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Introducing the New Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Alloy

Words Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Date Aug 21, 2018

With the Thunderbolt, we've designed an all-new alloy frame that pushes the rear travel to 130mm, increases stiffness, lowers the rate curve slightly, and gives the frame a host of next-generation features—but keeps its playful geometry and wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments. The Thunderbolt is at home on technical climbs, powers through the rough stuff, and is great for popping off every trail feature in sight.

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Thunderbolt Alloy 50

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MODEL HIGHLIGHTS


  • The Thunderbolt strikes that perfect balance between quickness and surefootedness 
  • All new FORM™ alloy frame features many of the details found on carbon models 
  • RIDE-9™ technology for easy geometry adjustments to suit the rider & terrain


IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • All-new alloy frame
  • Durable Shimano MT500 brakes & SLX/XT drivetrain with wide gear range
  • DT Swiss rear hub for reliability

Fast as lightning! The Thunderbolt is our vision of a perfect XC-trail bike.

With the Thunderbolt we've designed an all-new alloy frame that pushes the rear travel to 130mm, increases stiffness, lowers the rate curve slightly, and gives the frame a host of next-generation features—but keeps its playful geometry and wide range of RIDE-9™ technology. The Thunderbolt is at home on technical climbs, powering through rough stuff, and popping off every trail feature you lay eyes on.

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Thunderbolt Alloy 30

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MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Thunderbolt strikes that perfect balance between quickness and surefootedness 
  • All new FORM™ alloy frame features many of the details found on carbon models 
  • RIDE-9™ technology for easy geometry adjustments to suit the rider & terrain

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • All-new alloy frame
  • Durable Shimano MT500 brakes & SLX/XT drivetrain with wide gear range
  • DT Swiss rear hub for reliability

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Thunderbolt Alloy 10

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MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Thunderbolt strikes that perfect balance between quickness and surefootedness 
  • All new FORM™ alloy frame features many of the details found on carbon models 
  • RIDE-9™ technology for easy geometry adjustments to suit the rider & terrain
  • Our most affordable dual suspension bike

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • All-new alloy frame
  • Wide range 1x drivetrain

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Technical Details

  • 27.5 Wide Trail and 26+ compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 27.5 x 2.5 and 26 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs)
  • Size Specific Tune ensures that riders of all sizes get the appropriate rear shock tune. Our design team creates custom shock tunes base on field testing feedback, and adjust the tune of each shock for specific frame sizes
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at the lower shock mount (still compatible with aftermarket shocks)
  • Blind pivots maximize rider heel clearance at the chainstay
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle, with an updated axle nut for a more intuitive assembly
  • Seat tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
  • Improved cable management including large head tube and down tube access ports, full-length shift housing, and internally routed shift housing and brake lines the front triangle housing.
  • Chainstay and downtube protectors.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle with any reservoir shock currently on the market
  • Sizes: XS-XL

Weight:

  • Thunderbolt Alloy 50: 12.36kg (29.5lbs), size Medium
  • Thunderbolt Alloy 30: 12.57kg (29.4lbs), size Medium
  • Thunderbolt Alloy 10: 13.67kg (30.1lbs), size Medium
  • Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 260g (0.57lb)

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Pricing & Availability


The Thunderbolt Alloy is now available! Please head to your local Rocky Mountain dealer to see the bikes. Regional availability may vary.


Thunderbolt Alloy 50: $3,999 CAD / $3,499 USD

Thunderbolt Alloy 30: $3,249 CAD / $2,649 USD

Thunderbolt Alloy 10: $2,449 CAD / $1,999 USD 


For full spec sheets and geometry, head over to the Thunderbolt page HERE.

Comments

IslandLife
+2 Cooper Quinn Niels
IslandLife  - Aug. 21, 2018, 10:16 a.m.

Kudos to RM for making a great entry level upgrade-able platform at $2500! Yes, some of us might scoff at the specs... but much like the Marin Hawk Hill, this is a great platform to upgrade on over the years or as time and budget allows.

Good to see them making the effort and I hope to see more companies following suit. Actually looks like they just took the spec list from the Hawk Hill 2 and made virtually the same bike (although the Marin includes a 150mm dropper at the same price!)... sounds ripe for an entry level shoot-out!!

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