I decided to pick up mountain biking last summer. I needed to buy a bike but I had some specific requirements that had to be met. First of all, I was on a budget, I wanted something well made, and it had to last. I wanted to ride XC so it had to rally XC. After a lot of research (and a lot of bugging my friends who ride) I landed on the Rocky Mountain Vertex 10. With my budget I could get a lower-end full suspension or a nicer hardtail. I went the hardtail route.
Rocky Mountain Vertex 10 Features
- FORM 7005 aluminum
- ST3 geometry
- Marzocchi 33 LO fork, 100mm travel w/ lock out
- Shimano XT rear derailleur
- Shimano Deore Rapid Fire 9 speed shifters
- Shimano Deore front derailleur
- Shimano FC-M442 crankset w/ Octalink bottom bracket
- Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
- RMB alloy stem
- RMB xc alloy handlebar
- Shimano 505 clipless pedals
- Shimano cassette
- WTB Speed disc XC rims
- Shimano M475 front hub
- WTB ExiWolf tires
- MSRP: $1,500
Rocky Mountain Vertex 10 Review
First things first, I made a couple of changes as soon as I received the bike. I swapped out the Shimano hydraulic brakes for the Avid BB7 mechanical brakes and I swapped the Shimano pedals for some Crank Brothers Candy pedals. Everything else I left as stock.
Rocky Mountain makes a solid bike. The Vertex falls within Rocky Mountain’s “Cross Country” line of bikes. It does fall at the lower end of the Vertex line, however, upon component comparison upgrading to the Vertex 30 wasn’t worth the money in my eyes. The different components on the bike weren’t really worth the price difference in my mind. I don’t really watch weight and middle of the road or slightly better components work for me. I like stuff that works well but isn’t finicky and that’s exactly what I got with the Vertex 10.
The frame is burly, the components decent, and everything has held up so far after two seasons worth of use. I plan getting at least another season in before anything outside of brake pads and tires will even need to be considered for replacement.
The Marzoochi fork gives about 4″ of travel and can fully lock out. Locking out the fork is crucial for climbing and for any smooth riding that needs to be done.
The Shimano XT rear derailleur and Deore front derailleur and shifters fall right in line with how Shimano components perform. After a season worth of use I did need to adjust the rear derailleur but performance has remained consistent.
The bike rides very well, it’s super smooth, can definitely hold its own on the ups and downs. The Vertex 10 is meant to ride fast and you can definitely push it fast. So far I’ve been able to hold my own on XC trails riding with guys on full-suspension bikes.
I have done a comparison of the ’09 to the ’10 model and things really didn’t change all that much. There are some different component combinations but everything is equal.
- Solid build
- Fast Bike
- Pure XC Goodness
- Of course being hardtail the super rough stuff can get tiring on the back & butt
- Could be considered a little heavy (if you’re a weight-nut)
Rocky Mountain makes solid bikes and Vertex 10 is no exception. If you are looking for a XC machine and want a hardtail, you can’t go wrong with the Vertex 10.
Buy Now: Pick up the Rocky Mountain Vertex 10