Rocky Mountain Ladies Vertex review

The pale blue Vertex is one of Canadian Rocky Mountain's triplet of ladies specific MTBs. Like the original Vertex, it's a hardtail made for hardhitting XC trails.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,295.00 RRP | USD $2,575.24
Rocky Mountain Ladies Vertex

Our review

Top quality, hardcore XC Canadian frame that's a keeper for upgrading
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The pale blue Vertex is one of Canadian Rocky Mountain’s triplet of ladies specific MTBs. Like the original Vertex, it’s a hardtail made for hardhitting XC trails.

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Frame

The frame features squared off tubing and beefy welds to fortify the lightweight Easton 7005 alu pipes. Teamed up with reliable Marzocchi MX Pro Lock-out 100mm forks, this little bike is a lot more robust than the pastel finish might have you believe. Our 13.5-inch test bike, which looks especially tiny, is well laid out for smaller riders with heaps of standover height, thanks to the ultra sloping top tube. The higher seat stay join than the top tube is a signature feature on all RM’s hardtails, but we’re not mad keen on it as a look.

Ride

On the trails, the Vertex sheds that little girl image, whipping and flicking easily around tight singletrack. Climbing is also lively, both seated and standing, power is transferred directly through the tight back end. It doesn’t shy away on the descents either. A comfortable 70.5-degree head angle and plenty of empty space over the frame to move inspires confidence on the steep stuff.

Equipment

But the forks were less inspiring: we ran them at the lowest air setting and still found compression lacked sensitivity, tending to spring and kick back rather than absorbing the hits. While they should bed in over time, petite women may never get the plushness they’re after. Reliable Shimano LX components take care of shifting and braking, while a smattering of RaceFace and an XT rear mech gives this bike street cred.

Wheels

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Wheels feature discspecific Alex DP17 rims with Deore hubs and DT Champ spokes. The IRC MiBro Marathon 2.1in tyres gripped well on dry rocky trails, but quickly lost the battle with mud. Overall the ladies Vertex is a good start, but a fork swap would improve performance and trim a little weight.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Vertex (Women's)
Brand Rocky Mountain

Bottom Bracket Ride XC X-Type
Seat Angle 70.5
Rear Tyre Mibro Marathon
Front Tyre Size 26x2.1
Front Tyre Mibro Marathon
Available Sizes 13.5 Inches 15 Inches 16.5 Inches
Available Colours Blue
Weight (kg) 11.8
Stem Evolve XC
Shifters LX Rapid Fire
Seatpost Evolve XC
Saddle Deva
Chain Ride XC X-Type
Rims DP17
Rear Hub Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Pedals Egg Beater Smarty
Front Hub Deore
Front Derailleur Shimano LX
Frame Material 7005 Taperwall Aluminium
Fork MX Pro
Spokes Brand DT Swiss
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.1