Bike Check: Vaea Verbeeck's Rocky Mountain Altitude at Crankworx BC 2021

Sep 30, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  


Vaea Verbeeck is on fire right now at the Crankworx BC marathon of events. Her trifecta of wins at Sun Peaks is no joke: victories in dual slalom, Air DH, and downhill to sweep the venue and carry some great confidence into the next stop at Kicking Horse, where she took fourth place in the Psychosis Downhill. Next up is dual slalom at SilverStar, and with Vaea fresh off her Sun Peaks successes and back in the lead for Queen of Crankworx, all eyes will be on her as she carves her way through the course.

Her bike of choice for hard-packed, fast tracks where she doesn't need a full downhill bike is her Rocky Mountain Altitude, which sports a 170mm fork paired with a 160mm of rear travel. The bike is set up with Shimano XTR everything, a Deity cockpit and saddle, Industry Nine wheels, and Fox suspension and dropper post.

While the Altitude undoubtedly slots into the enduro race bike category, it gives riders enough options to make it what they will, with a chainstay adjustment flip chip and Rocky's Ride-9 geometry adjustment system that offers, yes, nine options. Vaea runs her bike slack and short, and with 27.5" wheels prioritizes maneuverability just as much as speed. Let's take a look at her setup.

Vaea Verbeeck poses for a portrait at Red Bull Formation in Virgin Utah USA on 24 May 2021.
Photo: Catherine Aeppel (Red Bull)
Vaea Verbeeck
Age: 30
Hometown: Coldstream, BC
Height: 5'7" / 171 cm
Weight: 145 lb / 66 kg
Instagram: @vaeaverbeeck

Vaea Verbeeck has ridden both medium and large frames in the past, but rides a medium Altitude. The small size is made to run 27.5" wheels while the large and extra large bikes use 29", and medium can go either way. Vaea prefers 27.5" for the maneuverability.

Details
Frame: Rocky Mountain Altitude, size M
Shock: Fox Float X2
Fork: Fox 38 - 85 psi & two tokens
Wheels: 27.5" Industry Nine 315c 32
Tires: DHF F&R, 30 / 34 psi for Air DH
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 12-speed
Brakes: Shimano XTR
Seatpost: Fox Transfer
Cockpit: Deity Skywire 25 mm rise, 770 mm width & Deity Copperhead stem, 35 mm clamp
More info: Rocky Mountain Altitude

bigquotesI run the Ride-9 in full slack, I always have. I really like the full slack mode. If I did more trail rides, like pedaling uphills, I might want to try different modes, but as far as going downhill, it’s beasty like that so I like it this way.Vaea Verbeeck

Vaea rides her Ride-9 chip in the slack and low position.

It's full XTR for Vaea with a 32t chainring up front and a 10-51t cassette out back. The rear flip chip is set to the short position, giving her 428 mm of chainstay to keep things fun.

Her XTR stoppers have 180mm rotors and are set up at a moderate lever angle.

Running a 175 mm Fox Transfer dropper post means that she can make full use of the space between the saddle and the frame, with the seatpost slammed all the way down.

Deity takes care of most of the rider-to-bike contact points with the exception of the pedals - Vaea prefers to be clipped in and runs Crankbrothers Mallets.

These Industry Nine 315 carbon rims are mounted with Maxxis Minion DHFs front and rear at the moment, though Vaea typically runs a DHR II in the rear when she's not racing Air DH and dual slalom. Similarly, she usually runs 25 / 27 PSI for trail riding, but has bumped her tire pressure to 30 / 34 PSI for these hard-packed events. She doesn't run tire inserts.

With the racing wrapped up in Sun Peaks and Kicking Horse, there's just one stop left but plenty of riding still on the docket. With her bike dialed and some great results already under her belt, we look forward to seeing what else Vaea can do.


27 Comments

  • 41 3
 wa wa wee wa
  • 4 0
 very nice
  • 26 2
 If you look closely in the first photo, there is a nice looking bicycle.
  • 16 1
 I know pros ride higher pressures but yeah 34 psi? My bike would feel really shit and bounce off of everything!
  • 5 0
 That's a pretty awesome looking bike. the i9 spokes match with the Kashima, its very harmonic.
  • 8 3
 No closeup of the hubs!? Oversight
  • 3 4
 Nothing particularly special about the Industry 9 hubs. Just saying.
  • 6 1
 34 psi?!?????
  • 6 1
 for dual slalom. not for trail riding
  • 1 0
 Hey Vaea, I've hear the people at RM have ways of extending reach numbers on their frames, and if you've ever compared a Small frame with a mullet against the straight 27.5 set up.
  • 4 0
 love to see few pro riders still in small wheels
  • 4 0
 Such a dope ride
  • 2 3
 Alicia Leggett It should be listed as a 175 mm Transfer post since Fox does not make a 170 mm one

"Running a 170 mm Fox Transfer dropper post means that she can make full use of the space between the saddle and the frame, with the seatpost slammed all the way down."
  • 1 0
 That is a very tasteful build. Great Colors, great build. That is a bike you would be happy to still be riding 6 years from now and feel content.
  • 2 0
 Nice whip...Vaea is killing it!
  • 1 0
 I like the fact she has picked a geometry from the nine available and stuck with it.
  • 2 0
 That is a super sexy bike. The odd spoke colours are fully sick.
  • 7 6
 everyone knows you cant go fast on 27.5!!!!
  • 61 6
 Everyone knows that YOU can’t go fast on a 27.5
  • 2 0
 @enduroNZ: LMAO!! Good one mate. Wink
  • 2 0
 Dream machine
  • 1 0
 new rockys looking better and better. some nice colors and here we go
  • 1 0
 Is it a 150mm or 175mm dropper?
  • 2 0
 27.5 aint dead!
  • 1 1
 Skyride cycle represent!
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