Richie Rude's Racing a 29er at the Aspen EWS

Richie Rude, one of the most successful and also largest competitors on the Enduro World Series has made the switch to 29-inch wheels for the race in Aspen this weekend. He's been racing a Yeti SB6c with 27.5-inch wheels until now, swapping to the SB5.5c. The bike gets 140mm of rear travel and uses a 160mm travel FOX 36 fork.


photos and video by Lee Trumpore

Extra RAD for Richie Rude
Custom machined headset insert to run a Chris King lower cup.  Head angle and ride height of a 170mm fork while using a 160mm FOX 36.

There's a custom lower headset cup insert that props the bike up 10mm to give him the same ride height as if he were running a 170mm fork.

He's using CushCore tire inserts with Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 tires and downhill casings front and rear. Big meats for a big boy! Go get 'em Richie!

Cushcore in the rear for Richie.
Hot tip from Sam Hill

Richie's mechanic, Sean Hughes, shows off the steed.

You can see Richie's Yeti SB6c against Cody Kelley's SB5.5c here.

  • 'size

    7/27/2017 12:46 PM


  • enrico650

    7/27/2017 7:32 AM

    Jared Graves switched a while back and it hasn't worked out for him.

  • themanro

    7/27/2017 5:53 AM

    Why not just run a 170mm fork?

  • Bitumen83

    7/27/2017 6:07 AM

    That was my 1st thought...anyway SICK looking bike!

  • jeff.brines

    7/27/2017 6:15 AM

    As the article says - Fox doesn't have a 29er 170mm fork yet. Bushing overlap would be a bit thin even if they did manufacture an air piston for the race guys. Basically, it'd be a full custom fork.

    That said, I bet it'd work just fine...but yeah, you know how engineers get when it comes to being cowboy*

    (*doesn't apply to David Camp)

  • themanro

    7/27/2017 6:34 AM

    That make sense, thanks for explanation Jeff.

  • The Enginerd

    7/27/2017 10:35 AM

    If you bet it would work fine to run the fork at 170mm of travel, maybe you can tell Fox you'll cover any possible warranty costs of worn out bushings, and then they might release it.

  • jeff.brines

    7/27/2017 11:09 AM

    ...and I stand to benefit how exactly?

    I still stand by what I said. Especially considering most riders run 15-25% sag.

  • Fox

    7/27/2017 2:17 PM

    Not enough bushing overlap for RR. He'd fold it on the first turn with his savage attack. Animal!


    7/27/2017 4:46 AM

    29" DH casing tires with Cushcore: heaviest enduro tire setup of all time?

  • jeff.brines

    7/27/2017 4:56 AM

    in the words of Kai... smash SMASH SA-MASH!

  • adrennan

    7/27/2017 7:46 AM

    looks at tires...wait those say exo...

  • jeff.brines

    7/27/2017 8:09 AM

    EXO DH casing...

  • adrennan

    7/27/2017 8:13 AM

    i was unaware that existed.

  • jeff.brines

    7/30/2017 11:05 AM

    ...and he still flatted. Wow.

  • SylentK

    7/27/2017 8:27 AM

    The DH Casing is 2x ply. It's legit. I have a set. 1295g ea. Good thing he has huge legs to sprint outta corner with...


    7/27/2017 9:15 AM

    I was wrong. Maxxis website says the 29" DH tires weigh less than the 27.5" due to wire beads. This is not the heaviest enduro tire set up of all time. I learn something new every day.

  • slyfink

    7/27/2017 9:53 AM

    29" DHF DH casing: 1295g; 29" cushcore: 248g. That's 1543g, plus sealant in there. Freakin beast.

  • jeff.brines

    7/27/2017 9:57 AM

    Plus, say, his wheelset has to be around what? 1800 grams? So that's 1500+1500+1800= 4800 over TEN POUNDS in wheels and tires! CRUSHER!

  • Fox

    7/27/2017 2:22 PM

    At 30psi and likely a Cush Core insert, check out the crosshatching on the rear tire sidewall of Rude's Yeti a few shots down. I'm surprised he hasn't been running DH casings all along.

  • Rb

    7/27/2017 9:02 PM

    So basically, single-crown DH racing. Got it.

  • unskilled

    7/27/2017 4:35 AM

    Oh that thing his teammate has been doing the entire season?

  • jeff.brines

    7/27/2017 4:19 AM

    What size?

  • general lee

    7/27/2017 5:41 AM


  • giantkeeper

    7/26/2017 9:11 PM

    I ran 2.5 dhf f/r on my carbon hoop'd 5.5 and the side knobs were pulling in to the rear triangle. Too much for regular riding or too soft of a wheel build?

  • jeff.brines

    7/27/2017 4:20 AM

    A little rub isn't the end of the world. That said, a slightly stiffer wheel would help. And yeah, I'd say for "regular riding" its too much. I swapped from 2.5 DHFs this weekend to an Aggressor Double Down out back and found my rolling speed did improve...(this was at a race)

  • giantkeeper

    7/27/2017 6:03 AM

    Love the aggressor out back! Chomping at the bit for the 2.5 to be released so I can try that in the rear.

  • artnshel

    7/27/2017 9:19 AM

    I'd be happy with a 29x2.4 Aggressor

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