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The All New 2021
Rocky Mountain Altitude

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Fast is Fun

“ I feel like I can pedal the Instinct all day and it’s never going to shy away from a demanding descent or long, technical climb. Every time I put my feet to the pedals, I’m excited about the possibilities of the ride, where this bike will take me, and the adventure it has in store.”

– Felix Burke, 2019 BC Bike Race Winner


2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct


While the all-new Instinct shares many of the same technologies and frame details as the redesigned Altitude, the bikes are starkly different in their intended use and ride characteristics. The Instinct is meant for long days in the saddle and efficiently tackling all types of trails, while the Altitude was designed for aggressive riding and enduro racing.

The Instinct is for the rider who’s looking to embrace the challenge of a technical climb, maintain a steady cadence on flowing singletrack, and push it on the descents.

sm-md: 27.5"
md-xl: 29"


A Simpler Lineup

Looking at the needs of shorter riders vs taller riders, Rocky Mountain has introduced a wheel size split with the medium Instinct frame. Size small frame is offered with 27.5" wheels and an adjusted frame design to give riders a comfortable amount of stand over height.

Size medium frame maintains the silhouette of the large and extra-large frames but is available in both 27.5" and 29" wheels.

For riders that are tall enough to ride large or extra-large frames, the Instinct is offered with 29" wheels.


Frame Features

The Instinct is the go-to bike for riders looking for a bike that does it all, and the most recent design takes that philosophy to the next level.


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


10mm chainstay adjustments

  • Long = high speed stability
  • Short = playfulness
  • Dedicated Rocky Mountain 180mm brake mount supplies, no extra parts needed
  • SRAM UDH compatible in long mode

RIDE-9 adjustment system

  • The RIDE-9 adjustment system allows riders to quickly fine-tune their geometry and suspension with a pair of Allen keys. Nine configurations are possible thanks to two interlocking chips

Added protection, guards & guides

  • Downtube protection, noise canceling chainstay protection, yoke protection, and downtube shuttle guard
  • New Rocky Mountain "Canadarm" mount with OneUp Components V2 Top Guide

Modular shock mount

  • Allows for future suspension kinematic updates
  • Only available on carbon models

Updated tube profile

  • Modern look with a focus on front triangle stiffness for steering precision

Dual bearings at chainstay & seatstay

  • Increased stiffness and durability. Shielded bearings featured on all pivots included at the lower shock mount.