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Richie Rude's Racing a 29er at the Aspen EWS

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Richie Rude, one of the most successful and also largest competitors on the Enduro World Series has made the switch to 29-inch wheels for the race in Aspen this weekend. He's been racing a Yeti SB6c with 27.5-inch wheels until now, swapping to the SB5.5c. The bike gets 140mm of rear travel and uses a 160mm travel FOX 36 fork.

photos and video by Lee Trumpore

Extra RAD for Richie Rude
Custom machined headset insert to run a Chris King lower cup. Head angle and ride height of a 170mm fork while using a 160mm FOX 36.

There's a custom lower headset cup insert that props the bike up 10mm to give him the same ride height as if he were running a 170mm fork.

He's using CushCore tire inserts with Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 tires and downhill casings front and rear. Big meats for a big boy! Go get 'em Richie!

Cushcore in the rear for Richie.
Hot tip from Sam Hill

Richie's mechanic, Sean Hughes, shows off the steed.

You can see Richie's Yeti SB6c against Cody Kelley's SB5.5c here.