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2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct - Thomas Vanderham

March 12, 2021
Thomas Vanderham is coming up on his 20th year riding for Rocky Mountain. Over that time, he’s ridden his bike all over the world, appeared in some of the most iconic mountain bike films ever made, and competed in events such as the Red Bull Rampage. Based in North Vancouver, Thomas works closely with the Rocky Mountain R&D Team on both the current and future bikes.
 
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
“I try to build my bikes up with a specific use-case in mind. When it came time to building my Instinct, I was focused on efficiency and fun. It's the shortest travel bike I own but it carries incredible speed, so I opted for some burlier parts like Maxxis Double Down tires and 4 piston Shimano brakes with 203mm rotors. The end result is a bike that I would choose to ride for longer days on the North Shore, alpine adventures, or even a multi-day stage event like the Trans Cascadia." 

- Thomas Vanderham

 
Frame: Instinct, size Large, RIDE-9 Position 5, short chainstay position
Fork: Fox 36 Float EVOL Grip2 Factory Series 160mm Heritage Edition
Shock: Fox X2 210x52.5mm, with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets
Stem: OneUp Components 35mm reach, 35mm clamp EDC
Handlebar: OneUp Components 790mm width, 35mm clamp, 35mm rise
Headset:1-degree Angleset
Grips: OneUp Components grips mounted upside down 
Brakes: Shimano XTR 4-Piston Finned Metal Pads RT86 203mm Fr RT86 203mm Rr
Shifter: Shimano XTR 12-speed
Derailleur: Shimano XTR 12-speed
Crankset: Shimano XTR 170mm 32T
Cassette: Shimano XTR
Chain: Shimano XTR
Chainguide: OneUp Components, Chain Guide Top Kit V2
Pedals: Shimano Saint
Wheels: Stan’s NoTubes 29 rims on Shimano XTR hubs
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF MaxxTerra EXO+ 29x2.5WT / Maxxis Minion DHR2 MaxxTerra DD 29x2.5WT 
Seatpost: OneUp Components Dropper 210 30.9
Saddle: SDG Radar
 
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Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
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Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
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