The folks at Rocky Mountain Bikes are a wee bit proud of the new Instinct MSL, and rightly so. My short time aboard the 2014 Instinct 970 MSL was nothing short of sublime, so it makes complete sense that they would want to showcase it at the hands of freeride legend, Wade Simmons and XC racer, Kevin Calhoun. Showcasing how this bike could span the spectrum from XC racer to hucking freerider while keeping smiles on everyone’s faces.

In spite of early-season snowfall, the terrain and capabilities of the new Instinct MSL is shown in the excellent footage of this video. Enjoy.

Background on the Video from Rocky Mountain

The plan was to head to the Monashee Mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia with Wade Simmons and Kevin Calhoun to shoot an autumn alpine video for our new Instinct MSL. We wanted to showcase the bike’s versatility under two very different riders—Kevin is an XC racer on our Factory Team, while Wade’s contributions to freeride mountain biking need no introduction—.

Of course sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t play nice, and an early cold snap provided on-and-off snowfall throughout our adventure.

Despite the challenging weather, we knew we had an opportunity to capture a unique aspect of the changing seasons. From Kevin’s dawn patrol ascent to Wade charging snowy trail features, the rapidly changing conditions ended up being the perfect way to showcase the Instinct’s versatility.

We’d like to thank the crew at the Sol Mountain Lodge for all their help with this project. Their lodge was a great base-camp and their trails were a blast even in the snow. We’ll be back again in warmer weather.

Thanks for watching, Love the Ride!

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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.


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