2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct - Felix Burke
2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct - Kevin Calhoun
2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct - Thomas Vanderham
- Thomas Vanderham
Peter Ostroski in Seasons Collide
We kicked off this project in the fall to go with the theme of changing seasons, and just as we wrapped shooting it was time to head north. Starting with a non-stop drive from Washington to Alaska, then moving into hunting season, and then skiing big lines near my home close to Anchorage, the project was completed but needed to be strung together. Better late than never, so here's what an autumn in the Northeast feels like.
The riding season in the Northeast can brief, ending abruptly when the first snowfall of the year begins to fall and stacks up on the local trails. It could be a dense layer of wet snow that seals the deal and winter activities begin, or, ideally, the temperature drops freezing the dirt just in time for the first dusting of snow allowing you to sneak in one more ride in hopes that the dusting is covering simply dirt and not a sheet of ice.
In an unpredictable manner, the frozen ground provides a distinct feeling underneath your tires, with a dull dampened noise, signaling the rubber isn’t rebounding on the hollow-sounding ground. Traction on these rides can be almost perfect, yet there might be ice lurking beneath the snow and leaves, providing additional excitement on the novel ride.
In that flawless balance of frozen dirt and a dusting of snow, a wave of anxiety hits, that this could be the final ride before the cold temperatures lock-in. Sometimes we get lucky, the sun breaks through, the mercury rises above freezing, and riding season lasts another week or even another month. But, if you ride in an area that experiences a proper winter, it’s easy to anticipate that the dirt might be covered by a thick layer of snow for months ahead.
The 2021 Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team
We’re proud to continue racing in the Enduro World Series with our partner, Race Face Performance Products, and our three dedicated athletes, Jesse Melamed, Rémi Gauvin, and Andréane Lanthier Nadeau. We’ve built a dedicated program over the years with our long-term partners and athletes, by staying committed to the enduro discipline.
The riders’ ability to perform on and off the racetrack and engage with mountain bikers around the world has made for an unforgettable chapter in racing. 2020 was a challenging year, however we landed on the top step of the podium for two out of three races - and we’re excited to keep up that momentum in 2021.
"The Rocky Mountain enduro program has been one of the most consistently high-performing teams throughout the first 8 years of the EWS. Thanks to the best supporting sponsors and structure you could ask for, the team has achieved podium results in every year of its existence. Rocky Mountain has stuck with me through the lows to get me back to the highs and onto the top step of the podium. I am proud to have been a part of this legacy since the beginning and stoked for the coming season!"
“I am really happy to sign with the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team for another year. 2021 marks my 7th year with Rocky Mountain and 4th year as a member of our current team structure. Working with Rocky Mountain and Race Face, two brands from my own backyard, has been an amazing experience over the past few years. We have one of the strongest team on the circuit, fast bikes, and work with some of the best partners in the industry. I’m excited to get to Europe to show the world what myself and our team is capable of in 2021!"
Andréane Lanthier Nadeau
“Staying at the sharp end of the field requires a strong program and we’ve built that the past few years with our sponsors, staff, and my teammates. We’ve not only learned how to be with each other, but also how to work together. That’s what makes our team solid and allows us to perform our best. I’m preparing to be ready to rise up to the challenge of staying on top.”
2021 Enduro World Series events
Rounds 1 and 2 – Val Di Fassa ITA | 23-26 June
Rounds 3 and 4 – La Thuile ITA | 8 -11 July
Rounds 5 and 6 – Loudenvielle FRA | 2-5 September
Round 7 – Crans-Montana SUI | 11-12 September
Round 8 – Pietra Ligure ITA | 25-26 September
Round 9 – Tweed Valley GBR | 2-3 October
Race Face – Handlebar, stem, wheels, apparel, protection
FOX – Suspension, seatpost
Shimano – Drivetrain, brakes, shoes
Maxxis – Tires
Smith – Helmets, eyewear
K Capital – Capital Market Advisory
CushCore – Tire inserts
Reform Technologies – Saddles
RideWrap – Frame protection
EVOC – Travel bags
OneUp Components – Chain guides, tools
FSA - Headsets
Photos by Margus Riga
Video by Peter Wojnar
Ridden by the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team, the Altitude will be their key platform for enduro racing and aggressive trail riding. See the models here: ALTITUDE
2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay – Jesse Melamed’s custom build
"Every time I have ridden a Rocky Mountain Powerplay over the last few years I have a riot of a time. I usually can't stop smiling. Now that I have one of my own I can't wait to get out and find some hill-climb challenges and explore some new trails. It will be the perfect tool for when I need a rest day but still want to get out and ride!"
Frame: Instinct Powerplay, size Medium, RIDE-9 in Position 1
Fork: Fox 38 Float EVOL Grip2 Factory Series 170mm
Shock: Fox DPX2 210x55mm, with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets
Stem: Race Face TurbineR 40mm reach, 35mm clamp with EDC tool
Handlebars: Race Face NextR 740mm width, 35mm clamp, 35mm rise
Headset: FSA Orbit NO.57E
Grips: Race Face Love Handle
Brakes: Shimano XTR 4-Piston Finned Metal Pads RT86 203mm Fr RT86 203mm Rr
Shifter: Shimano XTR 12 speed
Derailleur: Shimano XTR 12-speed
Cassette: Shimano XTR 10-45
Chain: Shimano XTR
Chainguide: OneUp Components Chain Guide Top Kit V2
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet E
Wheels: Race Face TurbineR 30mm
Tires: Maxxis Assegai MaxxGrip DH 29x2.5WT / Maxxis Minion DHR2 MaxxGrip DH 29x2.5WT
Seatpost: Fox Transfer 150mm
Saddle: WTB Silverado
Click here to explore the 2021 Instinct Powerplay models.
Felix Burke's Recipe for Stoke
Traces of dust stick to the back of your sweaty neck as you drink some cold and much needed water. Ahhhh, refreshing. Behind you, an excruciatingly long fire road climb. In front of you, a view that makes it all worth it, especially knowing what lies ahead, a ribbon of single-track that will offer an adrenaline fuelled descent back down to the valley from which you climbed. Nothing but hoots, hollers and high fives ahead!
We all have our reasons for riding, but the elements that make us fall for this sport are something we share. Trail Trybe, a bike camp for kids located at heart the Laurentian mountains in Mont-Tremblant, Québec, has been searching for the perfect combination of ingredients that together form an epic ride. Why? To develop the recipe for stoke and cook up the next generation of passionate mountain bikers.
Stoked Riders: An organic recipe for getting young riders hooked on the flavours of Mountain Biking
- 1 bicycle per person – well greased and tuned (20”, 24”, 26”,27.5” or 29” will work)
- 1 or more friends – happy and hungry for adventure.
- 1 map of the area (sourced locally for best quality)
- 1-2 handfuls of tasty snacks and lots of water. To taste.
- Clothing and protection (doesn’t have to be beautiful, but needs to be reliable and comfortable)
- 1 challenging but attainable objective (the top of a mountain is always a good one)
Whisk together the group of friends and organize a meeting spot that will set the tone for the ride. Locations near rivers and lakes, close to a set of jumps or a pump-track, or a short walk away from a cold slurpy for post-ride refreshments are ideal.
Take out the map so that the whole group can see, it is important that everyone can visualize the terrain you will be traveling through on the map. Locate a distant, but not too distant trail as your objective. Be careful not to choose an objective that will burn the group.
Ideal temperature for the ride is between 15 and 25 degrees with a little bit of humidity in the dirt but not in the air. A couple of days after heavy rain is usually the best. If done too hot, exhaustion will lead to poor results and roasting. If done too cold, discomfort may also lead to poor results.
Chef’s wisdom: Golden hour (the hour before sunset) is the most efficient time of day for creating epic ride experiences and delivering stoke directly to the soul!
Expect group morale to fall when just under halfway to objective. Distance to travel still seems great but fatigue will have started to set in. This is a very delicate part in the process and, like a freshly baked pastry, must be handled with care. Overcoming challenges is what boosts confidence and confidence is a crucial part of igniting passion in young riders. Reassuring words like “Wow, look at everything we have ridden already! Very impressive!” or “You’re doing great, you gotta be pretty heckin' tough to get this far!” are mixed in carefully here. Pay attention to the group and mix in only what is needed, kids know when you are lying. Keep cool with water as you ride.
Chef’s wisdom: Sugar! The mere thought of it can accelerate the group and boost morale. Season with candy and other tasty treats throughout the ride to help the group get through difficult sections. (Clif BLOKS are amazing for this)
Once you have made it to the objective, celebrate! Confidence comes from overcoming challenges. Make sure the group knows they have overcome a challenge and that they can be proud of themselves. Let spirits rise.
Chef’s wisdom: Begin to teach a respect for our natural world by taking the time to appreciate viewpoints, trees, rivers etc. Take it all in, it’s good for everyone.
The ride back is the home stretch and should be full of fun! Throw in some hoots, hollers and screams of delight as you descend or ride back. The auditive experience is more important than most people think. By the end of this step you should start to see a golden glow around the riders.
Once back from the ride, celebrate again! Have a cold slurpy, share some stories from the ride and throw in some high-fives to taste. You have just done an epic ride; you should be stoked!
Every serving of stoked kid is loaded with fibre, proteins and a desire to live life to its fullest!
*Note: This recipe can be tricky. If you do not get the desired results on the first try, do not be discouraged. Listen and pay attention to your group and make the appropriate adjustments in the following attempts.
For more information on Felix's program visit www.trailtrybe.com.
The Jank Files - Season 2, Episode 2
The racing season hit hard and fast when it finally made its debut. Starting with Zermatt in the last week of August and finishing with two races in Italy, Pietra Ligure and Finale Ligure, before the end of September. The 2020 season was a flash in the pan packing a lot of action into just a few weeks.
Riders around the world were on the “hurry up and wait” program this year, and Jesse Melamed, Rémi Gauvin, and Andréane Lanthier Nadeau were no different. Even by mid-August, they were unsure whether or not they’d be making the trip over to Europe to race, and in the final weeks before Race 1, they went all in and boarded a plane.
Jesse said it best with, “We’re back in Italy. We’re back living off gelato.” Filmed in both Pietra Ligure and Finale Ligure, this is Episode 2 of The Jank Files.
Filmed by Caldwell Visuals
Photos by Kike Abelleira
A big thank you to all our sponsors!
Race Face, Maxxis, Fox, Shimano, Smith Optics, WTB, OneUp Components, Stages Cycling, EVOC, RideWrap
2021 Rocky Mountain Slayer – Wade Simmons’ custom build
The Slayer was designed to be ridden fast, sent off huge hits, and take the abuse of a bike park lap after lap. The Godfather of Freeride, Wade Simmons, has been sending it aboard Rocky Mountain for nearly 30 years. Wade put freeriding on the map, and he’s still out there sending it aboard custom-built bikes.
Frame: Slayer, size Large, RIDE-4 Position 4 (Steepest)
Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Coil 180mm
Shock: Marzocchi Bomber CR 230x65mm, with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets
Stem: Race Face 32mm reach, 35mm clamp
Handlebar: Race Face SixC 800mm width, 35mm clamp, 25mm rise
Grips: Race Face Half Nelson
Brakes: Shimano XTR 4 Piston | Finned Metal Pads | RT86 203mm Fr | RT86 203mm Rr
Shifter: Shimano XTR 12-speed
Derailleur: Shimano XT 12-speed
Crankset: Race Face SixC
Cassette: Shimano XTR
Chain: Shimano XTR
Chainguide: OneUp Components Chain Guide Top Kit V2
Pedals: Race Face Atlas pedals
Wheels: Race Face Turbine R 27.5 wheels
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF DD MaxxGrip 27.5x2.50WT Fr / Maxxis Assegai DD MaxxGrip 27.5x2.50WT Rr
Seatpost: Race Face Turbine R 175mm drop, 30.9
Saddle: WTB Volt
Click here to visit the 2021 Slayer builds.
2021 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt – Jesse Munden’s custom build
Quick and nimble, the Thunderbolt is all about being playful out there on the trail. What says that better than a kid who can nose bonk, spin, and jump just about anything. Jesse Munden is from Kamloops, British Columbia and at 14-years old is already making noise. He’s been on Rocky Mountain for the past few years and rides everything from a Slayer in the bike park to an Altitude Powerplay on the local trails – but the Thunderbolt is his favourite. The kid loves to jump, spin, and play – so we let him.
Frame: Thunderbolt Alloy, size Small, RIDE-9 Position 9 (Steepest)
Fork: Fox 34 Float EVOL Grip2 Factory Series 140mm
Shock: Fox DPX2 210x55mm, with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets
Stem: Spank Spike 33mm reach, 35mm
Handlebar: Spank Spike Vibracore 780mm width, 35mm clamp, 25mm rise
Grips: Spank Spike
Brakes: Shimano SLX 180mm Fr | 180mm Rr
Shifter: Shimano Deore 12-speed
Derailleur: Shimano Deore 12-speed
Crankset: Race Face Aeffect
Cassette: Shimano Deore
Chain: Shimano Deore
Pedals: Spank Oozy
Wheels: Spank 350 wheels (with Tubes!)
Tires: Maxxis Dissector EXO MaxxTerra 27.5x2.40WT Fr and Rr
Seatpost: Fox Transfer Post 150mm drop, 30.9
Saddle: Spank Oozy
Click here to visit the 2021 Thunderbolt builds.