Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er- 2010 – Review

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Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er- 2010 – Review

Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau



FIRST LOOKS AND COMPONENTS

Rocky’s Altitude 29er builds on its Altitude platform, incorporating many innovations such as the ET-S suspension and the Smoothlink geometry (more about that in tedious detail in this article). RMB refined the Altitude from the 26″ wheel size keeping the same all-mountain pedigree with the bias towards cross-country. I’ve already reviewed the Altitude 29er’s specifications and geometry in a MTBR “First Looks” article. Rather than repeat what I’ve previously canvassed I’d like to move on to ride and other impressions.

SUMMARY

This is a bike that’s very biased to the more cross-country side of “all-mountain”. It has minimal free-ride or downhill pretensions without some serious tweaks to components. For use in Sea-to-Sky country (ie North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler) it is more of a niche offering. For the vast majority of other places in the world where terrain is not quite as hyper-technical, the Altitude would be a wonderful all-mountain offering and would be able to better show its uphill/downhill class.

Pipeline – North Vancouver

D’arcy on Ladies Only – North Vancouver

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About the author: Lee Lau

Lee Lau calls North Vancouver and Whistler BC home. He's had over 15 years experience riding bikes mainly in western North America and in Europe. Unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, he actually enjoys riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.


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