Rocky Mountain Element 29er Full Suspension
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- Compact Frame Design
- Tapered Head Tube
- Internal Cable Routing
- Seat Collar Sleeve
- Custom Anti Chain Drop Plate
At the outset, let me clearly unequivocally state that this is merely a preview of the RM Element 29er. I have not even ridden the bike (although that opportunity will emerge in the near future). This preview will consist of pictures, RMB’s-provided information with some commentary from myself and a synthesis of information provided from RMB and from my one ride with someone on a prototype Element 29er. Continue reading →
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Date Reviewed: May 4, 2014
Strengths: Looks, weight, stiffness, handling
Purchased At: Sacred ride nelson b
Similar Products Used: Rocky Mountain element 26
Date Reviewed: October 5, 2013
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 !!
This bike is the best you can buy, it does all better than any other bike on the market. "Just get one"
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2013
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)
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.
Duration Product Used: 2 mo
Price Paid: $2800.00
Purchased At: Elevation Cycles
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
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2013
Strengths: The geometry of this bike is amazing: point it up and the rear end will take you through the roughest climbs (you still need to provide the power tough). Point it down and the bike makes you a better/faster rider with lots of confidence to roll over every sorts of obstacles and to handle sharp turns at speeds that did not seam possible before. Make mistakes and see how much the bike can cover for that and save you from hitting the ground hard.
29'er wheels go as unnoticed as they should: The advantages are there, but I don't feel any of the usually mentioned disadvantages. In fact this bike handles everything better than my previous Scott Spark 26".
I do really like the looks of the bike (not sure if this is an advantage tough). I'm 1m83 and the L size with the stock stem is a perfect fit for me.
Except for the tires, the stock configuration was already more than I could ask for. With better wheels and another Front Fork (a matter of taste), this might become the only MTB I'll need for many years to come!...
Weaknesses: The Fox CTD Fork: Had to be serviced in order to get the whole CTD thing to work, but the Trail mode is still too soft and does not really provide a firm pedaling platform (like the one the Magura Durin SL I had in my previous bike). While racing I see myself having to use the remote lever and go into Climb mode whenever I want to sprint out of turn or when rolling fast through fire roads in order to avoid the fork to bob and steal some of the power I'm trying to put down (ideally I should be using trail mode for this in order to have a firm pedaling platform while still being able to handle eventual trail irregularities - btw the rear end is perfect in this regard).
The wheels: Probably too heavy without any added robustness or handling advantage. Rims are too narrow (18mm inner) and leak sealant if used with the stock rim tape (took the standard tape off, put a layer of electrical tape and a layer of No Tubes tape and they're fine now). This will definitely be my next upgrade.
Stock tires: I have nothing against Continental tires, but the versions that come with the bike are a joke: can't be mounted tubeless and even with tubes the sidewalls did not resist my 1'st 100 km (I'm not an aggressive rider, but ancient trails in Portugal can be really rough on tires). At this price tag I'd expect getting the Protection version of the tires to start with.
Wheels and tires are the reason why I'm not giving this a 5 in Value Rating.
This bike really made me a betters rider: I'm more of a climber and the bike made me climb over some technical sections that were nearly impossible with my previous bikes and gives me the confidence to enjoy some downhills that caused me creeps in the past. Whenever I finish a ride, I'm already thinking of the next one and keep on pushing the boundaries of my (modest) technical abilities.
At the Transrockies I could really feel that the bike was really done for that kind of terrain, in fact at some points it felt like the bike was introducing me to it's roots! Here in Portugal, were the terrain is not always as technical the only situation were I'd say that the bike could do better is at rolling in gravel/fire roads, but this is mostly due to the front fork (Fox CTD) being too soft in trail mode and to hard in climb mode in order to handle this kind of terrain to my liking.
Duration Product Used: 5 months
Similar Products Used: Cannondale Scalpel, Scott Spark 26", Other 26'ers...
Bike Setup: Enve Seatpost and Handlebars, ESI grips, XTR shifters, Specialized Phenom Pro Saddle, Hope Race X2 Brakes (w/shimano XTR ice tech rotors), Maxxis Ikon Rear and Ardent Race Front tires.
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.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $8000.00
Purchased At: NY
Similar Products Used: Specialized epic pro , Cannondale scalpel
Bike Setup: Xx ,avid and racing Ralph front and back
Date Reviewed: August 19, 2013
Strengths: Climbs well, Descends well, good all day trail bike,
Weaknesses: Fox 32's have been rubbish ! I have owned this bike for only 3 months for 1 month of that the Fork has been back to service supplier...CTD wasn't working..yay they fixed that..Talas would not release unless I got off the bike..what a pain! Fork has gone back to service agent..I hope they fix it this time or Im buying a new fork for my 7k+ bike..Also rear gear cable got caught between linkage and bent cable! looks like cable is too short..new cable installed..1 piece all the way..Internal cabling can be a pain...why no remote suspension control??
Bike Setup: Specialized Toupe 155 saddle, Shimano pedals, Kenda Nevegal 2.4 on the front, ODI grips...
Date Reviewed: May 23, 2013
Strengths: Decent spec for the money, no problems with SLX/XT part mix.
Light and solid frame.
Climbs like a champ and descends really well, CTD works as it should. Very efficient in everything it does and inspires you to go faster.
Weaknesses: Not very much. Stock wheels are not that great. OEM front rotor got fried but SoCal mountains aren't exactly XC... CTD remote is huge, but I can live with that.
Price Paid: $3400.00
Purchased At: California
Similar Products Used: Cannodale Prophet, Specialized Epic
Date Reviewed: April 15, 2013
Strengths: Suspension feel, descending, pedaling platform, quietness
Weaknesses: Triple ring spec if that's not your thing.
Duration Product Used: 2 weeks
Purchased At: Slim and Knobby's, H
Similar Products Used: Epic Expert 29, an SC Tallboy, and a Cannondale Scalpel 2 29
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2013
Strengths: Best high end MTB ever manufactured. Ever ridden period.
Weaknesses: High cost, XX WORLD CUP BRAKES ARE LAME......
Duration Product Used: Six months
Price Paid: $6800.00
Purchased At: Colby's cycles
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.
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
Duration Product Used: 3 weeks
Purchased At: spoke n motion
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.
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.
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Price Paid: $7800.00
Purchased At: New York cycles
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.
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.
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.
Duration Product Used: 1 month
Price Paid: $7000.00
Purchased At: SingleTrack Factory
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Tallboy LT - good climber, lots of bounce and SAG...not very efficient
Yetti (995) aluminum - nice ride, but way too heavy for x country - more of a downhill bike
Bike Setup: 999RSL full carbon XT/XTR, WTB carbon seat, Easton handlebar
ZTR crest custom wheels with tubeless tires
22lbs with pedals...no, I"m not kidding.
Date Reviewed: January 8, 2013
Strengths: Climbs and corners fantastic but it really comes into its own when the trails head down. This bike is amazing when the going gets tough going down. For a short travel bike I was amazed by the terrain it will ride over. Dropper seat post just adds to its ability.
Weaknesses: Had an issue with bottom bracket creaking. Will have to see howthe Race Face holds up.
But no riding weeknesses.
Date Reviewed: December 28, 2012
Strengths: Rolls over rough terrain with so much ease! Feels stable and solid, very nimble around the turns, I barely even noticed it was a 29er. Nice feel and ride to the bike. I bought it for racing, so far Ive just done a 24 solo and a stage race on it, but I feel it was the right tool for the job.
Weaknesses: I didn't like the 2x10 setup that came with it so I plan on switching to 3 speed up front. Also, I haven't been major happy with the Rock Shox rear shock, it seems to leak air fairly easily. I switched to a narrower bar as the stock bars were a bit wide for me. Also, the tyres have zero cornering grip and Ive washed out on them a few times.
Price Paid: $3000.00
Purchased At: Tantalus bikes.
Similar Products Used: Giant 29er hardtail.
Bike Setup: Stock except for Mt Zoom carbon bars, KCNC seatpost, and Ergon grips. Got some Stans race gold wheels for the next racing season.
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