Rocky Mountain's athletes enjoy traveling all over the world to ride their bikes in unique, beautiful locations. Everywhere they go—from the backcountry of Argentina to the Great Wall of China and countless places in between—they hear people share their dreams of one day riding on our home turf in British Columbia. That’s why this year Thomas Vanderham, Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Andreas Hestler decided to reinvigorate their love for home by exploring Vancouver Island, just a short ferry ride from our North Vancouver headquarters.
Rocky Mountain’s riders are a diverse bunch, and we take pride in that. Our Altitude platform is equally diverse, so with this Fourtitude video we set out to explore what four very different riders could bring to the Altitude 790 MSL.
In late fall, we traveled to the high elevations of the San Juan mountains to explore the vast range and to test out our prototype suspension platform. Our trip took us to the southwest part of Colorado because the San Juan's contain some of the most rugged terrain in Colorado and offer a loose network of trails — some fully developed, others just old mining paths filtering down the mountainside.
Fall in the Rockies is always epic, but the weather is variable. We encountered freezing temps and snow, but were rewarded with fresh loam and peak colors. In the end, after the trails were explored, weather was endured, flat tires were fixed, and a few beers were drunk, we found out what works and what doesn’t. Excursions like this are part of the feedback loop necessary to fully develop our suspension designs.
Cinematography By: Craig Grant
Directed and Edited By: Craig Grant
Original Music: Ajay Bhattacharyya
Sound Design: Keith White
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"First off I want to say thanks to everyone that helped make Hoff FEST at Retallack happen! We had one of the hottest summers in years while building the course and leading into the event, but when we showed up after Crankworx all we had was rain. While the trails needed some moisture, the course definitely did not. We did all we could to try and make the jumps ridable all week and the Fest riders really showed what it was to work together and make shit happen! Even though with tons of drainage and other techniques to get the course ridable it was still impossible until we got a couple days of sun. While the jumps weren't ridable we had an insane time and I was stoked to have all my friends from around the world come hang out in my back yard. It was definitely a week for the books! After waiting the rain out (and shredding world class trails and maybe a bit of partying...) for 8 days we headed to Nelson for a couple days for a change of a scenery and rode some of my locals spots and chilled out. Finally the sun came out just enough for those two days to dry up the course so that we could go take another try at the jumps. Unfortunately some of the guys couldn't stick around for the extra days, but we went up there on the Wednesday and the jumps were finally dry enough to test out... The jumps worked almost perfect! There were a few big crashes while people figured them out, but pretty much it was game on and we had a hour and a half power session and I couldn't have asked for much more! Can't wait for next year! Enjoy..." - Kurt Sorge