Rocky Mountain Vertex 70 RSL XC Hardtail

5/5 (1 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: RMB FORM C13 Hi Mod Carbon Monocoque
  • Fork: Fox 32 F100 RL FIT
  • Head Set: FSA Orbit CS
  • Stem: Race Face Deus 6° 80-120mm
  • Brakes: Formula R1 Hydraulic Disc 160mm


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rockyuphill a Cross Country Rider from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2011

Strengths:    Very light, super stiff and responsive frame with great geometry, very well damped frame with zero vibration transmission.

Weaknesses:    None that were an issue for me

Bottom Line:   
This was the first production run of the Vertex 70 RSL frame that used the standard modulus carbon. For a couple of years now this has been my favourite bike to ride just because it is so light and nimble and responds to body english and pedal input so well. It is not only great at speed, it's also very good in the low speed technical stuff. The frame is very stiff so you have to hover your butt on the rough stuff, but the slightly heavier carbon is completely damped, so no trail or tire vibration makes it through the seatpost, it feels solid as riding a tree stump. Having very light 1360gm wheels is certainly abig part of the responsiveness, but compared to my previous fave ride, the 2007 scandium Vertex Team, this bike handles in an almost telepathic fashion. The newer 70 RSL uses the same high modulus carbon as the Team so it is bit lighter and a bit more resonant, but not enough to be an annoyance. Combined with a Magura Durin fork, this bike doesn't produce fatigue like aluminium did, and it is even better damped than scandium (but much much stiffer in the rear end).

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Favorite Trail:   anything Squamish

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Different Bikes

Similar Products Used:   2000 RMB Vertex, 2007 RMB Vertex Team scandium

Bike Setup:   DT Swiss XRC 330/240S wheels, Magura Durin 100mm fork,Race Face Next cranks, XTR drivetrain and shifters, Magura Marta SL brakes. Weighs in at 19.8 pounds for a large.

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