For many new e-bikes, Europe has become the ideal testing ground. Thanks to far more progressive attitudes toward all things electric (especially mountain bikes), when companies like Rocky Mountain wanted to launch their first e-bike, a Europe only introduction for the Powerplay e-bike was a safe bet.

Rocky Mountain powers up the Powerplay e-bike for availability in Canada

Now, thanks to a warm reception in Europe, the new Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay is headed to North America – well, at least to Canada. Featuring a patented mid-drive system that’s licensed from Propulsion Powercycle, the Powerplay is a juiced up Altitude with the same geometry and 160/150mm suspension travel front and rear.

Rocky Mountain powers up the Powerplay e-bike for availability in Canada
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Built around 27.5″ Wide Trail wheels and tires, the Powerplay isn’t a plus bike, but rather a true aggressive trail machine capable of attacking the toughest terrain under the world’s best riders like Wade Simmons above.

“I’ve been on the Altitude Powerplay for over 6 months now, so I’ve had the chance to put it through its paces. When I try to describe what my favourite part about it is, all I can say is “It’s like I’m riding in my dreams”. The Powerplay is not a new chapter in mountain biking for me, it’s a whole new book and the story is epic.” – Wade Simmons

Rocky Mountain powers up the Powerplay e-bike for availability in Canada Rocky Mountain powers up the Powerplay e-bike for availability in Canada

Sold in three models, the top Carbon 90 and Carbon 70 include a 48v system with a 632Wh lithium ion battery. The Carbon 50 version drops down to a 500Wh battery with the same drive system. Thanks to a Smoothwall Carbon front triangle, FORM alloy rear triangle, and high end components, the Powerplay has a claimed weight of 47-49lbs depending on the build.

Pricing

  • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 90 : $12,999 CAD
  • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 70: $9,999 CAD
  • Altitude Powerplay™ Carbon 50: $8,399 CAD

For more on the tech side of the new bike, check out our original post on our sister site Bikerumor.

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