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Head-to-Head Guide of Rocky Mountain's 2021 Instinct Lineup

Head-to-Head Guide of Rocky Mountain's 2021 Instinct Lineup

Looking for a go-to bike that does it all? Rocky Mountain's Instinct thrives on all types of trails, tackling features with the utmost efficiency and responsiveness. The 2021 Instinct has already landed at GearHub & we have 50 more arriving soon. They’re going fast so shop or pre-order now to avoid disappointment! Contact us today to secure your new ride on 250 423 5555. Don't miss out!

 

Looking for a go-to bike that does it all? Rocky Mountain's Instinct thrives on all types of trails, tackling features with the utmost efficiency and responsiveness.

 

Designed For: Trail

Front Travel: 150mm

Rear Travel: 140mm

Wheel Size: XS-S: 27.5", S-XL: 29"

 

What's New for 2021?

 

  • 10mm chainstay adjustment
  • RIDE-9 adjustment system
  • Internal guides (Carbon models) and large ports (Alloy models)
  • Added protection, guards, and chainguide
  • Modular shock mount
  • Updated tube profile
  • Dual bearings at the chainstay and seatstay

 

Check out the video below to get the full run-down from GearHub Service Manager: Sam Moffat.

 

What about the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt?

 

The Instinct replaces the Thunderbolt in Rocky Mountain's 2021 lineup. The two platforms in the Trail category have been consolidated into one platform designed for efficient riding for all-day adventures.

 

Rocky Mountain has introduced a wheel size split with the small Instinct frame to accommodate 27.5" or 29" wheels. Wheel size: 27.5" XS & S / 29" S-XL

* 2021Thunderbolt available in A10 & A30 only in 2021

 

Geometry

 

Geometry

 

How does the Instinct compare to the Altitude?

 

The two bikes share many of the same technologies and frame details, but when it comes to choosing between an Instinct or an Altitude, it comes down to how and where you want to ride. 

 

Altitude:

  • Designed for: Enduro
  • Wheel size: SM - MD: 27.5" MD - XL: 29"
  • Front travel: 170mm
  • Rear travel: 160mm
  • Designed for aggressive riding and enduro racing

Instinct: 

  • Designed for: Trail
  • Wheel size: XS - SM: 27.5" SM - XL: 29"
  • Front travel: 150mm
  • Rear Travel: 140mm
  • Designed for long days in the saddle and efficiently tackling all types of trails

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct 2021 Builds

 

Let's take it from the top...

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct C99

 

Instinct C99 Spec

 

Highlights:

  • All new frame, ground up design
  • Updated suspension, geometry & features
  • Adjustable chainstay length to suit the rider
  • Kinematics, fit & wheel size adjusted per size

Improvements:

  • Maxxis EXO+ casing for increased durability
  • Cane Creek Helbender headset for hassle free performance
  • Ergon grips to reduce rider fatigue
  • Titanium railed saddle prevents bending in a crash

 

Check out the full specs

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct C90

 

Also available in Purple/Beige

 

Highlights:

  • All new frame, ground up design
  • Updated suspension, geometry & features
  • Adjustable chainstay length to suit the rider
  • Kinematics, fit & wheel size adjusted per size

 

Improvements:

  • All new Fox 36 drops weight & adds air bleed ports
  • Float DPX2 reservoir shock manages heat under pressure
  • Race Face ARC Carbon rims
  • Maxxis EXO+ casing for increased durability
  • Ergon grips to reduce rider fatigue
  • All new Race Face Turbine R dropper, user serviceable, lower stack & insertion

Check out the full specs

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct C70 Coil

 

 

Highlights:

  • All new frame, ground up design
  • Updated suspension, geometry & features
  • Adjustable chainstay length to suit the rider
  • Kinematics, fit & wheel size adjusted per size
  • Coil sprung front and rear creates a pocket rocket

 

Check out the full specs

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct C70

 

Also available in Purple/Beige

 

Highlights:

  • All new frame, ground up design
  • Updated suspension, geometry & features
  • Adjustable chainstay length to suit the rider
  • Kinematics, fit & wheel size adjusted per size

 

Improvements:

  • All new Fox 36 drops weight & adds air bleed ports
  • Float DPX2 reservoir shock manages heat under pressure
  • Shimano XT crankset
  • Shimano 4 piston brakes for stopping power
  • Maxxis EXO+ casing for increased durability
  • Ergon grips to reduce rider fatigue
  • All new Race Face Turbine R dropper, user serviceable, lower stack & insertion

 

Check out the full specs

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct C50

 

Also available in Green/Carbon

 

Highlights:

  • All new frame, ground up design
  • Updated suspension, geometry & features
  • Adjustable chainstay length to suit the rider
  • Kinematics, fit & wheel size adjusted per size

 

Improvements:

  • Full Smoothwall Carbon frame
  • All new Fox 36 drops weight & adds air bleed ports
  • Shimano 4 piston brakes for stopping power
  • Maxxis EXO+ casing for increased durability
  • Ergon grips to reduce rider fatigue

 

Check out the full specs

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct C30

 

 

Highlights:

  • All new frame, ground up design
  • Updated suspension, geometry & features
  • Adjustable chainstay length to suit the rider
  • Kinematics, fit & wheel size adjusted per size

 

Check out the full specs

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct A50

 

Also available in Green/Black

 

Highlights:

  • All new frame, ground up design
  • Updated suspension, geometry & features
  • Adjustable chainstay length to suit the rider
  • Kinematics, fit & wheel size adjusted per size

 

Improvements:

  • All new Fox 36 drops weight & adds air bleed ports
  • Float DPX2 reservoir shock manages heat under pressure
  • Shimano 4 piston brakes for stopping power
  • Maxxis EXO+ casing for increased durability
  • Ergon grips to reduce rider fatigue
  • Race Face Aeffect Dropper with Shimano remote

 

Check out the full specs

 

Rocky Mountain Instinct A30

 

Also available in Purple/Beige

 

Highlights:

  • All new frame, ground up design
  • Updated suspension, geometry & features
  • Adjustable chainstay length to suit the rider
  • Kinematics, fit & wheel size adjusted per size

 

Improvements:

  • Shimano 4 piston brakes for stopping power
  • Shimano 12spd drivetrain
  • Ergon grips to reduce rider fatigue

 

Check out the full specs

 

The 2021 Instinct has already landed at GearHub & we have 50 more arriving soon. They’re going fast so shop or pre-order now to avoid disappointment! Contact us today to secure your new ride on 250 423 5555. Don't miss out!

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