Outerbike Whistler: Hot bikes, amazing trails, good times

Consumer-facing trade show in B.C. wonderland serves up biking bliss

26er 27.5 Event News
2015 Banshee Rune with MRP Suspension
The is actually the personal bike of MRP marketing man Noah Sears, who was kind enough to loan it to us for a trail ride one afternoon. The Rune is your classic 27.5” enduro slayer that’s optimized for 160mm of travel. And that’s where MRP comes in. Sears specs his bike with a 160mm Stage fork and aggressive Raze2CR rear shock that has adjustments for spring preload, rebound damping, and low- and high-speed compression. The total package is a capable climber that can tackle almost any kind of descent.

The is actually the personal bike of MRP marketing man Noah Sears, who was kind enough to loan it to us for a trail ride one afternoon. The Rune is your classic 27.5” enduro slayer that’s optimized for 160mm of travel. And that’s where MRP comes in. Sears specs his bike with a 160mm Stage fork and aggressive Raze2CR rear shock that has adjustments for spring preload, rebound damping, and low- and high-speed compression. The total package is a capable climber that can tackle almost any kind of descent (click to enlarge).

The 34mm MRP Stage fork is offered in 26”, 27.5” and 29er versions with travel from 120mm to 170mm. It’s also highly adjustable, with knobs for air spring pressure, 8-position compression, rebound, and ramp control that allows the user to adjust the ending stroke curve of the air spring.

The 34mm MRP Stage fork is offered in 26”, 27.5” and 29er versions with travel from 120mm to 170mm. It’s also highly adjustable, with knobs for air spring pressure, 8-position compression, rebound, and ramp control that allows the user to adjust the ending stroke curve of the air spring (click to enlarge).

The Raze2CR shock also offers a wide range of adjustability and provides the feel only a coil shock can produce.

The Raze2CR shock also offers a wide range of adjustability and provides the feel only a coil shock can produce (click to enlarge).

DT Swiss 471 wheels and WTB Vigilante 2.3 tires finish off this sweet custom build.

DT Swiss 471 wheels and WTB Vigilante 2.3 tires finish off this sweet custom build (click to enlarge).

Travel: 160mm front/160mm rear
Wheel Size: 27.5″
MSRP: Banshee Rune Frame $2250; MRP Stage Fork $969; MRP Raze 2CR Shock $552
More info: www.bansheebikes.com
More info: www.mrpbike.com

MRP also had a stock of Banshee Spitfire bikes to loan out. Photo by Norma Ibarra

MRP also had a stock of Banshee Spitfire bikes to loan out (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra

The team behind the event, including Whistler bike guru Grant Lamont, and Western Spirit Cycling owners Mark Sevenoff and Ashley Korenblat Photo by Norma Ibarra

The team behind the event, including Whistler bike guru Grant Lamont, and Western Spirit Cycling owners Mark Sevenoff and Ashley Korenblat (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra

Check in was an easy and smooth process. Photo by Norma Ibarra

Check in was an easy and smooth process (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra

SRAM was in the house showing off its latest drivetrain goods, and helping keep the demo bikes running smooth. Photo by Norma Ibarra

SRAM was in the house showing off its latest drivetrain goods, and helping keep the demo bikes running smooth (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra

Beer cozies for all.

Beer cozies for all (click to enlarge).

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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