Video: Thomas Vanderham's Maiden Voyage

Aug 6, 2015
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  
Views: 49,904    Faves: 811    Comments: 34


When we set out to film a launch video for the Maiden, our new carbon downhill bike, Thomas Vanderham immediately knew he wanted to do something a bit different. No tech-talk, no drama, just letting the bike speak for itself.

Rocky Mountain Maiden Sterling Lorence Photo

Through the spring of 2015 he and a small crew of dedicated builders dug a custom track that reflected his vision. And, working with a dream team of Matt Miles, Anthill Films, and Sterling Lorence, we captured the raw aggression and confident stamp that he puts on everything he rides.

Rocky Mountain Maiden Sterling Lorence photo

Thomas worked closely with the engineering team during the Maiden's nearly four years of development, and seeing all that work come to fruition is awesome.

Rocky Mountain Maiden Sterling Lorence photo

FULL STORY: bikes.com/maiden

A film by Matt Miles
Presented by Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Filmed by Matt Miles & Anthill Films
Featuring Thomas Vanderham
Edited by Matt Miles
Produced by Brian Park & Thomas Vanderham
Music: “Violent Shiver” performed by Benjamin Booker, courtesy of ATO Records & by Arrangement with Hidden Track Music. itunes.apple.com/us/album/benjamin-booker/id868265701
Lead builder: Luke Beers
Still photography by Sterling Lorence


105 Comments

  • + 92
 Rocky Mountain Slayer, Rocky Mountain Maiden; when will the Rocky Mountain Priest come out?
  • + 47
 Right after the Rocky Mountain Sabbath. The Rocky Mountallica is unfortunately no option anymore.
  • + 140
 @kazyamamura @Monarch87 suppose we could just change our name to Rock Mountain. \m/ \m/
  • + 16
 Leave the name, but make a combined freeride/Rock festival event called Rock Mountain - then we're good!
  • + 12
 Just be careful the name you choose doesn't get you sued by James and Lars.
  • - 3
 Rocky Mountain Rammstein. Rocky Mountain Megadeth....Rocky Mountain Mastadon.....god the names are endless......
  • + 5
 @RockyMountainBicycles Where is my Brett Tippie edit?!?!
  • + 5
 Where is the Maiden song in this great VanderHam edit.....
  • - 27
flag nikifor88 (Aug 6, 2015 at 8:49) (Below Threshold)
 And how about rocky mountain nickelback?
  • + 22
 @nikifor88, that might get you beaten up.
  • + 21
 Maybe a lefty compatible bike called the Leppard?
  • + 8
 Rocky Mountain Alabama Thunderpussy...?
  • + 2
 If Rocky Mountain incorporated iron maiden into this bike somehow with either font or paint I would buy 10 of these bikes and use them for the rest of my life
  • + 2
 @unrooted wins pinkbike today.
  • + 50
 Couldn't think of a good pun, but I Maid the best of it.
  • + 4
 wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
  • + 40
 Makes me want to Run to the Hills.
  • + 6
 I know how you feel @MPRPhoto, I'm at a Losfer Words...
  • + 4
 I oughtta whip you for pun like that
  • + 10
 Now the only question that remains, what number do I pay for this beast?
  • + 2
 Id probably pay six, six six, and call it the number of the beast
  • + 25
 holy shred!...best Vanderham edit in a long time....great mixture of speed and style...
  • + 17
 At 2:22
MTB lesson No 23645: ''how bunny hop can help you improve your jumping skills''
Impressive....
  • + 9
 Thomas you are, and always have been..A RIPPER!!!..My LORD!!!..need to see more of your riding period. GREAT VID THANK YOU.
  • + 5
 Haven't seen a new Vanderham edit or film part in a long time. Dude doesn't seem to have backed off at all. They need to get that guy riding in front of a camera more often because seeing someone effortlessly shredding like that will always get people/me stoked to ride.
  • + 1
 he is an awesome rider and i love his video's but i think he is involved more in development than making video's now.
  • + 8
 Looks like..... a bike I want to rip! I hope it comes in iron too
  • + 4
 I really like his style of riding. It looks so natural like he's only doing it for his own personal pleasure rather than trying to make it look more showy for the camera. I even like his body position on the bike.
  • + 6
 Anyone notice those Dakine knee pads? Are they available to the public?
  • + 4
 That was the first thing I noticed, myself. It doesn't look like they're available yet.
  • + 2
 Same here, they caught my eye in the banner that Pinkbike had on the homepage yesterday. I wonder are they only pro issue for now...I would be first in line to buy some if they release them to the public! I have yet to be anything but super happy with a Dakine product (surf, snow, and bike).
  • + 3
 the knee pads are in the 2016 dakine line, they do look very nice.

freizeitalpin.com/41355/dakine-bike-highlights-fuer-den-sommer-2016
  • + 2
 Awesome, thanks!
  • + 2
 Cant wait.
  • + 6
 Dear Mr Vanderham. You absolutely rip!!!
  • + 2
 Great looking machine!... Just waiting for that $9,000 price tag... I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this isn't a bike that will be attainable for most riders
  • + 4
 it's $12,000 CAD
  • + 4
 A First Ride article is on the way - prices for a complete bike range from $4499 - $10499 USD.
  • + 3
 Yep - builds and prices are up on Rocky's website. Good to see some more cost conscious options, but the quality of the components really suffers to compensate for the full carbon frame... no surprises here though, par for the course these days. I'll stick with my alloy frame with better components.
  • + 0
 Wait, where are the prices? And is alloy available?
  • + 4
 Fully agreed @aircorp. @S54itb, it's actually $13,800 CAD - appalling.
  • + 0
 @S54itb @scotteh the Park model is well specced and starts at $5399 CAD, while the Unlimited model is $11999 CAD.
  • + 3
 A $4300 frame? Get real Rocky Mountain.
  • + 1
 It's actually $5,255 CAD at the current exchange rate, nevermind taxes too...
  • + 3
 So pinned and steezy! Reminded me of some of the old Silvia videos
  • + 6
 Not a coincidence, it was filmed by Matt Miles from Silvia.
  • + 1
 Yeah I know, Matty's videos are as sick as his riding ????
  • + 1
 Oops winky faces apparently turn into question marks
  • + 1
 Can someone educated me I'm newer to suspension tuning (specifically coil). Is he running his suspension with fast rebound to be able to not squat down between those jumps?
  • + 1
 On the web site it says they use a fancy headset spacer to allow 26 or 27.5. but the geo numbers for BBH are not given just BB drop?
  • + 3
 absolutely shredding. best video iv seen in a long time.
  • + 3
 I've been waiting for this release for so long
  • + 3
 Rocky mountain always comes out with sweet bikes,!!
  • + 0
 And so does Trek...
  • + 3
 christ that dude can ride bikes well!! top vid
  • + 1
 Four years in the making, hell its already out of date. Just kidding, looks like it rips nicely.
  • + 1
 This video should be called "Thomas Vandeham Crushes! Oh, and Rocky Mountain have a new DH Bike"
  • + 1
 How you guys didnt have an Iron Maiden track for this I'll never know!

(Sweet bike an vid tho!) Big Grin
  • + 0
 $$$$$$$$ unfortunately!
  • + 2
 I thought the review said that the Maiden was "ground hugging"
  • + 3
 Vanderham: Still got it.
  • + 2
 that bunny hop !!! !!! !!!
  • + 1
 Kona Operator introduction was so far the best bike add video I've seen. Sorry RM Smile
  • + 2
 Its so nice to see Thomas still in the Media
  • + 2
 *starts to slow clap* well done Rocky!
  • + 2
 Best Vanderham edit in years
  • + 2
 at 1:46 the pause was perfect
  • + 2
 Good shit RM!!
  • + 1
 Rocky Mountain: "Kit...must...match...bike."
  • + 2
 Happy accident that Dakine's got some matchy-matchy pieces this year. We're just glad TV doesn't like wearing PJs.
  • + 1
 Looks like a Vanderham session. Fast and rowdy.
  • + 1
 Session, you say...
  • + 1
 What is he, a Nazgul? His face is only empty darkness in the vid!
  • + 2
 No backflip necessary.
  • + 1
 Sic video, filthy music!!
  • + 1
 OMG HE IS SO FAST HE SHOULD RACE WORLD CUPS.
  • + 1
 lol I was gonna say the same thing,but now just have to nod and agree lol.Damn that was fast!&
  • + 2
 vanderhammer goddamm
  • + 2
 yeah wow
  • + 1
 Holy shizz - He is pinned! Awesome riding
  • + 1
 Yeeeeeeeee haaaa Loved this video for my lunch break fetish
  • + 1
 they stole your tune from cold creek quickie @ralbisurez :-P
  • + 1
 Not familiar with Vanderham, but the dude rips
  • + 10
 I can't tell if you're joking or not...
  • + 1
 Man a Vanderham whip is a thing of beauty, and that closer was sick!
  • + 2
 TV got style!
  • + 1
 Bomber!!
  • + 0
 Does it fit + size tyres?
  • + 1
 Kvikk.
  • + 1
 Rocky Mountain Roses
  • + 1
 VanderDAMN forever!
  • + 1
 Song
  • + 1
 violent shiver by benjamin booker
  • + 1
 Incredible riding!
  • + 1
 Gotta be Merritt, BC
  • - 3
 At first I was like super stoked..........then the stupid music came on.....vid,FAIL!
  • - 3
 you can hate me now....but it does look like a session. still nice to see a big bike from rocky!
  • - 3
 looks like a bike you could have a heap of fun on but not racer in my opinion more to the freeride edge
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