Rocky Mountain Instinct - 2018

Stable and aggressive, the Instinct is our most versatile trail bike. With 29" wheels and a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments, the all new Instinct is available in both carbon and alloy models. An all-new frame for 2018 pushes the rear tra ...(Read More)

Rocky Mountain Instinct
  • Color: Fox Racing Orange/Tank Girl
  • Color: Blue Monday/Back in Black
$6,699.99
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Stable and aggressive, the Instinct is our most versatile trail bike.

With 29" wheels and a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments, the all new Instinct is available in both carbon and alloy models. An all-new frame for 2018 pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increasing stiffness and tweaking the suspension kinematics. Despite the increase in travel, the new frame has noticeably more efficient pedaling, with better small-bump sensitivity and a host of next-generation features.

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The Instinct BC Edition is our all-new Instinct platform, built up as an even more aggressive trail monster.

Designed with an optimized single-position link, ultra-aggressive geometry, and a long stroke shock that provides 155mm of rear travel, we’ve kitted out the Instinct BC with wide bars, big tires, ultra-stiff wheels, and more capable suspension. It smashes all mountain lines, rails corners, and plows over everything in sight, while displaying all the climbing efficiency that makes the Instinct a crowd favourite.

Improved suspension performance

We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.

Next generation features

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, singlesided bearing pivots, integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.

Updated RIDE-9™

Our RIDE-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging. Instinct BC Edition, with its increased travel, comes with a single mounting position in its link to provide the best balance of travel and geometry.

Progressive geometry

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve significantly shortened the chain stays to improve agility and used a moderately steep seat tube for efficient climbing performance.

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Technical Details

  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • 29” Wide Trail and 27.5+ compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 29 x 2.6, and 27.5 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs)
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
  • Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle
  • All Instinct models include the FSA extend-O-matic headset. The bike ships with a second (taller) headset bottom cup, which allows the rider to opt for 27.5+ wheels without negatively affecting handling, and no fork swap is required.
  • Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
  • Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
  • Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Pipelines will not include chainstay and downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re available. The October shipment will have them installed.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • BC Edition features a dedicated link delivering 155mm of travel and fixed geometry
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seat stays, new envelope, and updated layup (47.7% more lateral stiffness)
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Weight:
    • Frame & shock: 5.09lb (2310g), size Medium
    • Frame & shock: 5.62lb (2550g), size Medium, Instinct BC Ed.
    • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
    • Instinct Carbon 70 complete: 27.4lb (12.4kg), size Medium
    • Instinct Carbon 90 BC Edition complete: 29.5lb (13.4kg), size Medium

Specs

Frame SMOOTHWALL™ Carbon. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. RIDE-9™ Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
Fork Fox 34 Float Performance Elite 140mm
Headset FSA Orbit NO.57E Extend-o-matic
Rear Shock Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance Elite
Rims/Wheels Stans Arch MK3 Tubeless Ready - Tape / Valves Incl
Hubs Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm/DT Swiss 370 Boost 148mm
Spokes WTB 1.8-1.6
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.3 / Maxxis Forekaster EXO Tubeless Ready 29 x 2.35
Crankset Sram Stylo 7k Eagle 32T
Bottom Bracket Sram GXP BB92
Chain Sram GX Eagle
Rear Derailleur Sram GX Eagle
Rear Cogs Sram XG-1275 10-50T
Shifters Sram GX Eagle
Handlebars Race Face Turbine R 780mm
Tape/Grips Rocky Mountain Lock On XC
Stem Rocky Mountain 35 AM
Brake Levers Sram Guide R
Brakes Sram Guide R
Saddle WTB Silverado Race
Seat Post Fox Transfer Performance Elite 30.9mm
Color(s) Fox Racing Orange/Tank Girl | Blue Monday/Back in Black
Sizes S, M, L, XL