This article originally appeared on BikeRadar
Round five of the 2014 Enduro World Series took place this weekend on the alpine trails high above Winter Park, Colorado. It was a resounding win for the Yeti Cycles / Fox Racing Shox team. EWS series leader Jared Graves put his stamp on the event, winning four of the seven stages and securing the overall win ahead of teammate Richie Rude, who won the first three stages, finishing in second place.
The Fox 36 RC2 fork is favored by enduro racers for its adjustability
Like many other Fox-sponsored enduro racers, Graves is running a 160mm Fox 36 RC2 fork paired with a Float X CTD shock. Yeti mechanic Shaun Hughes noted that Graves runs the Float X shock in the fully-open at all times. Hughes claims the Switch Infinity suspension design does not require additional platform damping.
For the dry and loose course conditions Graves ran a Maxxis Minion front tyre with a fast-rolling Maxxis Ikon in the rear.
The SB6c frame that Graves rides may be a stock medium, but Hughes added a number of custom additions that make the bike one of a kind.
Like several others racers on the enduro circuit, Graves is running a hacked XTR front shift lever to operate his cable-actuated dropper seatpost, in this case a Thomson's Covert Elite Dropper. "This lever just feels natural," Graves said of the modified XTR lever. Graves prefers the infinite travel of the Thomson dropper over the preset positions offered by the Fox DOSS.
This XTR front shifter is used to operate the dropper seatpost
This hack required a bit more effort than it would have with a Fox DOSS. The Covert Elite Dropper is designed to have the fixed end of the shift cable routed from the seatpost to the lever. This is the opposite routing of a shift cable through a shift lever. Hughes' solution was to add a tiny cable stop, held in place with a set screw, to secure the cable at the dropper end.
This tiny removable cable stop makes the Thomson Covert Elite Dropper / XTR shifter hack work
Part of going fast is knowing when and how to brake. On the rare occasions when Graves does want to slow down, he wants ample power. To that end, Graves runs XTR Race brake levers mated to a pair of four-piston Saint Calipers with finned Ice Tech rotors to keep his speed in check.
Last but not least is Graves' custom chainguide. While clutch-equipped rear derailleurs and narrow / wide chainrings do a commendable job of reducing chain slap and improving chain retention, the combination is by no means foolproof. Many enduro racers, including Graves, still choose to run some form of chainguide. In his case, Graves runs an e*thirteen LG1+ with the lower slider removed. This setup provides the security of a top guide, protects the chaining against rock strikes, and the lack of a lower slider reduces chain drag.
More information on the way
Stay tuned for more information on the Yeti SB6c
There's still much we don't know about this new model. The SB6c's carbon frame was devoid of decals, although it appeared quite polished — and is probably ready for production. We expect that Yeti will release the full details of the bike shortly.
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Yeti SB6 Carbon
Fork: Fox Racing Shox 36 RC2, 160mm
Headset: Chris King InSet, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2in tapered
Stem: Renthal Apex, 50mm
Handlebars: Renthal Fatbike Lite Carbon, 740mm
Grips: ODI Troy Lee Designs Lock-on
Front brake: Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 lever, Saint M820 caliper, 180mm XTR SM-RT99 rotor
Rear brake: Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 lever, Saint M820 caliper, 160mm XTR SM-RT99 rotor
Chainguide: e*thirteen LG1 (with lower slider removed)
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR RD-M986 Shadow Plus
Front shift lever: Shimano XTR SL-M980 (hacked for dropper actuation)
Rear shift lever: Shimano XTR SL-M980
Cassette: Shimano XTR CS-M980, 11-36t
Chain: Shimano XTR CN-M980
Crankset: Shimano XTR FC-M980, 170mm
Chainring: Renthal narrow / wide chainring, 36t
Bottom bracket: Chris King PF30
Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M985
Front wheel: DT Swiss EX1501
Front tyre: Maxxis Minion DHR II, 27.5x2.3in, (26psi)
Rear wheel: DT Swiss EX1501
Rear tyre: Maxxis Ikon, 27.5x2.3in (29psi)
Saddle: Yeti Team Edition WTB Devo SLT
Seatpost: Thomson Covert Elite Dropper Stealth
Accessories: Stages Cycling power meter, Bar Fly 3.0 Garmin mount
Rider's height: 1.7 m (5ft 10in)
Rider's weight: 85kg (187lb)
Complete bike weight: 12.38kg (27.3lb)
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