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Rocky Mountain Switch Pro Freeride Full Suspension

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $3699.00

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by james p a Downhiller from simi valley, ca, USA

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2006

Strengths:    solid bike, feels nice and tight. good build.

Weaknesses:    not enough travel (for my type of riding)
rear suspension feels non progressive. it feels like the stiffness is set by the preload ring.
rear end bounces around a lot

Bottom Line:   
overall a very solid bike for your money, but if you plan on going big or riding technical fast stuff get something else

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Favorite Trail:   G spot

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   performance bike

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky supreme
mountain cylcle sin

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by adrian from new westminster, bc

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2006

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    bit heavy

Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   dirt merchant

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   kona stab garbanzo

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gordo wood a Downhiller from logan, utah, usa

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2005

Strengths:    bike is pimped out with saint and the 1.5 sherman breakout plus is balls to the walls. has a sweet rear shock spv is the coolest ever if take time to set it up. all welds are good and clean.

Weaknesses:    price, if you pay retail for it.

Bottom Line:   
bike is sweet i use it for downhill at deer valley in utah and have no problems with the single crown fork. (i.5 is genious) easily takes the ten foot hucks with the best of them. bike is so versatile take it out to the dirt track and it shralps through the burms and floats through the air like a butterfly. if you ever get the chance to get one do it!!

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Favorite Trail:   mine

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   closeout

Similar Products Used:   rocky rm7 '03, '05 switchs, big hit, iron horse

Bike Setup:   stock lock on grips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jarad kleinberg a Downhiller from scarsdale, ny,USA

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2005

Strengths:    the bike is equiped with the best components. i have the 04 so i am loaded with saint. it is a nice ride and can tackel any huck.

Weaknesses:    the rear end gives me problems when i am going about 20mph. it shankes and it kinda sounds like the rear is falling off. the rear pivot points need o be greeced aften

Bottom Line:   
the bike is awsem for any type of freeride. once he fork is set it is awsem for big tables or dirtjumps and can rip downhill just like any downhill bike. i recomend this bike to any one who wants to ride street with eas and beable to fly in the air.

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Favorite Trail:   daminion

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   3,000

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky, banchee screem,

Bike Setup:   avid juicy 7, xt shifters and front derailer, race face stem and handlebars, crane creek headset, marzocchi 66rc demax rimms,high roller 2.5 manutoe 4way 6 inch, saint rear derailer

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adrian from Saskatoon, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2005

Strengths:    Bike is designed well. I guess the best strength is the Rocky Mountain warranty. I originally bought an '03 Switch (avoid) and had no end of troubles with shocks blowing up. The problem seems to be that Rocky builds their bikes with a high leverage ratio, ie long travel bikes with short stroke shocks. Anyway the '04 with the Manitou Swinger 4 way has been a dream so far.

Weaknesses:    Paint chipped a bit near the rear wheel. Another thing this bike really picks up mud or snow. If you're riding in the wet you'll get dirty - moreso than on other bikes. Right now I'm running a 2.65" tire on the rear. It fits but it's too wide for this frame.

Bottom Line:   
The '04 Switch pedals extremely well and it can handle a 10' drop without difficulty. It is not a pure downhill bike. It is a bike you can pedal to the top of the trailhead and then bomb down. I spent a week in Whistler with this bike and it did well. It is perfect for me right now. The Manitou shock is great, I would recomend it on any bike. I'll give this bike a 5 for value because I got my frame for free. I'll give it a 4 overall because of a couple small complaints and the fact that it dosen't descend like a DH bike. But hey it isn't a DH bike it's an awesome pedalling 6 and 6 freeride bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Dirt Merchant

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   '03 RM Switch - good bike when it works, which isn't often.

Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock '03 parts except for new tires, saddle, grips, North Shore cranks and FSA BB

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2004

Strengths:    Perfect "agressive" freeride bike! Sweet parts package, great craftmanship, and excellent geometry. The stock bike pretty much eats up anything in it's way... road gaps, wallrides or whatever. Steep angels, SPV and a single crown fork make for tight handeling (good for big jumps too!) and manitou has it down. Let it be known that 1.5 steerers and long travel SPV is the wave of the future!

Weaknesses:    Done buy it if you want a trail bike... mabey the SL version, but not the saint one.It's built too heavy for flat trails. Saint/ Alex wheels are huge, tires and bars are way wide and she is slowww. It's weight issues could be mended by swaping wheels/ tires, but with the initial cost, that would be un-acceptable. If ya pay that much, the bike should be done and ready to ride!

Bottom Line:   
If Ritchie Schley would let them put his name on it, then it had better be good. Granted, there may be a better downhill bike, or lighter trail bikes out there, but there is none that is as versitile as the Switch line. My Switch will take me anywhere, and many bikes will, but this thing will out last (frame and linkage) and out preform (Smokin parts... and way beef) any other. The FSR style linkage is better than most linkages when it comes to pedaling and braking (good choice RM) and it may not be as supple as uncle RM7, but it works great. Also, as I said before, I am a believer in the whole 1.5 thing, manitou has got it made (another good choice RM [Note: only the pro model has a 1.5 headtube])! Well thats it... thanks and goodnight.

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Favorite Trail:   The fast, flowy ones!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Big-Hit (good linkage design-ok), KHS, Kona and Giant 4-bars (No good! Sorry if ya own one, but you just don't know), Giant DH (Cool, but No. Too complicated) and Santa Cruz Bullit (Ding Ding Ding... tell him what he's won! THIS BIKE ROCKS... just read the reviews.

Bike Setup:   Ringle SUV wheels with single ply maxxis tires
XTR derailures, XT brakes and Saint cranks (I put most of the saint stuff on my bullit... sorry)
and it's stock from there. Lighter weight and still way tight!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alan Smithson a Weekend Warrior from Mississauga, ON Canada

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2004

Strengths:    The strength of this bike is it's strength! Although it is a really heavy tank (42 lbs), it pedals really really well. I just took this bike up the "Grunt Climb" at Kelso and made it all the way to the top. To compare this, I used to ride a Specialized FSR (29 lbs)and could never make it to the top.

So far, nothing can stop me on this, roots, drops, jumps this bike takes them all on and spits them out the giant 2.7" tires.

Weaknesses:    Weight (42 lbs) is excessive for a cross country/freeride bike, but having just cracked the FSR in 4 places, my confidence that this bike will hold my fat a$$ up is great. Going back to the FSR is really akward and just doesn't feel right anymore.


Bottom Line:   
If you can afford this bike, go for it. I would even say that you should sell a kidney or blood to be able to ride such a fine bike!

Rocky Mountain, you make Great Bikes!

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Favorite Trail:   Don Valley Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5500.00

Purchased At:   Dealer in Toronto

Similar Products Used:   2003 Cannondale Gemini (piece of crap)
2003 RM 7 (nice)
2003 Switch (ok)
2001,2002,2003,2004 Specialized FSR Stumpjumper (great for light people)
Santa Cruz Superlight (not so light)
Gary Fisher Sugar 3+ (nice ride)
Cannondale Jekyll (great design, not enough travel)


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