Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay alloy and Altitude Powerplay e-bikes

29er platform and available in the US starting at $5299


Dre Hestler captures one advantage of a Rocky Mountain e-bike in the life of a very fit but very busy father with limited, precious time to spend on the trails.

Rocky Mountain announced a few interesting things in their e-bike offerings. First, there is a new model called the Instinct with less travel at 140mm front and rear. This complements the Altitude with 160mm.

Next the platform is now available in 29er and aluminum versions. 29er allows better rolling and traction of the big wheel. There is a huge variety of tire choices as well, all the way to 2.6. Aluminum gets the cost down all the way to $5299 without much compromise. The weight is higher by a couple pounds but that is negated on climbs by the pedal assist.

And finally, the bikes are now going to be available in the US. The Altitude Powerplay was a desireable bike indeed for some but it was not attainable in the US, especially with dealer support. Now, the gates are open.

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  • Shawn says:

    Is the suggestion that somehow that an e-bike is better for people that can only do shorter rides? That is a stretch. I mean if you prefer an e-bike fine, but to suggest that it is some real benefit to people with tight schedules is a little bit disingenuous.

    • Rob says:

      I am guessing it is because you can ride faster so your short time allows you more trail. From the sheer volume of advertising and reviews of ebikes I am surprised that I have not seen more of them but it has been rare so far.

    • RickyD. says:

      No, it’s not so much of a stretch.
      On my regular hard tail, when I ride my morning pre-work ride, I have to do a simpler, less technical loop. When I’m on my mountain bike, I can tackle the roughest terrain. And if I’m running late, I can Boost all the way home at 20 mph.

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