Rocky Mountain Altitude 2021 Full Line Comparison – Across the Pond Beaver


The Altitude is part of the Rocky Mountain lineup as a dedicated enduro racing bike, with 160mm of rear travel and a 170mm fork. The size of the wheels depends on the frame size – small frames have 27.5 “wheels, the medium size is available with 27.5” or 29 “wheels, and large and XL frames are only 29” “. There are aluminum and carbon frame options, with prices starting at $ 3,500 for the alloy version of the base model, and going all the way up to $ 9,999 for the top-of-the-line Carbon 99. The carbon frame can only be purchased for $ 3,699.


The new Altitude is longer and looser than before – the reach on a full size is now 480mm, with a head angle of 65 degrees in neutral, up from 458mm and 65.6 degrees on the previous version.

It is also possible to change the base length by 10mm by flipping the base chips and changing the orientation of the brake adapter. The Rocky’s Ride 9 geometry adjustment system is still in place, allowing riders to quickly change the geometry of the bike by removing two bolts and changing the orientation of the two locking chips on the shock mount back. On the Altitude, the head angle can be changed from 64.4 degrees up to 65.5 degrees within minutes.


Altitude A30 – 3499 $ US / 4299 $ CAD

The base Altitude alloy model receives Shimano’s new 12-speed Deore drivetrain and MT 4120 four-piston brakes, with suspension functions handled by a Marzocchi Z1 fork and Fox Float DPX2 Performance damper. Other parts include Rocky’s Toonie Drop dropper post, WTB i30 aluminum rims, and a Maxxis DHF / DHR II tire combo, both with EXO casings.

Altitude A50 – 4299 $ US / 5499 $ CAD

Notable improvements to the Altitude 50 over the 30 include more grippy, more durable tires, Shimano XT 4-piston brakes and an XT derailleur / SLX shifter combo paired with a 12-speed Deore cassette.

Altitude Alloy 70-5 US $ 249 / $ 6,699 CAD

The top-tier aluminum model in the Altitude lineup, the 70 gets the same high-end suspension as the $ 9,099 Carbon 90 in the form of a Fox 38 Factory fork and Float X2 damper. The Shimano XT / SLX drivetrain is a step up from what is found on the 50, and the WTB rims are replaced by the AM 30s from Race Face.

Altitude Carbon 50-5 499 $ US / 6799 $ CAD

The Altitude Carbon 50 shares the same parts kit as the Alloy 50 – the only difference is the frame material and the price.

Altitude Carbon 70 – 6 999 $ US / 8 599 $ CAD

Again, the only difference between the Carbon and the Alloy 70 is the frame material and the price.

Bobine Altitude Carbon 70 – 6 999 $ US / 8 999 $ CAD

There is also a spooled version of the Carbon 70, with a Fox DHX2 Factory shock taking the place of the Float X2.

Altitude Carbon 90 Rally Edition – 9099 $ US / 11499 $ CAD

The Altitude Carbon 90 Rally Edition is built to the same parts specs as the Rocky Enduro Team riders. Key pieces include a 170mm Fox Factory 38 fork, Float X2 shock, Shimano XTR drivetrain and brakes, Race Face Turbine R wheels, and Maxxis Minion DHF / DHR II tires, both with Double Down casings.

Altitude Carbon 99 – 9 999 $ US / 13 499 $ CAD

It’s as expensive as the Altitude, with an electronic wireless drivetrain and SRAM AXS dropper post, RaceFace Next R carbon wheels, RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork, Super Deluxe Ultimate shock, and SRAM Code RSC brakes. .

Across Beaver Pond 2020

Title image: Remi Gauvin by Margus Riga


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