Rocky Mountain – Introducing the 2015 Thunderbolt MSL


Lightning Strikes Twice

We [Rocky Mountain] have been developing high performance bikes in Vancouver, British Columbia since 1981. Our
Development Centre is located at the foot of the North Shore mountains, home to some of the
world’s most rugged and diverse riding terrain.

These mountains are where our engineers design, prototype, and test our bikes. It’s not
uncommon to see team riders like Wade Simmons and Thomas Vanderham out on the trails
with our product team, notepads crammed into jersey pockets and data acquisition equipment
mounted to their bikes.

From getting our hands dirty at local trail building days, to rugged backcountry adventures, to
the global stage of World Cup racing, we live and breathe mountain biking. As riders ourselves
we obsess over material quality, frame geometry, and suspension optimization to deliver the
legendary ride quality we’re famous for.


Named after its lightning quick agility, the 2015 Thunderbolt MSL dominates on a variety of
terrain. Equally at home on long, technical climbs as it is flowy singletrack descents, it’ll have
you powering through the rough stuff and popping off every trail feature you lay eyes on.

The all-new SMOOTHWALL™ carbon frame on Thunderbolt MSL models represents a major
milestone for Rocky Mountain: by using our new PIPELOCK™ main pivot we have removed
all traditional bearings from the frame. This combined with grease ports in key pivot locations
results in a stiffer, lighter, and lower-maintenance bike.


We designed the Thunderbolt MSL for our own special blend of XC and trail riders—people who
hammer at the pointy end of the pack, but stay aggressive and stylish when terrain gets rougher.
Marathon racing? Sure. Triple up those whoops? Why not! BC Bike Race? Of course! Smash every
corner? Be rude not to.



We gave the Thunderbolt MSL 120mm of SMOOTHLINK™ suspension travel to provide a perfect
blend of XC efficiency and trail capability.

In order to achieve the agility and responsiveness we were looking for with this bike we chose
27.5” wheels and engineered short, 422mm chainstays. We increased control by lengthening the
toptube and reined in the stem length, and were able to significantly reduce standover height by
tucking the shock into the toptube.

Finally, we added our RIDE-9™ system into the mix, providing a wide range of adjustment—from
slack and progressive to steep and efficient—to allow riders to dial the Thunderbolt MSL in for their
preferred riding style and terrain.





2015 Thunderbolt MSL BC Edition

We’re a selfish bunch, so we couldn’t resist producing a Thunderbolt MSL BC Edition. With
its lively, bottomless-feeling SMOOTHLINK™ suspension curve, adjustable RIDE-9™ system,
and class-leading stiffness it was the perfect candidate for some additional brawn. Set up
the way we set our own bikes up—wide bars, short stem, big tires, stiff wheels, and premium
suspension—, the BC Edition translates the Thunderbolt’s agility into true trail bike playfulness
and aggression.





We're stoked to see more young women ripping and 17-year-old, Elena Melton does just that. Follow her on some trails near her home in Scotland. Already Scotti...

1 week ago

We're not going to lie, this gave us goosebumps. If you've ever raced you can understand how she feels and at first we thought she wasn't going to make it, but...

1 week ago

Gee Milner was on hand to capture all the action from the British Downhill National Championships in Llangollen, North Wales - and there was a whole load of ov...

2 weeks ago

If you haven't seen it yet, stop what you're doing and watch it now! This may be the single best video segment in the World. Brandon Semenuk is flawless and t...

1 week ago

Anthony Rocci and Eliott Lapotre teamed up with filmmaker, Thibault Menu for the 2015 Chatel Bike Festival and the team walked away with a prize for showing of...

6 days ago
Mountain Bike Magazine Online and Free

IMB is a free international online mountain bike magazine that focuses on all aspects of mountain bike. It is published every 2 months and is completely free to read. This free online mountain bike magazine is the most successful online mountain bike magazine of its kind. With readers in over 150 countries round the world it is the only mountain bike magazine to achieve a true global status.

Each free issue of IMB comes packed full of articles about the sport of mountain bike. Regular features include our very popular video technique section with moves for beginners intermediates and experts alike. Add to that a mix of mountain bike news, travel and interviews from around the globe and you have everything you will ever need to keep you up to date with mountain bike.

IMB is the world's number one online mountain bike magazine. IMB is FREE to read and published 6 times a year by Next Element Ltd.

Total Page Flicks 118,113,210