Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 70: Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike Under £5,000.00
Are you looking for the best full suspension mountain bike under 5000 pounds? Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 70 is the considered the best for the price. The Altitude is most likely the most UK-relevant bike to ride in Rocky Mountain’s line-up.
Complete with 150mm of travel out back and also 160mm at the front, it’s intended to be a do-it-all, do-it-anywhere type of bike. It is dedicated mainly for single-track shredding and also big-mountain escapade.
A full-carbon frame is very effective and helpful to maintain heaviness to a competitive 12.6kg (large). It is well built making use of firm inner moulds and detailed carbon/resin mixes and lay-ups for every tube.
The availability of 4-bar connection outline provides Rocky Mountain heaps of management over the suspension curvature. Meanwhile, the Fox shock creates a dissimilar tune on every frame dimension (lighter tunes for smaller riders).
One principally appealing frame characteristic is the ‘RIDE-9’ geometry correction structure. 9 different settings can be easily accessed via 2 interlocking chips located on the swing link, from ‘Slack’ (65-degree head angle) to ‘Steep’ (66.1 degrees).
Altering between them is an easy thing of taking out a bolt and flipping the chips. Other key geometry numbers (on the large size, in the ‘Slack’ setting) consist of a reach of 452mm, a bottom bracket drop of 13mm, short 426mm chainstays, a 74-degree seat angle and a pretty standard 1,206mm wheelbase.
Kit of Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 70
Fox take care of damping duties with a ‘Performance Elite’ spec 36 Float fork with FIT4 damper up front and a matching DPS EVOL rear shock. There’s no oily Kashima coating, but everything else you’d desire from Fox is there.
The drivetrain is based around Shimano’s 11-speed XT group, with Race Face Turbine Cinch cranks. Shimano transport it all to a halt too, with XT stoppers.
The bike is completed with one of favourite droppers, the Fox Transfer, and Race Face and Rocky Mountain support the finishing kit. Wide Stan’s Flow rims (29mm internal) are perfectly wrapped in high-volume Maxxis Minion tires in the new ‘Wide Trail’ format to give a spot-on wheelset.
Ride Impression of Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 70
With the availability a low bottom bracket, slack-ish head angle and stacks of suspension travel, it would be tough for the Altitude to lack attitude when the trail descends.
The ‘Performance Elite’ suspension front and back is well controlled and tunable, only missing out on the top five per cent of prospective performance because it lacks the gold-standard Kashima coating.
Since the wide rims tolerate lower pressures, the stocky tyres are able to kowtow naturally to the ground under them, letting you shove hard into corners and brake late when things get lairy.
Below braking there’s a little bit of skitter from the back end. You will either love or hate this, but you surely are not left feeling remote from what is happening under the tyres.
On bigger compressions and hits we would have loved a touch more support from the shock’s mid stroke, since we saw the bike was prone to dipping towards the end of its travel ahead of time.
Geometry wise, the Altitude is far from radical – the reach is almost short for a modern enduro bike and that is positively the case out back. This aids the bike feel nippy and agile, and ready to turn on a dime.
But it does indicate it loses out on some of the high-speed constancy that we have come to love from the longer crop of present enduro bikes. The Rocky Mountain claws back some of that assurance in the corners with its low bottom bracket though.
While geometry fiends will like the simple and easy alteration of the frame’s form, we would question that there are too many choices – just give us slack and sheer settings, particularly when the two extremes are not that far removed.
The Specifications of Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 70
- Frame: ‘Smoothwall’ carbon fibre, 150mm (5.9in) travel
- Fork: Fox 36 Float EVOL FIT4 Performance Elite, 160mm (6.3in) travel
- Hubs: Rocky Mountain Boost (f) and DT Swiss 370 Boost (r)
- Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF WT 3C 27.5×2.5in (f) and Minion DHR II WT 3C 27.5×2.4in
- Brakes: Shimano Deore XT, 180mm rotors
- Rims: Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3
- Seatpost: Fox Transfer dropper
- Handlebar: Race Face Turbine, 780mm
- Stem: Rocky Mountain 35 AM, 35mm
- Shock: Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance Elite
- Drivetrain: Shimano Deore XT with Race Face Turbine Cinch cranks (1×11)
- Saddle: WTB Silverado Race
- Weight: 12.6kg (27.8lb), Large Size without Pedals