Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er- 2010 – First look
On the eve of Rocky Mountain Bicycles 29th year of existence, it launched its 29er platform using the Altitude full-suspension and the Vertex hardtail bikes as the canvas on which to paint art. I’ve previously reviewed the Altitude frameset with an emphasis on outlining its suspension and straight-up geometry characteristics so it made sense for me to leverage that familiarity by trying the Altitude 29er.
This “First Looks” article serves as an introduction to the Altitude 29er; a future article and further follow-ups will canvass the bike’s performance and long-term durability.
DISCLOSURE – although I am wearing a 15 year old Rocky Mountain vest I am neither sponsored nor paid by Rocky in connection with or relative to this review. This bike is loaned to me for review purposes.
Altitude 29er on Pipeline trail in North Vancouver
Rocky has had a well deserved reputation for putting together quality bicycles with a feel best described as nimble. The bottom line is that Rocky’s handle well.
In 2008, Rocky Mountain replaced the ETS-X in the all-mountain category with the Altitude platform. The Altitude can be thought of as a all-mountain bike for those who prefer to keep their wheels on the ground as opposed to the Slayer Super XC bikes which I described as a pocket downhill bike in my review. I had found the conventional 26″ wheeled Altitude to be a best-in-class climber and a singletrack knife.
The Altitude 29er is an Altitude with several frame and component tweaks for 29″ wheels. More on this below.
Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er
The Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er weighs 30lbs in the size Medium tested. It has 120mm/115mm of travel front and rear (4.7″ front , 4.5″ rear).
Front view. I swapped the stock stem for a 70mm FSA stem and got the bars a bit lower by putting one space above the stem.