Shorter stem (70mm), Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25" tyres.
Great XC race bike in every regard.
Light, but not at all skittish.
Very reliable component spec.
Stock tyres are very fragile.
Rocky Mountain are best known in Australia for their gravity-oriented bikes – it’s pretty hard to shake the awesome legacy of their pioneering role in the freeride world – but Flow thinks this Canadian brand makes a mighty fine cross country race weapon too. We tested the Rocky Mountain Vertex 990 RSL carbon 29er hardtail at the Cape-to-Cape MTB four-day stage race in Western Australia and came away stoked. As an off-the-shelf race machine, this sleek number leaves you wanting for nothing. [private]