Rocky Mountain has something up their sleeves and I like it!
Beyond Mountain Bikes with the Rocky Mountain Solo 70 – Morgan Taylor
Photos and words by Morgan Taylor
When you think Rocky Mountain, you think mountain bikes. That’s where their focus lies and for that reason you may not even be aware that they’ve made a handful of drop bar bikes over their nearly 40 years in business.
The Solo has been in the BC-based brand’s lineup a long time – as both a cyclocross and a road race platform – but this most recent iteration skews more toward fat tires, cargo carrying, and, well, slotting a bike into the current hot niche in the drop bar world. It’s a step that, in my opinion, aligns this bike more with the others in the current Rocky Mountain lineup.
New bikes often launch with a video, and this one’s great! Join Sam Schultz and his pup Pancho as they travel from Missoula to Arizona for a winter escape with the new Rocky Mountain Solo.
The Solo has been a drop bar bike in Rocky Mountain’s lineup for years, and the most recent version is slanted toward dirt roads and getting shreddy with clearance for 700×40 or 27.5×2.2″ tires, dropper post routing, a 1x-specific frame, and a carbon fork with anything cage mounts. Morgan just got one in for review, so you can drop any questions for him in the comments.
Hit the jump for a few more photos, and get all the details on the new Solo at Rocky Mountain.
… is a truly Canadian partnership.
This is one hell of a throwback. Wade Simmons aka the Godfather of freeride, a custom-built, one-off retro Rocky Mountain “Pipedream” with modern components, and a return to some of the classic Vancouver spots from Wade’s early days as a pioneer of the freeride movement. Creek gaps, stair gaps, roof drops… just watch it!
Perspective is what makes us who we are, thus affecting how we ride. Rocky Mountain looks at perspective in their latest video, featuring Wade Simmons and Jesse Melamed on their new Pipeline.
Sun Valley, Idaho has some ripping trails, as evident in the latest from Rocky Mountain, featuring Thomas Vanderham and Sam Schultz.
The BC Bike race is no easy undertaking, so it’s easy to see why Rocky Mountain is so proud of their team’s accomplishments. See more at Rocky Mountain.
From scree to singletrack, the Rockies can provide excessive stoke, even if it’s just from our computer screens. Nice one, Rocky Mountain!
Rocky Mountain welcomes Vaea Verbeeck to their riding roster and this video proves why. I’m so stoked to ride after watching this!
Rocky Mountain’s Wade Simmons is a bit obsessed with the sterilizing of the North Shore’s trail system. Looks like he’s got some nice equipment under his legs too!
Florian Nicolaï takes to the trail with such fluidity that it appears he’s embodying a wave. See more at Rocky Mountain.
Rocky Mountain put together this fatbike freeride video featuring their Blizzard.
… to shred snowy trails. As proven by Rocky Mountain‘s newest ripper, Carson Storch.
Words by Morgan Taylor.
Rocky Mountain was the first company to take a stab at the 27.5+ tire size, with 2.8″ tires mounted to 45mm rims appearing on their Sherpa concept bike at the Sea Otter show this time last year. After a year of further tweaking, an under-the-radar appearance on Gabe Tiller’s Pushwacking the Idaho Hot Springs Route story under engineer Lyle Vallie, and all the refinement necessary to bring this new platform to market, the production version of the Sherpa “overland” bike is ready to hit the shop floor.
To accompany the launch of their new Sherpa Overland bikepacking platform, Rocky Mountain bikes worked with Brian Vernor to produce a short film on Arizona’s Black Canyon Trail. These Canadian freeriders and XC racers are surely out of their element in the hot desert sun, but the vibe is right and this one should get the stoke going for a weekend adventure.
What is it, the first day of winter? Apparently that means it’s time to release all things fatbike in Canada. Here’s a sweet video of Rocky Mountain’s freeride legends on their Blizzard fatbike in the BC backcountry, with some great photos below.