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Four generations of freeride: the 2017 Rocky Mountain team

March 07, 2017

We're excited to announce that Wade Simmons, Thomas Vanderham, and Geoff Gulevich have all renewed ties with Rocky Mountain for 2017. They join the returning Carson Storch to round out our freeride program. The team will ride the Slayer, Maiden, and Altitude—and Carson will get a custom slopestyle bike cooked up in our North Vancouver prototype shop.

Wade Simmons, the Godfather of freeride, said “I’ve been with Rocky Mountain over 20 years now, and I’m stoked to be continuing on the program. We’ve got some fun adventures planned and I’m looking forward to sending it into the coming years. I need to show these young punks a thing or two!”

Thomas Vanderham continues to push the boundaries of big mountain riding, with appearances at select FEST events and in several film projects on the horizon. His precision and focus have also made him invaluable to the Rocky Mountain engineering team, and he works closely with them to develop and refine our bikes.

Geoff Gulevich maintains his globetrotting ways, with plans to log a ton of airmiles in 2017—both on and off the bike. His “Gullyver’s Travels” series will take him off the beaten path, and hopefully not feature too much male nudity.

Returning this year is Carson Storch. The young American athlete had a breakout year in 2016, with a podium spot and best trick at Rampage, and we’re fired up to see what he has in store in 2017.

After a long and storied career at Rocky Mountain, Brett Tippie is moving on in 2017. The Director of Good Times has been an iconic member of our family, and his signature laugh and unparalleled stoke will be sorely missed. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours Tippie, and we’ll see you (or at least hear you) out on the trails!

Rocky Mountain helped usher in the birth of freeride, and we’re proud to have every generation of freeride represented on our team. They continue to push the sport and inspire people to get out on their bikes—we couldn’t ask for better ambassadors for our brand.

Love the Ride,

—Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Photos by Margus Riga, Paris Gore, and Ale Di Lullo.

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Dumbing Down the Shore

April 10, 2016

Wade Simmons finally speaks out on what he calls the "de-gnarification" of Vancouver's North Shore.

With apologies to Keyser Söze.

Featuring the new Rocky Mountain Pipeline
Starring Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Eric Lawrenuk, Andreas Hestler, and Todd "Digger" Fiander
Created by Union Co.
Produced by Brian Park
Thanks to the NSMBA for all their work
Photography by Margus Riga

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2 Fat 2 Furious: A Fat Bike Freeride Film

January 29, 2016

We had way too much fun last year shooting our first fat bike freeride video, so we knew we had to do another this year. The goal of 2 Fat 2 Furious was to only ride things that would be harder or impossible on a regular bike. From waist-deep powder to drifty sled tracks to packed down jump lines, the boys achieved just that.

Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Noah Brousseau got rad on their Blizzards all winter, and we're excited to show everyone the result.

"We were having fun ripping around on the snowmobile tracks but looking at all the pow chutes surrounding us it was only a matter of time before we were dropping in—we just had to figure out lines that were steep enough to stay afloat!" — Wade Simmons

The whole gang. Our only regret is that Ludacris was too busy to make it out.

Noah Brousseau found out that there are limits to float. Turns out.

Even the Godfather crashes now and then.

This was the first time any of the boys had hit a proper sized drop on a fat bike. Worked out better than expected!

"I was pretty confident on the 3, it was just hard because I was scared to carve off the lip." — Noah Brousseau

Too much fun, now get out there and freeride your fat bike!

Bike: Rocky Mountain Blizzard
Shot at the Coquihalla Lakes Lodge, Kamloops Bike Ranch, and Coastal Mountains, BC
Filmed & Edited by Liam Mullany
Additional Cinematography by Harrison Mendel
Produced by Liam Mullany & Brian Park
Photos by Robb Thompson & Kaz Yamamura
Special Thanks to Cory Leclerc, Bobby Brown at Maxxis, & Eric Simmons
Music: Jet Trash — Baby C'mon

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Launching the Maiden

August 18, 2015

Earlier this month we headed to Retallack Lodge with Thomas Vanderham, Wade Simmons, a bunch of lucky Rocky Mountain staff, and a few key media to officially launch the Maiden.

Arriving in style.

After a quick kool-aid session, we got right to riding.

Rob Potter gets his first taste of Retallack's fast, smashy tracks.

Classic Simmons style.

Night one: egos are crushed at Nageln (aka Hammerschlagen).

From mining ghost towns to old bus graveyards, the Selkirks have a fascinating history.

Simmons brings the vandemonium. And 12 Maidens.

Day two: the best shuttle vehicle ever.

Scotty P aka Pickles touches down on Reco Peak. We supported the Peak 2 Creek trail build here last year, and it was amazing to finally sample it.

Yo dawg, we heard you like Rocky Mountains, so we put your Rocky Mountains on some rocky mountains.

This spring Rocky Mountain product manager Ken Perras crashed and broke three vertebrae, one femur, one hip, his sternum, ten ribs, and punctured a lung. It is amazing to see him back on the bike shredding.

Vanderham was loving the fast, rowdy trails that flowed from the alpine all the way to the lodge.

Night two: we premiered Maiden Voyage, Vanderham's edit with Matt Miles and Anthill films, and toasted the trails with some damn fine whisky. Also, it turns out that Ken is pretty good at Indo board Jenga.

After three days of shredding some of the world's best terrain, eating amazing food, and generally soaking up the lodge life, it was time to drive home and get ready for Crankworx.

We'd like to thank Mike Kinrade and Phil Pinfold at Retallack Lodge, Dean and Ida with Toyota BC, and Margus Riga for the awesome photography.

SEE THE FULL MAIDEN PRESS RELEASE HERE

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The Black Canyon Trail

April 15, 2015

Film by Brian Vernor
Words by Wade Simmons
Photography by Margus Riga

For some, adventure is defined by harrowing near-death experiences. For me, having the intent to adventure is what defines it—even just getting away from civilization for a short while. And with that in mind we organized a trip to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert for an overland bikepacking trip early this spring: three self-supported days on the Black Canyon Trail’s 80 miles of secluded singletrack.

The roll-call included Olympian Andreas Hestler, shiny new tattooed freerider Geoff Gulevich, renowned filmmaker Brian Vernor, Rocky Mountain product guy Alex Cogger, and washed up old freerider Yours Truly. Our first goal was to escape the Pacific Northwest’s winter weather, and our second goal was to test Alex’s fancy new bike design.

We fumbled with our gear for hours in the parking lot of a Prescott motel the night before departure, packing and re-packing, adding and discarding. Ultimately we probably did pack too heavy, but there are the necessities of course: coffee, chocolate, down, wool, and whisky. Fully loaded, our steeds probably tipped the scales at 45+ lbs, and I was less and less sure that this was going to be fun.

There was something liberating in the first few pedal strokes that next morning leaving our drop-off zone, an innocent abandon of responsibility and order that comes with an uncertain weather forecast and only a vague itinerary. Fortunately, the overland bikes performed just as Alex had promised. It was evident in those first few miles that having our houses and kitchens packed along with us wasn’t going to keep us from having fun. It might have been the combination of increased overall mass and over-sized tires, but whatever it was we were having a blast absolutely ripping up the desert terrain on these fully loaded pack-horses—skids, drifts, airs, and all.

The Black Canyon Trail runs roughly 80 miles North to South. Beginning on a high plateau, it winds through rolling grasslands before descending into a landscape of Saguaros, Chollas, and other Sonoran Desert flora. We were treated to chilly nights and frosty desert mornings, but once that sun rose, layers were peeled and we had to contend with the steady, relentless heat of the day. The landscape we encountered was fully alien to us, full of incredibly beautiful things just waiting to stab you the moment you stray from the trail. Between the bullet-holes in everything and the buck-naked rider we ran into on day three, it was clear this trip was about getting weird in the desert.

 

We had been modest in planning our daily mileage expectations, allowing for explorations up various drainages, relaxed lunches by the Agua Fria river, and the necessary sessioning of worthy trail features. Each night however, our camp spot was reached a little later than expected, assembling tents and cooking dinner by the light of our headlamps.

Grizzled old-timers and keyboard adventurers alike might be disappointed by the lack of hardship we encountered—water wasn’t hard to come by, we ate enough, the bikes worked flawlessly, and the dire weather forecast never materialized. But for us, the trip was a complete success. We had a blast, it was an insight into new possibilities, and the best adventures are the ones that inspire future adventures.

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Words by Wade Simmons
Photography by Margus Riga
Film by Brian Vernor
Produced by Brian Park
Music by Brandon O'Connell
Featuring the Rocky Mountain Sherpa
Ridden by Wade Simmons, Geoff Gulevich, Brian Vernor, Alex Cogger, & Andreas Hestler

Presented by Rocky Mountain BicyclesManitou, & Pinkbike.
Supported by Overland JournalArc’teryxPorcelain RocketExped, & Defy Products.
Thanks to Scott Struve, Luke Musselman, Julian Coffey, Christophe Noel, Jo Salamon, Scott Felter, Benoit Deshayes, & Paul Breedlove.

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Can You Freeride a Fat Bike?

December 22, 2014

We have to admit, we were hesitant about the fat bike trend that's taking the bike industry by storm (pun intended). There were definitely a few raised eyebrows in the office when we started designing and testing one.

Wade Simmons was an instant convert though; "everyone thinks they're so [email protected]#&ing cool and serious, but it's really just about having fun on your bike anyway." And soon enough, the other guys stopped returning their test bikes on time.

FAT FREE came out of a few days of experimenting and shredding the Blizzard in BC's coastal mountains. It opened all our eyes to the spectacular terrain that's available for fat biking, and it proved to us that the only limitations for these bikes are our own preconceived notions.

If it was ever even a question, the answer is yes. You can and should freeride a fat bike.

Riders: Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, & Brett Tippie, with appearances by Andreas Hestler & Fraser Vaage.
Filmed by: Liam Mullany, Connor Macleod, Chris Fisher, Brian Park, Fraser Vaage, & Andreas Hestler
Music (Main): "Outta Mind" by Night Beats, courtesy of The Reverberation Appreciation Society
Thanks to: Black Tusk Snowmobile Club, Tony Cailes, & Dylan Auld
Photography: Fraser Vaage & Brian Park

Visit bikes.com/blizzard to check out the Rocky Mountain Blizzard. We built it for aggressive, trail-style riding on snow, sand, and other soft terrain.

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Instinct in the Monashees

November 06, 2013

The plan was to head to the Monashee Mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia with Wade Simmons and Kevin Calhoun to shoot an autumn alpine video for our new Instinct MSL. We wanted to showcase the bike’s versatility under two very different riders — Kevin is an XC racer on our Factory Team, while Wade’s contributions to freeride mountain biking need no introduction.

Of course sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t play nice, and an early cold snap provided on-and-off snowfall throughout our adventure.

Despite the challenging weather, we knew we had an opportunity to capture a unique aspect of the changing seasons. From Kevin’s dawn patrol ascent to Wade charging snowy trail features, the rapidly changing conditions ended up being the perfect way to showcase the Instinct’s versatility.

We’d like to thank the crew at the Sol Mountain Lodge for all their help with this project. Their lodge was a great base-camp and their trails were a blast even in the snow. We’ll be back again in warmer weather.

Thanks for watching, Love the Ride!

More info on the new Instinct MSL here.

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The Staycation: A Vancouver Island Adventure

September 10, 2013

Rocky Mountain's athletes enjoy traveling all over the world to ride their bikes in unique, beautiful locations. Everywhere they go—from the backcountry of Argentina to the Great Wall of China and countless places in between—they hear people share their dreams of one day riding on our home turf in British Columbia. That’s why this year Thomas Vanderham, Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Andreas Hestler decided to reinvigorate their love for home by exploring Vancouver Island, just a short ferry ride from our North Vancouver headquarters.

Fueled by too much coffee in the mornings and too many beers in the evenings, this was a great trip and one that certainly helped reconnect us all to our roots. There's no question that we'll be back to continue exploring the island’s rich trail networks and connect with the many amazing people we met along the way. Love the Ride!

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Words by Andreas Hestler. Photography by Margus Riga.

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New Altitude Rally Edition Bikes

July 11, 2013

A race-ready enduro bike.

Straight out of the box, Altitude Rally Edition bikes are ready for any Enduro start-gate. Featuring premium race-tuned suspension, DH width bars, 1x10 drivetrains, and burlier wheels, our Rally Edition bikes are ready to put power down between the tape and smash berm after berm.

Altitude 770 MSL

Rally Edition

  • SMOOTHWALL™ Carbon Front Triangle / FORM™ 7005 Series Custom Hydroformed Rear Triangle / ABC™ Pivots / Tapered Head Tube / Press Fit BB / Internal Cable Routing / ISCG05 Tabs / RIDE-9™ Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
  • 66.2° - 67.8° headtube angle
  • Full-width bars provide a more aggressive cockpit for increased control
  • Wider rims provide a bigger footprint, with more rubber on the trail and more wheel stiffness for confident cornering
  • 160mm Fox 34 Float Kashima FIT CTD fork
  • Custom tuned Fox Float X Kashima CTD shock
  • Avid Elixir 9 Trail hydraulic disc brakes provide more power and modulation
  • E-Thirteen TRS+ Chainguide and SRAM X9 1x10 drivetrain is ready for charging out of start-gates
  • 142mm E-Thru rear axle increases stiffness
  • Internal cable routing keeps cables neatly stowed, with service-friendly ports
  • Internal “Stealth” dropper-post routing tucks the housing inside the frame for minimal clutter
  • BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness

Altitude 750

Rally Edition

  • FORM™ 7005 Series Custom Hydroformed Frame / ABC™ Pivots / Tapered Head Tube / Press Fit BB / Internal Cable Routing / ISCG05 Tabs / RIDE-9™ Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
  • 66.2° - 67.8° headtube angle
  • Full-width bars provide a more aggressive cockpit for increased control
  • Wider rims provide a bigger footprint, with more rubber on the trail and more wheel stiffness for confident cornering
  • 160mm X Fusion Sweep RL2 Air fork
  • Custom tuned X Fusion 02 RL Remote shock
  • Avid Elixir 7 Trail hydraulic disc brakes provide more power and modulation
  • E-Thirteen LG1 Chainguide and SRAM X7 1x10 drivetrain is ready for charging out of start-gates
  • 142mm E-Thru rear axle increases stiffness
  • Internal cable routing keeps cables neatly stowed, with service-friendly ports
  • BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness
 

 

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Introducing the Instinct MSL

July 03, 2013

Instinct MSL
Trust it to own the trail

Named after its instinctive ability to tame a variety of terrain, the Instinct MSL is the perfect platform for epic exploration and now features SMOOTHWALL™ carbon construction (designated as “MSL”). RIDE-9™ makes it easy to precisely adjust the geometry and suspension, while its 130mm of SMOOTHLINK™ travel keeps you out of the weeds without bogging you down on the climbs.

Our design objective was to create an extremely versatile frame which meant including RIDE-9™ to adapt geometry and suspension characteristics to a rider’s preference. By including RIDE-9™, the Instinct’s headtube angle varies from 67.7° to 69.3° (66.7° to 68.3° on BC Edition), bottom bracket height varies from 329mm to 348mm (339mm to 358mm on BC Edition), and the suspension rate follows suit (the slacker you go, the more progressive it gets).

Our engineers chose 29 inch wheels for their ability to cover ground efficiently, and a slightly steepened seattube angle to create a bike that climbs aggressively. Throw in a well-defined design objective of getting the cockpit comfortable and agile for maneuverability and you’ll start to see what we mean by extreme versatility.

We designed the suspension layout to have enough support to be an efficient pedalling platform, yet swallow up big hits when the trail gets nasty. By doing this, we increased the versatility of the Instinct for riders looking for a bike that can tackle a 4 hour Marathon race on Saturday, blast through the burly trails on Sunday, and finish up with an all-day backcountry epic on Monday (long weekend eh!).

Technology

SMOOTHWALL™ - One of the most sophisticated carbon processes in the world aimed at delivering the best stiffness-to-weight ride quality and durability.

SMOOTHLINK™ - Neutral and active for full-time traction, and supportive for pedaling efficiency.

ABC™ Pivots - Lighter, more durable and laterally stiffer than conventional bearing systems.

RIDE-9™ - 9 different configurations put the rider in control of their geometry and suspension setup.

Key Features
  • 142mm E-Thru rear axle increases stiffness
  • Internal cable routing keeps cables neatly stowed, with service-friendly ports
  • ISCG-05 tabs give the option of running a rider’s chain device of choice
  • Internal “Stealth” dropper-post routing tucks the housing inside the frame for minimal clutter • BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness
  • Frame Weight: 2350g / 5.18lbs (includes shock & hardware)

SEE ALL OF THE NEW INSTINCT MSL MODELS HERE

Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition
Built for our own selfish, smashy needs

We created the Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition to excel on the rugged, technical trails at our doorstep here on Vancouver’s North Shore. We tweaked the spec to better suit our local riding conditions and complemented it with a SMOOTHWALL™ carbon frame. The BC Edition is ready to plow through root-infested terrain and blast our (or your) favourite technical sections with ease.

Key Features
  • DH-width bars provide a more aggressive cockpit for increased control
  • Wider rims provide a bigger footprint, with more rubber on the trail and more wheel stiffness for confident cornering
  • Full Kashima-coated Fox package, featuring a 140mm travel 34 fork and Float CTD rear shock that has been specifically tuned for more aggressive, big hit performance
  • Avid 4 piston Trail brakes give more power and modulation for scrubbing speed when that impossibly steep chute leaves no other options
  • Chainguide and full aluminum bash guard keep things running smoothly when blasting down the trail
  • 142mm E-Thru rear axle increases stiffness
  • Internal cable routing keeps cables neatly stowed, with service-friendly ports
  • Internal “Stealth” dropper-post routing tucks the housing inside the frame for minimal clutter
  • BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness

SEE THE NEW INSTINCT MSL BC EDITION HERE

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