Rocky Mountain Hammer XC Hardtail

4.7/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $1399.00


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Campbell River, BC

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2008

Strengths:    geometry is spot on, comfortable steel ride, sensible component mix, Rocky Mountain quality, braze ons for touring or commuting, multi-purpose bike

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
My first mountain bike was the 1989 Hammer. In addition to being a good mountain bike I used it for commuting and about 8000 miles of touring before the seat tube cracked. I replaced it with the 1996 Hammer and have been riding it since.

The bike originally came with cantilever brakes, a flat bar and a long'ish stem. I was riding it on the North Shore and couldn't believe the difference a shorter stem, riser bars and V-brakes made. I'm now running it as a singlespeed and it is great. It has nimble handling, fairly quick acceleration, climbs well, steel ride smooths things out, is versatile enough for riding stunts, picking your way through technical sections or 4+ hour rides. In addition to being a great trail bike it converts well for touring, commuting and towing kids.

If you are looking for a bike that will last for years and respond intuitively, you won't find better. The Hammer would make a perfect do-everything bike for casual riders, is a responsive bike for technical xc, and a great addition if you've already got a full suspension bike and are looking for something to ride that is just plain fun and a bit more old school.

The 2008 Hammer is a 29'er singlespeed, a first for Rocky. Should be a fun bike given the track record of the original.

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Favorite Trail:   Chilcotins

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   West Point Cycles, Vancouver

Similar Products Used:   I've only owned three mountain bikes in the last 19 years. The first two were Hammers (I'm still riding the second one) and my other bike now is a Rocky Mountain ETSX-50 (awesome bike). I've tried out some aluminum Rocky hardtails but didn't like giving up the steel ride quality for the lighter weight and harsher ride.

Bike Setup:   1996 Hammer converted to singlespeed. Other than the original crank, everything has been replaced as it has worn out or broken. It now has a Marzocchi fork, V-brakes, Surly Singleator, Rhyno Lite rims, flats or old SPDs, old Panaracer Fire tires, riser bars, Ritchey stem, FSA headset... basically a mix of spare parts from the last ten years or so.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian from Calgary, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2007

Strengths:    I like that it has a Steel Frame very nice Ride. Good solid Components.

Weaknesses:    Wish mine was disk, but there are Avid digit 7 V-brakes on it so I that kind of makes up for it

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike, but the components are in need of replacing (3500+ KM on the Bike in the last 4 years). I am planning on replacing the components on the bike, because I love the ride on this Bike. Overall I highly suggest the new Rocky Mountain Hammers. The Steel frame is about 2.5 pounds heavier, but that extra weight is so worth it.

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Favorite Trail:   Canmore Nordic Centre

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock comp and Specialized Rockhoper FSR comp.

Bike Setup:   Original Stock setup, with a Specialized body geometry seat and XT cog-set and Sram 990 chain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tim St.Germain a Weekend Warrior from Jasper, Alberta

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007

Strengths:    Ride Quality. Aesthetics (Red Paint Job). Hand Built in Canada.

Weaknesses:    Weight.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent Bike- if a bit pricey. Then again, that is what you pay for Hand Built. Ride it in the Rockies, after riding an FS (and getting rid of it, after a fashion (stolen in Kamloops)). The bike handles amazingly well, climbs nice and isn't too harsh on the rocky, root-y downhills. Might not be up to the downhilling tasks of an FS bike, but if you pick your lines you can keep up (-sh) and then more than make time up for it on the climbs. Plus, riding the hardtail vastly improves your handling skills, without sufferring the bone-jarring ride of an Alu bike.

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Favorite Trail:   ValleyOfFive

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Edmonton

Bike Setup:   Stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2006

Strengths:    I've ridden my Rocky Mountain Hammer since 1995 - a longggg time. I have about 25,000 cross country km on my bike. This bike has been pretty much bullet-proof. I live in Canada and ride thoughout the winters too.

Weaknesses:    In general, the bike has been way stronger than you could expect, however, with over 10 years on the bike, most comonents have been changed.

Bottom Line:   
I have put this bike thru hell and I'm still riding it. If you are looking for a hardtail that can take the abuse and come back for more, this is it. I'm still using mine for races. The key is maintainence. Clean and lube regularly and change parts when it's time!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Brant Cycle, Burlington, Ontario

Similar Products Used:   I also own a 2005 Specialized FSR-XC comp.

Bike Setup:   Stock frame, Manitou Axel Fork, Avid Single Digit 5 Brakes, LX Deraileurs, Sun Rhino Lite rims, Original Grip Shifts (Love 'em)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Howard Worton a Cross Country Rider from Ashford, Kent, UK

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2006

Strengths:    For a guy like me, who has not had a bike for almost 10 years, this bike seems fast. It can cope with some pretty rutted, muddy Kentish conditions with ease. It has a high quality feel and is very well put together. The standard equipment of the 2005 model, which I have, is superior to the latest spec, meaning it might be worht searching out if you want one. Bargains to be had on old stock too.

Weaknesses:    For what I paid, none.

Bottom Line:   
If you ride xc and don't want the weight of a fs, this is as good as you can do for the price IMO.

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Favorite Trail:   Pilgrims Way, Kent

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Royles

Bike Setup:   Stock 2005 model

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Des a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, B.C.

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2005

Strengths:    the bike was bought in the summer of 94' and I am still riding it, it has taken alot of abuse and still keeps going. I like the thumb shifters.

Weaknesses:    bike came with cantilever brakes and a soilid fork. I upgraded both.

Bottom Line:   
the bike just will not die, I wore out the drive train, new cassete and one front ring. It is still fun to ride and gets lots of coments from other riders with fancy bikes in the parking lot. I never thought I would still be riding it now 11 years later.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   russ hays

Bike Setup:   deore groupo and bomber shocks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerry a Cross Country Rider from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2005

Strengths:    Frame strength/geometry... great for climbing, solid on the descents, amazing on tight singletrack. Stock front shock (Marzocchi Comp Air, 4" Travel) is responsive and solid. Hayes Disc Brakes are responsive and solid.

Weaknesses:    None, unless you are a weight weenie.

Bottom Line:   
I've returned to riding hardtail steel frame bike. Great bike for any XC rider, especially riders who like to let'r rip on the downhills. Steel frame + 4" Travel on front shocks even works well for log jumps and small drops. Might be a tad heavy for elite XC racers, but you can still post excellent times, especially if race course is technical.

Rocky Mountain bikes kick ass!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1440.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   2002 Specialized FSR Disc

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2005

Strengths:    sleek Steel frame, minimalist style, good seat, great paint job,

Weaknesses:    Disc brakes, RM have somehow failed to find a suitable way of running the disc brake cable along the frame - wake up guys, this kind of finish lets the image down.

Bottom Line:   
Beautiful bikes (except see above), low spec.s for a relatively expensive bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   McBain Cycles, Hobart

Similar Products Used:   Specialised Rockhopper Comp - steel
Fisher advance - steel
Giant sedona - steel
Kona cinder cone - steel
Kona hahanna - steel


Bike Setup:   standard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Synth76 a Cross Country Rider from Calgary, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2004

Strengths:    Solid machine with great components. Saddle will be replaced shortly (my cherry can't take it anymore ;-). Words can't express my love of this rig.

Weaknesses:    None so far accept it's inability to magnetize women to my general vicinity. Hardly the machine's fault or a cause for complaint! :-p

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden nothing but steel and will ride nothing but steel. Aluminum just won't cut it!! You'd be a fool not to consider this rig. Great price for the quality of bike you get. Solid on the ups, tight and responsive on the downs. This is shaping up to be a life-long love affair.

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Favorite Trail:   Ganji's

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1436.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   2000 Rocky Mountain Blizzard.

Bike Setup:   Stock w/ soon to be replaced saddle. Mini-bell for city riding! LOL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by christopher a Cross Country Rider from manchester, nh

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2004

Strengths:    Handmade Steel Frame. Very Fast.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Very nice bike. Quick and corners around single track very well. RM makes some of the nicest bikes out there. If you are looking for a steel bike and can't afford IF or other custom frame, go for the Hammer, you well not regret it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Jake's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   GF Tassajara, Kona Stuff, plus other FS.

Bike Setup:   Stock except King headset, Easton Monkeylite bars, Thomson stem, and RS seatpost. RM also included Hayes Nine disc brakes instead of Shimano (Big Bonus).

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