The freshly updated Rocky Mountain Altitude caught our attention with its impressive price tag and impressive components. This aggressive trail bike has excellent uphill skills while providing a balanced and predictable downhill ride. This practical rig is comfortable and downright fun on a remarkably wide range of terrain. While the geometry and travel numbers appear to whisper "enduro," we found this 150mm travel rig is disturbed by super rough terrain. For the vast majority of trail-riding, it is difficult to fault this versatile bike, and the solid price point only contributes to our high opinion of the Altitude. The Altitude Alloy 50 produces a superb blend of performance and value with a Shimano XT drivetrain, SLX brakes and a Fox Transfer dropper post at a $3,399 price tag.
Riders looking for a well-rounded bike that climbs like a dream and is ready to rip from day one will be thrilled with the Altitude. The 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson can't compete with the Altitude's climbing abilities but has a higher threshold for attacking burly terrain. The Canyon Spectral is a better value starting at $2,399 and offers aggressive performance and sharp handling. For a more zippy and fun ride, we would reach for the nimble and playful 2018 Ibis Ripley LS X01 Eagle. A big step up in price at $6,999.