2015 Interbike Outdoor Demo Day 1 – Pedal powered ONLY

During Day 1 at Outdoor demo, we noticed lots of ebikes buzzing up and down the roads.  Although folks looked like they were having fun, we remained true to the human power on a few very fun bikes.

2016 Rocky Mountain Instinct 990 MSL – 29″, 140 front , 130 rear

This is a bike that continues to be one of my favorites with some nice component changes this year with the fantastic new Shimano XT.  I also love the Ride 9 adjustable geometry!  This bike pedals extremely well and descends with great confidence.  This was my favorite bike of the day.

Rocky Mountain Instinct 990 MSL Rocky Mountain Instinct 990 MSL Rocky Mountain Instinct 990 MSL

The new Shimano XT is super sweet and I believe felt more precise than the XO1 and XX1 drivetrain’s.

New Santa Cruz 5010 – 27.5″, 140 front, 130 rear

I really liked this bike as well.  The new 5010 has the awesome new Fox Evol rear shock, and great geometry tweaks – mainly shorter seat stays, slacker head tube angle and a longer top tube.  I wish there was a 29″ wheeled version of this bike, but this one sure is fun!

Santa Cruz 5010Santa Cruz 5010

Transition Smuggler – 29″, 130 front, 115 rear

This bike really felt like it had more than 115mm of rear travel.  The short chain stays and Fox’s stealer new 34 help make this bike a great all around than loves to play on a wide range of terrain.  The bike pealed extremely well while remaining very active in the rough.  Wished there was a carbon version of this!

Transition Smuggler Transition Smuggler


Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt – 27.5″ 130 front, 120 rear

Although the component spec wasn’t nearly as nice on this bike as the Santa Cruz 5010, I still felt that the Thunderbolt rode very similar pedaling really well yet having enough active travel to inspire confidence when things got rough.

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