Rocky Mountain Announces Instinct Powerplay in Carbon

Nov 1, 2019
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  
Instinct Powerplay

PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Mountain

The Instinct Powerplay carbon makes its official debut this week, rounding out the eMTB platform with three new models that feature a carbon front triangle. Until now, the Instinct Powerplay was only available with an alloy frame. With the new carbon models we’ve increased the strength, stiffness, and impact resistance of the frame, all while decreasing the overall weight of the bike.

Instinct Powerplay
Intended use: Trail
Travel: 140mm front / 140mm rear
Wheelsize: 29" (27.5+ ready)
Front triangle: Smoothwall carbon
Rear triangle: FORM alloy
Drive system: Dyname™ 3.0 with 108Nm of torque
Battery: 672Wh lithium-ion battery
Weight: 22.62 kg (49.9 lb), size medium

Julia Hoffman riding in Sexten Dolomites Italy.
bigquotesThe Instinct Powerplay has been an amazing tool for exploring new trails and seeing new places. What’s impressed me the most about the bike is that while the drive system is there to assist with climbing, there haven’t been any compromises of the bike’s descending capabilities. The Instinct Powerplay is really fun to ride on the downs and I feel like a hero on the climbs. Bring on the next adventure!” – Julia Hofmann


Dyname™ 3.0 drive system

Instinct Powerplay

Designed in Canada, the Dyname™ 3.0 drive system is a sleek, lightweight, and powerful electric assist that pushes the boundaries of electric bikes. Its compact, low-mounted motor allows us to design electric mountain bikes to our suspension and handling standards—with proper geometry and ideal pivot placement. The system provides class-leading torque, ultra-quiet operation, instant power response, and super-fast charging.

We developed our own drive system, so we could maintain the geometry, handling, and ride characteristics that our bikes are known for. The other systems on the market today force frame designs to be compromised rather than seamlessly integrated like ours. Our battery is stored within the downtube of our frames and the drive system itself is nicely tucked above the bottom bracket at the base of the seat tube.

Our drive system allows for an instant, natural power response that makes for an intuitive ride thanks to an in-line torque sensor. With this sensor, the power rolls on and rolls off smoothly resulting in greater bike control from the rider. This means no more spinning out on climbs, you have the ability to soft pedal technical sections or tight switchbacks, and an overall increased level of confidence as you approach and exit corners.

672Wh Battery

Julia Hoffman riding in Sexten Dolomites Italy.

Charge fast, then charge hard

The 48v system provides super short charge times, taking just over two hours to reach 80% capacity of the available 672Wh lithium ion battery.

• From 0 to 80% charged: 2 hours 10 minutes
• From 0 to 95% charged: 2 hours 55 minutes
• From 0 to 100% charged: 3 hours 50 minutes

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.

Instinct Powerplay
Instinct Powerplay

Smoothwall carbon
The new Instinct Powerplay carbon has a Smoothwall carbon front triangle. Smoothwall carbon delivers an industry leading stiffness-to-weight ratio, ride quality, and durability by eliminating excess resin and fibers. This is done by using rigid internal molds instead of traditional air bladders.

FORM alloy
The new Instinct Powerplay carbon models has a FORM alloy rear triangle. FORM tubesets 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.

Instinct Powerplay

Instinct Powerplay

Smoothlink suspension
Smoothlink suspension is efficient yet supple when you’re on the pedals and across a wide range of gears. This four-bar suspension design philosophy features a controlled end-stroke and is centred on certain ride characteristics; each bike platform we develop balances variables like anti-squat, axle path, chain growth, rate curve, anti-rise, etc. to achieve the desired ride feel.

Pricing and availability

The Instinct Powerplay carbon is now available. Please head to your local Rocky Mountain dealer to see the bikes. Regional availability may vary. To find a Rocky Mountain dealer closest to you, visit

Instinct Powerplay Carbon 90: $10,999 CAD / $8,599 USD
Instinct Powerplay
Instinct Powerplay

Instinct Powerplay Carbon 70: $9,899 CAD / $7,999 USD
Instinct Powerplay
Instinct Powerplay

Instinct Powerplay Carbon 50: $7,999 CAD / $6,699 USD
Instinct Powerplay
Instinct Powerplay

For more information on the Powerplay lineup, please visit


  • 124 89
 The whole developed world is considering waste and energy use and consumption and other environmental issues, Climate change, resources etc . The bike industry on the other hand thinks let's screw than and create a new industry using electric batteries.
We have one of the most efficient , and environmentally friendly ways to travel and the bike industry should be leading the way in the world promoting bikes in that way. They rightfully would be sat on their high (steel) horse.
Even after the waste , energy , environmental impact etc of the batteries the their is the human factor to consider.
Mining of rare earth metals is rife with explotation of workers and modern day slavery conditions. This is going largely ignored at present but will become a big big deal.

Maybe their is a niche market for people who need it. Martyn Ashton's tandem and allowing people to access the outdoors on bikes with similar mobility issues but Otherwise there seems something ethically and morally wrong about having a bicycle and strapping (yet another in the world) motor on it.
  • 33 12
 Bike INDUSTRY, as any other industry is ran with profit in mind, not the greater good. It's like complaining Pharmaceutical Industry is screwing us by high price for medication and not developing medicine that cures illnesses, but making them chronic and making people dependent on the treatment. That's capitalism and bottom line for you, the companies that run these bike brands are usually the same as any sporting goods companies, car companies, etc. They don't really care what they make as long as they profit from it.
  • 79 1
 Here in Europe, e-bikes are steadily starting to replace cars for commuting duties. Although I prefer my bikes to be purely mechanical, I certainly see the environmental advantage. After all, an e-bike must inherently be more eco-friendly than an e-car, so I am all for replacing fuel powered vehicles with e-bikes. Makes perfect sense. Mtb however, is about biking for me, so no e-power in my immediate future.
  • 61 4
 There are plenty of people around who are downgrading from cars to electric bikes and, while it's widely acknowledged that ebikes are good for people with physical disabilities, I would say that they are also great for peoples mental health. Being negative about ebikes is one thing but making a claim that they are ethically and morally wrong is taking it to another level and completely misguided.
  • 19 7
 @hubertje-ryu: I use my second hand Canyon Urban instead of my car for most of my commuting, getting to work etc and I even live in a hilly town without bike infrastructure.

Does that make me ultra green?

1. Pre owned
2. Aluminium not carbon
3. No batteries

I'd suggest doing the same for all able bodied people out there.
  • 40 4
 Hiking would leave less of a carbon footprint than mountain biking, if this is about the environment should we recycle our bikes and make ourselves some hiking moccasins? Why draw the line at batteries?
  • 34 9
 Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Let go of your fears.
  • 15 20
flag SlodownU (Nov 1, 2019 at 5:08) (Below Threshold)
 @Mas2: Saying that “plenty” of people are downgrading from cars to ebikes is a bit of a stretch.
  • 34 4
 @SlodownU: my dude i see you live in america. believe it or not there are other places...
  • 2 1
 @DestructorNZ: Amen Brother!
  • 3 2

Give this Sam Harris podcast a whorl with guest Andrew McAfee. It's pretty optimistic but nice to hear that someone thinks that capitalism and technology development are not going to wreck the world but rather quite the opposite. He may not be completely correct in his predictions but I think that there are some valid points being made.

Long story short, perhaps we can have our Ebikes and start making the world a cleaner place.
  • 11 5
 Are you f*in serious? ebikes replace car miles. Come on. I see SO many more bike commuters in my town now that eBIkes are more commonplace.

Now, it's more true that utility/road ebikes replace car miles...I doubt eMTB's are making a huge dent in emissions. Most eMTB's are on the back of F150's driving to trailheads and pushing 55 year old's on a 6 mile loop. But overall, eBike development is massively beneficial for the environment.
  • 14 3
 The only people shaming others from riding e bikes are the ones who are ashamed of riding one themselves. To hide that shame they use a moral and ethical argument.
  • 4 12
flag gorideyourbikeman (Nov 1, 2019 at 7:34) (Below Threshold)
 @gumbytex: good thing F150's are the most fuel-efficient truck out there eh! Mine gets 11.5L/100 km in the city which works out 20 mpg for you Americans. That's far better than most SUVs cruising around at a lovely 15l/100km or 15 mpg. I love how people shoot straight for an F150 when a piece of shit Chevy or dodge ram gets disgusting mileage. I have a 3.3 v6 in my 4,100 lbs aluminum short cab truck. but yet all people see is a gas-guzzling truck. Outlaw People daily driving there ram 1500's getting 18-19 l/100km
  • 10 1
 I know plenty of people who got e-mtbs as commuters because they wanted to ride them on trails after work and on weekends. Makes sense to me.
  • 3 9
flag McNubbin (Nov 1, 2019 at 7:45) (Below Threshold)
 @gorideyourbikeman: What’s even more funny is that you’re all brainwashed to think that it’s cars that are destroying the environment. Keep drinking that Cool Aid.
  • 3 6
 @tegnamo: Sucks for you that you don’t live here, instead of whatever congested mess you call home.
  • 5 3
 @McNubbin: ok then tell us what actually pollutes the environment. I wait with baited breath and high anticipation for this enlightenment.
  • 11 1
 The Green New Deal will solve all of these issues. We here in California have the benefit of having our power turned off so that PG&E (our electric provider) can have a solution for the fact that the trees have not been trimmed in 20 years or more. Wait til Tahoe Burns.. So it's not a problem because we cannot charge our electric bikes.
I absolutely cracks me up to see all of the people driving their electric cars (The Woke Clientele) so they can feel good about themselves all while ignoring the fact that the electricity comes from somewhere, right? And you may not like that it's produced from Gas and Coal. So why do the E bikers get a rash of shit now. They for the most part are WOKE.
If you want to talk about the Evil electric bikes then I suggest you stop drinking out of a plastic bottle, stop using your chemically based hair gel, and start feeling bad because the recycled goods that you ship to China is being dumped in the open. Now that's woke.
  • 22 0
 @Camstyn: Hiking shoes are made from plastic you animal! I only wear a moss loincloth and live in a small burrow on the side of the mountain.

I typed this on a wooden computer that I built myself, of course.
  • 4 0
 Says a guy who is using a machine made from the same materials mined from the same mines....
  • 6 2
 @msusic: " It's like complaining Pharmaceutical Industry is screwing us by high price for medication and not developing medicine that cures illnesses, but making them chronic and making people dependent on the treatment"

HA! Spoken just like someone that is completely ignorant of the biotech industry, the complexities drug development and the cost of R&D especially in the US.
  • 8 3
 I had respect for chilliwack people until this..
  • 4 1
 @cuban-b: Well where would you like to start? Emissions? For starters, 6 tankers/container ships crossing the ocean with cheap plastic junk made in the far east emit more green house gases in a day than all of the cars on the planet combined (and there are way, way more than 6 out there at a given time). Then there's all of the coal burning power plants globally. For example, China alone burns half of the coal mined on the planet. Then there are all of the planes on take-off (they burn cleaner once at cruising altitude). Go check out how many take off/land in a day. Oh, the millions upon millions of 2-stroke scooters/motorcycles used in most of the developing world. All way, way worse than cars. Then, off-topic, there is all of the junk we dump into our rivers, lakes, and oceans, because out of sight, out of mind, right? But that's a whole other conversation.
  • 6 2
 Maybe I'm glossing over a few replies here, but thinking an Ebike is going to be a different in the ecology of the world is bloody laughable. There is nothing I can do at a personal level to reduce my carbon footprint enough to make up for jets flying around the world, crude oil being shipped worldwide, products and goods moving 15 thousand miles, etc.

Your comment reeks of that virtue signalling recently by Shell with their shitty advertisement on how we can all do better. Fuck off, it's not the common man destroying the world.
  • 6 1
 The largest rare earth metals deposit was found off the coast of Japan. Virtually 100% of these batteries is recyclable. The most recycled single item on earth, and in history, is the standard lead acid car battery, with a ~95% rate. Tesla has pioneered a new battery chemistry that removes Cobalt all together, which clearly will be implemented everywhere.

Why you would not instead focus on the biggest environmental waste issue: world-wide plastic pollution is bizarre, however it may be because you look around yourself and realize how badly you personally contribute to that problem.

I find your claims to be scurrilous at best.
  • 2 1
 You are complaining about the an ebike yet the rest of the world is telling us we should all be buying electric cars to save the environment.
interesting the two perspectives?
which is worse an electric car that uses electricity produced by coal or a car that uses gasoline?
bikes are just following the electric motor craze
motorcycles have started this route already
soon everything will be electric for better or worse
  • 1 0
 if the bike industry gave a shit about the environment they wouldn't burn unsold product in a field in china every year. And yes, they do this.
  • 1 0
 @sherbet: but wouldnt you agree that it's the common man's demands that are enabling corporations to meet those demands? the other side to the coin is that corporations make things that people didnt realize they wanted until it was shown to them - Steve Jobs used to say that about his products. While you are correct in assuming that one man cannot change ecology, it definitely raises concerns about the modern state of consumerism.
  • 2 2
 @cuban-b: I think it’s safe to say that e-bikes fall into the category of “didn’t know they wanted until it was shown to them”.
  • 3 0
 No, I would not agree that consumerism is a product of the consumer, so much as it's a product of what has been offered to them. Companies pour money into R&D and advertising to sell us shit we don't need, and while we could be better about our purchases for sure, nobody would want an iPhone X if it didn't exist.

Go look up the largest greenhouse emitting companies, and see what damage they've done. I don't even own a car, my phone is 5 years old, I try to source local food. Nothing I do at a personal scale will have literally any impact in comparison to what other groups are doing. This isn't apples to oranges, it's ducks to space stations.
  • 3 0
 @SlodownU: What? People have been trying to motorize bikes for literally a hundred years. Tons of people wanted this before it was made.
  • 2 0
 @sherbet: youd be surprised how many similarities exist between ducks and space stations - theyre both full of quacks! ... but i generally agree with you.
  • 1 0
 @DestructorNZ: Words of wisdom, you speak. Meditate on this, we shall.
  • 4 0
 This sounds more like jealousy than a well-thought, fallacy-free argument. You are forgetting many facets of the advantages of E-bikes and instead focusing on a narrow scope to make a point.
What else are you expecting from bike makers?
  • 1 0
 @Camstyn: hiking almost always involves driving a car to the trailhead. With mtb I’m sure at least half of people’s rides depart from home.
  • 3 0
 @McNubbin: although you are correct in that cars are not the major problem, they still are A major problem and we need to fight the burning of fossile fuels on every level; to air, to sea, and to road. We are approaching 8 billion people on the planet, that biomass alone is a massive emitter of carbon dioxide but that’s not something we can tackle overnight. Reducing emission from burning fossile fuels and preventing the reduction of carbon catching areas like rain forests are the only things we can do. And of course, not destroying nature as we know it in general
  • 3 5
 @mitochris: you are out of touch with reality There is no feasible option to transport goods around the world without burning fuel. No feasible option to harvest food to eat without burning fuel. No feasible or safe way to make electricity without burning fuel. Youre brainwashed by the UN and clueless kids like Greta that the world is going to implode.
What do you do for a living?
  • 1 1
 @sherbet: This attitude is a very cheap excuse not to do anything at all. I am small and powerless, so no need to do anything. We can all change something, even if it is not the big step. But in our situation every step counts.
  • 2 2
 Boom! Dropping knowledge bombs up in here, like its Nagasaki!
  • 2 0
 1) I will not need a car/truck to do shuttles anymore.
2) I can keep riding even though I need a hip replacement, and one ride puts me out of action for 3-4 days at the moment due to the climbing.
  • 4 3
 @mitochris: The Earth will warm, and cool, and warm, and cool, from now until well after we are gone, like it has for the last 4 billion years. Until the liquid mantel cools, and there's no more techtonic activity, like on Mars. That is the only scientific fact here in this entire discussion. Fossil fuels (and nuclear power) are the only available means with which to move any type of consumer good (or us for that matter) from point A to point B. This fantasy of everything being battery/solar powered is a fantasy. You want something better? That requires a scientific/technological revolution on par with figuring out how to harness nuclear power in the 40's. As of now, the only way to feed/shelter/move 8 billion people is with fossil fuels. Its not some global conspiracy by the oil companies, its where we are in our technological evolution.
  • 4 1
 @OlSkoolJake: No man, its dropping science like Galileo dropped an orange.
  • 5 1
 @d-man: No man, all the holier than now a-holes here live in mud huts, hunt with bow and arrow, and grow their own crops. No one is typing on a glass and plastic device made by sweatshop labor and shipped to them by the container load by a giant container ship. And Greta cracks me up. She sails everywhere on a sailboat, but the crew flies back on a plane. Everyone is just so entirely full of shit that I need to invest in a shovel company.
  • 5 1
 @McNubbin: there are two things wrong in your statement. First, you days the current way of life is the only viable one and we just have to deal with it until we have a revolution. That is not correct and we, as society, are far to wasteful and could, if more efficient, save a lot.
Two, yes, the planet has been warming and cooling but please to not buy into the BS argument that the current warming is just another cycle. Look at the speeds previous cycles have been moving. We have, by burning fossils, contributed enormously to this.
  • 3 0
 @mitochris: And you're wrong about the rain forests, the oceans are a way, way bigger carbon buffer than the rain forests. You might want to study up on your biology, read up about algae, phytoplankton, etc. Having said all that, we should preserve all of our planets forests, for reasons beyond just carbon buffering.
  • 4 0
 @d-man: and your “facts” come from were? You are actually trying to tell me that there is no global warming and that we are all making it up? If you listen to Greta, you will actually hear that all she is saying is that we should listen to the scientists that have studied this.
My job though is rather irrelevant in this.
Yes, there are ways to reduce emissions also on sea transport or reducing waste in food production. We have to stop living over our means, which we currently are doing. Did I anywhere say that we have to stop using fossile fuels all together? No, because I am realistic enough to understand that that is not possible, but reduce, refine, replace.
  • 2 0
 @SlodownU: not disagreeing about that. But we are not burning those, are we. My biology is fine, trust me. I’m fully aware that the carbon dioxide I’m breathing out does not come from the air I breath in.
  • 4 4
 @mitochris: All do respect, but I have 2 advanced degrees in biochemistry and read peer reviewed journals all day long, so no one here (or Greta) is going to give me a science lesson. You misunderstand what I say by revolution. Call it a scientific discovery if you will, but nuclear and fossil fuels are the only feasible and scalable means of producing energy right now. We need another technological evolution equivalent to our discovery of nuclear power. Are we too wasteful? Yes, I agree with that part.
And I'm sorry, but in a geological time scale whats happening now is just a tiny blip on the chronological radar. As for the previous speeds, well none of that data is too convincing because there is way too much bias built into it. And in the world of science, A+B does not necessarily equal C, there are so many other variables at play besides carbon emissions.
  • 5 1
 @McNubbin: as a scientist we should question other people’s observations, no doubt about it, but we also have to strive to disprove the null hypothesis. There is far too much hard evidence to still hang on to the idea that it is a natural cycle. Yes, over the entire time this is a blip, but it’s the blip during which we humans are living and if we don’t want to make life more difficult for us in the near future, we should reduce and capture greenhouse gases. Stop fighting and bickering about everything would be a start. And it’s nice that you read peer reviewed papers. I write them.
  • 2 0
 I'm with you there @SlodownU:
Maybe our definition of 'plenty' is wrong ?
  • 2 0
 @Costir: That isn't my rhetoric, nor was it my point. I'm sorry, but you're frankly ignorant to the scale of what an individual is able to do if you feel you're able to make change at a personal level.

Ps, as said, I do what I can. Please miss me with that "no need to do anything" shit. I'm not your strawman.
  • 1 2
 @Chilliwacker : Seeing as how you're using a computer that requires fossil fuels be burned to power it maybe you should turn that off for a start.
  • 1 0
 Suffering leads to the need to buy an ebike when you are being passed up 1500ft climb that destroys you@DestructorNZ:
  • 2 4
 @mitochris: You state we need to fight fossil fuel burning on every level.

Your job is relevant if you even have one. It sounds like you're a student who really hasn't been in the real world.
  • 5 0
 @d-man: yes, on every level where fossil fuels are used, we need to reduce their importance, usage, burning etc. That doesn’t mean we have to stop it all together, because that is not possible from one day to the other, but the amount of energy wasted is not acceptable. What is so unrealistic and naive to argue that we need to reduce emissions? What is this real world you are talking about? Is the threat that you might have to change your lifestyle somewhat to ensure a safe future for your kids so scary that you can’t even contemplate it? And in what way is my job relevant? I don’t see the connection. Well, I’m not a farmer that might be affected by the consequences of global warming, and Im not a student but have been paying taxes for almost 20 years, so I do have a job. Students are actually really valuable in how they look at society and the world. They might be naive at times, but they are not stuck in their monotonous ways. And even if I were a student, are they not allowed to be concerned about the environment? Have they got no rights?
  • 3 0
 @mitochris: Well said, though I think you may be pi$$ing in the wind.
  • 1 1
 @msusic: you forgot

4: no suspensions
And 5: no hydrolic brakes
Coz it s too much pollution and we can mtb without them.
  • 3 0
 @friendlyfoe: 94% of power in BC comes from renewable source production. What are these fossil fuels you speak of?
  • 2 0
 I burned a F350 shuttle truck to the ground and from its ashes arose my ebike stable....personally I try to dump at least one battery a week into the landfill, preferably a unlined open pit! In other news, you're another moron that likes to posture, go get a real job in the tar sands hippie. If you live in Chilliwack, chances are you're just another commuter living in a prefab shed burning the earth to make a weak CA dollar so you can get some timmies on the way home and feel good about your internet posturing, good on ya, meanwhile I'll be out turning laps
  • 1 1
 @mitochris: small change in lifestyle? Companies are going bankrupt in Canada because of people like you crying the world is going to end. Tell your story to the many kids whose parents have lost their jobs and see how they feel.
  • 2 0
 @d-man: that is a rather shitty argument, no? In the 18th century were jobs collecting horse shit from the streets. Should we have stopped the development of modern transportation to save those jobs? Modern farming methods drove millions of people into the cities, should we have stopped that so we still plough the fields by hand and horse? How do you weigh the closure of companies that are using outdated technology to the hundreds of thousands that die every year due to bad air? Starvation induced by climate change? Flooding? The list can go on. It is up to governments to prepare those industries by re-training etc. Also, we cannot only put environmental standards on our own companies but prevent the import of goods that do not adhere to them. This will protect our own industries, which have to change their manufacturing methods accordingly. Many things can be produced safer, but competition and lack of legislation prevents its implementation.
And I am not crying that the world will end. It won’t. But it will be a lot less inhabitable for all the people that are in it. Again, your argument is not addressing the issue. You actually claim that there is no global warming and not even the most hardened deniers say so. They might argue that it is not man-made, but that it is happening. Whether is is human-made or not should be your discussion point, and I argue that the data is overwhelmingly in agreement with a major human contribution.
You stated above that I am brain washed by the UN. What would be the purpose of the UN to do that? What conspiracy is behind it that would get the vast majority of scientists studying this to come up with the same conclusions? Don’t you think this is a bit far fetched?
  • 1 0
 @mitochris: my argument is not that there is a change happening in the environment, it is the hypocritical attitude that so many so called environmental stewards have. Comparing jobs from over a hundred years ago to now shows you really don't understand the effects of these protests. thousands of people in Canada are dieing from bad air? Don't think so, Maybe in countries like China and India so why is there no focus on them?
  • 1 0
 @d-man: but d-man, there is. There are several studies from countries around the world, including in Europe and USA (and I am sure from Canada too) that air pollution is killing thousands of people prematurely. Why can’t we compare lost jobs from 100 years ago? In 100 years we will talk about these, no? There is focus on China. The point I made was if you demand higher environmental consciousness from your own industry then also do that from others and penalise those that do not adhere. That is what I said. The fact that we are not doing the correct thing at them moment does not equate to doing nothing. Set the goals and solutions correct and we all win. The protests are to implement the correct changes, not to do nothing
  • 1 0
 @d-man: Dying*. At least learn to spell. The only companies going bankrupt in Canada are fossil fuel companies that are certainly part of the problem, and the strip mining employed you can actually see from space. So balancing that against environmental concerns is probably a good idea. China is absolutely the worlds largest polluter and while there should be a focus on them there is nothing that is going to curb their enthusiasm for world domination. So we do what we can with our own efforts.
  • 2 0
 @d-man: you absolutely f*cking daft c*nt - there's definitely not ANY other way to produce electricity other than burning fossil fuels is there?
  • 1 1
 @daugherd: ya especially in the us where we foot the r&d bill for the entire world.

Haha they are charging what they are allowed to charge because they have paid off the politicians with legal bribes.

O America o that free-dum.
  • 40 4
 Good on Rocky for developing their own motor, not something many companies are doing.
  • 21 8
 Yea right. They developed it. They did not buy an off the shelf half decent Chinese motor to reduce cost and increase margins.
  • 19 10
 You can get these motors online already, under a different brand name, so doubt they made it
  • 8 0
 @harrisonwright: source that shit bro
  • 14 3
 They literally created a whole new company to develop their drive system
  • 16 7
 @tegnamo: i work for a shop that sells them and they have been no help themselves when they break and tell us to contact a different company, so how they can claim they make it is beyond me when nobody there knows how they work or any regular issues with them, ill find the link it was on alibaba or somewhere dumb like that
  • 3 5
 @mnorris122: weird how they dont mention rocky on that site, or on dyname's founders linkedin either
  • 6 0
 @harrisonwright: The picture on the homepage is a Rocky Mountain bike. The first link I clicked on the website mentions Rocky Mountain. The second link I clicked on the site (News) has the Instinct Powerplay as the most recent article.
  • 10 1
 @ricechrispy: I don't know what Harrison is talking about, but he's definitely wrong about the origins. I know all the engineers who developed the Dyname motor system.

It is possible that some cheap clone of it exists somewhere, after all reverse engineering is a thing, but the original is a 100% Canadian designed product.
  • 9 0
 @harrisonwright: Why you gotta lie like that?
  • 4 1
 @Minikeum: ignorance and sarcasm all in one - oh boy! The parent company used to be Procycle which owned Miele and eVox and already made basic e-bikes ( commuter) The resources and R+D of Miele and eVox where merged and combined under Rocky Mountain and they developed their own motor - live and learn
  • 23 1
 @harrisonwright @Minikeum @lovetheride990 is correct with his rundown of the history of the Dyname drive system. The Dyname drive system was designed and developed in our eastern office in St. Georges de Beauce, QC. Originally developed for the Evox line of bikes which was owned by Procycle Group, our parent company since 1997, all the divisions of Procycle Group were combined last year becoming Rocky Mountain. The Dyname 3.0 system was designed in conjunction with our R&D team here in North Vancouver for the Altitude Powerplay.
  • 9 1
 I got to demo the Instinct powerplay this fall and I'm not ashamed to say, it was so much fun! Loved the Instinct BC as well!
  • 12 4
 "sleek and compact" arnt exactly the words id useon this bike, or ANY electric bikes ever
  • 5 0
 here in RSA i have only seen a few hybrid cars , i would welcome bikes or even Ebikes to rent to help our eco problem, and yes we still rock worst traffic and drivers in the World .
  • 2 0
 Yeah but it's easier to get bike jacked than car jacked.
  • 2 0
 want to help the 'eco', dont buy anything from the big polluters..China.
  • 9 1
 Slayer Powerplay where are you??
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 I like rocky. Always have. Really like the numbers on all their bikes and this motor design. Super sensitive tourque sensor system makes it very intuitive. I think it isolates the crank from the motor so should be easier to service(dont quote me on that). I just wished they made their bikes with more stand over. Theyre some of the highest. I cant go there at the same time everything else is so good. Not a problem for the long legged i guess. The short chainstay is perfsct for short inseams though and i want that motor
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 Looks cool, but with bikes approaching 10,000$ I am wondering why these companies aren't starting there own financing divisions. For lack of a better comparison when buying a $10,000 motor bike a lot of people would be financing.
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 The Commencal Ebike is better specd than RM and half of the price... Vitus also has a decent E that's specd good for the price...RM is ridiculously over priced.
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 If you are going to have a dealer network then they actually need to make a profit so you can have them look at your bike locally vs. shipping it back to Golden Colorado.
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 @westcoastslacker: my local shop works on mine just fine...mute point.
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 Hold up. Compare apples to apples. The Commencal is $8500, the nearest RM to compare to it would be the Instinct BC Edition A70 is $8600. Very comparable specs, the Commencal has higher spec suspension and wheels, the RM has a better battery and arguably better drivetrain/brakes.
The Commencal doesn’t have a carbon frame, carbon wheels or X01 build so don’t go comparing it to this new C90 Instinct, that’s silly.
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 If we’re going to say the RM is ridiculously over priced, then so is the Commencal. As a direct to consumer business model their bikes should be at least $2000 cheaper than a comparably specced high end brand store bought bike.
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 Wow that's ugly
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 well, that's a dentist bike if i've ever seen one.
why you would need an e-bike in carbon is big ??????????? to me
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 Weight is the main reason, helps to increase range...but also the usual vibration damping, stiffness, and material characteristics all come into play.
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 @maxwellington: lol i just think saving a couple pounds on a frame from aluminum to carbon doesn't really matter because're... on.... an... ebike..... anyways...............
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 @crysvb: e-bike range is impacted by frame weight, because you're working with a finite power source. Most people would agree that riding further is better, and so in fact it does matter.

Pro tip: ellipses are useful...but only in moderation.
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 @maxwellington: with that logic consider this: one carbon e-bike, one aluminum e-bike, two different riders, one weighs 2 pounds more.. they swap bikes and BOOM, same range.

this is a stupid argument and idea. Rocky making a carbon e-bike is for "dentists" who strictly want carbon to say they have carbon. nobody /actually/ needs a carbon e-bike.
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 @crysvb: I'm digging the swap of ellipses for forward slashes. But, that aside, your hypothetical actually doesn't work at all because the primary point of consideration should be one rider, two bikes.

Why would you care what someone heavier or lighter gets on your bike, if you can't have the same? Consumers are choosing alloy or carbon, deore or XTR, grip or factory, EXO casing or DH casing, because they care about their personal performance and are weighing personal gains.
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 @maxwellington: ah, well you're right - you must be far superior than me with all the comments on how i'm typing on pinkbike

either way, i stand by what i said - you're riding a PEDAL ASSIST E-BIKE.. said bike being made carbon to save a couple pounds STILL makes no sense to me. if we go to talking about one rider, the rider could just lose three pounds and make up for the range lost with the weight of aluminum lol..
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 I think ebikes should only be for disabled people, the way the industry is coming out with dumbass videos of dh guys ripping berms on them trying to make them "sendy" and cool is dumb as it gets imo.
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 Can I finance one like a car.
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 I’m waiting for the coal powered, just ask Trump!
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 This already is coal powered in most of the world.
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 Where is the slayer E-bike you promised us!? Smile
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 Great performing bike I'm sure but that motor being so painfully obvious I feel will ultimately hurt its sales success..
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 Bugga!..... Really was spooked on for a slayer eeeeebs!......
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 When it comes to bikes I don't like play.
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 Please be gentle, I work in dental
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 * there and there autocorrect
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 Sweet bike for old crippled dudes.
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 Ebikes are shit.
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 E-bikes are cool, but it will be a sad day when I need to get one. Razz
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 probably not
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 More sad than if you needed but couldn't get one?
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