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Shift in Perspective with Wade Simmons and Jesse Melamed - Video

Oct 31, 2017
by Rocky Mountain  
Views: 22,744    Faves: 142    Comments: 8

The freedom that comes from riding two wheels is like no other. From the first time that you rolled past the end of the driveway, to the most recent ride on your favourite singletrack trail. The evolution of how you ride will change, but your love for the ride never should. Wade Simmons and Jesse Melamed are generational masters of our sport and are driven to push their own limits using new technologies to help ride trails in a new light. pipeline

bigquotesMy motivation in mountain biking has always been to find creative lines and link uber-tech sections with fluidity. Having up to this point ridden 2.3–2.5 tires for 20+ years, I know the limitations. Now with the addition of the plus tire, I find my line choices evolving and that’s awesome to me!Wade Simmons pipeline

Creativity has always kept things fresh for Simmons. On the trail, he makes things happen that simply shouldn’t be possible, all while navigating extremely technical terrain with ease. He’s always been this way. Looking back at his segment in “Shift,” a breakout role for a much younger Godfather, it’s always been about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. pipeline

bigquotesIt’s become apparent to me that the big advantage of running plus tires is the ability to maintain momentum and speed over rough terrain. The tires eat rough for breakfast! It can be a bit more finicky dialing in the tire pressure, but once you find the right balance, it's game on.Wade Simmons pipeline

Jesse is laser-focused, and his race results against the World’s fastest are proof. He knows when to go for it, and anyone who’s ridden with Jesse will attest that he’s all-in once his tires hit the trail. Commitment is in his character, and being able to unlock and tap into unconventional lines has set him apart at the EWS and back home in Whistler.

bigquotesRunning plus tires is great for reminding me there is more than one way to see a trail. It opens my mind to what’s possible and helps me visualize the different lines when practicing for an EWS race.”Jesse Melamed pipeline pipeline

bigquotesRiding the all-new Pipeline is like riding any new bike, it's fun and exciting! I like to jump around and play with the trail, and the Pipeline lets me get away with landing in even the roughest sections and calling it a “landing”. Every time I get away with riding a stupid line, it motivates me to find another one. It's my favorite way to ride a bike, and a trail.Jesse Melamed pipeline

The all-new Pipeline has 140mm of rear travel, 10mm more than the previous version. Being able to fine-tune the geometry and rear suspension of the bike is made possible by the Ride-9 Adjustment System embedded on the link. Jesse, who is known for charging hard and as fast as possible, has his Ride-9 set to Position 1 which is the slackest and most progressive setting. Wade, who loves a supple top end and a bit more linear feeling suspension, prefers his Pipeline in Position 3.

bigquotesJesse shreds, I love riding with that guy! He puts a smile on my face because he reminds me of myself when I was younger; just bouncing around on his bike trying stupid things. He’s who I would consider being a “true” mountain biker, someone who enjoys all aspects of riding. When we ride together we constantly challenge each other, and session sketchy features and fool around... this is what mountain biking is all about!Wade Simmons

Presented by Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Featuring the all-new Pipeline

A Film by Max Berkowitz
Featuring Wade Simmons & Jesse Melamed
Edited by Max Berkowitz
Typography by Mike Taylor
Photography by Robin O’Neill


  • 58 18
 Sweet vid, love the difference in riding styles. But plus tyres? Come on....
  • 39 7
 We're breaking out the defibrillator on plus tires at this point. A trend that didn't go like the industry thought it would.
  • 17 6
 Looked like they were having fun to me. Plus is sweet if you ride a lot raw, rugged, loose terrain. Railing turns faster and having more traction on 2.8 tires is outta style?
  • 10 5
 As the winter approaches, my trails are getting super gloopy. I will order a set very soon.
  • 6 8
 @McNubbin: Sort of like 29er DH bikes...
  • 7 3
 That landing at 1:11 is one reason why a 2.8 Minion is just sooo good.
  • 16 6
 Yeah maybe theyre awesome but after the incredible awesomeness of boost and fat bikes and super boost and ebikes and superboostplus and enduro onesies... who cares
  • 11 6
 @Poulsbojohnny: Right, thats why Jesse races on +plus tires? Oh wait, no one does.
  • 3 0
 @McNubbin: Not a fan either, but still too early to tell. 7 years ago, KHS was the only "big" 650b company, and last year, 29er DH bikes were unicorns.
  • 45 1
 You don't have to buy them! You can just enjoy the video and see all the fun we were having on them. It's a bike and that's all that matters.

Some people get it! @the-gringo @slayerdegnar @WAKIdesigns
  • 13 0
 @JesseMelamed: Knows whats up! All these bikes have a place, a purpose & someone who loves to shred on them!
  • 3 0
 Was Wade riding plus minions on the trip to Alaska? That looked like a perfect place for them
  • 1 0
 @BryceBorlick: hahaha exactly!
  • 4 0
 @JesseMelamed: so true justrideyourbike
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: I just put money down on an Altitude and your pipeline vids look like so much fun I question my decision!
  • 1 0
 I have nothing against plus, but I would warn against buying without demoing a plus bike first. I've ridden plus and I hate the feel of them. It makes the bike feel glued in corners. I prefer a much more ragged and lively feel.
  • 2 0
 @tomsepicbeard: I have this much fun on an Altitude too! Don't worry, you made a good decision!
  • 1 0
 Only if Frodo found MTB earlier. Mordor is just another ews weekend.
  • 33 2
 Well played pinkbike armchair analysts. Two of the best riders in the game; an amazing video with beautiful trails, ridiculous riding, the Godfather and a top ranked EWS rider; a whole lotta "man I wanna go ride" stoke; a user cost of zero dollars for the content... and the number one comment is on plus sized wheels. Rocky please keep on supporting cool riders, pumping out rad bikes and providing great media content. Thank you.
  • 13 0
 We will, thanks!
  • 3 0
 I didn't even notice the wheel size. Just watched a guy who is still an awesome rider and legend. With Jesse thrown in. Just shows Wade still doesn't hang about. Both flat out.
  • 3 0
 @Intensevp: Wade is a very good rider, so impressive!
  • 27 0
 Plus isn't bad at all. For chunky, steep and technical trails its perfect. For high speed, hardpacked trails full of berms, not so much. Something for every taste.
  • 7 4
 yeah because EWS races, where no one runs plus, are hardpacked trails full of berms and in no way technical. It IMO depends only on the speed you (want to) ride... I think it feels like making a nice 29er worse.
  • 5 0
 Not to mention that the early offerings of plus tires were absolute garbage.

In the last year alone the availability of Minions, and Highroller II, Dirt Wizards, Terrene Chunk, Butchers, Purgatory, etc. have really added a new dimension to aggressive 2.8-3.0 tires. All very capable tires. Yea, they're ~1100g and maybe not for 'racing', but they can really add a new element of traction not found with telescoping suspension systems.
  • 2 0
 Totally agree. For trails where I'm at there maybe 1/4 hardpacked and the rest is gravel and rock garden. Gotta love riding in the desert!
  • 10 0
 Exactly! And it's not like you can't ride hardpacked trails, see the corner at 1:17 in the video? I didn't expect to grip so much in that 'hardpacked berm' and almost got high sided. No squirming or burping felt.
  • 1 0
 I ride a lot of slick rock, and thats where you'll really notice squirm. Due to flats i run a high psi, 18ish, and don't notice my tires moving side to side on hard pack.
  • 2 0
 @slayerdegnar: Slick rock is definitely an interesting one. The plus tires would smooth out the rock and make it feel like a playground pump track but there would definitely be some squirm. 18psi still offers plenty of absorption with the high volume tires!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: great riding and thanks for joining us in the comments section.

My next bike will be a plus bike. My favorite element about plus isn't so much the grip, but the way it takes the square edge bumps and allows me to maintain speed through sections that would otherwise kill my momentum. For Moab and Sedona, my preference is always a 2.6-2.8 tire.

I find I have more grip with a 2.5 wt dhf than with 2.8 rekon. With the great selection of 2.8 tires out there these days, there are so many different amounts of grip you can dial in.

My biggest challenge with plus bikes is finding a bike that doesn't have super long chainstays. Apart from the mojo 3, hd 4, and pivot mach 5.5, almost every otger plus bike has 17.2 or longer chainstays. For short riders like me, a short chainstay makes all the difference in the world.
  • 2 0
 @sixstringsteve: Very true. On the rougher sections plus tires have less rolling resistance than a typical tire because it can deform around the small bumps better and not get hung up.
I have ridden a plus bike with just the 2.8 Rekons and was very surprised how much grip they had.
Hopefully the Pipeline chainstays are short enough for you!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: last year's pipeline was a little long in the chainstay, but this year's looks great. Glad to see rm shortening that up. With the addition of bearings over bushings and the new geo, this bike just moved toward the tip of my list of bikes to demo soon.
  • 17 1
 Dope vid. No complaining or bitching necessary. Obviously it's an add. If every product out there made a mountain bike vid. to sell their shit I would be totally OK with it.
  • 11 0
 I hope Jesse's injuries from Finale are healing up
  • 17 0
 Making progress! Thanks!
  • 2 1
 @JesseMelamed: I was always wondering, how did you get this family name? ;-)
  • 7 0
 @eugen-fried: probably from his parents
  • 2 0
 @Socket: Probably
  • 9 0
 Seems that as we get older... Everything is moving towards plus size.. except my height...I swear I'm getting shorter.
  • 3 0
 You and me both brother. Small frames fer life!
  • 2 0
 Really? I'm just getting more plus sized.
  • 9 0
 I still think Rocky Mountains domain snag is one of their biggest wins! Great vid, great trails love them all.
  • 5 0
 If they just dropped the “Plus” name no one would have a problem . Just sell them as 2.8 tires *

Im running the new 2.6 DHF front /2.5 DFH rear on my new 2017 Nomad and I can tell you the grip is F-ing sick on steep gnar and corners . I want to try and shoe horn the 2.9 Dhf on the front if my 180 boost Lyrik will clear on the Arch.
  • 1 0
 I'm able to fit a 2.8 minion in my pike on my bronson. I'll bet you can squeeze a 2.8 or 2.9 in your lyrik. I wish I could fit 2.6-2.8 on the rear triangle in my bronson.
  • 7 0
 Both riders pulling some sick shit there.
  • 4 1
 Had a chance to spend some time chatting with Jesse this summer at a few events and he's just a guy who likes to ride his damn bike. I'm a big fan and plan on staying that way for a while.
  • 6 2
 I know this article is an advert, but plus tires can be genuinely really fast:
  • 5 0
 An ad, for sure. But man, modern mtn bikes are SO awesome. And those guys shred too. Smile
  • 3 0
 Benchmark of Mountain Bike ambassadors right there. Jesse could be a future mtb advocate powerhouse with his exposure to municipal politics and general all around nice guy demeanor
  • 10 6
 "Riding the all-new Pipeline..."

Really? He said "all-new"? Who speaks like that? No one not in marketing, that's who.
  • 5 0
 Rowdy, Fun, Freedom! Pretty much the essence of MTB...
  • 5 0
 Nice video, anyone knows what trail this is in Pemby ?
  • 1 0
 Someone said diesel wolf
  • 1 0
 Awesome vid! I've learned from riding with Wade that it doesn't really matter what tires he uses, I think the same thing would apply to Jesse. I don't think either of them really use their tires when they're in the air so much!
  • 1 0
 My lady rides a plus. It has easily taken her riding up a couple of notches. She climbs chunky rocks she would never attempt before. Her climbing has really improved to my surprise as she rides slower and the balance and traction of the plus tires helps her out. We ride Pueblo State Park in Colorado at least four times a year. The trails there have a lot of loose clay shale and the plus tires excel on the loose rocks. She is on a Scott Genius 650b with 3.0 Rocket Rons. I'm happy to see the increased selection of plus sized tires and we'll probably try out a pair of the Continental der Kaiser 2.6 as soon as they're available. As far as I'm concerned, there is a place for plus tires.
  • 11 8
 "Whatever, plus tires are so shi-... well I guess I was wrong." -Hopefully every naysayer who watches this.
  • 11 3
 It's an advertisement dude, and clearly it did its job. And FYI, those 2 could ride $200 bikes from Walmart and shred like that.
  • 3 0
 @McNubbin: yup. If it's free you are the product. It being the video
  • 3 2
 I’d never ride such trail in such conditions on plus tyres. However in sluggish, soft, full of mud conditions or totally dried out desert with plenty of sandy rocks slabs? Hell yeah.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: But not slippy mud trails. For those, plus tyres suck balls. That was the setup I had last winter and it was downright scary.
  • 2 0
 @2d-cutout: there's mud and there's English clay mud... if there's hero dirt then English mud is hero slide. 2 Shorties it shall be in such case!
  • 3 1
 I wonder if Jesse ask Wade for a swig of some water at some point being that Jesse had no pack or water bottle. Things that cross my mind
  • 1 0
 I don't know who ate more dust but heck, there must've been a lot of mud in the mouth and dirty nostrils :-). I'd take the lead on these anyday. They're both beasts and I wonder if the pack was for water or spares and protection.
  • 5 0
 I had a pack(check the photos), just didn't wear it for filming.

@MMOF We took turns...The worst part was not being able to see a damn thing!
  • 2 0
 @MMOF: I think Wade's pack was prolly for whiskey...
  • 3 0
 @JesseMelamed: thanks for chimming in. Good luck next year w/ the EWS
  • 3 0
 @geephlow: I never had a sip of his 'water' so you could be right!
@eball Thanks!
  • 1 0
 No mention of what tire pressures they're running? Too bad. That would be interesting information to go along with plus bike content.

In a few of the shots, there's certainly not much tire deformation going on...
  • 10 0
 I was running 14/16psi.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Cool, thanks for the reply! Any idea what Wade was running?
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: 14/16psi with CushCore?
  • 3 0
 @ScandiumRider: Might have been a psi or two more. Not much more though.
@ArminWurmser: No cush core
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Thanks for answering!
  • 4 0
 Beautifully shot but did someone record their audio in a cave?
  • 1 0
 To date, i think the Diamondback video was the best execution for the nostalgia type of bike video, i think the VO nostalgia thing just detracts from the beauty of the riding and the trail.
  • 2 0
 @jessemelamed I just put money down on an Altitude and your pipeline vids look like so much fun I question my decision!
  • 3 0
 i guess plus ain't dead after all....
  • 2 0
 Imagine how much harder Jesse could shred if his DHF was mounted in the correct direction.
  • 2 0
 Those were the best trails EVER! Eek I want to ride them now!
  • 1 0
 Fourth picture from the top. Jesse riding round that turn. Front tyre is on back to front.
  • 8 0
 I like to switch it up so when I put the tire on the proper way I have more traction than I am used to
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: You're a madman!
  • 1 0
 Got like an old Beastie Boys vibe from the vid and audio, like a B side riff.
  • 3 1
 This video is let down so much by the terrible audio.
  • 1 0
 Anyone knows which sunglasses is Wade wearing?
  • 1 0
 What trail were they riding??? Looks freaking awesome.
  • 1 0
 Phew... the home page made me fearful this was a while ad
  • 1 0
 Sweet jamming vid - a couple of blokes on rad bikes who love the ride!
  • 1 3
 always epic videos from rocky mountain but sorry guys I will never have enough money to take one of your bikes.
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