Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Tech Talk: Rocky Mountain Element 2017

Rocky Mountain Element 2017 Team Only Edition

The Element has been Rocky Mountain’s premiere XC race bike for two decades. To stay on the cutting edge, the frame has gradually transitioned from aluminum to carbon and the wheels have grown from 26” to 29”. Designed for cross-country and stage races, Rocky Mountain has looked to develop a bike that blends efficiency and speed with comfort and stability, particularly for routes that combine long distances with technical sections.

"This new Element is a full-on XC marathon weapon, but with the confidence of a trail bike." says product director Alex Cogger. The Element has received a substantial overhaul, including brand new geometry. On the geometry front, the reach has been increased slightly to accommodate a shorter stem/wider handlebar without sacrificing pedaling position. This includes slacker angles up front which give greater stability and confidence on descents, with a longer fork offset. The seat tube has been steepened for a better position for climbing, and the rear centre has been shortened to lengthen the reach slightly. It's also now available in a size XXL for taller riders.

The Element also now features slightly longer 120mm forks, to provide a little more cushioning on those long marathon miles. At the rear, the Element has a 100mm shock with a four-bar 'Smoothlink' suspension system (Smoothlink is linear by design with a supple, nearly bottomless feel even with less travel than a traditional trail bike.), with a brand new tune to go with the new geometry. Rocky Mountain also adjusts the suspension tune to suit each different bike size, based on 'real-world' field testing. Another major new addition to the Element is the Ride-9 adjustment system. This allows the user to further tweak the geometry of the bike to suit different terrain, different events and different riders.

Ride 9 Adjustment System

Ride-9 systems allows 9 different configurations, and while on Rock Mountain's trail bikes it sits at forward shock mount, for the Element it's been moved to the link to reduce weight and built. The frame includes oversized head and down tubes allowing for easier installation of the rear lockout, brake, dropper post and shift cables/hoses. The carbon frame weighs in at 2250g (size medium including shock and hardware) according to Rocky Mountain, though you can add in 30g for two-tone paint on the special edition Team Only frame. There's also room enough for two bottle cages. The single-sided chain stay pivots gives a narrower rear triangle which Rocky Mountain claims eliminates heel rub even with Boost spacing, and the bike has clearance for wide 29 x 2.35 tyres. Lightweight bolt-on axles save a further reputed 35g when compared to traditional Boost axles. 

  • Ride 9 Geometry adjustment system
  • Compatible with 2x or 1x drivetrain
  • Internal cable route
  • Boost axles
  • Two bottle cages inside the triangle


Seattube: The tube connect the toptube and downtube, its also home for seatpost.

Dropper Post: A seatpost that can be raised or lowered while riding with the push of a button.

Chainstay: The tube connect a BB house with rear end


Ride On!

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