Callaghan's Cube Stereo 140 29 - EWS Round Three, Ireland

May 12, 2016 at 12:42
by Mike Levy  
Fox Transfer dropper post. Wicklow Ireland. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Greg Callaghan was last year's hometown hero when he won the 2015 Ireland round of the EWS series on a 27.5'' wheeled Cube Stereo, and now he's looking to do it again aboard a 29'' wheeled version of the same bike.

Like a lot of the field, Callaghan had been spending most of his time on 27.5'' wheels. However, he took delivery of his new Cube Stereo 140 29 just before heading to Chile earlier this year, but it isn't just the larger diameter wheels that he likes. ''It's a little longer than the Stereo 160, and then, with the 50mm stem, it gives me another 15mm,'' he said of his new race bike's longer stance. ''So I think that, overall, I've got 25 - 30mm extra reach in my standing position."

He's a fan of the bike's larger wheels and longer wheelbase, going on to explain how it seems to provide the best of two worlds: ''I just like the stability of the bigger wheels, and you kinda get that extra stability without losing the efficiency of the suspension when you're pumping and pedalling through the flatter sections here. For the high-speed stages it gives you that stability and confidence, but then when it gets slow, when you really need to work for your speed, it lets you do that.''

Does that mean that the prior EWS winner is sold on 29'' wheels? Not so fast, as things become more complicated when the series returns to the bigger mountains. ''I feel like I might keep it for the rest of the season, but it's hard to know until you get out to the Alps and see how it'll handle the rougher, gnarlier stuff,'' he said.
Wicklow Ireland. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Greg runs a 50mm Race Face Atlas stem that's sandwiched by a number of spacers to let him change his handlebar height as needed.

Greg, at 5' 11'', is on a large-sized bike, and like a lot of racers in Ireland, his machine is sporting less travel out back than it would at those gnarlier rounds that might see him choosing a 27.5'' wheeled bike - 140mm via a Fox Float X rather than 160mm of travel. There's 200 PSI in the shock, as well as quite a few volume spacers; that's a specific setup tailored to match this weekend's course. Up front, Greg has stuck with a 160mm travel Fox 36 that sees an equally firm setup: 95 PSI and a handful of volume spacers to provide a good amount of progression. ''I find with having my weight farther forward, with that longer stem, it puts a bit more weight on the front so the fork needs a bit more support,'' he said of his stiff setup, and let's not forget that at 80 kilograms, Greg is one of the bigger guys on the circuit. "I am quite heavy so when my weight goes forward, it's quite a lot of momentum.''


Wicklow Ireland. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Got power? Greg obviously does.
Wicklow Ireland. Photo by Matt Wragg.
e*thirteens high-direct mount TRS+ guide makes sure the chain stays on the 34 tooth ring.


Callaghan's bike sees both single double chainring setups depending on his needs, but the relatively mellow climbs this weekend mean that he's running the former. ''Yeah, just for this race. For Trans-Provence, I'll put on a double,'' no doubt to make the long days in the French mountains a bit easier. ''For here, the fire roads are quite mellow to climb, so I like the simplicity of having the single ring."

He's running a 34 tooth ring on his mostly Shimano XTR Di2 drivetrain - there's an 11-42 tooth XT cassette out back - as well as an e*thirteen guide to make sure his chain stays put.


Wicklow Ireland. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Greg is running an 11-42 tooth Shimano XT cassette rather than the lighter weight XTR model.
Wicklow Ireland. Photo by Matt Wragg.
The Di2 computer head is tucked up safely against the stem.


Greg doesn't often deviate from his usual Magic Mary and Hans Dampf tire combo, and that's exactly what he's using in Ireland, with both being of the Super Gravity casing variety. He says that, due to being a heavier rider, he prefers the stiffer casing as it provides more support, and that his only change is that he sometimes runs a Magic Mary on the back of the bike if things are really muddy or it's an extremely rowdy course.

And speaking of rowdy, he's using a set of Saint brakes with 203mm rotors, saying that ''the races are getting faster and more gnarly, and they just give you more control. It's good to have that extra bit of power."
Wicklow Ireland. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Greg usually runs a Hans Dampf with a Super Gravity casing on the back of his bike, and Magic Mary up front.



91 Comments

  • 92 4
 stereotypical cube
  • 136 3
 Don't be such a square.
  • 20 4
 another round of puns.
  • 29 2
 you've really boxed yourself in on this one
  • 11 4
 Here comes more puns, left and right - from both channels.
  • 38 1
 it's a trap! ...ezoid...
  • 11 1
 quite a circular argument I would say
  • 31 1
 I'd tri for another pun but I just don't have the right angle.
  • 13 2
 These puns, though. Wish I could block them out.
  • 2 3
 Don't stare yo!
  • 3 2
 starting to feel boxed in....
  • 3 0
 @ratedgg13: you get bonus props because I read that with Admiral Ackbar's voice.
  • 1 0
 ...hulk smash cube...!
  • 1 0
 always admired cubism
  • 42 1
 the heaviest guy at 80kg? makes me feel morbidly obese at 87kg! and i'm not even fat
  • 15 0
 Mobidick
  • 3 0
 This is exactly what I was thinking, I'm the same weight as you and there is no way I would consider myself heavy.
  • 10 0
 I'm at least 14.2857 stone.
  • 5 0
 When you think you re heavy, think at strait & dunkerton
  • 6 1
 and Mr. Fatty McFatsters here is 90! Am I too fat for enduro? Is there an enduro specific weight?
  • 2 0
 I'm 93ish and up until now wondered why I was so slow.
  • 20 0
 I'm 95kg but I ride like a pussy so 20psi in my minions, I don't care about your opinion
  • 6 0
 Nothing wrong with being a healthy mammal. Gotta get me some more timbits...(donut holes for the non Canucks out there)
  • 1 0
 Hahahaha, I'm 104 and can haul from time to time. Although I wouldn't mind losing 20 to see what it feels like
  • 2 0
 Yea 176lbs is not heavy by most athletic standards. In fact it's pretty light for a 5'11" guy. If you're that height with a muscular build you're past 200lbs more than likely, as is evident by nearly all sports and esp combat sports (because the weights are recorded) where guys who cut to 170lbs are walking around well past 200lbs daily.
  • 6 0
 I'm curious what Richie Rude is weighing in at. He's got to be more than Callaghan
  • 1 0
 Efff I'm 95kg at 5'9". 175 pounds is NOT heavy.
  • 1 0
 @chize: hulk smash callaghan...!
  • 2 0
 96kg @ 1.78m tall. ....but I am big boned. ....
  • 12 0
 Smoke'm Greg and let the Irish fans loose
  • 7 1
 175lb, and supposedly one of the bigger guys on the circuit? What is this, horse racing?

90psi in the fork seems absurdly firm too.
  • 8 2
 It looks short in the top pic, but good to see a top-flight rider embracing the wagon wheeler!
  • 8 0
 The new Cubes are a decent length - if this is longer than the 160 it's certainly on par with any of the mainstream brands right now.
  • 4 0
 @mattwragg: Wonder why Jared G doesn't race or at least try out an Enduro 29er?
  • 3 1
 Longer Wheelbase is gonna be faster....?.....not convinced at all. Also not sure being "comfortable" in the cockpit is faster. He pushing that 29r for the sponsor.
  • 1 0
 @headshot: ...boom...headshot!
  • 1 0
 @GotNuts: Can't argue with that.
  • 1 0
 @CantClimb: And wheelbase and wheel size are totally independent. You can add high speed stability, if needed, by for example making WB longer. Or if extra room is needed, go with a longer stem added to that. These changes are not related to wheel size, per se, eventough it, of course, makes difference to riding dynamics as well.
But nice way to promo new product. And at the same time this frame manufacturer has rather large banner ad on this site, how convenient...
  • 1 0
 @headshot: I suppose it's just a preference. Curtis Keene rides a 29er. I'm not sure how often but he did ride one at last year's EWS Whistler round as well as in Italy and France.
  • 1 0
 @CorneringKnobs: the wheelbase of the 650b stereo is actually stated as longer than the 29ers on cubes webby
  • 7 0
 New dropper looks a treat
  • 5 0
 That's the new Fox Kashima Dropper. Pretty neat I guess. The world needs more Kashima Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Mmmmm...Kashima everything!
  • 2 0
 Hon Greg Smile I dunno why anyone is questioning his weight or setup afterall he did win this thing last year and happens to be one of the country's finest riders in all disciplines I've seen him in.Hes a professional at the end of the day and he knows what's right for him.
  • 2 0
 Nice bike even with the Wagon wheels! Im closing in on the time of age when 29er makes sense to me, about 4yrs to go and Ill be crossing the boarder lands into a half cent so then I reckon my body, brain, legs etc make sense to finally go to pasture and ease off the pace and crusie around on a wagon wheeler, hell I even have a fatbike, all steel Icecream, no fance pantz bs just plain fun SS mode, but since I'm in the snowline it sort of makes sense thoug nothing in biking makes sense to me nowadays, ride what chew got pussys, Peace
  • 5 0
 I wonder if he races in Crocs?
  • 10 0
 Clippless crocks, no, even better - crocksless!
  • 11 0
 There is no excuse for wearing crocs. Never.
  • 4 0
 @Muckal: Not unless you're crocked in!
  • 1 0
 They aint crocs they little wickle sleeping-bag slippers
  • 2 0
 @browner: Shh, just let it happen... Big Grin
  • 7 3
 An 140mm trail bike winning an EWS round would be AWESOME !!!!
  • 2 1
 Wasn't his bike he won on last year 140?
  • 3 0
 Already won. Justin Leov last year EWS round Tweedlove. Trek remedy 29.
  • 1 0
 @irud1: Thanks guys I forgot. So Rad !
  • 4 2
 something happend to me when i see a Cube bike... i feel like the geometry is not so clean... i dont know... maybe its the 29 size... i dont know...
  • 3 1
 Its kinda funny looking huh?
  • 2 0
 It's the standover. It looks super tall where the TT meets the seat tube.
  • 2 3
 It looks like a slightly slacker xc race bike. Does not look fast at all.
  • 7 1
 @warmerdamj: that reads like an oxymoron?
  • 1 1
 @dirtdiggler: well the seat is slammed in the pic so....
  • 7 3
 140, THE magic number for 29ers?
  • 2 1
 Oops just neg propped you by mistake. Stupid tiny buttons. +2
  • 2 0
 Has any male won a EWS round on a 29er?
TMo obviously dominated on one (and she surely had the choice of anything from Trek)
  • 8 0
 Justin Leov at Tweedlove.
  • 4 1
 that top tube seems 90s high.
  • 1 0
 He's got what I assume is a 150mm dropper in there. So he won't be hitting balls on the top tube unless he's already ripped his saddle off with his tailbone.
  • 2 0
 @AyJayDoubleyou: More an aesthetic comment. I'm sure he's handling himself just fine.
  • 2 0
 @JesseE: True. Aesthetic is all opinion. If I went purely on looks I'd rather a high top tube than a huge amount of seat post showing.
  • 1 0
 @AyJayDoubleyou: I like the look of a long pole. Smile
  • 2 1
 Rad choice; I do too: 29" wheels, 140 mm travel and Magic Mary/ Hans Dampf combo. Hmmm...how come I don't ride as fast as him though?! Wink
  • 3 0
 Weight?
  • 2 0
 GO ON GREGGGGGGGGGGGGG HUP THE YARD YA BOYA
  • 1 0
 love the tire set up and the brakes are nice
  • 3 2
 There are multiple sides to this bike
  • 1 0
 Wall to wall Kashima. Nicely done
  • 1 0
 Is he also sporting the new Fox internally routed D.O.S.S seat post?
  • 1 0
 Yeeeoooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww
  • 1 0
 ...80kg....that's like one of richie's thighs
  • 1 0
 Another 1st place; 'nuff said
  • 1 1
 Horrible looking bikes, sooner walk.
  • 5 6
 plain old ugly
  • 1 3
 Hideous!
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