Designed to take cross country riding up a notch, Rocky Mountain's Instinct 970 MSL is an extremely nimble, playful ride. Built from Smoothwall carbon around Rocky's Ride-9 adjustable geometry, the Instinct is tunable to your riding style. With that adjustability, you find lines that make old trails new with the 130mm of Smoothlink rear suspension and a Fox 32 Float CTD fork. A wide-range Shimano/SRAM 2x10 drivetrain bolsters your climbing legs and wide Race Face bars give you plenty of leverage to muscle through techy sections. With the tubeless-ready Stan's 29er wheels, proper Maxxis tires, and big 180mm XT discs reining it all in, welcome to the new XC.
Rocky Mountain's Ride-9 system enables you to customize the geometry and rear suspension rate with two interlocking inserts that allow for nine different positions.
By moving the shock forward, the geometry slackens and the suspension rate becomes more progressive, giving a nice ramp up for bottomless-feeling travel (image above, dotted line). It’s ideal for aggressive downhill riding. When you move the shock backwards, the geometry becomes quicker and the suspension more supple (blue line), which is great for ripping around technical singletrack and increasing climbing traction.
When you move the shock upwards (solid black) it allows lighter riders to run shocks at higher pressures, and moving the shock downwards (red line) allows a heavier rider to run lower shock pressures. So no matter what you weigh, this allows you to run the rear shock in the sweet spot with correct sag for smooth, consistent suspension.
Rocky Mountain's Smoothlink suspension places the rear chainstay pivot above the rear axle, keeping the chain torque line parallel to the linkage. The benefit? The rear suspension is always active, bob-free, and delivers a wonderful bottomless feel, no matter what gear you're in.
|Rocky Mountain's Smoothwall Carbon construction creates a frame that is just as perfect on the inside as the outside. Rocky Mountain uses an inner mold to reduce excess resin, fibers and filler to create a super high fiber-to resin ratio. The result is an incredibly lightweight, stiff and responsive ride with incredible strength.|
Rocky Mountain's Angular Bushing Concept (ABC) pivots consist of an angular contact bushing (yellow) which rotates on a tapered alloy pivot. Carefully controlled tolerances eliminate binding on the pivot for smooth suspension movement. And, they are extra light and increase rear end stiffness by eliminating play.
|Frame||Rocky Mountain Smoothwall Carbon, ABC Pivots, tapered head tube, Press Fit BB, internal cable routing, Ride-9 adjustable geometry, 130mm travel|
|Fork||Fox 32 Float FIT CTD Factory, 15mm thru-axle, tapered steerer, 130mm travel|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float CTD Remote Custom Trail Valved w/SmoothLink design|
|Rims/Wheels||Stan's NoTubes ZTR Flow, tubeless-ready|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition|
|Tires||Maxxis, Front: Ardent, 29 x 2.4; Rear: Ikon, 29 x 2.35|
|Crankset||Race Face Turbine Cinch w/bashguard|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM X0|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT, Shadow Plus|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano HG81, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Handlebars||Race Face Turbine|
|Tape/Grips||Rocky Mountain Lock-on XC|
|Stem||Race Face Turbine|
|Brakes||Shimano XT hydraulic disc, 180mm rotors|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Race|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post|
|Black / MD||00770416169676||CRS552171|