Rocky Mountain Element 970 B.C. Edition Review

Oct 1, 2012
by Mike Levy  

B.C. Edition
970 RSL
WORDS Mike Levy

Element 970 B.C. Edition details:

• Intended use: cross-country/trail
• Rear wheel travel: 95mm
• C13 Hi Mod Carbon Smoothwall monocoque front triangle
• Aluminum chain stays
• ABC (Angular Bushing Concept ) pivots
• Tapered head tube
• E-Thru 12 x 142mm rear axle
• Internal cable routing for shifting, dropper post
• BB-92 bottom bracket shell
• Sizing: S - 2XL
• MSRP: $5,199 USD

With 95mm of rear wheel travel and purebred cross-country feel, Rocky Mountain's 29"-wheeled Element platform caters to riders who might find themselves either toeing the start line of a cross-country race or out doing intervals to prepare for said cross-country race. There is one exception to that statement, though, with the Element 970 B.C. Edition muddying the waters between tradition and a new-school train of thought. The bike, which is assembled around the same carbon fiber front triangle as the 999 RSL mated to aluminum chain and seat stays, utilizes a unique component spec that, according to Rocky Mountain, ''reflects how some Rocky employees and friends of ours in Vancouver would set up their race bikes''. B.C. is one of the few locations in the world where many cross-country riders choose to run dropper posts, so that is exactly what you'll find on the Element 970 B.C. Edition, with a RockShox Reverb fitted as stock equipment. A 120mm travel FOX 32 fork can be found up front, giving the bike an extra 20mm of forgiveness compared to the standard Element 29 RSLs, further enforcing the bike's ambiguous personality. She is going to weigh more than the other models in the Element 29 RSL family, but the $5,199 USD 970 B.C. Edition might be just the ticket for those who stress the importance of enjoying both the pain of the climb and the joy of dropping their ridding buddies on the descents.

Element 970 B.C. Edition SmoothLink suspension

SmoothLink suspension
The Element utilizes Rocky Mountain's SmoothLink suspension layout, the same system as employed on their longer-legged bikes, but optimized for the Element's shorter travel and cross-country intentions. The main talking point of the design can be seen at the dropout pivot (pictured above) that has been placed 10mm above the axle. Rocky Mountain says that this ensures that, if one were to draw a straight line through the main pivot to the rear pivot, they would find that it sits above the rear axle throughout the bike's travel. Why does that matter? "The lower linkage member is virtually parallel to the Average Chain Torque Line (ACTL ), at all points of travel. This is the key to bob-free suspension, since the two are parallel, the chain tension cannot act on the suspension.'' Basically, the claim is that they have been able to neutralize chain tension so that it has little to no effect on the bike's suspension, thereby allowing the rear end to remain active and supple when on the gas. This is an especially important trait for a bike such as the Element given that it has just 95mm of travel out back - with a relatively small amount of suspension, it has to be working well at all times.

ABC pivots
When it comes to suspension pivots, sealed bearings are the go-to method for most companies. And for good reason; they can last many seasons of abuse while remaining both smooth and noise-free. If you've been riding full-suspension bikes since the early 2000's, you'll likely remember the alternative: those cheesy bushings that would often wear down to nothing multiple times during a single year, not to mention the creaking and groaning they could emit if not looked after. With those memories firmly lodged in the heads of many riders, it may surprise you that Rocky Mountain would choose to use bushings at some of the Element's suspension pivots. Thankfully, these are far different than what was employed in the past. Consisting of two angled contact surface polymer bushings and tapered aluminum hardware, the ABC pivots are claimed to provide a much more rigid interface than what a sealed bearing could ever dream of, as well as saving a purported 120 grams per bike over a standard bearing layout. ABC pivots are used at the dropout and rocker arm locations, with traditional sealed bearings still being employed at the main pivot location.

Rocky Mountain Element MSL BC Edition

Clean cables
For a bike with a dropper post and provision for a cable activated rear shock lockout, the Element has a remarkably clean appearance. Its streamlined look is thanks to internally routed lines, with cable entry ports just aft of the head tube, and exit points hidden under the bottom bracket and the top tube. Both the front and rear derailleur emerge from under the B.B. via an aluminum plug that can be pulled out to make cable replacement a simple task - no cursing as you try to feed the new cable through a tiny opening at the opposite end. The Element 970 B.C. Edition's Reverb seat post has its hydraulic line routed through the top tube and out just ahead of the forward shock mount. Other than the rear brake, there are no guides or housing stops to route the lines externally.

Release Date 2013
Price $5199
Travel 95
Rear Shock Fox Float CTD Custom Trail Valved
Fork Fox 32 TALAS 29 120 FIT CTD
Headset Cane Creek Forty Series
Cassette SRAM PG-1070 11-36T 10spd
Crankarms Race Face Turbine 170-175mm 42/32/24T 3x10spd
Bottom Bracket Race Face Press Fit Team XC
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 Type 2 All Mountain 10spd
Chain SRAM PC-1071 10spd
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX E Mount 3x10spd
Shifter Pods SRAM X9 MatchMaker Triggers 3x10spd
Handlebar Race Face Turbine Flat Wide Ø31.8mm x 700mm x 9° Sweep
Stem Race Face Turbine
Brakes Avid Elixir 9
Hubs DT Swiss
Spokes 1.6 straight pull
Rim DT Swiss X 1.6 Tubeless Ready
Tires Continental X King Folding 29
Seat Rocky Mountain XC Light
Seatpost RockShox Reverb
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Element 970 B.C. Edition does the BCBR

The process involved with testing a bike usually goes something like this: we'll make some setup and suspension changes after receiving the bike, then head to the mountain for a few 'get to know each other' rides before settling in for the long haul together, followed by some big days on familiar terrain. By the end of the program we'll have put quite a few miles on the bike and will come away from it all with a good idea of whether it's a winner or a 'binner.

Our process was quite different with Rocky's Element 970 B.C. Edition. Our introduction turned out to be the 54km-long first stage of the epic B.C. Bike Race, a cross-country stage race that spans seven days on some of the most technical terrain in the province. We rode the bike throughout the entire event, averaging more than 50km per day, and then brought it home with us to throw down on our local trails. A trial by fire, we knew that it wouldn't take long to determine whether or not we felt comfortable on the B.C. inspired Element.

While the Element 970 B.C. Edition comes stock with a dropper post and a longer stroke, 120mm travel FOX fork, it is still a cross-country bike at heart. With this in mind, it came as no surprise that the carbon machine ascends with zeal. Measuring just under 30% sag on the Float rear shock, the bike felt firm and responsive enough that we only ever reached for the shock's blue, ride-firming CTD lever when facing a long gravel or paved climb. Even if the Element had come equipped with a remote trigger to control the CTD function, we doubt that we would have used it.

The bike's sporty-feeling suspension allowed us to stand up and hammer without feeling as if we had our feet strapped into a pair of moon boots, but it was the Element's relatively short 445mm chain stays that really gave the bike its get-up-and-go spirit. The rear end consistently found traction (despite the questionable Continental X King rear tire), a trait that was apparent when forced out of the saddle to crest a steep, loose pitch. Not coincidentally, those were the same sections that we found ourselves thanking Rocky for spec'ing the Race Face Turbine triple ring crankset - we are fond of both dual and single-ring setups, but the week-long BCBR event showed us that there is still a time and place for three chain rings, ego be damned.


So, is the Element 970 B.C. Edition just a 29er cross-country bike with a 120mm travel fork fitted? Hardly. Like other machines, the Element is the sum of both its components and its geometry, and Rocky has the mix just right with the B.C. Edition. The bike is like that one friend you have who, no matter how dire the situation is, manages to make you give up a laugh. Yes, it is a 29"-wheeled cross-country bike, but it's a 29"-wheeled cross-country bike that wants nothing more than to be jamming along a technical trail with its front tire in the air for extended periods of time. A manual here, popping off of a root there; it is far more capable than its numbers suggest. When the time comes to stop playing and start charging, the bike is still there for you. In fact, it seems to reward aggression, a trait that isn't uncommon among 29ers. It's happy carrying speed through corners, but the bike felt just as at home when asking the rear end to step out to square off the same corner - the Element doesn't care how you do it.

Swapping between a longer-travel trail bike and the Element certainly reveals that having under 4" of travel does have its drawbacks, that much is apparent, but it's what Rocky has done with that travel that has us so impressed with the bike. Even so, 95mm is 95mm, no matter what the quality is, and it's when covering fast, rough terrain, you'll be reminded that the Element 970 B.C. Edition has a foot firmly planted in the cross-country world. The active rear end certainly helps, but be prepared to work for your speed on such sections.

Other Ride Notes

• The RockShox Reverb post adds another dimension to the bike's performance. No, a dropper post isn't required to ride a mountain bike, but it sure as hell adds to the enjoyment level. Kudos go out to Rocky Mountain for spec'ing it as stock equipment.
• The bike's Race Face Turbine crankset spun impressively smooth throughout our time on them. This includes a rather wet BCBR event, countless washings with the jet washer, and zero TLC from us - the best Press Fit bottom bracket in the biz. Shifting across the three rings was on par with the big names as well.
• We usually have nothing but good things to say about DT Swiss' wheelsets, but that isn't the case on this go-around. The Element's rear wheel bought the farm after giving no hint of its coming demise, losing nearly all spoke tension in one catastrophic moment. Given our otherwise nothing but good experiences with their wheelsets, we'll put this one down to bad luck.
• Fancy yourself as a hard-charging rider who likes to hang it out? If so, do yourself a favour and ditch the bike's Continental X King tires. The Element's capabilities make it deserving of something with more bite.
• We feel like we're beating a dead horse when we talk about FOX's CTD-equipped forks, but a bike's front suspension plays such a vital role that we can't not mention it. We were forced to run much higher than recommended air pressure in order to hold the front end up under braking or on steep sections, and the 'Descend' mode employs so little compression damping that it will be near-useless under an aggressive rider. We left the fork in the 'Trail' mode 90 percent of the time.
• How did those bushing pivots hold up? Just fine, actually, with zero noise and zero play.

Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesThe Element 970 B.C. Edition is a bit of an anomaly in the short-travel 29er world. It's a fun bike that will allow a rider to cover an immense amount of trail while also getting the most out of the singletrack that they've worked so hard to get to. A disclaimer applies here, though, because unlike a slacker, longer travel trail bike, the 970 B.C. Edition isn't going to bridge the gap that only hard-earned skill can fill, but it will inspire well-rounded riders to look at the trail in a different way. Despite its name, you most certainly don't have to live in B.C. to appreciate the bike either, with it likely being a blast anywhere and everywhere, but the gnarliest of terrain.- Mike Levy

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  • 28 1
 Altitude, element, slayer SS. Rocky is killing it this year!
Now if we could only get a carbon flatline :p
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  • 13 71
flag Protour (Oct 1, 2012 at 4:49) (Below Threshold)
 I can't believe they are still using bushings for pivots....really? Also very out dated single pivot suspension design. I like how Levy says "talking points" to describe how they promote it, cause that's all they are. Your chain is almost always at a different angle than the line between the pivots, so "average" means nothing.
Just cause it's a Canadian company doesn't mean you guys have to like it.
  • 46 0
 Lets be honest Protour, Anything seems to upset you.
  • 32 1
 Yeah looking at Protours all comments I would say he needs a new hobby. He just is not having fun.
  • 15 0
 hey protour, it's not a single pivot. learn your stuff before trolling.
  • 17 0
 trolling IS his new hobby.
  • 4 0
 protour, i rest my case
  • 15 3
 Dearest protour... Everyone else may hate you...but I enjoy watching you piss everyone off.
  • 4 1
 I have an element 70 and the bushings are sick. Way lighter than bearings, zero maintainence and super smooth. I'd take the rocky rear end over a heavier, high maintainence bearing rear end any day. Dude, do your research before you slam something, as you are wrong.
  • 2 0
 protour cmon man! its closer to an FSR than a single pivot! but continue on I get a kick out of your posts
  • 2 0
 Protour! why do you have to be such a Negative Nancy!
  • 2 6
flag Protour (Oct 2, 2012 at 0:15) (Below Threshold)
 Ok. It's not a single pivot. I didn't look closely enough and was wrong on that. It's sort of a compromised FSR design, not as active as a Specialized, but probably a little better pedaling, but outdated nonetheless.
  • 3 0
 after that protour I question how much you really know aboot bikes eh, take off
  • 1 0
 I dont give a shit what any of you say I love reading protours comments......I love to read posts that are somewhat outrageous, keeps things interesting.
  • 1 0
 beats bscar by a long shot! that fucker was just annoying as hell... tho most 8 year olds are most likely
  • 1 0
 I agree , simple bushing easy and affordable to replace with consistent performance
  • 16 0
 $5200 without kashima and with slx front derailleur???? I like Rocky Mountain but.......
  • 3 2
 ONLY the aftermarket stuff gets Kashima generally... the performance enhancement is just so minor compared with the price hike that few bikes use the coating from the factory. And there's nothing wrong with an SLX front derailleur. Personally I wish more brands would stick to all ONE group level rather than doing the mix & match game because every fool looks at the rear derailleur first. If SRAM offered an E-mount compatible front derailleur, I'm sure they would have used it. Better to have used a complete SLX group though.
  • 2 0
 pfffft. I hear ya man. $5200 with that SLX front... wtfz
  • 3 1
 Peh. I don't think anyone could genuinely tell the difference if you put a Shimano Deore derailleur on there and put XT stickers on it (ie pissing in your pocket and telling you its raining.) However, the Kashima point would be valid if you discounted the Reverb. I think this is pretty standard spec for the price, speshully when you consider that big as RM is, it ain't Trek or Spesh or whatever.
  • 2 0
 Front shifting is all in the rings... and chain... and shifter
  • 3 0
 @mnorris 122: I hear that. Everyone always thinks you need 3x10 for the missing granny gear. Well around here, it's the largest chainring(s) we take off. You NEED the granny gear unless you want to hike up all the most technical climbs, but where's the fun in that? I run a 2x9 and lots of people around here do 1x9. Unless you ride on the road, why do you need a large chainring? Even downhill bikes usually only have like mid-size 36 tooth chain rings.
  • 2 0
 I see your point, but it does give the option for an easy 2x10 conversion by simply removing the 3rd ring. I don't ride in BC, but my local trails are similar in a few key points. Exposed roots, rocks, and mud dominate the wooded areas around me. Even with these conditions, I am still able to use my 3rd chainring, although not strictly necessary. If I crest a hill in my 2nd ring, I will often just switch up the the 3rd ring instead of gearing the rear up 3 or 4 times. I don't mind at all that Rocky Mountain made it 3x10, but I suppose they could offer a 2x10 option.
  • 1 0
 I agree completely. It's not a deal breaker, just a simple mod that I would do as soon as I got it. You can say that about a few things on pretty much every bike.
  • 1 0
 Depends where/what they're riding, and what sort of 29er they built up.
  • 12 1
 5200$ no kashima ?
  • 1 0
 dont worry about it too much, for the price kashima isnt that different
  • 4 0
 Just to clear a few misunderstandings in the commentary here:

The ABC bushings are not the traditional bushing design you've seen in the past. The bushings utilized on this bike are angular contact meaning that a 45 degree bushing is mated to a 45 degree washer. This design increases stiffness by over 100% over a traditional bearing.

MSRP for the BC Edition is $4999 and it does come with a Type 2 X9 rear derailleur
  • 1 0
 wouldnt it be possible to do angular contact bearings? dont get me wrong if the slayer runs ABC I have nothing but praise for the bushings
  • 1 0
 sortof like how headsets work with the cups and all...
  • 3 0
 Such a sweet looking bike! Looks like Rocky Mountain has done it so right with this bike. I got a SC Tallboy C, and it loves to be smashed hard on trails. It takes everything I give it. The design of 29ers has come a long way. Maybe one day my mates will stop calling my bike a Ladyboy instead of Tallboy. lol
  • 3 0
 idk if a 29er suits the shore... but it sounds like the perfect bike for BCBR, hot a slayer not too long ago and I can say smoothlink speaks for itself!
  • 2 1
 Until the altitude redesign, the 29er version was Wade Simmons's #1 bike choice for riding the shore, and he has his choice of the entire rocky model lineup.
  • 3 1
 I've ridden both - on the Shore. That 29er gives up nothing to the 26 version and is a better climber
  • 1 0
 no loss of maneuverability on steep turns or anything like that? if thats the case rocky mountain has done one hell of a job
  • 1 0
 Surprisingly none. Didn't have to do little trials moves or all the other bullshit things one normally has to do with 29ers in tight situations
  • 3 2
 looks funny looking. big frame, big wheels and a tinny fork. I wonder if fox has that 34mm stanchion fork in a talas or is it just a 32 like the one on this bike. I think it will look better but prob ride the same non the less.
  • 1 0
 lol tiny fork... I have a 80mm float 32 on my 29er. I also have a remedy dont worry Wink
  • 4 0
 About 8 seconds and you could have answered your own question.
  • 1 0
 YES thats a sweet fork. thats the upgrade i guess. yam!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the callout on those overwhelmingly mediocre X-kings Mike. Those tires should be swapped off immediately. Terrible in the wet, mediocre in the dry. Race Kings if you want the xc rolling resistance bias, Mountain Kings for more overall use. Conti really hit the "average" button on those tires. The sad thing is that those tires are on many of Rockies 2013 spec so there;s a heads up for any buyers this year - swap those pigs out immediately
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 Because they are light and therefore the published weight of the full bike can be lighter. It is a strange spec from RM though as they are mmore in tune with real BC riding than some of our more sunshine buffed trail based southern friends.

Agree on the Mountain King II - awesome trail tyre. Been running the 2.4" tubeless on my Blur TRc for the last month and I like them a lot.
  • 1 0
 I love my Mountain King II on my Specialized Epic Comp 29er. Great tire for the trails I ride around here.
  • 1 0
 For future articles, you can please specify the shock tune of the stock shocks please? Wondering if there's any difference between the shock tunes, even if it's simply a minor tweak to the boost valve pressure, between the BC version and the standard versions.
  • 1 0
 hey are we not allowed to know how much it weighs? rocky is afraid to let us know, same as on every major manufacturers site. id imagine it would rip, I would gladly ride one of these any day!
  • 1 0
 About 27 -28 lbs
  • 1 1
 Interesting about the Fox CTD. I like to just set and forget so an indexed compression knob is more useful to me. Oh well, still would rather have that than a rockshox that falls apart and doesnt work when it's colder than 8C.
  • 1 0
 rockshox arent that bad.... yes boxxers need a shit load of service and a lot of people have had ovalized lowers shipped to them or boxxers without oil but their short travel forks are extremely good IMO as for 8C alot of riders on the shore have rockshox products and in the fall in can get pretty chilly at 5-6
  • 2 0
 hidden cables are nice for some reasons but I think ease of changing cables overrides those other reasons and I'd rather stick to them outside the frame...
  • 1 1
 Oh wow... another short-trvel XC bike from Rocky........................... Wow....., how unique. Oh I see it's a "BC edition"...ahh..... Wow, great....

Rocky should take a note from Norco and make an actual BIKE LINE, not 50 versions of one XC bike and then A FR/DH bike. As of right now, their line is pretty weak IMO. If they want to become the next Gary Fischer then carry on, but as of rght now they're just re-hashing the same XC bike and trying to convince people that "it can do everything".... I'll take a Norco Range 650b over ANYTHING in Rocky's line.
  • 6 3
 $5200 and X.9 without Type 2? No thanks.
  • 1 0
 meh, any shop worth it's salt would tear it off and give you a type 2 on request. hell, if you're paying 5200, they may not even charge you.
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flag deeeight (Oct 1, 2012 at 8:35) (Below Threshold)
 A clutch rear derailleur isn't needed on an XC bike. I'm sorry, but the whole point to clutch derailleurs is to alleviate the need for guides on bikes you'd otherwise likely run a guide. It isn't meant for bikes that don't need guides to be ridden. That's what a front derailleur cage does already.
  • 1 0
 Well to be honest it's not really a typical xc bike. Not if it's meant to actually be ridden in BC. A lot of people don't get that our trails out here are rough, even the xc ones. I almost held out on my SC for this bike. Kinda glad I didn't, I thought it would be XT and 120-130 rear. I guess the new instinct from Rocky is going to bridge that gap, but no new carbon frame for that bike.
  • 2 0
 a clutch isn't meant for bikes that don't need guides to be ridden? that's absurd, it depends where you ride. my bike doesn't need a guide, and i wouldn't ride without a clutched der. now that i've used one.
  • 1 0
 deeeight a front derailleur cage does not do the same job as a clutch derailleur. Not even close.

A clutch emulates a chain guide system with a lower guide creating extra tension on the chain on the bottom side of the drivetrain.

Also "a clutch rear derailleur isn't needed on an XC bike"? That's cool, but the Element 970 BC is more of an enduro bike. I see tons of enduro bikes with guides and clutch derailleurs.
  • 1 0
 At least it looks good...
  • 1 2
 I meant the same as an upper guide. I would not care for the lack of a clutch. I don't setup my bikes so badly that chain deraillment is a problem. I have not experienced a dropped chain in the past year that didnt happen when transporting the bike in a car.
  • 3 0
 Well, to be fair, some of us ride rougher trails than others. Chain drops can happen even with a well adjusted drivetrain. That BC edition isn't made for Ottawa trails. Maybe they'll make an Ontario edition and do a fully rigid one and bar ends. (I kid I kid)
  • 1 0
 I gotta say, most people who come from out west are surprised at how tech the trails are out east (including Ottawa area). The marketing for this bike and a few statements in this article (e.g."B.C. is one of the few locations in the world where many cross-country riders choose to run dropper posts") don't really make sense to me. And as an easterner I don't see it translating into bikes and equipment that is much different from what everyone is riding around here. Dropping seatpost on an XC bike? Is that really unique to BC? Really?
  • 1 1
 The trails around eastern ontario/west quebec are WAY more technical than most anything even on the world cup circuit. I've lost track of the number of times I've heard pro/elite racers attend canada/o-cup/q-cup races held at Camp Fortune and whined about the difficulty of the courses. Hell, the current pee-wee/cadet XC course is what was typical of senior Expert/Elite racing was done on 20 years ago. I've guided folks around the SMH and Gatineau park trails who said it was equal or better than what they're riding in pennsylvania in bicycling mecca places like Jim Thorpe.
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 I own a 2012 Slayer, paid a hell of a lot less, climb better than any Hardtail and/or XC bike than I have ever had, descend on 6" of travel on a beefy platform that weighs marginally more than this bike, and can handle bike parks. Exactly what is the point Rocky? If you wanted to go a shade lighter you have the Altitude. I am not sure I would ever consider this bike for regular BC riding over Slayers or Altitudes. Moab maybe but not BC.
  • 1 0
 The slayer is an awesome am bike ill give you that. But if it climbs better than any hardtail or xc bike you've ever had, you've never had good ones. This bc edition element is for techy climbs and techy descents, something we have a lot of in our "xc" races.

The slayer is great but you're not going to win any xc races on it. And this bike isn't directly competing with the enduro market. It's not my ideal bike either but it has a purpose.
  • 2 0
 I will grant you the racing perspective, the pricepoint also seems more race oriented. Sorry, I always think of it from the weekend warrior perspective. Makes sense that it could be a race bike. As for XC bikes, I have only ridden either Norco or Rocky Mountain XC/Hardtails and I stand by my statement that the slayer climbs better than those I have owned even on technical climbs.
  • 2 0
 Man I'd love'd go like shit off a shovel..!
  • 1 0
 at least they could spec the boost valve float which is a big improvement for fox
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 I sincerely hope they have tested, re-tested and once again tested those "ABC" bushings.
  • 2 3
 they have, they've been using them for a couple years now. They're not something unique to bicycles though and are used in far more aggressive applications. Apparently what works well in harsher environments in a "bicyclist on the internet's" mind... aren't up to snuff for bicycles. Internet experts would rather ride old fashioned and inferior cartridge bearings instead.
  • 4 0
 Why is it you seem to always come off abrasive in everything you post.
  • 2 0
 kudos to deanw for that awesome collection of videos, maybe not quite as challenging as the trails deeeight rides though. lol
  • 1 0
 what is like compared to the altitude? looks real fun!Smile
  • 1 1
 nice...but i think i'll save a couple of g's and stick to aluminum
  • 1 2
 b.c edition = before christ edition
  • 1 0
 not that shit again
  • 5 6
 blah blah blah. it's still a 29er, and it still won't corner worth crap.
  • 3 1
 LBS loaned me a 29 Norco Shinobi (I think that was the model, 29'er for sure) while some work was being done on my SC Blur LT. Did 4 rides (about 60k total) on it on trails I ride often and am very familiar with. And I gotta agree with you malathion, I fought that thing through the turns. At one point of a climb, I found myself going faster than on my bike and on the straights going downhill, I could carry some serious speed, but I never was comfortable trying to turn it at speed. No issues with getting through a few tight, technical turns but at speed it wanted to go straight.
i have concluded 29's are not for me. Glad I had the chance to try it and can say with confidence this wheel size is not for me. I am looking forward to getting my hands on a 650b to try that out.
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 I agree, I'm kinda sick of hearing of them to malathion
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 That´s one ugly looking bike.
  • 6 4
 Cause it's a 29er...they all look a little dorky.
  • 4 7
 $5200 for something that looks like it should live under a bridge with it's closest relative the troll!!!! No thanks!!
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