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
The final moment before the start of stage 1 in Colorado. Rude finished 35th on that run, but clawed his way back to 25th by the end of the weekend.

The final moment before the start of stage 1 in Colorado. Rude finished 35th on that run, but clawed his way back to 25th by the end of the weekend.

Team Yeti mechanic Shaun Hughes keeps Rude's race machine running smooth.

Team Yeti mechanic Shaun Hughes keeps Rude’s race machine running smooth.

The rear end features a Shimano XTR rear derailleur and some very nice integrated frame protection.

The rear end features a Shimano XTR rear derailleur and some very nice integrated frame protection.

For tires, Rude runs the Maxxis Aggressor in the back (30-31psi) and a Maxxis Minion DHF up front (27psi). Hughes says that if Rude is protecting a lead, or really needs to push hard on the final stage of an event, they'll sometimes swap on a Maxxis Griffin DH tire on the rear for a little extra flat protection.

For tires, Rude runs the Maxxis Aggressor in the back (30-31psi) and a Maxxis Minion DHF up front (27psi). Hughes says that if Rude is protecting a lead, or really needs to push hard on the final stage of an event, they’ll sometimes swap on a Maxxis Griffin DH tire on the rear for a little extra flat protection.

Baby blue Giro shoes to match his bike of course.

Baby blue Giro shoes to match his bike of course.

Grips are by Ergon, while Rude chooses Shimano Saint brake levers attached to a 740mm Renthal Fatbar.

Grips are by Ergon, while Rude chooses Shimano Saint brake levers attached to a 740mm Renthal Fatbar.

Four-piston Shimano Saint calipers ensure Rude can scrub speed when necessary.

Four-piston Shimano Saint calipers ensure Rude can scrub speed when necessary.

Rude's non-drive side crankarm is equipped with a Stages Cycling power meter.

Rude’s non-drive side crankarm is equipped with a Stages Cycling power meter.

Wheels are DT Swiss EX471 (25mm inner width). Shimano Ice-Tech rotors handle stopping duties.

Wheels are DT Swiss EX471 (25mm inner width). Shimano Ice-Tech rotors handle stopping duties.

Clearly Rude was not at full strength in Colorado. That shoulder was not feeling good. Photo courtesy Enduro World Series

Clearly Rude was not at full strength in Colorado. That shoulder was not feeling good. Photo courtesy Enduro World Series

The Yeti SB6c features  the Colorado company's highly regarded Switch infinity suspension technology, which utilizes a patented translating pivot that switches direction as the bike moves through its travel. This is designed to provide excellent anti-squat characteristics for improved pedaling performance and ideal suspension characteristics as it gets deeper into the travel.

The Yeti SB6c features the Colorado company’s highly regarded Switch infinity suspension technology, which utilizes a patented translating pivot that switches direction as the bike moves through its travel. This is designed to provide excellent anti-squat characteristics for improved pedaling performance and ideal suspension characteristics as it gets deeper into the travel.

Rude watched the final podium ceremony in Colorado from the sidelines, but we expect he'll be back on the box soon enough.

Rude watched the final podium ceremony in Colorado from the sidelines, but we expect he’ll be back on the box soon enough.


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 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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