Bike Check - Carson Storch's Prototype Rocky Mountain

Feb 5, 2018
by Jay French  
Custom Rocky Mountain Slopestyle Frame Version 3 Carsons been helping design

Bleeding knuckles couldn't stop Carson from making this bike check. Fresh from McGazza Fest, it was great to catch up with him and see what was new on his custom slope bike. Carson has been helping the Rocky Mountain team with the design and build of this rig, and this is actually the third version that he's been on. We'll have a more in-depth look down the road, but jump onboard and have a look at this one-off slope machine.

Sensus Grips.
Sensus Grips.

Shimano Saint derailleur Fixed Derallieur so he has the ability to change the cog or the gearing Hope Wheelset. Kenda Smallblock 8 tyres
The Shimano Saint derailleur works as a single-speed tensioner and also makes the conversion easier if Carson does want to run gears. He's rolling on a Hope wheelset.
Chromag Contact Pedals
Chromag Contact Pedals

SR Suntour Durolux fork SR Prototype rear shock.
Front suspension is an handled by an SR Suntour Durolux fork.
Chromag Overture Saddle
Chromag Overture Saddle

Shimano XT Brake and Cranks Ghetto tube crank stopper.
Carson runs a Shimano XT rear brake and cranks, as well as a ghetto tube wrap to limit free spin.
Farm Jam 2018

Chromag Bar FU40 40mm rise. Hi-Fi 31mm short stem
The cockpit includes a Chromag Bar FU40 with 40mm of rise and a Hi-Fi stem.


  • 55 5
 Dang i didn't know that Kenda small blocks come with a sharpied-out maxxis logo
  • 7 22
flag pargolf8 (Feb 6, 2018 at 12:08) (Below Threshold)
 Those aint small blocks bro
  • 58 22
 I love how these awesome bike checks don’t actually show the bike......just close ups of seats, handlebars and bottom brackets.
  • 43 16
 did you miss the first pic?? also ask yourself what makes up a bike, oh wait you already did....
  • 10 22
flag YoungGun13 (Feb 5, 2018 at 23:19) (Below Threshold)
 @trex1984: But don't you think that close-ups of the suspension would be handy? Esoecially if it is a "prototype" shock
  • 26 3
 @YoungGun13: They didn't even say if it was 26" wheels. I think PB gets fined if they say anything other than 27.5 or 29er
  • 6 57
flag YoungGun13 (Feb 6, 2018 at 1:07) (Below Threshold)
 @yeti951SD: Didn't you hear about the next wheel size though? It's going to be 29.99 because the companies feel like they could increase the advantages found in the 29" wheel with an extra 0.99" and then they can seal the "bearings" in the "spokes" properly
  • 47 3
 @YoungGun13: You're trying too hard, bro.
  • 6 41
flag YoungGun13 (Feb 6, 2018 at 1:52) (Below Threshold)
 @Odinson: I'm in math class and I have nothing better to do with my time
  • 78 0
 @YoungGun13: yes you do. Learn maths, become an engineer and come up with the bastard standard yourself.
  • 1 0
 what are you talking about
  • 5 0
 @Peeta365: I’m talking about how the bike checks lately have sucked. Junky photos and false information. Hmmmm let’s see a close up photo of this so called “prototype” SR Suntour shock. Oh, can’t cuz it’s actually a Fox. How about those small block 8’s? Oh, can’t cuz they’re Maxxis. I remember a time when bike checks used to give actual information about the unique little things that riders do to set their bike up to their liking. Now it’s just an add to plug sponsors.....
  • 31 5
 They spelled FOX wrong.... or a very strange case of autocorrect turning FOX into PROTOTYPE.....
  • 13 0
 If they don't pay then don't advertise for them.
  • 4 1
 probably cause carson drew the line at a shit rear shock as well...
  • 5 0
Yeah no kidding , probably wants to be able to complete one run without both the fork and shock leaking oil
  • 25 0
 Kenda Small Block 8 tires? Looks a lot like a maxxis dth...
  • 18 4
 "Suspension is an all SR Suntour affair, with a Durolux fork and a prototype shock."
  • 10 2
 and some cool prototype small block DTH's to compliment!
  • 4 10
flag YoungGun13 (Feb 5, 2018 at 23:14) (Below Threshold)
 A protoype shock? It looks like a Fox shock to me. It's even Kashima...
  • 1 0
 @YoungGun13: dude if you don't get sarcasm then shut up.
  • 14 1
 The blatant hogwash about the tire and the shock... bless your hearts.
  • 15 4
 Honestly? Not the least bit impressed, geometry is probably dialled, but this thing looks straight out of 2008.
  • 11 0
 Whoa what brand is that disguised prototype shock
  • 13 1
 Apparently "taped up Fox Float" is French for "prototype shock".
  • 10 1
 This article was edited quickly......
  • 6 1
 The PB editors carpet bombed it after everyone called out all of the 'prototype' bullshit.
  • 7 2
 this bike woulda been neat 10 years ago. on another note it doesn't even seem like carson storch is interested in slope anymore at all. Which is kind of odd since Redbull likely picked him up in hopes that he'd be a top slope athlete
  • 7 0
 lol "prototype rear shock" definitely not a fox or anything like that.
  • 7 2
 I like seeing companies make slope bikes, and I'm sure this bike is amazing, but while I loved the looks of the Rocky Mountain Slayer SS, this one is kind of boring to me.
  • 3 0
 Wow SR must have stolen the secret formula for that kashima coated rear shock
  • 1 0
 Ya do realise fox have nothing to do with kashima and they pay another company to do it for them right??
  • 4 2
 Did they just take an old Transition Double and weld in a tapered head tube? Man aallll these innovations
  • 3 1
 Check out Carson's knuckle bunnions... that's what a champion's hand looks like.
  • 1 0
 What? haha
  • 3 1
 Awesome looking Rockies of old - but better.
  • 3 1
 Best of the best farm bike
  • 2 0
 Plenty of All. Note lack of carbon fiber. Sweet ride
  • 4 2
 These bike checks are going into the toilet lately Frown
  • 1 0
 Agree completely
  • 1 0
 Nice, rear suspension geometry set to maximum bottom out.
  • 1 0
 This proto reminds me of logan peats santa cruz slopestyle proto
  • 1 0
 40mm handlebar??? 40mm rise I get, but 40mm for bars and stems???
  • 1 0
 The shit talkin is real, haha
  • 1 0
 reminds me of a transition double. nice to see a fairly modest build.
  • 1 0
 totally might buy if the price is right.
  • 1 0
 Positive group we got here! Go ride your bikes!
  • 2 1
 smooked as f*ck Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Bloody Fingers!
  • 2 1
 See, 26 ain't dead.
  • 1 4
 Guess it is interesting to see a bike so adapted to a specific purpose, but damn, using a derailleur as a chain tensioner is just such a crime.
  • 4 0
 I see you're not familiar with most slope bikes
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