Rocky Mountain Instinct 950 MSL - 2014

Follow your go-fast, trail-shredding instinct with Rocky Mountain's Instinct 950 MSL. With a carbon/aluminum frame built around Rocky's Ride-9 adjustable geometry, the Instinct is versatile and tunable to your riding style. Take the hard li ...(Read More)

Rocky Mountain Instinct 950 MSL
$3,399.99 - $3,999.99
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Follow your go-fast, trail-shredding instinct with Rocky Mountain's Instinct 950 MSL. With a carbon/aluminum frame built around Rocky's Ride-9 adjustable geometry, the Instinct is versatile and tunable to your riding style. Take the hard line, you've got 130mm of SmoothLink suspension and a Fox 32 Float fork backing you up. A wide-range SRAM 2x10 drivetrain bolsters your climbing legs and a wide Race Face bar/stem combo gives you control when gravity takes over. With the stout Sun wheels, meaty Continental tires, and big 180mm Avid discs keeping you in check, this Instinct will let you follow your instinct.

Rocky Mountain's Smoothwall Carbon construction creates a frame that is just as perfect on the inside as the outside. Rocky Mountain uses an inner mold to reduce excess resin, fibers and filler to create a super high fiber-to resin ratio. The result is an incredibly lightweight, stiff and responsive ride with incredible strength.
Rocky Mountain's FORM tubing pushes the limits of tube and frame design to create their unique riding feel. Every detail of the FORM frame-tube design has a purpose, from the outer shape and profile, to the wall thickness, tapers, flares and bends. This attention to detail, paired with premium materials and manufacturing processes, allows Rocky Mountain to push the boundaries of bicycle design.

Rocky Mountain's Smoothlink suspension places the rear chainstay pivot above the rear axle, keeping the chain torque line parallel to the linkage. The benefit? The rear suspension is always active, bob-free, and delivers a wonderful bottomless feel, no matter what gear you're in.  

Rocky Mountain's Ride-9 system enables you to customize the geometry and rear suspension rate with two interlocking inserts that allow for nine different positions.

By moving the shock forward, the geometry slackens and the suspension rate becomes more progressive, giving a nice ramp up for bottomless-feeling travel (image above, dotted line). It’s ideal for aggressive downhill riding. When you move the shock backwards, the geometry becomes quicker and the suspension more supple (blue line), which is great for ripping around technical singletrack and increasing climbing traction.

When you move the shock upwards (solid black) it allows lighter riders to run shocks at higher pressures, and moving the shock downwards (red line) allows a heavier rider to run lower shock pressures. So no matter what you weigh, this allows you to run the rear shock in the sweet spot with correct sag for smooth, consistent suspension.

Rocky Mountain's Angular Bushing Concept (ABC) pivots consist of an angular contact bushing (yellow) which rotates on a tapered alloy pivot. Carefully controlled tolerances eliminate binding on the pivot for smooth suspension movement. And, they are extra light and increase rear end stiffness by eliminating play.

Specs

Frame Hi Mod Smoothwall carbon front triangle, FORM aluminum rear
Fork Fox Float 32 CTD, 130mm-travel
Rear Shock Fox Float CTD custom valved, 130mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Sun Ringle Inferno
Hubs SRAM X7
Tires Continental Mountain King, 29 x 2.2
Crankset Race Face Evolve
Chainrings 36/22
Front Derailleur SRAM X7
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 Type 2
Rear Cogs SRAM PG1030, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters SRAM X7
Handlebars Race Face Evolve
Tape/Grips Rocky Mountain Lock-on XC
Stem Race Face
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 7
Brakes Avid Elixir 7, 7-inch rotors
Saddle Rocky Mountain XC Light
Seatpost Race Face

Videos

Alpine Mountain Bike Adventure: Instinct in the Monashees

FOX CTD Suspension System Introduction

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
Small 770416161915 CRS446151
Medium 770416161946 CRS446171 747
Large 770416161977 CRS446181 751
X-Large 770416162004 CRS446201
XX-Large 770416162035 CRS446211