Taking trail to new heights. Often imitated but never surpassed, the all-new Altitude pushes the envelope of what a modern trail bike is capable of.
For 2018 we've designed an all-new frame to increase stiffness, improve pedaling efficiency and small-bump sensitivity, and include a host of next-generation features. Now available in both carbon and alloy models, the Altitude allows for a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments to tackle any terrain—from technical BC loam, to clapped out EWS tracks, flowy New Zealand jumps, and Moab slickrock singletrack.
"The Altitude has always been my go-to, do-everything bike, from technical climbs here on the North Shore to burly descents in the Italian Alps. This new one improves everything I love about the bike—it’s smoother, stiffer, lower, slacker, quieter, and nails all the little details. Just like this old freerider, the Altitude gets better with age!” — Wade Simmons
Improved suspension performance
We’ve increased overall progression and support at sag, while making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedaling efficiency.
Next generation features
Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, single-sided bearing pivots, integrated “spirit guide” chainguide, boost spacing, and metric shock compatibility.
Our Ride-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging.
To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve retained short chainstays to keep the bike agile, and used a moderately steep seattube for efficient climbing performance.
Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
27.5” Wide Trail and 26+ compatible
Bearings at all pivots, including at lower shock mount (compatible with aftermarket shocks as well)
Blind pivots maximize heel clearance
Lighter, tooled rear axle
Improved cable management: large headtube ports, full shift housing, large downtube access port, and internal shift and brake housing within the front triangle
Future-proofed to be compatible with Di2, Fox Live, and a dropper post simultaneously
Seat-tube lengths have been adjusted to accommodate longer dropper posts at maximum insertion.
Chainstay and downtube protectors. *Due to production delays, the initial shipment of 2018 Altitudes will not include downtube protectors. They will be shipped to shops as soon as they’re ready.
Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
Lower standover height
Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seatstay, new envelope, and updated layup (25% more lateral stiffness)
Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
All sizes fit a water bottle in front triangle, even with a reservoir shock
Frame & shock: 5.45lb (2470g), size Medium
Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)
Altitude Carbon 90 & Carbon 70 complete: 28.4lb (12.88kg), size Medium
Intended Use: Aggressive Trail
Wheel Size: 27.5 Wide Trail
Front Travel: 160mm
Rear Travel: 150mm
Pricing & Availability
Select models and sizes available from May 15th. Regional availability may vary.
Altitude Carbon 90: $6999 USD, $8699 CAD
Altitude Carbon Frameset: $2749 USD, $3499 CAD
Altitude Carbon 70: $5299 USD, $6499 CAD
Altitude Carbon 50: $4099 USD, $4999 CAD
Altitude Alloy 70: $3999 USD, $4999 CAD
Altitude Alloy 50: $3199 USD, $3999 CAD
Altitude Alloy 30: $2899 USD, $3699 CAD
For all markets outside of North America, please contact the regional Rocky Mountain Distributor.
Rocky Mountain Bicycles Development Centre