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Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL Bike 2013

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Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL

The Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL is constructed from FORM C13 Carbon Fiber. FORM is Rocky Mountain’s process for crating high quality material. Carbon Fiber is super light and stiff. Attention to detail is crucial and Rocky Mountain has years of experience building high quality bikes. The 970 RSL also has a tapered headtube which increases stiffness and strength in the headtube.

Fox Racing Shox have been developing high performance and reliable shocks and suspension fork for years. So, it’s no wonder that Rocky Mountain chose the Fox 32 Float 100mm FIT Dual Remote CTD 29er fork for the 970 RSL. The FIT Damper is a thing of beauty, using a bladder system to keep oil and air separate, the system is isolated and clean. The CTD stands for Climb, Trail, and Descend. This are they settings on the fork and rear suspension. Climb acts similar to a lock out and makes the suspension stiffer so you can climb more efficiently. Trail is a happy medium between full open and full close. This allows you to comfortably ride the trail and take advantage of your suspension without losing and power transfer. Finally, Descend opens up your suspension allowing you to rapid descend and tackle rocks and bumps in your way. Both the Float fork and Float rear suspension take advantage of the CTD technology and dual remote.

The Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL is one heck of a bike. Taking advantage of the innovative ABS pivots technology and the FORM tubing process, Rocky Mountain has been able to produce a fantastic 29er cross country frame. Then, pooling from the industry, Rocky Mountain used an assortment of proven parts to build the Element. The bike is perfect for any cross country rider looking to step up their game!

Rocky Mountain History

Rocky Mountain Bicycles humbly began in the basement of a Vancouver British Columbia bike shop, in 1981. The employees first imported bikes to sell to their customers. Later, they began manufacturing and importing frames to their exact specifications. Rocky Mountain now produces mountain bikes, road bikes, and urban bicycles. The company has come quite a ways from their modest beginning; however, their core values have never wavered. Rocky Mountain Bicycles is just as sought after now as they were in 1981.

Rocky Mountain Technology

The Element is Rocky Mountain’s line of full suspension cross country bikes.  The Element line is known for having high quality and exceeding performance. Rocky Mountain developed an innovative linkage system called ABC Pivot. This linkage system is lighter and stiffer than traditional sealed cartridge bearings. This is a great advantage and increases performance by eliminating binding in the pivot.

2013 Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL Components

Frame FORM™ C13 Hi Mod Carbon Smoothwall Monocoque. FORM™ 7005 Series Custom Hydroformed Rear Triangle. ABC™ Pivots. Tapered Head Tube. Press Fit BB. 29
Fork Fox 32 Float 29 100 FIT Dual Remote CTD
Front Travel 100mm. FIT Damper / Rebound / Remote Climb (Lockout) - Trail (Compression) - Descend (Open) Settings / 15mm Axle / Tapered Steerer
Rear Shock Fox Float Remote CTD Custom Trail Valved
Rear Travel Fox Float Dual Remote CTD Custom Race Valved
Head Set Cane Creek Forty Series: IS42mm Top / 52mm Bottom Tapered
Stem Race Face Turbine 6° x 70-100mm
Handlebar Race Face Turbine Flat Wide Ø31.8mm x 700mm x 9° Sweep
Brakes Shimano XT Hydraulic Disc 180mm
Brake Levers Shimano XT Integrated Shifter Mount
Shifters Shimano XT Rapid Fire Integrated Spec 2x10spd
Gearing (FR) Shimano XT E Mount 2x10spd
Gearing (RR) Shimano XTR 10spd
Cranks & Chainrings Race Face Turbine 170-175mm 38/24T 2x10spd
Bottom Bracket Race Face Press Fit Team XC
Pedals N/A
Hubs (FR) DT Swiss X 1.6 Straight Pull 15mm Axle
Hubs (RR) DT Swiss X 1.6 Straight Pull / Star Ratchet Freehub / 12 x 142mm
Cassette Shimano XT 11-36T 10spd
Chain Shimano HG94 10spd
Spokes DT Swiss Competition Straight Pull
Rims DT Swiss X 1.6 Tubeless Ready
Tires (RR/FR) Continental Folding F: X King 29
Seat Post Race Face Turbine 30.9mm x 400mm
Saddle fi'zi:k Gobi XM

2013 Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL Geometry

Size S M L XL XXL
Head Angle 70.6° 70.6° 70.6° 70.6° 70.6°
Seat Angle 74° 74° 74° 74° 74°
Seat Tube length 394 432 470 508 546
Horiz. Toptube Length 558 582 605 630 655
Headtube Length 100 110 120 130 145
Chainstay Length 445 445 445 445 445
BB Drop 40 40 40 40 40
Wheelbase 1066 1097 1120 1146 1172
Standover Height 771 771 771 771 771

Rocky Mountain Technology:

Free Professional Assembly

Each Rocky Mountain complete bike includes free professional assembly by Jenson USA. Prior to shipping your bike, we will completely build and tune it, just as we would for an in-store purchase. Then, we'll partially disassemble and carefully pack your bike for shipping. Please allow 3 business days for the bike build process prior to shipment.

When your bike arrives, it will take about 30 minutes to unpack and perform basic re-assembly tasks (such as installing the front wheel and seatpost) using common hand tools. Jenson USA has created a helpful video (below) to guide you through this process. Stuck? Please call us at (888) 880-3811 and we’ll be happy to help.

How To Assemble Your Rocky Mountain Bike

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