Rocky Mountain / Race Face launched as a new all-Canadian, and very Canadian, enduro team at the start of this Enduro World Series season. Andréane Lanthier Nadeau joined Jesse Melamed and Remi Gauvin to make up the small, three rider team supported by two the two B.C.-based title sponsors.
Lanthier Nadeau’s Rocky Mountain was still shiny and clean when I had the chance to take a closer look at her team edition Instinct, as she was still sidelined while recovering from a broken wrist. Since then, ALN has made her return to the EWS series at Petzen-Jamnica, where she finished ninth. Two weeks later, she was sixth at La Thuile. Here’s a closer look at the bike Lanthier Nadeau will be racing when the Enduro World Series arrives in Whistler this weekend.
All three of the team’s riders have picked Rocky Mountain’s 29″ wheeled Instinct to race this years EWS series. While the frame is the same, each rider’s bike has a different build reflecting their different riding styles. The Instinct frame is the same as the BC Edition bikes, which drop Rocky’s Ride-9 suspension adjustment system for and extend the bikes travel from 140mm to 155mm, but the rest of the build is team issue only.
Shimano supplies drivetrain parts and brakes for the Rocky Mountain / Race Face team. Lanthier Nadeau is running XTR for the drivetrain and brakes, but Saint platform pedals for extra stability on the rough EWS tracks. A Stages power meter inside the XTR cranks helps with pacing during long race days that consistently involve thousands of metres of climbing just to get between timed sections.
Fox takes care of the Instincts suspension with a Factory 36 fork up front, and the highly adjustable Factory Float X2 out back. A Fox Transfer Factory dropper post make’s sure Lanthier Nadeau’s seat is out of the way when she needs it to be.
Race Face supplies the Next R series carbon wheels, built around the Vancouver company’s Vault hubs. The Next R wheels are wrapped in burly Maxxis Minion WT 29 x 2.5″ tires to keep Lanthier Nadeau pointed exactly where she wants to go.
A chainguide from Squamish’s OneUp Components makes sure everything stays in place when the going gets really rough. The small Sea-to-Sky company also supplies its Everyday Carry (EDC) tool, which hides in the Instincts steerer tube. Mid-race mechanicals are “when” not “if” at the EWS, and the EDC makes sure the team always has tools without having to carry extra weight in a pack.