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Rocky Mountain Goes Full Carbon With Updated Solo Gravel Bike

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy hero head tube
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Rocky Mountain is gearing up for a Solo gravel season. The updated Solo gravel line features a race-ready carbon frame, with larger tire clearance and more compliance for rough roads ahead.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy light

Rocky Mountain Solo: What’s New?

The updated Solo gravel line has two distinct personalities: race-ready and affordable adventuring. Previously, the Solo was only available in an alloy version and started at the Solo 50, with the Solo 30 as the entry point. The newest update to the line is the total carbon Solo 90, 70, and 50 options.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy maple leaf

Frame Details: Rocky Mountain Solo Carbon

The new Rocky Mountain Solo Carbon comes crafted from the Rocky Mountain’s Smooth Wall carbon — the same used on its high-end mountain bike lines. Rocky Mountain says the carbon layup uses rigid internal molds instead of traditional air bladders. This process helps eliminate excess resin and fibers, keeping the frames light and ride quality high.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy hero

Like its mountain bike production, the carbon used for the Solo has strictly placed reinforced areas to maximize stiffness and impact resistance while minimizing overall weight.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy purple orange non drive side

If you look at the seat tube, you’ll notice a flexion point that offers vertical compliance and additional mud clearance. The stated tire clearance for the Solo is 40 mm, but by the look of the photos, it could be capable of more.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy rear top

The new Solo frames (carbon and alloy) offer many mounting options for storage, fenders, feed bags, and touring accessories.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy rear

The new carbon frame uses internal cable routing with dropper compatibility. The Solo’s carbon and alloy models use BB386, and Zero Stack tapered headsets.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon : Alloy brake

Frame Details: Rocky Mountain Solo Alloy

Alloy is an excellent material for gravel bikes; it balances strength, weight, and value. The Solo alloy has the same RMB 6061 custom alloy as the previous version. The Solo alloy gets all the accessory mounts of the carbon and boasts the same 40mm tire clearance.

Rocky Mountain Solo Geometry

The Solo comes in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy with building in the background

Rocky Mountain Solo Models and Pricing

The Rocky Mountain Solo comes in five different build configurations, with three carbon options: Solo 90, Solo 70, and Solo 50. The alloy version of the Solo comes in two offerings: Solo 50 (alloy) and Solo 30. Each bike has its personality through its build and can take on various terrain or commuter duty.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy side PO

Rocky Mountain Solo 90

The Solo 90 is the top-of-the-line offering for the Solo line. This version comes equipped with SRAM Force AXS 12 speed shifting, with a single ring 42T front and a SRAM 10-44T cassette to take all the climbs. The wheels are Rocky Mountain’s in-house 25mm deep carbon tubeless offerings. The wheels are paired with WTB Venture TCS Light Fast Rolling 700 x 40c tires for a fast but compliant ride.

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon Alloy brake levers

The cockpit is Easton EC70 AX gravel bars paired with Rocky Mountain’s XC alloy stem. The seatpost is Easton carbon EC70, paired with a WTB Silverado Race saddle.

Price: $6,499

Rocky Mountain Solo 90 Gravel Carbon sideview

Rocky Mountain Solo 70

The Solo 70 comes with SRAM Rival AXS 12 speed shifting, a single front 42T ring, and a 10-44T cassette. The wheels are Easton EA70 AX gravel wheels and WTB Venture TCS Light Fast Rolling 700 x 40c tires.

Price: $4,999

Rocky Mountain Solo 70 Gravel Carbon sideview

Rocky Mountain Solo 50 Carbon

The carbon Solo 50 is equipped with SRAM Rival 11-speed mechanical, a single 42T front chainring, and a 10-44T cassette. The wheels are WTB ST Light i23 TCS 2.0 tubeless rims with Rocky Mountain sealed bearing hubs.

Price: $3,799

Rocky Mountain Solo 50 Gravel Alloy Carbon sideview

Rocky Mountain Solo 50 Alloy

The Solo 50 Alloy is the same spec as the 50 carbon. The wheels are WTB ST Light i23 TCS 2.0 tubeless rims with Rocky Mountain sealed bearing hubs. It comes equipped with SRAM Rival mechanical with a single 42T front chainring and a 10-44T cassette.

Price: $2,499

Rocky Mountain Solo 30 Gravel Alloy sideview

Rocky Mountain Solo 30 Alloy

The Solo 30 alloy is the most affordable Rocky Mountain Solo lineup model but has a very generous spec. The shifting is SRAM Apex 11 speed, with a single 40T ring in the front and an 11-42T cassette. The wheels are WTB ST Light i23 TCS 2.0 tubeless rims laced to Shimano Tiagra hubs. The tires are WTB Venture TCS Light Fast Rolling 700 x 40c, the same as the Rocky Mountain Solo 90.

Price: $1,699

Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Carbon : Alloy hero solo

Availability

The Rocky Mountain Solo is available now from your local Rocky Mountain dealer or online at Bikes.com.

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TheStansMonster
1 year ago

I love how every company gets everyone’s attention with announcement marketing images that heavily feature Di2 GRX but then don’t actually offer a bike built with it.

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago

Noticed that as well, to make matters worse, no frame-only option.

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago

That’s a great looking 5010 right there.

Jay Ess
Jay Ess
1 year ago
Reply to  Seraph

I got that. Actually owned a SOLO. That biked was rad and I was bummed I sold it.

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago
Reply to  Jay Ess

I owned a Solo as well. At the time it was an awesome bike. My first foray into bigger wheels.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

So the glam shot at the top of the page shows a 2x setup (possibly AXS) yet none of the models shown have that as an option. What gives?

DaveJ
DaveJ
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

Rocky’s ambassadors are ex pro tour level road racers who would probably never ride 1x. They both also have deals with Shimano/Pro.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
10 months ago
Reply to  DaveJ

If you look at the ex pros racing big gravel events now, tons of them are riding 1x.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago
Jay Ess
Jay Ess
1 year ago

I was hoping now that the whole bike packing social media crap had died down manufacturers would stop putting mounting zits all over bikes and making them ugly and heavy, apparently not.

Huey Lewis
Huey Lewis
1 year ago
Reply to  Jay Ess

Put a plastic cap in there and get over it

2Wheels1Love
2Wheels1Love
1 year ago

Is “Apex 12 speed” a typo, or is there a new gruppo in the pipeline?

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago

40c tires with fenders…

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago
Reply to  2Wheels1Love

It’s a typo, but there have been some teasers of an Apex AXS system coming out at an OEM level.

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago

Not impressed, Rocky Mountain calls 700×40 mm clearance “massive”. This would have been innovative maybe 5years ago.

M S
M S
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

This. This all day.
40mm clearance?…what is this, a gravel bike from a legacy Italian brand back in 2018?

alex
alex
1 year ago
Reply to  M S

it’s 40mm w / FENDERS. Without, clears 29 x 2.0 or 650 x 2.2

Mitch Erwen
Mitch Erwen
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Stop skimming, start reading.

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Mitch Erwen

Read where, the comments section? where in the article or on the RM website says 29×2.0?

Pekka
Pekka
1 year ago

The actual tire clearance without fenders is 29 x 2.0″ or 650b x 2.2″. They literally say “Massive clearance. Easily fit 700 x 40c tires including fenders, or 650b x 2.2 tires including fenders (Max tires 29 x 2.0 / 650b x 2.2).”

That’s hidden well on their website though. Found it in photo captions under both the carbon models and AL ones.

Pekka
Pekka
1 year ago

What I meant to say is that it says literally on Rocky Mountain’s own official website that the tire clearance is 29 x 2.0 w/o fenders 🙂

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Pekka

Where does it say that? If it truly can fit 29×2.0 tires they need a new marketing department

Mitch Erwen
Mitch Erwen
1 year ago

The Solo 90 is $8,400 in Canada, with house brand carbon hoops. Did RM buy the Force grouppo at MSRP? Did the Brooksbank Rd office bring in in-house carbon lay up production capabilities? I know all bikes are pricier but $8,400 CAD, for a gravel bike? RM loves their dentist bikes. Nice knowing you RM. Hello, Canyon.

DaveJ
DaveJ
1 year ago
Reply to  Mitch Erwen

FWIW, the Stigmata with a similar build was $2K CAD more with a similar build… before SC posted their big sale.

dadama
dadama
1 year ago
Reply to  DaveJ

Yes I was meaning the current sale price for SC $5099 vs $4899 CAD for similar SRAM Rival builds except the SC comes with life time warranty on the frame and DT Swiss hubs (370 mind you, but at least not throw away hubs like what likely comes on the RM). Anyways, the point being is that the price points are disappointing.

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