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ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTINCT ALLOY 30 (2020)

Are you thinking about getting into mountain biking? But don’t know which bike to get?

Most riders are after the Unicorn bike; something that can climb and descend with ease and has zero compromise.

Well, in case you weren’t aware:

Unicorns don’t exist.

And neither do Unicorn bikes.

But:

The new Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 30 comes awfully close.

And that’s the bike you should get.

I’ll explain.

THE INSTINCT RIDER

The Instinct was designed and engineered for the true mountain biker.

Before you take offense though or think you’re not good enough, let me explain:

The true mountain biker isn’t concerned about Strava stats, the weight of a chain link or if your shorts don’t match your top.

The Instinct rider doesn’t care about that crap.

He (or she) lives for backcountry adventures, beer, long epic rides, beer and riding untamed, raw, technical singletrack. With friends. Sometimes. And beer.

It’s the bike you choose if you’re riding trails blind and unexplored.

And it’s the bike to reach for, if you want to ride one of the most stable mountain bikes on trails that are absolutely daunting you - stuff from nightmares.

THE INSTINCT FRAME

Is made from premium-grade aluminium and during manufacturing, uses the strictest engineering processes to deliver exceptional quality.

Internal cable routing delivers one of the cleanest looking bikes. The cable routing is well thought out; no sharp bends or kinks that will affect gear shifting. Everything runs in a wide arc or straight line.

The welds are some of the best we’ve seen too, clean and consistent.

Every pivot bearing rolls on Enduro Bearing’s Max Bearings. These are designed for the longest durability.

Stock tyre width measures 2.40-inches, but Rocky say the largest tyre you can fit is a 2.50-inch.

SUSPENSION DESIGN

There are four pivots (one concealed behind the chain stay/rear axle area) that deliver exceptional grip, traction and control to the Instinct rider.

This is what the Instinct does very, very well:

First, it’s one of the most efficient pedalling bikes out there. There is the bare minimum of suspension movement.

Second, is Rocky’s focus on isolating the rear brake from influencing the rear shock.

Meaning:

You can descend over rocks and tree roots, without having to worry about where to apply the rear brake. Delivering more confidence and better control. Especially when you’re trying to slow and control speed on a sketchy rock roll.

A poor design will often lock and stiffen the rear shock when you start applying the rear brake. Forcing you to time where to apply the rear brake.

And third, is the Instinct’s ability to handle square edge impacts. It’s this last bit that slows any bike down considerably and forces you to use more power to force the bike through.

As a result, the Instinct glides over exposed rocks and tree roots; holding momentum exceptionally.

BIKE SETUP

When setting the suspension on the Instinct, the key is to set the rear shock for 25% to 30% Sag, and the front for 25% Sag.

A RockShox Gold 35 fork and the new RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT rear shock help suspend the front and rear, respectively.

And the good news:

Both are super easy to adjust.

The rear shock has a red O-Ring and Sag markers. Sit on the bike and if the red ring sits next to 30% (Plush) or 25% (Firm), you’re good to go.

The front:

Sit on the bike and get into the descending position. If the suspension compresses by 35mm (25% Sag) then that’s a really good starting point.

Rebound adjustment is also available on both.

Rebound controls how fast the suspension responds to an impact; faster (in the rabbit direction) if your trails are extremely rocky or tree rooty.

But:

If you’re riding smooth flow trails or you’re attempting a jump or drop-off for the first time, then set it a 1 or 2 clicks slower (in the turtle direction) for a more controlled landing.

SRAM SX EAGLE

If you’re making an investment in a new mountain bike, then SRAM SX Eagle is the way to go.

Because:

It’s the drivetrain that has changed form and function of mountain bikes; driving it into a new era of advancement.

By completely eliminating the front derailleur, Eagle has less moving parts and less adjustments are required.

Eagle also has 12 gears on rear cassette. This delivers exceptional gear range; from 11-tooth to a 50-tooth sprocket.

Shifting is performed by only your thumb. The shift paddles are well thought out and ergonomically designed. In SRAM fashion, every shift feels precise and well executed, the familiar mechanical feedback telling you a shift has taken place.

The SRAM Eagle drivetrain is paired to the new Shimano MT400 hydraulic disc brakes. For most riders these will deliver plenty of stopping power and control.

WHEELS

Shimano MT400 hubs are fast rolling, reliable and super easy to service.

They are laced to WTB ST Light i30 rims which are a modern width of 30mm. These are suitably wide and deliver exceptional handling.

Note:

Gone are the days of rims at 19mm wide for mountain bikes. About 30mm is where the width has stabilise. A wide rim allows the tyre to house more air volume. More volume equals more traction and a smoother ride.

Tubeless:

Already setup. Rims are taped and the Instinct A30 is supplied with tubeless valves. Out of the box, there are tubes. But all you need to do is add sealant, after taking the tubes out and seating the tyres.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTINCT ALLOY 30 (2020)

Are you thinking about getting into mountain biking? But don’t know which bike to get?

Most riders are after the Unicorn bike; something that can climb and descend with ease and has zero compromise.

Well, in case you weren’t aware:

Unicorns don’t exist.

And neither do Unicorn bikes.

But:

The new Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 30 comes awfully close.

And that’s the bike you should get.

I’ll explain.

THE INSTINCT RIDER

The Instinct was designed and engineered for the true mountain biker.

Before you take offense though or think you’re not good enough, let me explain:

The true mountain biker isn’t concerned about Strava stats, the weight of a chain link or if your shorts don’t match your top.

The Instinct rider doesn’t care about that crap.

He (or she) lives for backcountry adventures, beer, long epic rides, beer and riding untamed, raw, technical singletrack. With friends. Sometimes. And beer.

It’s the bike you choose if you’re riding trails blind and unexplored.

And it’s the bike to reach for, if you want to ride one of the most stable mountain bikes on trails that are absolutely daunting you - stuff from nightmares.

THE INSTINCT FRAME

Is made from premium-grade aluminium and during manufacturing, uses the strictest engineering processes to deliver exceptional quality.

Internal cable routing delivers one of the cleanest looking bikes. The cable routing is well thought out; no sharp bends or kinks that will affect gear shifting. Everything runs in a wide arc or straight line.

The welds are some of the best we’ve seen too, clean and consistent.

Every pivot bearing rolls on Enduro Bearing’s Max Bearings. These are designed for the longest durability.

Stock tyre width measures 2.40-inches, but Rocky say the largest tyre you can fit is a 2.50-inch.

SUSPENSION DESIGN

There are four pivots (one concealed behind the chain stay/rear axle area) that deliver exceptional grip, traction and control to the Instinct rider.

This is what the Instinct does very, very well:

First, it’s one of the most efficient pedalling bikes out there. There is the bare minimum of suspension movement.

Second, is Rocky’s focus on isolating the rear brake from influencing the rear shock.

Meaning:

You can descend over rocks and tree roots, without having to worry about where to apply the rear brake. Delivering more confidence and better control. Especially when you’re trying to slow and control speed on a sketchy rock roll.

A poor design will often lock and stiffen the rear shock when you start applying the rear brake. Forcing you to time where to apply the rear brake.

And third, is the Instinct’s ability to handle square edge impacts. It’s this last bit that slows any bike down considerably and forces you to use more power to force the bike through.

As a result, the Instinct glides over exposed rocks and tree roots; holding momentum exceptionally.

BIKE SETUP

When setting the suspension on the Instinct, the key is to set the rear shock for 25% to 30% Sag, and the front for 25% Sag.

A RockShox Gold 35 fork and the new RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT rear shock help suspend the front and rear, respectively.

And the good news:

Both are super easy to adjust.

The rear shock has a red O-Ring and Sag markers. Sit on the bike and if the red ring sits next to 30% (Plush) or 25% (Firm), you’re good to go.

The front:

Sit on the bike and get into the descending position. If the suspension compresses by 35mm (25% Sag) then that’s a really good starting point.

Rebound adjustment is also available on both.

Rebound controls how fast the suspension responds to an impact; faster (in the rabbit direction) if your trails are extremely rocky or tree rooty.

But:

If you’re riding smooth flow trails or you’re attempting a jump or drop-off for the first time, then set it a 1 or 2 clicks slower (in the turtle direction) for a more controlled landing.

SRAM SX EAGLE

If you’re making an investment in a new mountain bike, then SRAM SX Eagle is the way to go.

Because:

It’s the drivetrain that has changed form and function of mountain bikes; driving it into a new era of advancement.

By completely eliminating the front derailleur, Eagle has less moving parts and less adjustments are required.

Eagle also has 12 gears on rear cassette. This delivers exceptional gear range; from 11-tooth to a 50-tooth sprocket.

Shifting is performed by only your thumb. The shift paddles are well thought out and ergonomically designed. In SRAM fashion, every shift feels precise and well executed, the familiar mechanical feedback telling you a shift has taken place.

The SRAM Eagle drivetrain is paired to the new Shimano MT400 hydraulic disc brakes. For most riders these will deliver plenty of stopping power and control.

WHEELS

Shimano MT400 hubs are fast rolling, reliable and super easy to service.

They are laced to WTB ST Light i30 rims which are a modern width of 30mm. These are suitably wide and deliver exceptional handling.

Note:

Gone are the days of rims at 19mm wide for mountain bikes. About 30mm is where the width has stabilise. A wide rim allows the tyre to house more air volume. More volume equals more traction and a smoother ride.

Tubeless:

Already setup. Rims are taped and the Instinct A30 is supplied with tubeless valves. Out of the box, there are tubes. But all you need to do is add sealant, after taking the tubes out and seating the tyres.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTINCT ALLOY 30 (2020)

Are you thinking about getting into mountain biking? But don’t know which bike to get?

Most riders are after the Unicorn bike; something that can climb and descend with ease and has zero compromise.

Well, in case you weren’t aware:

Unicorns don’t exist.

And neither do Unicorn bikes.

But:

The new Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 30 comes awfully close.

And that’s the bike you should get.

I’ll explain.

THE INSTINCT RIDER

The Instinct was designed and engineered for the true mountain biker.

Before you take offense though or think you’re not good enough, let me explain:

The true mountain biker isn’t concerned about Strava stats, the weight of a chain link or if your shorts don’t match your top.

The Instinct rider doesn’t care about that crap.

He (or she) lives for backcountry adventures, beer, long epic rides, beer and riding untamed, raw, technical singletrack. With friends. Sometimes. And beer.

It’s the bike you choose if you’re riding trails blind and unexplored.

And it’s the bike to reach for, if you want to ride one of the most stable mountain bikes on trails that are absolutely daunting you - stuff from nightmares.

THE INSTINCT FRAME

Is made from premium-grade aluminium and during manufacturing, uses the strictest engineering processes to deliver exceptional quality.

Internal cable routing delivers one of the cleanest looking bikes. The cable routing is well thought out; no sharp bends or kinks that will affect gear shifting. Everything runs in a wide arc or straight line.

The welds are some of the best we’ve seen too, clean and consistent.

Every pivot bearing rolls on Enduro Bearing’s Max Bearings. These are designed for the longest durability.

Stock tyre width measures 2.40-inches, but Rocky say the largest tyre you can fit is a 2.50-inch.

SUSPENSION DESIGN

There are four pivots (one concealed behind the chain stay/rear axle area) that deliver exceptional grip, traction and control to the Instinct rider.

This is what the Instinct does very, very well:

First, it’s one of the most efficient pedalling bikes out there. There is the bare minimum of suspension movement.

Second, is Rocky’s focus on isolating the rear brake from influencing the rear shock.

Meaning:

You can descend over rocks and tree roots, without having to worry about where to apply the rear brake. Delivering more confidence and better control. Especially when you’re trying to slow and control speed on a sketchy rock roll.

A poor design will often lock and stiffen the rear shock when you start applying the rear brake. Forcing you to time where to apply the rear brake.

And third, is the Instinct’s ability to handle square edge impacts. It’s this last bit that slows any bike down considerably and forces you to use more power to force the bike through.

As a result, the Instinct glides over exposed rocks and tree roots; holding momentum exceptionally.

BIKE SETUP

When setting the suspension on the Instinct, the key is to set the rear shock for 25% to 30% Sag, and the front for 25% Sag.

A RockShox Gold 35 fork and the new RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT rear shock help suspend the front and rear, respectively.

And the good news:

Both are super easy to adjust.

The rear shock has a red O-Ring and Sag markers. Sit on the bike and if the red ring sits next to 30% (Plush) or 25% (Firm), you’re good to go.

The front:

Sit on the bike and get into the descending position. If the suspension compresses by 35mm (25% Sag) then that’s a really good starting point.

Rebound adjustment is also available on both.

Rebound controls how fast the suspension responds to an impact; faster (in the rabbit direction) if your trails are extremely rocky or tree rooty.

But:

If you’re riding smooth flow trails or you’re attempting a jump or drop-off for the first time, then set it a 1 or 2 clicks slower (in the turtle direction) for a more controlled landing.

SRAM SX EAGLE

If you’re making an investment in a new mountain bike, then SRAM SX Eagle is the way to go.

Because:

It’s the drivetrain that has changed form and function of mountain bikes; driving it into a new era of advancement.

By completely eliminating the front derailleur, Eagle has less moving parts and less adjustments are required.

Eagle also has 12 gears on rear cassette. This delivers exceptional gear range; from 11-tooth to a 50-tooth sprocket.

Shifting is performed by only your thumb. The shift paddles are well thought out and ergonomically designed. In SRAM fashion, every shift feels precise and well executed, the familiar mechanical feedback telling you a shift has taken place.

The SRAM Eagle drivetrain is paired to the new Shimano MT400 hydraulic disc brakes. For most riders these will deliver plenty of stopping power and control.

WHEELS

Shimano MT400 hubs are fast rolling, reliable and super easy to service.

They are laced to WTB ST Light i30 rims which are a modern width of 30mm. These are suitably wide and deliver exceptional handling.

Note:

Gone are the days of rims at 19mm wide for mountain bikes. About 30mm is where the width has stabilise. A wide rim allows the tyre to house more air volume. More volume equals more traction and a smoother ride.

Tubeless:

Already setup. Rims are taped and the Instinct A30 is supplied with tubeless valves. Out of the box, there are tubes. But all you need to do is add sealant, after taking the tubes out and seating the tyres.

Frame FORM Alloy. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. 2-Bolt ISCG05 Tabs. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate

Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL, 140mm travel, 44mm Offset

Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT, 140mm rear wheel travel

Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E

Stem Rocky Mountain AM

Handlebar Rocky Mountain AM 760mm

Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On Light

Brakes Shimano MT400 2 Piston / Shimano RT54 180mm / Shimano RT54 180mm

Brake Levers Shimano MT400

Shifter SRAM SX Eagle

Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle

Cranks & Chainrings SRAM SX Eagle 32T

Bottom Bracket SRAM BB92 DUB

Cassette SRAM PG-1210 11-50T, 12-speed

Chain SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed

Front Hub Shimano MT400 Boost 15mm

Rear Hub Shimano MT400 Boost 148mm

Spokes 2.0 Stainless

Rims WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Tubeless

Tyres Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4

Seatpost Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop 30.9mm

Saddle WTB Volt 142mm

Frame FORM Alloy. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. 2-Bolt ISCG05 Tabs. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate

Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL, 140mm travel, 44mm Offset

Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT, 140mm rear wheel travel

Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E

Stem Rocky Mountain AM

Handlebar Rocky Mountain AM 760mm

Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On Light

Brakes Shimano MT400 2 Piston / Shimano RT54 180mm / Shimano RT54 180mm

Brake Levers Shimano MT400

Shifter SRAM SX Eagle

Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle

Cranks & Chainrings SRAM SX Eagle 32T

Bottom Bracket SRAM BB92 DUB

Cassette SRAM PG-1210 11-50T, 12-speed

Chain SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed

Front Hub Shimano MT400 Boost 15mm

Rear Hub Shimano MT400 Boost 148mm

Spokes 2.0 Stainless

Rims WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Tubeless

Tyres Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4

Seatpost Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop 30.9mm

Saddle WTB Volt 142mm

Frame FORM Alloy. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. 2-Bolt ISCG05 Tabs. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate

Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL, 140mm travel, 44mm Offset

Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT, 140mm rear wheel travel

Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E

Stem Rocky Mountain AM

Handlebar Rocky Mountain AM 760mm

Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On Light

Brakes Shimano MT400 2 Piston / Shimano RT54 180mm / Shimano RT54 180mm

Brake Levers Shimano MT400

Shifter SRAM SX Eagle

Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle

Cranks & Chainrings SRAM SX Eagle 32T

Bottom Bracket SRAM BB92 DUB

Cassette SRAM PG-1210 11-50T, 12-speed

Chain SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed

Front Hub Shimano MT400 Boost 15mm

Rear Hub Shimano MT400 Boost 148mm

Spokes 2.0 Stainless

Rims WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 Tubeless

Tyres Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4 / Maxxis Minion DHR II WT EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.4

Seatpost Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop 30.9mm

Saddle WTB Volt 142mm