First Look, First Ride: 2016 Rocky Mountain Maiden Carbon Downhill Bike

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It's finally here. After nearly four years of tweaking and tuning, Rocky Mountain couldn't wait to unveil their new Maiden downhill bike to the world. We traveled to the incredible Retallack Lodge in British Columbia, Canada to discuss development and testing, have a chat with Thomas Vanderham, and learn all about the bike's features. Of course we rode it too, and there may have even been a helicopter involved. Click play before diving into the details below.


Highlights

  • 200mm (7.9-inches) front and rear travel
  • Full carbon frame, link, chainstay, and seatstay
  • Optimized for 26” or 27.5” wheels with Equalized geometry
  • Adjustable geometry with Ride-4 system
  • Four bar Smoothlink suspension
  • Pipelock collet axles lock into the frame for stiffness
  • Oversized Enduro MAX type bearings for longer bearing life and higher load capacity
  • Integrated frame protection: molded downtube guard, shock fender, chainstay protector, and bolt-in fork bumpers
  • Di2 electronics compatible with internal stealth battery port
  • Internal cable and brake routing
  • PressFit BB107 bottom bracket, drop-in IS42|52 headset, 12x157mm rear axle, ISCG-05 tabs


Geometry

In Action

Watch Thomas Vanderham turn the volume ALL the way up in this incredible riding video by Matt Miles and Anthill Films:

Build Kits and Pricing

The Maiden is available in four complete build kits, each of which are built around the same carbon frame. The decked out Unlimited build runs $10,499, race-ready World Cup model $6,999, Pro at $5,499, and Park at $4,499.

Frame/shock only options are also available for $3,999, and include everything needed to install both 26 or 27.5-inch wheels.

Visit www.bikes.com/maiden for more details and complete build specs. The bike hits stores worldwide in late October.

Photos by Margus Riga, Barry Primrose, Sterling Lorence and Paris Gore

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