Rocky Mountain Reaper and Growler - Crankworx Whistler 2016

Aug 16, 2016
by Mike Levy  
Rocky Mountain Reaper


Like a lot of kids, I started mountain biking on my dad's steel-framed, department store ''mountain bike'' with a top tube that must have been five feet of the ground. I survived, clearly, and I must have enjoyed myself because I'm still doing it, just on better machines.

Young'ns have it so much better these days.

Reaper Details

• Intended use: trail / park
• Rear wheel travel: 130mm
• Fork travel: 120mm
• Convertable between 24'' and 26'' wheels
• Availability: November
• MSRP: Reaper 24 - $1,799 USD, Reaper 26 - $2,299 USD
Rocky Mountain Reaper
Rocky Mountain Reaper
The Reaper 26 on the left, and the Reaper 24 on the right.


Rocky Mountain says that their new, 130mm-travel Reaper packs the same punch as their Thunderbolt and Altitude platforms, only it's designed for pint-sized rippers that are either already making us adults look silly or about to make us look silly in a few years. There are two complete bikes, one with 24'' wheels and another with 26'' wheels, but the neat thing is that both are built up around the same aluminum frame. That means that your little person can start on 24'' wheels and then graduate to 26'' hoops when the time is right. The wheel size adaptability can also go the opposite direction, say if you have more than one tiny terror in your house. Hand-me-downs have never looked so fun.

Rocky has also incorporated their Ride-9 adjustable geometry system, letting the bike's head angle sit at 63.9, 65, or 66.1-degrees, as well as altering the suspension action.


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Rocky Mountain Reaper

The spec on both bikes isn't super high-end, which makes sense, but there is a handful of smart component choices, including hydraulic disc brakes on both models to provide enough power for little paws. There are also real tires on both rigs, and 1x drivetrains all around because it's one less thing for your grom to have to think about. There will soon be an entire generation of riders who've never had to master a shifter on the left-hand side of their handlebar.

The Reaper with 24'' wheels will go for $1,799 USD when it's available this coming November, and the 26'' version will cost $2,299 USD.


Rocky Mountain Reaper



Rocky Mountain Growler
The Growler 750 goes for $1,699 USD.



And now something for the adults. Rocky's new Growler is a plus-sized hardtail without a plus-sized price tag, with the three-bike lineup ranging from $899 USD for the Growler 730 to $1,699 USD for the Growler 750. The $1,249 USD Growler 740 splits the two.

The aluminum bikes are all about big tires for big traction, but also to provide a lot more forgiveness than you might expect from a rig without a shock under your ass, which is really the ideal use for 27.5+ wheels and tires.
Growler Details

• Intended use: trail
• Wheel size: 27.5+
• Fork travel: 120mm
• Aluminum frame
• Availability: late August
• MSRP: Growler 730 - $899 USD, Growler 740 - $1,249 USD, Growler 750 - $1,699 USD

Rocky Mountain Growler
Rocky Mountain Growler
The Growler 740 (right) costs $1,249; the Growler 730 retails for $899 USD.


Rocky Mountain Growler



33 Comments

  • 27 1
 Sick in-depth video and geo on the new Slayer: bit.ly/IqT6zt
  • 17 0
 $2300 for a fairly well speced dual suspension mountain bike? Why isn't it available in adult sizes?
  • 1 5
flag kubaner (Aug 16, 2016 at 23:02) (Below Threshold)
 Waaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • 13 3
 Hey Grandma! Dad showed us how to hump bars! - Hump What? Where is he? I need to speak to him about it! - Daddy's riding Mommy's Growler in the woods.
  • 9 0
 Buying bikes for my son is seriously going to cut into my own bike budget. Dammit!
  • 9 0
 26 for life...oops...26 for kids.
  • 5 0
 silly rabbit, 26 is for kids...
  • 6 0
 Is the Reaper basically the prototype DJ-er Carson Storch is on?! :-) TC, TC....awesome little bike!
  • 3 0
 @MTB-Colada Carson's is based off the current Thunderbolt. These bikes are badass for kids though. I remember shitty CCM's and Huffy's until I got my first real MTB, a Trek 830 in 1996. First full suspension was a '99 Giant ATX 970 with the DNM rear shock and RS Jett's. I agree with Mike Levy that I am surprised I survived.
  • 7 0
 Look at my growler!!!
  • 4 0
 It always amuses me that Canadians don't seem to know the 'other' meaning of growler.
  • 12 1
 @wallheater: how do you know that's not what the bike is named after? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 2 1
 @wallheater: Its what you go to the craft brew place with to fill up with beer. Simple.
  • 2 0
 Reaper: I knew I'd heard that bike model name before. Ah, 2001, they were simpler times...
a href="http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/13834162/">http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/13834162//a> with that triple chainring, front fender, Bombers, skinny tires. Sweet ride, she was.
  • 1 0
 My 6 (turning 7) year old son has just decided he loves mountain biking on his 20" Rocky Mountain Edge 20. I had decided to make it my mission to find an XS 26" FS ride to stow in the garage... now Santa can build him a Reaper!

Thanks Rocky (I would have been on a RM now too if you sold the Pipeline as frame only).
  • 4 0
 you could definitely fit a growler cage inside the growler frame
  • 3 0
 Was really expecting they'd put Don't ear the reaper by Blue Oyster as the soundtrack of that video.
  • 4 0
 I just gotta have moo cowbelL!
  • 9 0
 Looked into it. Didn't quite seem worth blowing the entire 2017 marketing budget on it. Still got some things to launch! Razz
  • 2 0
 @RockyMountainBicycles: I heard Chester can belch the entire song, including the 60-second guitar solo.
  • 4 0
 Kids in the reaper video can shred!
  • 2 0
 Those kids are cooler than me, by a good amount Frown
  • 1 0
 So let me get this straight: you buy the 24" for your kid, then he grows up and switch to 26" wheels but on the same frame which by that time is already too small...something not right there...
  • 3 0
 Ere love show us yer growler
  • 2 0
 That Growler looks awesome, and at a great price point, almost enough to forgive the ugly colorways...
  • 2 0
 That Reaper looks sweet! Grown up sizes pleazzzzze!!!
  • 1 0
 Growler geometry?!? Waiting for a cheap big wheeler with a headangle under 67°
  • 6 0
 67° on the nose. We'll add more details to bikes.com ASAP.
  • 4 0
 @RockyMountainBicycles: rad. Seems awesome for an entry level price point
  • 1 0
 So awesome seeing companies bringing quality bikes to the pint size shredders of the world. Can't wait to test them out!!!
  • 2 0
 Growler....

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