Photo Story: Shredding Classic Whistler Bike Park Trails on a Single-Speed RAAW Madonna

Sep 8, 2020
by RAAW Mountain Bikes  

How to start a good day? Coffee, right?

Then there’s nothing better than meeting at the Whistler Lift Coffee Company, which is just a couple of meters away from the chairlift and ordering a large cappuccino to wake up.

It was a cloudy day, but still, summer had finally arrived two weeks ago and we had temperatures above 25°C instead of rain. After a late start to the bike park season, Whistler is slowly becoming busier and busier. The bike park kept a couple of double black and pro jump trails closed, but we still had a wide range of trails to explore.

We started our day off with a few A-Line laps to warm up and get the blood going. There’s nothing better than watching your friends throwing big whips in front of you whilst you’ve already taken off the jump.

The lift line down in the village started to grow so we decided to head up into the Garbanzo Zone to hit some rock rolls and single trails. We chose Original Sin, which up top is a fast and rough trail with lots of opportunities to get some air under your tyres.

The middle part gifts you some beautiful views on the Whistler Mountain and the Creekside Village.

The lower part of the trail gets steeper and we fast approached some bigger rock rolls and even found a cheeky drop on the side of the trail.

We decided to give our hands a rest for a minute or two, and I found a chance to take some pictures of my companion. My Madonna V2 is equipped with a single-speed kit, flat pedals and brings 190mm travel up front and 160mm out back combined with 29” wheels.

The next trail is one of my favorites in the park, Fatcrobat. It starts with an old wooden double and leads into steep rocks lower down in the trail.

We passed a feature which opens up a lot of additional lines to the main trail. One of my friends hit this drop on his DH bike a couple of days ago and he showed me the line for the first time. I knew that it would be a pretty flat landing in-between two trees, but I was feeling comfortable enough on my bike to try it. The deep, full travel sound of the fork dominated the landing, but I rolled away without a problem, happy that it had worked out.

After that, we ended up rounding out the damn good day with another classic A-Line lap, obviously!

Story and photos by Rob Perry and Peter Walker


  • 44 7
 Beautiful bike and pictures! That sounds like an awesome Whistler weekend. Thanks for giving me my Whistler fix as us lucky Americans aren’t allowed to travel north of the border. Well deserved based on our awesome governments handling is this pandemic. Anyway, I love hearing about the versatility of your Raaw Madonna V2. I can’t wait to get mine (currently paid for and awaiting delivery)!

Thanks again Ruben, Peter, and the Raaw team. I love what you guys are doing. Building a killer bike and brand.
  • 4 0
 Just make sure you get a spare hanger or two delivered with the bike, ideally the 7075 version. Been loving my v2 but the 6066 hanger bends easier than on any other bike I've owned
  • 5 1
 Thank you very much for the kind words!
  • 2 0
 I haven't been to Whistler for 3 years and this had me jonesing so bad. Currently on the waitlist for the V2, hope I can make that happen next year, beautiful bike and so well designed.
  • 1 0
 @phalley: thanks for the heads-up, bought an extra but will add a 7075 version as well.
  • 2 0
 @RAAWMountainBikes: could they have run a 65mmstroke shock to get more rear travel Rubin?
  • 1 0
 @phalley: I wondered if it was just me. I have bent the hanger three times already!
  • 2 0
 @lev3000: That is an option. A rocker 60 with a 205*65 shock will result in 172 mm. But running a bit more sag to then use the 172 mm would lower the BB dynamically, which could get on the edge of too-low. Generally we recommend to stick to the 160 mm as it simply works best in the Madonna.
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 I got my first park bike in 2012, rode the stock X7 shifting shit till it was done (like after a season) and switched to single speed ever since. Best solution for a parkbike for sure. 36/15 on 27.5 is fine for me.
  • 10 0
 One gear no fear
  • 4 1
 Great images and good to see a bike with a triple crown on the front again. Doing it SS gets you extra props in 2020.
The world has gone DC/Enduro these days.

I love de-saturated images rather than the mobile phone over saturated, HDR images that are everywhere just now.

For 2020 Orange/Teal grading is the new B/W Smile
  • 4 0
 Rad setup! Anyone know what chain tensioner is used here?
  • 3 0
 SB1 Bikeparts Boner
  • 2 0
 @walkenpeter: thanks! Fancy. Been looking at those for a bit. Might have to finally one and try it out
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 @ScooterPI: over 100 Bikepark days and still runs like new ! would defintily recommend
  • 3 0
 A mistake on the old wooden double ...would really suck
  • 3 0
 Still loving my V1 Madonna, love the idea of a 190 fork!
  • 1 0
 Me too! I really want to get a 190mm ZEB on the front of mine now Smile
  • 1 0
 Lovely shred pics.

Original Sin and Fatcrobat är two of My favourites. The latter soo understated, would have been a favourite trail anywhere else.
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 People ride single speed all the time
  • 1 0
 Sweet pics. It's those alternative lines that get the adrenaline flowing.
  • 1 0
 About all's I can say is, I'm impressed!
  • 1 0
 Awesome job . El Jefe @walkenpeter
  • 1 0
 Yeah boi!
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