Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro Downhill Full Suspension

4/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $2986.49


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Product Description

Can you hear that AAA the sound of knobby tires machinAAA over packed dirt, the soft whirr of a quad lift, the clickity clank of chain-slapped stays Sounds like the resorts are callingAAAanswer with the lively Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro. Born and raised in the heart of lift-access sending, the gravity-fueled Flatline Pro playfully styles stunts with finesse, floats doubles with composure, and dices tree-lined, twisty steeps with aplomb.


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eastcoast trailrider a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2012

Strengths:    Performance is excellent, no complaints there...

Weaknesses:    Design is flawed DO NOT BUY THIS BIKE!!! Rear swingarm cracks at the mount location where thru axle screws in. I talked to several other DH riders that had the same thing happen, in the same exact spot, hence, Rocky Mountain needs to re-engineer the rear wheel mount.

Bottom Line:   
DO NOT BUY THIS BIKE! Unless you want to be stuck in the middle of the season with a cracked swingarm, waiting for a warranty part, then having it break again... Life is too short to be playing games with BS like this... Rocky Mountain should re-design the rear wheel mount, then send out replacement swingarms to all the peeps that bought this bike.

It hurts me to make comments like this because I love the bike, and the performance is outstanding. But unfortunately, it is a lemon that I am now stuck with, and I do not have money for a new bike...

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Favorite Trail:   Upper Dominion, Deviant, Crap shoot

Price Paid:    $3400.00

Purchased At:   Huck n roll

Bike Setup:   Flatline Pro, custom wheelset from pro wheel builder.com, straightline pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DesertCrawler a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2012

Strengths:    2011 Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro

Fast, stable, predictable, burly build, well equipped right out of the box. The Boxxer fork and Vivid shock work very well. The I-beam seat is great. The two position direct mount stem (seems to be made by whomever makes the Loaded Precision AMX stem) appears to be well built and the adjustment is a good option.

Once the brake pads were bedded in they seem to stop the bike very well. The Avid Elixirs are not quite as nice as what I am used to (Hayes Stroker Ace) but still work well.

Pedals well considering what it is, just have to stay in the saddle. Changed the casstte to 11-34T to accomodate pedalling steeper inclines even better.

The Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR Super Tacky tires work well in typical AZ terrain, even though the 2.5s are really small.


Weaknesses:    The DT Swiss wheels seem like a lightweight choice for a DH bike. Mine came with a chain guide that did not have a bash guard. Changed that out before even riding it.

Likely as much personal preference as anything, but the stock bars are somewhat narrow for DH. Swapped them out for wider (31" / 785mm) Load Precision AMX bars.

The Boxxer fork plastic covers at the bottom of the fork fell off and were lost on the first couple of runs. Not really a RM issue.

Rear derailleur cable seems to be prone to damage, moreso than other bikes I have taken down the same trails.

The RMB pedals are very low-end and literally began to crack into pieces after a dozen runs. Swapped out to Spank Spike, which are a great addition to the bike. Not a big deal since many bikes do not even come with pedals.

My bike did not come with the short cage rear derailleur which is what is on the RMB web site specs forthis year and model. There is no need for a medium cage and it just gets in the way. This will be replaced eventually with the correct short cage derailleur.


Bottom Line:   
Excellent value for a very competent downhill rocket. Ridable without modifcation, except maybe the bash guard issue (looks like the bike should have come with the MRP G2 according to online specs).

RMB took care of a warranty issue with the rear triangle very quickly. Thanks go to Rage Cycles in Scottsdale, AZ for handling it seamlessly.

It is difficult to give this bike anything less than 5 chilis. Even though it may not be 100% perfect for every rider as it sits, it is far too good for a rating of 4, and it makes an outstanding platform for an excellent DH rig no matter the skill level or terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Rage Cycles

Similar Products Used:   First purpose built DH bike, Marin Attack Trail set up for descending and pedaling.

Bike Setup:   Loaded Precision AMX 785mm bars, Loaded Precision AMX stem, ODI Rogue locking grips, ODI aluminum bar end plugs, MRP G2 chain guide/bash guard, Spike Spank pedals, 11-34T cassette.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sloppyjoe a Downhiller from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2011

Strengths:    Predictable and forgiving, decent specs, fast like lickety split and beautiful 8 inches of seemingly bottomless travel. SDG seat / post combo is not my first choice but performs well and is easy to adjust.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, f-ugly colour scheme, dampening adjustment knob on rear Rock Shox is nearly impossible to reach, cockpit is smallish for me (even though it's a large) and I'm 6'1" tall, making it really tough to pedal while seated (i.e.: uphill).

Bottom Line:   
It's been fun getting to know this bike. It doesn't like climbing, so I push or shuttle. It doesn't like trails with any uphill or a lot of sharp technical corners. It's very comfortable in the air, and corners like it's on rails. Can't wait to get it into the bike parks.

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Favorite Trail:   7th Secret, Mt. Fromme

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Similar Products Used:   Norco Atomic,

Bike Setup:   Boxxer, Maxxis Minion tires, Race Face Respond, Avid Elixirs, Sram X7 shifter (rear only)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neon Carrot a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2010

Strengths:    everthing i have not had a single problem with this bike

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this bike is bad ass the low shock postion gives you a great center of balance which when pinning it down a steap tech trail helps alot. as well the shock is postioned closer to the pedals making it very easy to throw around when needed

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Favorite Trail:   rock machine on whitehills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   trek session 8 , trek scratch 8 norco shore 2

Bike Setup:   RockShox Vivid R2, RockShox Boxxer RC, Avid Elixir 5 Hydraulic Disc, Avid Elixir 5 Matchmaker, RMB AM Sealed 20mm Axle, RMB DH Sealed 150 x 12mm Axle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by insanitylevel9 a Weekend Warrior from hopkinton ma

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2010

Strengths:    handles great, very stiff, very good control in the air just a wicked fun bike to ride.

Weaknesses:    as stupid as it sounds the only thing i didn't like on the bike were the grips

Bottom Line:   
i got to use this on my trip to highland mountain bike park and now i want to buy it. i absolutely fell in love with it the bike excelled at every thing i did with it.

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Favorite Trail:   veitnam

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   sx trails and a couple other bikes i cant think of

Bike Setup:   jamis parker 1 with a bunch of upgrades, that im gonna ditch for this.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by downhilldave a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2008

Strengths:    stiffness, tracks well at most speeds, pedals very well for a bike of this type, very plush with plenty of feel, Ramp up in rear travel. component spec.

Weaknesses:    Some break jack (might check into the floater), little on the heavy side out of the box.

Bottom Line:   
First of all, for another reviewer: I don’t know what type of stab you have rode. Because for DH and fast freeride, The Flatline is twice the bike of the Kona. If all you where doing was hucks etc I could likely come to some agreement. But that’s cool; opinions are what makes our sport what is.
So I have had my Pro for almost 3 months now. I found it to be quite hard to get use to on the first couple of days. (Not like the V10) It would have had to have been the end of the 3rd full day of riding it all started to make sense. It’s hard to explain so im not going to bother. What I will say is that it practically rides itself once you get the speed up and is still flickable in the slower tight stuff.(much better than the V10 I feel) It corners like its on rails. Very impressive for a bike of this size. It handles the rough stuff very well and tracks amazingly in all terrain.
one thing I will note is that it dose not separate the rear wheel as well as some of the vp bikes (glory etc;) in the pedaling sections on the rough parts. But what it dose have is a linkage that is truly amazing in my opinion. the way it ramps up incredibly linearly all the way through the travel. This giving the impression it has a lot more rear wheel travel than most, and yet with non of the disadvantages of such a bike.
Quite amazing I think. So yes Rocky has finely made a bike for the Down Hiller that works, and works quite well!
I recommend it to anyone looking for a fast competitive DH bike.
(Note: I have a large and is set in the slackest position available with the full travel)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Demo, V10, Glory, and various Kona's

Bike Setup:   stock as a rock with tubless setup.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by banks a Weekend Warrior from Brea, CA, 92821

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2008

Strengths:    Climbs well for a heavy bike, keeps you in control in any situation and makes any downhill trail posible. I've had my flatline pro for a couple of mounths now and I love this bike! It does everything you'd want to do with a downhill bike and then some. It has alowed me to up my riding to a whole new level.

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
Bike kicks ass! thats all there is to it. If you want the best downhill bike on the market, flatline pro is the way to go.

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Favorite Trail:   Mammoth mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3700.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Demo 8 and Demo 7, Big Hit 3

Bike Setup:   Fully adjustable frame setings for any angle or front fork you would like.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by integra92 a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2008

Strengths:    8 inches of suspension

Weaknesses:    low bottom bracket, very tanklike, should be call straitline, does not turn very well, hard to work on, the bike is very dead feeling

Bottom Line:   
please not spend your money on this machine, I would by a kona stabe (such a nice bike) or a trek session, santacruz v-10 or anything else

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Similar Products Used:   kona stab!!! awesome for downhill and freeride, +++++

Bike Setup:   1st hole, 2nd hole, in the frame setup, 150 pounds in the rear shock with a 450lb spring, tried everything to get comfortable on this tractor trailer

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Flatline G a Racer from Hudson, NH

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2008

Strengths:    Really laterally stiff suspension which gives you a solid feeling under foot. Although the rear shock can bob under really hard pedal strokes the platform is super level. With the bike setup in "DH mode" (13" BB hieght, 64 degree head angle) The chassis rail corners, all you have to do is turn and lean and it shoots you through. The frame itself is a tank, if you are able to get your hands on the frame only you'll see for yourself. Nothing flimsy about it.

Weaknesses:    The head tube size is 1.5", which is understandable for a freeride bike to have, it just limits choice for headsets, especially if you need to find a reducer headset.

Bottom Line:   
Get it.....as a downhiller the pro frameset is the only way to go. This bike could do so well on the world cup circuit if rocky had a rider that could compete on that level. In my opinion it takes corners a little better than a sunday just because the setup in the rear linkages is more sturdy on the flatline. The other advantage the flatline has is that you can get the front end up off the ground a little easier than on a Sunday, the sunday just wants to keep the front down at all times. Not the best for shooting big drops. The center of gravity is better than that of the konas or the Intense bikes, which makes it super easy to maneuver. This bike is the new benchmark, if you can get your hands on one.

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Favorite Trail:   NE style

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Direct from RMB

Similar Products Used:   IronHorse Sunday WC, Kona Stab, Intense M3, IronHorse Yakuza Ojiki, IronHorse 7.3, Kona Stinky,

Bike Setup:   Flatline Pro Frameset, Boxxer Fork, Azonic Outlaw wheels, Avid Codes, WTB Silverado Saddle, Maxxis Minion Tires, LC1 Chain Guide e13, Ultegra Casasete, Crank Bros. 50/50 pedals, Holzfeller crank, Howitzer BB, SRAM X-9.

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