"I probably just had the most fun in the past 5 years of mountain biking in the last 2 seconds. My mind is just racing with the idea of what's possible. "

Wade Simmons
Godfather of Freeride

The numbers behind
Dyname™ 3.0 development

10 years of research

80,000 hours of engineering

10 million CAD invested

3 Patented technologies

Design freedom

Ride more, faster, further

While developing the first-ever Rocky Mountain eMTB, we refused to be held hostage by existing drive designs. We built the drive to fit the bike, not the other way around. For ten years, our engineers dreamed, created, tested and meticulously improved upon Dyname until they got it right. The Dyname drive is compact, powerful, and smooth. It facilitates pure, unbridled design freedom, as evidenced by the seamless integration of the RIDE-9 adjustment system.
Altitude Frameset
Altitude Powerplay Frameset

Design freedom in action

The Powerplay frames are not handcuffed to off-the- shelf drives. We put pivots where we want. We maximize our freedom in suspension design. We don’t start with no-fly zones as a result of 3rd party integration. Rocky Mountain’s engineering team enjoys a blank slate which ensures we can imagine, create, and—most importantly—ride the bike we want.

The drive system

Lower RPM Dyname spins at 1200 RPM (1/4 the competition's speed). Less whine. More efficiency.
Tuned to the key of human Specifically designed to an MTB-friendly cadence and real world singletrack riding. No spinning out.
Higher torque Virtual quads kick in when you need them and stand down when you don't.
A motor's intuition Seamless power modulation between drive and human. Dyname reads your rhythm and responds to your ride.
Proprietary design Three patents. In-house customization. Limitless design freedom.
Better BB The bottom bracket is part of the bike, not the drive. No creaking, less wear, and local shops can service it. We love local shops.

The power behind the play

How far does it go?

It’s a question we hear about eMTB batteries all too often. The answer isn’t simple. Are you hammering flat fire roads, or turbo-lapping steep, technical singletrack? In the south of France on a warm summer day, or submerged in the deep dark dank of a North Shore winter? eMTB batteries can only take you as far as your legs go, but Powerplay elevates every rider to their potential.
Ridiculous elevation

With proper power management, Powerplay will yield 1,800-2,000m of climbing (based on 102 kg rider).

Charge it

Our rapid-charging battery gets you to 80% capacity up to 66% faster than the competition.

Brawn, brains, and beauty

We care about aesthetics. Powerplay not only rides like a mountain bike. It looks like one too.

Efficient energy

Powerplay's superior 48-volt system increases range when compared to the standard 36-volt battery featuring the same capacity.

Charging times

672 Wh battery

80% in 2:10, full charge in 3:50

632 Wh battery

80% in 2:05, full charge in 3:30

500 Wh battery

80% in 1:40, full charge in 2:50

Step on it

When you step on the pedals, the Dyname 3.0 drive delivers immediately. Competitive systems can exhibit lag, apply power too abruptly (causing wheel spin or loss of control), and generally introduce odd sensations to riding. With Powerplay, beginning on a hill is easier than ever. Getting up to speed is simple. Dyname's electro-mechanical torque sensor measures chain tension through movement of a magnetic field, providing instant input to the brain of the drive. Less lag. More power. Dyname needs to crunch numbers quickly, and lend support to the rider even more rapidly. When the chain moves, Dyname reacts instantaneously. How? Every time the chain straightens out, a magnetic field sensor measures the chain position. This sensor measures 1000 times per second. This extreme sensitivity helps maintain traction on greasy trails, allows for subtle torque modulation on complex terrain, and produces a natural-feeling power output.
Torque output Time (Standstill to pedalling) We are on our way up, the competition is still processing. Amplification
Torque output Time (Pedalling to coasting) Gap means delayed response to pedalling input (lag). This can result in push in corners.

Ahead of the curve

The Dyname 3.0 Drive features class-leading power, and torque measuring in at a 108Nm*. This means you can crush steeper hill climbs faster, and accelerate like a speed demon. No strange pedalling sensations. Modulation so smooth you won’t even notice the RPMs kicked in. *converted to a gear ratio of 1:1 crankset to chainring.
Mechanic power (W) Cadence (RPM)

Introducing the Instinct

The Instinct Powerplay will take you to the places you never thought possible. When it comes time to head out the door that epic ride into the alpine, you'll be riding further and faster than ever before on what is our most versatile e-MTB yet.

The Powerplay lineInstinct Powerplay BC Edition

Designed for Aggressive Trail
Front travel 160 mm
Wheel size 29" (27.5+ ready)
Rear travel 155 mm
Our Instinct BC Edition has proven itself as one of the most capable bikes in our lineup. Now imagine what it can do with the assistance of our Dyname™ 3.0 drive system.

The history

Since 1981, Rocky Mountain Bicycles has lived at the foot of Vancouver's North Shore mountains, designing and testing mountain bikes in the rugged terrain that rises above.
  • 2009

    In 2009, the concept for a revolutionary electric drive system was presented to the design team at the company’s headquarters in Beauce, Québec. The forward-thinking vision paralleled Rocky Mountain’s philosophies. Together, Propulsion Powercycle was created with the purpose of developing an innovative electric drive system which would be named Dyname.

  • 2012

    Three years later, in 2012, the design team debuted an urban electric bike featuring the proprietary Dyname 2.0 drive. Shortly thereafter, we introduced North America to its first electric bike sharing program. At this point, Europe had embraced the e-bike. Consumers in North America were curious. Media was asking when we’d witness the first truly capable trail-ready eMTB. Rocky Mountain would provide the answer.

  • 2017

    In early 2017, the Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay launched, featuring the third-generation Dyname 3.0 drive developed collaboratively between our research centres in Vancouver, B.C. and Beauce, Quebec. Vancouver handled the bike and Quebec developed the drive system. The Powerplay was on.

  • 2019

    In 2019, the Powerplay family, powered by Dyname, expands to three platforms – Altitude Powerplay, Instinct Powerplay, and Growler Powerplay. From 27.5 to 29er. From hardtail to full suspension. Powerplay leads the way with diversity, quality and—most of all—a great ride.

Warranty information

Every Powerplay bike is warrantied against defects in materials and manufacturing.

We stand behind our products. We’ve increased the warranty on our electrical components from 24 months to 36 months, making it the best in the industry in terms of coverage length. This change is retroactive and will apply to all Powerplay models from their purchase date to present day, and into the future.

Category Term Notes
Frame hardware 5 years Front triangle & rear triangle
Hardware 1 year Pivots, axles, etc...
Electronics 3 years Drive, iWoc, sensors, charger
Drive components 1 year Pulleys, pinions, transfer chain
Battery 2 years If stored for 3+ months, charge battery every 3 months. Failure to do so may cause damage.
Components As per original manufacturer warranty

* For more detailed battery warranty information, please reference the owner's manual available on bikes.com

Disclaimer: If system is modified in any way, it can affect range and performance, and immediately voids the warranty.