Curtis Keene - Rider Update and Interview

May 25, 2010 at 0:09
May 25, 2010
by Justin Brantley  
 
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I got a chance to hang and shoot some photos with World Cup racer Curtis Keene for a few days last month. This was my first time working with a DH rider of this class. It was awesome to see how fast the trails can be shredded! To say the least, Curtis kills it. He rides a 2010 Specialized Demo 8 complete with SRAM, Gamut, DT Swiss, and Chromag components. Look for Keene at all of this year's World Cup races.

Check inside to see Curtis' 2010 Demo 8, riding photos, and a video of him schralping some trails!

Keene, half way through a tight little s-berm.
Keene, half way through a tight little s-berm.

Keenes 2010 Specialized Demo 8
Keenes 2010 Specialized Demo 8


The Specs

Frame2010 Specialized Demo 8
Rear ShockRockShox Vivid 5.1
•550 Ti Spring
ForkRockShox World Cup Boxxer
HeadsetCane Creek zero stack
CrankarmsTruvativ Holzfeller 165mm
ChainringGamut 36T
Bottom BracketTruvativ GPX
ChainSRAM PC 991
CassetteSRAM 11-26
Rear DerailleurSRAM X.0
ShiftersSRAM X.0
HandlebarChromag Fubar OSX
StemChromag 50mm Director direct mount
BrakesAvid Codes 203mm front rotor/185 rear rotor
GuideGamut P 30
Front WheelDT 240 Hub laced to DT 5.1 rim
•20 mm thru-axle
Rear WheelDT 240 Hub laced to DT 5.1 rim
•12 x 135 mm thru axle
TiresSpecialized Butcher 2.3 tires
SaddleSpecialized Phenom 143
SeatpostChromag Miminalist
PedalsBurgtec Penthouse flats MK3


Specialized Demo 8 complete with SRAM, Gamut, DT Swiss, and Chromag components.
Specialized Demo 8 complete with SRAM, Gamut, DT Swiss, and Chromag components.

Keene!
Keene!

Vivid 5.1 suspension and Gamut chainguide
Vivid 5.1 suspension and Gamut chainguide

2010 RockShox World Cup Boxxer
2010 RockShox World Cup Boxxer

Chromag equipped!
Chromag equipped!

Platform!
Platform!

Keene sends a big thanks to his sponsors, Specialized Bicycles, Sram/Rock Shox/Avid/ Truvativ, Gamut, Chromag, DT Swiss, Troy Lee Designs, Scott Eyewear, Five Ten, Cane Creek, and Trail Head Cyclery.



Here are some riding photos, also a quick Q&A with Curtis:

Curtis taking it to the steep tech section!
Curtis taking it to the steep tech section!

How long have you been riding bikes?
I've been riding bikes all my life...I started racing bikes in 2002...so I've been racing pro for 8 years now.

Fly By!
Fly By!

It must be hard to train for World Cup level of racing! What drives you to train so hard?
What drives me? Hmmm... chasing the dream factor. Just wanting to give it my all and leave nothing behind no matter what. I also want to give something back to all the sponsors/people who have backed me over the years...without them none of this would've ever be possible.

Airing down the trail about 20-25ft. Pinned!
Airing down the trail about 20-25ft. Pinned!

How do you like your DH frame for 2010 from Specialized?
The Specialized 2010 Demo 8 is awesome. Since the revised geometry, I've been completely stoked on it...low BB, slack 64 degree HA, and a bulletproof frame. It suits my style much more.

Again, loving the air!
Again, loving the air!

Where is your favorite place to ride and why?
Favorite place would have to be a dead even tie. Whistler and Santa Cruz. Whistler...well is just Whistler. As anyone who has ridden that place knows, it's unreal. Heaven for downhillers. But Santa Cruz is just as good in my opinion (I'm a bit biased). We have a complete network of XC/DH trails that are unreal. I tend to ride my XC bike mostly on them...I enjoy the climbs with the amazing views, along with the friends I shred with...priceless

Ripping the trail. Love the sun in this one along with the dust in the background!
Ripping the trail. Love the sun in this one along with the dust in the background!

Give a shout out to your sponsors!
Big thanks to my Sponsors- Specialized, Sram, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ, DT Swiss, Gamut, Chromag, Troy Lee Designs, Scott Eyewear, Five Ten, and Trail Head Cyclery.

This section is a lot stepper then it looks here. Curtis is killing it!
This section is a lot stepper then it looks here. Curtis is killing it!

Thanks Curtis and good luck this year!

Railing the berm after a gnarly shoot!
Railing the berm after a gnarly shoot!

Check out this awesome video Taylor Sage has put together for the new SRAM 2X10 drive system. Video features Brendon Fairclough and Curtis Keene ripping some Santa Cruz trails. Enjoy!

Views: 17,477    Faves: 285    Comments: 31


Amado put this video together of Curtis ripping it up on his XC bike back in the winter.

Views: 4,729    Faves: 29    Comments: 3


Thanks again Curtis! And good luck this season!

-Justin Brantley
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22 Comments

  • + 5
 Such an awesome looking demo I really like the black and white.
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  • + 3
 got to do a few runs with him. He's stupid fast.
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  • + 1
 Nice job!!!!! are you shooting with a Full Frame camera yet, JB? You have the best spots to shoot in CA... lucky man!
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  • + 2
 Officer has no friends! Sweet pics n vids guys! Thanks!!!
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  • + 1
 seems like a really nice guy. Next time I'm in SC shreddin' I hope I run into him.
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  • + 2
 Curtis Keene is one sick dude on a bike and damn thats a gorgeous bike
  • + 2
 the 'American Dream!' pinned.
  • + 1
 This is an amazing bike and I know some people on pinkbike own one of these machines.. I would like to know how it rides? Smile
  • + 1
 i like this guy
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  • + 2
 Nice Demo... Keen as mustard! Haha
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  • + 2
 beautiful bike. pro photos
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  • + 1
 specialized, their bikes are EPIC
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  • + 1
 i can tell he rides moto by the way he mtbs
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  • + 1
 i have the same bars as him
  • + 0
 COOOLLL!!!1@!!!!
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  • + 1
 such a nice bike set up.. awesome
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  • + 1
 they make trail ridn look fun, your an idiot officer
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  • - 1
 I like it how it said they revised the geomtry. More like they revised the gemotry agin
  • + 2
 are u trying to say that improving a bike is a bad thing?
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 no im just saying that it has benn changed mulitple times
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  • + 1
 fricken sweet
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