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    Vertex 2018: any news or speculation?

    Can we hope for a brand new model coming out soon?

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    Interesting that there are only alloy versions shown, that likely means any real 2018 carbon models will be a next year intro like the updated Thunderbolt
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Interesting that there are only alloy versions shown, that likely means any real 2018 carbon models will be a next year intro like the updated Thunderbolt
    Yes, that's why I was wondering that

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    From my LBS, there is a new carbon Vertex coming out. It will be a little longer and slacker, and have more tire clearance and is convertible to 27.5+ wheels as well

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    From what I've seen of the specs for 2018 Vertex in the catalog supplement, looks like boost rear hub spacing, but unfortunately still 27.2 seatpost, which sucks for dropper options. I currently ride a 2017 vertex 970 with a KS Lev 272 internal. I had to drill out the stop in the front hole for the front derailleur cable in order to get the dropper housing inside, and then use a plumbing grabber tool to get the housing around the corner into the seat tube. It works fine, but I can't understand how Rocky Mountain can be making a new frame in 2018 that isn't specifically designed for a dropper post - I really doubt that many hardtail racers who have tried a dropper would be willing to go back to not having one for the weight savings - its just like suspension forks, 29" wheels, disc brakes, etc. - the weight is not trivial, but totally worth it. I was really hoping the 2018 Vertex would have a larger diameter seat tube and dropper routing support, so on the one hand I am disappointed, but on the other hand - hey at least I don't have a good reason to upgrade from my 2017.

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    Any changes in geometry? Longer reach, slacker head tube angle?

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    Attached the 2018 geometry. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the Vertex 2018 carbon frame.
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    Anybody knows date of availability?

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    Typically anything aimed at XC racing season shows up around late March and April in time for the new race season in the northern hemisphere.
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