Rocky Mountain E-Bike Overview: 2020 Range

December 17, 2019

Rocky Mountain E-Bike Overview: 2020 Range

The name Rocky Mountain is legendary in the sport of mountain biking. By developing their own drive system - the most powerful mid-drive available with 108Nm torque - Rocky Mountain is fully committed to providing an exceptional ride experience. We welcome their 2020 range - an outstanding game-changing selection of nearly a dozen top-quality dual suspension eMTBs. 

About the Rocky Mountain Powerplay E-MTB

The Rocky Mountain Bicycle Co is based in the mountain biking mecca of British Columbia, near Vancouver's North Shore, and it is a legendary brand in mountain biking circles, particularly for pioneering what is now known as 'freeriding'. In their 35-year history they have always pushed the boundaries.

Rocky Mountain have taken the same pioneering approach with their electric bike range. They chose to design their ebikes from the ground up. This included developing their own electric drive system, the 'Powerplay' which is powered by Dyname mid-drive motor, so they could retain the ride quality of their highly evolved non-motorized bikes and address some of the downfalls of other motor systems.

The result is the Powerplay systems which is incredibly powerful and very responsive particularly when climbing (see the 'Climbing Ain't Dead' video below!) Their ebikes also come with large 672Wh capacity batteries and the entire electric drive system is designed to be easy to service. Being able to retain the geometry and handling of the Rocky Mountain mountain bike platform, the 'Powerplay' electric mountain bike range allows riders to do things that they have only previously dreamed of.  Freeride definitely ain't dead with these machines!

Powerplay: Dyname 3.0 mid-drive motor – Fast facts 

The Powerplay system is powered by the Dyname 3.0 mid-drive motor and offers the largest production singly battery available at 672Wh. This creates a system which offers the most powerful legal mid-drive system available on an e-mountain bike in Australia this year, with the longest single-battery range. Rocky Mountain went one step further too and ensured the charge unit is quick so you can get back out there. Here are the headline specs:

  • Rated power 250W up to max/peak power: 1200W
  • Torque: 108Nm 
  • Voltage: 48V
  • Battery: 672Wh 
  • Charge time: 80% in 2 hours
  • System weight: 3.7kg

Rocky Mountain Powerplay Dyname 3.0 Drive SytsemFind out more about the Powerplay drive system here. 

Rocky Mountain Powerplay e-Bikes: Instinct and Altitude

Rocky Mountain ebikes are all dual suspension and focus at the premium end of the market. For 2020 they have expanded their range into nearly a dozen ebikes. There are two distinct series though, depending on the type of riding you plan to do.  

  1. The Powerplay ‘Instinct’ e-bike – for all-day trail riding and touring, 29” wheels and 140mm travel
  2. The Powerplay ‘Altitude’ e-bike – for aggressive trail, 27.5” wheels and 160mm travel

There is also a special ‘Instinct BC Edition’ which is a cross-over model – 29” wheels and 160mm travel. The video below provides a good explanation of the differences and capabilities of the Powerplay Instinct and Powerplay Altitude models.

For each series there are a number of options driven by frame material and what grade of forks, gearing and braking you want.

Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay e-bikes: Model Comparison 

Rocky Mountaim Instinct Powerplay BC EditionFor all-day trail riding. There are six (6) Instinct Powerplay models available ranging from $7,499 to the top-of-the-range Carbon 70 eMTB at $11,499. These are fast, fun, confidence-inspiring ebikes. So much so find out why Nick thinks these are the best eMTBs to come to Australia so far

A comparison of each Powerplay Instinct model is provided below:

Instinct 29” Model

Frame

Forks

Travel

Gearing

Brakes

Price

A30

Alloy

RockShox 35 Gold RL

140mm

Shimano Deore

Shimano MT420

$7,499

A50

Alloy

RockShox Pike Select RC

140mm

Sram GX Eagle

Shimano MT520

$8,299

A70

Alloy

RockShox Pike Select RC

140mm

Shimano XT

Shimano XT

$9,299

C50

Carbon

RockShox Pike Select RC

140mm

Shimano SLX

Shimano MT520

$9,949

A70 BC Edition

Alloy

Fox 36 E-MTB Float EVOL

160mm

Shimano XT

Shimano XT Trail

$9,999

C70

Carbon

Fox 36 E-MTB Float EVOL FIT4

140mm

Shimano XT

Shimano XT Trail

$11,499

 

Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay e-bikes: Model Comparison

Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay C90 eMTB Rally Edition

For aggressive trail. There are five (5) Altitude Powerplay models available ranging from $8,499 to the top-of-the-range Carbon 90 Rally Edition at $12,999. A comparison of each model is provided below:

Altitude 27.5” Model

Frame

Forks

Travel

Gearing

Brakes

Price

A50

Alloy

RockShox Yari RC

160mm

Sram NX-1E Eagle

Shimano Guide RE

$8,499

A70

Alloy

RockShox Lyrik Select RC

160mm

Shimano XT

Shimano XT

$9,499

C50

Carbon

RockShox Lyrik Select RC

160mm

Sram NX-1E Eagle

Shimano MT520

$9,899

C70

Carbon

RockShox Lyrik Select+ RC

160mm

Shimano XT

Shimano XT Trail

$11,499

C90 Rally Edition

Carbon

Fox 36 E-MTB Float EVOL GRIP2 Factory

160mm

Shimano XT

Shimano XT Trail

$12,999


Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay electric mountain bike

Rocky Mountain Powerplay eMTB - Demo Day 21/22 March

Try one. We are hosting a demo event to ride one of Brisbane's best known downhill trails, Kombi, at Ironbark Gully on 21 and 22 March. Registrations essential. More info in the button below.

Register Here

Hire-To-Try-Before-You-Buy

Thinking of getting one and want to try one on your home trails? We offer the option to hire for the day (or the weekend) to give you a chance to put it through its paces. See E-Mountain Bike Hire and choose which model you want to try out. 

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