Cross-country racing has drastically evolved over the last several years, and frame designers have been challenged to create more capable bikes in fast,
efficient packages. B.C.-based Rocky Mountain is known for
its more-than-capable trail- and long-travel bikes but has
taken a different approach in designing the new Element.
The BC Bike Race has become one of the most popular
races in North America and was one of the biggest
inspirations for the Element. With epic B.C.-style riding and
long days in the saddle in mind, Rocky Mountain has
delivered what it believes is the next best thing in cross-country riding.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The redesigned Element isn’t just for cross-country racing;
it has a versatile geometry and suspension platform that
also works for aggressive trail riding. Committed XC racers
will appreciate the attention to detail, with two bottle-cage
mounts and the ability to steepen the head angle for a
responsive ride. Trail riders will be drawn to the 120 millimeters of front travel and smooth ride of the rear suspension.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Element is only available in a full-carbon frame and
rear triangle and uses Rocky Mountain’s proprietary Smooth
Wall structure. Rocky Mountain designed the suspension
with its Ride 9 adjustable geometry that allows riders to dial
in the fit depending on what type of terrain they’ll be riding.
The frame uses full internal cable routing and will work with
mechanical or Di2 drivetrains. It also has room for two bottle
cages for longer days in the saddle.
The suspension was designed with 100 millimeters of rear
travel and 110–120 millimeters in the front. Across the whole
line, the Element comes stock with 120-millimeter-travel
forks, but riders can swap out to 110 millimeters down the
road. Our test bike retails for $5300, but riders can choose a
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BC Takes on XC