Rocky Mountain Vertex 70 XC Hardtail

4.2/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $1599.00

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nelson a Racer from Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2007

Strengths:    This review is for 2005 frame.
Light, responsive, great handling trials

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
After giving it a lot of thought and riding full suspension bikes for 2 years, I have decided to build an aluminum hardtail racer.
Great XC race bike! You really feel the responsiveness of this bike when climbing steep hills, which is where most races are defined. Handles pretty well all technical sections and descents and so far is not too bad on your back during a two hour ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Monagas in Bayamon, PR

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Xtreme Bikes, Aguadilla PR

Bike Setup:   Sram X9, XTR crankset, Mavic CrossMax SL Disc, Rock Shock Reba 80mm

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by m whitehead a Downhiller from kent, washington

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2006

Strengths:    very strong & light frame (3.3 lbs); perfect geometry for NW trails: short top tube, low stand-over design, high BB & stiff but compliant chainstays. Exceptional HT for both technical and epic rides

Weaknesses:    straight pipe tubing kinda plain...

Bottom Line:   
tough lite trail bike, good for urban riding. climbs trails like a goat & carves thru turns like a dream!

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Favorite Trail:   Bruce's

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   greggs cycles (frame)

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Mt Tam, Specialized Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   '04 model; personally built w/ new 100mm Fox Float RLC, King Headset, Thomson stem, LP Carbon riser bars, full XT drivetrain, WTB Laser hubs/Mavic 717 wheelset, Hayes brakes, 2.35 Kenda Kenetics - IT Rules

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hobifarer a Cross Country Rider from Maribor, Slovenija

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2005

Strengths:    Looks, geometry-handling, stifness-to-weight...

Weaknesses:    Top paint layer chipping away

Bottom Line:   
Purchased as frameset. Have been riding it since mid 2001 and upgrading/replacing parts along the way. Perfect 18.5" frame geometry for my 6ft height. Leightweight (frame = 1550 grams on the scale). Stiff, but unlike e.g. GT triple triangle not too hard on your butt&spine. Very good handling but still stable on quick descents. Probably the nicest hardtail bike I've ever ridden. If only the upper transparent paint layer didn't chip away......but only a minor imperfection in my opinion.

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Favorite Trail:   Kordek in naprej

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   GT, Marin, Scott, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   SID WC forx, XO der+shift, XTR V-brakes+levers, XT hollowtechII crank+BB, DT240+Mavic517+DTrevolution wheels, Tune+Kore+Titec cockpit

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by whit a Cross Country Rider from richmond, va, us

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2005

Strengths:    Easton tubing

Weaknesses:    Wicked flexy rear triangle noticeable when climbing.

Bottom Line:   
not as stiff as my klein but great for XC riding where there isnt a whole lotsa climbin. get sick of hearing the side of my ring rub the chain. though the quick release on the seat is great for droppin stairs.

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Favorite Trail:   otter creek atv

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $420.00

Similar Products Used:   Klein Pulse Race

Bike Setup:   Sid race, XTR shifters, XT derailleurs and crank. Avid Mag VBrakes Rynosunlite/ ringle wheels race face stem and post fizik saddle.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Goh a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2004

Strengths:    The paintjob is very good cos' it didn't peel though I put it thru' some tough times. Most of my previous bikes will show obvious scratches or peel-offs.

The frame is light yet tough. In my opinion, this is one of the tougher frames of its class. Most of these lightweight frames will have slight cracking sound at the insertion point of the seatpost but my Vertex70 doesn't.

Ride quality is good among its class. The rear triangle isn't built as thick as other bikes. This enable it to flex a little when it gets bumpy. personally, I find that the flexing is great in absorbing the minor bumps & it doesn't makes you feel like you are riding on jelly.

Geometry is great as it is very comfortable even on long rides. Climbing is a breeze in most cases.

Weaknesses:    The price???

Bottom Line:   
Though the frame is a lil' pricey for a aluminium frame, but after riding it for the past few months (Be it road rides or off-road rides), I would say it is money well-spent.

Even my cycling pals can see the differnce when I ride with em', especially when I climb.

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Favorite Trail:   Penang Hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Hup Leong

Similar Products Used:   Scott Comp Racing 03', GT Avalanche 1.0 02', Whyte PRST-1

Bike Setup:   Vertex 70 frame, Avid Mech. Disc brakes, Rock Shox SID Race, SRAM X.0 shifters + rear deraileur, XT front deraileur, Scott Hotrod handlebar, Eggbeaters pedals, Mavic x.317 + WTB Laserlite hubs, Maxxis Flyweight 330 tires, 04' XT crankset, SRAM PC-99 chain, Thomson seatpost, Thomson stem, Selle Italia Genuine Gel saddle

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2009 Vertex 70 RSL headset bearings

Was getting some creaking from the front end last week. Had some free time so I took the fork out today. To my surprise when I dropped the fork, both the top and bottom bearings came apart. They obviously were sealed bearings at some point, but the inner ring is no longer connected. There was a ... Read More »

RST Deuce fork for a Vertex 70 RSL?

I was lucky enough to purchase 2011 Vertex 70 RSL for a pretty low price. Although I've been riding for about two years, I'm a beginner when it comes to high-caliber components. I can't spend too much on a fork. I've seen on ebay a RST Deuce MTB Suspension Fork for around $30-$50 The exact title ... Read More »

Vertex RSL 70 09 Specs

Hi All, I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get a factory specification list for the 09 Vertex RSL 70. I can't find it on Rocky Mountain's official site. I'm looking to by one from a guy who is not sure exactly what's on it, only that it has the factory specs. I was also told that its MS ... Read More »

2008 Vertex 70 Frame

Hello Group, I've been trying to read back to get a definitive answer on this one but I think I've come up empty. I recently came across a 2008 Vertex 70 frame for sale and wonder if this was welded up in Canada. It doesn't have the typical decals one associates with actually being made in Cana ... Read More »

Vertex RSL 70 flex

I am curious if anyone experience this on their Vertex carbon frame and is this is normal. I am holding the down tube near the BB and squeeze it hard and the down tube gives. It's like holding an unopen can of coke/pepsi and squeeze it real hard. You can see and feel the can give but when you let ... Read More »

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