Bike Check: Richie Rude's Yeti SB5.5 - EWS Aspen 2017

Jul 28, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
Richie Rude's Yeti SB 5.5

Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
Fox Float X2 shock and custom tube strap printed with the EWS champion colors.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
With stages topping near 10,000 feet, Rude is smart to use a bail-out cog.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
OneUp's new in-the-steerer-tube tool kit.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
Ergon's latest GD-1 grips for long days on the bike. Shimano Saint brake levers.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
Discreet front fender and Maxxis Minion DHF tire - everyone is hoping for sun, but planning for yet another EWS mudbath.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
Shimano XTR crankset with a 32t OneUp chainring and bashguard/top guide.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
Grip tape on the Fox Transfer dropper lever.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB5.5
Old school electrical tape instead of shrink wrap to keep the cables neat.


MENTIONS: @yeticycles




151 Comments

  • + 96
 Richie running 32T. I can sleep peacefully tonight.
  • + 155
 He's running a bailout cog too. Get in the fkin gym Richie, that's worse than riding an e-bike.
  • - 19
flag HK-Mazur (Jul 28, 2017 at 6:07) (Below Threshold)
 @BenPea: Who says he's using it? I just see that as a form of advertising for OneUp.
  • + 0
 @BenPea: i just think it's funny that the fasted dude in the EWS still runs a modifed (shimano) drivetrain while all the guys running sram are practically running factory setups. although i really like one up's stuff, you would think shimano would have a 1 stop solution by now for one of their best sponsored athletes.
  • + 87
 @rocky-mtn-gman: thats actually a stock XT cassette, which has a 46T
  • + 29
 @pedaler: no shit? thanks, didn't know that. thought was a oneup cog in the rear. it looks like a frisbee.
  • + 18
 @HK-Mazur: I don't know, i reckon Colorado ain't nuttin to fck with.
  • + 10
 @pedaler: that's not a 46T cog, it's a bash guard. Wink
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Trust me, it isnt! How should I know? I live in it
  • + 0
 @rrolly: In other words, if you dont like the weather just wait 5 minutes, probably why he is running DHF tires.
  • - 17
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 28, 2017 at 8:27) (Below Threshold)
 @chyu - no you can't, unless you are going to ride at 2500m+ where even Richie Rude doesn't give a flying fk about pedalling down the mountain. 32-11 doesn't really allow you to pedal on a descent, Richie probably uses 36-11 to spin on flat roads to the woods in New York area where he lives)

So... Otherwise I will tell you to man up!
  • + 0
 @rocky-mtn-gman: some guys like to keep things custom, although you're right about shimano missing a trick, not just for him but for us hacks too. Don't know too much about it to be honest.
  • + 4
 @rocky-mtn-gman: what do you mean modified? 1up is just another sponser, they have to use a few parts, not just shimano, but could be full Shimano
  • + 5
 @rocky-mtn-gman: The only part not shimano is the chainring, so not modified
  • + 1
 according to Vital, he's running full dh casings and cushcore!
  • + 34
 @WAKIdesigns: He lives in ct and uses stock xt stuff. Also stop being dick. No one thinks your cool bruh
  • + 1
 @BenPea: it ain't! Eagle is a great thing to have in the Rockies!
  • - 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Eagle all the way!
  • - 2
 @bohns1: only an idiot would argue the opposite.
  • + 1
 Neg prop me all you want waki.
  • + 1
 @pedaler:it looks like it might be a 50 tooth
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Have you seen the guy; he's huge already, not thinking the gym is needed.
  • + 2
 @Dbeisen: I was channeling the Swedepole...
  • + 3
 @BenPea: It's enduro, save your energy/rest on the ups if ya have the time. No need to crush the ups really.
  • - 8
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 29, 2017 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 @BenPea: I don't use prop system... I leave it to people insecure about their opinions
  • + 0
 @HARv379: fair comment I suppose, in an enduro race context that is...
  • - 2
 @WAKIdesigns: haha I guess that's 90% of pb commentors then.. I just chuckle when I get neg propped.. Like it means anything!
  • + 1
 Looks like he has an angle set on there as well
  • + 31
 The bike looks like the old Gulf-sponsored Ford GT40 Le Mans racer. Awesome color combo!
  • + 1
 When I ended up with an orange bike, blue parts are what it got... Eric Carter pretty much rocked that combo most of his career as well.
  • + 1
 Like Rachel Atherton's Trek, two of my favourite bikes this year for sure.
  • + 19
 Shall we shrink wrap the cables? Nah, f*ck it, too hard with internal cable routing.
  • + 13
 Not a fan of internally routed cables ether but...the beauty of electrical tape is you can peel it off and use it for a backwoods fix to get you out.

P.s. Shrink wrap is easier on internally routed cables, cause you already wasted a hour of your life disconnect everything and fishing them throughFrown
  • + 2
 @rich2007: I just electrical taped my cables and agree it's easier to remove as I bollixed it up the first time. I must admit mine looks more pro though.
  • + 3
 Til it melts, it's gonna looks sick.
  • + 11
 Another year of top pros choosing alloy rims over carbon. I keep thinking that the pendulum will swing but it appears this guy is running a relatively low-brow set of $1100 wheels?
  • + 5
 Found this article pretty interesting:

nsmb.com/articles/why-would-anyone-buy-carbon-wheels
  • + 20
 They tend to use alloy rims because they're only allowed one wheelset per race weekend. When carbon fails, it fails catastrophically, where as alloy rims could potentially be bent back to finish up the race weekend. Carbon wheels are strong as hell, but when you're only allowed the one set, they like to play it safe.
  • - 7
flag rrolly (Jul 28, 2017 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 @mabboo: silly rule, imo.
  • + 8
 @rrolly: yeah, screw rules. Ride cx bike to the top and DH back
  • + 7
 Richie is over 200lbs and one of the fastest in the world, and with the EWS rules about wheel replacements it makes a lot of sense
  • - 8
flag Chadimac22 (Jul 28, 2017 at 11:46) (Below Threshold)
 @rrolly: not sure why you got some neg. props but I think that's a silly rule too. I can see having to run the same frame the entire race but not being able to change wheels? why are the wheels treated so differently than the cranks, cassette, or drivetrain? Neither here nor there for me however, since I'm not fast enough to be pro. #proproblems
  • + 24
 @Chadimac22: imagine running an ultra light carbon wheelset with single ply tires one stage and then swapping to a heavy duty DH set with dual ply tires in just a few seconds? It's pretty unfair to the privateers out there
  • + 3
 @kleinblake: ^^ agreed
  • + 5
 It is to leval the field between privateers and factory riders. Some stages would be better with lighter wheels, and vice versa. Can you afford multiple wheels sets for all conditions?(not saying your poor)
  • + 3
 @kleinblake: Lots of things not exactly fair with the EWS ( I get it is a world series) but the logistics costs are crazy and what is the prize money? Much less than the plane ticket.
  • - 1
 @kleinblake: Yeah, I get what you're saying and that's a fair point. But I'm hung up on the fact that if you break a wheel, you can't replace it with an identical one. But being able to separate replacing a broken wheel from the scenario of swapping wheels for a speed advantage is difficult to officiate. Again, I get it. Just doesn't seem like a common sense rule. But whatevs... neg prop away fellas.
  • + 1
 @rrolly: its because in the first year people were stashing wheels out on course, that's why everpart has the sticker on it now too
  • + 1
 @scvkurt03: so what are the downsides??? The only thing I saw was it sucks if you buy non boost rims and now everything is boost. As long as the frame you have doesn't magically turn boost over night your ok. Build em onto boost hubs for the next bike because the rims will be fine still. Carbon rims feel way better than aluminum imo.
  • + 1
 @warmerdamj: When they fail, they tend to do so catastrophically. I don't know, maybe I ride high enough pressures, or not hard enough, or my number isn't up yet, but I'm with you. My Nobls have been awesome, albeit for the short time I've had them. I also never had issues with Flows, so there's that.
  • - 1
 @robway: fair enough, but the rule of having NO replacements I don't like. Why not have two/three sets of approved wheels and have them only be able to change them in between stages? That way you would run a carbon wheel and then have an alum backup.
  • + 1
 @Leethal-1: yeah you don't want your Wheels exploding duh
  • + 7
 Id have this no bother. Don't like the orange bits on the frame though. Beggers cant be choosers!
  • + 12
 Fox forced a lot of hands with kit colorways.
  • + 7
 @beast-from-the-east: yep, super lame to force an orange bit upon a rider
  • + 1
 Hopefully a tire sponsor won't catch on to what fox did.
  • + 7
 Somehow I completely missed that RR switched to a 29" wheels...
  • + 4
 I think he switches between the 5.5 and the 6 depending on the course.
  • + 21
 As an EWS super nerd I'm pretty sure this is the first round in which he's racing a 29er. He's been throwing up pictures of a 5.5 on his Instagram for a few weeks so I figured this was coming sooner or later.
  • + 3
 @jgdblue: yes its the first time...
  • - 2
 @jgdblue: I'm sure he used the short travel 29er in Rotorua for Round 1.
  • + 5
 @SwintOrSlude: He was running the 27.5 SB5 at the first two rounds and then the 6 after. The first time he raced the 29er was at winter park a few weeks ago. This is his first EWS on it.
  • + 1
 @walterwhyte: nope, was the 5C - shorter travel small wheels
  • + 2
 @walterwhyte @jgdblue : It was the sb5c, not the 4.5c.
  • + 2
 @walterwhyte: It was sb5, which is 5 inches in the back and 27.5" wheels
  • + 1
 @vsense: would love to test ride a Yeti.
  • + 2
 so I think what you guys are trying to say is that it was the sb5c? The shorter travel 27.5?
  • + 6
 Lovely bike even with an over tightened Renthal stem .....
  • + 2
 What gave you this impression? Just curious, from what I can see it looks good. No gap at the bottom and the gap on top looks about right.
  • + 2
 Actually, you're right. The steerer tube bolts look super cranked to the point of bending.
  • + 1
 not sure if I'm the only one, but my renthal stem slips out of line on the steerer all the time, i don't even have to crash for it to move. That could be the reason, but his stem doesn't look too healthy how it is.
  • + 2
 @dwojo: Mechanics eye mate . that stuff bugs me . Not slating Rude's mechanic in anyway though...
  • + 6
 @coolskidz: Rude probably did it up. After all he is full time beast mode
  • + 3
 @chriskink: Yeah, looks like the bolts are actually bent. Probably optical.

Awaits headline, "Rude out due to stem failure..........."
  • + 1
 @coolskidz mine did the exact same thing. I even used some grip tape to toughen up the steer tube. Only way to stop was overtighten the bolts.
  • + 1
 @mikeep: haha can you imagine .
  • + 1
 The way that stem is machined takes away surface area around the steer tube which helps with grip, which is why they probably have to crank the bolts. That style of stem is not great on mountain bikes IMO.
  • + 0
 @Airfreak: Have you tried carbon assembly paste? Has special moleculez that create a bond. Actually works.
  • + 5
 Pinkbike you guys missed the custom setup with the external lower headset cup to slacken the HA a bit. Vital talk about it.
  • + 1
 Good point
  • + 6
 Vital was faster
  • + 0
 Surprised he isn't using the oval and the 47/18 tooth sprockets for the XT cassette from OneUp. That jump on the standard Shimano cassette is just ridiculous...or just using the XTR cassette since he probably doesn't need more than a 40 sprocket...and weight saving! Hope he wins soon.
  • + 6
 Who cares how big the jump is? You shift once at the bottom of the hill and then once again 45+ minutes later when you get to the top.
  • - 2
 @dthomp325: i think the gap is too big...it really jolts your knees in my opinion. The OneUp 47 or 45 sprocket with the 18 makes the Shimano cassette be what it should.
  • + 1
 That 46T cog looks like low brow Zee, with the solid metal. Needs some laser material removal for proper weight saving aesthetics!
  • + 1
 Because oval sucks and shimano shifting is amazing?
  • + 1
 @markar: agree...Shimano shifting is amazing but the cassettes are sh1t! If the top man has to run XT and not the top and lighter XTR, something is not quite right. Oval does make it smoother tho
  • + 1
 @gbcarmona: There's no 11 46 xtr cassette yet i think, And why are the cassettes sh1t?
  • + 1
 @markar: i know there isn't...and what i was trying to say was, if Rude has to go XT rather than the top/lighter cassette, maybe the XTR cassette should offer a wider/better range. I think the 11/46 XT cassette was just a quick "fix" from Shimano to try and match other rival offers on the market...but done in a bad way since that last step of 9 teeth (24%) is far from ideal. I'm a big Shimano fanboi btw.
  • + 1
 @gbcarmona: It is a huge jump, the smaller cogs need bigger jumps to allow for an ideal 40 to 46 ? that would be great I guess
  • + 1
 @markar: I'm building a new steed and i will be running the Shimano XT 11-42 cassette with OneUp 18/47 sprockets option, that gives you 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-37-42-47...which i think is what Shimano should have done for the start when they introduced a new wider range cassette. I used to run the XTR cassette but the 40 sprocket was a bit of a kill on some climbs and didn't last very long as well.
  • + 1
 @gbcarmona: that sounds like the perfect cassette, shimano should have done that
  • + 1
 @markar: i can let you know in a couple of weeks when i test mine...but it does sound and look great. And all for less money than the 11-40 XTR cassette...albeit 120 grams heavier if thats important to you. With a 32T OneUp oval on the front, it gives you a huge range.
  • + 1
 @gbcarmona: sure let me know, and how you like the oval ring, thanks
  • + 1
 That's a super short stem, I wonder if Richie finally went up a bike size to a large. He was known to run a medium with a 60mm stem before, sort of going against the current trend of sizing up.
  • + 2
 Yeah this is a size Large.
  • + 3
 not really super short, looks like mine which is a 50 mm
  • + 1
 That's definitely only a 50mm.
  • + 9
 You'd think a "bike check" would include frame size and a few measurements, not just what shock and drive train he's using
  • + 1
 It's a 50mm, I have the Renthal 33mm - way cleaner. And he's using a 35mm bar diameter! I too, can sleep peacefully at night.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: we have the same stem, wanna be best friends?
  • + 2
 @Jimmy0: I'll Follow you to the end of the internet......
  • + 3
 What's the weird-looking spring/valve deal on the spare tube?
  • + 2
 Co2 pump head.
  • + 2
 Has no one noticed what looks like a crack on the frame above the rear shock bolt on the 2nd pic??!!!!!
  • + 6
 The only crack here is what you are smoking. No one commented because there is NO crack in te frame.
  • + 3
 @MysticMCyclist: lower shock bolt over to the left hand side about 20mm from the bolt. I'm on the iPad and looks really like a hairline crack to me....
  • + 3
 @toop182: is probably a hair.
  • + 3
 Is kashima on all the shocks always that dark ?
  • + 2
 It can vary quite greatly due to shaft material I've heard.
  • + 3
 my float x colour is closer to marzocchis cappuccino brown than gold.
  • + 4
 I was totally thinking this too. "Daayze a darkah dan us." - Mel Brooks.
  • + 1
 ST too long? 150 mm + fox dropper? Very lucky that his perfect seat height is achieved by slamming the post all the way down?
  • + 1
 I've the same bike (well, not the same setup) and the seat tube is super-long, so if you're in the middle of M size and L it could be difficult to mount a 150mm dropper post... Even the dealer told me that if I had not space enought he could bring me the 125mm dropper from the same brand, so it's a common issue with that model and size
  • + 1
 I've been looking for a similar tube / compressed air strap, anyone know what it is called or have a recommendation?
  • + 1
 Backcountry research. I have a new one at home, PM me if interested. Can't find a good spot on my Hightower for it.
  • + 1
 www.feedbacksports.com/shop/scorpion-turquoise

If anyone is looking to buy that bike stand.
  • + 2
 Now I'll go to the yeti website and find out what wheel size that is.
  • + 1
 Swear he used to run XTR Levers and SAINT calipers? Wonder what prompted the change...
  • + 1
 XTR Race levers and saint calipers to get a bit more modulation if I remember correctly. I imagine he wants the all out screaming stopping power of full Saint.
  • + 1
 @OriginalDonk: Fair enough, I run the XTR/SAINT combo myself, tbf I can't say I notice any difference other than the feel of the plastic levers!

But I'm not Richie Rude!!
  • + 5
 @matwilliams: mate, even Richie Rude isn't Richie Rude anymore.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: maybe he needs a change of pace with the big wheels?
  • + 1
 He has his brakes set so he can never fully lock them up. This is so he is always at Mach chicken and forces him to keep his speed.
  • + 1
 Lol, I ride these trails everyday after work. So, so good.
  • + 1
 what a beautiful bike daaaaaaaaaamn
  • - 3
 The cog looks too big, the stem looks too tight, the mud covers on hardware are ugly, the electrical tape is not nice... that explains why industry focus more on aesthetic than function. It s not a piece of collection, it s a fucking racing bike. Must work well and mechanic must be easy.
  • + 2
 Baller.Ass.Bike.
  • + 2
 Stunning
  • + 1
 Wait.....is that a 29er?
  • + 1
 "Perfection"
  • + 11
 Almost, just needs a water bottle in the front triangle.
  • + 2
 @mgs781HD: No thanks
  • + 0
 I dunno, what's with the ugly blue stickers covering the hardware on the swingarm? Looks like something Ikea would do.
  • + 1
 @bishopsmike: my guess is that it's the work of the mechanic. Probably to keep thick mud out of the bolt heads for the suspension hardware. I agree it's a little ugly but I can understand the reasoning (if my theory is true)
  • + 2
 @mgs781HD: I actually agree with you. Pretty much the main reason I did not buy a SB4.5 just a bit ago. I wanted to have a usable bottle mount for 1-2 hr rides.
  • - 3
 @mgs781HD: Water bottles look hella XC. Rather wear a pack. That has beer in it.
  • + 0
 Jesus Christ how do you all afford to ride such expensive shit
  • + 1
 edit: nm. google ftw
  • - 3
 Beautiful set up, but as my wife would say, the orange clashes with the blue.
  • + 2
 Orange and blue are complimentary colors and this is one of the few bikes I actually think it looks good on, but each to his or her own I guess. Now, orange and red on the other hand... YUCK. Fox really needs to give their team guys some other color options.
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