Wade's Rides: Rad Bikes from Wade Simmons' Career 7

<b>Heck yes! We found this rack of Rocky Mountain history tucked neatly into the back corner of their new facility. Let's dive in and have a look at some of the bikes that Wade has ridden through his career.</b>

<b>First up, the 1995 Edge TO (Team Only).</b>

<b>Complete with a Risse Racing Genesis damper and all. The front shock mount measures about 1/2 an inch wide!</b>

<b>There's even a TWP brake "booster" between the seatstays.</b>

<b>Hand-built in 1988, the Thunderbolt featured unique, enduring, and oh-so-clean fillet-brazed joints.</b>

<b>The team edition of the Thunderbolt was designed and constructed for each individual using their choice of tubing and dimensions. Imagine rallying this around the Shore today!</b>

<b>Ahh yes, the Pipeline. Thumbs up if you lusted over one of these bad boys.</b>

<b>Introduced in 1998, the Pipeline was the first true "freeride" bike.</b>

<b>With just 4 to 6-inches of adjustable travel, Richie Schley, Wade Simmons, and Brett Tippie blew minds when they appeared in Kranked riding this rig.</b>

<b>In the year 2000, Rocky debuted the RM6, a bike largely responsible for defining "freeride." The RM7 followed not long after.</b>

<b>Wade's moves on this bike impressed everyone.</b>

<b>Wade is humble about it, but his win and riding at the first ever Red Bull Rampage in 2001 helped push the sport even further.</b>

<b>It's all part of the development process...</b>

<b>The big daddy of the group, the RM9.</b>

<b>This is the very first RM9, serial number 000.</b>

<b>Looking back at frames like this, it's incredible how far we've come.</b>

<b>New World Disorder 3 - Wade going bigger than you ever will!</b>

<b>2003 marked the birth of the ETSX, a 3.5 to 4.5-inch travel rig that would later grow to 5-inches after a redesign.</b>

<b>Ahead of its time? In some ways, yes.</b>

<b>Early "on the trail" adjustability.</b>

<b>32 years after the company was founded, Rocky continues to crank out rad rides, including the new Instinct MSL - one of Wade's current go-to trail bikes.</b>

<b>Let's do this again in another 10 years, eh? Cheers, Wade!</b>

In this #ThrowbackThursday feature, travel back in time and check out six old-school Rocky Mountain rides that Wade Simmons, the Godfather of Freeride, has ridden throughout his career. Booyeah!

When you're done revisiting the glory days, discover the new Rocky Mountain MSL.

Photos by Brandon Turman and Rocky Mountain Bicycles
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7 comments
  • Krispy

    7/5/2013 10:25 AM

    Hero.

  • VTsession

    7/5/2013 6:23 AM

    When I was 17 I bought Pipeline with lawn mowing money. That was back in 1999, I rode the snot out of the bike for 5 years.

  • onenerdykid*

    7/5/2013 12:25 AM

    I had no idea the Pipeline had shock mount with a QR. That's rad.

  • Maverickdh005

    7/4/2013 2:15 PM

    WadeS one of my all time heroes and fav riders of any genre! That jump over the Zocchi truck in Disorder3 is still the most impressive video moment Ive ever seen for me and always will be, I have allot of mtb vids lol, the era, bikes, the fact its first time seeing something like that, its like Hillary climbing Everest, everyone these days can go try, but he did it first and no one can duplicate that, Wade, absolute legend as are the bikes Rocky he rode, I will always associate the brand with him, I remember Red Bull Zion 1 the Canadian line lol ahh mtb was so innocent back then, cheers Wade loved this article. Def see more of this type of reporting!

  • Uncle Cliffy

    7/4/2013 1:12 PM

    I miss my yellow RM7. Mostly the good times I had on it...

  • Primoz

    7/4/2013 1:11 PM

    Wow, the RM series was probably one of the first bikes that got me intrigued about ful suspension and it's mechanics. Awesome feature.

  • sadfusde

    7/4/2013 1:02 PM

    The RM7 with the green flames paint job is still one of my all time favorite frames