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
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.