Gully Storms the Castle
A group of sixteen invited freeride mountain bikers experienced an incredible week at the 2014 Suzuki Nine Knights in Livigno, Italy. In addition to heli, sunset, and sunrise shoots, riders explored the backcountry and freeride trails on Mottolino Fun Mountain.
Geoff Gulevich ("Gully") was a man on a mission to storm the castle, stomping a flip on the step up, airing huge on the hip, and flipping the tower drop on his Flatline. Super motivated, he was up at the crack of dawn for the freeride sessions and was more than happy when he earned himself a Nine Knights ring and the “Ruler of the Week” title.
Gully's other awards from the week:
- Best Action Photo (by Christoph Laue)
- Best Lifestyle Photo (by Markus Greber, with Andi Wittmann)
- Best Illumination Photo (by Christoph Laue)
Event host Andi Wittmann (GER) was thrilled about the results of the week despite some difficult weather conditions. “I’m stoked that the teams were so motivated! The contest was quite different this year because of the new team concept and all the different riding styles, like enduro, big bike and freeriding.” The outcome at the award night was a true testament to the skill of the riders as well as the people behind the lenses.
New Web Store & Discount
We're launching a new Web Store today, making it easier to find all our apparel, accessories, and service parts worldwide. We've also got a boatload of new Rocky Mountain clothing in stock, including some exclusive Race Face trail kit and an exclusive Biemme XC collection.
To say thanks to all our website fans we're offering 10% off everything in store this week—just enter the code NEWSTORE when you checkout. PLUS, we're hooking up a free Espresso Cup & Saucer set on all orders over $200!
Fine print & info: All orders over $200 after discounts but before shipping and tax will get an Espresso set. The Espresso set won't be visible on confirmation emails—trust us, it's coming! Rocky Mountain will pay for any additional shipping costs incurred by the Espresso set. Discount and giveaway are valid only from June 16 to June 23, 2014.
On bikes featuring our patented RIDE-9™ System, riders and mechanics are able to adjust the geometry and suspension rates to specific riding styles, terrain, and rider weights. Nine configurations are possible thanks to two interlocking chip inserts that move on two separate axes.
We sat down with Thomas Vanderham, Ken Perras, and Joe Kerekes to dig deeper into tuning RIDE-9™ for a dialed ride.
For more information, check the detailed technology page here.
Rally Team Heats Up in Chile
First Enduro World Series race, first podium for our new Rocky Mountain Urge bp Rally Team!
The team traveled to Chile for the first EWS of the season with optimism. Our French riders Florian Nicolai, Isabeau Courdurier, and Alex Cure were joined by Canadian Jesse Melamed to battle it out with the world's best on Chilean soil. After two days of racing on some of the most unique and beautiful trails we've ever seen, Florian put down a blistering last stage to pass Martin Maes for 3rd place in the Overall category behind Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves!
The final results for the team were:
- Florian Nicolai — 3rd Overall
- Isabeau Courdurier — 5th Overall
- Alex Cure — 7th Overall
- Jesse Melamed — 30th Overall (coming back strong after several crashes!)
The team was aboard the Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition, with Shimano components and footwear, Maxxis tires, Stan's NoTubes wheels, Fox premium suspension, and Raceface cockpits. The team wore the Urge bp Archi Enduro and Endur-O-Matic helmets. The team is also supported by the following key sponsors: Royal Racing Clothing, 7 IDP Protection, WTB Saddles, Smith Optics, Cane Creek headsets, e13 chainguides, Honey Stinger energy gels, Kicking Horse coffee, FTI Consulting, and Val d'Allos ski resort.
Congrats to all involved and we'll see you in Scotland for Round 2 of the Enduro World Series.
Photos by Matt Wragg.
Introducing the 2015 Blizzard
A new class of fat bike.
With suspension-specific design, agile trail-bike geometry, and a truly capable parts spec, the Blizzard delivers legendary Rocky Mountain ride quality on snow, sand, and anything else you get yourself into. Ride out the storm!
Ride Tuned Concept
The overall goal was simple: create a true “mountain bike” feeling fat bike for fun in soft conditions.
It was no easy task to design a frame that clears the huge 4.7” tires while maintaining the playful geometry that Rocky Mountain is legendary for. With a suspension-corrected 68.5° head tube angle, neutral chainstays, and shorter-than-average top tube, we were able to make this goal a reality.
Our signature FORM ™ aluminum was applied from the Vertex for rugged, lightweight construction.
- Full-width 4.7” tires provide optimized traction and stability across snow, sand, and soft trails.
- Agile geometry keeps the Blizzard feeling like a true mountain bike.
- Strapless Frame Bag (sold separately) designed specifically for the Blizzard by Porcelain Rocket keeps your gear safe and dry with water resistant fabric and waterproof zippers. Main compartment for jacket or food, with expandable pocket for tools and other items.
- Rock Shox Bluto RL suspension fork with 100mm of travel and a 15x150mm thru-axle.
- Two Anything Cage™ mounts and extra bosses allow additional custom frame bag options.
- Custom Race Face 24T narrow-wide single ring and bashguard features drive-side offset for optimal shifting performance while maximizing climbing ability. Allows for easy 2x conversion.
- Front derailleur mount.
- Sealed bearing 6-pawl heavy duty freehub handles increased torque in soft conditions.
- Internally routed full length housing.
- Stealth-dropper compatible.
Full specs, geometry, and pricing to come.
Available Fall 2014
Rocky Mountain – Urge bp Rally Team
Rocky Mountain Bicycles has joined forces with Urge Bike Products to launch the ROCKY MOUNTAIN – URGE bp RALLY TEAM, a dedicated Enduro World Series race team for 2014. This new team of 4 riders is grounded in the successes of both URGE bp and Rocky Mountain's previous Enduro team efforts at the French, North American, and Enduro World Series levels.
- Florian Nicolai (Age: 20) — 13th overall in the 2013 EWS, 3rd overall in the 2013 Enduro Series French Cup
- Jesse Melamed (Age: 21) — 6th at the 2013 Whistler EWS
- Alex Cure (Age: 20) — 19th overall in the 2013 EWS, and winner of the first ever EWS stage (Punta Ala, IT)
- Isabeau Courdurier (Age:19) — 2013 Enduro Series French Cup Winner, and 4th women at the 2013 Val d'Isère EWS
The team will be aboard the Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition, with Shimano components and footwear, Maxxis tires, Stan's NoTubes wheels, Fox premium suspension, and Raceface cockpits. The team will wear the Urge bp Archi Enduro and Endur-O-Matic helmets. The team is also supported by the following key sponsors:
Royal Racing Clothing, 7 IDP Protection, WTB Saddles, Smith Optics, Cane Creek headsets, e13 chainguides, Honey Stinger energy gels, Kicking Horse coffee, FTI Consulting, and Val d'Allos ski resort.
We are also excited to announce a Development Program under the ROCKY MOUNTAIN – URGE bp RALLY TEAM program, helping grow the future of Enduro racing. This program is aimed at North American and European Enduro riders looking to get to the EWS level of racing. Development riders will be racing their local enduro events, with a chance to get additional race experience at various EWS events throughout the year. Maurian Marnay (FR) and Antonin Gourgin (FR), among others, will be part of the 2014 Development Program.
When XC gets rowdy, the agile and playful Thunderbolt shines. With 120mm of SMOOTHLINK™ travel and 27.5” wheels, the Thunderbolt delivers a great mix of intuitive XC capabilities and pure, playful trail fun.
"The Thunderbolt is my kind of XC bike. It's got a natural feel and tackles the climbs exceptionally well. On the descents it provides the kind of small bump sensitivity usually reserved for longer travel bikes.” -Thomas Vanderham
Rocky Mountain's entire development team unanimously agreed on the need for a fun XC bike that stands on the shoulders of our dedicated XC race bikes. By understanding the attributes of race bikes, we tested and perfected the numbers to arrive at geometry that lends a more playful feeling to riding cross-country. We were able to design a short 426mm rear end on the Thunderbolt, tucking the 27.5” wheel in close to the rider for lots of maneuverability and agility. At the same time, the top tube has been lengthened from traditional Rocky Mountain designs to accommodate today's shorter stems and wider bars. Our Engineers and test-riders like Thomas Vanderham experimented tirelessly to arrive at the bike's 68.5° headtube angle, balancing the unique handling-properties of both XC and trail riding styles.
- No-nonsense FORM™ Alloy frame with 27.5" wheels for agile, playful handling
- 120mm of XC-tuned SMOOTHLINK™ Suspension delivers exceptional climbing traction and a stable pedalling platform
- ABC™ Pivots are lighter, more durable and laterally stiffer than conventional bearing systems
- BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness
- 142mm E-Thru rear axle to increase stiffness (Thunderbolt 710 utilizes F/R quick release)
- Internal cable routing keeps cables neatly stowed, with service-friendly ports
- Internal “Stealth” dropper-post routing tucks the housing inside the frame for minimal clutter (with external option)
Joyriding With Gully
WHISTLER, BC — This year marked the 10th year of Crankworx, and as the pinnacle of the week the Red Bull Joyride slopestyle contest exceeded all expectations. Rocky Mountain rider Geoff Gulevich commented that the course, which snaked its way across the mountain and through thousands of spectators, was "by far the best Joyride course ever." Although the weather threatened to spoil the fun, the ominous clouds cleared throughout the afternoon and the riders put on a show for the ages.
Congratulations to Geoff and everyone who shredded the Red Bull Joyride course this weekend. Also, our thoughts go out to the riders who were injured in the event — get well soon!
More Red Bull Joyride Coverage
Other Events at Crankworx Whistler
Additional article photography by Sean St. Denis.
WHISTLER, BC — The Official Whip-Off World Championships was originally an underground event dreamed up by photographer Sven Martin. With massive popular appeal, Crankworx has since made it official, and every year both the riders and the crowd get more and more rowdy. Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich were out there having a blast this week.
Photos courtesy Red Bull. See their full gallery here.
More Official Whip-Off World Championships Coverage
Other Events at Crankworx Whistler
Jesse Melamed's Crankworx EWS Report
WHISTLER BC, Canada - The Crankworx Enduro World Series race has come and gone. Battered bodies are gingerly making their way to well-deserved food and dusty bikes are getting some well-deserved cleaning. With the race being on our home turf we fielded a strong contingent of riders, including our Altitude Enduro Team of young, up-and-coming enduro racers.
In his second ever Enduro World Series race 21-year-old Jesse Melamed was the event's biggest surprise, earning a blisteringly fast 6th place against an incredibly stacked field. Read his race report below. Words by Jesse Melamed. Photos by Margus Riga and Sean St. Denis.
Getting off to an early start, it was awesome to roll out of the VIP deck together with our team captain and mentor Andreas Hestler, before heading up the gondola to Khyber for Stage 1. Due to a thunderstorm delay we had only 15-second starting intervals for the first stage, which made for lots of interesting passing. I didn't warm up enough and was having some issues with arm-pump, so my riding was a bit rough on this stage. I had two over-the-bars crashes—I'd pass two guys, crash, and have to pass them again as I made up time. Still, other guys were having problems too and I was able to salvage a 16th place on the stage.
Stage 2 was on Business Time and AM-PM, both super fun trails. I actually caught a guy right as he crashed and ended up T-boning him pretty hard. He was okay, but it ended up eating a bit of time. This stage had a lot of spectators, which was awesome because you can't help but push a bit harder when people are yelling your name. With the help of a fast bottom section I was able to snag 13th place for the stage.
After the first two stages we had a long uphill transfer to Stage 3. I was running a single 36t chainring, which meant I had to push up the steepest bits. Some of the big-name riders were running smaller-than-normal chainrings and then changing them before the final stage. On one hand I'd have been able to conserve some energy by doing that, but it's not exactly in the spirit of the competition; nobody goes for a ride with multiple chainrings in their backpack.
Stage 3 was my stage. Pura Vida is one of my favourite trails and I knew I could put down a good result. It's tight, twisty, technical, steep, and super fast—a perfect Whistler trail—and I absolutely nailed my run. Unfortunately, I blew off the trail and down an embankment just before the finish line, and those seconds getting myself back together cost me a stage win. Regardless, I was super happy to be up there with the big guns and nobody can complain about coming 3rd after Jerome and Fabien.
I consoled myself about throwing away a stage win during the big climb to the 4th stage. My equipment was perfect on the day, no mechanical issues at all, but it was good that some guys were able to sort out their bike problems during the generous transfer times between stages.
Stage 4 was on Billy's Epic, which was two loose, steep descents separated by a two-minute climb in the middle. Normally I can count on my fitness as an advantage, but against these ultra-fit, world class racers I knew I'd have to make my time on the descents and was really happy with 5th place.
Finally, we had a break for lunch and a bit of recovery before heading up to the Top of the World trail for Stage 5. By this point I knew a good result was possible, so I had to remind myself to ride just a little conservatively throughout the 20-plus minute descent. That being said, I had one small get-off on the stage, and I was absolutely worked by the finish, so I think I played it just about right. I claimed 18th on the stage.
This result, along with a pretty high starting number put me in the hot seat for quite a while. It was awesome having all my friends and the riders I coach encourage me. Definitely a feeling I could get used to. Ultimately though, my time was good enough for 6th place on the day—awesome!
Finishing 6th overall leaves me chasing all sorts of "what-ifs"—13 seconds faster throughout the day would have put me in 3rd spot. But, then I give my head a shake and am ecstatic about the result. This sort of event is everything I've wanted mountain bike racing to be and it's so cool to be a part of it.
Bike Setup Notes
Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL frame (with RIDE-9™ set to full slack)
Fox 34 Float 160 Kashima (75psi), Float Remote Kashima (140psi), and DOSS dropper post
Raceface SixC bars (cut to 745mm) and Turbine stem (60mm)
Shimano XTR brakes, shifting, and drivetrain (36t single ring crankset setup)
DT Swiss M1.4 wheelset
Continental Trail King Protection 2.4" tires (26psi)
WTB Silverado saddle
ESI grips (cut down to half the normal size to push my brakes further out)
Along with Rocky Mountain I'd like to thank all of the Altitude Enduro Team sponsors for keeping our bikes, clothes, eyes, stomachs, etc. in good shape: Shimano, KazLaw, DLD Financial, BC Bike Race, Fox, DT Swiss, Race Face, Sombrio, Continental Tires, Ryders Eyewear, WTB, Planet Foods, and ESI Grips. Cheers!