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Pro Bike Check: Richie Rude´s Yeti SB150

Richie Rude celebrated his second consecutive victory on his new Yeti SB150 at the final race of the Enduro World Series in Finale Ligure. Reason enough to take a closer look at his new bike. The conversion from 27.5″ to 29″ seems to have been successful in any case. The 23-year-old American and 2015 and 2016 Enduro World Series Champion finished the 2018 season in seventh place overall, raising expectations for the coming season.

Richie Rude is 182 cm tall and weighs 93 kg, so he’s a real powerhouse. We were surprised that he rides a size M bike despite being such a big rider.
Unlike Rude´s previous Bike, the Yeti SB6, the Yeti SB150 has enough room in the front triangle for a water bottle
Rude likes Ergon grips on his 750mm wide and 30 mm rise Renthal FatBar carbon handlebars. The Renthal Apex stem is 50 mm long.
Front suspension is taken care of by a 170mm travel FOX 36 FLOAT Factory GRIP2 fork, which, for the stages of Finale Ligure, Rude ran at a pressure of 93 PSI. He rode on MAXXIS Assegai tyres with a pressure of 26 PSI in the front and 29 PSI in the rear.
Providing the necessary traction on the rear wheel he’s got A FOX FLOAT X2 Factory Series RVS shock, offering 150 mm of travel. Rude’s mechanic had it pumped up to 210 PSI. The colours of the FOX stickers are matched with the Yeti of course.
The Shimano SAINT brakes with 203 mm rotors both front and rear are a must for Rude
Rude combined a 34mm OneUp Components chainring with an old 170mm XTR crank. He relies on the new Shimano SAINT pedals for transmission of power
The Shimano XT 11-46 cassette is combined with a 34 chainring
Rude trusts in the proven DT Swiss EX 511 rims
Rude had the CushCore system installed in both the front and rear wheels as a form of puncture protection and an emergency backup in case of a flat in Finale
#STRENGTHTHforJARED – even if Jared Graves wasn’t physically present in Finale, he still rode along on a lot of pro riders’ bike’s in the form of a sticker
Rude with his manager Damion Smith (left) and his mechanic Shaun Hughes before the start of the final race of the Enduro World Series 2018 in Finale Ligure. Damion had every reason to grin as his protégé had already won the last EWS race in Spain and he didn’t look to be slowing down.

Words & Photos: Manne Schmitt

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Manne Schmitt

As the father of Robin and Max-Philip, I’ve been the ‘grey eminence’ at ENDURO since the get-go. Back in my primary school days I won my very first bike race at the school sports’ day. The after a less successful foray into football, I finally got hooked on long-distance marathon riding in 1989. For ENDURO I keep a close eye on developments in the industry for exclusive news and product launches, particularly by lesser known brands. After all, some of the most interesting stories happen a long way from the mainstream. As a social media expert (yes, it’s possible even for an old man like me!), I help out with communication and spreading the reach of ENDURO’s content far and wide. It’s always a real treat to meet digital friends in reality too!