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  1. #1
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    2010 Altitude 70RSL, or other version -- your opinions

    Hello, was curious how those of you who purchased this bike version, feel it held up to its billing?
    Is it still in your stable?
    Did it climb as well as you liked?
    Could it do all mountain as well as claimed?
    Down hill hold up?
    Just curious as I see several changes have made that set up extinct.

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    Can't comment on the rsl. But i do have the al70 2010 on which i can comment.
    Coming from a more dh/fr background and previously owned a heckler i must say this bike, although a bit old and with less modern features (tapered ht, thru axle, 67ish HA), is all i need. I recently raced in an enduro contest on hike trails littered with roots and rock, wich was the big test. The bike handeled it perfectly with no bottom out whatsoever. I put a sektor 150mm fork to slacken it out a bit. In the end a bike with more travel and more all mountain oriented geo is better but the altitude handles it all.

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    The 2011 and 2012 alloy Altitudes slackened the head angle 0.5 deg to make descending a bit more comfy, the RSL had a steep-ish feeling headangle for some people even though it was actually only 69deg. The slacker head angle added 13mm to the wheelbase. It does have a fairly long front-centre dimension which helps keep you from going OTB.

    It climbs like it is rocket assisted with the Straight Up geo, and you also blast through all the gears in a hurry on the flats or descending. It was very comfy on long rides.
    I'm a member of NSMBA and IMBA Canada

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