While my Switch was being detailed, tweaked and tuned, I had the pleasure of going out with the all new Flatline. Unfortunately due to the weather I didn’t have the chance to go out on a downhill trip. Just local trail-rides. But since Rocky cancelled the Switch, it thought it would be more then justifiable to see if the Flatline holds on that terrain. The Flatline was setup in short-travel mode for this review. Continue to read for a mini review
IRL it looks so much better then in the pictures
The Flatline is quite weighty, but all Rocky riders will say: “What else is new? Just tell us how it rides!“. From the first pedal-strokes it surprised me how well it pedals, even uphill. Despite of weight and disadvantaged geometry. My friends thought I was on steroids, because with a few pedal-strokes I broke loose and away I was (uh, going downhill). The Continental Digga 2.5 mounted on the Flatline may also have played a big part in these fast sprints.
I had some trouble setting up the rear suspension (Fox DHX 3.0) the way I like it and this sticker explains why. It’s a pre-production model and the linkage on this model is different from the models (= improved) that are being distributed soon. That would explain why I thought the Flatline descended like a poorly setup single-pivot. It wasn’t finished! Even-though going downhill was a bit of a bumpy ride… it was a FAST bumpy ride!
Based in BC perhaps?
We have a secret passage in one of our regular tracks and we might call it “maduro-BC”. And after my visit with the Flatline I am now certain the name is deserving (albeit very “maduro”). It was like unleashing the beast. It was almost a complete different bike, with a whole new promise. Regretfully my test-period with the Flatline ended with this experience as I had to trade it back for my own trusty steed.
To be continued
I might ask for another Flatline to test this summer on a true downhill-track. Just to satisfy my curiously. As a trail-bike, the Flatline is a bit handicapped by it’s weight, but it’s making up for it on the descents and flow-parts. A better name could have been Flow btw, because my heart-rate was far from Flatlined.
Linkage of sample-model
Lumpy bit in lower tube is actually a build-in fender!