tubing is featured at the top tube and down tube, so when lugging the 2011 Solo CXR up hills, it is easier to grab and more comforting to shoulder.

Carbon fiber is used on the seat stays to absorb bumps on the course. Lastly, carbon was also used on the front fork and steer tube.

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