How about an XC bike that doesn't back down when you drop into some gnar? Rocky's Thunderbolt 750 delivers XC lightness with a hydroformed aluminum frame, then, things get interesting. Add a relatively slack head angle, 27.5-inch wheels, and 120mm of travel front and rear courtesy of Fox, and technical sections just got a lot easier. Go ahead, charge it — you're fully equipped to take the hard line with Shimano SLX/XT 2x10 gearing and brakes. Race Face is British Columbia-born and bred the same as Rocky Mountain, so of course the cranks, post and wide Evolve bars are exceptionally capable. Forget about backing down, get on with it.
Take your mountain bike racing aspirations to the next level with Rocky Mountain's Vertex 950. The light, stiff aluminum frame exudes a go-fast nature, and the competent mix of components gives you the tools to succeed. Manitou handles front-end shock absorption with the Marvel Comp 100mm fork, which guides a set of WTB SX19 wheels wrapped in Maxxis Ikon 29 x 2.2-inch tires for predictable handling in a fast-rolling package. A Shimano XT/SLX drivetrain delivers on-point shifting while SLX hydraulic disc brakes offer showstopping power for controlled cornering and descending capability. Aluminum cockpit bits from Rocky Mountain give you the strength you need, creating a lightweight hardtail that wants nothing more than to be ridden at the limits of possibility.
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