27
Mar
2018

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30

3/27/2018 : sicklines
, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30

Rider: Peter Ostroski
Location: Bromont, Quebec
Photo: Andy Vathis

Rocky Mountain has a new 140mm Thunderbolt Trail edition and a 130mm XC-Trail edition called the Thunderbolt. Options include 130mm or 140mm front travel. Details inside from Rocky Mountain.

With the Thunderbolt we’ve designed an all-new carbon frame that pushes the rear travel to 130mm, increases stiffness, lowers the rate curve slightly, and gives the frame a host of next-generation features—but keeps its playful geometry and wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments. The Thunderbolt is at home on technical climbs, powering through rough stuff, and popping off every trail feature you lay eyes on.

, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30

With a long stroke shock that provides 140mm of rear travel, we’ve kitted out the Thunderbolt BC Edition with wide bars, big tires, ultra-stiff wheels, and more capable suspension. With a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments for whatever terrain you want to tackle, its more aggressive nature is perfect for all-day trail adventures.

Pricing & Availability
The Thunderbolt is now available! Please head to your local Rocky Mountain dealer to see the bikes. Regional availability may vary.

Thunderbolt Carbon 90 BC Edition: $7,499 CAD / $5,999 USD

Thunderbolt Carbon BC Edition Frameset: $3,999 CAD / $2,599

Thunderbolt Carbon 70: $6,799 CAD / $5,399 USD

Thunderbolt Carbon 50: $5,449 CAD / $4,499

Thunderbolt Carbon 30: $4,649 CAD / $3,499

The Thunderbolt will be live on our website at 12:01AM Pacific Standard Time on March 27.

http://www.bikes.com/thunderbolt

Thunderbolt Carbon 90 BC Edition

, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30
MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

Travel: 140mm/140mm
Full Smoothwall carbon frame
Longer travel Fox 36 / Float DPS Performance Elite suspension
Wide range SRAM 12spd drivetrain
DT Swiss rear hub
Fox Transfer dropper post

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

All-new frame
Integrated chainguide
Fox 36 / Float DPS Performance Elite suspension
SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain
SRAM Guide RS brakes
Fox Transfer post
Born in BC, this is how we do trail bikes.

With a long stroke shock that provides 140mm of rear travel, we’ve kitted out the Thunderbolt BC Edition with wide bars, big tires, ultra-stiff wheels, and more capable suspension. With a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments for whatever terrain you want to tackle, its more aggressive nature is perfect for all-day trail adventures.

Thunderbolt Carbon BC Edition Frameset

, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30
MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

Full Smoothwall carbon frame
Fox Float DPS Factory suspension
BC Edition 140mm suspension spec.
Shimano Di2 integration
Fox LIVE integration
Boost 148mm dropouts

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

All-new frame
BC Edition 140mm travel
Integrated chainguide

Thunderbolt Carbon 70

, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30

Travel: 130mm / 130mm
Full Smoothwall carbon frame
Fox 34/Float DPS Performance Elite suspension
Wide range SRAM 12spd drivetrain
DT Swiss rear hub
Fox dropper post
IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

All-new frame
Integrated chainguide
SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain
DT Swiss 370 rear hub
Fox Transfer post

 

Thunderbolt Carbon 50

, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30
MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

Travel: 130mm / 130mm
Full Smoothwall carbon frame
Fox 34/Float DPS Performance Elite suspension
Wide range SRAM 12spd drivetrain
DT Swiss rear hub
Fox dropper post
IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

All-new frame
Integrated chainguide
SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain
SRAM Level TL brakes
DT Swiss 370 rear hub
Fox Transfer post

Thunderbolt Carbon 30

, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 140mm BC Edition, 130mm Carbon 70, 50, 30
MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

Travel: 130mm / 130mm
Full Smoothwall carbon frame
Full Rockshox suspension package
SRAM 1×11 drivetrain
Race Face crankset
IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

All-new frame
Carbon rear triangle
Integrated chainguide
Improved suspension performance

We’ve flattened out the rate curve to directly increase the amount of usable travel, while maintaining mid-stroke support and making small-bump performance even more sensitive. Higher anti-squat values dramatically improve pedalling efficiency.

Next generation features

Comprehensive evolutionary updates across the platform include features like tooled axles, single-sided bearing pivots, integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, and metric shock compatibility.

Updated RIDE-9™

Our RIDE-9™ system provides a wide range of geometry and suspension adjustability; it has been moved into the link for lighter, narrower packaging.

Progressive geometry

To add control and descending capability, we’ve increased reach, slackened the headtube angle, and lowered the bottom bracket. We’ve slightly lengthened the chainstays to improve climbing traction and used a moderately steep seat tube for further climbing performance.

Technical Details:

  • Increased anti-squat for better pedaling efficiency
  • Size Specific Tune ensures that riders of all sizes get the appropriate rear shock tune.
  • Our design team creates custom shock tunes base on field testing feedback, and adjust the tune of each shock for specific frame sizes
  • 27.5 Wide Trail and 26+ compatible
  • Max tire clearance is 27.5 x 2.5 and 26 x 2.8 (3.0 with low profile knobs)
  • Bearings at all pivots, including at the lower shock mount (still compatible with aftermarket shocks)
  • Blind pivots maximize rider heel clearance at the chainstay
  • Lighter, tooled rear axle, with an updated axle nut for a more intuitive assembly
  • Improved cable management including large head tube and down tube access ports, full-length shift housing, and internally routed shift housing and brake lines the front triangle housing
  • 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.
  • Integrated “Spirit Guide” chainguide, with 2-bolt ISCG05
  • BC Edition uses a longer stroke shock to yield 140mm of travel
  • 1x optimized design with wider main pivot
  • Lower standover height
  • Significantly stiffer thanks to one-piece seat stays, new envelope, and updated layup.
  • Modern parts compatibility (boost spacing, metric shock lengths, post-mount 180mm brakes, etc.)
  • All sizes fit a water bottle in the front triangle with any reservoir shock currently on the market
  • Sizes: XS-XL

Weight:

– Frame & shock: 5.06lb (2300g), size Medium

– Protectors, chainguide, & axle: 0.57lb (260g)

– Complete frameset: 5.63lb (2560g)

Weight:

– Thunderbolt Carbon 90 BC frameset: 2.56kg (5.63lbs), size Medium

– Thunderbolt Carbon 90 BC: 12.57kg (27.7lbs), size Large

– Thunderbolt Carbon 70: 11.80kg (26.0lbs), size Large

– Thunderbolt Carbon 50: 12.26kg (27.0lbs), size Large

– Thunderbolt Carbon 30: 12.34kg (27.4lbs), size Large


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