​Winning the Downieville Classic is a coveted accomplishment and Duncan Riffle is no stranger to trying to earn a victory at the infamous NorCal event. They say "third time's a charm" because after two years of flatting, Duncdawg took the win this past season. His weapon of choice? A Santa Cruz Tallboy in 29er mode with SRAM Eagle. Listen to why Duncan chose the 29-inch wheels and learn what makes up his winning set-up.

Bike Details

  • Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, Size XL
  • RockShox Monarch DebonAir with stock Tallboy Medium / Soft tune, 110mm rear travel
  • 130mm RockShox Pike - 10mm longer travel than recommend for Tallboy to slacken the head angle
  • SRAM Eagle XX1 1x12 drivetrain with 36t front ring and 10-50t cassette
  • SRAM Rise 60 carbon wheels 29-inch.
  • 170mm-travel RockShox Reverb seatpost
  • Truvativ Descendant Carbon Bar, 760mm width and Descendant Stem, 50mm length
  • SRAM Level Ultimate Brakes with 180mm front rotor and 160mm rear rotor
  • Maxxis Tires - High Roller 2 2.3-inch front and Ardent Race 2.2-inch rear with EXO sidewalls
  • Crank Brothers Candy 11 pedals

  • dirty booger

    1/11/2017 4:02 PM

    UH OH! D Riff got 2nd in the Downieville Classic, the only thing he won was the DH stage.

    Local NorCal pinner Colin Daw got 2nd in the DH, and 2nd in the XC making him the actual Downieville Classic champion!
    D Riff must have lost feeling in his legs during the XC due to wearing a 6 year old girls shorts, and could only muster 5th in the XC for 2nd overall.

    Maybe next year brah.....


  • coldawg

    1/12/2017 9:45 AM

    Thanks for the fact check! Happy to do a bike check on the Stumpjumper I raced

  • Alex1

    1/10/2017 6:44 AM


  • Mr. P

    1/9/2017 11:46 AM

    Amazing those Ikon tires can hold up to the speed Duncan was putting down. We set a CHP (yes. The CHP!) speed trap on 3rd Divide, and Duncan was the fastest, radar had him at 40 MPH!

    We had the CHP give him a ticket on the podium...

  • Reformed Roadie

    1/9/2017 1:07 PM

    Except they are Ardent Races...

  • Mr. P

    1/9/2017 1:59 PM

    You are correct, sir.

  • Mr. P

    1/9/2017 9:49 AM

    Hero material: Duncan took a FireBall hand-up at the top of the lung busting 3rd Divide climb on race day 1!

  • 661lee

    1/9/2017 12:52 AM

    What saddle is he running?

  • 91001

    1/9/2017 8:17 AM

    That's a Fizik Tundra 00

  • 661lee

    1/9/2017 1:47 PM


  • Oz_Taylor

    1/9/2017 12:30 AM

    Think he put his gf's jeans on by mistake

  • Reformed Roadie

    1/9/2017 7:19 AM

    Leader in the club house FTW

  • jimmypop

    1/9/2017 7:29 AM

    Look closer - he's naked waist down. That's a skinny jeans tattoo.

  • ccolagio

    1/9/2017 5:03 PM

    "everything XL." except my pants. haaa

  • powermutant

    1/9/2017 12:02 AM

    Awesome interview and a great ambassador. Coverage not getting across the pond, didn't even know he was off Giant.

  • bmxben

    6/5/2017 3:33 AM

    How do I get a MS tuned Monach shock like Duncan. All the models I see for sale here in UK are MM. Is it something. I can tune myself at home, if so how?

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