By tucking the rear wheel under the rider with insanely short chainstays and manipulating the tubeset as much as physically possible, the Rocky Mountain Vertex 950 flows over forest single track with grin-inducing and snappy handling. Rocky also added a lightweight, ultra-stiff, and tubeless-ready wheelset, bump-smoothing RockShox squish, and 29er-optimized SRAM 2 x 10 gear ratios to ensure the 950 effortlessly drops lesser bikes on the up, down, and all around.
Strengths: Climbs extremely well, feels good and direct
Weaknesses: Sram shifters, X7 feels cheap and difficult to shift to a bigger gear, as if the spacing of the two levers aren't correct. The Easton Handlebar, although similar to most other low range builds, feels strange, riser bar in my opinion would have been a good option.
Enjoying the bike, feels good, climbs well. Good value for money, compared to other bikes in this price range seems to be on par. Like the decals and paintwork, much better quality frame and finish than what I have seen on rivals in my opinion. Will probably change over the Sram shifters with Shimano when I have some cash.