Rocky Mountain Maiden World Cup
Bike Park Beauty
Words by Drew Rohde
Photos by Matt Palmer & Drew Rohde
Rocky Mountain’s Maiden World Cup, the flying grape, as we affectionately call it, is the second Maiden we’ve tested in the last two consecutive years. After a stellar time aboard the 2016 test bike, equipped with BOS suspension, we expected more of the same from our 2017 World Cup model, with a Fox Factory spec being the only real change. Boasting a completely carbon fiber frame, 200mm of four-bar travel and versatile adjustability, the Maiden has all the key ingredients to make it a top-notch descender.
Rocky offers three complete Maiden builds, starting at $4,399 for the Maiden Park and topping out at $6,999 for the World Cup. A World Cup frame is also available for $3,549.
Our World Cup test bike comes spec’d with Shimano Saint drivetrain and brakes with Race Face Atlas cranks and BB. As we mentioned above, our last Maiden came with BOS Suspension and we absolutely loved it. This year our bike had Fox Factory 40 and DHX dampers, front and rear. We preferred the bike with the more compliant BOS squishers but imagine plenty of consumers will be happy with the Fox stuff.
Frame technologies are bountiful in the Rocky Mountain lineup: Smoothwall Carbon, Pipelock Pivots, Press Fit BB107, Ride-4 adjustable geometry and 27.5/26-inch wheel compatibility are just a few found on the Maiden.
Smoothwall carbon uses a sophisticated carbon layup processes that maximizes stiffness-to-weight, ride quality and durability. The process eliminates excess resin and fibers by using rigid internal molds instead of air bladders. Rocky Mountain also uses different types of carbon in specific frame areas to maximize stiffness and impact resistance.
Rocky Mountain’s Pipelock collets expand radially and lock into the frame. If you look at their oversized rocker link, you’ll note that the huge bearings are actually the same size used in BB30 bottom brackets. By creating the widest and most rigid pivot stance possible, frame stiffness and durability are maximized.
Smoothlink Suspension is Rocky’s patented four-bar design, which differs slightly from others on the market. Rocky places the rear pivot in front of and slightly above the rear axle. The claims state this placement helps the design perform better in a wider range of gears while balancing support and sensitivity.