Rocky Mountain reveals exclusive Instinct Carbon 99

Rocky Mountain has created a collectible Instinct, with its limited-edition Carbon 99
Rocky Mountain has added something special to its enduro 29er bike portfolio (Image credit: Rocky Mountain Bikes)

Rocky Mountain has developed a (very) expensive and (exceedingly) rare new mountain bike.

It is called the Instinct Carbon 99 and Rocky Mountain’s product managers were given liberty to go apply an unconstrained component specification to the brand’s 29er enduro bike.  

Using the premium Instinct 99 frameset as a departure point, Rocky Mountain developed a unique dominant green paint finish, with violet elements, for this Instinct Carbon 99.

The graphic design is also uncharacteristically restrained, without bold logos on the down tube or any other outrageous brand recognition elements, beyond the traditional headtube badge.

All these Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 99s feature fantasy specification build kits. Suspension components tally a RockShox Pike Ultimate RC2 150mm suspension fork, balanced by a Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT shock at the rear, providing 140mm of travel. Gearing features the best of Sram, with an AXS XX1 Eagle wireless drivetrain.

Managing the significant descending momentum this Instinct Carbon 99 is capable of, are Sram G2 Ultimate brakes, actuating 180mm rotors both front and rear.

Rocky Mountain has gone premium with the wheelset too, equipping its new limited-edition Instinct with a set of Race Face Next R31 carbon rims. Tyres are true to purpose, with the Instinct Carbon 99 rolling a Maxxis Minion DHF up front and DHR 2 at the rear.

The Instinct Carbon 99’s handlebar is a wide reach Race Face composite component and seating is providing by Rockshox’s Reverb AXS wireless dropper post.

Awash in premium componentry the Instinct Carbon 99 has a gloriously uncluttered appearance, devoid of unnecessary cabling. It is credibly light too, at 12.9kg, considering the long-travel design.

If you seek a Canadian limited-edition 29er enduro bike, with a stellar build, the limited-edition Instinct Carbon 99 is faultlessly configured. It will also have unrivalled trailside posing appeal, due to its exclusivity.

Rocky Mountain is only producing 20 of these Instinct Carbon 99 limited-edition mountain bikes, with each one priced at $9999.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.