Every sport has its defining moment, but few are as challenging and dangerous as the Red Bull Rampage. Held in Utah, the riders meet days in advance of the event to sculpt lines and tackle the rigors of the treacherous natural terrain.
What are they riding? How big are those lines? What kind of armour are they sporting? Huck past the break to find out…
From Cam McCauls Instragram:
“–Suspension– Fork- Fox 36 180 Shock- Fox DHX RC4 I rode the bike with a dual crown 40 and a single crown 180 and ended up deciding on the single crown. It’s the same length as the 40 so it doesn’t change how the bike feels, and it keeps barspins and tailwhips in the bag of tricks if the opportunity pops up. –2013 Shimano Saint parts– Brakes Derailleur Shifter Cranks 165mm Cassette Chain Pedals –Bontrager parts– Wheelset- Big Earl Tires- G5 Stem- Rhythm 50mm Seatpost- Rhythm Seat- Chromag Overture Chainguide- E-13 LG1 Chainring- E13 36 tooth Grips- Sensus Swayze lock-ons”
Build time lapse.
Thomas Vanderham’s bike is dripping Shimano components, from his full Saint groupo, to his signature handlebar/stem/and seatpost combination.
Both Vanderham and Gully are sponsored by Rocky Mountain. Gully will be rocking the mean green machine.
The big swede posted this picture of his build on facebook. Here’s what he had to say about his decision to utilize the Status, which Specialized markets as a “balling on a budget” option, rather than the more expensive Demo:
“First session on the Rampage bike tomorrow cant wait!!! The reason I choose the Status over the Demo is that the Status have a bit shorter chainstays and higher BB so should be easier to trick! Well there’s no easy tricks at Rampage but lets make the best out of it! Getting closer!!! #RedbullRampage”
Mike Hopkins Norco Aurum. Ignore the saddle.
For everyone who has been clamoring for a 29r DH bike, here’s the next best thing, a tweener! Theoretically, the 27.5 wheelsize is the greatest thing to ever happen to our sport, and it sure isn’t holding Logan back. Check the video below. You can hear his suspenion clack out but those wheels are still rolling true.
While we don’t have a picture of Brendan’s new Rampage steed, you can bet he’ll be floating the steeps on Scott’s newly redesigned DH bike the Gambler.
Brendawgs line is one of the most anticipated this year. He needs that little lip to launch that fifty foot canyon gap!
The Coastal Crew constantly produces high caliber mountain bike edits. You can bet they’re filming a rampage edit.
Every Rampage, riders are pushing the limits of their imagination, fear, and equipment. While some will opt to ride with only minimal protection in terms of elbow guards, chest protectors, and gloves – they’ll all be sporting trick helmets.
You have to wonder how many spare helmets they packed?
Cam Zink won the last Red Bull Rampage with the biggest 360 ever landed. It took him several attempts to nail the trick and this year this custom TLD D3 lid will be keeping him safe.
Only has to clear down a 100 ft chute into this 65 foot gap. No big deal.
Brendan Semanuk will also be sporting a TLD helmet and keeping his energy sponsor happy…Although he doesn’t need a Red Bull to give him wings.
Custom Protec helmet for Rocky Mountain slayer Gully.
One of the few riders who will be sporting a neck brace is Tyler McCaul. The younger McCaul had this custom Leatt done up for the event.