2023 Rocky Mountain

Element A10 Shimano

A 27.5″ / 29″ aluminum frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components.

Manufacturer Price

$1,889$2,699
Weight34.4 lbs  
FrameAluminum
SuspensionFull, 120 / 130mm
ForkRockShox Judy Silver TK
ShockRockShox Deluxe Select
Wheels27.5″ / 29″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 11
GroupsetDeore, SRAM
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper
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Ride Feel

Based on frame geometry and build specs.

Terrain
easyextreme
Handling
nimblestable
Element A10 Shimano
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Gearing

A bike with lower gearing will be easier to ride up steep hills, while a higher top end means it will pedal faster down hills.

Lowest gear

(climbing)

25 mph

Element A10 Shimano

26 mph

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Highest gear

(descending)

Spec Level

Based on build material and quality level of the frame, fork, wheelset, groupset, suspension system, and more.

Sizing
XS

4'8" – 5'3"

SM

5'1" – 5'7"

MD

5'5" – 5'10"

LG

5'8" – 6'3"

XL

6'1" – 6'6"

Rider Fit Notes
  • 6'0", size L, Just right
Price History
Reviews
Mountain Bike Action
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELEMENT REVIEW - A PRECISELY SWEET CROSS-COUNTRY BIKE - Mountain Bike Action Magazine

Feb 2023 · Ron Koch

The Element is in its element on technical trails, and that’s not something we can say about any old cross-country bike.

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BIKEPACKING.com
2022 Rocky Mountain Element Review: Up, Down & Backcountry

Jun 2022 · Logan Watts

The 2022 Rocky Mountain Element got a radical redesign. Here's our review after taking it bikepacking and out on a lot of backcountry trails.

Highs
  • Well-engineered Ride-4 flip chip offers perceptible shifts to dial in the geometry (and fit) to your liking

  • Massive frame triangle space is great for a big frame bag or two bottles and doesn’t sacrifice dropper post space

  • The bike handles and descends well beyond its XC category

  • XT build isn’t overly expensive (compared to other bikes in this class)

  • Ridiculously lightweight for a bike of this caliber

  • Rides really well when loaded with a minimal bikepacking kit

Lows
  • The Element is kind of a clumsy climber, even when Ride-4 chip is in the neutral position, but it gets better in the steep position

  • It also doesn’t feel as fast as one would expect on rolling terrain or while climbing

  • Build kit has a few poorly picked components, including one-piston brakes, a handlebar that’s too narrow, and an odd front tire

  • Press Fit bottom bracket began creaking after a couple hundred miles of use; it came and went depending on temperature

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NSMB
2022 Rocky Mountain Element Carbon 70

May 2022

Mike Ferrentino's First Impressions Of Rocky's Monument To "The Slackening"

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BikeRadar
Rocky Mountain Element C70 29 first ride review

Apr 2022 · Luke Marshall

The Element C70 has plenty ‘under the hood’, both up and down. Grippier tyres would make it an even better descender

Highs
  • Low weight gives an efficient feel

  • Suspension and geometry make it very capable for its travel

Lows
  • Expensive

  • Front end feels harsh compared to the rear

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Pinkbike
Field Test: 2022 Rocky Mountain Element - Radical Geometry Meets Low Weight

Dec 2021 · Henry Quinney

The new Element is drastically different in the geometry department than its predecessor. What did those changes mean out on the trail?

Highs
  • Dialled geometry

  • Very capable descender

  • Comfortable and light

  • Versatile

Lows
  • Not the best on flatter trails

  • Downhill performance may leave riders wanting bigger brakes and wider rims.

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Beta
Rocky Mountain Introduces the New Element

Sep 2021 · Simon Stewart

The new Rocky Mountain Element is no longer a BC-ready XC bike, it's an XC-ready BC bike, meant for all sizes and all budgets.

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Bikerumor
The 2022 Rocky Mountain Element MTB embodies modern XC

Sep 2021 · Steve Fisher

Rocky Mountain Bikes' 2022 Element is a lean machine with modern XC geometry and plenty of on-frame storage.

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Geometry
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Specs
Build
Frame

FORM™ Alloy | Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings | Press Fit BB | Internal Cable Routing | RIDE-4™ Adjustable Geometry | 120mm Travel. FORM™ Alloy Rear Triangle

BB StandardBB86/BB92, Press Fit

ColorBlack / Grey

Fork

RockShox Judy Silver 130mm | 27.5 = 42mm Offset | 29 = 51mm Offset

Travel130mm

Shock

RockShox Deluxe Select | Sealed Bearing Eyelet | 20x8mm F Hardware | All Sizes = 190x45mm |Size-Specific tune in FAQ

Travel120mm

Bottom Bracket

Rocky Mountain Sealed BB92 - Shimano Compatible

Headset

FSA Orbit NO.57B | Retainer Bearings | 30.2mm x 41mm x 7.1mm Upper | 40mm x 51.8mm x 7.5mm Lower | 1.5" Crown Race

Stem

Rocky Mountain 31.8 XC | 5° Rise | All Sizes = 50m

Handlebar

Rocky Mountain AM | XS = 760mm | SM - XL = 780mm Width | 25mm Rise | 9° Backsweep | 5° Upsweep | 31.8 Clamp

Saddle

WTB Volt 142

Seatpost

Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop Composite 30.9mm | XS - SM = 125mm | MD = 150mm | LG - XL = 170mm

TypeDropper

Grips

Rocky Mountain Lock On Light

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore 11spd

Crank

Rocky Mountain Microdrive | 32T |SRAM 76mm BCD | 24mm Spindle | Crank Length: XS = 165mm | SM - XL = 170mm

Shifters

Shimano Deore 11spd

Cassette

SunRace CSMS8 EA1 11-51T

Chain

KMC X11-1

Brakes

Tektro HD-M275 | Shimano Pad Compatible | F:Tektro 180mm | R:Tektro 180mm

TypeHydraulic Disc

Wheels
Rims

Rocky Mountain TR25 Tubeless | 32H | Tubeless Compatible - Tape / Valves / Sealant Not Incl

Spokes

2.0 Stainless

Front Hub

Rocky Mountain Sealed Boost 15mm

Rear Hub

Novatec D462 Sealed Boost 148mm

Tires

F: WTB Trail Boss Comp 29 x 2.4 // R: WTB Trail Boss Comp 29 x 2.4

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