Pro Bikes of the 2015 Red Bull Rampage

Only true big hit machines can deal with the rowdiness of Rampage

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2015 Red Bull Rampage winner Kurt Sorge ran an all Shimano Saint drivetrain and brakes with an MRP chainguide. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

2015 Red Bull Rampage winner Kurt Sorge ran an all Shimano Saint drivetrain and brakes with an MRP chainguide (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

It takes a special bike to deal with the punishment dolled out at Red Bull Rampage. Massive jumps (and the ensuing hard landings) are unlike anything else seen in the cycling world. While there were a handful of 27.5” steeds in the competition, most of this year’s bike were 26ers. Shimano Saint was the most popular drivetrain, but SRAM was spec’d on several bikes as well. Eight inches of travel was typical, as were massive steel spring-equipped rear shocks. And of course, only dual crown forks need apply. Here’s a look at some of the Red Bull Rampage pro bikes, including 2015’s top three: Kurt Sorge, Andreu Lacondeguy and Graham Aggasiz.

Sorge’s 26" Polygon also featured a SR Suntour fork and Cane Creek double barrel rear shock that both worked flawlessly for him all week. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Sorge’s 26″ Polygon also featured a SR Suntour fork and Cane Creek double barrel rear shock that both worked flawlessly for him all week (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Second place finisher Andreu Lacondeguy's red python themed bike. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Second place finisher Andreu Lacondeguy’s red python themed YT bike (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Graham Aggasiz locked down third place aboard this 2016 Kona Operator with Stan’s ZTR Rapid 30 26″ inch wheels and SRAM Code brakes and 7spd XO drivetrain built with Chromag BZA Carbon 35mm bars and saddle. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Graham Aggasiz locked down third place aboard this 2016 Kona Operator with Stan’s ZTR Rapid 30 26″ inch wheels and SRAM Code brakes and 7spd XO drivetrain built with Chromag BZA Carbon 35mm bars and saddle (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Aggy’s suspension duties were handled by a RockShox Vivid RC with a 500-pound steel spring, and a Boxxer World Cup up front that has 110psi to handle the big hits. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Aggy’s suspension duties were handled by a RockShox Vivid RC with a 500-pound steel spring, and a Boxxer World Cup up front that has 110psi to handle the big hits (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Kelly McGarry's YT was running 27.5 inch wheels, which had just enough clearance between the chainstays to fit the larger wheels. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Kelly McGarry’s YT was running 27.5 inch wheels, which had just enough clearance between the chainstays to fit the larger wheels (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Yannick Graneri’s YT featured his French colors with a pirate themed skull on the headtube and an octopus on the bottom of the downtube. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Yannick Graneri’s YT featured his French colors with a pirate themed skull on the headtube and an octopus on the bottom of the downtube (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Anthony Messere’s 2016 Carbon Morpheus featuring 8 inches of RockShox suspended front and rear travel that rolls on 27.5″ Spank wheels. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Anthony Messere’s 2016 Carbon Morpheus featuring 8 inches of RockShox suspended front and rear travel that rolls on 27.5″ Spank wheels (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Messere’s Morpheus had just enough room between the massively fat downtube and seatube to house a RockShox Vivid Air for rear suspension duty. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Messere’s Morpheus had just enough room between the massively fat downtube and seatube to house a RockShox Vivid Air for rear suspension duty (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Darren Berrecloth was stoked to be on his fresh new aluminum Canyon DHX after recently parting ways with Specialized. The build was Shimano Saint brakes and drivetrain with Fox front and rear suspension to push the 26″ wheels through 8 inches of front and rear travel. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Darren Berrecloth was stoked to be on his fresh new aluminum Canyon DHX after recently parting ways with Specialized. The build was Shimano Saint brakes and drivetrain with Fox front and rear suspension to push the 26″ wheels through 8 inches of front and rear travel (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

A 2016 FOX DH X2 coil-over shock handled the rear suspension on Berrecloth’s Rampage proven Canyon DHX. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

A 2016 FOX DH X2 coil-over shock handled the rear suspension on Berrecloth’s Rampage proven Canyon DHX (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Tyler McCaul’s 26″ GT Fury with full Marzzochi suspension and his signature T-Mac pedals. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

Tyler McCaul’s 26″ GT Fury with full Marzzochi suspension and his signature T-Mac pedals (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

McCaul’s GT is built up with Shimano Saint drivetrain and Shimano Pro stem and seatpost. Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

McCaul’s GT is built up with Shimano Saint drivetrain and Shimano Pro stem and seatpost (click to enlarge). Photo by Eddie Clark/EddieClarkMedia.com

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