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The Rocky Mountain Vertex 990 RSL is a race tuned 29er Cross Country bike. Rocky Mountain tested many different geometry configurations to find the best race geometry for a variety of terrains. It has been said that 29er bikes can’t handle technical terrain; however Rocky Mountain has aimed to prove this a misconception. With a tighter wheelbase of 1087mm (medium) and a chainstay length of 433mm, the vertex is able to tackle some tight and technical terrain. Rocky Mountain has crafted the Vertex with less bottom bracket drop. This decreases pedal strikes and also brings the rear wheel in further, making the Vertex feel more like a 26” bike. Finally, Rocky's team riders have chosen a headtube of 70.25 degrees. After extensive experimentation with different head tube angles, the team unanimously concluded that 70.25 is a perfect balance of stability and agility.
Constructed of Smoothwall™ Carbon, the frame delivers the best stiffness-to-weight ratio, ride quality and durability possible.
This is achieved through strategically placing multiple types of carbon in specific locations to maximize stiffness and impact resistance, while minimizing overall weight. The tapered head tube adds noticeable front end stiffness while adding very little weight to the frame. The Vertex 990 RSL frame also features internal cable routing to protect cables from dirt and grit, and of course for a sleeker, handsome look.
The Vertex 990 RSL is stacked with an impressive outfit of high-quality components. Up front the 990 RSL is equipped with a Rock Shox SID RL with 15mm Maxle Lite and BlackBox carbon crown steerer. The SID RL offers 100mm of travel with motion control DNA, rebound and remote lockout. Rocky Mountain knows zero compromise can be made when it comes to drivetrain performance, which is why SRAM X0 was chosen. X0 also rounds out the brakes and brake levers to provide maximum stopping power. The complete DT Swiss wheelset will be certain to keep you rolling like a king for miles and miles.
The Rocky Mountain Vertex 990 is a race ready beast with no shortage of precious carbon fiber parts and high quality components. Climb aboard, fall in love and don’t look back!
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 Vertex 990 RSL Components
Smoothwall™ Carbon, Tapered Head Tube, Press Fit BB, Internal Cable Routing
Cane Creek Forty Series: IS42mm Top, IS52mm Tapered
Race Face Turbine 6” x 70-100mm
Race Face Turbine Flat Wide 31.8mm x 700mm x 9° sweep
Rocky Mountain Lock On XC
Avid X0 Hydraulic Disc 180/160mm
Avid X0 Carbon Matchmaker
SRAM X0, Matchmaker Triggers, 2x10spd
SRAM X0, 34.9mm, 2x10 Speed
SRAM X0, 10 Speed
Cranks & Chainrings
SRAM S2210 Carbon, 170-175mm, 38/24T, 2x10 Speed
SRAM Press Fit GXP
SRAM XG-1080, 11-36T, 10 Speed
SRAM PC-1091, 10 Speed
DT Swiss X 1.5 Straight Pull
DT Swiss X 1.5 Straight Pull/ Star Ratchet Freehub/ 12x142mm
DT Swiss Competition Straight Pull
DT Swiss X 1.5 Tubeless Ready
Continental Race King Race Sport Black Chili 29” x 2.2”
Race Face Next SL 27.2mm x 400mm
Fi’zi:k Tundra 2
Rocky Mountain Vertex 990 RSL Geometry
Seat Tube Length
Horiz. Toptube Length
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.
Comments about Rocky Mountain Vertex 990 RSL 2013 Bike:
I was a bit hesitant buying this bike. I'm 5'9" and usually ride an 18" bike. Typically this is a medium for some brands.
This bike however was a large or 18.5" Not much of a difference, but without having sat on the bike or ridden it, I took a chance.
The bike arrived within a few days. Because of the long TT, I went ahead and installed an 80mm stem to bring the bars in closer to me. All I can say is that I am very pleased with this bike. I took it out in snow and ice covered conditions and it handled and climbed great. I will be riding this throughout the winter in all trail conditions and I can't wait until spring. This will be my go to bike unless the trails are difficult. Then I will switch to my Rocky Mountain Altitude.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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