Rocky Mountain was no latecomer to the plus-size game, announcing its purpose-built bikepacking model, the Sherpa, at Sea Otter last year. This time around, Rocky is launching another plus bike–one built for trail riding.
The new bike, which mates a carbon front triangle to an aluminum rear end, takes its name from the venerable Pipeline–Rocky’s original freeride machine–and has similar intentions: pedal up and then shred down. Those intentions are backed up by 150 millimeters of fork travel and 130 millimeters of rear-wheel squish. Boost axle spacing and a committed single-ring design help the Pipeline fit tires up to 3.25 inches wide. That’s a lot of rubber, so Rocky saved a bit of weight by speccing bolt-on axles.
The Pipeline takes geometry cues from Rocky Mountain’s 130-millimeter wagon-wheeler, the Instinct, and the Ride-9 chip system allows riders to adjust the geometry and suspension rate to suit their riding style and terrain.
Rocky Mountain Pipeline Details:
- Travel: 150mm front / 130 mm rear
- Carbon front triangle, alloy rear triangle
- Fits up to 27.5×3.25 tires
- Single-ring specific
- Lightweight bolt-on axles save 50g per bike compared to Maxles
- BC2 pivots with grease ports for easy maintenance
- Stealth dropper post equipped
- Internal cable routing
- PressFit BB92 bottom bracket, IS42/IS52 headset, Boost axle spacing
- Sizing: S/M/L/XL
Pipeline 770 MSL (ridden) – $4799