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Rocky Mountain
Instinct Carbon 30 Shimano Mountain Bike

5 out of 5 stars
1 Review
Current price: $3,049.00 Original price: $4,699.00
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Why We Like The Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 30 Shimano Mountain Bike

When we don't know what the trail holds for us an don't know if we are going to be under or over biked, we trust our Instinct. The Rocky Mountain Instinct is a mid-travel trail bike that was designed to excel on the majority of trails. Sitting squarely in that Goldilocks zone for mountain bikes, the Instinct sports 140mm of Smoothlink suspension for an efficient pedaling bike that climbs and descends with ease. Rocky mountain implemented size-specific tunes to give every rider an optimal ride feel by fine-tuning suspension kinematics to ensure trail-ready performance. Whether we want to slacken out the geometry for more capability on steeper terrain, or steepen up our angles for an all day pedal fest, Rocky Mountain's Ride-9 adjustment system gives us a range of nine settings to customize our frame geometry and ride feel toward our preferences. The 2-position adjustable axle allows us to adjust our chainstay length independently of our frame geometry to give us a more stable or playful ride. A 65.1 to 66.2-degree head tube angle allows us to be more composed, confident, and stable in steeper terrain while maintaining snappy handling on flatter ground. A medium-length wheelbase and a steep 76.6-degree seat tube angle give us an efficient climbing position, and a stable platform for a balanced ride feel. and the integrated downtube and chainstay protectors keep our frame protected from the chain, rocks, and bottom-outs.

The Carbon 30 Shimano build of the Rocky Mountain Instinct boasts incredible value and comes complete with trail-ready components. Rocky Mountain's Smoothwall carbon frame is made with premium materials for an impressive strength-to-weight ratio and durability. Next, Shimano's Deore 12-speed drivetrain sports a wide range and a reliable, value-based build. Deore 4-piston brakes have a great bite and have tons of stopping power, while the WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 rims give us confidence plowing down chunky trails. The 150mm Marzocchi Z2 Float EVOL Rail fork soaks up bigger hits with ease, while the Fox Float DPS Performance rear shock is lightweight and has a custom tune for optimal performance.

*Due to a high demand in the global supply chain and bike industry since the start of the pandemic, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be of equal or better spec level, If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.


  • Mid-travel trail bike with versatile geometry adjustments
  • Smoothwall carbon frame is made with premium materials for performance
  • 140mm of Smoothlink suspension gives us balanced all-mountain performance
  • Ride-9 adjustment system steepens or slackens our geometry for more capability
  • Adjustable chainstay length for a more stable or agile ride
  • Fox Float DPS Performance rear shock is lightweight and has a size-specific tune
  • Marzocchi Z2 Float EVOL Rail 150mm fork is tunable and plows through the trail
  • Size small is only offered with a 27.5in wheelset
  • Item #RMBB01J
Frame Material
Smoothwall carbon fiber
Rear Shock
Fox Float DPS Performance
Rear Travel
Marzocchi Z2 Float EVOL Rail
Front Travel
FSA Orbit NO.57E
Shimano Deore, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Deore, 12-speed
Shimano Deore, alloy, 12-speed
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
Bottom Bracket
Shimano SM-BBMT500
Shimano Deore, 12-speed
Cassette Range
Shimano M6100, 12-speed
Shimano MT4120
Brake Type
[front, rear] Shimano RT30, 180mm
Rocky Mountain AM, alloy
Handlebar Rise
Handlebar Sweep
[up] 5-degrees, [back] 9-degrees
Handlebar Width
ODI Elite Pro Lock On
Rocky Mountain AM, 31.8mm
Stem Length
WTB Volt Race, 142mm
Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop Composite 30.9mm
Seatpost Travel
[x-small, small] 125mm, [medium] 150mm, [large, x-large] 170mm
[front, rear] WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0 tubeless, alloy, 28H
[front] Rocky Mountain Sealed [rear] Novatec D462 Sealed
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tire Clearance
[rear] 2.5in
[front, rear] Maxxis Minion DHF, WT, EXO, TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II, WT, EXO, TR
Tire Size
[front] 29 x 2.5in, [rear] 29 x 2.4in (size small only offered in 27.5in)
not included
downtube protector, chainstay protector, shuttle guard, Ride-9 adjustable geometry, 2-position rear axle, internal cable routing
Manufacturer Warranty
5 year

Overall Rating

5 based on 1 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

April 10, 2024

Wheelie Good!

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bike has been a great all around machine. Ridden it a couple times so far and only good reviews.


Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com