Week or two ago put down a deposit to order a 770msl. Super excited to try a new ride especially this one- should arrive in April. Been riding 29ers for several years in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. My buddy has ridden Rocky Mountain for years but I really started to notice improvements in the bikes in past few years (you guys need to work on offering some basic bike colors in addition to your two-tone stuff though- like black or raw!) and my favorite LBS (Redstone Cyclery) started carrying them last year. I debated between an Intense Carbine (test rode w/ 650b), Intense Spider Comp 29, Transition Covert (w/ 650b) and the Altitude.
The new Altitude won on paper... looks great geometry wise, has multitude of features including Ride 9 (reminds me of an Enduro I had with the flip flop link...cool idea but was useless other than buff singlestrack because it made the bottom bracket height too low at 12.8"). Altitude doesn't have this problem with BBH, and I'm generally a fan of higher BBH bikes.
Now to the point of this thread. What upgrades do you plan on making to your Altitude? So far here's my thoughts:
1) Brakes- Replace Avids with some Formula RO s I recently purchased. LBS had a smoking deal on these spendy brakes recently. Their awesome remind me of the biancos, and the modulation feel got so much better with these.
2) Wheels are a possibility. Taking a wait and see approach. The infernos seem solid but little weary of 24/28 spoke wheels- never owned straight pull hubs, supposedly stronger w/ less spokes. And who makes the straight pull hubs for RM?
Anyways would like to see what other people are thinking and any info on wheels would be cool.
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