Bike Check: Killian Callaghan's Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Crankworx Rotorua 2019

Mar 25, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  

Killian Callaghan won the U21 EWS World Championships back in 2017 and proved that he has what it takes to race with some of the best in the world. Fast forward to 2019 and Callaghan is in the elite field with a fresh new Enduro 29 that hopefully should propel him to some good finishes this season.

One of a few fresh new faces on Specialized's EWS team, Killian is Greg Callaghan's cousin, and is off to a solid start in carrying the racing success down the line in the family.

Killian is 6' tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He rides a size large bike and is working on making the transition from working on his own bikes out of the back of his van to having Specialized's Patty Young and a full support crew this season.

Check out some of the details of his bike set up along with photos below.

Rider Name Killian Callaghan // Specialized Racing
Age: 23
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Instagram: @killiancallaghan

Specialized Enduro 29 Details

Frame: SWorks Enduro 29 - Large
Shock: Ohlins TTX
Fork: Ohlins RXF 36 170mm
Wheels: Roval Traverse Alloy
Tires: Specialized Butcher Blk Dmnd 2.3"
Drivetrain: SRAM
Brakes: Magura MT-7 Raceline
Cockpit: Renthal
More info: Specialized

Killian is running a a SRAM Eagle 12-speed drivetrain with a 34 tooth chain ring.

Ohlins smoothing out the rough.

Killian is on 2.3" Specialzed Butcher tires with a CushCore in the back. 23psi up front and 30psi in the rear.

There's a little bit of grip tape on each of the paddle shifters. A quicklink taped to the dropper cable just in case.

Magura MT7 Raceline brakes with the HC-3 levers.

In the SWAT box is a tube, CO2, gear cable, tape, and a spare hanger.

Renthal carbon bars with a 40mm rise cut to 780mm wide. 50mm stem.


  • 62 2
 Rear disc is mounted in a wrong way(?)
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 400 IQ
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 Sure looks that way... Whoops.
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 he is also burned right ?
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flag stereo87 (Mar 25, 2019 at 15:06) (Below Threshold)
 If there is a good clearance to spokes than it’s at last harder to destroy hose
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 @stereo87: he means the direction of the spokes on the disc. They should go with the curve against the direction of rotation, but they seem to be going with it. Shouldn't make much of a difference but it is technically wrong
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 It's fakie-optimized
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 @stereo87: dumb just met dumber
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 @Lookinforit: damn, too much time at work. Need to go for a ride
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 @stereo87: I'm correcting people on the internet so me too man, me too
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 @Lookinforit: it does change the direction the load goes into the spokes of the rotor. Either into tension or compression. Which makes me wonder why do mountain bikes put the spokes of the rotor into the direction of compression? I would think you would ideally want to put it into tension to eliminate buckling. Anybody know why? If you look at motorcycles they go the opposite direction or are symmetric rotors.
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 @pinkbike-engineer: they go with the direction of the rotor and on the outside of the flange so under braking which is a much larger load on the wheel then acceleration, the wheel will be held more true like this then if the spokes were the oppo way...

There was a great wheel building book I was trying to find which show this much better than I can explain Smile
But! Everyone has a theory like most wheel manufactures so who rely knows, but they the wheel is built on this bike is how it build every wheel I’ve made

But this rotor is on the wrong way, that’s for sure!!
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 @pinkbike-engineer: compression on the spokes actually cause an expanding radial force on the edge of the rotor and this force keep rotors straight. Maybe counter intuitive but that is the theory of the design.

To try the theory out, push a broomstick against a wall holding it at an angle from the floor. When compressing the broomstick what direction does the tip want to go?
  • 1 0
 @jimmychoo401: The Art of Wheel Building by Jobst Brandt?
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 Awesome looking ride! Love the simple colour scheme with accents. Good luck for the rest of the season!
  • 16 1
 Specialized has been killing it with the paint jobs on their longer travel bikes lately. I love the clean look of logo-less sides. Hopefully other brands are taking notes.
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  • 9 1
 Painting carbon to look like aluminum?
  • 13 0
 when we gonna see a new enduro tho?
  • 1 0
 very soon.
  • 1 0
 Did it not come out recently?
  • 11 0
 i love the fact that they didnt slap sworks logos all over every inch of it.
  • 9 0
 Those aren’t carbon Renthals.
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  • 8 1
 With a name like "Killian Callaghan", I was expecting an 8foot ginger giant donning full kilt and sporran regalia.
  • 5 0
 Fair focks Killian, some bike. So happy to see you on front page
  • 5 0
 What a rig! What a guy!
  • 7 5
 I'm slightly confused about the purpose of this bike nowadays...why would you not use the Stumpjumper evo 29 for EWS racing instead?
  • 7 6
 At 190 lbs you are going to crush 140mm travel....regardless of slackness.
  • 4 1
 I'd say the SJ EVO 29 is more an evolved all-mountain slack bike. Most enduro riders still are using bikes with >150mm travel (more like 170+ in the front and at least 150 in the back).
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 @foggnm: My SJ Evo has 160mm our back... as are most other owners but the looks of it
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 @metalmt: I would say that's arguable, the amount of rear travel has never seemed to bother the pros. The Specialized EWS team (namely Curtis Keene and Jared Graves) preferred using the Stumpjumper for EWS racing the past few years. Heck, even Troy Brosnan ran a stumpjumper with a 180mm fork on it for the EWS when he was with Specialized a few years back instead of using the Enduro.
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 Evo is made for fun downhill but for proper ews I think the enduro is better ... Jared and Curtis were true believer to ride a stumpy during a EWS because you need lot of skills to do that with a tiny bike. Enduro is more capable for gnary stuff...
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 Maybe also just the overall burlyness of the enduro over the stumpy evo? Who really know as its down to the individual rider but for me being a heavy guy, but the stumpy and the evo felt fairly flimsy whereas the Enduro feels stiff and burly. . . .again this is all speculation.
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 @bacondoublechee: What stumpy are you on that has 160 rear? as far as i can see no stumpy has more than 150mm rear even the 27.5 evo. The 29 evo is only 140mm. So right off the bat the enduro has more travel by 20mm depending on wheel size. Honestly i would consider the stump jumper a trail bike.
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 @metalmt: Keegan Wright copped 2nd place on the 140mm Devinci Troy if i'm not mistaken.
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 @nismo325: Throw a longer stroke shock on 'er. Longer eye to eye wouldn't be bad either if it fits to keep bb where it's supposed to be while actually riding
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 @phalley: Is this actually something thats being done? or are you just tossing out random ideas? throwing a longer shock in a frame thats not meant for it rarely works. also unless you start using offset hardware anytime you add length to a shock the bb height is going to change
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 @nismo325: lots of peeps running 210x55 in the rear instead of 210x50. 154mm of travel. You actually have clearance for 57mm stroke.
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 @nismo325: 210x55 Ohlins TTX22M will get you most the way there, I am running a 57mm stroke Cane Creek IL Coil on my SJ evo 29'er for 163mm travel. No issues with clearance. Put a 170mm fork on and go full send. Way better Geo than the current Enduro (that was my last bike)
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 @metalmt: Keagan was on a 140mm travel Troy. He crushed it alright.
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 @Brasher: and way better geo and suspension kinematics..... I wander what S is cooking up for the Enduro.
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 @metalmt: only if you don't know how to use volume spacers
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 @Brasher: Well thats pretty sick. Didn't realize you could go that much bigger on the new stumpy. 23mm is a wild gain!
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 @nismo325: its a pretty common mod if you read the forums and the bike seems to respond well to it. I have a 27.5 evo and may try it if I find some extra cash for a new shock.
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 Playing it safe with alu wheels
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 Cant argue spesh shows how to make a good looking bike, hoping for a redesign soon.
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 Logo-less sides of the downtube make for a great looking bike. I hope this starts a trend.
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 I really don't understand of this bike setup. Few years back Curtis Keene hase 170 mm fork on his Enduro, now Killian Callaghan has one too. But official statement from Specialized is: "No, you cant use 170 mm fork. If you will, warranty wil be void." I am happy I am not riding Specialized anymore.
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 Superman Pig! Instant classic. What's the back story?
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 nick name is Ham (Gwan the Ham) from Callag-ham
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 All that storage in the down tube but still tapes the quick links to the housing. O_o
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 Why wouldnt you?
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 Quick links are kind of hard to fish out especially when you need all the space you have during off seasons. Every ounce counts...
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 30psi plus a CushCore in the rear. Next stop: Solid rubber tyres.
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 Well he is 190lbs. I'm 200, don't ride as hard as this fellow I'm sure, and without any kind of tire insert I can't run less than 30psi in my rear tire on a 2.3 without it feeling real squirmy. I have a 2.6 on the rear of my bike currently and I still can't really run less than 28psi before things start to feel squirmy as well. I still get plenty of traction and the compliance I need from the tires this way though. My 160lb riding buddies on the other hand can easily get away with 22-23psi in their rear tires.
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 Is it just me or is that saddle incredibly small??
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 Best color for a mountain bike
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 Ohlins RXF 36 170mm 29r???? it´s a proto?
  • 1 0
 Looks just like a prototype aluminum frame if not getting too close
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 Hon the Bucky!! lol
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 If PIGS could FLY..Smile
  • 1 1
 people still ride those things? Bike looks prefistoric
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 Bike looks old.
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