An early release of 2018 Rocky Mountain bikes have started to arrive at GearHub, including the Altitude, Altitude Powerplay, Thunderbolt and
Pipeline, featured here:
The all-new Pipeline combines the confidence of plus-sized tires in raw, technical terrain with an aggressive trail chassis.
An all-new 2018 Pipeline frame pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increases stiffness, adjusts the suspension kinematics for more efficient pedaling and better small-bump sensitivity, and gives the frame a host of next-generation features.
Available in both carbon and alloy models, the Pipeline plows through greasy roots and square-edged chunder with authority, while providing near limitless traction on rocky, slippery climbs.
“My motivation in mountain biking has always been to find creative lines and link uber-tech sections with fluidity. Having up to this point ridden 2.3–2.5 tires for 20+ years, I know the limitations. Now with the addition of the plus tire, I find my line choices evolving and that’s awesome to me!” —Wade Simmons
“Riding the all-new Pipeline is like riding any new bike, it’s fun and exciting! I like to jump around and play with the trail, and the Pipeline lets me get away with landing in even the roughest sections and calling it a “landing”. Every time I get away with riding a stupid line, it motivates me to find another one. It’s my favorite way to ride a bike, and a trail.” —Jesse Melamed
Read full article here: http://www.bikes.com/en/stories/shift-perspective
Check out the 2018 Pipeline models here: http://www.bikes.com/en/bikes/pipeline/2018?tid=72
Rider: Jesse Melamed
Photo: Robin O’Neill
Location: Whistler, BC