BIKE TEST / ROCKY MTN. INSTINCT 990 BC ED.
One beastly trailbike
We admit that when we signed up for the BC Bike Race we had motives other than spending a week riding some of the most beautiful singletrack in the world. There’s
no greater way to test a bike than to race it in a seven-day stage
race through some of the most varied terrain one could imagine.
We showed up in Vancouver, British Columbia, the day before the
race with nothing more than a bag of clothes and found the Rocky
Mountain Instinct 990 MSL BC Edition waiting for us, dialed in and
ready to ride. What better way to take on the BC Bike Race than
on a BC Edition trail slayer?
INSTINCT 990 MSL
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Instinct BC Edition is designed for aggressive trail riders,
but there are many ways to interpret such a description. It’ll certainly take on aggressive trails with ease, but, more importantly,
it’s for riders who are constantly active and working every part of
their bodies to drive the bike how and where they want it. It’s for
riders who never allow their elbows to extend past 90 degrees
and always seem to have their noses on the stem of the bike.
Riders who push their bikes through corners with power will enjoy
the bike more than those who float through the tops of berms.
Essentially, it’s a trailbike for “aggro” riders who have an obsession
with pedaling but let their hard-charging downhill spirit shine on
WHAT CAUGHT OUR EYE?
The Instinct 990 MSL BC Edition is
a bike that dedicated and aggressive
trail (or all-mountain) riders will likely
see as the perfect build spec. The Shimano XT
brakes, RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost, 760-milli-
meter-wide Race Face Next handlebars, SRAM X01
drivetrain and RockShox Pike RCT3 fork all make
it very apparent the bike is spec’d for riders
who want performance components