Keegan Wright's Specialized Stumpy 29er: Crankworx Whistler EWS 2017

Aug 10, 2017
by Vernon Felton  



Keegan Wright is on a roll in 2017. The Kiwi snagged the elite men’s downhill title at the New Zealand Mountain Bike National Championships in a field that included the likes of Brook Macdonald and Sam Blenkinsop. Then there was that fingernail-biting moment when he edged out the Pumptrack World Champion, Adrien Loron, for the win at the Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge. Keegan also picked up Specialized as a frame sponsor not so long ago and has been racing the full Enduro World Series calendar this season. Here's a look at his Whistler EWS ride.


bigquotesApart from the rear shock, everything is pretty stock. I don’t get too fancy with it.

Keep it simple, you know?
Keegan Wright s Specialized Stumpjumper 29
One thing that's not-so-stock on the Stumpy is the full Gradient bar, stem and crank spec—Full Speed Ahead is also one of Wright's sponsors.


Keegan Wright s Specialized Stumpjumper 29
Earlier this season you may have seen Wright piloting a 27.5-wheeled version of the Stumpjumper. This time around, he's running the 29er flavor of Stumpy. The 6-foot tall Kiwi ("But I'm 6'3" in my high heels.") is riding a size Large. Would the longer wheelbase be an asset on the Whistler course? It could very well.



The thing that immediately stands out here is that you're running that new Specialized Purgatory 2.6-inch tire out back and, out front, a 2.6 Butcher...

Yeah. It’s kind of like a downhill sidewall, but with a trail tread. It’s way harder to rip the sidewalls on these tires. I’m running the 2.6s out here because they give you way more grip on this loose, dusty stuff... and it just feels good.

Keegan Wright s Specialized Stumpjumper 29
23psi up front...
Keegan Wright s Specialized Stumpjumper 29
and 30psi out back


What are you running for pressures?

Usually, I’ll go with something like 20 in the front and 24 in the back, but here I am running about 23psi in the front and 30 in the back—just trying to stop from flatting the tires. Everything is so blown out and rough right now.

Keegan Wright s Specialized Stumpjumper 29

How about your suspension?

I’m running a 548lb rear spring on a 140-mm Ohlins coil shock. The rear shock is, obviously, aftermarket. I don’t think they’ve come out with that on the Stumpies yet, but apart from that, everything is pretty stock. I don’t get too fancy with it. Keep it simple, you know? I am running 170mm travel up front... [laughs] I’m not even too sure what pressure I am running up front.




How about your drivetrain? What kind of gear ratio are you using here?

I think it's a 32 tooth up front... and 42 in the back….? I don’t know, actually [laughing again]. You know, I just run the same thing everywhere, otherwise, it just gets too complicated for me.
Keegan Wright s Specialized Stumpjumper 29
Does Keegan Wright obsess about finding the perfect gear combination for a given course? He most certainly does not.



Keegan Wright s Specialized Stumpjumper 29
Keegan Wright s Specialized Stumpjumper 29
Magura MT7 Next... no shortage of power here with the four-piston stoppers. They'll come in handy at Whistler.



MENTIONS: @Specialized / @mdelorme




82 Comments

  • + 39
 Keegan: "What color is my new bike for EWS this year?"
Specialized: "Black and red with custom decals and--"
Keegan: "Perfect. I want blue pedals."
Specialized: "Wut."
  • + 4
 I love those color mixes. Would not prefer a whole black-red bike, even though​ I love black and red.
  • + 4
 I would much rather ride as fast as him than have a colour coded bike any day..
  • + 2
 Keegan: Keep it simple, you know?
  • + 36
 Fork looks alot closer to 140-150 than 170....
  • + 7
 I concur... I have a 2017 with 150mm up front and this looks similar.
  • - 12
flag pappas717 (Aug 10, 2017 at 17:45) (Below Threshold)
 I think he is wrong on the travel. Not only does it not look like 170..It would handle like poop if it was.
  • + 3
 @pappas717: graves was riding with 170mm on his stumpy...
  • + 1
 I have 160 an it doesn't look like that
  • + 2
 The fork is a RXF34 at 160mm. 170 RXF36 werent available in NZ at the time Keegan needed new forks
  • + 13
 Its a ziptie on the brake?
  • + 5
 Ha sure looks like it! That's one way to fine tune your lever reach.
  • + 1
 I have the same zipties on my Magura M4 brakes, since they have no lever adjustment and are too far out to grab. Today's PB article shows an adjusting lever to fit Magura's models. Off course, my M4 model is not compatible.
  • + 3
 Ghetto ̶t̶u̶b̶e̶l̶e̶s̶s̶ lever reach.
  • + 5
 Assuming that he doesn't have a special linkage for that shock, he's only got 135mm back there. Not even Graves opted to use the stumpy at Whistler.
  • + 2
 @Howieday91

I'm just speculating but I think he was kidding when he said "I don't even know what pressure I am running" in the fork. I would venture to guess that since they didn't take a picture of the non drive side of the fork he is probably running a coil which is travel adjustable internally.
  • + 1
 Hes on Air forks, they are travel adjustable still but like the coil it takes swapping out the TTX cartridge which isnt a small job by any means
  • + 5
 I know for a fact there's a crazier looking stumpy up there this week. LOL!
  • + 6
 Go on...
  • + 3
 Yeah come on man.
  • + 4
 What a kook... Trying to look cool by playing the simple man card when nothing is actually stock...
  • + 3
 Wouldn't make for a very interesting bike check if it were.
  • + 13
 Bit of speculation but he's not on any real team and is just sponsored by an importer (Wide Open) and specialized frames, he just gets sent a bike in a box with what components the importer stocks and doesn't really have much choice or ask for anything in particular. Should he be pushing his importers brands a bit better? Maybe. But I think the general relaxed attitude to not knowing the details is genuine and not an act.
  • + 3
 Does anyone know why the stumpy over the enduro? Doesn't the enduro come with more travel than the stumpy, but less than 170mm stock?
  • + 2
 The 29r enduro is 165. The 27.5 enduro is 170. As far as why. . . perhaps just personal preference. I think graves likes the stumpy cuz it's slightly smaller and more nimble, and Keene likes the enduro cuz it's big burly and rowdy.
  • + 5
 Yeah I'm confused as to why an EWS racer would use a Stumpy over the Enduro.... Correct me if I am wrong, but the Stumpy would only be superior to the Enduro on the climbs (which are obviously untimed in Enduro racing), so why wouldn't you go with the Enduro (unless the course happened to be super mellow and more XC like). Am I missing something here?

I also have similar thoughts when I see most of the Rocky Mountain team on the Altitudes instead of the Slayers.
  • + 2
 @bull-dozer: since you have to get yourself up as well perhaps the ptential advantage on the downs is negated by additional fatigue on the climbs. Also the stumpy/altitude (and similar) are super capable- especially inder these folks and may not see a huge advantage with the extra squish.
  • + 4
 @Trudeez: I was under the impression that Graves prefers the fit of the Stumpy, something about the large Stumpy feels roomier than the large Enduro.

edited to add a couple of links.

www.ambmag.com.au/gallery/bike-check-jared-graves-ews-specialized-stumpjumper-457640

www.mbr.co.uk/news/jared-graves-stumpjumper-29-differ-normal-one-347072
  • + 0
 @Trudeez: Jared Graves posted on instagram that he will be on the new 2018 Enduro.
Reach increases from 430 to 444mm on the medium.
Chainstays now are 433mm.
All 2018 models will have these numbers.
  • + 1
 Maybe that's what Spesh gave him. Graves certainly has a fleet to choose from. I can't imagine the Stumpy being the weapon of choice over the Enduro in Whistler. Aspen sure, Whistler no.
  • + 0
 @WasatchEnduro: Maybe the new geometry numbers are closer to his old Yeti
  • + 0
 @tkrug: Exactly
  • - 1
 There is also the 150mm stumpy Evo, which is right in the middle. I could have been a good middle ground.
  • + 4
 @e-loop: no more stumpy evo.
The evo became the entire line essentially.

@WasatchEnduro: Graves posted that he will finally be riding an Enduro. He basically claimed that it took a long while before he felt dialed on the bike. Reach may have something to do with it, but he suggested at the suspension in his post.

@bull-dozer: fatigue and snappiness. Not all Enduro races are held on the steep, gnarly, huck-fest trails that the bikes like the Enduro, Spartan, and Slayer were built for. They usually include a lot of pedaling in both liaisons and timed stages; a bike that is lighter, quick on the gas, and in and out of corners fast, saves energy and is usually faster. It seems that even a large number of Enduro riders in the US have resorted to shorter travel and even border line XC bikes like the Tallboy or Process 111.
  • + 3
 @bull-dozer: before he switched to specialized he was running a trance and glory combo but no reign.. He has a bmx background and is super active on the bike so guess just prefers a bit more nimbleness. Also read he runs essentially zero rebound dampening which is pretty weird.
  • - 7
flag homerjm (Aug 11, 2017 at 4:26) (Below Threshold)
 both bikes are the same sit...those bikes are old&ugly. Stumpy is one of the worst bike ever ride and the enduro is outdated compared to any modern bike,best thing there is Ohlins forks&shock.
  • + 1
 @mtnbykr05: "Not all Enduro races are.. steep, gnarly.. " I agree, and I've found myself to be faster on a shorter-travel bike on more mellow trails, but surely the Whistler EWS is the one race that IS a steep, gnarly huck-fest
  • + 0
 Keegan was on a trance with Giant before he signed with Specialized so it was an easy swap with a limited time frame before Round 1 EWS was the main reason.
  • + 3
 That fork does not look like it has 170mm of squish
  • + 2
 548 pound spring? I know Ohlins spring tolerance isn't within .0037% so can we just call it 550 pounds?
  • + 6
 Because that's probably what the coil says on it. Ohlins does weird increments
  • + 9
 @rewob: happens when you convert kg to lb
  • + 7
 you mean 0.37%
  • + 5
 @AaGro: Öhlins use Newtons as it more logical to use a force unit rather than a mass unit (Kilo) as spring force increments.
  • + 9
 96N/mm (the correct units for measuring spring rate) printed in lb/inch so plebs that still use imperial know what they are looking at.
  • + 2
 @dhridernz: or even lbf/in If we are being pedantic...yes, I could have said when you convert imperial to metric but don't be so quick to dismiss the plebs...a ton of design work in the US is still done in imperial and the world has the Brits to thank for that Smile
  • + 2
 Anyone know if 2.6 tyre will fit on 650b non-boost version of Stumpy fsr 2017?
  • + 1
 Yes indeed, that's my set up.
  • + 2
 @NicKrony: How does that compare to a 2.5 maxxis?
  • + 2
 @dhx42: its about .1 of an inch wider, pretty rad
  • + 1
 @Kushcon: Haha. Wish all tire brands measured the same like that...
  • + 2
 So Öhlins does have a 29er 170mm fork then or what?
  • + 2
 Not to the public.
  • + 1
 @Khayes: And i think its coil only
  • + 1
 RXF36 170mm are only 650b
  • + 1
 Yeah I wouldn't know ... I'm only the guy that installed his fork. Because things aren't to the public yet doesn't mean they don't exist @hamncheez @CommencalDHnz:
  • + 1
 @Khayes: is it coil?
  • + 1
 No it was an air in a 34. Hannah also has a one in her 36 because we couldn't make her a light enough cool in time. @hamncheez:
  • + 1
 @Khayes: Sorry bro didnt even click when i saw the name, I built those forks up for Keegan here in NZ
  • + 1
 Haha! It's all good we had a 34 170 air cartridge waiting for him when we got to crankworx @CommencalDHnz:
  • + 1
 @Khayes: When will a RXF 36 170mm 29er be available?
  • + 1
 Isn't the Enduro for enduro?
  • + 1
 WTF I can't get anything other than a 2.3 spesh tire from my LBS
  • + 3
 27.5X2.6 have been available from Specialized most of this Year! 29X2.6 tires should be available later this month or early next month!
  • + 1
 Wait a few months it'll be there.
  • - 1
 @Khayes: what about 26"? #26forlife
  • + 1
 Get fricked Wink @ccbelisle:
  • + 2
 34 rxf at 170... huh...
  • + 1
 I know this bile is from the big S but ... dammm he is looking sick
  • + 1
 What's up with that frame protection? who makes it?
  • + 1
 Looks like All Mountain Style?
  • + 4
 do you even drift make it mate
  • + 0
 @Keeganwrightmtb: I thought you ride for Marz/Fox?
  • + 1
 That stem angle?
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