While the Enduro segment of the bicycle market gets all the attention, new components and aggressive geometries have begun to blur the line between XC and trail bikes. At the forefront of this movement are short travel bikes like the 120mm travel Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt.
Announced last year as an XC oriented 27.5″ model, the bike has proven it’s versatility across an incredible array of terrain. So for 2015 Rocky is introducing a carbon model with subtle geometry modifications that include a longer top tube, shorter chainstays, and given it a more aggressive spec.
In addition to the obvious geometry changes, they’ve redesigned their ABC bushing system to reduce stiction and have included grease ports for effortless maintenance. For further weight reduction and improvements in stiffness, they’ve also gone to a hard anodized expanding collet for the main pivot.
These improvements combined with an advanced carbon construction that uses rigid internal molds rather than traditional air bladders, plus the interlocking Ride 9 chip inserts for adjustable geometry, have produced a bike that is incredibly versatile and light weight.
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