Pro Bike Gallery: Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6c EWS race bike

27.5 enduro slayer with 150mm of rear travel and 170mm up front

27.5 Enduro Race Coverage
Despite a hard crash in practice, Rude still managed a 25th place finish at the Aspen-Snowmass round of the EWS. Photo by Eddie Clark

Despite a hard crash in practice, Rude still managed a 25th place finish at the Aspen-Snowmass round of the EWS. Photo by Eddie Clark

Though his weekend in Aspen-Snowmass didn’t go as planned, Yeti-Fox rider Richie Rude still managed to hang onto his overall series lead through the fifth of eight stops of the 2016 Enduro World Series. A hard crash on the first day of practice resulted in a banged up shoulder and forced the young American to skip the second day of practice. That meant racing some stages blind, which added up to a 25th place finish in Colorado. Former teammate Jared Graves, who now rides for Specialized, took the win.

But despite the lackluster outing, Rude has a 210-point lead over second placed Damien Oton and remains on track to repeat as overall series champ after taking the title in 2015. Next up is a one-day EWS stop in Whistler, British Columbia, on August 14. As usual, Rude will be piloting his Yeti SB6c. Mtbr got an up close look at this perennial race winning rig. Scroll through the photo gallery below to see and learn more.

Richie Rude's size medium Yeti SB6c is one great looking enduro racing machine.

Richie Rude’s size medium Yeti SB6c is one great looking enduro racing machine.

Rude runs a Fox Float X2 150mm rear shock inflated to 205psi.

Rude runs a Fox Float X2 150mm rear shock inflated to 205psi.

Rude earn the No. 1 plate thanks to his overall EWS triumph in 2015.

Rude earned the No. 1 plate thanks to his overall EWS triumph in 2015.

That sticker means this bike (and that 170mm Fox 36 fork pumped to 98psi) are race ready.

That sticker means this bike (and that 170mm Fox 36 fork pumped to 98psi) are race ready.

Well worn Shimano XTR pedals help Rude put down the power in pedaling sections. Cranks are also Shimano XTR.

Well worn Shimano XTR pedals help Rude put down the power in pedaling sections. Cranks are also Shimano XTR.

In case there was any question about the owner of this bike.

In case there was any question about the owner of this bike.

Bars are held in place by a 60mm Renthal Apex stem with no spacers. The Bar Fly mount keeps Rude's GPS out of harms way.

Bars are held in place by a 60mm Renthal Apex stem with no spacers. The Bar Fly mount keeps Rude’s GPS out of harms way.

A custom Ergon saddle is raised and lowered by a Fox Transfer dropper post.

A custom Ergon saddle is raised and lowered by a Fox Transfer dropper post.

A little skateboard tape on the Fox dropper post lever assures a firm grip.

A little skateboard tape on the Fox dropper post lever assures a firm grip.

Credit to the mechanic, Shaun Hughes. The Aussie was Jared Graves personal wrench, but stayed on with Yeti when Graves switched over to Specialzied after the 2014 season.

Credit to the mechanic, Shaun Hughes. The Aussie was Jared Graves’ personal wrench, but stayed on with Yeti when Graves switched over to Specialzied after the 2014 season.

Rude runs a 36t OneUp chainring up front.

Rude runs a 36t OneUp chainring up front.

A little mud protection is never a bad thing.

A little mud protection is never a bad thing.

Continue to page 2 for more photos of Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6c EWS race bike


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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