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).

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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