7 Bikes for 7 Wonders: Smith Rock

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** June 26, 6:00 a.m. update: Jerad Harris rode his old mountain bike through the trails of Smith Rock early this morning to find his new mountain bike just off Canyon Trail near the horse ford. Congrats Jerad! **

Each of the 7 Wonders of Oregon offers a different, exciting ride. To celebrate this, we asked seven of the best bicycle builders in the state to each build a one-of-a-kind bicycle, one for each of our 7 Wonders. This bike was built for Smith Rock.

One interesting thing about Smith Rock: For something with such a monolithic name, it’s far from the only thing you want to look at when you’re there. While its sheer walls, unique structure and picture-postcard setting make it one of the top draws in the world for rock climbers, it’s just one part of a Central Oregon outdoor playground that offers myriad possibilities.

This smorgasbord of natural beauty is what inspired Wade Beauchamp’s design of the “Smith Rocket” bike.

“The hard thing about riding at Smith Rock is there’s all this weird stuff to see, so you can’t just focus on the trail,” he says. “There’s always different light and different views: You can see Madras from there sometimes, you can see Culver, you can see Prineville, you can see the Ochocos, you can see the Cascades. And then you ride down to the Crooked River trail and suddenly you’re pedaling right by a ton of great sport climbing.”

A location this spectacular calls for an equally outstanding bike, and Wade is delivering the goods. This custom mountain bike has 29-inch wheels, the proper gearing for climbing steep roads, and disk brakes for control coming down those grades. To take advantage of all the places it can take you in the vicinity, it has an attached leather binocular case for a little bird-watching, as well as a rope bag for climbing.

And of course it has to be visually stunning to live up to its location inspiration. So the one-of-a-kind paint job features multiple colors fading in and out to reflect a Central Oregon sunset – and a blue line on the rims to subtly reflect the Crooked River that winds around the base of Smith Rock.

This bike is size large, suitable for those 5’10″ to 6’0″ tall.

Learn about the other 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders

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Comments

  1. […] Smith Rock bike: Seeing a geologic wonder like Smith Rock brings out the conqueror in a person, and that’s why the rugged mountain bike that Bend’s Wade Beauchamp dreamed up has the gearing, the gear and the personality to take on even the most challenging terrain. […]

  2. This going to be fun:)

  3. Smith Rock is a magical place! Your bike sounds like a good fit;)

  4. So rad!!

  5. Can’t wait!

  6. Awesome

  7. Cant wait to go looking

  8. Mid-columbia Steelhead want me to own this bike!

  9. My daughter lives in Or would love a reason to visit especially for a bike.

  10. Can’t wait to find it!

  11. Great idea. Looking forward to it!

  12. Excited!!

  13. ME AND MY SON ARE IN.

  14. Awesome bike, and it will be appearing the same week I move to Terrebonne. .. I like this coincidence.

  15. Been there!

  16. Smith Rock sunrise was at 5:22 AM this morning. Yet the bike was found at 3:30 AM, although the park is closed from dawn until dusk.

    I am glad the winners really wanted that bike, but it is a bummer it was found during closed hours and no one else got even one hike in to look for it…

  17. That is odd the bike was found at 6 AM when we were present at 5:00 AM when the bike’s picture was being taken and the winner said the bike was found at 3:30 AM. I guess now we are going to lie and cover up that the rules were broken?

    Again, I am glad the winner wanted the bike. But that isn’t quite fair it was found before sunrise during closed park hours and now there is a cover up to lie about it.

    Bummer. The scavenger hunt was a cool idea, but this has soured me toward Travel Oregon.

  18. Hi Parker! The bike was found at first light, when the park opens at dawn. We have to hide the bikes before this time to ensure they are hidden when the scavenger hunt begins. The 6:00 timestamp refers to when we updated this website to let folks know the bike had been found.

    We’re sorry you were disappointed in the hunt today, and would encourage you to keep on the hunt for one of the remaining five bikes!

  19. […] The “Smith Rocket” was designed by Vulture Cycles for the challenging trails around Smith Rock — and there’s even a rope bag on the front for those who come for the rock climbing. Learn more about the Smith Rock bike. […]