Review, video by Lee Lau. Pictures by Sharon Bader
In one of the more obviously logical moves for a company to make, Rocky Mountain Bicycles is introducing a line of carbon Element 29ers for the 2013 model year. It’s obvious because only last year RMB unveiled aluminium Element 29ers. The company also has extensive proprietary carbon manufacturing techniques dialed already having a carbon Element (in 26″ version) and the Vertex racing 29er hardtail in their lineup.
Rocky was kind enough to make a production Rocky Element RSL 29er (the 970 BC Edition to be exact) available. I’ve ridden it now 6 times in the last 8 days so am obviously more than a bit content with its performance. Accordingly here is an overview of Rocky’s RSL carbon Element 29er lineup and some impressions after my short (but eminently satisfying) experience.
BC XC – North Vancouver to Pemberton
Lee Lau’s biases
I am 160 lbs and 5’11″ and have had over 15 years experience riding bikes in North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, the Chilcotins and many other areas in B.C. and Alberta. I’ve also made many bike trips to Switzerland, Utah, Washington, Oregon, California and the Yukon (for example) so I’ve had some experience biking in a variety of terrain. My bias is towards pedalling up and unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, I actually enjoy riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.
Official launch video
My personal bikes are a Santa Cruz Tallboy, Pivot Mach 5, and a Specialized Demo 7. In the 29er category I’ve tested/reviewed the Rocky Mountain Altitude, Norco Shinobi, a Transition Bandit29er and (informally) a Lenz Lunchbox
This is a test bike that will be given back to Rocky at the end of the test period. I am not sponsored by Rocky and have no commercial association with Rocky.
Lost Lake Trails – Whistler (self-filmed)