Rocky Mountain Element 2003 Full Suspension

4.36/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $2010.00


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sunnyd5118 a Cross Country Rider from Denver, Colorado, USA

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2008

Strengths:    Great climber, with essentially no pedal bob. Can handle most of the technical sections as MUCH more expensive models! Is pretty lightweight also.

Weaknesses:    Very few. This bike is 5 years old and still performs like new.

Bottom Line:   
Ive ridden this bike for well over a year now. Has increased my abilities exponentially on technical sections and endurance on long-distance rides. All it needs is occasional maintenance and this bike will last forever. My next bike will be another Rocky Mountain, but hopefully that will be some time from now.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   private seller

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse and Specialized hardtails

Bike Setup:   Completely stock. Have only replace the wearable components: chain, cassette, brake pads and rotor. Love the XT component mix and hydraulic brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Racer from West Hawk lake, MB, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2005

Strengths:    Very light. Suspension doesn't bob. Soaks up roots and rocks alowing you te pedal over rough terrain ihnstead of gliding.

Bottom Line:   
I thought for months about weather I should get an elemnt or a vertex (hardtail). I was left with no option because the vertex doesn't come as a full bike. When I rode the elemnt I loved it. This frame weighed two lbs more than a hardtail of the same level. The hardtale would be 1 second faster on the flats. The full suspension would be 10 seconds faster on the desents. (especiallly rocky ones) DO THE MATH!

The 2 lbs more that full suspension weighs is worth it. Full suspension bikes are way faster on downhills but hardtails are barely faster on flats.

You don't burn out as easy on climbs with full suspension becasue it doesn't bounce around.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   woodcockcycle.com

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain Slayer 70, trek fuel 98, canondale scalpel 3000, snatacruz blur.

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Sid team fork w/remote lockout. XTR dual control shifter brake levers. XTR dearilleurs, disc brakes, carks/bb combo, and disc hubs. Easton ec 90 carbon bar and ec 70 carbon post. Race face deus stem. Sram hollow pin chain. Egg beater single ti pedals. Mavic XC 717 rims. Maxxis ignitor 1.95 tires. Fox float rp3 rear shock. 2005 Element team sc frame (18 inch) w/carbon fiber rear end. (one of only 6 in canada excluding pro racers)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tim travis a Downhiller from juneau, alaska, US

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2004

Strengths:    this bike is light nibble and still good performing suspension

Weaknesses:    none yet found, i built mine and they can get really exspensive but if your racing it is resonable
im not sure how much i have mine because e built mine over last winter


Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is this bike is the awsome! it is goin to be my cross country racing and 24hr race bike. i just went on another trailride on it and it is such a fast nimble bike but unlike most bikes in its catagory it can take the bigger unexpected bumps, i really think that this bike is ment to have the 5th element air shock on the rear its just such a nice set up with the 3d link suspension, and the ride of scandium is great there is no flex when you stand up and sprint out and i should know im 6'1" and 210 lbs. THIS BIKE ROCKS!!!
if your goin to race this bike is it, if not it may be a bit overkill but you will still love it

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Glacier Cycles

Similar Products Used:   santa cruz superlight, Giant NRS, Specialized Epic, intense tracer

Bike Setup:   i built this from the frame up: rockshox sid race, 5th element air[i traded it out cause the fox is heavier and lock out is know to blow],FSA stem and carbon bars, thompson masterpiece post, complete Shimano XTR drive train[26-36-48 chainring set up], durace 11-21 rear casset, crank brother twin ti pedals and other cool stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Green a Cross Country Rider from Bournemouth, UK

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2003

Strengths:    Like everyone says:
Light
Strong
Stiff
Beautifully made
It's everything you want from an XC bike


Weaknesses:    It's made the girlfriend jealous of the love and attention. And the beauty.

Bottom Line:   
I was old school. Steel hardtail - loved it, didn't want to change. Would race past my fully sussed buddies on the ups. Bike weight is important to me and was the main reason I hadn't dabbled in full suspension. Got this sub 5lb frame 2nd hand (unmarked) for £440 or around 1 beer a day for 6 months (got a bargain). Initial fears on an educated gamble immediately dismissed - the hills are even easier to get up and my god she goes down well too. Some of my friends are getting into DH bikes and they weigh a tonne - what's all that about? May as well chuck an engine on there while you're at it. They say the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever invented - this one will reassure you of that, just don't get caught winking at it like I did.

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Favorite Trail:   afan, coed-y-brenin, peaks, brendons

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Similar Products Used:   First Full Susser

Bike Setup:   XT throughout/Thompson (Selle SLR Saddle atop the Elite - that's nice). Some Hope on the way.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeff a Cross Country Rider from concord, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2003

Strengths:    light, strong, stiff, excellent suspension set-up. 20.5 inch frame, 25lbs with disc brakes. climbs as well if not better than a hardtail. decends like a demon, still getting used to downhill speed.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
thought long and hard before buying full suspension, love this bike, very glad i waited and got this bike. looked at all of the bikes out there, Santa Cruz, Gary Fisher, you name it. looked at reviews on this site, bottom line was this, my last Rocky Mountain is still going strong and its ten years old, it has been ridden HARD and it is still fun to ride. all the reviews on this site of the element were glowing and for good reason, several guys had had SC's and liked this bike better. SC reviews were mixed and while my wife's is nice, the BB flexs a lot(its a superlight). i probably would have gotten a BLUR but then i'd have a SC, just like everyone else. This is an exclusive bike with serious mountain biking in mind. It is hard to get, i waited 8 months for mine, but if you know what you want, its worth the wait. if you like to go fast off road and don't do a lot of freeridin' stuff this thing is light and super responsive, could ride it all day and race it too.

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Favorite Trail:   potawonie, downieville

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   fresh air in BC

Similar Products Used:   ridden Santa Cruz bikes, and my previous wonderful blizzard from RM.

Bike Setup:   XTR/XT, RaceFace, Easton, Mavic, Flite, Time..etc, etc...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by john a Downhiller from the rocky mountains

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2003

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
buy it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its the best bike ever!!!!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $6000.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from Poway, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2003

Strengths:    Excellent handling, super strong brakes, light weight, beautiful frame, good choice of components (except for front fork, see below), and good build quality.

Weaknesses:    It's expensive compared to similar bikes. Poor choice of front fork for price (Rockshox Duke XC, for $1890 one would expect to get a fork with a little more adjustability). Poor frame clearcoat finish. The decals under the clearcoat have air bubbles underneath them. Tires are ill suited for Southern California riding.

Bottom Line:   
This bike handles like a dream. It's stable on fast downhills, soaks up bumps big and small, climbs like a mountain goat, stops on a dime, and is as agile as Bruce Lee in a Kung Fu fight. All in all, it's a very confidence inspiring bike and a blast to ride. With a more adjustable front fork, better frame finish, and a lower price, Rocky Mountain would have the perfect mid-priced x-country bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1890.00

Purchased At:   Bike Empire

Similar Products Used:   Haro, Specialized, Balance

Bike Setup:   Rockshox Duke XC, Fox Float R, Shimano LX and XT components, front & rear disc brakes, Race Face bars and stem, Mavic X223 rims, Hutchinson Python tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2003

Strengths:    First i have to say all these reviews are on the rocky mountain element and the picture up there is the rocky mountain element team sc so this is all mixed up. Any way i think that the element team sc is a great bike over all and its strength is it basically fully specked out with all shimano and top of the line products wich makes it a very light bike.

Weaknesses:    I have honestly not seen a weakness in this bike so far so i hope i dont get to cause the bike is awsome!

Bottom Line:   
I LOVE THE PAINT JOB SOOO CANADIAN!(not sarcastic)

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Favorite Trail:   terwilliger

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Great setup but i am talking about the 2002 element team sc so a little bit different then the 2003 but for the most part identical.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kathi Patrick a Weekend Warrior from Marathon, Florida, USA

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2003

Strengths:    Great quality LITE frame. Nice setup w/disc brakes and Fox suspension.

Weaknesses:    Bike came with hutchinson python tires and the first time i ever got a flat.

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks. The frame (16.5)standover height was the lowest of all the bikes i researched and fits me good with my height @5'3". Most bike shops don't carry alot of small frame bikes especially the one you want but i got lucky @ downtown bikes in miami. I did alot of research and almost bought a Julianna Superlite and am glad i did'nt. For one thing you have wait about 8 weeks to get the bike and there are none in the bike shops to even test ride. I got better components, disc brakes and an awesome bike for the same price as a bottom line superlite. Rocky Mountain makes a great line of bikes and i couldnt be happier. On the trails this bike has fast acceleration,hangs corners on a dime and is the bike for cross country rides. Im not into big jumps just going fast, hanging the turns and alot of technical riding. I ride almost all of the trails @ Markham Park with no problem. If you like cross country type riding this is the bike, but i would'nt recommend it for alot of freeride or big hits.

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Favorite Trail:   Oleta River State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Downtown Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Juliana superlite, jamis dakar comp

Bike Setup:   Stock -except for Speed she seat & Hutchinson Alligator Tires

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by BO JOHNSON a Cross Country Rider from PO BOX 2223, HICKORY NC 28601

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2003

Strengths:    GOOD COMPONENTS PLUSH RIDE

Weaknesses:    FRAME CRACKED ON THE 8TH RIDE. I WAS JUST GOING SOWN A HILL AND THE REAR TRIANGLE BROKE AT THE BUSHINGS FOR THE REAR SHOCK

Bottom Line:   
GOOD COMPONENTS BAD FRAME SUCKS IF YOU WEIGH OVER 300 LBS LIKE ME THAN YOU SHOULD NOT BUY THIS BIKE.

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Favorite Trail:   PEEWEE'S

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   CLARKS TIRE AND BIKES

Similar Products Used:   GIANT NRS, WILL GO BACK TO I DO NOT LIKE THIS BIKE

Bike Setup:   ALL STOCK

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Cross Country Rider from Denver

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2003

Strengths:    Quality frame. Great suspension design. Disk brakes.

Weaknesses:    Mix of Deore, LX, and XT components.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike about two weeks a go at the Single Track Factory near Wash Park. These guys have the best bike shop in the metro area. The best customer service and extremely knowledgeable. After weeks of doing intense research I thought I had decided on the stumpjumper. I called up the guys at Single Track to find out if they carried any. Adam asked what kind of riding I do. After telling him that I mainly ride cross-country with drops no bigger than 2-3 feet he recommended that I come in and test ride a Rocky Mountain Fantik. I rode the Fantik and than I asked to ride the Element. What a plush ride! It was a little heavier than the Koko but lighter than the Stumpjumper, but it was the way it rode that sold me. For my riding style it was the best bike I test road. I took it to a couple of local trails in the Metro area and gave it a real test ride. It sucked up all the small hits without any bob. The only time I felt any bob was when I was hammering it out of the saddle, and this was very minor. It is also a great climber. The only real grip I have is that I wish it came with all XT components. Only 4 chilis because I've only owned it for two weeks.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1899.00

Purchased At:   Single Track Factory

Similar Products Used:   Yeti Koko, FSR Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   Stock except XT crank and Monkey Lite XC handlebar

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