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    Rocky Mountain Element is it for me?

    Hi guys I've got a feeling your going to say yes to the question, but here it is.

    I ride mainly UK trail centres and cross contry with a mixture of small dirt jumps a medium DH penmachno 5 finale descent Crash! GOPRO HD - YouTube heres a video of me trying not to fall down a Welsh mountain. I'm looking to replace my carbon storck adrenalin. Would the RMB element fit the bill or would I be better of going for the altitude?

    are RMB refreshing the colours and equipment spec for 2013?

    and when would the 2013 bikes be released?

    I'll be looking to buy as soon as my frame and fork are returned form servicing.

    also can any UK riders tell me if the pivots and UK mud resistant?


    Many thanks guys
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    Hmmmm, it's the perfect South Downs bike, very fast up and down hill. Perfect on lumpy singletrack. Incites you to ride like an boy racer. I love it.

    I'd happily take it to Glen Corrg (apologies for spelling)/ Afan and Dartmoor. Not sure it's suited to big jumps but it'll rattle down hill at a fair old rate (currently 1st or 2nd on some of the local Strava hills, hit 43mph on the Flint Terror).

    My only critique is the BB is a bit low and it's a bit prone to pedal strike and no idea about pivot durability yet.
    Not so much a Rocky Mountain, more a Muddy Hill!

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    Cheers for the info.


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    I'm 5 foot 10 Im assuming the 18" would be the one for me right ?


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    Depending on inseam, trunk length..

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    I'm certain there's an elephant / penis joke there but I'm not going to say it.

    Where do I measure my trunk from?


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    It's a combo of trunk length and arm length. The best thing to do is compare the HTT length on your current bike (assuming it fits well) to the Element HTT length.

    If you're of normal proportions, then an 18" is likely the right starting point for someone 5'-10".
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    Here is an illustration to what he is talking about, and some other tid bits that i took into consideration when i sized myself. Just ignore the roadie references lol

    http://www.bikefit.com/docs/GoniometerInstructions.pdf

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    Thanks buddy


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    Suitability

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    the bike is amazing

    I have a 70msl and I'm 5'10" and I ride a 19 inch frame. I got fit to the bike and they told me it was the right way to go with a 90mm stem. I have mine built up for long days in the saddle with lots of technical riding and it weighs 23 Ibs! I love this bike.

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    Well I've dropped a deposit on an element 50 alloy. As it now has a total of 36% off which works out at around 1500. Chuffed to bits


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    Quote Originally Posted by artsn View Post
    I have a 70msl and I'm 5'10" and I ride a 19 inch frame. I got fit to the bike and they told me it was the right way to go with a 90mm stem. I have mine built up for long days in the saddle with lots of technical riding and it weighs 23 Ibs! I love this bike.
    I'm a bit shorter with a 32" inseam and received the same advice at the LBS, go with the 19" frame with a shorter than OEM stem.

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    Do the bikes ride smaller than they are?


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    Quote Originally Posted by spankone View Post
    Do the bikes ride smaller than they are?
    Only in Wonderland and depending on which pill you take.

    If you size them based on HTT length then they feel normal, if you based it only on seat tube length they might actually ride bigger than they are as the 29" frames have longer HTT's compared to the 26" frame sizes.

    A 26" Element RSL with a 19" size frame has a 605mm HTT and a 1104mm wheelbase.

    A 26" Element RSL with an 18" size frame has a 585mm HTT and a 1083mm wheelbase.

    A 29" Element RSL with an 18.5" size frame has a 605mm HTT and a 1120mm wheelbase

    A 29" Element RSL with an 17" size frame has a 582mm HTT and a 1097mm wheelbase
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    Well I have a 32" and a half inside leg, and I prefer a slightly shorter top tube rather feeling to stretched out.


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    Match your frame size based on a comfortable HTT length and you should be good.
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    Well looking at the geometry of my current bike (storck adrenAlin) which im not sure if its a 17" or 19" frame because it was given to me last year. It is to small for me and both the 17" and 19" frames are shorter and have much steeper head angles compared to the rocky.

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    I've been very happy on the storck though, even though it is on the small side. Its just a bit to delicate for my riding style and replacement parts are and take up to 4 weeks to arrive from the distributor.

    Im really looking forward to picking the alloy 50 up on thursday, I've allready order a single ring and chain guide for a 1x10 conversion.

    Also is there a rear disc size limit on this frame as I know some bikes dont like big rear discs?

    I'll be fitting my hope pro2 hubs on stans flow rims, along with hope v2 brakes , hope 34t chain ring, E thirteen e mount guide and a rock shox reverb. With a possible bar and stem upgrade in the near future.

    The brakes and wheels that are being removed from the rocky will go on to my storck before I sell it off. Its going to be a busy week bike tinkering for me.

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    It should be easy to put a measuring tape on your Storck. There's 13mm of HTT length difference between the 17" (585mm HTT) and 19" frames (598mm HTT), although it would be easier to measure the seat tube on the Storck (centre of crank spindle to top of seat tube). There's 40mm difference between the 17" and 19" sizes. (which is ironic in it's inaccuracy as it's closer to 17" and 18.5")).

    On the 26" Element 50 those HTT's are closest to the 18" and 19" frame sizes, and the 19" has a 5mm longer HTT at 605mm HTT.
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    It would be easy to measure the storck if it wasn't at the distributor for repair I still don't know when it will be back.


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    Rocky Mountain Element is it for me?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1342166464.006189.jpg

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    Well I've got it.


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    Annoyingly I'm in a wet Leeds and can't pick it up till tomorrow night. What really surprised me on the test ride though is how well it wheelied.


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    Awesome! I really think the 50 is a beautiful bike.

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    That is a wonderful looking machine
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    Looks nice! Just missing some dirt and it will be great!

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    Cheers guys. It's gone 1x10 and it feels great. it certainly didn't need that massive 44t ring that it came with.


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    Very nice bike Spankone. Any idea on the weight?

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    12.2kg or 26.8 pounds in its current 1x10 spec. With my pedals on.


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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vgyynWs6tM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Getting out on the rocky. I do love this bike.


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    Last edited by spankone; 08-05-2012 at 03:46 PM.

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