Fastest bikes from Winter Park Big Mountain Enduro

Rude and Beerten take down all comers at Trestle Bike Park

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Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

Yeti’s Richie Rude was fastest man at Big Mountain Enduro No. 4 in Winter Park. Photo by Eddie Clark

The fourth round of the Big Mountain Enduro Series went down last weekend at Winter Park, Colorado’s famed Trestle Bike Park. The one-day race was also part of the 2017 North American Enduro Tour. After four testing stages, it was two-time defending Enduro World Series champion Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox/Red Bull) coming out on top of the men’s pro field. Jared Graves (Specialized Factory Racing) and Curtis Keene (Specialized/Red Bull) were second and third respectively.

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

After suffering a dislocated shoulder from a crash at the Ireland Enduro World Series stop, Dutch racer Anneke Beerten returned to the United States where she lives in Southern California to heal up — and then get in a little racing in Colorado. Photo by Eddie Clark

Meanwhile, in the women’s pro race longtime star Anneke Beerten (GT Factory Racing) took the top spot, with Anne Galyean (Yeti/Fox) and Amy Morrison (Marin) rounding out the top three. You can see full results for all categories here.

Boulder, Colorado-based photographer Eddie Clark was on site and caught up with the winner’s and their bikes.

Find out why the Trestle Bike Park might just be the best in the U.S.

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

Rude chose to ride his Yeti SB6 which features 152mm of rear travel on 27.5 wheels mated to a Fox 36 fork with 160mm of travel. Photo by Eddie Clark

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

Unique to the fork is a custom RAD damper system that is tuned for the specific rider and only available to a handful of Fox’s select top athletes. Possibly a remnant from all of the wet EWS races this year was a Mash Guard mud deflector mounted onto the fork. Photo by Eddie Clark

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

The rear shock is a stock Fox Float X2. Photo by Eddie Clark

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

Another custom addition was the custom rainbow colored Mutherload strap that’s used to hold a spare tube, CO2 and tools in place low on the frame. Photo by Eddie Clark

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

Brakes are full Shimano Saint levers and calipers with IceTech 180mm rotors front and rear. The cockpit is built around Renthal 35mm diameter Carbon FatBars that were cut down to 755mm in width with Ergon GD1 grips and a Renthal stem. Photo by Eddie Clark

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

Drivetrain is Shimano XTR with a 34 tooth OneUp front ring and chainguide mated to a XT11-46 cable actuated XTR derailleur with XTR Stages equipped power meter cranks and XTR Trail pedals. Photo by Eddie Clark

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

Yeti’s team mechanic, Sean Hughes said that, “The biggest thing in the set up of Richie’s bike is that everything, especially the brakes and suspension, is extremely dialed in just for Richie, but everything on it is mostly stock.” The Fox 36 is set at 102psi, the rear Float X2 shock is at 212psi, front tire at 27psi, and rear at 30psi with a flat protection system in the rear tire that they couldn’t yet talk about. Photo by Eddie Clark

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

Also standard for Rude was his DT Swiss wheelset with 240 hubs laced to EX511 rims that rolled on Maxxis DHF 2.5 3C tires, front and rear, with the Double Down sidewalls for extra flat protection. And yes that back tire is smoked. Photo by Eddie Clark

Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6

There is a Stages power meter on the backside of that XTR crank. Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

Beerten left her 2017 race bike in Europe, but all of her sponsors and components are the same from 2016 to 2017, though she was actually riding her 2016 GT Sanction Pro. The frame is a size medium and is suspended by a RockShox Monarch Debonair in the rear to deliver 165mm of travel at 136psi, and a RockShox Lyrik sporting 170mm of travel up front at 65psi. The shock pressures were slightly higher than normal for better bottom-out resistance due to the higher speeds and rough stages at Winter Park. Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

Drivetrain is SRAM Eagle 12 speed with a 34-tooth front ring, but missing an E13 chainguide which she usually runs at all the EWS races. Pedals are by Crankbrothers. Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

Her handlebars are RaceFace SixC carbon bars cut down to 760mm wide, and mounted to a 35mm RaceFace Atlas stem. Her brake levers are dialed and positioned to within a millimeter, as Beerten keeps all this information on her phone so she can always get the bike dialed just perfectly when travelling. Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

Lizard Skin grips are the call. Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

The 27.5-wheeled machine rolls on Stans ZTR Flow wheels with custom labeled Stans Neo hubs. For this race Beerten ran Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.35” with the SuperGravity sidewalls up front with 1.5bar, and Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35” with SuperGravity sidewalls and 1.6bar in the rear. Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

Brakes are SRAM Guide Ultimate with 200mm rotors front and rear because she prefers snappy powerful braking that doesn’t fade on some of the longer EWS courses. Photo by Eddie Clark

Anneke Beerten’s GT Sanction Pro

She keeps her Garmin mounted towards the rear of the top tube mostly to keep a clean bar so it doesn’t get broken off in crashes, and so she doesn’t have to look at it on the stem and get concerned with the numbers for the ride she is doing. Photo by Eddie Clark

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