2015 Rocky Mountain Blizzard

It's a Fatty

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April 10th, 2014

Rocky hinted at the return of the Blizzard name on the first of April. It wasn’t a joke. Rocky Mountain’s Blizzard is now a fat bike with a RockShox suspension fork. Let’s get straight into the details and shots of Wade and Gully shredding the new Blizzard.

Blizzard Angle

The 2015 Blizzard is here, and it’s fat.

From Rocky:

Designing a frame to clear the maximum tire width, while still maintaining the legendary playful geometry that Rocky Mountain is known for, is no easy task. Engineering specifically around a suspension fork meant creating an axle to crown height that optimized the additional length, while achieving a headtube angle aggressively marked at 68.5°.

Keeping tradition at hand, our signature FORM aluminum was passed down from the Vertex – ensuring a lightweight construction while maximizing the widest 4.7” tire possible. The overall goal was simple; create a true “mountain bike” feeling Fat-Bike in order to maximize fun in soft trail conditions. By maintaining a shorter- than-average top tube, we are able to make this goal a reality.

Blizzard Side Profile

Gloss black with graphics giving a nod to the BC First Nations community.

• Wide 4.7” tires provide optimized traction and stability across snow, sand, and soft trails, giving rider the opportunity to climb steep terrain and navigate Mother Nature’s natural terrain park
• Agile geometry keeps the Blizzard feeling like a true mountain bike, following the legendary ride quality Rocky Mountain is famous for
• Frame Bag (sold separately) designed specifically for the Blizzard by Porcelain Rocket, Strapless system helps keep all your gear safe and dry with water resistant fabric and waterproof zippers. Main compartment allows for jacket or food, with expandable pocket for tools and other needed items
• Rock Shox Bluto RL 100mm suspension fork with 15x150mm thru axle
• 2 x Anything Cage mounts + extra bosses allowing additional custom frame bag options.
• Custom designed Race Face 24T narrow wide single ring, featuring drive-side offset for optimal shifting performance while maximizing climbing ability
• Custom designed Race Face bashguard mounted to outboard, provides ultimate protection while allowing for easy 2x conversions – expanding versatility
• Front derailleur mount allows for rider conversion (optional)
• Sealed bearing 6-pawl heavy duty freehub system increases torque on steep climbs in soft conditions
• Internally routed full length housing
• Stealth compatible

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Blizzard geometry.

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Shimano, Race Face, and a symmetrical fat frame.

Enough of the details… let’s get to Wade Simmons, Geoff Gulevich, and Brandon Crichton riding the big black machine.

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Wade going deep!

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Smashing through the pow on Mount Seymour.

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Gully gets the new Blizzard sideways.

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It also goes up.

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Marketing guy Brandon Crichton making shapes with the Blizzard.

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The mythical creature disappears again.


Return of the Blizzard.

Fat bikes are getting better…

  • Reg

    De kerf and chromag just put there price up after this toy/ embarisment –

    The blizzard was Canadian mtb pride and craftsmanship at its finest – now reduced to a novelty.

    This is the 75 mustang II of mtb bikes today –

    • LostBoyScout

      Fat bikes might be new to you, but they’ve been around a bit now and have a strong following. They’re not novelty, though they might be in the Vancouver area, since we get so little snow. But Canada is vast and most of it spends a lot of time under snow. Why shouldn’t a Canadian icon be made to ride it?

  • Vik Approved

    Don’t be insecure just because its tires make yours look puny. 😉

    Fatbikes are real mountain bikes and they have a role to play. If you don’t want one no worries. I have no use for a DH bike or a XC race bike myself, but I don’t lose my shit when I see companies making them.

    If people get out and ride a bike [whatever kind] I’m happy.

    Personally I’ve owned a fatbike for over 5yrs and been out riding on beaches in Baja, in the desert and in the snow while most other MTBers were watching DVDs of bike flicks waiting for the MTB season to start again.

  • boomforeal

    my first mtb was a rocky mountain, and though i haven’t owned one in years i guess i still have an attachment to the brand. when i first went to check out bikes at westpoint back in highschool, the blizzard was the high end holdout against front suspension. later it became the last made-in-canada holdout in the lineup. i’ve always felt like it was something special; i actually think this new bike looks pretty sweet, but i’m disappointed they pinned the blizzard name on it. sigh, another lesson against getting emotionally attached to brands and things, i suppose. didn’t think i needed one but there it is

    • Jason F

      It’s kind of weird to name a totally different bike with the same model name, but I think the fact they had the perfect fat bike name already in the arsenal won out. Also I’m sure they’re aware that the fat bike demographic overlaps heavily with those who fondly remember the original Blizzard and are banking on some sentimental advantage.

      • boomforeal

        totally fair points jason

        wish they’d at least have made it out of 853

      • Jason F

        I agree, and with that white and black paintjob

      • boomforeal

        yes! i was trying to figure out which historical colorway would have been the best and that black and white with maple leafs was probably the most iconic

        again, nothing against this bike it seems really well thought out. numbers sound good. i’m a sucker for all black, and the subtle first nations graphic treatment looks sick

        and seems like the rocky folks read jon’s article posted yesterday, as they’re offering a frame/fork/hub combo for ~$1500. if they will throw in a 2nd set of hubs for a bit more it would be a great candidate for a fat winter/29er summer hardtail

  • Mihr Cycles

    looks good to me… and haters gonna hate no matter what.

  • Noel Steele

    i like it