I'm not tired of it - keep it up. Every time I read it, I think, "Those Rocky Mountain bikes at our local bike shop must be really good" and "Maybe I *should* get a 29er".
What bike did you get CO? Think a 29 r&r is better than a 26er?
As an aside, Ang, I'm looking for a new bike and the only choices are 27.5 and 29. It's virtually impossible to find a new 26er anymore.
I got a Rocky Mountain Instinct (that's a 29er). I was coming off a very high end Scott Spark (one level from the top model) 26er that climbed fantastically, so it would be tough to sacrifice any of that, but I wanted something that would downhill better too and be more all-around. The Instinct climbs like a cross-country bike but then has so much more potential for everything else. It has been quite amazing. We test rode a lot of good bikes, but liked this one the best.
I love the 29 inch wheels for so many reasons. First, they roll soooo easily, it feels like an unfair advantage. You really can feel the difference, it isn't just marketing hype. They also make roots and rocks seem smaller, which also makes the climbing or anything a little easier, even the downhills. It also feels like the larger contact patch does make a difference for grip on loose climbs and descents.
@bash.Yeah I haven't seen too many people talk about 26ers anymore. They actually look odd and small now against the 29ers.
@CO. Did you test a trek superfly? Just curious. I'm not in the market for a new bike unfortunately.
Ironically, I too am interested in the Rocky Mountain Instinct. I'm hopeful that it could handle trails around here but also work well on an AR racecourse. Thoughts?
@ang: we didn't test the SuperFly, I think because it seemed more XC race focused than we were looking for... We were looking for something more all-mountain. I'm guessing it is awesome. We did try the Trek Fuel. It downhills better than any other, a little better than the Instinct, and still climbs well but it felt just a little sluggish compared to the Instinct on the climbs... That's probably the price you pay for how amazing that full floater rear suspension works on the downhills.
@phatty: I wonder if the Rocky Mountains are built with North Van and BC riding in mind... ;) and I wonder how it could work on an AR racecourse.... Do you know anyone who has taken one in an adventure race?, like, a really competitive one? ;)
Depends on what "trails around here" you want to ride... ;) If you were mainly riding the shore with little or no racing you should get the BC Edition. The stock version is set up a bit more XC in terms of fork stiffness, wheels stiffness braking power etc. Having said that it is still a very versatile bike - especially if you want to play with moving the ride 9 chip around - and I have happily taken it on a lot of challenging trails and not felt severely undergunned. There are rides where I occasionally would like a slacker and beefier bike and I likely will add a bike like that to the quiver but for a one bike quiver the Instinct is a great choice.
I was leaning Fuel... now I have to test a darn Instinct!!
Loved my last Rocky (Element Race) ... rode it for about 13 years!
Either the Fuel or the Instinct are both great, you can't go very wrong with either of those, I'm really splitting hairs when I point out the slight differences.
While the Instinct isn't quite as racy as a true xc race bike, I'd be fine with continuing to take it to adventure races as my race bike unless AR was my primary focus of biking. During WT, I wasn't regretting or wishing for a more race-focused bike.
Carbon raced a Fuel EX for many many years.