2012 Rocky Mountain Element 29er Preview

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Specs for the RMB Element 29er. As MTBR forces a too-small picture; click here to see the specs in a readable format.  Note that all these 29ers share common spec of 180mm rotors; 29er specific gearing (38-24 2×10 front; 36t rear)

MSRP and weights

Model Size kg lb USD CAD
Element 970 18.5 (M) 12.10 26.60 $      4,299 $      4,449
Element 950 18.5 (M) 12.54 27.58 $      3,299 $      3,299
Element 930 18.5 (M) 12.99 28.58 $      2,599 $      2,599
Element 50 18 (M) 12.04 26.48 $      2,999 $      2,999
Element 30 18 (M) 12.95 28.48 $      2,399 $      2,399
Element 10 18 (M) 13.49 29.68 $      1,899 $      1,899

 

Geometry

While RMB was unwilling to get into a “shoot-out” vs other 29er full suspension bikes, I have a handy dandy little geometry chart I put together to compare 29er bikes and thought I would I offer the comparison without comments. The truth will be in the riding. Note that the chart was put together for my review of the Norco Shinobi which was a bigger AM-styler suspended 29er so keep that in mind when reading the numbers.

mm

RM Element 29er (18.5) RM Altitude 29er (18) RM Element
26 MSL (18)
Santa CruzTallboy (M) Santa CruzTallboy (L) NorcoShinobi (18)
HA 70.6 70.5 69.5 70 70 68.5*
STA 74 76 73.5 73 73 74
TTT 605 595 585 585 609 610
HT 120 100 135 100 100 100
BBH 39.5 (drop)** 336/ 0 (drop) 13.5 (drop) 325 325 335
WB 1120 1140 1089 1082 1135 1149
RC 445 452 425 444 444 450/17.7

inches

RM Element 29er RM Altitude 29er (18) RM Element
26 MSL (18)
Santa CruzTallboy (M) Santa CruzTallboy (L) NorcoShinobi (18)
TTT 23.8 595 23 23 24 24
HT 4.7 3.9 5.3 3.9 3.9 3.9
BBH 1.55 (drop) 13.25 0.53 (drop) 12.8 12.8 13.2
WB 44.1 44.9 42.9 42.6 44.7 45.2
RC 17.5 17.8 16.7 17.5 17.5 17.7

* Norco website’s 69.5 is measured with a 120mm front fork.

**  BB Drop is defined as “is the distance by which the center of the bottom bracket lies below the level of the rear hub.”

Andreas Hestler doing what he does best in Squamish, BC.  - photo Margus Riga

More to come on the new Rocky Mountain Vertex over the weekend

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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