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Grayson Bain founded Rocky Mountain Bicycles in 1981 with Jacob Heilbron and Sam Mak. They operated out of the West Point Cycles warehouse, distributing Ritchey mountain bikes to a handful of shops across Canada. By 1984, the company had hired Derek Bailey and began brass fillet brazing its own frames.
While developing the first-ever Rocky Mountain eMTB, the team of designers refused to be held hostage by existing drive designs. They built the drive to fit the bike, not the other way around.
Over the next decade, Rocky Mountain Bicycles established itself and expanded globally. International races were won by racers like Alison Sydor, Andreas Hestler, and Regina Stiefl, and design awards followed. Legendary names like Paul Brodie, Chris Dekerf, and Lance Bohlen all worked at Rocky Mountain over the years.
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The foundation of a bicycle is its frame, and a great bicycle frame needs to be both light and durable, as well as stiff in some areas and flexible in others. Bike manufacturers use a variety of techniques and materials to try to achieve these goals and deliver value to riders.
Using extensive manipulation of tube shapes and working with advanced carbon fibre processes puts Rocky Mountain at the forefront of frame construction. — the same carbon or aluminum materials is found in both top-of-the-line models, as well as the more economical models.
Few things affect ride-quality like the art of bike geometry. A deadbeat bike descends more aggressively, a steeper bike climbs more efficiently; a lower bike increases cornering control, but pedal strikes become more common; a more compact bike is more agile, while a longer bike provides more stability. It is by balancing and perfecting these key variables that Rocky Mountain's designers formulate the handling characteristics of their bicycles.