The Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 50 BC edition is the latest offering from the North Vancouver-based bike maker. It’s designed to shred the gnar — and do a reasonable job when the trail turns skyward. Because it’s a BC edition, the new Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 50 BC with wider bars, big tires, beefy wheels, and more capable suspension.
Updates across the platform include tooled axles, single-sided bearing pivots, integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and Shimano Di2 and Fox Live compatibility. Progressive geometry, increased reach, a slackened headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket all conspire to add control and enhance descending capability.
Read Mtbr’s first ride impressions of the new Rocky Mountain Instinct.
Other updates on the Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 50 BC edition include a dedicated link delivering 155mm of rear travel (along with 160mm up front) along with a 1x optimized design with broader central pivot and lower standover height. The overall stiffer design is thanks to the one-piece seat stays new envelope, updated layup (47.7% more lateral stiffness), and modern parts compatibility such as boost spacing, metric shock lengths, and post-mount 180mm brakes. And all frame sizes fit a water bottle and reservoir shock inside the main triangle
The Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 50 BC is also designed with the company’s Form tube sets, where each tube is engineered for its specific purpose within the frame, ensuring optimized strength, weight, and ride quality.
Improved suspension performance comes from increased overall progression and support at sag, while making the small-bump performance more sensitive. The updated higher anti-squat values enhance pedaling efficiency and climbing capability. This tuning is what Rocky Mountain calls Smoothlink suspension. It features a controlled end-stroke and a rate-curve that feels more capable than the travel would suggest. This four-bar suspension design is centered on ride characteristics such as anti-squat, axle path, chain growth, rate curve, and anti-rise.
Available sizes are small to XL, claimed weight is 32.3lbs size medium, and price is $3700. For more info roll over to www.bikes.com.