FeaturingThe same frame as its big brother (the Element 70),The Element 50 is a forceTo be reckoned with onTheTrail. DesignedTo be both über-light and über-stiff,The Element is capable of achieving incredible levels of performance without sacrificing durability. Equipped with Rocky Mountain's innovative weight saving ABCTechnology and Fox forks and shocks,The Element is highly efficient while still being ableTo handle hard hits. Frame: FORM™ C13 Hi Mod Carbon Smoothwall Monocoque. ABC™ Piv
Strengths: Looks, weight, suspension performance, geo, stiffness, slick cable routing, the list goes on
Weaknesses: I suppose I can only think of one. It would be nice to have a 12x142 rear axle option.
This is a review of the frame only (2013). I LOVE this bike! I picked up the 50 MSL frame, and have it custom built. I slapped some Haven carbon wheels, XO trail brakes, a Sram 1x10 drivetrain with the Turbine crank and a Revelation RCT3 130-150 in matte black.
This bike blows away all other 5" travel bikes I've ridden. It's very light and nimble, but it holds it together well in the chunk too. I don't hesitate to push this bike hard, and it pulls off 3' drops like nothing. I usually leave the fork in the 130mm setting, but for long DH sections I might bump it up to 150, just cuz. I also have a SB66c, and I love having both bikes to choose from based on trail and my mood. They look fairly similar, but are really completely different, and even on the same trail they will make for very different rides. What I like about this bike is that it's super light (23#!), nimble, and just plain fun to flick around. The Yeti, on the other hand, is a bit more stable and somewhat less flickable, but it steamrolls stuff on the trail that makes the MSL just come to life.
Strengths: very nimble thru twisty sections, climbs very well, front and rear suspension works well together,
Weaknesses: have had an occassional pedal strike
Bike handles extremely well, swapped out stock Ikon tires for Trail Kings, much better traction, very light which helps it climb well especially when seated, Formula brakes make some noise but I'm coming from Avids which always made noise, Fox suspension works well front and rear, XT drivetrain is as good as it gets, don't need XTR, went from a Specialized FSR, very happy,
Bike Setup: Element 50 MSL, Fox suspension, Easton bar/stem/seatpost, Formula RX brakes, XT drivetrain, DT Swiss wheelset, Continental Trail Kings 26 x2.2, Fizik Gobi saddle, Lizaed Skin lock-on grips, Magic Shine headlamp for night rides,
Similar Products Used: This is my first full suspension bike
Bike Setup: I am 225lbs riding weight and have 90lbs in fork and 160lbs in shock. Race Face turbine stem and bar, rock shox reverb
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2012
Strengths: Ease of suspension lock out/open rear suspension, quality of suspension system, super light carbon frame
Weaknesses: None so far.
This is my first XC bike, so it's hard a little hard to compare to others but so far I love it. I only have a few rides under my belt so far, but I am having a blast on it so far. This thing is super light and smooth on the uphill and holds strong on steep technical trails on the downhills. Coming from a 6" bike that I am used to pushing many sections uphill, I am pedaling sections with confidence that I have never made it up and decending trails nearly as fast and confident as with my 6" bike.
a Cross Country Rider
from North Vancouver
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2011
Strengths: Plush and active suspension, stiff and responsive frame, great handling
Weaknesses: The BB is low enough to cause the occasional pedal strike.
I bought the Element 70 MSL when my Element Team frame was going to be delayed a couple of months, my plan was to ride the MSL 70 with my old drivetrain and brakes and see how I liked the 120mm travel bike, thinking I might flip it when my 100mm Team RSL frame arrived. But the Element Team RSL and 70 MSL have the same DNA but very different personalities and behaviours. The 70 MSL (and the 50 MSL) has a more relaxed head angle and a more plush rear suspension than the Element RSL. I've found that I like both bikes for their specific handling and ride quality, so the MSL 70 makes a great trail bike. The geometry is well suited to the technical XC trails in this part of the world, it is a very confidence inspiring bike on wood bridges and tight twisty trails that the Altitude can feel a bit long for.
The BB is fairly low on the 120mm travel MSL, only 7mm higher than the 100mm travel version so I have had pedal strike that I wouldn't have had on my ETSX Team, but the bike rails on trails because of that lower BB. So it's worth working around. I'll be keeping both the Element Team RSL and the Element 70 MSL and match them to the trail characteristics. Because as they say... nothing exceeds like excess.
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