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Introducing the Rocky Mountain Sherpa

Backcountry / Biking / New Product

Rocky Mountain is excited to announce the new Sherpa overland bike. Bikepacking has been around for a long time but the Sherpa puts a Rocky Mountain twist on the concept. They designed the bike to be able to tackle more challenging terrain. The Sherpa will carry you and your gear to the ends of the earth through whatever ambitious backcountry route you didn’t know you were planning.

The bike, and especially its mega-wide tires, aren’t designed for speed, and Rocky Mountain isn’t shy about that. ”For all their advantages, they are slower and heavier than traditional 29er systems on smoother terrain,” Rocky says of the Sherpa and its tire setup. ”So if you’re looking to win an XC World Cup, then 27.5+ probably isn’t for you. Also, more volume means their sidewalls are taller than traditional tires, limiting cornering stability. A Landcruiser isn’t great at the race track, but hits its stride when things get rough.” Rocky also wants to stress that the Sherpa and its wide 27.5+ wheels and tires aren’t meant to replace more traditional bikes, but rather be another alternative for those who want to get out there and do it on something a bit different.

Sherpa Parts Spec

Frame: Smoothwall Carbon, custom hydroformed rear end
Shock: Manitou McLeod custom valved, 95mm travel
Fork: Manitou Magnum 27.5+, 120mm. TPC Absolute+ damper
Headset: Cane Creek Fifteen Series
Brake Levers: Shimano M506, I-Spec
Brakes: Shimano M506, 180mm rotors
Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-36T 10spd
Chain: KMC X10 10spd EcoProtect Anti-Rust
Cranks: Race Face Turbine Cinch, 170-175mm, 38/24T
Bottom Bracket: Race Face Cinch 30mm BB92 PressFit
Shifters: Shimano SLX Rapid Fire I-Spec 2x10spd
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore E Mount 2x10spd
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow Plus Direct Mount, 10spd
Front Hub: SUNringlé SRC Plus / Fat Fork Specific, 15x110mm
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 350, 12 x 142mm axle / Star Ratchet freehub
Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
Rims: WTB Scraper i45 27.5+ TCS Tubeless Ready
Tires: WTB Trailblazer 27.5+ TCS 27.5″ x 2.8″ Tubeless Ready
Handlebar: Race Face Evolve 3/4 Riser x 725mm x 9° Sweep
Stem: Race Face 6° x 70-100mm
Grips: Rocky Mountain LockOn Mushroom
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Seatpost: Rocky Mountain XC 30.9mm x 400mm