- Bike Checks
Greg Callaghan is an Irish Enduro pinner. He's taken victories at the Irish EWS rounds the last two years and finished 7th overall in the 2016 series. Greg made the choice to run a 29er full time in 2016 after racing the bike in the Irish Enduro World Series event. We get the details on his Cube Stereo and learn why he thinks the big wheels are faster, even in the tight, tech of Ireland. Photos and interview by John Lawlor
Though the Stereo 140 29 is labeled as all-mountain bike, Greg chose to race it for the EWS in Ireland. He liked it so much, he took it to the rest of the 2016 EWS rounds and preferred racing it over a 27.5-inch bike. Greg is picky about tire pressure because he feels big changes in how the bike performs if his tire pressures are dialed. Since grips are a point of contact between the bike and the rider, he's also critical of how his grips feel. He considers himself a "set it and forget it" rider with his suspension, only making minor tweaks if courses and conditions call for changes. He is still running his race settings from the 2016 Finale Ligure Enduro World Series event. Normally he would soften suspension settings for the off-season, but he's been training on a 120mm-travel bike, so when he hops back on this longer-travel steed, the stiff suspension still works for him.
Why a 29er for racing the Enduro World Series? Greg answers in the audio.