Brad's Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt

Reynolds XC carbon wheels on DT Swiss 240s hubs
Dvo Diamond 150 mm fork
Fox CTD rear shock, 120 mm travel
Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes
Raceface Next carbon cranks, handlebar and 50 mm Raceface Turbine stem
Rockshox reverb 100 mm dropper post
Maxxis Minion DHF front, Aggressor rear. Tubeless.


It's my favorite bike that gives me all the memories, and good times with friends in the forest. When I ride this bike it reminds me every second I'm on it how fun riding bicycles can be.

I chose this bike because it’s 25 pounds with a tube and saddle bag on it... and very aggressive riding angles (ride-9) help there too. 

When I ride this bike all it does is produce a smile. It’s fast, can take hard hits, and pedals like a hardtail. You can race it in an XC race on Saturday, and go ride the technical trails you love the challenge from on Sunday. 

Words and images from Brad Hughes