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

Greg Callaghan's Cube Stereo 140: C:62 29 Spec and Details

  • Cube Stereo C:62 29 frame, size 20" (large), 140mm travel
  • FOX 36 Float fork with 160mm travel
  • FOX Float X shock
  • Shimano XTR Di2 shifting. The system is a double-chainring setup that uses only one shifter. He runs 26/36t or 28/38t front rings depending on the terrain and a 11-40t 11-speed cassette.
  • FOX Transfer seat post
  • DT Spline 1501 wheelset with 30mm-wide front rimand  25mm-wide rear rim
  • Race Face SixC 35 Bars, 20mm rise and Race Face Atlas 35 50mm stem
  • Schwalbe Magic Mary front and rear tires with the front cut for muddy, Irish conditions.
  • Shimano Saint brakes, 200mm front and 180mm rear rotors.
  • Shimano XTR Trail pedals
  • Stages Powermeter crank to give him more accurate feedback during training.

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.

29er preferred. Wicklow 2016. Photo by Sven Martin

Winning in Wicklow, 2016. Photo by Sven Martin

Stay tuned for Vital RAW with Greg dropping on Friday.

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