Designed with British Columbia's world-class trails in mind, Rocky Mountain's Instinct 990 MSL BC Edition is a little more burly, a little slacker, and a little more aggressive. Built from Smoothwall carbon around Rocky's Ride-9 adjustable geometry, the Instinct is versatile and tunable to your weight, local trails, or riding style. With that adjustability, you find lines that make old trails new with the 130mm of SmoothLink Monarch rear suspension and a RockShox Pike fork with 140mm of travel. Shimano/Race Face 1x11 gearing 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, legit Maxxis Minion tires, a Reverb dropper post, and big 180mm Shimano XT discs reining it all in, you're charging new lines and following your Instinct.
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.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Smoothwall Carbon. 130mm, ABC + BC2 Pivots & Grease Ports. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. ISCG05 Tabs. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate|
|Fork||RockShox Pike RCT3 29. 140mm. Charger Damper / Rebound / 3 Position Compression Threshold / Tapered Steerer|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch RT3 Custom BC Valved. SmoothLink Design 130mm. Rebound / 3 Position Threshold / Adjustable Suspension Rate|
|Rims/Wheels||Stan's ZTR Flow EX Tubeless Ready|
|Spokes||Sapim Custom Force|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR II Maxx Terra EXO Tubeless Ready 29" x 2.3"|
|Crankset||Race Face Turbine Cinch 170-175mm Direct Mount 1x11spd|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT Shadow Plus Direct Mount 11spd|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano XT 11-42T 11spd|
|Shifters||Shimano XT Rapid Fire I-Spec II 1x11spd|
|Handlebars||Race Face Next 1/2 Rise 35mm x 760mm x 9° Sweep|
|Tape/Grips||Rocky Mountain Lock On XC|
|Stem||RMB CNC 35mm 5° x 50-70mm|
|Brake Levers||Shimano XT I-Spec II Shifter Mount|
|Brakes||Shimano XT Ice Tech Hydraulic Disc 180mm|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado SLT Titanium|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth|
|Gloss Acid/FIR / Small||770416184594||CRS654151|
|Gloss Acid/FIR / Medium||770416184587||CRS654171|
|Gloss Acid/FIR / Large||770416184600||CRS654181|
|Gloss Acid/FIR / X-Large||770416184617||CRS654201|
|Gloss Acid/FIR / XX-Large||770416184624||CRS654211|