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Elemente des Erfolgs

November 27, 2016

Von allen Events, auf denen wir Jahr für Jahr vertreten sind, macht uns keines stolzer als das BC Bike Race. Bei diesem sieben Tage dauernden Etappenrennen erleben Fahrer aus der ganzen Welt eine Kostprobe unserer besten Trails. Auf dieser Tour entlang der zerklüfteten Küste von British Columbia kommen die Teilnehmer in den Genuss einiger der weltweit anspruchsvollsten XC-Singletrails, während sie zwischen Pazifik und den Coastal Mountains zelten.

Das 10-jährige Jubiläum des BC Bike Race in diesem Jahr war der perfekte Anlass, die XC-Marathon Eigenschaften unseres neu überarbeiteten Elements unter Realbedingungen zu testen. Mensch und Maschine werden während des siebentägigen Rennens bis zum absoluten Limit beansprucht. Das Wetter war durchwachsen, die Trails aggressiv; perfekte Bedingungen also, um unser Element auf den Prüfstand zu schicken.

Unser Fahrer: Quinn Moberg, 22 Jahre jung aus Squamish, BC. Er ist schon seit einiger Zeit Teil unseres Teams und es ist erstaunlich, mit zu verfolgen, wie er sich binnen weniger Jahre zu einer festen Größe in der XC-Welt entwickelt hat. Nicht verwunderlich also, dass er sich hohe Ziele für das diesjährige BC Bike Race gesteckt hat.

Bike Check — Quinn Moberg

“BCBR ist eines der härtesten XC-Rennen überhaupt. Dieses Jahr war es während der gesamten Zeit außerdem ungewöhnlich nass und kalt. Trotz alledem bin ich ohne technische Defekte durch das Rennen gekommen. Ich glaube, das sagt einiges über die Qualität des Bikes aus.“

“Der neue Rahmen macht einen großen Unterschied. Es vermittelt Selbstvertrauen pur in technischen Passagen und besitzt gleichzeitig effizientere Klettereigenschaften. Bei diesem Rahmen habe ich deshalb bewusst auf einen Lockout-Remote-Hebel verzichtet, da es einfach keinen großen Unterschied mehr macht, den Dämpfer zu blockieren. Neben dem neuen Rahmen war ich außerdem zum ersten Mal mit der neuen Shimano Di2 Schaltung unterwegs. Die elektronische Schaltung arbeitet intuitiv und ultra-schnell, was besonders auf unbekannten Trails von Vorteil ist.“ Quinn Moberg

  • Rahmen: Element 999 RSL T.O. (Large, Quinn ist 5’11” bzw. 1,80m)
  • Setup: Neutrale RIDE-9™ Position
  • Dämpfer: Fox Float DPS Factory (100mm, ohne Remote-Hebel)
  • Federgabel: Fox 34 Factory (120mm)
  • Schaltwerk: Shimano XT Di2
  • Kurbel: Shimano XTR
  • Bremsen: Shimano XTR Race
  • Felgen: Stan’s NoTubes Valor
  • Reifen: Maxxis Ikon 2.2 EXO TR 3C (23 psi bzw. 1,6 bar vorne, 24 psi bzw. 1,7 bar hinten)
  • Lenker: Race Face Next 35mm (10mm rise, auf 740mm gekürzt)
  • Vorbau: Race Face Turbine 35mm (80mm)
  • Griffe: Race Face Half Nelson
  • Sattel: WTB Silverado Carbon
  • Sattelstütze: Race Face Turbine dropper post (100mm)
  • Pedale: Shimano XTR Race
  • Gewicht: 23lb bzw. 10,4 kg

Etappe 6: Squamish, präsentiert von Shimano

Die Squamish-Etappe ist ein echter Favorit unter den Teilnehmern. Von unberührten, steilen und technisch anspruchsvollen Singletrails bis hin zu flowigen Jumplines - es gibt zahllose Gründe dafür, dass diese Strecke bei vielen ganz oben auf der To-Do Liste steht. Doch mit fünf vorhergegangenen Etappen in den Beinen kann diese Strecke auch erfahrene Rider in die Schranken weisen.

  • Distanz: 53 km / 33 miles
  • Höhenmeter: 1,944 m / 6378 ft
  • Durchschnittliche Zeit: 4 hours 57 minutes
  • Schnellste Zeit: 2 hours 43 minutes

Bereits einen Etappensieg in der Tasche, rückte für Quinn ein Platz auf dem Siegertreppchen auf seiner Hausstrecke in greifbare Nähe. Doch die harte Konkurrenz, die sich teilweise zusammengeschlossen hatte, um dem jungen Lokalmatador die Chancen auf den Gesamtsieg zu mindern, sollte dieses Ziel zu einer echten Herausforderung machen.

“Ich bin mit einer Zwei-Schritte-vor-einen-Schritt-zurück Taktik in Squamish angetreten. Ich wusste, dass mir die Konkurrenz auf den Downhill Passagen dank des neuen Bikes und meines Heimvorteils nicht hinterherkommen würde. Um meinen Kontrahenten nicht die Ideallinie zu verraten, habe ich kurz vor der ersten Abfahrt alles gegeben und einen kleinen Vorsprung herausgefahren. Mit dieser Taktik konnte ich meinen Vorsprung auf den Abfahrten wie geplant weiter ausbauen und so meine Kräfte für die Anstiege besser einteilen, während die Anderen alles geben mussten, um mich einzuholen.“ Quinn Moberg
 

Quinn’s derart konsequente Umsetzung seiner Taktik ist eher untypisch für Athleten seines Jahrgangs, doch mit seiner Strategie auf den Abfahrten, die er wie kein Zweiter kennt, konnte er einen Vorsprung herausfahren. Und tatsächlich gelang es ihm noch vor Beginn der ersten Abfahrt, seine Konkurrenten abzuschütteln und so aufgrund kleiner Fahrfehler der anderen Fahrer seinen Vorsprung weiter auszubauen.

Moberg übernahm damit früh die Führung, die er im weiteren Verlauf des Rennens sogar auf einige Minuten ausbauen konnte. Mit hochgerissen Armen überquerte er dann jubelnd als Erster die Ziellinie. Die 55 km Etappe ist der Favorit aller Teilnehmer und hier zu gewinnen wie ein Ritterschlag.

10 Jahre

Dass BCBR bereits sein 10. Jubiläum feiert, hat uns auch dazu bewegt, über unsere Herkunft nachzudenken. Das Event, die Trails und unsere Bikes haben sich alle parallel entwickelt. Die Bikes, die wir heute fahren, ausgestattet mit fortschrittlichen Federungen, Vario-Stützen und einer aggressiven Trail Geometrie, haben nichts mehr mit den ursprünglichen Bikes zu tun. Gleichzeitig haben sich die Trails verändert, gebaut von engagierten Vereinen und rastlosen Trailbauern. Auch BCBR hat sich zu einem Event entwickelt, das, ursprünglich hauptsächlich auf Schotterstraßen ausgetragen, nun zu einem Großteil auf erlesenen Singletrails stattfindet, die als Meisterwerke ihrer Art gelten.

“Das BC Bike Race ist ein hartes, anspruchsvolles, siebentägiges Singletrail-Abenteuer. Während dieser Woche werden die Fahrer und ihre Bikes bis ans Limit gefordert. Die Besten Bikes für diese Herausforderung sind weder ultraleichte XC-Peitschen, noch hardcore Enduro-Hobel. Ich bin in diesem Jahr mit dem neuen Element angetreten. Es sticht gerade auf den technischen Singletrails heraus und bot trotz mehrerer Tage in anspruchsvollem Gelände eine Wahnsinns Performance. Ich bin in meiner Karriere schon auf vielen Bikes unterwegs gewesen, und dieses Bike ist ohne Zweifel ist das Beste, dass ich je gefahren bin.“Andreas Hestler, BC Bike Race

“Für mich ist es immer etwas Besonderes, Rennen auf meinen Heimstrecken zu absolvieren. Das Gemeinschaftsgefühl all der Menschen, die mich kennen und unterstützen, ist hier am stärksten. Ich gebe alles, um hier zu gewinnen, das ist sozusagen mein Teil des Deals. Die Leute hier jubeln für mich, helfen mir, leiten und motivieren mich. Zu gewinnen ist mein Beitrag, dieser Gemeinschaft etwas zurückzugeben.“ Quinn Moberg

Ein großes Dankeschön an die BCBR Crew, all die Trailbauer und die vielen Freiwilligen, die dieses Event überhaupt ermöglichen. Ein besonderes Dankeschön auch an Tristan Uhls grandiosen Schnurrbart, und Danke Andreas Hestler, unser internationales Sprachrohr. Danke an Manuel Weissenbacher, Andreas Hartmann, Greg Day, Sammi Runnels, Udo Bolts, Carsten Bresser, und all die anderen Athleten, die mit uns gefahren sind. Und natürlich Gratulation an Quinn Moberg, der zwei Etappen gewann und in der Gesamtwertung Platz 4 belegt.

Bis zum nächsten Jahr!

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Fotografie: Margus Riga & Norma Ibarra

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Shoulder Season Shred

October 27, 2016

Injuries are setbacks for athletes, but they can also bring opportunities to try different things. With Andréane recovered from a broken hand and me getting over a broken collarbone, we thought it would be fun to get out and do this bicycle thing together. No clock, less stress on our bodies, but all the fun.

We wanted to get out of Vancouver, and headed to Pemberton to explore the meadows around Tenquille Lake. We got Thomas Vanderham to join us, as well as photographer Margus Riga. A freeride legend, an enduro racer, and a downhill racer, all going for a trail ride. Quite the crew!

I have very little experience in backcountry riding. It wasn’t until Brian, the Rocky Mountain marketing guy, lent me his PLB (locator beacon) that it hit home—we definitely weren’t back in the bike park. However, Thomas and Margus both have tons of backcountry experience, and we all felt at ease going into the ride.

It was a nice day as we started in on the climbs for the day. A rain cloud hit us during the hike-a-bike section but the warm sun was poking through. The flies kept our snack breaks short.

We came to a trail intersection. Either head straight into the trail we had planned on shooting, or go up another 2km to reach Tenquille Lake. Margus thought the cabin up top would be a pretty sweet spot for part of the shoot. We all wanted to see the lake and cabin up in the alpine, so we changed the plan and headed up.

We came to the open area between two massive rocky ridges and started crossing. The snow was still abundant so we had to start walking our bikes. After a little while ALN looked down to her GPS and noticed we had gone past the 2km mark and there was no sight of a lake or cabin. It seemed pretty straightforward to stumble upon that lake as we were in an open valley, yet there was definitely no lake in sight. It was a bit of a head scratcher, and eventually we had to turn around.
 
 
Ever heard of the expression “getting Riga’d”? As we were backtracking in the snow, Thomas explained to ALN and I that we had just gotten Riga’d. Apparently we’re not the first to get lost while on a shoot with Margus Riga. Feels like we’re part of a club now.
 

I thought our feet couldn’t have gotten any more wet until we hit a river crossing, but as soon as things headed downhill I forgot about my soaked feet. I’m not sure if it was because the technical riding was keeping them warm or because they were frozen numb.

The trail wove through all sorts of natural scenery. The top of the trail was rocky and shaley, before making its way through a burn from a forest fire a few years ago. Eerie and beautiful.

The lower we got, the greener our surroundings became. By the end of it, the trail was so overgrown you couldn’t see 20 feet ahead, or your feet for that matter. That didn’t stop us from keeping our speed—it just spiced things up when blindly catching loose rocks beneath.

We finished the day at a perfect camp spot on Lillooet Lake. Food and drink are always more enjoyable after a day like this.

The next morning we had hopes of checking out a trail up Duffy Lake Road. We’d done some researching on the trail access and Margus had been in that area some 20 years ago, so it would be easy to find. Right?

This was getting Riga’d 2.0. We drove around endless fire roads that had undoubtedly changed over the years of logging. We went a little further, a little more, and some more. The wide access roads became double-tracks, and then stopped entirely.

 

We returned to town to regroup. Some things happen for a reason, and as soon as we hit the paved road again, we got smashed by a torrential downpour. Not the “grit-your-teeth-and-bear-it” kind of rain, but the “oh-shit-this-is-bad-and-I-have-hypothermia” kind of rain. We were decently prepared, but if we’d been on that trail it would have been a bad scene.

The haphazardly laid plans of mice and men were saved by the good old Pemby trail network! Our bud Dylan Forbes swung by to join us for a few laps, and we were all fired up to ride some of the best trails in the lower mainland.

This wouldn’t have been a Margus Riga trip without getting a little Riga’d. Oh! And I should mention that ALN checked her GPS and could see Tenquille lake on the map! It was there, just past where we had stopped and turned around. Next time…

 

Words by Vaea Verbeeck

Photos by Margus Riga

Additional photos by Brian Park & Thomas Vanderham

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Zurück in die Rockies

August 24, 2016

Die schroffen Gipfel der Rocky Mountains sind Schauplatz einer weltweit einzigartigen Wildnis, die in krassem Gegensatz zu der von uns erschaffenen, manikürten, modernen Welt steht. Genau diesen Bergen verdanken unsere Rocky Mountain Bikes ihre Namen, und haben somit einen besonderen Platz in unseren Herzen. Eine Reise zurück zu unseren Wurzeln war überfällig - also sind wir hin.

“Da ich in Edmonton aufgewachsen bin, waren die eindrucksvollen Bergketten der Rocky Mountains der Inbegriff für grenzenlose, raue Wildnis. Seitdem ich nicht mehr in den Prairies lebe, sind Trips in die Rockies selten geworden. Deshalb habe ich mich ganz besonders auf diesen Trip nach Fernie mit dem neuen Slayer im Gepäck gefreut. Und ich bin nicht enttäuscht worden - atemberaubende Bergkulissen, schier endlose Abfahrten, makellose Trails und eine eng verbundene Gemeinschaft von gleichgesinnten Mountainbikern waren das Resultat.  

Es war meine erste Tour mit Florian Nicolaï und schon bei der ersten Abfahrt wurde klar, warum er zu einem der weltweit besten Enduro-Athleten zählt. Die hohe Geschwindigkeit und die kreative Linienwahl, mit denen er die Trails runter brettert, sind wirklich eindrucksvoll. Wir hatten eine wahnsinnig coole Zeit und ich werde sicher nicht noch einmal so lange auf meinen nächsten Trip in die Rockies warten.” 

—Thomas Vanderham

Die Locals des Elk-Valley erzählen sich die Geschichte vom Goldgräber William Fernie, der  den Häuptling “Ghostrider” der Ktunaxa bei einem Treffen nach der Herkunft des kohlschwarzen Steins fragte, den dessen Tochter an einer Kette um ihren Hals trug. Der Häuptling versprach William den Ort zu zeigen, jedoch nur, wenn er im Gegenzug dessen Tochter zur Frau nähme. Der Goldschürfer lehnte das Angebot jedoch dankend ab. Erzürnt über diese Antwort verfluchte der Häuptling das gesamte Tal, auf dass es für 100 Jahre von Waldbränden, Fluten und Minenkatastrophen heimgesucht werden solle. Dieser Fluch wurde zum Glück etwas später, und zwar am 15. August 1964, vom neuen Häuptling Ambrose Gravelle wieder aufgehoben. Ob es je zu den besagten Katastrophen kam, ist uns nicht bekannt, auch nicht, warum William Fernie das Angebot ablehnte. Wenn man jedoch an warmen Sommerabenden zum Mount Hosmer blickt, kann man manchmal die Umrisse der Häuptlingstochter sehen, direkt neben denen des “Ghostriders” auf seinem Pferd.

“Ich saß an einem Fensterplatz auf dem Flug nach Westen als wir die Bergkämme der Rocky Mountains überquerten. Die schier endlos erscheinenden weißen Gipfel und die tief dunklen Täler waren es, die meine damalige Wahlheimat Edmonton von meiner Heimatstadt Vancouver trennten. Genau das war der Moment, als ich den Entschluss fasste, unsere neue Firma nach genau diesen Bergen zu benennen.” - Grayson Bain, einer der Gründer von Rocky Mountain Bicycles, 1981.

Die zerklüfteten Gipfel der “Three Sisters”, die das Elk Valley überblicken bestehen großteils aus marinem Kalkstein, die auch “Palliser Formation” genannt werden. Viele Berge in dieser Region sind, wie andernorts auch, wesentlich jünger als ihre Fundamente. Bei den Bergen und Tälern rund um die kleine Stadt Fernie ist es jedoch genau anders herum. Vor 360 Millionen Jahren lag die Region, die einmal das Elk Valley werden sollte, ein ganzes Stück weiter südlich, näher am Äquator, und nur 80 km von der damaligen Pazifikküste entfernt. Dinosaurier herrschten über dieses Gebiet, als die tektonischen Platten, begleitet von massiven Erdbeben, genau hier zusammenprallten. Die Gesteinsschichten wurden nach oben geschoben, als sich eine der Platten unter die Andere schob, bis sie sich vor etwa 180 Millionen Jahren überschlugen, und sich so die alten Gesteinsschichten auf die jüngeren Schichten legten. Die so entstandenen Berge standen im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes auf dem Kopf.

“Ich war hin und weg, als sich die Möglichkeit bot, bei diesem Projekt mitzuarbeiten. Ich konnte es kaum fassen, dass ich zusammen mit Thomas Vanderham auf den Trails unterwegs sein sollte - er ist jetzt schon eine Legende mit seinem unvergleichlichen Style und den massiven Whips! Außerdem war es auch das erste Mal auf der endgültigen Version des neuen Slayers, auf der ich mich schon nach der ersten Fahrt wohl fühlte. Am meisten erstaunt hat mich, mit welcher Leichtigkeit das Bike die unterschiedlichen Trails und Bedingungen meistert.

Die Trails in den Rockies unterscheiden sich grundlegend von denen in Frankreich oder den anderen Trails der Enduro World Series. Besonders die Runs hoch oben im alpinen Bereich waren unglaublich. Ich war schon etwas aufgeregt, als ich versuchte, Thomas auf diesen fast unsichtbaren Freeride Lines zu folgen, doch mit einer Legende als Wegweiser und diesem Wahnsinns Panorama war es insgesamt eine Riesenfreude. Ein einmaliger Tag, den ich hoffentlich bald wiederholen kann. Das war sicher nicht das letzte Mal!”

—Florian Nicolaï

Die Dimensionen der Rocky Mountains bringen einen zurück auf den Boden der Tatsachen. Von den tektonischen Verwerfungen hin zu den Megatonnen an Gestein, die, geformt von Generationen von Gletschern und anderen Gewalten, das heutige Landschaftsbild prägen. Diese Region hat eine besondere Entstehungsgeschichte und erinnert uns daran, wie klein und unbedeutend Menschen sind und dass diese Landschaft, wie wir sie kennen, nur einen temporären Schnappschuss in der geographischen Geschichte der Erde darstellt. Und so ist es fast eine Ehre, hier auf zwei Rädern über Stock und Stein zu brettern.

Fotografie: Paris Gore
Text: Brian Park

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Präsentiert von Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Produktion Liam Mullany  
Schnitt Brian Park
Fahrer Thomas Vanderham & Florian Nicolaï
Grafik David Tomiak
Ton Keith White
Trailbauer Matt Dennis

Musik

Intro
Written by Oliver Michael
olivermichael.com

Clams Casino — Waterfalls
Written by Michael Volpe
Published by Clammyclams Music / Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) c/o Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada (SOCAN)
All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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Mark Hall und der gesamten Gearhub Fernie Crew
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Welcome to the Family Vaea Verbeeck

June 22, 2016

Vaea has been part of the Rocky Mountain family for a while now. We filmed this little shredit with her last year, but ran into some computer issues before we could share it. She's currently on the mend from a collarbone injury in Lourdes, but she's chomping at the bit to get racing in Lenzerheide next month.

Who are you and what are you all about?

My name is Vaea Verbeeck. I was born in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and raised in Granby, Quebec. Growing up with my mom and older sister didn't stop me from being a total tomboy. I’ve always wanted to be the best at every sport: gymnastics, dancing, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, volleyball, soccer, you name it. But after progressing and learning, I’d stall in my motivation. They just weren’t for me.

At 16 I borrowed a downhill bike at Bromont, and I was hooked. The following year I got myself a bike and it didn't take me long to register for a downhill race. A few years later I was entering World Cups and knew that I’d found my sport. After finishing school in 2012, I rushed straight to North Vancouver and have been living the mountain life dream ever since. 

I’m currently working at the Lululemon Athletica head office during the off-season and pulling the plug every summer to race the World Cup circuit.

Strengths?

Not scared, strong, calm, bike park tracks (lame I know), rocks, jumps.

Weaknesses?

PEDALLINNNNNNG uphill. That shit is hard on the body and mind. I'm also pretty good at breaking bones, not gonna lie. I got my fair share over the years, it's a fine line.

What's your favourite race?

I think my favourite race was World Champs at Hafjell, Norway in 2014. I’d gone a couple of days early and just enjoyed the park there. I loved the track; good jumps, good high-speed technical woods, and good corners. Seemed to suit me well too, I got 6th—my best result so far.

Tell us about what you do off the bike. What are your off-the-bike goals?

Life without bikes exists? 

I spend a lot of time working out, indoors in the winter. Plus I take full advantage of the West Coast outdoor lifestyle: hiking, snowboarding, camping, bouldering, and food. Love food. #activities

What's good?

I'm happiest at races. Over the years I’ve developed a sort of second family at the races, and rolling through the pits with your mates on the way to practice is perfect. It maybe doesn't feel that exciting when you're out there, but when I’m out with an injury I have major FOMO.

What bikes are you riding right now?

  • Rocky Mountain Maiden
  • Rocky Mountain Altitude Rally Edition
  • Rocky Mountain Flow

How do you set your bikes up? Anything unique?

Slack and low to plough through the rough stuff. Otherwise pretty standard. 

Who's your favourite rider?

I'm scared to watch sometimes, but Brook MacDonald. Wild lad. Open throttle!

What is on your playlist right now?

Right now: ODESZA, Jupe, some Rihanna, Kilter, Tim Legend, Møme. It's all over the place. 

Favourite websites?

  • Pinkbike
  • Vital MTB
  • Youtube (gotta watch them Supercross replays somehow) 

If you were the boss of mountain biking, how would you change things?

Easy. I started racing because I loved discovering new tracks and challenges. If logistics and finances could allow it, I would love to see new race tracks every year! New places and new experiences.

Goals for 2016-2017?

I've been on the mend getting back from different serious injuries over the last few years. The goal is to stay on the bike more. Being off the bike is the last place I want to be. Setting my limits and be in the game for the next few years would be the best. 

I am eyeing up another National Champion title. I always want to better myself and my results. So technically, improving on a 6th place would be a World Cup podium. However, I am going for my best performance, not a result. I'll be happy to get back to races and give it my best. It's worked for me in the past.

Shout outs?

A bunch of rad people! Rocky Mountain and Hope Tech make it happen for me. Also, Troy Lee Designs, FiveTen, Oakley, Atlas Brace, Rockwell Watches, Crankbrothers, and JFG Nutrition for making me sweat a ton. 

Anything else?

Go out and play!

Video by Brian Park, Music by Sonny Parmar. Photos by Sam Needham courtesy Hope Tech. Additional photos by Brian Park and Margus Riga. 

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Dumbing Down the Shore

April 10, 2016

Wade Simmons finally speaks out on what he calls the "de-gnarification" of Vancouver's North Shore.

With apologies to Keyser Söze.

Featuring the new Rocky Mountain Pipeline
Starring Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Eric Lawrenuk, Andreas Hestler, and Todd "Digger" Fiander
Created by Union Co.
Produced by Brian Park
Thanks to the NSMBA for all their work
Photography by Margus Riga

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Flo Like Water

March 06, 2016

Florian Nicolaï is one of the most creative riders on the EWS circuit. His unique style threatens the podium at every race he enters. The Maritime Alps are home to some of the most technical tracks in the world, and working on this project over the winter showed us just how good Flo really is.

"This part of the world is the birthplace of Enduro. The Maitime Alps have produced some of the best riders on the planet, like Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Loic Bruni, and many others. The terrain and the culture make the difference—the trails have been here for centuries and were not made to ride, but to walk. So when you can find the flow here you’re a damn good rider." — Fred Glo, Godfather of Enduro & Owner of Urge bp

"Flo is insane. I don't understand half the stuff he does, but it's fun to watch!" — Jesse Melamed, Rally Team teammate

"Flo is a weirdly fast alien on a bike. He's got creative trail vision, and is one of the first riders coming up to have started out as a pure Enduro racer. Even after two strong EWS seasons taking 5th and 4th place overall, you get the feeling he's hungry for more results. Can't wait to see how this season unfolds." — Brian Park, Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Watch for Flo and the rest of our Rally Team throughout the entire Enduro World Series season. See you on track!

Rider: Florian Nicolaï
Bike: Altitude Rally Edition
Filmed by: Variable Visual, Sébastien Biget, & TS-Drone
Edited & Produced by: Brian Park
Photos by: Matt Wragg
Presented by: Rocky Mountain Bicycles & Urge bp
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Music: Azad Right — Son of Sam
Thanks to: Fred Glo, Gaetan Riou, Matt Wragg

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2 Fat 2 Furious: A Fat Bike Freeride Film

January 29, 2016

We had way too much fun last year shooting our first fat bike freeride video, so we knew we had to do another this year. The goal of 2 Fat 2 Furious was to only ride things that would be harder or impossible on a regular bike. From waist-deep powder to drifty sled tracks to packed down jump lines, the boys achieved just that.

Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Noah Brousseau got rad on their Blizzards all winter, and we're excited to show everyone the result.

"We were having fun ripping around on the snowmobile tracks but looking at all the pow chutes surrounding us it was only a matter of time before we were dropping in—we just had to figure out lines that were steep enough to stay afloat!" — Wade Simmons

The whole gang. Our only regret is that Ludacris was too busy to make it out.

Noah Brousseau found out that there are limits to float. Turns out.

Even the Godfather crashes now and then.

This was the first time any of the boys had hit a proper sized drop on a fat bike. Worked out better than expected!

"I was pretty confident on the 3, it was just hard because I was scared to carve off the lip." — Noah Brousseau

Too much fun, now get out there and freeride your fat bike!

Bike: Rocky Mountain Blizzard
Shot at the Coquihalla Lakes Lodge, Kamloops Bike Ranch, and Coastal Mountains, BC
Filmed & Edited by Liam Mullany
Additional Cinematography by Harrison Mendel
Produced by Liam Mullany & Brian Park
Photos by Robb Thompson & Kaz Yamamura
Special Thanks to Cory Leclerc, Bobby Brown at Maxxis, & Eric Simmons
Music: Jet Trash — Baby C'mon

Zurück News Getting Fat in Gstaad: Snow Bike Fest 2016 Die Schweizer Berge in Gstaad hatten mehr als genug Schnee, um die zweite Auflage des Snow Bike Festivals zu einem grossen Erfolg zu machen.
Vor News Farewell to Raphaël Gagné We'd like to thank Raphaël Gagné for his nine seasons of dedication to racing and to our brand. Wish wish you the best in 2016 and beyond!
Highlights

A Rocky Mountain Christmas

December 21, 2015

As bike people it's easy to get caught up in our own hype. We all want shiny new stuff, but there's more to this sport than the latest-and-greatest. This Christmas lets be thankful for all friends, all trails, and all bikes.

See you in the mountains, and Love the Ride.

Merry Christmas!

-Rocky Mountain Bicycles

 

Starring Jason Lucas as himself, and Brett Tippie as Santa.
Written by Matt Dennison and Kaz Yamamura.
Cinematography and editing by Matt Dennison.
Narrated by Alex Farnham.
Special thanks to Wendy Dennison, Leo Zuckerman, Zac Moxley, and Cyrel Gonzales.

Zurück News Welcome to the Team Carson Storch We are proud to sign Oregon-based slopestyle and big mountain rider Carson Storch to our freeride program. 
Vor Testberichte Bike Mag's Thunderbolt BC Dream Build Bike Magazine's Brice Minnigh selected our Thunderbolt BC Edition as the platform for his 2016 "Dream Build."
Highlights

Launching the Maiden

August 18, 2015

Earlier this month we headed to Retallack Lodge with Thomas Vanderham, Wade Simmons, a bunch of lucky Rocky Mountain staff, and a few key media to officially launch the Maiden.

Arriving in style.

After a quick kool-aid session, we got right to riding.

Rob Potter gets his first taste of Retallack's fast, smashy tracks.

Classic Simmons style.

Night one: egos are crushed at Nageln (aka Hammerschlagen).

From mining ghost towns to old bus graveyards, the Selkirks have a fascinating history.

Simmons brings the vandemonium. And 12 Maidens.

Day two: the best shuttle vehicle ever.

Scotty P aka Pickles touches down on Reco Peak. We supported the Peak 2 Creek trail build here last year, and it was amazing to finally sample it.

Yo dawg, we heard you like Rocky Mountains, so we put your Rocky Mountains on some rocky mountains.

This spring Rocky Mountain product manager Ken Perras crashed and broke three vertebrae, one femur, one hip, his sternum, ten ribs, and punctured a lung. It is amazing to see him back on the bike shredding.

Vanderham was loving the fast, rowdy trails that flowed from the alpine all the way to the lodge.

Night two: we premiered Maiden Voyage, Vanderham's edit with Matt Miles and Anthill films, and toasted the trails with some damn fine whisky. Also, it turns out that Ken is pretty good at Indo board Jenga.

After three days of shredding some of the world's best terrain, eating amazing food, and generally soaking up the lodge life, it was time to drive home and get ready for Crankworx.

We'd like to thank Mike Kinrade and Phil Pinfold at Retallack Lodge, Dean and Ida with Toyota BC, and Margus Riga for the awesome photography.

SEE THE FULL MAIDEN PRESS RELEASE HERE

Zurück News Catching Up with Jesse Melamed EWS racer Jesse Melamed sits down with Stan's Notubes to talk racing, injuries, wheels, and his plans for 2016.
Vor News Das Maiden Unser von Grund auf neu entwickelter Vollcarbon- Rahmen wird den höchsten Anforderungen und Ansprüchen heutiger Worldcup Rennen, Bike Park Sessions und Big Mountain Freeridelines gerecht. 
Highlights

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.

Zurück News Das Maiden Unser von Grund auf neu entwickelter Vollcarbon- Rahmen wird den höchsten Anforderungen und Ansprüchen heutiger Worldcup Rennen, Bike Park Sessions und Big Mountain Freeridelines gerecht. 
Vor Highlights 2015 BC Bike Race This year's BCBR was one of the toughest years ever. We set-up beer gardens and a kids pool to ease the pain.

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