Up punchy hills, around boulders, down steep embankments, and around the suckers in your way, Rocky Mountain's Thunderbolt 799 MSL is downright electrifying. The Smoothwall carbon frame is quick, agile, and extremely lightweight, yet can just as easily tear up singletrack, being that it's paired with Fox's Float shock and fork so you can go big and go fast. Short chainstays combined with a longer top tube and slack head tube angle balance the bike's agility with just enough playfulness and aggression. The innovative Ride-9 adjustable geometry lets you optimize your riding style, and the uber-pro parts package seals the deal. Shimano's 2x11, almost-feels-like-cheating, XTR Di2 electronic drivetrain, their top-of-the-line XTR brakes, and tubeless-ready Stan's Valor carbon wheels with Maxxis treads ensure you've got more than enough bike for any trail. Add a stem and carbon bar from Race Face and a Reverb dropper post, and you're ready to step up your game.
|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 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 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.
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.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Smoothwall Carbon. BC2 Pivots & Grease Ports. Pipelock Main Pivot. Press Fit BB. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry & Suspension Rate. Di2 Ready.|
|Fork||Fox 32 Float Fit4 Adjust Kashima. 120mm. Rebound / Firm - Medium - Adjustable Open Settings / Tapered Steerer|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float DPS Kashima Rear Remote Custom Valved. SmoothLink Design 120mm. Rebound / Remote Firm - Medium - Open Settings|
|Rims/Wheels||Stan's Valor Carbon Tubeless Ready|
|Hubs||Stan's Neo +|
|Tires||Maxxis Maxx Speed Tubeless Ready Ardent Race 27.5" x 2.2"|
|Crankset||Race Face Next SL 170-175mm 2x11spd|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano XTR Di2 E Mount 2x11spd|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XTR Di2 Shadow Plus Direct Mount 11spd|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano XTR 11-40T 11spd|
|Shifters||Shimano XTR Switch Shift Di2 2x11spd|
|Handlebars||Race Face Next Carbon 1/2 Rise 35mm x 740mm x 9° Sweep|
|Tape/Grips||ESI Silicone Super Light|
|Stem||RMB CNC 35mm 5° x 60-80mm|
|Brake Levers||Shimano XTR|
|Brakes||Shimano XTR Ice Tech Hydraulic Disc 180mm|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Carbon|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post|
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