Feature

Wade Simmons' Pipedream

December 05, 2017 Words By Stephen Matthews,
Photos By Margus Riga.

Wade Simmons has been in the free ride game since the beginning. His mark has been left on our sport through an extensive catalogue of images and video segments, showcasing his creative ability to conquer lines with unmistakable style. Simply put, Wade’s career has been driven by his desire to do something different. While watching the archived footage of himself riding in The Moment, he couldn’t help but get nostalgic on the bikes that helped make his career.

Bikes like the Pipeline, Switch, RMX, RM7, and RM9 were the tools of Wade’s trade. To him, these were the bikes that had soul. The “Thrust Link”, “NE 3”, and “3D Link” were some of the iconic technologies that helped make these bikes special. This was at a time where adding linkage plates to everything was the obvious solution. 

Wade is what we call an “ideas man.” Fueled by Wade’s creativity, Rocky Mountain Bicycles decided to build a very special bike, founded on nostalgia and designed to modern day standards. Tapping into some of his old favourite lines, this is a story of Wade Simmons’ Pipedream.
 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Gussets and linkage plates were an iconic look of the early 2000's. Riders like Wade were beginning to push mountain biking in a new direction, and the frame designs were changing to meet their demands. From 49mm straight head tubes to adding extra gussets for flair, the Pipedream embodies the renegade spirit of freeride.
 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Many of the early Rocky Mountain freeride bikes had a feature that allowed you to mount the rear shock in 3 different locations. This was known as "NE 3", and required 2 linkage plates on either side of the shock with a cross-brace to stiffen everything torsionally. While having a bit of fun with cross-bracing designs, the NE 3 Man was born.
 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

The 3D Link was a CNC'd feature on our full suspension bikes of the late 90's and early 2000's. Platforms like the Element, Edge, and Slayer all had versions of the 3D Link, which made it a natural addition to Wade's Pipedream.
 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

The Rocky Mountain Bicycles Development Centre is located at the foot of Vancouver's North Shore mountains and is home base for all of our product development. It's here that we weld our prototype frames, test new ideas, and fine tune the details. Longtime Rocky Mountain Bicycles welder, Al Kowalchuk worked on this custom project, delivering an incredible finished product.
 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

Wade Simmons Pipedream

 

Wade Simmons Pipedream

The Godfather of Freeride, Wade Simmons.

Rocky Mountain is proud to have been involved with the feature film, The Moment. We would also like to say a huge Thank You to Wade Simmons for his continued inspiration and dedication to freeride mountain biking.

Presented by Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Featuring Wade Simmons' Pipedream
 

PIPEDREAM
Frame Development & Design by Tom Ferenc, Lyle Vallie, Joe Kerekes, and James Mallion
Welding by Al Kowalchuk
Frame Preparation by Billy Chang
Paint by Harald Strasser at Toxik Design Laboratory

MUSIC
Magic Unfolding by Big Score Audio &
Voytek by The Heavy Eyes
All rights reserved. Used with permission.

FILM
A Film by Scott Secco
Featuring Wade Simmons
Produced by Stephen Matthews
Guest Appearances by Darcy Turenne and Rocky Mountain Bicycles staff
Sound Design by Keith White Audio
Typography by Mike Taylor

Archived footage by Todd Fiander, Christian Begin, Bjorn Enga, Darcy Wittenburg, and Jorli Ricker
Photography by Margus Riga

Special Thanks to Fox Suspension, Race Face, and Shimano

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