The Rocky Mountain bike crew took the Sherpa, their new 27.5+ full suspension rig to the desert for some fun in the sun on the Black Canyon Trail. While some of the riders were not too sure on bikepacking or even how to install the Porcelain Rocket bags properly. One thing is for certain, they looked fully comfortable on the Sherpa and made the bike look like one playful machine. For more on the Black Canyon Trail and the Sherpa head over to Alex Cogger introduces the Rocky Mountain Sherpa. The Sherpa is listed at $4499 and will be available in stores by mid-May.


  1. Lumberjake

    Growing up in Victoria BC, with Mtbs of the early 90s, were really exciting times, especially for BC products. Although I never really caught onto the blossoming freeride scene that was about to reinvent what mountain biking was in the North Shore on Vancouver, I felt the vibe of innovation in my own backyard. It was pretty exciting really as BC really was not known for anything manufacturing wise(big manufacturing went out east where our politicians like to bait the vast majority of parliamentary seats) but mountain biking was it! Rocky Mountain is the BC brand. Directly or indirectly sprouted many other famous brands like Kona, DeKerf, Brodie, and Chromag, all are connected. Then there were the equally cool parts and component companies like Race Face and Syncros, even ballistic protection from the likes of Roach and Angie wear/Core Rat.
    How could I not be interested in mountain biking living in one of the most lush and beautiful places o Earth. There were many things I didn’t like about home but the natural landscape was always and is always impressive,even from someone born and raised here.
    Throughout my childhood I”mountain biked” unaware if it existed as many others had. Whether on my Kuwahara BMX or bombing down a logging road,through giants mud puddles on my dads cheap 10 speed.
    My first real mountain bike was a 1992 Fusion that I traded for a TV and eighth of magic tobacco. I lived in the city honing any of my offroad skills at the local park. Even slapped a wrong sized Flex Stem for “suspension.”
    Today I have what I think of as a classic piece of Rocky Mountain history. It was abandoned in my low income apartment building missing parts but my manager asked if I wanted it and I said yeah. Turns out to be a rare 1992 Team Comp frame in this Porshe grey with Tange Ultimate Ultralite tubing. Is it just me or were steel frames so much cooler than todays? I mean both Rocky and Kona were speccing from a vast choice of tubing from at least 4 different companies,each trying to out do the other as the competition at that time was crazy, the steel selection today is lackluster.
    Seeing as I have s 29er now for offroad, I went with turning the Rocky into my city spinner. Using various used parts from friends and ebay I built a super cool urban bike. Scored some mid 90s Kona P2 triple butted forks that are light and surprisingly comfortable, Syncros Cattle Prod stem and Race Face cranks for more authentic Canadiana, Suntour XC Expert 8 speed thumbies to m952 Xtr rear mech with matching V brakes and the remainder a mix of modern offering on a budget like Mavic Crossrides, Easton EC70 bar w/Ritchey ends, FSA post , Shimano UN73BB and the love it or hate it San Marco Integra saddle completed with 1.1″ Michelin Wild Run’R slicks she is a beast. Surprisingly light too at just under 22lbs.

    Rocky Mountain are legend.

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