Element 999 RSL is the no-holds-barred full-on World Cup XC race rocket. At just 22.3 pounds out of the box (size medium), Element 999 accelerates better than you’d ever imagine and yet is still incredibly stiff for diving into tight, technical corners. Take a look through the spec sheet and you’ll see that no detail was overlooked and nothing was compromised.
Strengths: This bike can do it all !! Well made, lighter than any other FS frame. Can go with 120mm fork with CTD, remote controls front and rear with the flick of the trigger. Frame is very stiff with angular bushings, easy to rebuild myself.
This bike is now the only bike I go too, My lefty is just sitting collecting dust. It's that good !!
Weaknesses: May need to go up size to fit proper. Makes you want to sell all other bikes. Hard to find a dealer !!
I bought the frame and built myself, went with all Shimano XTR brakes with Zee rear deraileur, XTR 11x36 cassette, Hope rotors, I9 Torch 32 hole wheelset, Sram xx1 30 tooth crank so 1x10 setup. Enve setback post, RaceFace 90mm stem. Enve riser bar, Fizik saddle, Michelin Wild Gripper tires, Cane Creek 110 headset. 2014 Fox CTD 120mm Float fork.
This bike is the best you can buy, it does all better than any other bike on the market. "Just get one"
Strengths: Super stiff, super light, very responsive, love the geometry, spot on, 12x142 rear rocks, internal cable routing, built in SAG indicator, BB92
Weaknesses: lame ,heavy, bulky Fox dual remote lever for rear shock. (Sending my shock back to Fox to have eyelet changed to eliminate this)
this is my re entry into full suspension CX bikes. Previously owned a 2003 Epic, and pretty much have ridden SS since 2004. Everyone in my riding crew now has 29 full suspension bikes. I fought it for a long time. My son in law who works at Rocky Mountain dealer kept telling me how incredible this bike was. Was in a LBS and saw the 26" version and that was it. I was able to get the last xxl frameset Rocky Mountain had.
Built it up and was completely blown away. On out of the saddle climbs, it felt as stiff as my hard tail SS! Very sable on fast descents thanks to the slack head tube. With the short chain stays this bike accelerates on the climbs, amazing. How they came up with this geometry, I don't know but it's magic. It steers so quick it still scares me, still getting used to that. you sit in the bike, not on the bike as well.
Anybody who still thinks 29ers are not responsive needs to try the Element 999 RSL. Rocky Mountain has it together. What a great bike.
Similar Products Used: One One Lurcher, Niner Air 9 Carbon , Salsa Juan Solo
Bike Setup: xxl Frameset, Full XTR, 2x10, Enve AM wheelset, Race Face 720 Next bars, stem, Thomson setback seat post, Specialized Phenom pro saddle,Fox CTD, Schwalbe Rocket Rons.
XXL = 23.4 lbs
Zain the Rocket
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2013
Strengths: Rock solid ride, zip lighting. Fastest on acceleration. Rocket line speed and stable. The best single track -back end you ever ride. Installed winning ability to mediocrity riders. Probably the only bike that can make you a champ if you not one..already.
Weaknesses: Worst brakes ever. XX needs lost of care and wears fast. Replace often.
After having the new Specialized Epic pro, collectors colour.. And this Rocky 999 for three months Rocky must take the bow of applause. These engineers have exceeded anything made before this. Had some hardcore MTB champs ride this with me, they were blown away. It's funny how they loved the ride, expect to see this low key brand more on the trail in many parts of the world. Lookout as unless the other brands copy or REALY bring out something amazing this will dominate with the right riders nothing will come close. I ordered a new 2014 as my own home bike- not sponsored bike.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Epic pro , Giant 0 team pro , and a few others all 2013. Nothing is similar !
Bike Setup: Racing Ralph's snakes , Wtb carbon , replaced brakes a few months ago with real brakes XTR race.
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2013
Strengths: Stiff,light brilliant trail and XCMTB
Weaknesses: SRAM XX BRAKES - what a load of junk. Agree with one of reviews , put Shimano and smile with all your teeth.
Best bike on planet earth.
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2013
Strengths: really light, proven suspension design, great build, no skimping on parts, stiff frame, great fit
Weaknesses: I prefer shimano to sram, purely a personal preference. if I had to go sram I would go xx
bought the bike and swapped out the xx for xtr. gained a little weight in doing so but the bike is still sub 23 lbs with pedals and no exotic swaps. it is actually lighter than my previous element team rsl 26" bike. if it handles anywhere near as good as my vertex 990 rsl this thing is going to be a rocket.
Similar Products Used: rocky mountain vertex 990 rsl, rocky mountain element team rsl 26"
Bike Setup: full xtr with shadow plus rr der. 180 fr rotor, 160 rr. 28/40 rings on 2x crank.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2013
Strengths: A very serious race machine for short 30 / 40 /50 mile rides that doubles up as luxury long distance racer good for stage races run over three days.
Weaknesses: Price price price. Brakes (Avid WC Xx ) need real expert servicing to get them to work as claimed. Nothing else's, but remember good things don't come free.
Having tried the Specialized Epic for six months, the 999 is a red blooded race machine. Fast, climes like its got a motor, very light but also gives a plush ride! The suspension is near perfect and you gain confidence to try things you should not real do on XC bike. It like a trail bike very well blended with a XC bike. Comes well quipped. I am told their is a waiting list for 999 bikes now, no surprise. I am both a XC rider who enjoys to ride long three and four day races and a top 30 position racer on races of about 40 miles.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Epic pro. Great bike but no as much the 999. Rides well, after riding the 999 its a tangible difference. It not a mystery. Try each for 10 miles on the same track. The Specialized has much better marketing hype. All that said it would be my second choice.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 27, 2013
Strengths: Ridiculously light, very stiff, extremely nimble.
Weaknesses: Not sure I'm a big fan of the CTD remote shock switch on the handlebar, but have decided that I would give it a solid try out for the first 6 mos and then dump it if I don't like it.
Bought my 999RSL in Dec 2012, with custom build including wheels. This bike is so fun to ride. It's light, fast, and very stiff. On climbs when i would be in granny gear on my 26, i'm 3 up from that on this. It rolls so easily. I was worried about how "nimble" it would be on tight sections, particularly given the fact that this is my first 29 (my 26 was a 2006 Element 70)....it is a more comfortable ride than my E70 and is just as nimble.
I tested the Santa Cruz Tallboy and the Yeti (alum) 29ers. Those bikes ride like a big bike...not bad, just different (feels like a motorcycle). Rocky Mountain has figured out how to make this feel like a 26, with all the benefits of a 29. I cannot say enough about this. I was on the fence and really struggling with paying this much for a bicycle...but then i rode it. It's truly unbelievable. Cannot wait for the snow to clear on the big trails in the mountains to get some of my favorite rides in. Right now, I'm stuck to riding front range (still good trails, just not as much fun!) If you are on the fence, buy one...you won't be disappointed.
This bike is a great bike for someone who rides a lot / races - this is not a downhillers bike, but a good bike for cross country / climbing and racing.
Similar Products Used: TREK Super-fly pro, ,Cannonadale Scalpel 1 2013. Epic 2012full carbon .. I ridden the Cannonade scalpel 1 2013 for a month, I have used the new Trek Superfly pro for two months and have a full spec Epic carbon full suss 2012. They don't even compare to the dream bike. Ride it, you see why I smile from ear to ear when riding this rig
Bike Setup: Xc to trail , as is with egg beaters. Changed grips to specialized.
I'd like to buy another hangers in case of problem with the new element. Where can I buy it? Do you think it's ok this one:
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So i fall in love and ordered one !!! Yes ! After 10years Specialized's s-works Epic 26" 03'- 05'-07'- Stumpjumper's ht 29er 09' and 10' !!! It comes with a 100mm Lefty XLR 29er ! Normally the first week of december !!
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