The 2018 Rocky Mountain Instinct has been one of our favorite bikes this year. It turns out that Bicycling Magazine thinks the same thing, giving the Instinct top honors in a field packed full of 29 inch trail bikes. What got the Instinct the nod? Simply put, it was its versatility: “a bike that you can race XC on Saturday and take to the lift-served park on Sunday.” You can read more about Bicyling’s thoughts on the Instinct here. We keep an Instinct along side of several bikes from Rocky Mountain and Norco as part of our demo fleet. Stop by for a test ride today, we thing you will be similarly impressed.
27.5 vs 29? is a question we see more of our customers fret over than almost any other. There seems to be something so foundational about wheel size; it is as if there is an expectation that bikes with different wheel sizes must be dramatically different from each other. The bike industry has hyped this up so much that wheel size isn’t just a characteristic of your bike, it says something about who you are.
here is so much more to riding than spec sheets and numbers. A point captured perfectly by Wade Simmons and Jesse Melamed in the video. Riding is ultimately about freedom, going to places you’ve never been before, and seeing new ways to become a better rider. Maybe we’re just sentimental, but the video does a pretty good job at pulling at mountain bikers’ heart strings.
There is simply no better way to make riding faster, safer and more fun than a quality full suspension mountain bike. Engineers have poured hours developing suspension that gobbles up bumps and maximizes traction. That said, how we talk about suspension is stuck in the 1990s; with almost every brand claiming they’re the only one to have solved suspensions’ achilles heel (whatever that is) with their new linkage or widget. This mismatch between marketing hype and engineering reality has led to a widespread misunderstanding of how suspension actually works. This post is our attempt to demystify suspension and, hopefully, give you enough information to make an informed purchase and unlock the benefits of your next full suspension mountain bike.