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Trail Focused and Ready to Rip - Rocky Mountain's New Instinct 8

Rocky Mountain dropped the Thunderbolt and instead, offers the new Instinct in two wheel sizes and a variety of build options.

Trail Focused and Ready to Rip - Rocky Mountain's New Instinct

The Instinct has been designed for epic rides and wide-open singletrack. As our most versatile platform, the Instinct thrives on all types of trails, tackling features with the utmost efficiency and responsiveness.

The Instinct has been the go-to bike for riders looking for a bike that does it all, and our most recent design takes that philosophy to the next level. The desire to ride faster and harder than ever is universal amongst riders, and the changes we've made to our Instinct take that to heart while maintaining peak efficiency. Updated geometry and frame features mean that the Instinct is versatile and can adapted to meet any demands that you or the trail may have.

Rocky's Ride-9 means 9 different configurations with their interlocking flip-chips

A Simpler Lineup

The 2020 Thunderbolt and Instinct platforms both offered 140mm of rear travel but differed in their wheelsize and ride characteristics. The natural evolution of these platforms within the Trail category was to combine them into one platform designed for efficient riding for all-day adventures.

Modular upper shock mount to help "future-proof" your bike. On carbon models only.

Looking at the needs of shorter vs. taller riders, we’ve introduced a wheelsize split with our small Instinct frame. Our extra small frame is offered with 27.5-inch wheels while the small frame is available in either 27.5-inch or 29-inch wheels. For riders that are tall enough to ride medium, large, or extra-large frames, the Instinct is available with 29-inch wheels only. In order to accommodate the shorter riders, our size extra small and small frames have an adjusted frame silhouette to give riders a comfortable amount of standover height.

Adjustable wheelbase
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The Instinct is designed around efficient and versatile trail riding, which is why we’ve offered six frame sizes including size small available in two distinct frames to accommodate either 27.5-inch or 29-inch wheels.

Size Specific Tune

With a suspension curve that provides a supple beginning-stroke, supportive mid-stroke, and progressive end-stroke, our engineers designed these bikes for hard riding on technical trails. Our product team goes above and beyond by creating custom shock tunes for every frame size to ensure riders of all heights experience how we intended the Instinct to feel.

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Size Does Matter

Our size extra-small and small frames have a visibly different frame silhouette than our medium through extra-large frames.

The two smallest sizes use a 190x45mm shock to achieve 140mm of travel which creates a lightweight kinematic, making it easier for small riders to properly set up their suspension and use all of the travel. The medium through extra-large frames use a 210x52.5mm shock to achieve 140mm of travel, so no matter what size of rider you are our bikes are designed to perform at their best.

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Geometry

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Pricing and Availability

Instinct C99 - $10,449
Instinct C90 - $9,399
Instinct C50 Coil - $7,629
Instinct C50 - $5,549


The Instinct is now available! Please head to your local Rocky Mountain dealer to see the bikes. Regional availability may vary.

  • Instinct Carbon 99: $14,099 CAD / $10,449 USD
  • Instinct Carbon 90: $11,999 CAD / $9,399 USD
  • Instinct Carbon 70 coil: $9,399 CAD / $7,629 USD
  • Instinct Carbon 70: $8,369 CAD / $6,899 USD
  • Instinct Carbon 50: $6,999 CAD / $5,549 USD
  • Instinct Carbon 30: $5,949 CAD / $4,499 USD 
  • Instinct Carbon Frameset: $4,179 CAD / $3,549
  • Instinct Alloy 50: $5,649 CAD / $4,499 USD
  • Instinct Alloy 30: $3,859 CAD / $3,129 USD

Technical Details

Instinct (29-inch)      

  • 150mm, 44mm (FOX) or 42mm (RockShox) offset fork
  • Max tire clearance is 29 x 2.6
  • Max chainring size 34t
  • Min chainring size 30T
  • Sizes: SM-XL 

Weight*:

  • Frame & Fox DPX2 shock: 3.14 kg (6.90 lbs), size MD
  • Instinct Carbon 99, complete: 13.08 kg (28.8lbs), size MD
  • Instinct Carbon 90, complete: 13.65 kg (30.0 lbs), size MD
  • Instinct Carbon 70, complete: 14.24 kg (31.3 lbs), size MD
  • Instinct Carbon 70 Coil, complete: 14.56 kg (32.0 lbs), size MD
  • Instinct Carbon 50, complete: 14.15 kg (31.1 lbs), size MD
  • Instinct Carbon 30, complete: 14.4 kg (31.7 lbs), size MD
  • Instinct Alloy 50, complete: 15.3 kg (33.7 lbs), size MD
  • Instinct Alloy 30, complete: 15.76 kg (34.7 lbs), size MD

Instinct (27.5-inch)

  • 150mm, 37mm offset fork
  • Max tire clearance is 27.5 x 2.6
  • Max chainring size 34t
  • Min chainring size 30t
  • Sizes: XS-SM

 Weight:

  • Frame & Fox DPX2 shock: 2.95 kg (6.50 lbs), size SM
  • Instinct Carbon 99, complete: 12.89 kg (28.4lbs), size SM
  • Instinct Carbon 90, complete: 13.25 kg (29.2 lbs), size SM
  • Instinct Carbon 70, complete: 13.98 kg (30.8 lbs), size SM
  • Instinct Carbon 70 Coil, complete: 14.27 kg (31.4 lbs), size SM
  • Instinct Carbon 50, complete: 13.99 kg (30.8 lbs), size SM
  • Instinct Carbon 30, complete: 14.05 kg (30.9 lbs), size SM
  • Instinct Alloy 50, complete: 15.10 kg (33.2 lbs), size SM
  • Instinct Alloy 30, complete: 15.40 kg (33.9 lbs), size SM

*Note: Complete bikes and frameset weights include protectors, seat collar, and rear axle: 94.5 g (0.2 lbs)

Head to bikes.com for the full 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct line and to find a dealer near you.

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View key specs, compare bikes, and rate the 2021 Instinct in the Vital MTB Product Guide.

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