Cody Kelley’s Yeti SB5.5 enduro bike

American racer discusses EWS setup

27.5 Enduro
Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Cody Kelley’s bike of choice is the SB5.5.

Cody Kelley may not be the best known name in enduro racing, but he might have the best hair. His flowing gold locks, killer style, and infectious good humor have made him a fan favorite on the EWS circuit.

Get a closer look at Richie Rude’s SB6 here.

His bike of choice is the Yeti SB5.5. With only 140mm of travel, this 29er is highly playful – which suits Kelley’s riding style just fine. For less aggressive tracks, he’ll sometimes switch to the SB5, a 127mm travel 27.5”. That’s a sharp contrast to teammate Richie Rude, who prefers the SB6.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Electrical tape wrapped around the cable housing keeps things tidy and quiet.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Cody and Richie both stash tools in their steer tubes with the One Up EDC tool. Full review here.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

While the market may have moved to the 35mm standard, Cody and Richie are both running 31.8 stems. Another interesting fact? Both athletes are on 740mm wide bars. Their bar of choice, the Fatbar Lite, is only available in this configuration.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Cody runs a set of Ergon GE1 grips, which add a little extra width. We’re big fans of that oil slick colored lock on.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

The EWS series has been unusually wet this year, which earned it the nickname “Enduro Wet Series.” To ensure grip in any conditions, Cody’s mechanic has placed a strip of grip tape across the shifter pad.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Like many EWS racers, Cody prefers to run his fork on the stiff side. The goal is to keep the fork from diving when tracks get steep and technical.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Marsh Guard.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

With tools stored
neatly in his headtube, Cody relies on a Backcountry strap to secure a spare tube to his frame.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Of course it’s color matched and branded.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

A Fox X2 provides rear squish.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

One Up’s minimalist top guide keeps the chain mounted securely.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

There’s also a bash guard, just in case.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Who doesn’t love Shimano pedals?

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Both Cody and Richie run power meters.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

SH Tuned.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Cody runs a Cush Core tire insert in the rear. It allows him to run lower tire pressure and improves sidewall support. In the event of a flat, it also holds the tire in place, allowing him to finish the stage.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

This year, Cody’s been running Double Down casings front and rear. He usually runs around 24 PSI up front, 28.5 out back.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

The drivetrain is a mixture of XT and XTR.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Like many athletes, he prefers the 11-46T XT cassette for the extra range.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

One unique thing about Cody’s bike is how he runs his brake levers. He prefers his front brake lever to sit closer than his rear. He’s not sure why, but if he tries to run the levers with equal throw, he over brakes.

Yeti Cody Kelley SB55

Is there anything you’d change on this bike?

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  • Suns_PSD says:

    I suspect both riders are on the 31.8mm Fatbar Lites because they have more give than the 35mm bars.

    If these guys don’t need the extra rigidity offered by 35mm bars, then I certainly don’t.

    I enjoy the bike checks with the air pressures and all, lots to take note of.

  • Saris Mercanti says:

    @Suns_PSD Renthal claims they worked hard to match the flex and ride characteristics of their 35mm bars to their 31.8mm bars….But I have a sneaking suspicion you might be right.

    Glad you’re digging the bike checks! I have a few more I need to publish.

  • gg says:

    Yeah great article, shortish yet detailed and on topic.
    Nice pics and great looking rig.
    More please !

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