Following the recent Altitude update and the new Slayer, Rocky Mountain is keeping to their - and the industry’s - trend of longer, lower and slacker. The all-new Instinct, Instinct BC, and Pipeline will be coming in the next few months with redesigned frames, more travel and future-proofed boost spacing, metric shock sizing and compatibility for Di2, and eventually Fox Live.
The Instinct, Rocky Mountain’s 29-inch trail bike, has received a full overhaul to catch up with the other do-anthing 29er trail bikes that are leading the industry trend right now. To everybody’s surprise (or no one’s) the Instinct’s new frame is lower, longer and slacker, with an extra 10 millimeters of rear travel, rounding out the bike to 140 millimeters front and rear. Despite the extra travel in the back, Rocky has changed the suspension to be more progressive with more support at sag levels. The anti-squat values have also been raised for improved pedaling efficiency. Speaking of pedaling efficiency, the seat tube jumped from 72.6 to 74.5 degrees in the lowest setting, putting the rider into a better position for climbing. When it comes to descending, the new Instinct’s headtube angle has dropped from a range of 66.6 - 68.2 to 66 - 67 degrees, adjustable with Rocky’s 9-position flip-chips.
With the updated frame comes a new link that has moved the Ride-9 chip into the linkage, making for a sleeker and lower-profile look. In addition the bike is shipped with two lower headset cups, one taller than the other, allowing you to run 27.5+, although the frame already has clearance for 29 x 2.6 tires. Other updates of note are larger, cleaner ports for internal cable housing in the front triangle, bearings instead of bushings in all pivots - including the lower shock mount, and adjusted seat tube heights to allow for longer droppers. A new integrated “Spirit Guide” is adjustable for a 28-34 tooth front ring and there’s room for a water bottle on all sizes, with or without a reservoir shock.
Contributor Jon Weber will be riding the new Instinct over the next few months. Keep and eye out for first impressions and a full review.
Maybe you like where the Instinct is heading, but you don’t think Rocky went far enough. Well you’re in luck because the Instinct BC bumps up those numbers. Keeping all the updates found in the Instinct, the BC edition is equipped with 155 millimeters of rear-wheel travel and 160 millimeters up front, turning the all-around trail bike into an aggressive descender. To match that extra travel, the Instinct BC Edition comes spec’d with wider bars, tires, and Sram Code brakes sporting 200 millimeter rotors front and back.
In a departure from Rocky’s ubiquitous use of the Ride-9 geometry adjustment, Rocky took things into their own hands with the Instinct BC, opting for a fixed geometry. Slightly slacker than the Instinct, the BC comes with a 65.9 degree headtube angle and a 74.4 degree seat tube angle.
Rocky Mountain’s plus-sized trail bike also got a redesign, placing it solidly between the Instinct and the Instinct BC, except with 27.5+ tires. Marketed as an aggressive trail bike, the Pipeline is making the same 10-millimeter adjustment to rear-wheel travel the Instinct made, moving from 130 millimeters to 140. More surprisingly, front-wheel travel is reduced from 150 millimeters to 140. The Pipeline also receives the same detail-oriented upgrades as the Instinct and Instinct BC - integrated chain guide, bearings instead of bushing, etc…
The slightly smaller diameter of a 27.5+ wheel means the Pipeline also has a slightly slacker geometry than the Instinct - or even Instinct BC. Ranging from 65.5 - 66.6 degrees at the headtube and 74 - 75.1 degrees in the seat tube, the Pipeline is undoubtably an aggressive descender. Combined with the extra grip from the 2.8-inch tires - or 3.0 with low-profile knobs - this bike will pull its way over most obstacles and carry speed when pointed downhill. The Pipeline will also be available at a lower price-point than the Instinct BC, so for aggressive riders who don’t want to pony up $5,900, this could be the right choice
All three models will be widely available by mid-late October, with limited availability starting today. Head to your Rocky Mountain Dealer to learn more.