Rocky Mountain Shows Prototype Element 29er Mountain Bike

2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype

Rocky Mountain’s pro rider Andreas Hestler (red shirt) just rolled in from a practice lap on this prototype Element 29er as I walked up, so I got the scoop straight from him.

The Element 29er will be a 2012 model, have 100mm rear travel frame with tapered headtube and a Shimano E-Type front derailleur, which allows them to run a wide BB92 bottom bracket. Uses their Smooth Link suspension design, but not their StraightUp Geometry because it’s an XC bike that won’t need as much sag (SU geo puts the seat tube at a steeper angle so that when you sit on it it sags to a normal angle for aggressive pedaling…check our review of the Altitude 29er for more info).

Make the jump for more features and pics…

2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype

The end product is likely to be trimmed down a bit more for production, this is still a prototype to dial in the handling.

2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype

Internal cable routing for the shifters, rear brake hose runs along the non-driveside of the downtube (see top pic).

2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype 2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype

142×12 rear axle.

2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype 2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype

Carbon rocker link.

2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype 2012 rocky mountain element 29er full suspension mountain bike prototype

The Element 29er should be dialed in and polished for Interbike, and truthfully, I’m pretty excited to throw a leg over it.

Comments

Dr.Pre-roll - 04/18/11 - 7:21pm

Stoked to see the Element in a wagon wheels configuration! If it rides anything as sweet as the 26inch version, it’ll be a winner!

cheese - 04/19/11 - 10:19am

Geoff Kabush’s favorite new bike I bet…

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