Rocky Mountain release new Instinct and Pipeline bikes

Rocky Mountain has launched new models of their Instinct, Instinct BC Edition, and Pipeline. The all-new frames have improved suspension performance, next generation features, updated Ride-9 adjustability, and even more progressive geometry. The Instinct BC Edition features a dedicated link with more travel and fixed geometry.

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Instinct

  • Intended use: Trail
  • Wheel size: 29" (27.5+ ready)
  • Front travel: 140mm
  • Rear travel: 140mm
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Stable and aggressive, the Instinct is our most versatile trail bike. With 29" wheels and a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments, the all new Instinct is available in both carbon and alloy models. An all-new frame for 2018 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 pedaling, with better small bump sensitivity and a host of next-generation features.

 

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Instinct BC Edition

  • Intended use: Aggressive trail
  • Wheel size: 29" (27.5+ ready)
  • Front travel: 160mm
  • Rear travel: 155mm
Born in BC, we’ve turned the Instinct BC Edition into an aggressive trail monster. Designed with an optimized link and long stroke shock that provide155mm of rear travel and ultra-aggressive geometry, we’ve kitted out the Instinct BC Edition with wide bars, big tires, ultra-stiff wheels, and more capable suspension. It smashes all mountain lines, rails corners, and plows over everything in sight, while displaying all the climbing efficiency that makes the Instinct a crowd favourite.

 

I can't believe how much fun I've had riding the new Instinct. I was blown away by how effortlessly the bike carries speed, while improvements to the geometry and stiffness keep it nimble and stable. The Instinct has handled every type of terrain I've thrown at it and even opened up new lines for me on trails I've been riding for over a decade. Thomas Vanderham

 

Improved suspension performance

 

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

 

Next generation features

 

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, single-sided bearing pivots, integrated “spirit guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

 

Updated RIDE-9

 

Our RIDE-9 system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging. Instinct BC Edition, with its increased travel, comes with a single mounting position in its link to provide the best balance of travel and geometry.

 

Progressive geometry

 

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve retained short chainstays to keep the bike agile, and used a moderately steep seat tube for efficient climbing performance.

 


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Technical Details:
  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 29” Wide Trail and 27.5+ compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 29 x 2.6, and 27.5 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs)
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • All Instinct models include the FSA extend-O-matic headset. The bike ships with a second (taller) headset bottom cup, which allows the rider to opt for 27.5+ wheels without negatively affecting handling, and no fork swap is required.
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Instincts will not include chainstay and downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re available. The October shipment will have them installed.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • BC Edition features a dedicated link delivering 155mm of travel and fixed geometry
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to a one-piece seat stay, new envelope, and updated layup (47.7% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Weight:
  • Frame & shock: 5.09lb (2310g), size Medium
  • Frame & shock: 5.62lb (2550g), size Medium, Instinct BC Ed.
  • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
  • Instinct Carbon 70 complete: 27.4lb (12.4kg), size Medium
  • Instinct Carbon 90 BC Edition complete: 29.5lb (13.4kg), size Medium

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Pipeline

  • Intended use: Aggressive trail
  • Wheel size: 27.5+ (29" ready)
  • Front travel: 140mm
  • Rear travel: 140mm
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The all-new Pipeline combines the confidence of plus-sized tires in raw, technical terrain with an aggressive trail chassis.
An all-new 2018 Pipeline frame pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increases stiffness, adjusts the suspension kinematics for more efficient pedaling and better small bump sensitivity, and gives the frame a host of next-generation features. Available in both carbon and alloy models, the Pipeline plows through greasy roots and square-edged chunder with authority, while providing near limitless traction on rocky, slippery climbs.

 

With its plus tires, the Pipeline lets my imagination run wild with what is possible on the trails. It allows me to do all of the crazy things that I can think of. Jesse Melamed

 

Improved suspension performance

 

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

 

Next generation features

 

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, single-sided bearing pivots, integrated “spirit guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

 

Updated RIDE-9

 

Our RIDE-9 system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging.

 

Progressive geometry

 

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve significantly shortened the chainstays to improve agility and used a moderately steep seat tube for efficient climbing performance.

 


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Technical Details:
  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 27.5+ and 29” Wide Trail compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 27.5 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs), and 29 x 2.6
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • All Pipeline models include the FSA extend-O-matic headset. The bike ships with a second (shorter) headset bottom cup, which allows the rider to opt for 29" wheels without negatively affecting handling, and no fork swap is required.
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Pipelines will not include chainstay and downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re available. The October shipment will have them installed.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to a one-piece seat stay, new envelope, and updated layup (47.7% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Weight:
  • Frame & shock: 5.09lb (2310g), size Medium
  • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
  • Pipeline Carbon 70 complete: 29.1lb (13.2kg), size Medium
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9 Comments

Bos, Aug 24 2017 01:57

So.. I own a rocky and although I like "the ride" this company just don't make sense to me. Apart from my reservations with the old Elment, which I still Own - the wonderful the ABC bushings and funny shock angle is, which they now changed their minds about..

 

But really:

Instinct:       27.5 plus/29 compatable, 140mm HTA 55.6-66.6

Pipeline:      27.5 plus/29 compatable, 140mm HTA 66.5

Instinct BC: 27.5 plus/29 compatable, 155mm Rear 160mm Front HTA 74 

Altitude:      26plus/27.5 compatable, 155mm Rear 160mm Front HTA 55-66

 

I sure hope they were able to use the same frame and used mods on swingarms and rocker link to make the subtle differences because otherwise thats 20 Carbon moulds which are not cheap at what 70-100 000 USD a pop?

 

Deep pockets...and all the bikes within 20mm travel in the very competitive trail-aggressive trail segment.

 

I'm sure they ride like a dream, just saying..

Aurora, Aug 25 2017 10:29

Does anybody import Rocky into SA now?

 

I still have a Vertex 29 RSL carbon race bike that I love but if anything happens to the frame, I will need to get it replaced so would be good piece of mind to know that there is still a local agent.

Bos, Aug 25 2017 12:56

Apparently not a lot of people care anymore.... Judging by the response to this Press Release.

DuncanDoughnuts, Aug 25 2017 01:41

strange, huge overlap with the Instinct and Pipeline ... if I ever had to go the RM route... how would I choose , the frames even weigh the same

DuncanDoughnuts, Aug 25 2017 02:06

So.. I own a rocky and although I like "the ride" this company just don't make sense to me. Apart from my reservations with the old Elment, which I still Own - the wonderful the ABC bushings and funny shock angle is, which they now changed their minds about..

 

But really:

Instinct:       27.5 plus/29 compatable, 140mm HTA 55.6-66.6

Pipeline:      27.5 plus/29 compatable, 140mm HTA 66.5

Instinct BC: 27.5 plus/29 compatable, 155mm Rear 160mm Front HTA 74 

Altitude:      26plus/27.5 compatable, 155mm Rear 160mm Front HTA 55-66

 

I sure hope they were able to use the same frame and used mods on swingarms and rocker link to make the subtle differences because otherwise thats 20 Carbon moulds which are not cheap at what 70-100 000 USD a pop?

 

Deep pockets...and all the bikes within 20mm travel in the very competitive trail-aggressive trail segment.

 

I'm sure they ride like a dream, just saying..

Just read an article at bike.com that the instant, BC version and pipeline are the same frame. and that they use the FSA bottom headset cup to adjust geometry. and BC uses different rear links

Bos, Aug 25 2017 02:35

Just read an article at bike.com that the instant, BC version and pipeline are the same frame. and that they use the FSA bottom headset cup to adjust geometry. and BC uses different rear links

Makes sence. 

 

So actually.. Its pretty cool, knowing that with the same frame one can achieve quite a lot. 

hansolo, Aug 28 2017 03:49

Nice bikes, hope they make their way to South Africa. I'm very happy with my "old" Instinct, wouldn't mind one of these in future...

Ysterbeertjie, Aug 29 2017 08:54

So.. I own a rocky and although I like "the ride" this company just don't make sense to me. Apart from my reservations with the old Elment, which I still Own - the wonderful the ABC bushings and funny shock angle is, which they now changed their minds about..

 

But really:

Instinct:       27.5 plus/29 compatable, 140mm HTA 55.6-66.6

Pipeline:      27.5 plus/29 compatable, 140mm HTA 66.5

Instinct BC: 27.5 plus/29 compatable, 155mm Rear 160mm Front HTA 74 

Altitude:      26plus/27.5 compatable, 155mm Rear 160mm Front HTA 55-66

 

I sure hope they were able to use the same frame and used mods on swingarms and rocker link to make the subtle differences because otherwise thats 20 Carbon moulds which are not cheap at what 70-100 000 USD a pop?

 

Deep pockets...and all the bikes within 20mm travel in the very competitive trail-aggressive trail segment.

 

I'm sure they ride like a dream, just saying..

I got myself the Element last year... I am happy thus far apart from a few minor (not ride related) things.  I am still very much getting to grips with the bike.  I am curious though to hear what your concerns with the Element would be?

Ysterbeertjie, Aug 29 2017 08:56

Nice bikes, hope they make their way to South Africa. I'm very happy with my "old" Instinct, wouldn't mind one of these in future...

"This Way Out" sells RM in the Cape.