2012 Rocky Mountain Element 29er Preview

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Above graph courtesy of Alex Cogger – it will be a collector’s item one day!

The more formal graph shows how Element uses Smoothlink suspension; an adaptation of RMB’s ETS patented suspension. I won’t go on about it in detail since I’ve already gone on at length in another article (although it was about the RMB Altitude). Suffice it to say that the RMB Element’s implementation of Smoothlink allows the suspension curve to initially be linear (in theory good for small bump compliance) and progressive towards the end of the suspension (ie resist bottoming out harshly towards the end of travel

Geometry for the RMB Element 29er (with 26 wheeled geometry for comparison) – see below for comparison with other 29ers. As MTBR forces a too-small picture; click here to see the geo chart in a readable format

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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  • Grinder says:

    Thanks for the preview. It looked very agile but I think the way Andreas Hestler rides he could make any bike look like fun ! Love the idea of a U-turn on a 29er on the 950, at full travel that puts in competition with the Altitude 29er.

    Any guess on when they will be in the shops? Also MSRPs same in Canada as US except for the 970 ? Just want to confirm that is not a typo.

  • LeeL says:

    Grinder.

    Sorry for the late response. According to RMB it’ll be October timeframe or later. My bet is later

  • leel says:

    and Grinder – I just confirmed that the MSRPs are the same and that its not a typo

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