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Rally Team Heats Up in Chile

April 21, 2014

First Enduro World Series race, first podium for our new Rocky Mountain Urge bp Rally Team!

The team traveled to Chile for the first EWS of the season with optimism. Our French riders Florian Nicolai, Isabeau Courdurier, and Alex Cure were joined by Canadian Jesse Melamed to battle it out with the world's best on Chilean soil. After two days of racing on some of the most unique and beautiful trails we've ever seen, Florian put down a blistering last stage to pass Martin Maes for 3rd place in the Overall category behind Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves!

The final results for the team were:

  • Florian Nicolai — 3rd Overall
  • Isabeau Courdurier — 5th Overall
  • Alex Cure — 7th Overall
  • Jesse Melamed — 30th Overall (coming back strong after several crashes!)

The team was aboard the Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition, with Shimano components and footwear, Maxxis tires, Stan's NoTubes wheels, Fox premium suspension, and Raceface cockpits. The team wore the Urge bp Archi Enduro and Endur-O-Matic helmets. The team is also supported by the following key sponsors: Royal Racing Clothing, 7 IDP Protection, WTB Saddles, Smith Optics, Cane Creek headsets, e13 chainguides, Honey Stinger energy gels, Kicking Horse coffee, FTI Consulting, and Val d'Allos ski resort.

Congrats to all involved and we'll see you in Scotland for Round 2 of the Enduro World Series.

Photos by Matt Wragg.

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Introducing the 2015 Blizzard

April 09, 2014

A new class of fat bike.

With suspension-specific design, agile trail-bike geometry, and a truly capable parts spec, the Blizzard delivers legendary Rocky Mountain ride quality on snow, sand, and anything else you get yourself into. Ride out the storm!

Ride Tuned Concept

The overall goal was simple: create a true “mountain bike” feeling fat bike for fun in soft conditions.

It was no easy task to design a frame that clears the huge 4.7” tires while maintaining the playful geometry that Rocky Mountain is legendary for. With a suspension-corrected 68.5° head tube angle, neutral chainstays, and shorter-than-average top tube, we were able to make this goal a reality.

Our signature FORM ™ aluminum was applied from the Vertex for rugged, lightweight construction.

Key Features

  • Full-width 4.7” tires provide optimized traction and stability across snow, sand, and soft trails.
  • Agile geometry keeps the Blizzard feeling like a true mountain bike.
  • Strapless Frame Bag (sold separately) designed specifically for the Blizzard by Porcelain Rocket keeps your gear safe and dry with water resistant fabric and waterproof zippers. Main compartment for jacket or food, with expandable pocket for tools and other items.
  • Rock Shox Bluto RL suspension fork with 100mm of travel and a 15x150mm thru-axle.
  • Two Anything Cage™ mounts and extra bosses allow additional custom frame bag options.
  • Custom Race Face 24T narrow-wide single ring and bashguard features drive-side offset for optimal shifting performance while maximizing climbing ability. Allows for easy 2x conversion.
  • Front derailleur mount.
  • Sealed bearing 6-pawl heavy duty freehub handles increased torque in soft conditions.
  • Internally routed full length housing.
  • Stealth-dropper compatible.

Full specs, geometry, and pricing to come.

Available Fall 2014

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Rocky Mountain – Urge bp Rally Team

February 03, 2014

Rocky Mountain Bicycles has joined forces with Urge Bike Products to launch the ROCKY MOUNTAIN – URGE bp RALLY TEAM, a dedicated Enduro World Series race team for 2014. This new team of 4 riders is grounded in the successes of both URGE bp and Rocky Mountain's previous Enduro team efforts at the French, North American, and Enduro World Series levels.

  • Florian Nicolai (Age: 20) — 13th overall in the 2013 EWS, 3rd overall in the 2013 Enduro Series French Cup
  • Jesse Melamed (Age: 21) — 6th at the 2013 Whistler EWS
  • Alex Cure (Age: 20) — 19th overall in the 2013 EWS, and winner of the first ever EWS stage (Punta Ala, IT)
  • Isabeau Courdurier (Age:19) — 2013 Enduro Series French Cup Winner, and 4th women at the 2013 Val d'Isère EWS

The team will be aboard the Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition, with Shimano components and footwear, Maxxis tires, Stan's NoTubes wheels, Fox premium suspension, and Raceface cockpits. The team will wear the Urge bp Archi Enduro and Endur-O-Matic helmets. The team is also supported by the following key sponsors:

Royal Racing Clothing, 7 IDP Protection, WTB Saddles, Smith Optics, Cane Creek headsets, e13 chainguides, Honey Stinger energy gels, Kicking Horse coffee, FTI Consulting, and Val d'Allos ski resort.

We are also excited to announce a Development Program under the ROCKY MOUNTAIN – URGE bp RALLY TEAM program, helping grow the future of Enduro racing. This program is aimed at North American and European Enduro riders looking to get to the EWS level of racing. Development riders will be racing their local enduro events, with a chance to get additional race experience at various EWS events throughout the year. Maurian Marnay (FR) and Antonin Gourgin (FR), among others, will be part of the 2014 Development Program.

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Thunderbolt

August 28, 2013

When XC gets rowdy, the agile and playful Thunderbolt shines. With 120mm of SMOOTHLINK™ travel and 27.5” wheels, the Thunderbolt delivers a great mix of intuitive XC capabilities and pure, playful trail fun.

"The Thunderbolt is my kind of XC bike. It's got a natural feel and tackles the climbs exceptionally well. On the descents it provides the kind of small bump sensitivity usually reserved for longer travel bikes.” -Thomas Vanderham

Rocky Mountain's entire development team unanimously agreed on the need for a fun XC bike that stands on the shoulders of our dedicated XC race bikes. By understanding the attributes of race bikes, we tested and perfected the numbers to arrive at geometry that lends a more playful feeling to riding cross-country. We were able to design a short 426mm rear end on the Thunderbolt, tucking the 27.5” wheel in close to the rider for lots of maneuverability and agility. At the same time, the top tube has been lengthened from traditional Rocky Mountain designs to accommodate today's shorter stems and wider bars. Our Engineers and test-riders like Thomas Vanderham experimented tirelessly to arrive at the bike's 68.5° headtube angle, balancing the unique handling-properties of both XC and trail riding styles.

Key Features:

  • No-nonsense FORM™ Alloy frame with 27.5" wheels for agile, playful handling
  • 120mm of XC-tuned SMOOTHLINK™ Suspension delivers exceptional climbing traction and a stable pedalling platform
  • ABC™ Pivots are lighter, more durable and laterally stiffer than conventional bearing systems
  • BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness
  • 142mm E-Thru rear axle to increase stiffness (Thunderbolt 710 utilizes F/R quick release)
  • 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 (with external option)

See all the new Thunderbolt models here.

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Joyriding With Gully

August 19, 2013

WHISTLER, BC — This year marked the 10th year of Crankworx, and as the pinnacle of the week the Red Bull Joyride slopestyle contest exceeded all expectations. Rocky Mountain rider Geoff Gulevich commented that the course, which snaked its way across the mountain and through thousands of spectators, was "by far the best Joyride course ever." Although the weather threatened to spoil the fun, the ominous clouds cleared throughout the afternoon and the riders put on a show for the ages.

 

Congratulations to Geoff and everyone who shredded the Red Bull Joyride course this weekend. Also, our thoughts go out to the riders who were injured in the event — get well soon!

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Whip-off Flip-off

August 18, 2013

WHISTLER, BC — The Official Whip-Off World Championships was originally an underground event dreamed up by photographer Sven Martin. With massive popular appeal, Crankworx has since made it official, and every year both the riders and the crowd get more and more rowdy. Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich were out there having a blast this week.

 

Photos courtesy Red Bull. See their full gallery here.

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Jesse Melamed's Crankworx EWS Report

August 12, 2013

WHISTLER BC, Canada - The Crankworx Enduro World Series race has come and gone. Battered bodies are gingerly making their way to well-deserved food and dusty bikes are getting some well-deserved cleaning. With the race being on our home turf we fielded a strong contingent of riders, including our Altitude Enduro Team of young, up-and-coming enduro racers.

In his second ever Enduro World Series race 21-year-old Jesse Melamed was the event's biggest surprise, earning a blisteringly fast 6th place against an incredibly stacked field. Read his race report below. Words by Jesse Melamed. Photos by Margus Riga and Sean St. Denis.

Jesse Melamed's

Race Report

Getting off to an early start, it was awesome to roll out of the VIP deck together with our team captain and mentor Andreas Hestler, before heading up the gondola to Khyber for Stage 1. Due to a thunderstorm delay we had only 15-second starting intervals for the first stage, which made for lots of interesting passing. I didn't warm up enough and was having some issues with arm-pump, so my riding was a bit rough on this stage. I had two over-the-bars crashes—I'd pass two guys, crash, and have to pass them again as I made up time. Still, other guys were having problems too and I was able to salvage a 16th place on the stage.

Stage 2 was on Business Time and AM-PM, both super fun trails. I actually caught a guy right as he crashed and ended up T-boning him pretty hard. He was okay, but it ended up eating a bit of time. This stage had a lot of spectators, which was awesome because you can't help but push a bit harder when people are yelling your name. With the help of a fast bottom section I was able to snag 13th place for the stage.

After the first two stages we had a long uphill transfer to Stage 3. I was running a single 36t chainring, which meant I had to push up the steepest bits. Some of the big-name riders were running smaller-than-normal chainrings and then changing them before the final stage. On one hand I'd have been able to conserve some energy by doing that, but it's not exactly in the spirit of the competition; nobody goes for a ride with multiple chainrings in their backpack.

Stage 3 was my stage. Pura Vida is one of my favourite trails and I knew I could put down a good result. It's tight, twisty, technical, steep, and super fast—a perfect Whistler trail—and I absolutely nailed my run. Unfortunately, I blew off the trail and down an embankment just before the finish line, and those seconds getting myself back together cost me a stage win. Regardless, I was super happy to be up there with the big guns and nobody can complain about coming 3rd after Jerome and Fabien.

I consoled myself about throwing away a stage win during the big climb to the 4th stage. My equipment was perfect on the day, no mechanical issues at all, but it was good that some guys were able to sort out their bike problems during the generous transfer times between stages.

Stage 4 was on Billy's Epic, which was two loose, steep descents separated by a two-minute climb in the middle. Normally I can count on my fitness as an advantage, but against these ultra-fit, world class racers I knew I'd have to make my time on the descents and was really happy with 5th place.

Finally, we had a break for lunch and a bit of recovery before heading up to the Top of the World trail for Stage 5. By this point I knew a good result was possible, so I had to remind myself to ride just a little conservatively throughout the 20-plus minute descent. That being said, I had one small get-off on the stage, and I was absolutely worked by the finish, so I think I played it just about right. I claimed 18th on the stage.

This result, along with a pretty high starting number put me in the hot seat for quite a while. It was awesome having all my friends and the riders I coach encourage me. Definitely a feeling I could get used to. Ultimately though, my time was good enough for 6th place on the day—awesome!

Finishing 6th overall leaves me chasing all sorts of "what-ifs"—13 seconds faster throughout the day would have put me in 3rd spot. But, then I give my head a shake and am ecstatic about the result. This sort of event is everything I've wanted mountain bike racing to be and it's so cool to be a part of it.

Bike Setup Notes

  • Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL frame (with RIDE-9™ set to full slack)

  • Fox 34 Float 160 Kashima (75psi), Float Remote Kashima (140psi), and DOSS dropper post

  • Raceface SixC bars (cut to 745mm) and Turbine stem (60mm)

  • Shimano XTR brakes, shifting, and drivetrain (36t single ring crankset setup)

  • Crankbrothers pedals

  • DT Swiss M1.4 wheelset

  • Continental Trail King Protection 2.4" tires (26psi)

  • WTB Silverado saddle

  • ESI grips (cut down to half the normal size to push my brakes further out)

Along with Rocky Mountain I'd like to thank all of the Altitude Enduro Team sponsors for keeping our bikes, clothes, eyes, stomachs, etc. in good shape: Shimano, KazLaw, DLD Financial, BC Bike Race, Fox, DT Swiss, Race Face, Sombrio, Continental Tires, Ryders Eyewear, WTB, Planet Foods, and ESI Grips. Cheers!

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The Altitude Enduro Team Tastes Enduro World Series Racing

July 30, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Altitude Enduro Team is fresh off its first Enduro World Cup race at Winter Park, Colorado.

The team of Jesse Melamed (21, Whistler, BC), Kevin Soller (25, Breckenridge, CO), and Peter Ostroski (24, Intervale, NH) is captained and mentored by Olympian and Canadian cycling icon Andreas Hestler. They’ve landed several top ten finishes in the North American Enduro series’, and their sights are firmly on the North American Enduro World Series events.

The Colorado Freeride Festival, held at the Trestle Bike Park, played host to the first ever Enduro World Series event in North America. With 151 pro men taking the line, including experienced professionals from Europe, this was a rigorous test for the Altitude Enduro Team’s young development riders.

Five timed stages ranging in time from 5 to 11 minutes put the riders through rough, rocky descents and over bike park jump trails at an elevation of over 10, 000 feet. Dark thunderclouds peppered day one with hail, and the daily heavy showers kept the stages tacky, difficult, and yet super fun.

After racing as an individual for the last couple of years, I am stoked to be part of a fresh new team. Being part of something that we do as a collective just keeps the riding fun”. — Kevin Soller

“This event showed me that I can be competitive on an international level, and doing it at the first World Cup in North America, wow! I’m motivated to grow with this new discipline and can’t wait for the next one in Whistler.” — Peter Ostroski

Jesse Melamed posted some impressive results with a 16th, 18th, and a 23rd, but the flat tire on stage 3A cost him a crack at the overall top 20. Peter Ostroski was consistent all weekend long with a 38th overall. Kevin Soller crashed hard on stage one and gained ground all weekend long to finish a respectable 71st.

With Round 5 of the Enduro World Series in Whistler BC only two weeks away, the team is looking forward to some competition on home soil. Feeling comfortable pushing World Cup speeds and knowing that they can mix it up with the top racers in the world will provide even more confidence heading into the later part of the season.

The Rocky Mountain Altitude Enduro Team is presented by Shimano, Kazlaw, DLD Financial and BC Bike Race. The team rides Rocky Mountain Altitude bikes equipped with Shimano, Fox, Race Face, DT Swiss, and Continental componentry, and wears Sombrio clothing and Ryders eyewear.

Race photography courtesy Brad Torchia and Trestle Bike Park. Team 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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