Wade Simmons was sending drops in the 90’s on old-school bikes that most people wouldn’t drop today on their do-everything carbon workhorses. He didn’t get the nickname ‘Godfather of Freeride’ for nothing. Now a father to his kids, his name still has recognition throughout the mountain-bike industry. And, of course, he still rides.
When watching the new film, “The Moment,” which chronicles the history of freeride, Simmons got nostalgic of his history in the sport he helped create. Remembering bikes that were central parts of his career, like the RMX, RM7 and RM9, and technology like the “Thrust Link” and “NE 3,” got Simmons thinking. And thinking led to doing.
Simmons and Rocky Mountain Bicycles, built a one-off bike to remember the days of old, but with modern capability. Thus became the Pipedream.
In the early 2000’s gussets and linkage plates were all the rage. When you have a chrome linkage, carbon seems passé. And to compliment that flashy look is the 3D Link, which was a CNC milled feature on early full-suspension bikes like the Element, Edge and Slayer from Rocky. It was an obvious choice for the Pipedream.
To make sure early full-suspension bikes were not total noodles, Rocky developed plates on either side of the shock with a cross-brace to stiffen it up. The Pipedream got the same treatment. And it clearly takes after the bikes of yesteryear. Specifically, one bike from the 1999 film SHIFT.
Interested in what set this project in motion? Come watch “The Moment” with Bike magazine for the Southern California premier.