Rocky Mountain Bicycles, based at the foot of Vancouver's North Shore mountains, knows all about making trail capable bikes. In fact they've been fully committed to building high performance mountain bikes since 1981. Head over to bikes.com and you will see a strong portfolio of 17 mountain bikes, and a new Adventure option named the Solo.
We recently met up with Kris Gross, West Coast Sales Rep for Rocky Mountain Bicycles, to check out her brand new 2018 custom Rocky Mountain Solo 70.
Two versions of the Solo are currently available, the 70 and 50. Both versions feature responsive aluminum frames, beefy carbon forks and substantial tire clearance. We also were pleased to see Rocky's thoughtful introduction of dropper post routing and plenty of braze-ons for a bike fully capable of multi-day adventures. The dropped driveside stay easily allows clearance for 700 x 40c tires, with the option to also run 650b x 2.2.
The Solo frame also features flat mount disc brakes, three bottle mounts (two in the triangle and one under the downtube), internal cable routing, and rack and fender mounts. Both models get the same carbon 100x15mm thru-axle fork with triple bosses on each leg.
As for the Solo Kris was riding that day, this was something special. Great looking teal accents and a variety of upgraded components gave this bike an inspiring look and feel. For a full build list on this custom gravel bike see below.
This custom Rocky Mountain Solo 70 build
- Frame: Rocky Mountain 6061 SL Alloy
- Fork: Rocky Mountain Carbon Gravel Disc
- Brakes: Sram Force
- Rotors: Sram CLX 160mm
- Speeds: 1x11
- Rear Shifter: Sram Force
- Rear Derailleur: Sram Force
- Crankset: FSA Gossamer Pro 40t EVO 170-172.5-175mm 40
- Bottom Bracket: FSA BB386
- Cassette: Sram XG 1150 10-42
- Chain: KMC X11-1
- Hubs: Chris King
- Spokes: Round - stainless DB 1.8
- Rims: Belgium Plus Disc Brake Clincher 28 hole
- Tires: Maxxis Ravager EXO TR 700x40
- Headset: Chris King turquoise
- Stem: Rocky Mountain AM 7°
- Handlebar: Easton EC70 AX
- Grips / Tape: Lizard Skins (sky blue)
- Seatpost: Ritchey Flex Logic Carbon flex 30.9 post
- Pedals: Shimano XTR
- Water bottle cage: Arundel, matte carbon, side pull (right)
- Bling: Wolf Tooth Components anodized bling
- Tubeless valve stems: Speed Evolution
Given Rocky Mountain’s storied history in mountain biking, it’s not surprising that the Solo will attract the more adventurous rider with its list of features. Pricing is another attractive attribute for this gravel bike, with the higher end Solo 70 at $2,549 USD, and the Solo 50 coming in at just $1,899.
To see a complete list of standard specifications for the Solo and to find your local dealer visit the link below.
Special thanks to Kris for showing us her new gravel bike, and for a great time riding at Daley Ranch that day!