Riders Republic offers a huge open world to explore by bike, snowboard, skis and rocket wings. These basic tools are also what you rely on to complete the various trick and race events throughout the game.
However, they are not the alone sports in Riders Republic. In addition to the normal vehicles, you can also acquire a number of special tools and toys by finding the hidden relics scattered around the map. These secret rewards range from legitimately useful to downright useless, but they’re all worth a try.
However, finding all of the Relics can be a bit tricky, as they appear on the map with only a question mark icon. This means that they are indistinguishable from much more iconic places until you discover them. We’ve put together this guide to help you jump right to Relic locations, allowing you to skip all of those landmarks.
Old School Skis – Grand Téton
Head to the explore icon slightly west of the Grand Teton drop zone and you’ll find a campsite that will grant you Old School skis. These wooden slabs won’t give you much pop or spin on the jumps, but they’ll let you hurtle down the mountain at a decent pace.
You will need these skis to fully complete certain events. For example, a ski tricks event requires you to score a certain number of points on Old School Skis. As such, while they’re not as nimble as some of the top-tier park skis you’ll acquire, it’s still worth getting used to.
Surfboard – Petersen Glacier
One path north of Old School Skis, still in the Grand Teton section of the map, is the Petersen Glacier and a tucked away igloo campsite. You’ll probably see the beach furniture first, as it sticks out like a sore thumb from the winter wonderland all around it.
Swing over the front of the igloo and you can grab the surfboard. Unlike skis, the surfboard is actually quite high end. Especially if you catch it early in your skiing career, the surfboard can give you a good initial boost as its stats exceed those of beginner skis and boards. It’s also pretty fun to use and comes with a few cool tips, as your player is essentially magnetized on the board. You don’t have to worry about throwing yourself off the surfboard during a particularly tight turn!
Training bike – Cascade Canyon
The last relic of the Grand Tetons can be found in Cascade Canyon. Go ahead and you will find a Christmas tree surrounded by gifts. Approach the small festive camp and you can acquire the training bike.
Unlike the surfboard, this bike is literally useless. As the name suggests, it is a stationary exercise machine. Your player will pedal with enthusiasm, but you won’t get anywhere. Don’t try to take that in a run – you won’t be able to move an inch.
Airplane wing – Cloud Rest
most useful of the Relics is the airplane wing, which is located in the Cloud Rest section of Yosemite. This tool plays like a slightly larger version of the Rocket Wing; its main advantage, however, comes from its ridiculously long boost.
The Rocket Wing will let you go to a quick clip, but only for a few seconds before bringing you back to normal cruising speed. The airplane wing, on the other hand, uses its giant turbine to propel you at accelerated speeds for much longer. Need to get to somewhere on the map quickly? This is the tool to use.
Cardboard plane – General Highway
The Cardboard Plane won’t win you any races, but it’s still fun to use. You can find it in a log cabin in the General Highway area of Sequoia National Park. Approach the guy sitting there and you will get a paper airplane that you will strap to your back and do long, slow, winding flights.
Not propelled by anything, the Cardboard Plane is basically a clunky glider. You can turn it and nose up or down, but you’ll still lose altitude. For all of that, it’s a pretty fun twist on the normal wingsuit controls and it’s a relaxing way to see the sights on the Riders Republic map.
Adventure Biking – Colorado River: The Slide
Moving to the desert parts of Riders Republic, Colorado River: The Slide in Canyonlands contains a small encampment where you can find the relic that will give you the Adventure Bike. Filled with saddlebags and expedition gear, the Adventure Bike certainly looks like a tool that will take you through the sandy expanses of this part of the map.
It’s a decent enough bike to use at events, but it doesn’t impress anyone with its stunt abilities. It is, however, quite fast and can handle most terrains well. With solid racing stats, this is another shortcut to get if you are just starting out in your bike racing career and are frustrated with beginner bikes.
Folding Bike – Arches Valley
Near the southern edge of the map, in the Arches Valley section of Canyonlands, you can find a boulder with a relic that will give you the Folding Bike. It is certainly more of a gag sport than a legitimate tool; it has terrible stats and won’t even beat any of the beginner cycles.
As with other Relic vehicles, however, some events award stars for performance at a certain level on the folding bike. It’s worth playing around with and getting a feel for its quirks. With little agility or speed you won’t be throwing monster tricks, but maybe you can get good enough to do a backflip or rodeo here and there.
Destroyed Bike – Pine Creek
The Destroyed Bike is another sport gag that is objectively terrible compared to more conventional bikes. You can find this rusted and broken cycle at a relic location in Pine Creek, Zion. With slightly better stats than the folding bike, you can go down a hill on it, but quite slowly.
Wooden ski blades – Santiago Bowl
Mammoth contains some relics. In the Santiago Bowl area, there’s a detached chairlift with skis leaning against it and Adirondack chairs nearby; approach the small setup and you can hook up the wooden ski blades. These look really funny, as your character is holding fragile tree branches like ski poles, and the blades themselves almost look like old-fashioned snowshoes.
However, the blades actually have very good stats and, unsurprisingly, given their short length, they are very good for throwing huge spins and flips. I have racked up high scores in the Blade Trick events. These are another good option if you are looking to get a head start on the early days of ski tricks, or if you want to see how many laps you can achieve in a single jump.
Pizza Delivery Bike – Mammoth City
Mammoth’s second relic resides in the Canyon Lodge / Mammoth City area. In a nearby ski house, there is a person sitting outside surrounded by pizza boxes. Approach him and take the pizza delivery bike.
This bike is mediocre in stats and not a stunt powerhouse. However, it performs well enough that experienced players will want to use it as an added challenge during certain stunt or racing events.
Grandpa Bike – Yosemite Valley
Finally, Yosemite Valley contains a relic in the chapel area. Approach the idyllic chapel at the bottom of the valley and take the Grandpa Bike, a saddlebag cruising bike with a classic aesthetic.
This bike has worse stats than the folding bike, and winning any event will be a monumental challenge. You can almost feel it wanting to shake when you roll it. Its maneuverability and speed make this bike aptly named.
If you acquire all of these Relics, you will have 11 new vehicles to play with. Not all of them are useful, and even those that are usually have poor stats. But a few, like the airplane wing, surfboard, and ski blades, are both fun. and very able to explore, throw tricks and even run.
Riders Republic offers plenty of conventional skis, boards, and bikes to play with, but if you’re looking for some extra challenges or just want to have a little fun, the Relics are worth the time to collect. However, you won’t get a trophy or achievement if you get them all – the only reward is a handful of weird and quirky toys to use.
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