Rocky Mountain Altitude 730 27.5 Full Suspension

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $2849.00

Product Description

Ride up, ride down, ride up, ride down, ride all day long. With its first in its category Straight-Up geometry and patented SmoothLink suspension system, Altitude is a super efficient climber and a wicked descender. Put this bike in your quiver and you might find it's the only one you ever pull out to ride.

  • Frame: FORM 7005 Series Custom Hydroformed Alloy. ABC Pivots. Tapered Head Tube. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. ISCG05 Tabs. Adjustable StraightUp Geometry + Suspension Rate
  • Fork: RockShox Revelation RL Solo Air 650b
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch RT Custom Valved
  • Tires (RR/FR): Schwalbe Nobby Nic Folding 650b x 2.35

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by binrat

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2014

Strengths:    Takes everything I throw at it, XC DH. Ride 9, Climbing ability, descending ability, Fun factor.

Weaknesses:    Cheap a$$ed tires - Nobby Nics wear out too fast.

Bottom Line:   
I've had the 730 for about 14 months now, 4 of which I rode about 40 hours a week Bike Patrolling at a resort. Considering the component build it has lasted through the abuse ok. I upgraded numerous parts (more due to the cheap prices compared to being destroyed).
The best single change that effected the 730 was the fork. I put a new RS Pike 150 mm Solo air on and HELLO fun times. I have done some long XC rides and for the most part loved every pedal during the ride.
Bottom line, the bike performs very well for the price, handles a lot of different terrain with ease and is fun to ride.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2014

Strengths:    It's a great ride, tons of fun. I'm still getting used to seeing stuff on the trail and just crushing it. The short chainstay length makes it super easy to wheelie, and definitely increases the fun factor knowing that I can hop up anything I see.

Weaknesses:    Everything from the axle outward. I was having trouble with the tires (nobby nics wore down quickly, very susceptible to thorns), the hubs weren't the best, and I didn't like the wheels. Well, I replaced all that junk and now feel 3X better on the bike. Totally worth the upgrade.

Bottom Line:   
I find myself planning trips around biking now. It's been a lot of fun to ride, and is definitely less cumbersome than the 29'er I was riding before. The old bike was like a Cadillac - it was long and would roll over anything - but the more nimble platform here has helped me take it up a level.

I ride a lot of really technical trails and was surprised how much more I like the 27.5 wheelsize on rocky climbs - even more than the 29'er. The bike is very nimble and is fun on choppy terrain or on the flowy stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   City Park

Duration Product Used:   100 Hours

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by billbowlrider a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2013

Strengths:    Full carbon frame
Ride 9 adjustable geometry
Nicely spec'd stock - Shimano XT, Rock Shox Dropper Post, etc.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Mountain bikes and the trails we ride them on have been evolving. I wanted my newest bike to excel in the terrain (Bend, OR & Sandy Ridge, OR) that I ride most frequently and to complement the other rides in my quiver.

I found the perfect bike in the Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL!

During bike shop parking lot test rides and the 5 mile road ride home after purchasing the Altitude, the bike definitely felt foreign. Long travel, slack angles, short stems and wide bars are all unfamiliar territory for me and unlike the feel of any other bike in my garage.

But I knew not to judge until the bike received some proper thrashing on the terrain it was intended for. Just one day after purchase I was zipping around the fabulous trails of Bend, OR with a huge grin on my face feeling oh so satisfied with my selection of the Altitude as my newest bike.

Two days and 35 miles of Bend, OR trail riding revealed the Altitude to be a stable, agile and fast machine. All the foreign geometry/set-up feelings I experienced during early test rides melted away the second the bike touched dirt. The Altitude worked equally well on Bend's smooth, XC trails (like Phil's) as it did on the more technical, downhill-y trails (like Tiddlywinks).

I normally ride Bend's trails on my Gary Fisher Ferrous 29er hardtail. The Altitude felt faster, smoother and more flickable than my Gary Fisher. And, probably most importantly, my body felt less sore and abused when riding the Altitude vs. the Gary Fisher over similar trails and distances.

There ARE lots of "things" on the cockpit of the Altitude. It's a little cluttered on the handlebar. But I quickly grew to appreciate the CTD rear shock switch that comes standard and used it quite frequently during the weekend. Only dropped my seatpost during playtime on the jumps at The Lair inside Phil's complex.

I really appreciate the simplicity and flexibility of the adjustable ride 9 system on this bike. Although I didn't use it on my maiden weekend (left the bike in stock neutral set-up), I certainly intend to make full use of it anytime the ride situation dictates. Doing the full North Fork, Flagline, etc. etc. epic loop in Bend is on my ride list and I would anticipate setting ride 9 to "steep" for the 5 mile extended climb up North Fork, then adjusting back to neutral or slack angles for the remainder of the ride back down. I like knowing I can set up the bike with angles similar to the other bikes (Santa Cruz Solo and Bronson, Pivot Mach 6) I had on my short list before selecting the Rocky Mountain.

So far so good with many more rides to come!

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Favorite Trail:   Sandy Ridge Oregon

Duration Product Used:   1 weekend

Price Paid:    $5499.00

Purchased At:   Fat Tire Farm

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Ferrous 29'er hardtail
Titus Motolite 26'er full suspension
Independent Fabrication Deluxe 26'er hardtail

Bike Setup:   size Large (I'm 6" tall with long-ish legs and arms)
Exchanged the stock 60mm stem for 80mm
Swapped the stock aluminum bar for carbon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by geicojoe a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2013

Strengths:    Going up or down rough and rowdy terrain in a hurry

Weaknesses:    Nobby Nics wear out FAST!

Bottom Line:   
Went from a Tallboy Carbon XC. Miss the light weight, but not that much. Replaced stock wheels with Stans Arch EX and now feeling much better on climbs. Loving the neutral setting with higher bottom bracket and not banging cranks on rock gardens. Have yet to mess with Ride 9. Not even close to going over the bars and believe that's due to the Fox 34 and slacker head tube angle. I was skeptical about all the gizmos on the bar (CTD lever on right, Reverb dropper on left) but now find myself using the CTD continuously and loving the Reverb for steep drops and roll ins. 2 x 10 Race Face Turbine crankset is flawless and easy on the eyes. Traded out the bar for a EC70 so I could get through trees without hooking. If I was in more open terrain, would have stuck with Turbine but not minding loosing the 100 grms. either. All in all, I'm one happy camper.

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Favorite Trail:   Whole Enchilada

Duration Product Used:   2 mos.

Purchased At:   Trek Bicycle Store/E

Similar Products Used:   Tallboy XC, Fuel EX, Remedy

Bike Setup:   Stock except for wheels and bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rebelman a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2013

Strengths:    Wow is this fun. Coming from a light, 3.5" travel XC rig I was skeptical and a bit worried that 6" or travel and a bigger bike would overwhelm me. After about six rides, I cannot remember what it was like to ride anything else. I am still dialing it in on the shock, fork, but I have played with the ride 9 a few times as well. Did a long climb in the full out "climb" set-up (setting 2) and then changed in the parking lot--it takes about two minutes--and set it to full "descend" mode (setting 6). Right away I could feel the difference. I was noticeably lower (bottom bracket dropped a full 20mm) and noticed the bigger front wheel looming more. In climb mode it handles a technical climb very well, rolling smoothly and reacting quickly. Descending in full climb mode is a bit choppy and I could tell I was not getting everything out of the bike. Climbing in descend mode was, predictably, a bit sluggish--but not as bad as I would have thought. But descending, wow. I am waaaay more confident, able to fly through rock gardens, corner with confidence, and drop anything that my talent will allow without hesitating. This bike covers my flaws and mishaps with aplomb. I will be playing with the ride-9 some more to find a balance between climb and descend that fits me best, likely tilted toward descend because the short chainstays facilitate climbing quite well in even descending mode.

The 650b/27.5 wheels are noticeably smoother than my old 26". This could be psychological as well, but I do not hesitate to roll over rather than go around many obstacles. I have not ridden a 29er off road, so no comparisons there, but the other day I swapped with a riding partner so he could feel it and riding his 26er felt small, almost childish for a bit until I readjusted.

The stock build is superb, with the clutch-drive derailleur living up to its billing, 2x10 keeping me honest, and the reverb post coming in handy already and offering no issues. Loving it all.

Weaknesses:    Price. You wouldn't believe what my wife thinks it cost vs. what I paid . . . I guess for carbon and a top build, this is becoming standard, but still it is enough to make me overly nervous about it.

Not too sure of the Sun Ringle wheels yet--first experience. No issues; just wondering if there's something better I should aim for. I had to add rime tape to set it up tubeless (not really an issue, but thought it would come ready out of the box).

Bottom Line:   
I am 42 but am getting in the best riding shape of my life--partly because I just bought a bike that would be wasted if I didn't. So I am riding better in general because of fitness, but this bike is changing things for me as well. The "straight-up" geometry is certainly straight up, and with a short stem I am looking at more of the (larger) front wheel than I am used to, but as I noted when I changed back to a 26" for a short climb and descent it felt weird going back. I used to ride a Turner Burner, and I kept saying how that bike made me a better rider. This Altitude does not climb quite like that Turner--no bike I have ever ridden does--but I do feel like it is making me an even better rider because I can climb AND descend, corner, jump, drop, and flat out play far more than I could before. It's fun all over again.

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Favorite Trail:   Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass

Duration Product Used:   6 rides

Price Paid:    $5300.00

Purchased At:   Elevation Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Turner Burner

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bill Dakai

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2013

Strengths:    For a bike with this much travel it pedals good even with the shock in full open position.

Weaknesses:    Pedal strikes and stiff rear suspension bushings.

Bottom Line:   
I ordered this bike in November and picked it up from Blackstone Bicycles last week. The weather here on the east coast hasn't been the best for riding but I have been able to get in about 10 hours in between snow storms. I just wanted to post my initial impressions of how this bike works on our local New England stuff and I will come back later with a follow up after I can really ride this thing. I caught the 29er bug about 5 years ago and have ridden the big wheels exclusively since then but ,to my surprise I had no problem transitioning to the 27.5 wheels on this bike. I like the playfulness and the nimble steering of the smaller wheels and the 150 mm of suspension and slack head angle give me confidence when rolling into a steep chute. There are a couple of things that don't work so good. When riding through a typical New England rock garden I am experiencing more pedal strikes than I did on my 29ers and also when I need to ratchet my peddling to avoid the pedal strikes the low number of engagement points on the cheap hubs become a problem. Also the rear suspension isn't very sensitive to small chatter but I noticed that the linkage pivots are pretty stiff so this concern could remedy itself with more break in time. I'm building a set of better wheels with hubs with a higher number of engagement points to help me ratchet through the rock gardens better and then, if the snow melts, I'm just going to RIDE it and do another review after many more miles pass under the wheels.

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