Rocky Mountain Altitude 70 RSL XC Full Suspension

4.33/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $1149.00

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Product Description

Rocky Mountain's experience developing custom alloyTubesets overThe last decade has been invaluable in perfectingTheir FORM™ carbon frames.Using onlyTop quality carbon fiber and partnering withThe best carbon specialists inThe world, Rocky Mountain engineers, designs, andTests all ofTheir carbon frames in house.The carbon frames feature monocoque construction which is strongerThan aTube-to-tube or lugged design and which also keepsThe weight extremely low.Different carbon layups and weaves

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2012

Strengths:    light, climbs very very well, durable, and descends just as well as it climbs. Overall excellent Trail/All mountain bike.

Weaknesses:    Its a give and take weakness, but the bottom bracket sits fairly low, so pedal strikes are common as if you were riding a 29er, but by it being so low, it shines in the turns and going downhill. Also for a carbon frame it could be a tab bit lighter. But a 6lb frame is pretty damn light and im sure the extra weight is for durability, so again, not so much a weakness, but something worth mentioning.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the frame separately, and assembled my own components. I installed a Rockshox revelation dual air XX fork, Shimano XT brakes 180mm front 160mm rear, Easton EA70 wheels, Continental speed king 2.3 front tire, Maxxis Larsen TT 2.2 rear. Shimano XT crank and rear cassette, 2X9 system with a Ethirteen bash guard. Shimano XT front and rear derailleurs. Specialized Backlite dropper seat post (new 3 position), normal RP23 rear shock, Shimano LX shifters.

when said and done, this bike is really light for what it does. I hit all types of trails, and coupled with this fork, this bike is AWESOME! as what i mentioned in its strengths, it climbs very very well! lots of acceleration and stiff. Need to keep up on the maintenance, basically periodically lube the pivot points after long rides, and you will be rewarded in the end. when descending, this thing tracks well, does not wander or go off course, with a dropper seat post this thing is phenomenal.

i am basically using this bike as a trail/all mountain rig, so my normal outings consist of long climbs and downhills. i enjoy the fact that i can climb with others running 29ers no probs at all..the acceleration is its advantage, and no worries on losing traction while climbing, its stiff and sits you right in the saddle without hunching over all the time..and thats pretty damn impressive considering i tossed on a 150mm fork.

For somebody to give it 2 chilis cause it does not "shift well" makes no sense at all...i would have rated its components 2 chilis as that has nothing to do with the frame's performance! put something half way decent on this frame and you will be shocked.

i have done probably 100 miles easily on this frame so far, generated a ton of chips, which i suggest to grab some clear nail polish and cover after each ride to protect the carbon.

Overall, this is an outstanding frame, if you are looking for a nice trail/all mountain rig, this is a great wont regret it.

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Favorite Trail:   Curt Gowdy, Horsetooth

Duration Product Used:   1 season

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coilair, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp, Specialized Epic Comp.

Bike Setup:   Frame: Rocky Mountain Altitude 70 RSL Carbon
Fork: RockShox Revelation Dual Air XX, 150mm travel
Handlebar: Easton monkey light carbon riser bar
Brakes: Shimano XT, 180mm/160mm
Shifters: Shimano LX 2X9
Crank: Shimano XT, with Ethirteen bashguard
pedals: welgo with TI spindles
Wheels: Easton EA70 XC
Tires: Front Continental Speed king supersonic 2.3 and Rear Maxxis Larsen TT 2.2
Front derailleur: Shimano XT
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT
Chain: Sram HG 990 with power link
Cassette: Shimano XT
Rear shock: Fox RP23
Seatpost: Specialized Backlite command post

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RideHard a Weekend Warrior from Bloomington IN

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2011

Strengths:    components, weight, ride

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
Smokin' deal on a close-out, with carbon frame, XT/XTR. About 28 pounds for a 19" bike, 140mm front/rear; upright seat tube and relaxed head tube angles give me the climb I like with the descending I crave. I will try to write a long term review, but would recommend it to someone looking for a great bike in the $2-3K range.

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Favorite Trail:   ones that go back down

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Giant

Bike Setup:   Stock, including the spd pedals (Eggbeaters broke)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by emiliobuckmaster a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2011

Strengths:    Great climber! Suspension action is good

Weaknesses:    I experienced the worst chain suck with the Raceface Crank! Stock tires sucked too

Bottom Line:   
I’ve had many bikes and am just coming off a Rocky Mountain Slayer. I liked the Slayer but I need more help going up the hill than going down so I needed a new machine. This bike climbs better than my old Epic! Switched to a 2X10 drive train and life is good. If you get this bike I would immediately pull off the crank and sell it. It takes a bit to get used to the steeper angles but I do like the platform. The carbon frame is super stiff and glides over the rocks around here. I am really happy with the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   SW Pkwy

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $4199.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   May hardtails, Epic, Superlight, 6.6, Slayer and many others

Bike Setup:   Stock with the exception of crank, tires and a few other bits

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by rklimber a Weekend Warrior from erie , usa

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2010

Strengths:    Handling, suspension, brakes, lightweight, good components (except for chainrings)

Weaknesses:    Chainsuck ,raceface chainrings are poor quality.

Bottom Line:   
I'm happy with this bike except for the shifting. Race face chainrings are very low quality on this bike. Rocky Mountain dropped the ball on that one.
Having said that, It climbs and handles tight twisty single track very well. Suspension works well and was easy to adjust. Brakes are much smoother than the avid's on my cannondale.
Bottom line: if you don't mind paying that kind of money and having to upgrade right out of the box than this might be a good choice. 5 chile's with decent chainrings, 2 chile's with the raceface chainrings.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Bike Setup:   Rocky mountain altitude RSL 70 (stock)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Julien a Weekend Warrior from France

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2010

Strengths:    Geometry, suspension, equipment

Weaknesses:    no protection : no chain pad, no protection on the frame, ...
The grips are awful

Bottom Line:   
I am a french customer (so excuse my english), I am very happy to have this bike : it clims very well and downhill better than ETSX (my previous bike) - suspension does work great. Light bike, amazing frame. The bike is always asking for more speed, it is very nervous.
The equipment is tremendous, I love the modulation of the XT brakes. The transmission works well, careful of chain-shuks.

I am a fan of this bike

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Favorite Trail:   south of France

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   CRC

Similar Products Used:   ETSX 30 2007, Gary fisher cake 2 dlx 2005, Trek fuel 90 2002

Bike Setup:   Out of the box, just changed the front tire for a Hutchinson toro 2.35

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by skyak a Cross Country Rider from comox lake, bc, canada

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2009

Strengths:    amazing frame, light weight, beautiful bike...rides incredible up and down

Weaknesses:    stock component set-up (lots of race face) far i have changed the rf stem, rf bars and rf cranks. also swapped the stock seat, tires and pedals.

Bottom Line:   
Total dream machine...but to fully enjoy you need to tweak the stock components a bit.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   93 and 95 RM Altitudes

Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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650b on Altitude 70 RSL?

Wondering if this is possible, saw a few people try this on the element with no luck, was wondering has anybody tried this on the trail Models? Such as the altitude, or maybe the AM rides like the slayer? seems like there is enough room? I installed a 2.4 in the rear, no rubbage...but that's prolly ... Read More »

Dropper seatpost opinions on Altitude 70 RSL

Seriously awesome experience. But here's the catch : I'm actually worried about the bike as it makes you terribly and insanely better at descents. It's just a new riding experience. I gained much more speed in decents and now I'm worried to damage bearings all over the place as our trails are pretty ... Read More »

Missing Bushings in Rear Swingarm of Altitude 70 RSL?

Somehow the bolt (two pieces) that hold the rear swingarm together came out completely and was temporarily lost. This is the bolt set that is right above the rear derailleur. So I called Rocky and they sent a new bolt set. However, what they sent not only has the two bolts, but two plastic busin ... Read More »

First Ride RM Altitude RSL 70 - AWESOME!

4 months after its purchase, I finally got my first ride on my bike. I am 205 lbs clothed, 6'2" with 35" inseam, and have a XL, so I got a 1 inch shorter stem and narrower bars and it fits perfect. I also swapped out the cranks for the XT's so I don't run into chain suck problems in the future. ... Read More »

Which Size for Altitude 70 RSL?

Hello All, I am soooo close to buying one of the Jenson Altitude 70's and if I knew the 20.5 would fit me I would have no problem. It if won't, I will go with the 50, which has a 19 available, but I would much prefer the XT componentry I am 6'2", 200 lbs in street clothes, 35" inseam and cam ... Read More »

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