The first of two Rocky Mountains in the space of a week. Must be contagious. First up, in the way of the electricity assisted, is the Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay 70.
With most of the e-bikes in the marketplace today having large scale motor companies powering things, this is different. No Bosch or Shimano power plants on this bike. Similar to Specialized, Rocky Mountain have their own motor and system to drive the bike and this could very well be the one to watch.
Fox Dampers have been deployed for the job. The extra weight involved on the assisted bikes makes this part of our job much easier – poorly damped or tuned bikes will show even more.
However, with a Fox 36 Float EVOL GRIP Performance 160mm up front, there seems to be nothing to fault. Tested and proven on other e-bikes this setup has a stiff enough chassis to take the abuse.
The Altitude design is the same basic principle as the non assisted bike. Geometry adjustments via flip chip design and a Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance Elite damper round up this bike’s 150mm rear end.