Rocky Mountain’s new Instinct Powerplay Carbon e-bike is tougher, stiffer and lighter

Bigger, fast-charging battery means more play time

Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Carbon

Rocky Mountain’s new Instinct Powerplay Carbon features 29in wheels, 140mm of suspension travel and the latest Dyname 3 motor that Rocky Mountain designed in collaboration with Propulsion Powercycle. The three carbon models join the existing alloy Instinct Powerplay.

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Rocky Mountain says the Instinct Powerplay is “perfect for long, epic rides”, and that the carbon models increase “strength, stiffness, and impact resistance, all while decreasing the overall weight of the bike”.

Its new bigger, 672Wh battery means the bike will go further while still only taking a claimed 2 hours 10 minutes to charge from zero to 80 per cent.

The geometry of the bike remains the same as the Instinct Alloy, with a head angle of 66.5 degrees, a bottom bracket drop of 30mm and a rear-centre of 442mm in the bike’s neutral position (the Ride-9 geometry chip in the shock mount allows for nine geo and suspension rate options).

A size L has a 75.1-degree seat-tube angle, 1,213mm wheelbase and 617mm reach in the neutral position.

Three different types of carbon are used in the construction of the front triangle, with the rear-end made in alloy. Rocky Mountain says its Smoothwall Carbon is “[o]ne of the world’s most sophisticated carbon processes, the result is a product with an industry-leading stiffness-to-weight ratio, superior ride quality, and increased durability”.

A size M Instinct Powerplay Carbon 90 (top-end) model weighs a claimed 22.6kg.

New 2020 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Carbon range overview

The Instinct Powerplay has 29-inch wheels, a 672Wh battery and the Dyname 3 drive system Rocky Mountain developed
The Instinct Powerplay has 29in wheels, a 672Wh battery and the Dyname 3 drive system Rocky Mountain developed.
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Three models — the Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Carbon 90, 70 and 50 — are offered in two colourways and four sizes, with Rocky Mountain also offering a SRAM or Shimano drivetrain option on the 70 and 50 models.

Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Carbon 90

  • Frame: Smoothwall Carbon front triangle; FORM alloy rear triangle
  • Drive system: Dyname 3.0 Drive 250w / 48v. iWoc TRIO Remote
  • Battery: Li-Ion 672 Watt/Hr
  • Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate RCT3 140mm e-MTB approved, 42mm offset
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Ultimate RCT
  • Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
  • Shifter: SRAM X01E Eagle
  • Derailleur: SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Crankset: Race Face Turbine Cinch 34t
  • Bottom bracket: Race Face BB92 30mm
  • Hubs: (front) Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm Torque Cap; (rear) DT Swiss Hybrid 350 Boost 148mm
  • Rims: Race Face ARC 35
  • Tyres: (front) Maxxis Minion DHF EXO+ Maxx Terra tubeless ready 29 x 2.6; (rear) Maxxis Rekon Maxx Terra EXO+ Silk Shield tubeless ready 29 x 2.6
  • Stem: Rocky Mountain 35 CNC
  • Handlebar: Race Face Next R 780mm
  • Seatpost: Race Face Turbine R (by Fox) Dropper 30.9mm
  • Price:$8,599
Rocky Mountain developed the Dyname 3 system for best frame integration. A new mid-drive slider reduces noise
Rocky Mountain developed the Dyname 3 system for best frame integration. A new mid-drive slider reduces noise.
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Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Carbon 70

SRAM edition

  • Frame: Smoothwall Carbon front triangle; FORM alloy rear triangle
  • Drive system: Dyname 3.0 Drive 250w / 48v. iWoc TRIO Remote
  • Battery: Li-Ion 672 Watt/Hr
  • Fork: Fox 36 e-MTB Float EVOL FIT4 Performance Elite Series 140mm, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance
  • Brakes: Shimano XT Trail 4 Piston
  • Shifter: SRAM GX-1E Eagle
  • Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle
  • Crankset: Race Face Turbine Cinch 34t
  • Bottom bracket: Race Face BB92 30mm
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1230 11-50t
  • Chain: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Hubs: (front) Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm; (rear) DT Swiss Hybrid 370 Boost 148mm
  • Rims: Race Face AR 35
  • Tyres: (front) Maxxis Minion DHF EXO+ Maxx Terra tubeless ready 29 x 2.6; (rear) Maxxis Rekon Maxx Terra EXO+ Silk Shield tubeless ready 29 x 2.6
  • Stem: Rocky Mountain 35 AM
  • Handlebar: Rocky Mountain AM 780mm
  • Seatpost: Race Face Turbine R (by Fox) Dropper 30.9mm
  • Price: $7,999

Shimano edition

  • Frame: Smoothwall Carbon front triangle; FORM alloy rear triangle
  • Drive system: Dyname 3.0 Drive 250w / 48v. iWoc TRIO Remote
  • Battery: Li-Ion 672 Watt/Hr
  • Fork: Fox 36 E-MTB Float EVOL FIT4 Performance Elite Series 140mm, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance
  • Brakes: Shimano XT Trail 4 Piston
  • Shifter: Shimano XT
  • Derailleur: Shimano XT
  • Crankset: Race Face Aeffect Cinch 34t
  • Bottom bracket: Shimano SM-BB71
  • Cassette: Shimano XT 10-51T
  • Chain: Shimano HG8100
  • Hubs: (front) Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm; (rear) DT Swiss Hybrid 370 Boost 148mm
  • Rims: Race Face AR 35
  • Tyres: (front) Maxxis Minion DHF EXO+ Maxx Terra tubeless ready 29 x 2.6; (rear) Maxxis Rekon Maxx Terra EXO+ Silk Shield tubeless ready 29 x 2.6
  • Stem: Rocky Mountain 35 AM
  • Handlebar: Rocky Mountain AM 780mm
  • Seatpost: Race Face Turbine R (by Fox) Dropper 30.9mm
  • Price: $7,999
The bike has 140mm front and rear travel. Its Ride-9 geometry chip allows for nine geo and suspension rate settings
The bike has 140mm front and rear travel. Its Ride-9 geometry chip allows for nine geo and suspension rate settings.
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Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay 50

SRAM edition

  • Frame: Smoothwall Carbon front triangle; FORM alloy rear triangle
  • Drive system: Dyname 3.0 Drive 250w / 48v. iWoc TRIO Remote
  • Battery: Li-Ion 672 Watt/Hr
  • Fork: RockShox Pike Select RC 140mm e-MTB approved, 42mm offset
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT
  • Brakes: Shimano MT520 4 Piston
  • Shifter: SRAM NX-1E Eagle
  • Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle
  • Crankset: Race Face Ride Cinch 34t
  • Bottom bracket: Shimano SM-BBMT500
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1230 11-50t
  • Chain: SRAM NX Eagle. e-MTB aprroved.
  • Hubs: (front) Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm Torque Cap; (rear) DT Swiss Hybrid 370 Boost 148mm
  • Rims: WTB ST i35 TCS 2.0 tubeless
  • Tyres: (front) Maxxis Minion DHF EXO tubeless ready 29 x 2.6; (rear) Maxxis Rekon EXO+ Silk Shield tubeless ready 29 x 2.6
  • Stem: Rocky Mountain 35 AM
  • Handlebar: Rocky Mountain AM 780mm
  • Seatpost: Race Face Aeffect R Dropper 30.9mm
  • Price:$6,699
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Shimano edition

  • Frame: Smoothwall Carbon front triangle; FORM alloy rear triangle
  • Drive system: Dyname 3.0 Drive 250w / 48v. iWoc TRIO Remote
  • Battery: Li-Ion 672 Watt/Hr
  • Fork: RockShox Pike Select RC 140mm e-MTB approved, 42mm offset
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT
  • Brakes: Shimano MT520 4 Piston
  • Shifter: Shimano SLX
  • Derailleur: Shimano SLX
  • Crankset: Race Face Ride Cinch 34t
  • Bottom bracket: Shimano SM-BBMT500
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX 10-51t
  • Chain: Shimano HG7100
  • Hubs: (front) Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm Torque Cap; (rear) DT Swiss Hybrid 370 Boost 148mm
  • Rims: WTB ST i35 TCS 2.0 tubeless
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO tubeless ready 29 x 2.6; Maxxis Rekon EXO+ Silk Shield tubeless ready 29 x 2.6
  • Stem: Rocky Mountain 35 AM
  • Handlebar: Rocky Mountain AM 780mm
  • Seatpost: Race Face Aeffect R Dropper 30.9mm
  • Price: $6,699