Sea Otter – Rocky Mountain, Fox, Race Face
Plus Size bikes have taken the trails by storm this last year, and Rocky Mountain bikes has made their introduction into the trail plus-size market with the new Pipeline. The Pipeline starts at $4,000 for the 750 MSL and caps out at $4,800 for the 770 MSL.
The Pipeline has 150-millimeters of travel up front and 130 in the rear. The 770 MSL has a full Fox suspension set up while the 750 comes with a RockShox build.
Rocky Mountain is committing to 1x drivetrains by building the frames to be 1x specific. The rear triangle has clearance to take up to a 27.5×3.25 tire depending on rider preference.
The linkage is BC2 pivots that have built in grease ports for easy maintenance and keeping the suspension smooth. Keep an eye out for a future issue of Mountain Bike Action to see more of this bike.
Cross-country junkies have had the new Fox 32 Step Cast fork on their radars for a few weeks now. The SC 32 has an impressive weight starting at just under 3 pounds.
Racers on a budget will be able to get the SC 32 at a new Performance level that uses black ano stanchions.
Race Face redesigned their direct-mount chainrings with a new carbon spider that saves a tiny bit of weight but drastically increases the stiffness of the ring. To go along with the new system was a new set of Next SL G4 cranks that have a new arm design. Instead of a round profile, the arms have a flat edge .
And yes, there are plenty of color options including matching crank boots that also got a slight redesign.