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    2013 Vertex 999 RSL Weight???

    Hi Rocky Mountain fans. I'm looking for a new race weapon. I've narrowed my search to the following:

    2013 Rocky Mountain Vertex 999 RSL
    2013 Scott Scale 900 Premium w/XX1 swapped for XTR

    I like a few things about the Vertex over the Scott such as:

    1. Much lower standover
    2. 12x142 rear TA
    3. SID WC versus the FOX

    Advantages for the Scott are:

    1. Slacker headtube for more stability. I never have a problem turning but keeping an HT pointed straight down rough descents is another matter.
    2. More compliant frame (from what I've heard)
    3. 50g Lighter frame

    However, I can't find any references for the weight of the Vertex 999. I've found a few references to the 990 at a little over 21lbs w/o pedals. I figure the 999 should be a bit under 20 but can anyone confirm from first hand knowledge? The other question I have for any Vertex RSL owners is how do you find the high speed stability? I don't want a twitchy handling bike.


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    Feb 2012
    I have the vertex 970 rsl and love it. Geo is awesome. I'm just under 6'0 and the large is perfect. Super short chain stays...433mm, 18.5 seat tube for low stand over and 24.2 top tube. I have mine at just over 22 lbs with pedals and 2x10, and that's with arch ex wheel set and trail tires, not racy light stuff. The frame is beautiful, and I've been rough on mine with no issues yet..knock on wood. Frame is 1000 grams, not sure that you'd want any lighter....that's ridiculously light! I came from a slacker trek frame at 69.6 head angle and love the 70.25 angle on my vertex. steering is quicker, and the super short wheelbase and chain stays make this bike so flickable and fun! Can not recommend it enough!

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