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Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay

Many brands claim that their E-MTB has the same ride sensation as a conventional mountain bike, but we’ve yet to find one with as much truth behind their words as Rocky Mountain. This cult brand from Vancouver have launched a unique concept with their Altitude Powerplay, which has proven to be a cut above the rest of the well-known crop. At the heart of this bike is the brand’s own motor, which allowed the Canadian team to retain the same geometry as the non-motorised Altitude. The slim downtube of this sleek carbon frame houses a fixed 632 Wh battery and space for a bottle cage mount. The powerful motor has pulleys that rattle (which takes some getting used to), but you’ll be oblivious to it when you drop in to the first trail. The Altitude Powerplay demonstrates a level of off-road handling that we’ve not encountered on an E-MTB thus far; in terms of agility, it’s no understatement to say that this Rocky has set a new benchmark.

Weight: 22.01 kg | Price: € 10,000

About the Award

The Design & Innovation Award is both a seal of approval and the benchmark achievement for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. The Design & Innovation Award is more than just a title-giver or a round of applause for brands. It’s the definitive award that decisively tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching considered verdicts. This year once again saw select international journalists, professional test riders, and industry experts invest more than 6,000 hours of their time to partake in the DI.A process.