Core Bike 2010: UK special from Rocky Mountain

Alloy hardtail for trail centre blasts

Rocky Mountain are bringing out a 'UK Special Project' bike aimed firmly at the British trail centre scene.

This limited edition hardtail – only around 140 will be available – has been put together after distributors Silverfish asked for a bike to fill the gap between the Canadian company's cross-country and freeride hardtails.

The frame is based on Rocky Mountain's Reaper North Shore hardtail and made from the company's FORM alloy tubing, with an ultra-stiff box section rear end, integrated headset and plenty of tyre clearance.

The parts pick includes a RockShox Reba fork, Shimano Deore transmission (with an upgraded SLX rear mech), Race Face finishing kit, Maxxis High Roller tyres and an SDG I-Beam saddle and post – so, combined with the box stays, don't expect much in the way of rear end comfort.

That's not really the point of this bike though; it's for fast singletrack bursts, not all-day epics. RRP is £1,195 and it should be available at the end of May, in white only. It'll come with a sticker kit so you can customise the look. Projected weight is around 28lb (12.7kg).

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