Video: Fortitude – Shredding on the Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL


We got this video in from the Rocky Mountain crew and it shows some serious shreddin’! Titled: “Fortitude – Four Riders + Rocky Mountain Altitude” – it shows Wade Simmons, Andreas Hestler, Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich all take their turns doing their best to give the Altitude 790 MSL a good flogging. Besides the variety of riding styles and sick air… I got a kick out of Dre stealing the Strava KOM from Mark Weir on that segment! I’d have to say it’s also the first time I’ve ever seen anyone barspin a floor pump!

Of course, with those variety of styles comes a variety of setups. Though all the guys ride the 5.18 lb Altitude 790 MSL frame in this video, the Rocky Mountain Ride9 system gives them a chance to dial in the bike just right. Wade runs his geometry and suspension rates the slackest (no surprise) and Thomas runs it in slacker & progressive (forward & down, aka “Vanderham Mode”). Both Andreas and Gully run the bike neutral & progressive (furthest down).

Watch the video and be entertained! Check out the photos and official info below, too.


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 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.

Photos by Margus Riga

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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