An ultra-capable trail bike from Canada's own Rocky Mountain Bicycles.
The Rocky Mountain Instinct is a bike you want to ride after you’ve just gone for a ride.
Final NotesNone of the suspension bolts came loose after our time together. Whenever I put a tool on a bolt, I found it tight, which was a great confidence booster on the engineering of this bike.
I learned to love the Instinct and how it rode once I jumped through some hoops. Since then I’ve been happy with taking it on any ride, any time, to commute on it, or just ride to the beach. It is a bike you can do it all on.
Would I buy the C90 model at the 12,000 CAD (9400 USD) price tag? Probably not. I think the most interesting model in the line up is the C70 Coil which comes with a Cane Creek coil inline shock and Helm fork. 9400 CAD (7629 USD) is still lots of dough for a bike. I imagine it would have a great descending characteristic. It’s a pound and a half heavier than the C90 which is easy to swallow. There is also the year's salary C99 with full Sram AXS, Super Deluxe shock and a Pike Ultimate for 14,100 CAD (10,450 USD) I think I could have some good fun on that!
The more I wondered who this bike is for, the more I realized it is for everyone, everywhere. While it may not be the easiest bike to set up, it definitely is the one that wears the most hats. You could set it up with any 210 x 55 shock you want and bump the fork to 160 for a great all-rounder or leave it as is for a flowy singletrack slayer. You could pop an angleset on the front and make it a mini Altitude. The possibilities are endless. Match that with Ride-9 and 2 rear center lengths and this is the only bike Rocky needs in the line up. From slope style to mini-enduro, Instinct will cover it all.
This a bike you want to ride after you’ve just gone for a ride. It's addictive.