Rocky Mountain Bicycles are set to introduce their new 2010 Flatline WC downhill race platform at Crankworx in Whistler, British Columbia next week.
The company returned to World Cup downhill racing competition this year with the Maxxis-Rocky Mountain team. Working closely with the squad over the off season, they developed the first prototype of what would become the 2010 Flatline World Cup.
According to Rocky Mountain, team riders and staff were particular about what they needed in a World Cup capable bike and the Flatline WC was built to their exact specifications.
“We knew we needed to create a new bike for the team, and who better to give input on the design than Sabrina Jonnier, Luke Strobel, and Cameron Cole?” said Rocky Mountain’s product manager Alex Cogger. “They knew exactly what they needed and our engineers and frame builders in Vancouver created it.”
In only its second World Cup appearance, the Flatline WC was piloted to victory by Sabina Jonnier who has since won three more World Cups on it.
“Since the first prototype, we tweaked the geometry, suspension rate, shaved weight and the final result is a pure World Cup race bike,” Cogger said. “The LC2R suspension is an extremely efficient pedalling design and anyone who has ridden a Flatline knows the suspension just swallows bumps.”
At Crankworx Whistler, Rocky Mountain will be displaying both the Flatline WC and Flatline Pro models which share the same frame. The Flatline Pro comes with SRAM X9/X7 kit, Avid Elixir brakes and RockShox suspension, while the Flatline Pro features a full Shimano Saint kit with Fox suspension.