Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL - 2016

Designed to take cross country riding up a notch or three, 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 ridin ...(Read More)

Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL
$5,999.99
Color
Gloss Moondust/Black/Rocky Mountain Red/Orange
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Designed to take cross country riding up a notch or three, 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 Fit4 fork. A crisp-shifting Race Face/Shimano XT 2x11 drivetrain bolsters your climbing legs and wide Race Face Turbine bars give you plenty of leverage to muscle through techy sections. With the tubeless-ready Stan's 29er wheels, proper Maxxis tires, Reverb dropper post, 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.

Specs

Frame Smoothwall Carbon. ABC + BC2 Pivots & Grease Ports. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. ISCG05 Tabs. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
Fork Fox 32 Float Fit4 Adjust. 130mm. Rebound / Firm - Medium - Adjustable Open Settings / Tapered Steerer
Rear Shock Fox Float DPS Remote Custom Valved. SmoothLink Design 130mm. Rebound / Remote Firm - Medium - Open Settings / EVOL Air Sleeve
Rims/Wheels Stan's ZTR Rapid 28 Tubeless Ready
Hubs Shimano XT
Spokes WTB 2.0-1.8 Butted
Tires Maxxis F: Ardent EXO Folding 29" x 2.4" R: Ikon EXO Folding 29" x 2.35"
Crankset Race Face Turbine Cinch 170-175mm 2x11spd
Chainrings 36/26
Front Derailleur Shimano XT E-Type Mount 2x11spd
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow Plus Direct Mount 11spd
Rear Cogs Shimano XT 11-40T 11spd
Shifters Shimano XT Rapid Fire I-Spec II 2x11spd
Handlebars Race Face Turbine 1/2 Rise 35mm x 760mm x 9° Sweep
Tape/Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On XC
Stem RMB 35mm 7° x 60-80mm
Brakes Shimano XT Hydraulic Disc 180mm
Saddle WTB Silverado Race
Seat Post RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post

Videos

Instinct in the Monashees

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Gloss Moondust/Black/Rocky Mountain Red/Orange / Small 00770416184440 CRS652151
Gloss Moondust/Black/Rocky Mountain Red/Orange / Medium 00770416184433 CRS652171
Gloss Moondust/Black/Rocky Mountain Red/Orange / Large 00770416184457 CRS652181
Gloss Moondust/Black/Rocky Mountain Red/Orange / X-Large 00770416184464 CRS652201
Gloss Moondust/Black/Rocky Mountain Red/Orange / XX-Large 00770416184471 CRS652211