Rocky Mountain Bicycle Festival 2010

by Brian Mullin on August 17, 2010

I attended the first morning of the 2010 Rocky Mountain Bicycle Festival in Leadville just the day before the Leadville 100 bike was to take place (Levi won). The 3 day event (Fri-Sun) was smaller than last year’s proceedings, which took place in Denver at the National Western Complex. The weather was just about perfect, with not a cloud in the sky, though it was slightly chilly for the vendors sitting in the shade.

Nevertheless, it was entertaining meeting old and new friends, and hanging out at the various booths. There were some custom and boutique frame builders (a few new ones to the show), along with other various vendors.

Bike Companies – Alchemy Bicycle Company, AMPeirce Cycles, Black Sheep Bikes, Boo Bicycles, Cinelli-USA, DEAN, FORM Cycles, Generic Cycles, Kent Eriksen Cycles, Moots, Priority Cycles, Rawland Cycles, Spot Brand Bicycles, Strider Prebikes, Tomac Bikes, Victoria Cycles, Zinn Cycles

Various Vendors – ALINE Systems, Inc. (Orthopedic inserts), Ay Up Lighting Systems, Bear Naked Granola, Cantitoe Road (Connex chains, Caffelatex, etc), Club Ride Apparel, Feedback Sports (bike stand, scales, etc), Green Guru Gear, Hüdz (road brake hoods), King Cage (water bottle cages), etc.

I got to meet Travis Brown and his lovely wife Mary Monroe while I was hanging out at the Tomac booth with its owner Joel Smith. I had an excellent conversation with Mary about trail advocacy, Big Horn Sheep, and of all thing’s horses (really just big skittish dogs)! Mary is the Executive Director for the Trails2000 organization (, which does trail building, advocacy, and education.

I hung for a bit with Kent and Katie of Kent Eriksen Cycles (they’re the best), and checked out their uber lightweight road bike, which weighed in at 13.04 lbs! Eriksen makes some pretty sweet titanium bikes, with some very exquisite welding work. They won the ‘Builder of the Year’ at the previous show.

Eriksen also had a very interesting 29er tandem, which I tried to goad them into racing in the Leadville 100. They did not take me up on the offer?

Tomac Bikes had some very neat bikes on display, and I was especially enamored with their brand new full suspension 29er named the Diplomat, which has a nice 120mm of travel.

Their bikes range from aluminum (Vanish 160, Snyper 140, Supermatic 120, etc.) to carbon (Type X, Carbide SL) models. I have been riding lot’s of All Mountain bikes lately, so their Vanish 160 looked very interesting.

A few interesting vendors that I found intriguing were Ay Up Lighting Systems and Club Ride Apparel. I really liked the Ay Up twin lights, with their independently adjustable beams, and the nifty Gecko helmet mounting system. The individual lights can be adjusted up or down depending on desired focal point. You could set one pointing more forward on the trail, and the other directly in front. Popping the lights on and off was a breeze with the Velcro Gecko mounts.

Andy of Ay Up showed how the systems worked, and went through the various light kits, the Ay Up Ultra Lite, V Twin Sports, V4 Adventure and the V8 Explorer. I really liked the V4 Adventure pod, as I think that would be the perfect night time riding system for single track usage. The lights are very popular with endurance racers, and an entire slew of outdoor sport users (rock climbing, skiing, hiking, etc.).

Mike at Club Ride Apparel had some very interesting bike clothing, it’s functional and has enough fashion to allow you to wear it in a normal environment (won’t look like a geek). The jerseys are pretty cool looking with a sort of bowling and western flair combined together in a nifty package.

Over at the FORM Cycles booth they had a very sweet urban bike (Viaje), with a pretty powder coating (sparkling speckled brown), and bamboo fenders and rack. It looked like it would be a great commuter and around town bike? They also had a pretty titanium hardtail bike named the Prevail.

Spot Brand Bikes out of Golden had their new dropout system on display on their Rocker SS Ti, and it was also using a wider belt.

Black Sheep Bikes had their very wild 36er on display, which has truly massive wheels, and gave a surprisingly nice ride. James also had on display some other titanium treats from the stHighlight softail to the Stellar, which had a neat rack and an interesting beer holder cage (attached to the water bottle bosses).

Boo Bicycles which makes bamboo bikes, had a couple of their models on display, and they were very interesting with full bamboo tubes connected with carbon lugs.

Alchemy Bicycle Company had some pretty bikes on display from the MS29 hardtail to this impressive RLC road bike, which had carbon tubes, with handcrafted aluminum lugs.

There was a pump track right next door the event (I did not try it), and you could test various bikes if desired that track or the local trails. In addition, they had a kid test circuit with some ramps, and a teeter totter.

Here is a brief slideshow of the event.

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3D ultrasounds April 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

I always want to go this type of festival. i love biking festival. Thanks for sharing this snap shots. 🙂


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