Input on Rocky Mountain Bikes
Im sorry for posting a lot lately, however would like more input than I got before. I can get a good deal on a Rocky Mountain Edge Frame. It is all an all mountain frame (4 inches of rear), and the frame retails for 1500 according to a LBS. I can get the frame very cheap, but before I buy it, I was wondering what RM owners think of the suspension. The mechanic at the LBS claimed that the 3D Link design doesnt bob at all and climbs amazingly. However, a few reviews on MTBR claim the suspension reacts with the pedal strokes greatly, something I would like to avoid. I know when people write reviews, each person has differnt specs such as weight and so on, but being able to pedal efficiently is pretty important to me. I am about 120 lbs. The bike will be used for XC and Aggresive XC. Another thing is, is 6lbs for this frame heavy for what this bike was meant for? It seems a little much, as I was trying to build a relativley light bike. But any input would be wonderful.
I have 0 experiance with full suspension bikes, but I do own a Rocky. It's a great bike, very well built with an excellent coat of paint. Rocky claims their hand built process makes a better bike than the 'machine welded in countries that pay people $1 a day' approach. Perhaps true, perhaps not, either way I like supporting companies that pay people real wages to do a quality job.
If you want a light XC I'd probably stick with the more XC oriented RM 3D Link frames, rather than the All Mountain. At 120 lbs I think you would have to do some serious drops to break one.
If your LBS has the Rocky Mountain marketing CD ask if you can have one, it may help you to determine if the extra $ for the Rocky is worth it.
I can't comment on the suspension (I have heard good things) but rm is a seriously overpriced company. They don't offer enough for their product pricing. RM is the canondale of canada...(but better bike imo)