Kevin Calhoun


2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct - Kevin Calhoun

March 19, 2021
Kevin Calhoun is one of the longest-serving Rocky Mountain athletes, product testers, and brand ambassadors we have. Starting way back in 1996, Kev’s been riding on our bikes for nearly 25 years. Originally from small-town Ontario, his passion for mountain biking and the West Coast lifestyle brought him to Vancouver where he began working for Rocky Mountain in 2001. After a couple of decades of traveling and racing cross-country, his riding preferences began to change and he gained interest in longer travel bikes for riding his backyard trails on Vancouver’s North Shore. The Instinct was that bike for Kevin, which helped him to unlock a whole new level of passion and progression on two wheels.
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“The Instinct has been my daily driver and ride of choice for over 10 months. Throughout those months I’ve put in some serious ride time and I’m stoked that it’s ready for everyone to enjoy! I tend to stick to my cross-country roots when it comes to bike setup. I still like a good sufferfest on the bike and I’m always interested in covering ground quickly on both the climbs and the descents.
My bike set up is a 150mm travel FOX 36 fork with FIT4, (78PSI, LSR 11 clicks, LSC 9 clicks) and FOX DPX2 rear shock at 220 psi. I run my Instinct RIDE-9 chip in Position 3 most days, but you can sometimes catch me in Position 1 depending on the day.
I’ve been a long-time Shimano supporter and have this bike built up with a Shimano XTR drivetrain (32T front ring and 10-51T cassette), XTR Trail four-piston brakes with a 203mm front rotor and 180mm rear rotor, and XTR Trail pedals as I prefer the wider pedal platform. I did sub out the XTR crank for a Race Face Next R carbon crankset, 170mm in length, just to shave some grams.
At home on The Shore, it’s often wet here so I run Maxxis wide trail 2.5WT tires, swearing by the MaxxGrip compound on the front and MaxxTerra on the rear. I typically run low pressure on most rides (19-20PSI front, 22PSI rear) and even less if it’s wet. In case you didn’t pick-up on this, I’m a bit particular with my bike setup. If you look too closely, you’ll find that I am guilty of the odd titanium bolt here and there, aluminum presta valves, carbon steerer tube spacers, and a Chris King headset just because…”
- Kevin Calhoun
Frame: Instinct, size Large, RIDE-9 Position 1, Custom black Ti pivot bolts, short chainstay position 
Fork:  Fox 36 Float EVOL FIT4 Factory Series 150mm, 51mm offset and FOX fender
Shock:  Fox DPX2 210x52.5mm, with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets 
Stem:  Race Face Turbine 40mm reach, 35mm clamp with EDC tool
Handlebars:  Race Face Next R 760mm width, 35mm clamp, 20mm rise
Headset: Chris King InSet
Grips: Race Face Love Handle
Brakes:  Shimano XTR 4-Piston Finned Metal Pads RT86 203mm Fr RT86 180mm Rr  
Shifter: Shimano XTR 12-speed 
Derailleur: Shimano XTR 12-speed  
Crankset:  Shimano XTR  170mm, 32T
Cassette:  Shimano XTR  10-51T
Chain: Shimano XTR  
Chainguide:  OneUp Components Chain Guide Top Kit V2  
Pedals:  Shimano XTR Trail
Wheels: Race Face Next R31 28H on Turbine hubs 
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF MaxxGrip EXO 29x2.5WT / Maxxis Minion DHR2 MaxxTerra EXO 29x2.4WT
Seatpost:  Fox Transfer 150mm, 30.9, Shimano iSpec level
Saddle: WTB Volt
Cage: Arundel Carbon Cage
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2015 BC Bike Race

July 10, 2015

Words by Scott Pilecki.
Photos by Margus Riga.

BC Bike Race is an undertaking that has to be experienced to be understood. It's more than just riding the trails or entering a race—it’s a life-changing event, and you need every participant to make it that.

Rocky Mountain athlete and BCBR head honcho Andreas Hestler shakes off the nerves for day one in Cumberland.

Geoff Gulevich brought his freeride game, tires, and handlebar-moustache to BCBR.

This year we brought a full roster of XC racers, ambassadors, freeriders, distrubutors, dealers, and friends. Geoff Gulevich left his full-face behind and slathered on the chamois butter. Adventure-loving Tito Tomasi was hemmed in by pink race tape and spandex but swore he would take adventurous lines every day.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau came off a surprise Hood River Enduro win to show the Solo Women’s category how to descend on an XC bike. Local boy Quinn Moberg had something to prove as one of the youngest racers in this year’s Men’s Solo category. And Kevin Calhoun and Greg Day, who compete against each other in the local race scene, teamed up to take on the Men’s Team category.

This year’s BCBR was one of the toughest in the race’s 9 year history. Technical trail and ribbons of singletrack combined with temperatures in the 30’s challenged racers on all fronts. Each stage showed the character of the town, and how diverse the trails can be across BC's landscape.

Dave Vunic keeps the streets safe as an RCMP officer by day, and ripped it up to 13th place in Men’s Solo.

Christoph Listmann puts the hammer down on the flats.

Powell River was a highlight for us this year. The spectacular campground was on Willington beach for two nights next to the ocean. The trails there exemplified true singletrack racing, snaking brown pow through the sea of green moss. Each stop left its mark on the racers, whether literally or figuratively—there were lots of IV's being hooked up and bandages wrapped.

Kristen Gross showing BC that the California girl can rally the rocks in Squamish.

Quinn Moberg leading out from Sechelt to Langdale.

Michael Anthes in his element.

Our athletes both local and far-reaching couldn’t have made us more proud. After seven days of racing, the team of Greg Day and Kevin Calhoun took the overall win in the Elite Team category. Young gun Quinn Moberg worked hard all week, taking the stage win in his home town of Squamish and finishing the race 4th overall in Solo Men. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau took 4th in the women’s Solo, with Kris Gross hot on her heels in 5th.

How's your game face? Kevin Calhoun putting on a game face clinic from the start line.

Mr. Tito Tomasi. A wildman that is not afraid of grizzly bears or pushing his Thunderbolt BC Edition hard.

The German Bike Mag - Rocky Mountain team of Christoph Listmann and Michael Anthes took 2nd Place in the Veteran Team category. Udo and his brother Harty Bolts finished 2nd in their Team category. Udo raced in the Tour de France, in case the name sounds familiar. And in the Masters Solo Men's Thorsten Keller took the second step.

Race organizer and Rocky Mountain veteran Andreas Hestler rode to an impressive 9th place. Mike Sarnecki took 12th, Dave Vunic 13th, Tito Tomasi in 17th, and Geoff Gulevich 64th—not bad for a guy who normally does backflips not swtichbacks.

Greg Hayes, a veteran of the North Shore, showing he's not yet in the Veteran's category.

Hilscher Manfred wears a dusty grin after another day on course.

Our race mechanics were sweating in the heat to make sure that racers' bikes were in top form each day.

Every photo of ALN sees her smiling. After all it was her birthday on July 3rd, and 2nd place in Whistler on Day 7 served as a nice present.

Our thanks go out to BC Bike Race for having us on as a sponsor of such a great week of riding and impressions. We couldn’t have done it without the help of Fox Racing Shox, Shimano, Stan’s notubes, Smith Optics, Maxxis, WTB, FSA, Honey Stinger, Kicking Horse Coffee, Race Face, FTI Consulting, and IGUS. The event itself could not be done without the long list of volunteers and organizers, thank you for all your help and patience along the way. Especially with our beer garden and kids pool…

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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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