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Jared Graves to Ride Yeti SB66 at 2013 DH World Champs - World Championships Bikes and Gear 2013 - Mountain Biking Pictures - Vital MTB
Photo above is Jared's SB66 enduro setup from Punta Ala, not his actual World Champs set up. We're hoping he ditches the water bottle, haha.

Jared's 2013 World Champs Yeti SB66c Build Below

Listen to the audio and hear it from the man himself. Jared Graves is going to ride his Yeti SB66 at the 2013 UCI Downhill World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Jared believes that the World Champs DH track is mellow enough for the bike and he does not feel switching to a full downhill bike would be in his best interest at this point in the season. He will beef up his suspension with a 180mm travel Fox 36 and will swap some Shimano XTR parts for Saint, but other than that, the setup will be the same as his enduro racing setup. Pretty interesting! We can wait to see how it goes for Grubby!

Below is a list of spec that Jared ran on his SB66 at the Les 2 Alpes Enduro World Series race. This will give you an idea of how his World Champs bike may be built up and we've speculated a bit ourselves.
Frame - Yeti SB66c, size medium
Fork - Fox 34 R.A.D Jared says he'll swap for a Fox 36 w/ 180mm travel
Rear Suspension - Fox Float X
Seatpost - Fox DOSS
Wheels - DT swiss 240 hubs, 500 rims, and Aerolite spokes, alloy nipples
Tires - Maxxis Minion 2.5 EXO, ghetto/split tube tubeless. 27psi F, 30psi R
Cranks - Shimano XTR 170mm with Stages Power Meter Vital guesses he swaps these for Saint at World Champs
Chainring - Shimano Saint 40t
Brakes - Shimano XTR race lever, Saint calipers, 180mm Ice-Tech Rotors
Derailleur - Shimano XTR Shadow Plus Swap to Saint?
Cassette - Shimano XTR 11-36 We're guessing the cluster will be considerably smaller
Pedals - Shimano XTR trail Swap to DX clipless?
Chainguide - E13 LG1
Bars and Stem - Renthal 740mm Fatbar lite, 20mm rise, and 50mm duo Stem
Headset - Chris King
Grips - ODI ruffian MX
Credit: Sven Martin
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  • Maverickdh005

    8/29/2013 12:28 AM

    Now thats badass upgrade, he shouldmrunnthat for next years Enduro WS and win it..

  • robmanzanares

    8/28/2013 2:59 AM

    Go Jared!

  • bbk7

    8/28/2013 1:15 AM

    dunno if he'll be able to hit the rougher parts at similar pace as guys with full dh bikes. must be compromising for speed in smooth sections

  • FlyingIrish

    8/27/2013 10:35 PM

    Enduro Tracks are GNARlier than this track GRAVES said it!! ENDURO!!! SHRED IT !!! GO KILL TRAIL!!!

  • sspomer

    8/27/2013 8:13 AM

    hit refresh everyone, we've added a photo of Jared's actual Worlds build.

  • LionOfLakewood

    8/27/2013 7:54 AM

    Justin Leov used a 6" bike in the Garbanzo DH this year. I watched him come by on the long flat section (EZ Does It) (right where Dirt Merchant drops out) with the dropper all the way up! A couple of days later he told me that a couple of sections were kind of hiary but for the most part it did OK.

    If someone can do it at Garbanzo, why not? Nevermind that he thinks some of the EWS tracks are more gnarly the Pz.

  • Zoro

    8/27/2013 5:47 AM

    Pretty sure Graves always rode small bikes in the Sea Otter "dh" race. He is the ultimate small bike shredder, coming from a 4x, bmx background. I remember he used to say how he was doing full on shuttle runs on his 4x hardtail to maximize speed and line choice on a small bike.

    If anybody can do it on a small bike, it's him. Didn't Lopes do well in Australia with a small bike also in 2010?

  • taka

    8/27/2013 12:38 AM

    really.. SB66 can go 36 - 180mm ? I'd love to put that bike on my list if its true

  • Sum_1

    8/26/2013 5:56 PM

    Does anyone know what a ghetto/split tube tubeless is? He's been listing it on his bike set up for all of his racer diary entries this year but I've got no idea what it means.

  • mboughton1

    8/26/2013 6:18 PM

    It's using a tube as a tubeless rim strip. You inflate a tube (usually a smaller one than your wheel size) and stretch it around the rim. You then butterfly cut the tube down the middle all the way around. Put the tire on, add sealant, inflate it to set the bead and then cut away all the exposed tube around the edge. What I'm not sure on is the advantage this has over using traditional tubeless rim strips like Stan's tape or the gorilla tape that Enve gives you for their rims. Maybe it's not having to use a tubeless valve stem

  • Sum_1

    8/26/2013 7:20 PM

    Thanks for that man.

    Yeah it seems like a lot of effort to go to considering there's plenty of products such as those you mentioned that are designed for that purpose.

    Maybe the ghetto set up is better at preventing burping when you're riding hard and smashing the wheels into corners?

  • Big Bird

    8/26/2013 11:08 PM

    I'm pretty sure that you're both right. It eliminates the need for a special and usually expensive stem, provides an extra bit of sealing at the rim and, I would think, that much more pinch flat resistance. I've never bothered myself.

  • Dave_Camp

    8/27/2013 11:58 AM

    It seems to seal up a little better- maybe it adds just a tiny bit of flexibility between the tire bead and rim wall. Mostly people use it to make non-tubeless rims into tubeless. It also eliminates any issues with the valve stem sealing- which i've had a lot of issues there. I run 20x1.5" presta tubes. They make em for folding bikes. works awesome.

  • alexarmanetti

    8/26/2013 3:10 PM

    This will be awesome!!! I'm planning on getting a Yeti SB-66c and this will prove it's capabilities. I understand that pietermaritzberg is mellow, but it's still awesome!

  • metong

    8/26/2013 2:29 PM

    enduro.......a marriage of xc and dh. cant wait to see how it goes

  • Mr. P

    8/26/2013 2:09 PM

    Weren't racers doing similar at the World Champs in Australia? And the big bikes all podiumed.

    Regardless, I dig it, and it just shows how capable mid travel bikes are now.


  • chequamie

    8/26/2013 1:37 PM

    He is even more fit than ever as well! would not be suprised to see him on the box! if he can avoid mechanicals, As far as the Crested Butte DH course record.. that track is pretty mellow compared with other tracks in Colorado, Utah, NM etc...You wouldn't want to try to race Angelfire on a enduro bike...

  • scriz

    8/26/2013 1:03 PM

    Graves made up 12 places solely on the pedal section last year at PMB, so it will be interesting to see what he does on an even lighter setup. They should just split the track and put an un-timed liaison stage in the middle

  • hamilton.ory

    8/26/2013 12:22 PM

    Interesting to note that while at Crested Butte Enduro a month ago, several riders were breaking the DH course record on "enduro bikes'. Jared actually held that course record. Maybe the lighter long travel bikes handle and accelerate better? Should be interesting to see how he does

  • Maverickdh005

    8/26/2013 11:14 AM

    Bigger fork 36. 180, pin it Gravey! Be interesting, I like his logic too.

  • StuLax18

    8/26/2013 10:07 AM

    Makes sense as he's been doing really well on this bike in enduro races, some of which might even be rougher than the WC track.

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