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"Lightning fast, the Thunderbolt is our vision of a perfect XC trail bike. With short, playful chain stays and a wide range of adjustments, it?s at home on technical climbs, powering through the rough stuff, and popping off every trail feature you lay eyes on.

NEW FOR 2016: the ultra-stiff alloy frame now features our RIDE-9 adjustment system." - ROCKY WEBSITE.
  • FORK: Manitou Marvel Pro. 120mm. TPC Absolute+ Damper / Compression / Lockout / Rebound / Tapered Steerer
  • SHOCK: Fox Float DPS Remote Custom Valved. SmoothLink Design 120mm. Rebound / Remote Firm - Medium - Open Settings
  • FRAME: Smoothwall Carbon Front Triangle. FORM 7005 Series Custom Formed Rear Triangle. BC2 Pivots & Grease Ports. Pipelock Main Pivot. Press Fit BB. RIDE-9 Adjustable Geometry & Suspension Rate. Di2 Ready.
  • BRAKES: Shimano M506 Hydraulic Disc 180mm
  • DRIVETRAIN: Shimano SLX / XT / Deore 2 x 10
  • TYRES: Maxxis Folding F: Ardent 27.5\" x 2.25\" R: Ardent Race 27.5\" x 2.2\"



    • BC2™ pivots


      Lighter and stiffer than conventional bearing pivots, BC2™ pivots are the next generation of our ABC system. Unlike other bushings, our patented system controls the contact of the bushing surfaces, reducing stiction and binding. BC2™ pivots feature grease ports for effortless maintenance.

    • Pipelock™ collet


      Pipelock™ collets expand radially and lock into the frame, creating the widest and most rigid pivot stance possible. Using Pipelock collets allows us to lower our front triangle pivot-weights while maximizing lateral stiffness.

    • FORM™ alloy


      FORM™ tubesets utilize premium materials to meet our strict requirements. Each FORM™ tube that we create is engineered for its specific purpose within the frame, ensuring optimized strength, weight, and ride quality.

    • ABC™ pivots


      ABC pivots are light and stiff. Unlike other bushings, our patented system controls the contact of the bushing surfaces, reducing stiction and binding. Their angled bushing surfaces increase their relative contact area, optimizing them for compact locations like chainstay pivots.

    • 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. Suspension and geometry setup are complex art forms with huge variations in rider style, preference, terrain, and ability. We do recommend the use of professional services, but we also believe that learning to dial in your own bike is the best way to fully understand its performance. Adjust your RIDE-9™ position for geometry before considering suspension e ects, or variables like air pressure and shock compression. Make gradual, incremental changes, take notes, and be methodical. Don’t adjust in a hurry before a big ride. Take your time and enjoy the process.  RIDE-9™ Setup Guides   XC Element   Trail Instinct Pipeline Altitude

    • Smoothlink™ suspension is efficient yet supple when you’re on the pedals and across a wide range of gears. It features a controlled end-stroke and a rate-curve that feels more capable than the travel would suggest. This four-bar suspension design philosophy is centred on ride characteristics; each bike platform we develop balances variables like anti-squat, axle path, chain growth, rate curve, anti-rise, etc. to achieve the legendary Rocky Mountain ride feel.

    • RTC™ Design


      Every riding style demands a different set of design principles. Whether we’re creating an XC-race weapon or an all mountain adventure machine, Ride Tuned Concept (RTC™) ensures that key variables like wheel size, suspension travel, and geometry work together to optimize ride quality.

    • Smoothwall™ carbon


      Smoothwall™ carbon uses one of the world’s most sophisticated carbon processes to deliver industry leading stiffness-to-weight, ride quality, and durability. We eliminate excess resin and fibers by using rigid internal molds instead of traditional air bladders. We then utilize different types of carbon in specific frame areas to maximize stiffness and impact resistance while minimizing overall weight.