Check out Rocky Mountain's new Vertex hardtail

A pure XC race hardtail built the BC way

Rocky Mountain has updated its Vertex line of cross-country race bikes with three complete carbon bikes and a frame.

Rocky Mountain aimed to keep the Vertex line fast and fun on the trail
Rocky Mountain aimed to keep the Vertex line fast and fun on the trail

Rocky Mountain Vertex features

  • Smoothwall carbon frame
  • 29" or 27.5+ tire compatibility
  • Full-length internal shift housing 
  • 27.2mm seatpost
  • Internal dropper post routing
  • Small, Medium, Large, X-Large sizes

Vertex Carbon 90

At the top of the range is the Vertex Carbon 90
At the top of the range is the Vertex Carbon 90

The Vertex Carbon 90 is crafted from Rocky Mountain's Smoothwall HBO carbon. According to Rocky Mountain, by using 40-ton carbon sheets, it's able to use less resin, which results in more durability with the ride characteristics it demands. 

Leading the carbon frame is a RockShox SID RLC Remote fork with 100mm travel. Drivetrain duties are handled by SRAM's X01 Eagle, stopping is done by SRAM Level TLM discs, and motion is courtesy of Stan's Crest MK3 wheels wrapped in Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.2in tires

Rocky Mountain claims a 9.71kg / 21.4lbs weight for a Medium. Retail is $5,169, and UK and AU pricing is not yet available.

Vertex Carbon 70

The Vertex Carbon 70 slots in the middle with SRAM GX Eagle
The Vertex Carbon 70 slots in the middle with SRAM GX Eagle

Slotting into the middle of the range is the Vertex Carbon 70. The suspension is controlled by a Fox 32 Step Cast with 100mm travel. The bike rolls a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, Shimano XT discs and Sun Helix TR25 SL rims with Maxxis Ikon 2.2in tires.

Claimed weight for a Medium sits at 9.98kg / 22lbs and pricing is $3,399, and UK and AU pricing is not yet available.

Vertex Carbon 50

Shimano SLX/XT make the drivetrain on the Vertex Carbon 50
Shimano SLX/XT make the drivetrain on the Vertex Carbon 50

Entry into the new Vertex line begins with the Carbon 50. Sharing the same Smoothwall carbon frame as the 70, it's fronted by a 100mm RockShox Reba RL fork. 

Gearing is a cross-country friendly 2 x 11-speed Shimano SLX/XT affair. Shimano's SLX discs are on board and Sun Helix TR25 SL rims with Maxxis Ikon 2.2in tires comprise the rolling stock.

Rocky Mountain provides a Medium weight of 11.1kg / 24.5lbs. Retail for the Vertex Carbon 50 is $2,899, and UK and AU pricing is not yet available.

Vertex Carbon frame

A full carbon frameset is available to create your own dream build
A full carbon frameset is available to create your own dream build

Have a bunch of sponsors to keep happy? Or more realistically if you're particular about your bikes, Rocky Mountain offers the Vertex frame. 

Sharing the frame with the 90 above, it features Rocky Mountain's Smoothwall HBO carbon, Boost rear axle spacing, Di2 compatibility, and internal routing for the gearing, brakes and a dropper post.

According to the company, the frame alone tickles the scales at 1.22kg / 2.68lb and will set you back $1,599 (UK and AU pricing not yet available).

All of the Vertex bikes are available now from Rocky Mountain dealers. To learn more, check out Rocky Mountain's site with the best URL in the business. 

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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