Rocky Mountain Bicycles have launched a brand-new Altitude. And it's already done some winning...
Yes, the neatly disguised black and blue '11' machine campaigned by Jesse Melamed at Specialized EWS Zermatt was indeed a production version of the new bike and, by all accounts, it looks like it works extremely well! The Whistler-born rider piloted it home to first place to take his second ever race win and first outside of his hometown. So how does the new Rocky stack up?
For a start, it's extremely malleable. Rocky Mountain clearly put stock in a bike needing to allow itself to be tailored to the needs of its pilot - not only does each frame size receive its own suspension tune but the smaller sizes roll on 27.5in wheels whilst Medium upwards get full-fat 29in hoops. It doesn't end there however, RIDE-9 adjustment allows the rider to flip between nine combinations of geometry tweaks using just two Allen keys.
There are alloy and carbon fibre frame material options and five build options to choose from. Suspension travel and geometry are both resolutely racy with 170/160mm of bounce and all those geometry options all evolving around a set of angles that definitely place it firmly between the tapes.
The details continue up close. There's added protection on wear zones such as a shuttle guard on the underside of the downtube, a noise cancelling rubber chainstay protector and a chainstay yoke protector help to keep things silent. A new tube profile increases stiffness and dual bearings at the seatstays and chainstays help to keep things tracking smoothly.
Can the Altitude climb back on to the top step of the podium at Vittoria EWS Pietra Ligure? Don't forget to subscribe to our official media partner, Global Mountain Bike Network, for all the action as we start our countdown to round two, next weekend.