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Bike For A Buck Charity Auction

November 16, 2015

We've teamed up with TASCO MTB to help with a World Bicycle Relief charity raffle. TASCO MTB founder Nate Miller said “We are extremely excited to be able to raise money to help the World Bicycle Relief mobilize people in need, through the power of bicycles!”

World Bicycle Relief is empowering people across Africa. So far, they've provided over a quarter of a million bikes in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

How the raffle works: During the next several weeks, anyone who buys a $1.00 raffle ticket has the chance to add this shiny new Rocky Mountain Sherpa 27.5+ overland bike to their quiver! Miller went on to say “Just putting some of your coffee money into this raffle will give you a good shot at winning—Plus that money will be put to good use, as 100% of the raffle proceeds will go to World Bicycle Relief! The winner will be announced December 21, stay tuned!”

How to enter: Head over to tasco-mtb.com/bikeforabuck and purchase tickets directly on the website. Also, for every $10 in product purchased, TASCO will credit you an extra entry.  Enter today and enter often.

 

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An Idiot's Guide to Bikepacking on Snow

July 15, 2015

 

Words and Photos by Skyler Des Roches

I have a confession. Before this trip, I'd never actually ridden a fat bike on snow. I'd played around on some sand, and generally felt the worth of fat rubber, but coastal British Columbia is not exactly a prime location for riding bikes on snow. This area is known for steep, glaciated peaks, and bottomless powder, neither of which mix well with fat bikes. Backcountry skis are the tool of choice for moving around the mountains for much of the year.

Sadly, this season let me and many other backcountry skiers down. Record-breaking warm temps and low precipitation meant for a low-powder, low-excitement ski season for all but the most motivated. When that awkward time of the season arrived in late May, when there's still snow in the alpine, but too much bush between there and the trailhead to encourage much skiing, I hadn't had my fill. Rather than turning my attention downward to the prime riding season underway near sea level, I had the novel idea to just go ride on snow.

Knut is a man who enjoys novelty. He seems to derive a sort of sheepish pleasure from putting strange, impractical handlebars on his mountain bike, sewing quirky patches to his gear, smoking a wizard-length tobacco pipe, or eating monstrously large apples – “novelty hand fruit”. He was evidently prepared to overlook the probable outcome – that we'd bushwhack several kilometres with bikes before pushing them a short ways through knee-deep slush – when we came up with a half-baked plan to attempt a ski tour without skis.

After a long drive to the South Chilcotins, our first day of riding met all of our expectations – bushwhacking, bike pushing, bike carrying, and post-holing in slush. We weren't riding the trails that have made this corner of the Coast Mountains famous. No, those were already, almost entirely snow-free and ready for conventional tire sizes. Instead, we followed a forgotten horse trail up Slim Creek, aiming for a snow-covered alpine plateau west of there, and the mellow glaciers beyond. By mid-afternoon we'd climbed above the trees and any sign of a trail. It was immediately clear that we could not ride on the rapidly melting snow.

We relaxed at an early camp, and set alarms for 1:30AM with low expectations. At 2AM, we rode away under a bright moon on a firm, frozen crust. We'd been hoping for this, but were surprised enough by the easy riding that we made the mistake of stopping for a protracted breakfast before the sun was even up. We wouldn't take full advantage of the crust, which didn't form reliably until after 1AM, and lasted only until 7AM, until the following night.

We'd chosen the expansive alpine area at the headwaters of Slim Creek and the Taseko and Lord Rivers for its relative flatness. While I suspected that we could ride down steep slopes, and that our climbing would depend more on our lungs than on tire traction, I was not expecting much success on side-hills. Yet, as we rattled over kilometers of sun-cupped snow, tires aired-down to a few PSI, we held our elevation tightly around the side of valleys, traversing up to twenty degree slopes. A world of possibility unfolded.

If you're motivated by speed, fat bikes are not the best tool. But progression is not all stop watches and slow-mo whirligiging. I ride because of wanderlust. George W. had it wrong; “freedom and democracy” are not delivered from the end of an M16. The bicycle is the best agent of liberation.

I measure my riding with breadth of my mental map. Our faint tracks on the pre-dawn crust become lines on crinkled pages of my cerebral atlas. I've found there to be an inverse correlation with the number of things I have to think about, and the richness of an experience. Too often, gadgets rob us of real living. Nevertheless, it seems that something as wholly material as tire width has a direct effect on the potential to expand my known universe. That's what fat bikes are all about – potential. Not only are there new trails to be ridden, but places with no trails at all. Even slowly pedaling nowhere can be exciting. And has there ever been a bike at Griswold Pass?

I measure my riding with breadth of my mental map. Our faint tracks on the pre-dawn crust become lines on crinkled pages of my cerebral atlas. I've found there to be an inverse correlation with the number of things I have to think about, and the richness of an experience. Too often, gadgets rob us of real living. Nevertheless, it seems that something as wholly material as tire width has a direct effect on the potential to expand my known universe. That's what fat bikes are all about – potential. Not only are there new trails to be ridden, but places with no trails at all. Even slowly pedaling nowhere can be exciting. And has there ever been a bike at Griswold Pass?

Somehow, despite much post-holing, bike pushing, bushwhacking – an overall terrible ratio of riding to hiking – our frustrated exclamations of “No one does this! There's a reason no one brings a bike here!” were quickly shadowed by an immense excitement for where we were. Our mere 90 kilometers covered over four days were not a failure at all, but rather an eye-opening proof of concept. From our turn-around point at Griswold Pass, a gentle glacier climbed further west – a doorway to one of the world's most expansive sub-polar ice fields. And the key to that door might be so simple: just ride at night.

Skyler Des Roches is far from your average medium-adventurer, which you can observe from his blog and Instagram if this article didn't already point that out.

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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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Introducing the Rocky Mountain Sherpa

April 15, 2015

Rocky Mountain Bicycles ist stolz, das neue Sherpa Overland Bike zu präsentieren. Bikepacking hat bereits eine lange Tradition und doch schlägt Rocky Mountain mit dem Sherpa eine neue Seite auf. Die Idee war, ein Bike zu konzipieren, das auch dem schwierigsten Gelände gerecht wird und der Spass dabei nicht zu kurz kommt – und das selbst voll bepackt auf mehrtägigen Abenteuer-Touren. Das Sherpa bringt dich und dein Gepäck weit weg von jeglicher Zivilisation, durch unwegsame Wildnis und wenn es sein soll, bis ans Ende der Welt.

Entwicklung

Die Idee des Sherpas stammt von unserem Produkt-Guru Alex Cogger, dessen Biketouren mit der Zeit immer länger, "unkon- ventioneller” und anspruchvoller wurden. Dank der Zusammenar- beit mit WTB waren wir die Ersten, die mit 27.5+ Reifen und Felgen experimentierten. Über die letzten Jahre hinweg haben wir an mehreren Prototypen die neue Laufradgröße getestet und die Vorteile und Grenzen ausgelotet. Schnell wurde klar, dass sich Auftrieb und Traktion perfekt zum Bikepacking eignen.

Sein Debüt hatte das Sherpa als Konzept-Bike beim Sea Otter 2014 – herausgeputzt in einer maßangefertigten Lackierung, bestehend aus einem tibetischen Schneelöwen. Die Resonanz war überwältigend und zeigte die Sehnsucht nach Abenteuern, die in vielen von uns steckt. Dies überzeugte uns schließlich, das Bike auf den Markt zu bringen.

Eigenschaften

Das Herzstück des Sherpas besteht aus unserem bewährten Element Carbon Rahmen, kombiniert mit einem neuen breiteren Hinterbau, der selbst bei den dicksten Reifen die Funktionsfähigkeit des Umwerfers garantiert. Schon bei den ersten Testrunden wurde unmissverständlich klar, dass auf vollbepackten Overland-Touren eine breite Übersetzungsspanne unumgänglich ist.

Die breite Lauffläche der WTB 27,5+ x 2,8 Trailblazer Reifen verleiht dem Sherpa die nötige Stabilität und Verlässlichkeit auf Geröll, Steppensand und allem, was einem noch bei Vollgas und voll bepackt unter die Reifen kommt. Hinzu kommt ein überraschend niedriger Rollwiderstand, gepaart mit hervorragen- dem Überrollverhalten.

95mm Federweg am Heck, kombiniert mit erhöhtem 120mm Federweg vorne sorgen für mehr Potential und Stabilität unter Last. Die Sitzposition wurde angepasst und ist etwas aufrechter, um den langen Tag im Sattel angenehmer zu machen. Wichtig ist, dass Fahrwerk und voluminöse Reifen aufeinander abgestimmt reagieren. Gemeinsam mit Manitou erarbeiteten wir ein sensibles Fahrwerk, das mit hohem Ansprechverhalten von Beginn an überzeugt. Die Magnum Gabel schafft durch zusätzliche Breite eine bessere Reifenfreiheit, während der Mcleod Dämpfer weniger Luftdruck benötigt, sodass sich Fahrer und Bike auch vollbepackt im Optimal- bereich des Dämpfers befinden.

Warum schon wieder eine neue Laufradgrösse?

27,5+ ist ein sehr voluminöser Reifen, der auf einer breiten 27,5 Felge aufgezogen ist und dessen Außen- durchmesser mit dem eines 29er Reifens vergleichbar ist.

‘Overlanding’ bedeutet, das Unbekannte entdecken, wobei der Weg das Ziel ist. Für das abwechslungsreiche und vielfältige Gelände, das wir mit dem Sherpa entdecken wollen, braucht es einen Reifen, der mit niedrigem Luftdruck, aber großem Volumen fährt und der den Außendurchmesser eines normalen 29ers nicht übersteigt.

WENN MASSIVES VOLUMEN DES RÄTSELS LÖSUNG IST, WARUM SIND NICHT ALLE EURE BIKES 27,5+?

Das Sherpa ist das weltweit erste 27,5+ Fully, was aber noch lange nicht heißt, dass wir mit den neuen “skinny fat” Laufrädern auf den nächsten Zug aufspringen wollen. 27,5+ Laufräder sind weder 27,5er noch 29er und sind somit auch kein Ersatz für andere Laufradgrößen. Unsere ‘normalen’ Bikes gehen nirgendwohin – kein Grund zur Aufregung.

Trotz aller Vorteile sind sie auf geschmei- digerem Untergrund langsamer und schwerer als normale 29er Systeme. Mit Ambitionen auf den nächsten XC Weltcup Gewinn wird 27,5+ wohl eher nicht dein Freund werden. Mehr Volumen heißt gleichzeitig auch eine höhere Seitenwand als herkömmliche Reifen, was wiederum negative Aus- wirkungen auf die Kurvenstabilität hat. Ein Defender Geländewagen ist auf der Rennstrecke sicher nicht vorne mit dabei - aber zeigt sein wahres Können, wenn es hart auf hart kommt.

Der Fahrer

Das Sherpa ist für all jene Fahrer, die hinaus und die Welt entdecken wollen. Sei es die Suche nach alten Schmugglerwegen in den Alpen, nach dem nächsten Abenteuer- rennen auf dem Colorado Trail oder nach längst vergessenen Wildwechseln im Himalaya – das Sherpa ist für all jene, deren Touren ein GPS-Gerät voraussetzen.

Technologien

  • SMOOTHWALL Carbon verhindert überschüssiges Epoxidharz und Carbonfasern durch eine harte Innenform und erreicht somit eine branchenführende Langlebigkeit, Fahrqualität und optimalen Steifigkeit-zu-Gewichts Wert (STW).
  • Die SMOOTHLINK Federung ist immer aktiv, um Traktion zu gewährleisten und bleibt dabei feinfüh- lig und gleichzeitig straff.
  • FORM Alluminium erfüllt das Optimum an Steifigkeit, Gewicht und Fahrqualität, indem jedes 7005 Rahmenrohr für die spezifische Verwendung im Rahmen de- signed wird.
  • ABC (Angular Bushing Concept) Gleitlager sind leichter, steifer und wartungsärmer als herkömmliche Kugellager.

Geometrie

Spezifikationen

Frame: Smoothwall™ Carbon front triangle. Form™ alloy rear triangle. ABC™ Pivots. PF BB
Accessories: Frame, bar, and saddle bags not included. We recommend Porcelain Rocket bags
Shock: Manitou McLeod Custom Valved. Smoothlink™ Design 95mm. Rebound / 4 Position IPA Platform Settings
Fork: Manitou Magnum 27.5+. 120mm. TPC Absolute+ Damper / Compression / Lockout / Rebound / 110x15mm HexLock Axle / Tapered Steerer
Headset: Cane Creek Fifteen Series: IS42mm Top / 52mm Bottom Tapered
Brake Levers: Shimano M506 I-Spec Shifter Mount
Brakes: Shimano M506 Hydraulic Disc 180mm
Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-36T 10spd
Chain: KMC X10 10spd EcoProtect Anti Rust
Cranks: Race Face Turbine Cinch Custom 83mm 170-175mm 38/24T 2x10spd
Bottom Bracket: Race Face Cinch 30mm BB92 Press Fit w. 83mm Adapters
Pedals: N/A
Shifters: Shimano SLX Rapid Fire I-Spec 2x10spd
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore E Mount 2x10spd
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow Plus Direct Mount 10spd
Front Hub: SUNringlé SRC Plus / Fat Fork Specific / 6 Bolt / 32H / 15x110mm Axle
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 350 / 6 Bolt / 32H / 12 x 142mm Axle / Star Ratchet Freehub
Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
Rims: WTB Scraper i45 27.5+ TCS Tubeless Ready
Tires: WTB Trailblazer 27.5+ TCS 27.5" x 2.8" Tubeless Ready
Handlebar: Race Face Evolve 3/4 Riser Ø31.8mm x 725mm x 9° Sweep
Stem: Race Face 6° x 70-100mm
Grips: Rocky Mountain Lock On Mushroom
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Seatpost: Rocky Mountain XC 30.9mm x 400mm

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