Kyle Strait's no stranger to competing at the Red Bull Rampage - in fact, he's been at every single one since the event began back in 2001, when he rolled up as a 14-year-old grom. His impressive streak has been punctuated by two wins, in 2004 and 2013, and if anyone has what it takes to deliver the mix of technical riding and slopestyle trickery that the modern Rampage demands, it's Kyle.
Rider: Kyle Strait
Bike: XL Commencal Furious with custom swingarm
Wheel size: 27.5"
Handlebar width: 808mm
Tire pressure: 40 psi (front), 45 psi (rear)
RockShox Super Deluxe Coil: 600 lb/in spring
RockShox Boxxer: 5 tokens, 105 psi
With so many Rampage appearances under his belt, Kyle knows exactly how to set up his suspension for the monster hucks and steep, loose chutes that make the terrain surrounding Virgin, Utah, so unique. Kyle's built like a linebacker, and it's it's almost as easy to imagine him moving refrigerators or tossing bales of hay as it is to envision him throwing big suicide no-handers. For that reason, his bike setup would be much too stiff for most riders, but it's perfectly tuned for his weight and riding style. There's a 600 lb/in spring out back, and up front the RockShox Boxxer is set up with 105 psi and 5 tokens.
The frame itself has also been customized with an additional brace on the swingarm in order to add the stiffness and stability that'll be required when Kyle drops into the massive straightline he has lined up from the very top of the venue. Grips
Blaze orange Onyx hubs are laced up to Stans rims that have been customized with a RealTree camouflage pattern.Tires
Kyle has switched over to a tubeless tire setup this year, with Kenda's new Hellkat rubber mounted up front and back. The front's inflated to 40 psi, and the back to 45 psi.