The Reaper 26 on the left, and the Reaper 24 on the right.
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.
• 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 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.
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. The Growler 750 goes for $1,699 USD.
The Growler 740 (right) costs $1,249; the Growler 730 retails for $899 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.
• 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