We just got a great little video from Rocky Mountain called “Fourtitude” — four riders tweaking the new Altitude 790 MSL for their own style of riding. Wade Simmons, Andreas Hestler, Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich each utilize the Ride-9 system to tweak the geometry and suspension rates for their own personal tastes. To learn more about Ride-9, visit Ride9.Bikes.com.

Check out the Fourtitude video here:

More info from Rocky Mountain:

Rocky Mountain’s riders are a diverse bunch, and we take pride in that. Our Altitude platform is equally diverse, so with this Fourtitude video we set out to explore what four very different riders could bring to the Altitude 790 MSL.

Wade Simmons, Andreas Hestler, Thomas Vanderham and Geoff Gulevich all ride the 5.18 lb Altitude 790 MSL frame in the video. The Ride-9 system allows them to set their geometry and suspension rates up in a variety of ways. Wade runs it slackest; Thomas runs it in slacker & progressive (forward & down, aka “Vanderham Mode”); both Dre & Gully run the bike neutral & progressive (furthest down).

Wade wanted to showcase the kind of “steep & deep” technical riding that he enjoys on a daily basis. These natural steeps lurk on Vancouver’s North Shore, but rarely see bikes that aren’t full travel downhill rigs. We’re pretty sure the Godfather would be stylish on an old 10-speed too, but it’s always humbling to see him bring flow to the burliest lines.

Andreas “Dre” Hestler is an Olympian and has plenty of experience racing TransAlp and Enduro events, so it’s no surprise that he coaxes blistering speed out of the Altitude. For Fourtitude he took it to Squamish, where he gunned for some Personal Bests on one of the nicest trail networks around.

Thomas Vanderham likes to take each new bike to Kamloops – a landscape he knows and loves, and the Altitude was no exception. For its maiden voyage he took it out for some true trail blasting, from corner slashing to his patented whips.

Geoff Gulevich is better known for his slopestyle riding, but he was excited to bring his playful approach to the Altitude. He decided to shoot his section on a short road trip through Oregon, where he had a few tricks up his sleeve.

More Info: Visit Ride9.Bikes.com

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.


  1. I recently demo’d an Altitude 730 on local trails I’m very familiar with. Having ridden 650b for a while now I really felt like Rocky nailed the geometry for their first foray into this wheel size; the 730 rode just like my 100mm hardtail only with more travel, a very good thing!

    • Awesome that you’ve got some first-hand experience aboard the new Altitude. The 650b’s I’ve ridden have been impressive, but with much more travel than I typically ride.

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