Trust your Instinct. Stable and aggressive, the Instinct is our most versatile trail bike.
With 29" wheels and a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustment the re-designed frame pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increasing stiffness and tweaking the suspension kinematics. Despite the increase in travel, the new frame has noticeably more efficient pedalling, with better small-bump sensitivity and a host of next-generation features.
Size Specific tune
Size Specific Tune ensures that riders of all sizes get the right balance of small-bump compliance, mid-stroke support, and end-stroke progressiveness. Our design team does custom shock tunes based on real-world field testing and adjusts each tune for specific frame sizes.
FORM™ tube sets utilize premium materials to meet our strict requirements. Each FORM™ tube that we create is engineered for its specific purpose within the frame, ensuring optimized strength, weight, and ride quality.
RIDE-9™ adjustment system
The RIDE-9™ adjustment system allows riders to quickly fine-tune their geometry and suspension with a pair of Allen keys. Nine configurations are possible thanks to two interlocking chips. Suspension and geometry setup are complex art forms with huge variations in rider style, preference, terrain, and ability. We do recommend the use of professional services, but we also believe that learning to dial in your own bike is the best way to fully understand its performance. Adjust your RIDE-9™ position for geometry before considering suspension effects, or variables like air pressure and shock compression. Make gradual, incremental changes, take notes and be methodical. Don’t adjust in a hurry before a big ride. Take your time and enjoy the process. RIDE-9™ Setup Guides General Setup Guide (English)Guide de configuration du système XC Element Trail Instinct Pipeline Altitude
Smoothlink™ suspension is efficient yet supple when you’re on the pedals and across a wide range of gears. It features a controlled end-stroke and a rate-curve that feels more capable than the travel would suggest. This four-bar suspension design philosophy is centred on ride characteristics; each bike platform we develop balances variables like anti-squat, axle path, chain growth, rate curve, anti-rise, etc. to achieve the legendary Rocky Mountain ride feel.
Smoothwall™ carbon uses one of the world’s most sophisticated carbon processes to deliver industry-leading stiffness-to-weight, ride quality, and durability. We eliminate excess resin and fibres by using rigid internal moulds instead of traditional air bladders. We then utilize different types of carbon in specific frame areas to maximize stiffness and impact resistance while minimizing overall weight.
|frame||SMOOTHWALL™ Carbon Front Triangle. FORM™ Alloy Rear Triangle. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. RIDE-9™ Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate|
|sizes||S - M - L - XL|
|fork||Fox 34 Float Performance 140mm|
|shock||Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance|
|headset||FSA Orbit NO.57E Extend-o-matic|
|stem||Rocky Mountain AM|
|handlebar||Rocky Mountain AM 760mm|
|grips||Rocky Mountain Lock On Light|
|brakes||Shimano SLX / Shimano RT66 180mm / Shimano RT66 180mm|
|brake levers||Shimano SLX|
|shifters||Sram GX Eagle|
|rear derailleur||Sram GX Eagle|
|cranks & chainrings||Sram Stylo 6k Eagle 32T|
|bottom bracket||Sram BB92 DUB|
|cassette||Sram PG-1230 11-50T|
|chain||Sram NX Eagle|
|front hub||Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm|
|rear hub||DT Swiss 370 Boost 148mm|
|rims||Race Face AR 27 Tubeless Ready - Tape / Valves Incl|
|tires||Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.3 / Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.3|
|seatpost||Race Face Aeffect Dropper 30.9mm|
|saddle||WTB Volt Race|
*All specifications listed are subject to change without notice.
|groupset model||GX Eagle|
|Frame||SMOOTHWALL™ Carbon Front Triangle. FORM™ Alloy Rear Triangle. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. RIDE-9™ Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate|
|Sizes||S - M - L - XL|
|Fork||Fox 34 Float Performance 140mm|
|Shock||Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance|
|Headset||FSA Orbit NO.57E Extend-o-matic|
|Stem||Rocky Mountain AM|
|Handlebar||Rocky Mountain AM 760mm|
|Grips||Rocky Mountain Lock On Light|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX / Shimano RT66 180mm / Shimano RT66 180mm|
|Brake Levers||Shimano SLX|
|Shifters||Sram GX Eagle|
|Rear Derailleur||Sram GX Eagle|
|Cranks & Chainrings||Sram Stylo 6k Eagle 32T|
|Bottom Bracket||Sram BB92 DUB|
|Cassette||Sram PG-1230 11-50T|
|Chain||Sram NX Eagle|
|Front Hub||Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss 370 Boost 148mm|
|Rims||Race Face AR 27 Tubeless Ready - Tape / Valves Incl|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.3 / Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.3|
|Seatpost||Race Face Aeffect Dropper 30.9mm|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Race|
|Shock Travel||121 - 140mm|
|Fork Travel||121 - 140mm|