Introducing the 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude

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This is the official release of the 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude. We've had one for testing for the last few weeks, so don't miss our first impressions piece on the 2021 Altitude. What follows below is Rocky's fantastic launch video as well as complete specs, pricing, and details.

The Altitude will be our key platform for Enduro racing and aggressive trail riding. Ridden by the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro team, this bike is fast. Already race proven, the re-designed Altitude is now more capable than ever.

The goal with the redesign was to create a bike that would be competitive on today’s racetracks while still being a ton of fun for those getting out on weekends. We might not all smash racetracks and stand on podiums like Jesse Melamed, but we can all relate to the feeling of committing to ride a little faster or hitting that feature you usually skip over. The Altitude has everything that you need to take your riding to the next level.


“I started my EWS career on the Altitude, I won my first EWS on the Altitude, and now I’m ready to take this all-new version to the top step of the podium. The Altitude has always been the bike for me, and now that there’s multiple wheel sizes offered, updated geometry, and a ton of attention to detail, I think it’ll once again be a crowd favourite amongst riders everywhere. It’s got everything you need to accomplish your riding goals, and for me that means race winning, lap smashing, all-around mountain bike fun!” – Jesse Melamed


Over the last several seasons the Altitude and Instinct BC have reigned supreme in the Enduro category. Designed for aggressive riding at the highest level, the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro team has favored the 29” wheeled Instinct BC in recent seasons. We’re consolidating the Altitude and Instinct BC platform under one name, giving Altitude ownership of the Enduro category.

Looking at the needs of shorter riders vs. taller riders, we’ve introduced a wheel size split with our medium Altitude frame. Our size small frame is offered with 27.5” wheels and an adjusted frame design to give riders a comfortable amount of stand-over height, while the size medium frame maintains the silhouette of the large and extra-large frames but is available in either 27.5” or 29” to accommodate proper fitment. For riders that are tall enough to ride large or extra-large frames, the Altitude is offered with a 29” wheel only.


2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude Frame Features

In pursuit of true versatility, the Altitude has been updated to include a variety of new frame features. We’re always looking for ways to take our bikes to the next level, which leads our engineers to incorporate thoughtful ideas through flawless integration. Added benefits like the ability to control the balance between stability and playfulness, ease of maintenance, and frame durability are just the beginning for these bikes.

10mm chainstay adjustment

  • Long = high speed stability
  • Short = playfulness
  • Dedicated Rocky Mountain 180mm brake mount supplies, no extra parts needed
  • New Rocky Mountain hanger
  • SRAM UDH compatible in Long mode

RIDE-9 adjustment system

  • The RIDE-9 adjustment system allows riders to quickly fine-tune their geometry and suspension with a pair of Allen keys. Nine configurations are possible thanks to two interlocking chips.

Internal guides (Carbon models) and large ports (Alloy models)

  • Full guided internally for easy cable and hose management
  • Moto style compatible
  • Secured for rattle-free setup

Added protection, guards, and chainguide

  • Downtube protection, noise cancelling chainstay protection, “Canadian Shield” yoke protection, and downtube shuttle guard
  • New Rocky Mountain “Canadarm” mount with OneUp Components V2 Top Guide

Modular shock mount

  • Allows for future suspension kinematic updates
  • Only available on carbon models

Updated tube profile

  • Modern look with a focus on front triangle stiffness for steering precision

Dual bearings at the chainstay and seatstay

  • Increased stiffness and durability. Shielded bearings featured on all pivots including at the lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well


  • RIDE-9 adjustment system
  • Smoothwall Carbon
  • FORM Alloy
  • Smoothlink suspension
  • Size Specific Tune

2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude Technical Details

Altitude (29”)

  • 170mm, 44mm (FOX) or 42mm (RockShox) offset fork
  • Max tire clearance is 29 x 2.6
  • Max chainring size 34t
  • Min chainring size 30T
  • Sizes: M-XL


  • Frame & Fox X2 shock: 3.4 kg (7.49 lbs), size Large
  • Altitude Carbon 90 Rally Edition complete: 14.6 kg (32.3 lbs), size Medium
  • Altitude Carbon 70 complete: 14.5 kg (31.9 lbs), size Medium
  • Altitude Alloy 70 complete: 16.1 kg (35.4 lbs), size Medium

Altitude (27.5”)

  • 170mm, 37mm offset fork
  • Max tire clearance is 27.5 x 2.6
  • Max chainring size 34t
  • Min chainring size 30t
  • Sizes: S-M


  • Frame & Fox X2 shock: 3.2 kg (7.05 lbs), size Medium
  • Altitude Carbon 90 Rally Edition complete: 14.3 kg (31.5 lbs), size Medium
  • Altitude Carbon 70 complete: 14.2 kg (31.3 lbs), size Medium
  • Altitude Alloy 70 complete: 15.9 kg (35.0 lbs), size Medium

*Note: Complete bikes and frameset weights include protectors, chainguide, seat collar, and axle: 94.5 g (0.2 lbs)




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

  • Altitude Carbon 99: $13,499 CAD / $9,999 USD
  • Altitude Carbon 90 Rally Edition: $11,499 CAD / $9,099 USD
  • Altitude Carbon 70 coil: $8,999 CAD / $6,999 USD
  • Altitude Carbon 70: $8,599 CAD / $6,999 USD
  • Altitude Carbon 50: $6,799 CAD / $5,499 USD
  • Altitude Carbon Frameset: $4,499 CAD / $3,699
  • Altitude Alloy 70: $6,699 CAD / $5,249 USD
  • Altitude Alloy 50: $5,499 CAD / $4,299 USD
  • Altitude Alloy 30: $4,299 CAD / $3,499 USD

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+2 Pete Roggeman AJ Barlas

Ability to run long rear centre. I like that.



The New Pornographers + Bike vid = Happy Place. 

Some of that cable cam (drone?) footage was siiiiiick.


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