I admit, I popped the Instinct’s shock into the climb setting a few times, but largely, I felt like I could go through almost all of my rides on the middle Trail setting and not think much about it on the climbs or the descents. In that sense, Rocky Mountain nailed the trail category perfectly here. Yet steamrolling through rock gardens makes for fun sport too, almost to the point that laziness can take over and you don’t have to work at all. This is basically a set of small square chips in the rocker that you can flip to various positions to tweak your geometry For those less interested in the minutiae of suspension kinematics, you’ll set it and forget it. At both start-up, and demanding climbs, the Powerplay kicks in both quickly and at a predictable power curve. The bike still pedaled pretty well in this setting, so I think which mode you climb in comes down to the rider’s preference (or the trail at hand). The Instinct ultimately feels like a solid definition of what a Trail bike should be. You can also join the Other brands ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! • Comment Policy I’m a lightweight guy at 140lbs, so I had to pull a token out of the fork to get full compression. Their ability to minimize smaller bumps helps you pin it on chattery sections, and the traction from the tires pays off big time on rock slabs or in loose dusty chutes.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'bikerumor_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_1',103,'0','0'])); Rocky Mountain does offer a carbon version of the Instinct BC Edition, but I was testing the aluminum framed ‘50’ model. Last year I reviewed an RMB Pipeline, which included Rocky Mountain’s Ride 9 chip in the lower shock mount. Shouldn’t it be assumed that a bike should be able to handle most, if not all, of the terrain you’ll be able to find at home or on vacation? All Mountain Electric Mountain Bike Reviews, The bike is compatibly priced, you get some high end components like the SRAM GX Eagle derailleur, FOX full suspension, and massive hydraulic brake rotors, The full suspension here is great, they are both Fox brand, they are both 140mm of travel, offing a lot of float and cushion, I love how streamlined everything is, the bike has a really stealthy look, part of that is from the frame integrated battery, the battery is secure since it is hidden in the downtube of the frame, The bike feels really steady, offers a great amount of control, a great example of this is the handle bar that is wide and gives an aggressive feel, The hydraulic brakes here are super impressive, it features a set of SRAM Guide R 200mm hydraulic brakes in the front and rear, quad piston calipers, and bigger rotors that cool faster and give great mechanical advantage, A great tread setup with Maxxis Minion in the front and Maxxis Forekaster in the rear, makes for very capable riding, Dyname 3.0 motor is new to the US and offers a very responsive torque sensor and guides you along with a massive 127nm of torque, A high capacity 48v 14ah battery pack will last throughout the day, most comparable bikes use around 36v 11ah, so you are getting a lot more here, Extra wide gear range in the 12 speed cassette, you get massive 10-50 tooth sprockets and a SRAM GX Eagle derailleur, nice trigger shifters in the front too, Super clean cockpit with no display that advertises that it is an electric bike, rather you get a set of stealthy and minimalist controls on the left to change pedal assist, Has a seat post dropper, so different sized riders can enjoy riding the bike and mount more easily while also transitioning smoothly between different stances and terrain, Rocky Mountain does offer a smartphone application called the Electric Motion App which allows you to view more stats, information, and read outs, Compared to the other Rocky Mountain options, the weight makes a notable difference, side by side testing against one of the carbon frames made this feel like a boot while the other felt like nimble sneakers, While it may be great for some, there is no display here, so you can’t see your speed or charge level on the battery, newer e-mtb’s have minimalist displays that can show you these readouts and more, some also have settings menus where you can change configurations, a missed opportunity here, but I do hear there is an App you can download to synch with the bike for some information, Since the Propulsion Power Cycle electric mid-drive brand is newer to the US, you may have a hard time getting it serviced or getting parts, but I do hear they have been active in Canada for quite some time now and will be supporting new products here in the US now, The battery is secure, but removal and putting it back means undoing the motor plate and removing part of the motor so it can slide out, so you will be charging the battery on the bike, unless you have a climate controlled garage, not the best for storage and can get in the way of charging the battery indoors at the office for example, A minor grip here since it is normal for this configuration, but remember that higher end mountain bikes do not always come with pedals like this one, so you will want to find a set you like and purchase them before you get out and ride. If you enjoy riding rough, technical trails Rocky Mountain’s Instinct BC Edition has all the tools it needs to make challenging terrain feel a little smoother and easier to tackle than it should. There were just a few instances in which the Instinct felt overmatched on trails here on the front range of Colorado. I’m guilty of it in my own reviews. This is common on high end mountain bikes, but there may be a few that are miffed they are not included. To finish the build, Rocky Mountain supplies some components like the 780mm handlebar, 50mm stem, grips, and their neatly integrated Spirit Guide chain guide. The frame offers 155mm of rear travel (15mm more than the regular Instinct), using RMB’s Smoothlink four-bar suspension linkage. Since the system relies exclusively on a torque sensor, this is completely understandable from a hardware perspective. Have fun out there, and ride safe :). Rocky Mountain does offer a carbon version of the Instinct BC Edition, but I was testing the aluminum framed ‘50’ model. Some bikes do come close. To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. For tires, you have a Maxxis Minon in the front and a Maxxis Forekaster in the back, both are 29” x 2.3”, so almost plus size tires, but they have different tread pattern on purpose since the front and rear tires are used for different purposes when riding on a hill.