Rocky Mountain Altitude 29The Altitude 29 is a big-wheel re-interpretation of Rocky Mountains best sellingTrail bike. Straight Up geometry, FORM™Tubing, and SmoothLink suspension all come standard, as well as choice componentry and Rocky Mountains reputation for well-built and excellent handling bikes (which you absolutely cannot get anywhere else). Features: Straight Up Geometry: Rocky Mountains first of its kind 76-degree seat angle gives you a bio-mechanically correct seat positio
This is a bike that’s very biased to the more cross-country side of “all-mountain”. It has minimal free-ride or downhill pretensions without some serious tweaks to components. For use in Sea-to-Sky country (ie North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler) it is more of a niche offering. Continue reading →
Weaknesses: fork, pivot points, no 12mm axel on rear hub, chain drops out on small ring.
I own the 2010 version in size L. First impressions were good, it climbed really well, but the DH was nowhere near my former stumpy. I adjusted a bit the suspensions getting a decent performance out of the boostvalve FOX, however no chance getting a good travel out of the Fox 32 F29, it rather feels like an XC suspension. No plush feeling whatsoever even with the softer setting. max you'd get 100mm out of it.
I feel like the stem/handlebar is a bit too XC, it could do with a 50mm stem and a riser bar, but that's more a personal taste matter. The driving position is a bit to far forward which takes away the fun of steep downhill specially when riding big mountain at the Alps.
I also faced a problem with the race face chainrings which would drop the chain when switching between medium to small, and the chain would get stack between chainstay and small chainring damaging the frame. I read that this is a problem of the teeth design from RaceFace. I installed a chain tensioner which seems to have solved the problem.
On my last ride I lost the bearing caps and axel of the right rear pivot point, which most likely is due to a bit of slackness from my side in the maintenance, however finding the replacement part is proving to be quite a hard taks (3weeks waiting now...)
a Cross Country Rider
from Telluride, CO
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2011
Strengths: Relatively light for FS, responsive handling, fun! fun! fun!
Weaknesses: Rear shock tricky to set up....still don't know if I have it dialed right
I've taken this out on twisty, turny trails and find that it handles as well as my 22lb Ti XC race bike. Rolls fast, corners, fast. Granny is a little big for my multi-injured knees, but getting used to it.
This is my new go to bike. Can't wait for the snow to dry up here in the high country. I'll be finding an excuse to ride it everyday!
Bike Setup: Stock except for Sram X0 Shifters and Rear Derailleur, Terry Butterfly Ti Saddle and Crank Brothers pedals
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011
Strengths: Easy to set up, decent part spec, fun, fun, fun
Weaknesses: Straight up geometry, seems to put you a bit too foward. I use a seat post dropper to get it out of the way when descending. A bit too much chainslap.
This bike is blast to ride. Corners and climbs like a 29er should. You start riding and then you totally forget you are on a 29er, but just on a great bike. For the price conscious this is a great bike. The complete bike is not much more than a Carbon Tallboy.
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Bike Setup: 2011
a Cross Country Rider
from Salt Lake City, UT
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2010
Strengths: Climbing was fantastic and the additional tire contact made rolling over rocks a lot easier. I've been riding it for a few weeks and I'm a believer in the 29er. Great bike and components made this a nice buy. I have a Specialized Epic Expert and I can say that this bike gives my Epic a run for the money...
Weaknesses: Tires will be changed out for a narrower tire, the Conti 29 is a little wide for what I like. I prefer a 2.1-2.2 rather than the stock 2.4 Conti Mtn King.
I'm 6'3" and I bought the XL frame. I test rode the GF HiFi and Specialized FSR I also looked at the Niner and Turner, but thought for the money this was a better buy. I like the ride and cockpit of RM compared to the others. Overall I like the ride of the 29er and can see why they are becoming so popular.
Similar Products Used: Test rode the Gary Fiser HiFI, Specialized FSR and looked at Niner and Turner.
a Weekend Warrior
from Glendale, AZ USA
Date Reviewed: October 17, 2010
Strengths: Formula R1 brakes. Stan's Arch wheel set. XT shifters and rear derailleur. Race Face Deus crank set.
Weaknesses: Formula brakes seem to be a bit touchy in their set-up, but their performance is worth it. Nothing else so far.
I wasn't sure what to expect switching from a 26er and my Trance X was no slouch, but this bike is amazing. I've ridden it twice and I have cleared two sections of my local trail that have eluded me the entire time I've owned my Trance. I have concluded, the primary reason is the geometry of this frame. I rode an XL before, but my Altitude is a L. Additionally, the 76 degree seat tube angle allows me to sit in the cockpit, rather than on top.
The chainstays are a bit long, but I've perceived this to be a benefit while climbing. All though the bike is equipped with the venerable RP23 shock, this bike wants to stay planted and doesn't require artificial platform to get up the steep climbs.
I was ready to buy a Trek Hi-Fi, but they are not equipped with a thru-axle fork. As this will be the last bike I have for awhile, I wanted everything up front. Don't compromise here. The additional height of the 29er wheel will allow the lowers to flex in the rough stuff. With the F29 RL FIT and 15QR, this bike is truly a point and shoot trial weapon. In fact, I have to be much more attentive as this bike will corner quickly enough to cause whiplash. Okay, all hyperbole aside, the 15QR works.
Finally, this bike makes me faster. I'm rolling over stuff that used to slow me down. I'm less tired at the end, partly due to the 36 tooth rear cog. I'm grinning from ear to ear through out the ride. Compared to the competition, this bike will stand up, but for the price I paid, this is best 29er in the world.
Bike Setup: Stock except Maxxis Ardent (F) and Crossmark (R), Stan's tape for tubeless and Sunline lock on grips.
a Cross Country Rider
from Squaw Valley, CA-Girdwood, AK
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2010
Strengths: Lightweight, plush, fast, great spec's, great suspension
Weaknesses: Rear tire size, slight flex in the wheels
I bought this a month ago and have been riding it exclusivly in Alaska, but will soon take it back to Tahoe. Wanted a full-suspension 29r- I demo'd Santa Cruz tallboy, a Niner (not sure which, one) as well as the standard Rocky Mtn Altitude 70. Part of the reason I went with the Rocky Mtn was because I have had such great times on my Slayer and the day i was able to try the 26' Altitude.
I am 6'2, 215lbs and I ride hard. Usually 4 days a week with at least a all day epic thrown in once a week. I beat up my stuff pretty good.
My initial impressions was that the 29'r wheels were an immediate difference over my Slayer (duh), and the thing climbs so dam well. Just sit in the cockpit and spin, responds well to getting out of the saddle too. I felt the stock Easton EA 70 flat bar made the bike feel a tad twitchy- the cockpit is small, but not cramped- so I switched to the Race Face carbon 3/4 riser and it completly changed everything. A little more up right (not moto style, like my Slayer setup) and it made the downhills so damn fun. The suspension is worry free-set it up and forget it. Loved the additional clearance as well.
Not many, but I thought there was a couple I should point out.
Continental 2.4 tires- great tire, hooks up amazing in wet, rooty stuff. The problem is a major over site in design- The rear tire is to wide when in granny gear or the top 3 rear chainrings. The chain rubs on the side of the tire and causes it to ghost shift when you really are cranking up steep stuff. I was really surprised that they had not seen this in testing and R/D. I have just got the same tire for the rear in a 2.2, which should fix the problem.
Wheels felt a bit flexy at points, but that could just be me getting used to the bigger hoops.
I would highly recomend this to someone looking for the 29'r feel, but still values the "all-mtn" riding. It is really at home for all day riding as well as quick cross-country loops. Alaska is very much like the Northwest- rooty, wet, and good packed dirt. I will post a Tahoe follow-up to see how she does in the high-ALTITUDE rocky,dusty rides. It delivers.
Bike Setup: Stock except- Race Face Dues 3/4 Carbon bar, Race Face Dues stem, Race Face Dues XC Stem, WTB Pure V saddle (sucker for Race Face over Easton EA70, WTB Stock saddle didn't fit)
a Cross Country Rider
from San Diego, CA
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2010
Strengths: Light weight, good compromise in travel between XC and AM bikes, climbs and descends well
Weaknesses: Only one level available though I suspect that will change next year. A frameset would be ideal. Would like to see a more rigid wheelset, but again this was a demo so maybe they just needed to be tensioned.
I was really happy with this bike. It climbed well in PP and full open on the shock. The fork is amazing, and the head angle made for a great descending bike. I felt it rode uphill as well as the VPP Tallboy, and downhill was better. A Tallboy with a 120mm fork might be as good, but I have not been able to try that yet.
a Weekend Warrior
from Anaheim, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: February 20, 2010
Strengths: It accelerates well. Suspension is plush. Relatively light.
Weaknesses: I wish it could be little more laterally rigid.
I wish it could be little more efficient.
I think this is an outstanding full suspension 29er.
Rocky Mountain has done a great job balancing climbing and decension. This bike is relatively light, espcially compared to Pivot or Turner. It accelerates well. It is splightly yet stable. On climbing, there is just ever slightly perceptible bob, probably because I was looking for it. With propedal on, there is no bob. Still I like the way this bike climbs better than Pivot or Turner. I think Ellsworth may be slightly more efficint in climbing. But with propedal, I say about the same. It steers and handles easily and accurately.
It absolutely shines in descending. It uses its full 29er 4.5" suspension in a plush, ground hugging, snake-like manner. Its suspension descends at least as well as Turner, and clearly better than Ellsworth. Every different suspension has its unique feel, and I just really enjoyed how fluid the suspension felt and behaved.
It seems that 4-5" full suspension 29ers are divided between cross-country leaning(i.e. Ellsworth evolve, GF Fly) vs trail/all mountain leaning (Turner sultan and Pivot) types. (Admittedly, I think I am realizing that I am favoring crosscountry-leaning types when it comes to fully 29er.)
In any case, I think Rocky Mountain has done a fine job in trying to marry these two types. It is a serious contender. I wonder if I really need to demo Santa Cruz Tallboy before deciding...
Sunday Canyonrat joined me and we attempted to track HomegrownMN, Slow and Luis who had gone bikepacking for the weekend in a rainy, humid alpine environment.
Moose! Funny enough, I have an Aunt Moose. Though she is maybe 5'1" and 110 lbs tops.
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Running one on the 650, and after a few months, have concluded that that 140-150 is the sweet spot after all.
Especially in the slackest ride9 setting,...the bike is too choppered, IMO.
If any of you are running one, what is your bikes sweet spot?
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Does anyone know if the 2014 Altitude Rally Edition (carbon frame) will be available as a frame only option with the Fox Float X Kashima CTD rear shock.
If so, will it have a different color paint job and does anyone know what price its likely to be.
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2014 is looking good... Travel up'd to 160mm, 1x drivetrain, similar to the Instinct BC Edition. I wonder if that name will stick in North America?
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