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Compare to other BikesNeed more info? View our Trail Mountain Bikes buyer's guide.With 150mm of travel and a great build kit, this 'little' bike packs a big punch.Typically, when a new test bike arrives at our door we know what to expect in regards to geometry, the build spec, travel, etc, but that wasn’t at all the case when the 2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude showed up. Unboxing the bike and building it up, we were scratching our heads wondering how much rear travel the bike had or what the head angle was. Being that the bike was brand new, no online literature had been published, no product manual was included in the box, and Rocky Mountain was being very hush-hush about the whole thing, we were pretty much in the dark. So aside from measuring the FOX 36 fork up front at 160mm of travel Read More »Typically, when a new test bike arrives at our door we know what to expect in regards to geometry, the build spec, travel, etc, but that wasn’t at all the case when the 2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude showed up. Unboxing the bike and building it up, we were scratching our heads wondering how much rear travel the bike had or what the head angle was. Being that the bike was brand new, no online literature had been published, no product manual was included in the box, and Rocky Mountain was being very hush-hush about the whole thing, we were pretty much in the dark. So aside from measuring the FOX 36 fork up front at 160mm of travel and basing the assumed intended purpose of the bike on the components, our first rides on the new Altitude would tell us all we needed to know - Rocky Mountain built this bike to be ridden fast and aggressively.Thanks to Rocky Mountain’s clever RIDE-9 adjustable geometry feature, the Altitude can be set up for pretty much any terrain and trail. With a head angle that ranges from a slack 65-degrees up to 66.1-degrees with the flip of a chip, the bike's geometry can be adjusted on-the-fly to one of nine positions in a matter of minutes. If your lunch loop is a mild track where quick handling is important, the steep setting is right for you. If you find yourself on more demanding trails, dropping the bike into the low and slack setting may be the ticket. We found ourselves happiest in the "Neutral" setting, which puts the head angle at 65.6-degrees. We measured the bottom bracket height to 349mm (13.8-inches) in the neutral setting, and the RIDE-9 adjustable geometry provides bottom bracket drop ranging from 13mm to -1mm. Our size large frame has a reach measurement of 458mm, which isn’t super long nor is it too short, and being that our personal bike's reach is within a few millimeters of the Altitude, we felt right at home on the new bike.Using the bike industry's leading linkage ysis software, André Santos, the Youtube suspension whiz, was able to determine a close approximation of the Altitude's kinematics for the purpose of this review. These charts provide great insight into several key factors that impact how it rides. Those unfamiliar with these types of graphs should watch André's excellent series of suspension fundamentals videos. The results of his ysis are as follows.Observations:Despite the anti-squat values provided in the suspension ysis, one of the first things we noted with the Rocky Mountain Altitude was how well it pedals. Once again, numbers don't tell all. During our first ride, a short but steep climb to our local trail had us fiddling with the shock to make sure it wasn’t locked out as the bike’s chassis was oddly stable while we mashed on the pedals. Leaving the shock in the open setting was never an issue, and the bike remained supple over rough terrain even when we were hard on the gas. We found the Altitude to be a very capable climber.We’ve ridden the Altitude in the steep, loamy trails of Northern California, rough and dry trails in SoCal, and even took the bike to our local resort to log some park laps. When pointed down, the Altitude is an absolute beast to ride. With sag set to 30% in the rear we never found ourselves harshly bottoming the bike out, even while coming up short on a few tables at the bike park. With 150mm of rear travel, we were actually rather taken aback at how well this bike utilizes all its suspension without feeling overwhelmed.In hard g-outs and heavy cornering situations the Altitude offers excellent mid-stroke support and begs to be pushed harder, rewarding you with additional speed for your efforts. The combination of the excellent Maxxis Wide Trail tires and supportive suspension allows you to really lean and weight the bike into berms. Even in the "Neutral" setting, steep pitches are easily manageable and the bike allows you to drop your heels and keep charging forward. For a bike with "only" 150mm of rear travel, we were surprised at how well it descends. Small bump sensitivity is excellent, and rough and chattery corners are a bit more manageable due to this.At 28.4-pounds (12.87kg) for the size large bike we tested, the Altitude is shockingly stiff. Rocky Mountain made some improvements and claims to have made the Altitude laterally stiffer by 25% over the previous model, and those stiffness improvements are definitely felt. We found the bike to be extremely responsive to rider inputs with its point and shoot mentality - spot a line and go for it.Living up to its name, the Altitude is a bike that jumps quite well. Even with the rebound set a little faster than normal out back, we found the bike to be predictable and stable in the air (including a few laps with a 35-pound camera bag on). Despite the bike's supple beginning stroke the Altitude remained playful and poppy.A trail bike spec’d with a 160mm travel FOX 36 fork? You don’t see that very often, but we were happy when we did with the Altitude. As capable of descending this bike is, a beefy single-crown fork up front compliments the ride quite nicely. While three-position adjustable forks used to be somewhat of a letdown for folks who are extremely particular with suspension setup, the addition of adjustable compression in the "Open" setting allows for finer tuning. Overall we were happy with fork's performance.Shifting duties are handled by a Shimano XT drivetrain. While the cassette doesn’t feature the massive spread you can find from other brands, there was plenty of range for our local hills.Race Face Turbine R handlebars and a 50mm long Rocky Mountain 35 AM stem make up the cockpit. While 780mm wide bars will suffice for most riders, we opted to throw on an 800mm Race Face Atlas bar based on rider preference.As for braking, Shimano’s XT brakes kept us from blowing up multiple times and proved to be as powerful as they are reliable.The inclusion of the newer Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR II Wide Trail tires makes the build really shine. Paired with the 29mm wide Stan’s Flow MK3 rims they provided outstanding traction in predominantly dry test conditions. While they may not roll the fastest, the traction is well worth the tradeoff. When we first saw the FOX Float DPS EVOL Performance Elite shock, we were a bit concerned the rest of the bike would outride the in-line shock. After several months of testing, however, we feel that this shock plays well with the frame. Even longer runs at the bike park left us surprised at how consistent the damping was.The Altitude is offered in three complete carbon builds, three aluminum builds, and as a frame only. Complete prices range from $2,899 to $6,999 USD. We tested the medium tier Carbon 70 build at $5,299.We’ve experienced no creaks, knocks, or any other major signs of early durability issues with the Altitude, but a few smaller things have grabbed our attention. While Rocky Mountain does ship the Altitude with some clear frame protection on the downtube, we managed to gouge it up pretty quickly. With only one over-the-tailgate shuttle using a proper tailgate pad, we’d like to see some better protection in this area. It's worth noting that our Altitude was from the first production run and their rubberized downtube protection wasn't yet available, though this guard would not have prevented the scuffs we're referring to. Also, the rubber chainstay protection is already peeling off and catches our shoe while riding which is rather annoying. A little glue or adhesive spray helps address this, but we foresee it being a reoccurring issue down the line.The Altitude is a beast of a "little" bike. Sitting at 150mm rear travel and 160mm up front, we found the bike fun to ride on a variety of trails. It offers a very capable ride and will suit most people better than Altitude’s bigger brother, the Rocky Mountain Slayer, for everyday use. From our quick lunch loop with punchy climbs and short downhills to longer, rougher, and steeper bike park runs, we found the Altitude to be plenty of bike and right at home wherever we rode it.Visit www.bikes.com for more details.Fred Robinson - Age: 32 // Years Riding MTB: 14 // Height: 6'1" (1.85m) // Weight: 245-pounds (110.95kg)"Drop my heels and go." Fred has been on two wheels since he was two-years-old, is deceptively quick for a bigger guy, and likes steep, fast trails where he can hang it off the back of the bike. Several years of shop experience means he's not afraid to tinker. 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