Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 730 MSL - 2016

How about a carbon XC bike that doesn't back down when you drop into some gnar? Rocky's Thunderbolt 730 MSL delivers XC lightness with a Smoothwall carbon frame, then, things get interesting. Add a relatively slack head angle, 27.5-inch whe ...(Read More)

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 730 MSL
$2,799.99
$3,999.99
Color
Gloss White/Black/Rocky Mountain Red
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How about a carbon XC bike that doesn't back down when you drop into some gnar? Rocky's Thunderbolt 730 MSL delivers XC lightness with a Smoothwall carbon frame, then, things get interesting. Add a relatively slack head angle, 27.5-inch wheels, and 120mm of travel front and rear courtesy of Fox and Manitou, and technical sections just got a lot easier. Go ahead, charge it — you're fully equipped to take the hard line with Shimano SLX/XT 2x10 gearing and Shimano's superb SLX brakes. Race Face is British Columbia-born and bred the same as Rocky Mountain, so of course the cranks, saddle, stem, post, and wide Evolve bars are exceptionally capable. Forget about backing down, get on with it.

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 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.  

Specs

Frame Smoothwall Carbon Front Triangle. FORM 7005 Series Custom Formed Rear Triangle. BC2 Pivots & Grease Ports. Pipelock Main Pivot. Press Fit BB. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry & Suspension Rate. Di2 Ready.
Fork Manitou Marvel Pro. 120mm. TPC Absolute+ Damper / Compression / Lockout / Rebound / Tapered Steerer
Rear Shock Fox Float DPS Remote Custom Valved. SmoothLink Design 120mm. Rebound / Remote Firm - Medium - Open Settings
Rims/Wheels Wheeltech Helix TR25 Tubeless Compatible by SUNringlé
Hubs Font: Shimano / Centerlock / 32H / 15mm Axle; Rear: Shimano / Centerlock / 32H / 12 x 142mm Axle
Spokes WTB 2.0 Stainless
Tires Maxxis Folding F: Ardent 27.5" x 2.25" R: Ardent Race 27.5" x 2.2"
Crankset Race Face Aeffect Cinch 170-175mm 2x10spd
Chainrings 38/24
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore E Mount 2x10spd
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow Plus Direct Mount 10spd
Rear Cogs Shimano HG50 11-36T 10spd
Shifters Shimano SLX Rapid Fire I-Spec 2x10spd
Handlebars Rocky Mountain Five15 XC 31.8mm x 760mm x 5° Sweep
Tape/Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On XC
Stem Race FaceRMB 7° x 60-80mm
Brake Levers Shimano M506 I-Spec Shifter Mount
Brakes Shimano M506 Hydraulic Disc 180mm
Saddle WTB Volt Race
Seat Post Rocky Mountain SL 30.9mm x 400mm

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Gloss White/Black/Rocky Mountain Red / X-Small 770416181166 CRF611151
Gloss White/Black/Rocky Mountain Red / Small 770416181470 CRF611161
Gloss White/Black/Rocky Mountain Red / Medium 770416181487 CRF611181
Gloss White/Black/Rocky Mountain Red / Large 770416181494 CRF611191
Gloss White/Black/Rocky Mountain Red / X-Large 770416181500 CRF611201