Sea Otter 2008: Rocky Mountain Goes Big On 29″ers

Rocky Mountain Bicycles announces a release of 29″er bikes at Sea Otter 2009. Here’s the full press release…….

Vancouver B.C. –Rocky Mountain Bicycles announces its 2010 – 29’er product launch at the Sea Otter Classic, April 17-19th, Monterey California. Rocky Mountain will be exhibiting both of its proven platforms, Vertex and Altitude, both now available in 29’er.


Since 1981 Rocky Mountain bicycles has pioneered and pushed the limits of 26 inch wheel mountain bikes. Now we feel the time is right to launch our B.C. take on the 29er experience


The notoriously technical trails in our Vancouver backyard have always been our testing ground and we’ve used these same trails to test and develop our 29ers. Our new 29ers are just as suited to the treacherous trails at our doorstep as fast, flowy Marin County singletrack, or high alpine Swiss mountain passes.


Our new Altitude 29 puts a big wheel spin on our phenomenally successful Altitude platform. With our patented SmoothLink suspension and first of its kind StraightUp geometry, we have set a new standard for pedaling efficiency and suspension quality. The Altitude 29 with its 120mm of rear wheel travel is about covering big distances efficiently while having enough suspension to soak up everything in its path.


Rocky Mountain’s extensive World Cup racing heritage is immediately apparent in our new Vertex 29 platform. Much of the R&D for our Vertex RSL was also applied to the Vertex 29, resulting in a bike that handles like a race bike, but also showcases the best of the 29er.


Both bikes feature completely redesigned FORMTM tubesets, Shimano Direct Mount front derailleurs, and both represent the evolution of Rocky Mountain’s legendary ride quality.


Interestingly, this may indicate that Rocky Mountain is offering the 29″er in a carbon hardtail form, since the Vertex RSL bikes have carbon FORM Monocoque construction. Although it isn’t necessarily the case, since Rocky also does FORM tubesets from hydroformed aluminum. Either way, both the Altitude, a marathon/XC platform, and the hardtail Vertex will be scrutinized thoroughly while The Cyclist is at Sea Otter. Stay Tuned for more!


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