XC race season is almost upon us, which means a number of new race-ready rides are starting to pop up. Proving that the hard tail isn’t dead, today we’re seeing two new XC race rigid frames with one of them being the new Rocky Mountain Vertex. Featuring a new carbon frame and all new geometry, Rocky Mountain is off to the races.

Rocky Mountain Vertex XC hardtail offers their highest end carbon yet

Compared to their traditional Smoothwall carbon frames, the Vertex features Smoothwall HBO which claims to eliminate excess resin while incorportating 40 ton carbon fiber sheets into the build on the Vertex 90 and frameset to create a lighter, stronger frame. The Vertex 50 and 70 use the standard Smoothwall build.

Moving to Boost spacing, the frame while meant for 29″ wheels has clearance for 29 x 2.3″ or 27.5 x 2.8″ tires. The frame also features a new tooled axle, improved internal cable routing, Di2 and 27.2mm dropper post compatibility (front derailleur compatible), BB92 bottom bracket, post mount brakes, and a rubberized chain stay protector. The frame is built around a 100mm suspension fork up front, and complete bikes will ship with 29 x 2.2″ tires.

Rocky Mountain Vertex XC hardtail offers their highest end carbon yet

Even with the XC racing focus, the Vertex still benefits from a more modern, aggressive geometry. You’ll find a longer reach, slacker 69.5º head tube angle and a shortened wheel base.

 

Rocky Mountain Vertex XC hardtail offers their highest end carbon yet

In total there are three complete Vertex builds, all with carbon frames – but only the Vertex 90 gets the higher end Smoothwall HBO carbon. While the top two builds stick with SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrains, the Vertex 50 still runs a 2×11 double

Vertex Carbon 90

MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel: 100mm
  • Superlight Smoothwall HBO carbon layup
  • All-new next generation Vertex geometry
  • Dropper post compatible
  • Wide range SRAM 12spd drivetrain
  • SRAM Level TLM brakes

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • All-new frame
  • Rockshox Sid Remote fork
  • SRAM X01 Eagle 12spd drivetrain
  • 2 tone paint job

 

Rocky Mountain Vertex XC hardtail offers their highest end carbon yetRocky Mountain Vertex XC hardtail offers their highest end carbon yetVertex Carbon 70

MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel: 100mm
  • All-new next generation Vertex geometry
  • Dropper post compatible
  • Wide range SRAM 12spd drivetrain
  • Shimano XT brakes

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • All-new frame
  • Rockshox Reba RL fork
  • DT Swiss rear hub
  • Race Face Turbine handlebar
  • 2 tone paint job

 

Rocky Mountain Vertex XC hardtail offers their highest end carbon yet

Rocky Mountain Vertex XC hardtail offers their highest end carbon yet

Vertex Carbon 50

MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel: 100mm
  • All-new next generation Vertex geometry
  • Dropper post compatible
  • Shimano wide range XT / Race Face 2×11 drivetrain
  • Shimano SLX brakes

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • All-new frame
  • Rockshox Reba RL fork
  • DT Swiss rear hub
  • 2 tone paint job

 

 

Rocky Mountain Vertex XC hardtail offers their highest end carbon yet
Rider: Lukas Baum
Photo: Dennis Stratmann
Location: Cadaques, Spain

Weight

  • Vertex Carbon frameset: 1.22kg (2.68lbs), size Medium
  • Vertex Carbon 90: 9.70kg (21.4lbs), size Medium
  • Vertex Carbon 70: 10.00kg (22.0lbs), size Medium
  • Vertex Carbon 50: 11.10kg (24.5lbs), size Medium

Pricing & Availability

All three bikes and the frameset are available now.

  • Vertex Carbon 90: $5,169 USD / $6,499 CAD
  • Vertex Carbon 90 frameset: $1,599 / $1,999
  • Vertex Carbon 70:  $3,399 USD / $4,349 CAD
  • Vertex Carbon 50: $2,899 USD / $3,649 CAD

bikes.com

5 COMMENTS

  1. Wtf – 27.2mm seatposts are so 2016. Why do these product managers want to specify flexy seatposts when the XC elite are all going to droppers? How many companies make a 27.2 dropper? This new frame is no better than the new santa Cruz Highball.

COMMENT HERE: (For best results, log in through Wordpress or your social media account. Anonymous/fake email comments may be unapproved or deleted. ALL first-time commenter's posts are held for moderation. Check our Comment Policy for full details.)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.