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    2014 Bikes are up!

    All the new product is up on the RM site now...!

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    Correction - "most" of the new models are up...

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    The altitude 750msl looks pretty rad
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    RE: 2014 Bikes are up!

    New bar end graphic?
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    Any thoughts on the weight of the Thunderbolt 770? SC is listing there new 125 mm, single pivot 27.5er at just over 30lbs! Seems high to me, but this style of bike is exactly what I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kananaskis View Post
    Any thoughts on the weight of the Thunderbolt 770? SC is listing there new 125 mm, single pivot 27.5er at just over 30lbs! Seems high to me, but this style of bike is exactly what I'm looking for.
    Spec-wise this is comparable to the 2013 Instinct 970, so with a little less travel and smaller/lighter wheels, and no dropper I would assume it would weigh a little less than that rig.

    rockyuphill could tell you more about the 2013 Instinct...

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    Carbon Frame needed ASAP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kananaskis View Post
    Carbon Frame needed ASAP!
    Calling it now: 2015 Thunderbolt MSL Carbon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentyyc View Post
    Calling it now: 2015 Thunderbolt MSL Carbon...
    2015 Thunderbolt Carbon BC Edition 120mmx140mm,
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    The 2014 Altitude 750 looks like an almost perfect tweak for me (SLX brakes, 750mm handlebar.) However, I noticed that the description for the frame removed the reference to 'Internal "Stealth" Dropper Post Routing.' Anyone know if that feature was removed for 2014?

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    It looks like they just don't mention it since there's no dropper post. You can see the frame grommet in the zoom photo.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheSnowdog View Post
    The 2014 Altitude 750 looks like an almost perfect tweak for me (SLX brakes, 750mm handlebar.) However, I noticed that the description for the frame removed the reference to 'Internal "Stealth" Dropper Post Routing.' Anyone know if that feature was removed for 2014?
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    Any weights on the thunderbolt line yet? Thinking the 750 would be a nice step up from my epic.
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    I bought my Element 950 four months ago and have bike envy - best way to solve that is to get out and ride! :-)

    Some beautiful bikes for 2014, thanks for posting!

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    The Thunderbolt looks like a good bike, but to make room for it, RM discontinued a GREAT bike. The 26" RM Element MSL bikes were simply awesome and its a shame they are now gone. To me, the Element MSL 70 represented the best an MTB can be: fast, light, solid, climbs like crazy, and FUN. A real shame its gone.

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    Yeah I was wondering if a 27.5 MSL 70 might just be the best do all kind of bike.

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    Bradwin2, I agree with your assessment of the Element MSL 26er. But a year from now when Rocky is announcing their Carbon Thunderbolt, won't that be the evolution of the Element MSL? That's sort of the way I see it. 1 degree slacker head angle, which would help descending, keeping the short chainstays which make it nimble and fun to manual stuff while trail riding, and following the trend of dumping 26 inch wheels for 650b (or 27.1 or whatever they are).

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    Good point Sweetness; I hope so! I'll test ride one for sure to find out But I think the slackening of the head angle will make it a much different bike, rather than an evolution. The 69.5 head angle on the Element MSL 70 is such a nice balance of climbing and descending, so slackening it to a 68.5 concerns me. I would guess the 27.5 wheels may make it a more capable descender (from a roll over obstacles standpoint) so I am not sure why the slacker head angle is needed. I look forward to trying it out though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggilings View Post
    The altitude 750msl looks pretty rad
    I agree! I've got one ordered.

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    Anyone know shock length on the Instinct 29" series? Would a Vivid air or monarch plus fit in there?

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    Instinct 970 shock length is 7.5"
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    Man that 750 MSL looks great. Anybody know when these are making it to the local bike shops? My local shop thinks November but I'm not sure I can wait that long!

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    IDK, i hate to see major brands dumping truly excellent 26" models altogether. MSL/RSL 26'ers are so darn fun... Bring'em back Rocky!

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    I have made some interesting observations on my MSL 70 that have made me reconsider my earlier post regarding the Thunderbolt. The bottom bracket is too low on the MSL 70 (in off-camber turns, I am often clipping roots and rocks with my pedals) so I recently installed larger tires and a 130mm fork in order to raise the bb height. This modification not only raised the bb to a more desirable 12.85" (from 12.6") but also improved the bikes overall handling. It still climbs great, but is now more confident on the down hills, and the larger tires make it roll over obstacles better. The interesting thing to note is my angle meter tells me my MSL 70 is now at a 68.75 degree head angle. So my assessment is that my modifications are a definite improvement to my MSL 70, and have made it behave more like how RM have actually designed the new Thunderbolt: higher bb (check); 68.5 head angle (check); better roll over obstacle ability (27.5 wheels = check). In fact the only thing I can't change on my MSL 70 is the length of the top tube (I wish my MSL 70 had a 1cm longer top tube so I could run a 90mm stem rather than a 100mm) ...... and .... check - the new Thunderbolt has that too. So Sweetness I think you are very correct: the new Thunderbolt is a very smart evolution of the MSL 70, and I can't wait for it to be introduced in carbon fiber. And hopefully in RM red

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    2014 Bikes are up!

    So, 2 mo away from the '15 release. Other than Thunderbolt 999 & Blizzard, what's everyones' prediction? New 27.5 Slayer? More Altitudes less Instinct?


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