Videos: The Yeti Riders Smash Rocks & Talk CushCore

Apr 6, 2021
by Cush Core  

PRESS RELEASE: CushCore

The Yeti / FOX Factory team has been using CushCore since 2018. Notably, 2x EWS World Champion Richie Rude won five EWS rounds using CushCore in 2018 and 2019. Unfortunately, due to COVID travel restrictions, the team was unable to attend the limited EWS schedule in 2020. However, for 2021 it's looking promising that the team will get back to racing the full EWS circuit, so we decided to meet up at Yeti's Colorado headquarters to follow them on some training rides, talk about racing, and get the riders' feedback on CushCore.


The crew resets between laps.




Quinn Reece felt at home on the Colorado trails.

2021 Yeti Race Team Roster:

Richie Rude - Yeti / FOX Factory Racing (2x EWS Champion)

Shawn Neer - Yeti / FOX Factory Racing

Warren Kniss - Yeti National team

Jubal Davis - Yeti National team

Quinn Reece - Yeti Devo Team

Lauren Bingham - Yeti Devo Team

http://www.cushcore.com
http://www.yeticycles.com


105 Comments

  • 69 2
 I wonder what they will think about the product of one of their sponsors
  • 7 11
flag korev (Apr 6, 2021 at 6:26) (Below Threshold)
 The Dental Surgery?
  • 10 0
 The molestache?
  • 36 18
 I wonder what Richie thinks about bringing his own water bottle.
  • 4 0
 @kopaczus: always bring your own water bottle, especially when you're riding with blokes named Jared!
  • 58 1
 Amazed they found a day when Dakota Ridge was rideable without having to stop every 200 feet because of hikers
  • 65 0
 Only 20 hikers were harmed in the making of this film. A regrettable, but acceptable loss.
  • 4 1
 Go in the morning or midweek and its fine.
  • 25 0
 Can cush core stop a spring knife?
  • 9 2
 Yeah, weekdays are usually fine, especially before 4pm. Why anyone would choose to do anything in the foothills on a weekend is beyond me, it's a shit show of humanity.
  • 2 1
 @thirdeye73: if you’re up early it’s not bad
  • 41 0
 I came here to make fun of the mustache but... I kinda wish I had a mustache.
  • 20 0
 They've done studies you know. If you have a 'stache sixty percent of the time you are faster every time.
  • 6 0
 @bigtim: Science
  • 15 0
 I'll make fun of it for you. That is a full-on cop stache...looks like a sheriff from a small town in Nevada.
  • 1 0
 It's their horcrux!
  • 1 0
 If I could grow one like Richie, I would. Mine is patchy and mostly blonde and makes me look like a creep.
  • 1 1
 Enduro stache.
  • 1 1
 @bigtim: staches and mullets, although counter intuitive, are also faster in wind tunnels 60% of the time every time
  • 1 0
 @husstler: All staches are creep-staches: cop, porn star, Ned Flanders, or child molester. Take your pick!
  • 32 2
 They should have called it TushCore. The tag line would be: TushCore, more cushion for when you're pushin.
Plus the "tire lever" shape would make a lot more sense.
  • 8 3
 I prefer Kush Core... sounds expensive but you should be able to get some in Colorado
  • 6 1
 @justwaki: cushcore is based in Oregon, so no worries there
  • 24 0
 Kasper's in the majority of photos but they can't bother mentioning him nor getting the caption right
  • 26 6
 I wonder how many Yeti Frames were broken while the Cush Core's held up.
  • 11 4
 Are the roumors that they have tot replaces Richie's rear triangle every race true?
  • 3 4
 Yetis break away frame and warranty got me a new frame for three years in a row! Can't beat that. I can also pretend to have shitloads of money and get offended by the dental jokes. Unfortunately now there's so much carbon on those frames you'll never get to use the lifetime warranty. You'll be strong AF though after pedaling a 37lb bike around all summer.
  • 8 2
 Whole Yeti Factory team rides different bikes than they actually sell to the general public. Heard Rude kept ripping the shock bolts right off.
  • 3 1
 So true. Yeti's carbon is uber light but is crazy weak i've heard. That said, I'd ride for yeti anytime...
  • 3 1
 @noakea: meh. Maybe for their old frames that’s true? I rode down Kong and some old rampage lines on my sb150 and it’s holding up fine? I’m not super heavy (6’4” 180) but so far so good. The 150 is rated to downhill standards so I don’t worry about it.

Side note - it’s actually not that light. The sb150 frame is about a pound heavier than a Scott Ransom.
  • 2 0
 @sdurant12: Bye weak I mean that as soon at the carbon gets hit, it is really comprimised. I know of some other bike frames that can take a beating a little more then a yeti. If that makes sense.
  • 1 0
 @noakea: yeah for sure. I bet a frame like the privateers can take more crashing and impact and rock strikes to the downtube or whatever. But I guess my point is it’s not like the newer yeti frames are snapping from hucks to flat. At least not any hucks to flat I’ll ever do.
  • 1 0
 @sdurant12: That's the thing that's weird to me about Yeti frames. I have buddies that absolutely shred on them. And then they'll hit a four foot drop and the chainstay goes bye-bye. The QC is missing.
  • 1 0
 @fullendurbro: I have no idea why though. Its crazy that the QC isn't that great on a 8,000 dollar bike.
  • 1 0
 @noakea: Last year the published a press release to warranty centers promising to have a fix for carbon issues. This is, of course, not public knowledge as Yeti would never admit they have a genuine engineering problem.
  • 1 0
 @fullendurbro: Really?? Have PB post that!
  • 1 0
 @fullendurbro: huh. Does that include the new bikes? And more specifically the sb150? Curious if I should be concerned haha
  • 1 0
 @sdurant12: No idea. I heard this from my friend who owns a shop that sells Yetis. If you have the 2021, I wouldn't worry too much as you should now have a lifetime warranty.
  • 1 0
 Lifetime warrantee my ass! This frame is brand new and Yeti claims the bottom bracket is not broken just made on the large size so no warranty.

youtu.be/E3Wb3B3hQ8A
  • 18 8
 After riding Cush Core for 4 years, I can say that Tannus has the better insert. Easier to install, easier when changing a tire, lighter and just as much protection. Now, its more flexible than Cush Core, but to me that's also a benefit, I want the tire to flex over obstacles and maintain contact.
  • 6 3
 But you probably can't ride on it when flat, the insert will shift over to one side and push the tire against the seatstay or chainstay. Other than this, it seems to work well.
  • 6 5
 The Vittoria Airliner is far better than Cushcore. I have been running cushcore for years now and tried the Airliner last year. It protects more, is easier to install, is lighter and dampens the ride better. Runflat is best in class i think. Cushcore locks the bead better but i dont burp very often so thats not a thing for me.
  • 15 1
 I've been riding Kush Core for 420 days and can confirm they're dank AF if you're frequently blowing out that top shelf sticky rubber.
  • 2 2
 @optimumnotmaximum: The last thing I need is to try yet another insert, thanks! I tried a Vittoria tire once, it lasted about an hour, lol.
  • 1 0
 @davec113: Love Tannuus but can confirm that you're 100% correct. That's not a deal breaker though and what @Simann says is true.
  • 3 0
 @davec113: We have a rider in our shop that weighs in at ~220 and he cut a sidewall with Tannus installed. He rode out ~1 mile to the trailhead with no damage to the wheel and the insert was fine to reuse.
  • 5 0
 Tannus is nice but I've had it sink into the bead and have pinch flatted with 0 damage/bitemarks to the insert. If you play with the insert on the rim you can see how this would happen. Its probably pretty rare but I'd never race with one.

Cushcore will always be king imo.
  • 2 0
 @davec113: New Vittoria tires are tough and roll very fast for how they grip. The Mazza is an excellent trailtire, Barzo and Mezcal are very good xc-tires. For absolute grip i still would recommend E13 tires though. The Airliner is actually made by Deaneasy and not Vittoria if that helps.
  • 1 0
 @harrisjr: I'd suggest he was lucky. If you look at the design, you can see how easy it would be for this to happen. I'll still use Tannus but will go with CC Pro for races.
  • 2 2
 @davec113: can’t ride a Cush Core on a flat tire either, that would be the Vittoria Airliner. I ran CC for a season on my dh bike and I just don’t understand the love for them.
  • 4 0
 @DHhack: I've definitely ridden out pretty hard on a flat with CC after a sliced tire with no issues
  • 2 3
 @crujonesisradd: I’ve definitely ripped a tire off with a CC that still had some air in it. I thought it would be fine, it wasn’t. Trashed the dh tire, the CC and the rim.
  • 1 0
 CC prevents the tire from rolling in corners. So lighter tires will benefit more from it. With a DH casing tire, there might be better options.
  • 2 0
 @davec113: I advise against riding very far with Cush core and a flat. I rode out a short section of trail and then found a nice little hole worn in the chainstay from tire rub. So the rim was good to go but my swing arm not so much. YMMV
Also I didn’t hear or notice this rub or I would’ve stopped.
  • 11 1
 I'd like them to discuss how often they are replacing bearings on the SB160.... Or is that a no fly zone topic?
  • 5 0
 No fly zone, but only because the SB160 does not exist lol. But, to answer the spirit of your question, Polar Bear, Yeti's race mechanic, replied to a similar comment on another article a while back.
  • 10 0
 Kasper is supported by Yeti/Fox and can't even get a new fork? He's rocking the old 36
  • 2 0
 I don't think he's supported by Fox
  • 9 0
 Last photo is Kasper, but captioned as Quinn Reece! Bummed there's not even a mention of the Squamish shredder here, despite his presence
  • 1 0
 really weird, he is such a monster and deserves all the attention.
  • 1 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: Yeti is weird like that. Seems as if they shelter North American enduro athletes and don't let them grow into any EWS events outside of North America. Prime examples would be Kasper and Duncan.
  • 8 0
 @CushCore - You have three photos of Kasper Woolley and no callout...
  • 3 0
 He must be some sort of a ghost, they just can't see him... Consider yourself gifted!
  • 2 0
 I wonder how it goes for them if they do end up flatting even with cushcore on a stage. With tough casing tires and cushcore, I could see a tire removal to get a tube in costing them the next stage. Backing up the rim against a trash can really does help, but it is still possible without one. Just sucks and takes a lot of technique.
  • 5 0
 I wonder what they WOULD say if they had to put it on thei wheels by themself...
  • 4 0
 It's really not that bad, once you learn how.
  • 1 0
 @ou812ic: On is relatively easy. Off after the tire has glued itself to the sidewall is a whole other story.
  • 4 0
 What a shitty edit. The production quality is terrible. Is this one of the cases where a rider is responsible for making a video and turning it over to Cush Core?
  • 3 1
 I rock a Carbon Specialized Fuse with 3.0 tires. I've been running Cush Core for 2 seasons and have never had a blow out nor any tire complications. Well worth my investment. But let me tell you about the installation....
  • 6 0
 Beautiful day at Dakota!
  • 2 2
 I ligit got a cushcore today cos I keep smashing my rims..........by the way has any1 had issues with funn fantom wheelset.....that's wat I had and on the very first ride with 31psi in the rear they dented.....and then I got a very bad dent in them after about a month......like so bad that the rim cracked.........hav now got chromag BA30 on the rear, have heard some good things about them
  • 6 0
 Dents and flatspots are the real reason I run carbon rims.
  • 3 0
 @adrennan: i concur
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: Carbon rims and Airliners are perfect, even on the Hardtail with singleply tires i have no worries charging into rockgardens as hard as i can. Rocks are not very sharp around here, so slashing a tire is not a big thing.
  • 3 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: I went back and forth on inserts for a long time. I have found that running a tough casing tires gets the same job done of reducing flats while being easier to install.
  • 1 0
 got cushcore to save my rear rim, quickly dented my rim to a point of no longer sealing... possibly user error, but I'm pretty sure I don't ride as hard as these pros do
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: If you are just trying to avoid flats maybe - although i can make my Schwalbe MM SG make pinging noises pretty easiely with 1.5 bars, but cant do the same with my Mazza (1ply) and Airliner at 1.3 bars despite my best efforts.

But in my opinion the main advantage of inserts is rolling resistance. Riding around with Magic Marys in Super Gravity is just a pain, as we have a lot of ups and downs around here and you need to carry speed. With the insert i can run way faster tires without holding back on the downs, the insert adds very little resistance if any. Further more in the woods a tire rolls best inflated to around 1.3 - 1.5 bars -thats why XC-pros run their tires that way. Running a trailtire with these pressures without insert will result in a lot of squirm and "pings". With a big insert thats totally fine. Please note that rolling resistance is basically the only thing on a MTB which determins how fast you go (at least up and on flat parts). The effect of weight is pretty small in comparison.
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: Although they say its hard to install, I found it super easy. I've even changed to direction of the tire, changed the tire for a new one. It gets easier and easier every time.
  • 4 0
 Kasper is the only 1 with a 36
  • 4 0
 richie rude doesn't ride for cush core. cush core rides for richie rude.
  • 3 0
 They look a lot better on Dakota Ridge than I do. I'm just trying to get down it without crashing.
  • 4 0
 In the next video Yeti riders perform trail maintenance.
  • 6 3
 tannus is way better, way easier installation too.
  • 4 0
 Good old Dakota Ridge!
  • 2 0
 Best infomercial of April. So far.
  • 3 1
 I would like to see them compared to Vittoria tire inserts.
  • 1 0
 beware: i got downvoted hard for praising them, although i doubt a single downvoter actually rode the Airliner.
  • 2 0
 is that a 36 on Richie's bike?
  • 2 0
 Nope that's a 38
  • 7 0
 Surely not...haven't you heard, you can't ride trails like that unless you have a 38 lol.
  • 1 0
 i don't really have to worry about MY tire coming off the rim because ... you know ... i'm old and slow.
  • 4 1
 #dentistgang lol
  • 3 1
 Cush is the shit. Never looking back.
  • 2 0
 Richie trying out a bigger frame this year?
  • 1 0
 CC Achilles heel are sidewall slashes.. don't ask me how I know. Multiple times. Love them except for that.
  • 2 0
 their tires look hard as balls.
  • 7 6
 riding front range trails in the mud... tsk tsk
  • 1 1
 SHAME only one place where thats ok
  • 7 0
 Probably filmed Apex segments on an odd day too.
  • 6 3
 Oh cool, mud shaming..thought that only existed on facebook.
  • 3 0
 @nsmithbmx: more like mud sarcasm - life's too short to not ride in the winter.
  • 1 0
 Epic slowmo cushcore setup video please.
  • 2 2
 So much testosterone on this team roster... came on! No single chick?
  • 1 0
 Who cares!

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