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2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct - Felix Burke

March 25, 2021
Felix Burke has ridden on the Rocky Mountain XC race program for 4 years, specializing in endurance and adventure events. If the event requires racing long distances on technical trail, you can bet Felix will be fighting at the front of the pack. He’ splits his season between spending time in both Québec and BC, to not only sample a wide variety of trails but also to appreciate both the Anglophone and Francophone riding culture. While the Element is his go-to race steed, the all-new Instinct has become his daily driver.
 
Felix Burke Instinct
"The new Instinct really opens the door on any type of trail option for me, which makes each ride that much more exciting! Whether it’s a big pedal to the top of a distant trail or pinning it down the steepest lines in my local trail network, I always know I’m going to have fun on my Instinct. I love how agile it is by nature, and I’ve made tweaks to my suspension to allow for quick movements and a playful ride feel. In general, I want my bikes to be light and nimble, but also reliable for an all-day ride. It can be a tricky balance to find, but tried and true components like Shimano XTR drivetrain, XTR 4-piston brakes, and Maxxis MaxxTerra tires offer the best blend of efficiency and reliability.”
- Felix Burke
 
Frame: Instinct, size Large, RIDE-9 Position 2, short chainstay position 
Fork:  Fox 36 Float EVOL Grip2 Factory Series 150mm Heritage Edition
Shock:  Fox DPX2 210x52.5mm, with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets 
Stem:  Race Face Turbine 40mm reach, 35mm clamp
Handlebars:  Race Face Next R 780mm width, 35mm clamp, 35mm rise
Grips: Race Face Half Nelson
Brakes:  Shimano XTR 4-Piston Finned Metal Pads RT86 203mm Fr RT86 180mm Rr  
Shifter: Shimano XTR 12 speed 
Derailleur: Shimano XTR 12-speed  
Crankset:  Shimano XTR  170mm, 34T
Cassette:  Shimano XTR  10-51T
Chain: Shimano XTR  
Chainguide:  OneUp Components Chain Guide Top Kit V2  
Pedals:  Shimano XTR
Wheels: Race Face Next R31 28H on Turbine hubs 
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF MaxxGrip DD 29x2.5WT / Maxxis Aggressor MaxxGrip DD 29x2.5WT
Seatpost:  Fox Transfer 150mm, 30.9
Saddle: WTB Silverado
 
Click here to explore the 2021 Instinct models. 
 
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
 
Previous 40th Anniversary Celebrating 40 years We’re looking back on 40 years of good people and good bikes. Join us.
Next Service Article Instinct vs. Altitude While the all-new Instinct shares many of the same technologies and frame details as our redesigned Altitude, the bikes are starkly different in their intended use and ride characteristics. The Instinct is meant for long days in the saddle and efficiently tackling all types of trails, while the Altitude was designed for aggressive riding and enduro racing.
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2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct - Kevin Calhoun

March 19, 2021
Kevin Calhoun is one of the longest-serving Rocky Mountain athletes, product testers, and brand ambassadors we have. Starting way back in 1996, Kev’s been riding on our bikes for nearly 25 years. Originally from small-town Ontario, his passion for mountain biking and the West Coast lifestyle brought him to Vancouver where he began working for Rocky Mountain in 2001. After a couple of decades of traveling and racing cross-country, his riding preferences began to change and he gained interest in longer travel bikes for riding his backyard trails on Vancouver’s North Shore. The Instinct was that bike for Kevin, which helped him to unlock a whole new level of passion and progression on two wheels.
 
Felix Burke Instinct
 
“The Instinct has been my daily driver and ride of choice for over 10 months. Throughout those months I’ve put in some serious ride time and I’m stoked that it’s ready for everyone to enjoy! I tend to stick to my cross-country roots when it comes to bike setup. I still like a good sufferfest on the bike and I’m always interested in covering ground quickly on both the climbs and the descents.
 
My bike set up is a 150mm travel FOX 36 fork with FIT4, (78PSI, LSR 11 clicks, LSC 9 clicks) and FOX DPX2 rear shock at 220 psi. I run my Instinct RIDE-9 chip in Position 3 most days, but you can sometimes catch me in Position 1 depending on the day.
 
I’ve been a long-time Shimano supporter and have this bike built up with a Shimano XTR drivetrain (32T front ring and 10-51T cassette), XTR Trail four-piston brakes with a 203mm front rotor and 180mm rear rotor, and XTR Trail pedals as I prefer the wider pedal platform. I did sub out the XTR crank for a Race Face Next R carbon crankset, 170mm in length, just to shave some grams.
 
At home on The Shore, it’s often wet here so I run Maxxis wide trail 2.5WT tires, swearing by the MaxxGrip compound on the front and MaxxTerra on the rear. I typically run low pressure on most rides (19-20PSI front, 22PSI rear) and even less if it’s wet. In case you didn’t pick-up on this, I’m a bit particular with my bike setup. If you look too closely, you’ll find that I am guilty of the odd titanium bolt here and there, aluminum presta valves, carbon steerer tube spacers, and a Chris King headset just because…”
- Kevin Calhoun
 
Frame: Instinct, size Large, RIDE-9 Position 1, Custom black Ti pivot bolts, short chainstay position 
Fork:  Fox 36 Float EVOL FIT4 Factory Series 150mm, 51mm offset and FOX fender
Shock:  Fox DPX2 210x52.5mm, with Rocky Mountain shock bearing eyelets 
Stem:  Race Face Turbine 40mm reach, 35mm clamp with EDC tool
Handlebars:  Race Face Next R 760mm width, 35mm clamp, 20mm rise
Headset: Chris King InSet
Grips: Race Face Love Handle
Brakes:  Shimano XTR 4-Piston Finned Metal Pads RT86 203mm Fr RT86 180mm Rr  
Shifter: Shimano XTR 12-speed 
Derailleur: Shimano XTR 12-speed  
Crankset:  Shimano XTR  170mm, 32T
Cassette:  Shimano XTR  10-51T
Chain: Shimano XTR  
Chainguide:  OneUp Components Chain Guide Top Kit V2  
Pedals:  Shimano XTR Trail
Wheels: Race Face Next R31 28H on Turbine hubs 
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF MaxxGrip EXO 29x2.5WT / Maxxis Minion DHR2 MaxxTerra EXO 29x2.4WT
Seatpost:  Fox Transfer 150mm, 30.9, Shimano iSpec level
Saddle: WTB Volt
Cage: Arundel Carbon Cage
 
Click here to explore the 2021 Instinct. 
 
Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Felix Burke Instinct
 
Previous Service Article Instinct vs. Altitude While the all-new Instinct shares many of the same technologies and frame details as our redesigned Altitude, the bikes are starkly different in their intended use and ride characteristics. The Instinct is meant for long days in the saddle and efficiently tackling all types of trails, while the Altitude was designed for aggressive riding and enduro racing.
Next News Big Sky Gamble by Sam Schultz Wanting to get out unsure where to go, Sam Schultz put his trust in Eric Melson which led them to a zone known more for backpacking and skiing than mountain biking. The two ventured into the Montana backcountry along with photographer, Marc O'Brien where they found epic singletrack and some spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.
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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
 
Click here to explore the 2021 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
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
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Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Thomas Vanderham Instinct
Previous News Big Sky Gamble by Sam Schultz Wanting to get out unsure where to go, Sam Schultz put his trust in Eric Melson which led them to a zone known more for backpacking and skiing than mountain biking. The two ventured into the Montana backcountry along with photographer, Marc O'Brien where they found epic singletrack and some spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.
Next News A Tall Tale – Perception is reality on the new Instinct The Instinct has been designed for epic rides and wide-open singletrack. As our most versatile platform, the Instinct thrives on all types of trails, tackling features with the utmost efficiency and responsiveness.
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Peter Ostroski in Seasons Collide

February 11, 2021

Video by Josh Bogardus
Photos by Brooks Curran
Written by Peter Ostroski
 

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.

Visit bikes.com/altitude for more information on the Altitude.
 
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
Peter Ostroski Fall Riding New Hampshire Rocky Mountain Altitude
 
Previous Feature Celebrating International Women's Day The women we work with are driven, passionate, and unbelievably inspiring. We’re lucky to have them representing our brand and have them out there helping to make mountain biking a more positive and inclusive sport.
Next Feature The 2021 Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team We’re excited to return to the Enduro World Series this year with our existing Canadian partner, Race Face Performance Products.
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The 2021 Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team

February 11, 2021

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.

Jesse Melamed

"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!"

Rémi Gauvin

“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

Team partners

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

Previous Feature Peter Ostroski in Seasons Collide 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.
Next News 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay BC Edition – Rémi Gauvin’s custom build  “I am really excited to finally have a Powerplay in my bike quiver. In the short time that I have had the bike, I have already had a ton of fun riding and using it. It has allowed me to get a few sneaky MTB rides in when the sun has been shining on days that I have been too tired to pedal fully on my own steam as I am now back into a full-time offseason training schedule. The time it takes to get to the top of the trails is staggeringly quick and the bike is no slouch on the way back down either. It has also been a blast to boot around town on! Because it is based off of the Instinct BC platform that I have ridden on hundreds of hours already it was instantly comfortable for me and I am looking forward to riding it more this winter!”
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2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay – Jesse Melamed’s custom build 

December 15, 2020

Jesse Melamed riding the Instinct Powerplay in Vancouver

"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!"    

-Jesse Melamed

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. 

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed riding the Instinct Powerplay in Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

Jesse Melamed Instinct Powerplay Vancouver

 

Previous News 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay BC Edition – Rémi Gauvin’s custom build  “I am really excited to finally have a Powerplay in my bike quiver. In the short time that I have had the bike, I have already had a ton of fun riding and using it. It has allowed me to get a few sneaky MTB rides in when the sun has been shining on days that I have been too tired to pedal fully on my own steam as I am now back into a full-time offseason training schedule. The time it takes to get to the top of the trails is staggeringly quick and the bike is no slouch on the way back down either. It has also been a blast to boot around town on! Because it is based off of the Instinct BC platform that I have ridden on hundreds of hours already it was instantly comfortable for me and I am looking forward to riding it more this winter!”
Next Feature Live Like the Kids The early teenage years are both a challenging and formative time for everyone. It’s a time of discovery, new direction, and finding your passion, all while under the limitations of lacking a driver’s license, having a curfew, and learning trigonometry. Jesse Munden and Dane Jewett both discovered riding at a young age and are all-in when it comes to big hits and road trips – so long as they can get a ride from their parents. Dane and Jesse are both young riders who are lucky enough to be growing up in two of BC’s best riding zones.
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Felix Burke's Recipe for Stoke

October 20, 2020

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

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Instructions:

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.

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Previous Feature Live Like the Kids The early teenage years are both a challenging and formative time for everyone. It’s a time of discovery, new direction, and finding your passion, all while under the limitations of lacking a driver’s license, having a curfew, and learning trigonometry. Jesse Munden and Dane Jewett both discovered riding at a young age and are all-in when it comes to big hits and road trips – so long as they can get a ride from their parents. Dane and Jesse are both young riders who are lucky enough to be growing up in two of BC’s best riding zones.
Next Feature The Jank Files - Season 2, Episode 2 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.
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The Jank Files - Season 2, Episode 2

October 02, 2020

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!
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Previous Feature 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!
Next Feature A Product of the Environment The Rocky Mountain Altitude will help you hold the high lines, tee up trail gaps, and push a pace that you didn’t know you had in you. Ridden by the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro team, the redesigned Altitude is now more capable than ever and has everything you need to take your riding to the next level. Just go fast – because fast is fun. 
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2021 Rocky Mountain Slayer – Wade Simmons’ custom build

August 20, 2020

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 

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Next Feature 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.
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2021 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt – Jesse Munden’s custom build

August 19, 2020

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

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