Qashqai Urban Challenge: Thomas Vanderham’s Rocky Mountain Slayer

Thomas Vanderham opted for this custom short-travel Rocky Mountain Slayer for round one at Qashqai. Check TV’s ride…

The Qashqai Urban Challenge is a five week series throughout Europe. There are 15 riders that travel the entire series, while ten “specialists” are shipped in for specific courses. The first week’s “North Shore” event enlisted Vancouver native Thomas Vanderham in as one of the ten Shore specialists.

TV was one of the few riders to opt for a full-suspension bike and his Rocky, along with Robbie Bourdon’s Kona, was one of the longest travel bikes on the course. Take a look at some of the custom-ness on board…

Custom-mounted remote piggy-back reservoir Fox shock.

Shimano Saint cranks and MRP rollers.

Headset cap modified to tighten the non-drive crankarm with a starnut in the spindle.

Vanderham lining up the elevated skinny teeter. He breezed over it like it were ten feet wide on the first try. North Shore.

Marzocchi 66 and Saint brakes with small rotor up front.

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