Rocky Mountain Instinct 29er Full Suspension

5/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $3099.99

Product Description

With 130mm of SmoothLink rear travel and RIDE-9 adjustable geometry, the Instinct caters to all-day epic riders wanting a more capable bike when things get rough. With RIDE-9, the rider can tune the ride to suit anything from pure cross-country riding to heavy-duty trail riding. Making a longer travel 29er that mows down trails is one thing, but it has to pedal and climb well too. That’s why we carefully selected the suspension and parts packages to favour efficiency and light weight. Add that to the pedal neutral SmoothLink suspension and incredibly stiff ABC pivots, and the Instinct is no one trick pony.

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User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2015

Strengths:    My instinct is the 930, poor mans full suspension and to tell you the truth, I do not mind being poor. Manitou Minute for the front is outstanding. Coming from a Fox CTD FIT damped fork this thing blows it out of the park! Evolution CTD shock is tuneable with the ride-9 technology and gets the rear to work however you like. I never really understood the term "active under braking" until I got this bike dialled in and screaming! If the rear brake is called upon at any point even half way through a corner the response is controlled planted and predictable. The rear will sit down, grip and give you a slide at a fingers request that will make a hairy situation seem in slow motion, turning bailout urgency into pure speed. It gives true inspiration to the statement used by Formula 1 drivers. The brain says it's not possible to corner that fast, but you have to have faith in knowing that the vehicle can do it. It's the same with this bike. I'm constantly having to tell myself not to grab any brake, the bike can take this corner! And it will! Even on the margins the feel is epic. The rear will let go a little and then the front too. Both wheels losing traction yet under control, this is what it's all about isint it? The fine line is a whole lot thicker on this bike. Climbing is another game. I went from a 24-36 ratio (my old bike shall remain nameless) on my local grinding climb to a single ring 30-32 for the same ascent. I love this bike, it is magnificent. Rocky Mountain is what can be called a sleeper hit! And I don't have a problem with that. If you haven't taken one for a blast, it's your own fault!

Weaknesses:    It's really hard to make friends in today's 650b world when your on a blisteringly fast 29er!

Bottom Line:   
Ride the bike you like, not the one they want you to like!

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

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2015

Strengths:    Climbing ability is better than any other bike I've owned, large volume spec tires saves all the intermediate mistakes, Ride 9 is no gimmick - big changes with small adjustments. Kit is solid as spec'd (2015 950MSL - specs on dead accurate). Carbon frame with aluminum rear make for a super stiff ride leaving the only "weak" point in the low-medium grade wheels.

Weaknesses:    If any I would say that would be the X-Fusion dropper as 3 weeks in I've already had issues. The BAT remote on the unit is awesome and when it works it's great but a far cry from LEV or Reverb. The wheels are a bit on the heavy side and with the bike being such a firm build it accentuates the flex in the low spec(Sunringle) units.

Bottom Line:   
Point it up hill and it goes. Point it down hill and it goes. This bike is tall and you feel it when you hop on but yet an incredibly stable platform. I have the 950MSL 2015 model which is a cool doo doo brown and Tron blue. The brakes are great(my second set of SLX's this year), the shifting is direct and sure with no money thrown away on carbon and Ti parts (X9 and X7). Even with the issues on the dropper I still love the fact that it's factory spec'd and internally routed. I upgraded the wheels to CB Cobalts as I got a good deal and between that and tubeless it rocketed the bike to the next level. Looking at the spec I believe it would be close to the 770MSL now in weight.

A lot of people say that this is a Element with longer travel which may have been true in the past but is not so any more. My best friend rides/races a 2014 Element with close spec to mine and it feels like a razor compared to this bike - very narrow minded towards racing where as this bike allows for more relaxed and hardcore hitting feel. The addition of Ride9 also allows for a lot of changes that will tune the bike towards a personal style and terrain. In the CC mode(pin back) it is super quick to turn and feels like your on a ladder(BB height rises much higher) but stable and climbs like it has a motor, in the forward more slack position it really rakes out and you can take super steep stuff just laid back and the suspension will do it's job. I have ridden it in all the positions and the middle setting really is the best of both worlds but with a change time of 45 seconds or so it can be adjusted on the trail if you're looking at a 10 mile downhill.

With pedals I'm now in the 28.5lb range. Sounds heavy but think about it - 29" 2.4 front and rear rubber, 130mm F/R travel and dropper post; it adds up. When you start your climb the weight just sheds away. I've ridden bikes 5lbs lighter in similar size and geometry that feel so much heavier - this bike floats but stays stuck to the ground. I do miss the small wheel fun on jumps but I haven't had an issue with any of the 4' shelf highspeed drops and mach 3 rock gardens I've thrown at this bike. It's fun and it doesn't beat you up. The Ardent front and IKON rear are a great match with weight, traction and fast rolling. Go tubeless and don't look back. at a $4k MSRP it's a real contender and surpasses the competition in an "adventure" long travel 29er category.

I'm 5'11" with 32" inseam and long arms. I got the Large - fits perfect.

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Favorite Trail:   JRPS Richmond, VA and Dupont State Park NC

Duration Product Used:   4 months

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Stop Culpep

Similar Products Used:   SC Tallboy LT
Trek Rumblefish

Bike Setup:   2015-950MSL with added: tubeless, Crank Brothers Cobalt 2 wheelset. The $3100 price on the above section is misleading. RM has good pricing on their website per the spec you're looking for.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom Munro a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2014

Strengths:    Ride9 - Awesome adjustability
SLX Brakes and Shifters are faultless
Continental MountainKing tires are excellent on the trail.
Internal cable routing

Just a nice bike to ride, climbs really well and with 130mm travel it eats up the downhill trails. Very surprised how well it handles technical steep downhill single track especially with the dropper post it kills my old 26er.

Happy with the price considering specs and including dropper and remote lockout all for NZ$5,000 or US$4,200 from LBS.

Weaknesses:    Heavy. Weighs in at 14kg or 31 pounds including my LEV Integra Dropper Post I added on to it and added remote lock out to the rear shock.

I was really weight conscious when looking for a bike but once I rode this bike weight didn't come into it. This bike pops over anything and is easy to handle.

Bottom Line:   
Took me 2 or 3 rides to really get it setup for me and get used to the 29er. Adjusted the Ride9 setting a couple of times and have to set perfectly for my riding now.

This bike is so comfortable to ride, did a 70km (4.5 hour) ride last weekend and my normal back pain I usually get riding after an hour on my old bike wasn't there and i felt great, apart from exhaustion.

This bike has XT Rear and SLX front derailleur with SLX brakes, shifters, cassette and hubs. Really happy with the spec.

Added a LEV Integra dropper post which is great all internally routed. Also added remote lockout to the rear shock which is brilliant.

I was concerned about going to a 29er from a 26er but I have never looked back.

Don't let the weight of this bike put you off, this bike is fantastic.

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Duration Product Used:   400km

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Bike Inc - Timaru Ne

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pman

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2013

Strengths:    -Incredible allround ability both up and down.
-Great spec for the money. CTD works a treat.
-Ride 9 rocks!

Weaknesses:    -A little heavy in original spec, but don't notice it on the trail.
-Avid brakes can be noisy, however they have more than enough modulation and power.

Bottom Line:   
I've come off a Yeti 575 for last 6 years, and like many, I resisted the 29 wagon wheels for a long time writing it off to a fad. It wasn't until the Yeti frame gave up after years of joy that I ended up with a great deal on this bike. Whoa - what a difference for the XC/trail stuff I ride. 12 Strava PR's on my first ride and was taking it easy! Another 12 on my next! It just seems to flow on anything with ease, both up and down. These new generation long travel 29's are so playful, I've had no regrets coming off a 26'er. You won't be disappointed with this bike.

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

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2013

Strengths:    Owned this bike for about 4 weeks now. Great bike with 130mm travel front and back with fox suspension. Also has what they called ride9 witch is able to change ride angel from the back suspension. Come with shimano xt shifter, race face turbine cranked, rockshox seat post dropper, avid elixir 90xm brakes

Weaknesses:    All black theme, decals mainly

Bottom Line:   
Capable of riding all day long

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Favorite Trail:   Single tracks

Duration Product Used:   5 hrs

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Crank'ed cycles

Bike Setup:   Best to keep factory setting

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