Rocky Mountain Fourtitude – 4 Takes on the Altitude 790 MSL

Photo c. Margus Riga

Photo c. Margus Riga

Rocky Mountain wants to show off the versatility of their Altitude 790 MSL, and what better way to do that than to have four of the best riders in the world put it through the paces? Rocky did just that in their newest edit Fortitude, which follows Wade Simmons, Andreas “Dre” Hestler, Thomas Vanderhanm, and Geoff Gulevich as they each take the 650b rocket and mix in their own unique style. Thanks to the Ride-9 system, each rider can tune the geometry to their needs whether that means shooting steeps, crushing KOMs, or grabbing big air.

Make sure to check out the video after the break, it’s a winner.

From Rocky Mountain:

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.

Wade Simmons, Andreas Hestler, Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich all ride the 5.18 lb Altitude 790 MSL frame in the video. The Ride-9 system allows them to set their geometry and suspension rates up in a variety of ways. Wade runs it slackest; Thomas runs it in slacker & progressive (forward & down, aka “Vanderham Mode”); both Dre & Gully run the bike neutral & progressive (furthest down).

Wade wanted to showcase the kind of “steep & deep” technical riding that he enjoys on a daily basis. These natural steeps lurk on Vancouver’s North Shore, but rarely see bikes that aren’t full travel downhill rigs. We’re pretty sure the Godfather would be stylish on an old 10-speed too, but it’s always humbling to see him bring flow to the burliest lines.

Andreas “Dre” Hestler is an Olympian and has plenty of experience racing TransAlp and Enduro events, so it’s no surprise that he coaxes blistering speed out of the Altitude. For Fourtitude he took it to Squamish, where he gunned for some Personal Bests on one of the nicest trail networks around.

Thomas Vanderham likes to take each new bike to Kamloops – a landscape he knows and loves, and the Altitude was no exception. For its maiden voyage he took it out for some true trail blasting, from corner slashing to his patented whips.

Geoff Gulevich is better known for his slopestyle riding, but he was excited to bring his playful approach to the Altitude. He decided to shoot his section on a short road trip through Oregon, where he had a few tricks up his sleeve.

Comments

Ryan - 05/23/13 - 12:32pm

Beautifully shot, well put together, great audio, killer segues…awesome.

wheelz - 05/23/13 - 1:46pm

Awesome video. Almost makes me want to drink the 650b coolaid ;-) Really does look like a quiver-killing bike.

Ben - 05/28/13 - 9:05am

If you’re making a film about a bike you say is really good at everything…. why is the first scene in the film a guy pushing his bike up a hill? If its so good why dont you Ride your bike up that hill?

Jas - 05/29/13 - 2:43am

Wade & Co could make a kids tricycle look like a must have bike in the garage. Off now to the local Rocky dealer to see this bike for real!!

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