Flow’s First Bite: Rocky Mountain Vertex 990 RSL

Words by Flow | Images by Flowtographer

The Vertex 990 RSL is the penultimate machine in the very comprehensive Vertex carbon 29er hardtail lineup from Canadian manufacturer, Rocky Mountain. It was also one of the bikes that the Flow team opted to take over to the four-day Cape to Cape MTB stage race in Western Australia recently.

The high modulus FORM carbon frame is bedecked in a full SRAM X0 groupset. with a Rockshox SID 100mm fork handling the suspension duties and the whole shebang rolling on DT Swiss wheels. Cast an eye over the spec sheet and you’ll soon see that it’s every inch the race bike

Rocky claim that the Vertex frame redefines what to expect from a racing 29er hardtail, with a shorter wheel base and shorter chain stays to better shred technical trails. The bottom bracket height is also higher than some of the competition, an attribute that Rocky claim aids manoeuvrability by allowing the rear wheel to be tucked in closer.

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