Rocky Mountain aims for adventure with the new Solo

Two one-by gravel bikes from Canada

Rocky Mountain's new Solo bikes are built for gravel and adventure riding. The British Columbia company has loaded the Solo bikes with the usual road-bikes-off-road fare of ample tire clearance, tons of braze-ons and relaxed geometry. There are two models: a $2,549 SRAM Force 1 bike and a $1,899 model with SRAM Apex. (UK/AU pricing not available.)

Rocky Mountain Solo features

  • 6061 aluminum frame
  • Carbon fork with triple bosses on each leg
  • 12 x 142mm rear / 15 x 100mm front thru-axles
  • Fits up to 700 x 40mm or 27.5 x 2.2in tires
  • Multiple bosses for cages, gear and rack
  • 1x chainring only
  • Internal dropper post compatible
  • 5 sizes

Rocky Mountain Solo 70

SRAM's Force 1x11 drivetrain and discs are on board the Solo 70
SRAM's Force 1x11 drivetrain and discs are on board the Solo 70

The Solo 70 is the more expensive of the two, at $2,549. It rolls on Sun Helix TR25 SL29 wheels with 40mm wide Maxxis Ravager EXO tires. Single-ring drivetrain duties are handled by SRAM's Force 1x11 group and slowing is courtesy of SRAM Force discs squeezing 160mm rotors on both ends.

Solo 70s will be available in three creatively named colors: Tank Girl, Back in Black and Billy Ocean.

Rocky Mountain Solo 50

The Solo 50 features a SRAM Apex 1x11 build
The Solo 50 features a SRAM Apex 1x11 build

The $1,899 Solo 50 uses the same aluminum frame, carbon fork and rims as the 70 but with more affordable parts. SRAM takes care of drivetrain and braking chores with its Apex 1x11 gearing and hydraulic disc brakes. 

Three colors are offered: Billy Ocean, Back in Black and Acid Rain.

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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