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2015 Rocky Mountain Sherpa

Adventure Touring in Style

Words by Morgan Taylor. Photos by Morgan Taylor.
April 11th, 2014

Rocky Mountain is forging new territory with the 2015 Sherpa concept. In an age where most product releases happen online and trade shows are just the place where get to see them in the flesh, Rocky opened up their booth at Sea Otter with this fine machine, unannounced, just hanging out.

The Sherpa name has seen use in a few different iterations over the past three decades from bullmoose bars to canti brake touring bike. The 2015 concept nods to the Sherpa’s history and combines it with a more modern conception of adventure touring.

With a carbon front triangle, 95mm of rear travel and 120 up front, 27.5×2.8″ tires, a dynamo hub, a 42 tooth 1×10 and paint from Painthouse Customs, the Sherpa is admittedly a build straight from the imagination – but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream, right?

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Commence adventure touring dream sequence.

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Nepalese Snow Lion.

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The mythical beast wraps around a metallic silver base.

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With enough details to keep the eyes moving.

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Metallic silver flake.

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While the graphics are busy, the colours work very nicely.

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You’ve got to hand it to Stacy Glaser at Painthouse, this is a sick paint job.

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The frame sports a standard 142×12 rear end.

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50mm WTB TCS rims.

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Nice and smooth.

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27.5×2.8 WTB Trailblazer tires. Same diameter as a regular 29er tire.

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We’ve got your gravel grinder right here.

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Son dynamo hub mocked up and running.

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Supernova The Plug USB charger stem cap. Charge your Garmin while you ride for just $200.

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Bar bag from Porcelain Rocket.

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Fox 32 29 120.

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Lots of room out back, also from Porcelain Rocket.

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30 tooth Narrow Wide from Race Face.

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Linked up to a 42T OneUp Sprocket on a 1×10.

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No complaints about DT here.

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Ready to pack up and hit the Continental Divide with an empty credit card…


I’d hit that…

  • Aireeek

    I’d really like to try this bike out, minus the front hub. 2.8 tires on wide rims, could be sweet.

  • boomforeal

    carbon fully bikepacking rig seems like the perfect relaunchpad for the sherpa. this thing looks sick! fantastic paint, really interesting spec

  • Brian Earle

    But isn’t the Divide best done on a rigid 29′er? Gravel Grinding on those tires?

    I’d say that thing is more suited to some Chilcotins type exploration. Great looking bike and love the use of dyno hub and charging port.

    • boomforeal

      i was trying to think of where i’d ride this thing. exploring into the chilcotins, or some other kind of unsupported, backcountry mission. doesn’t fit an obvious niche, bit of a headscratcher really, but that’s the best kind of conceptual design imo