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Rocky Mountain relives its freeride past

Any mountain biker who remembers the late '90s / early 2000s can likely recall having their mind blown by a few crazy Canucks. At the absolute forefront of those riders was Wade Simmons. Over and over he made the impossible possible, all on bikes made of aluminum with linkage plates holding the suspensions pieces. 

The early 2000s saw a rapid, feverish change in mountain bikes. Full suspension was being sorted out, strengthening gussets were added, and linkage plates provided an industrial latticework that announced these bikes weren't like any that had gone before.

Old school cool
Old school cool

To highlight Rocky Mountain's commitment to freeride since day one, the British Columbia-based company decided to build a special, one-off commemorative frame for its long-time pro freerider, Wade Simmons. Simmons' custom, old-school bike, the Pipedream, incorporates many of the original designs with modern spec and geometry.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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