Curtis Keene's new Specialized Enduro Curtis Keene's new Specialized Enduro

Curtis Keene's new Specialized Enduro

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fresh off a season-best 5th, Curtis Keene enters Whistler’s Enduro World Series round with a brand new Specialized Enduro. Being comfortable on your race bike is key, so a midseason swap when you’ve got momentum on your side could be a disaster for most. But Curtis is particular, and from suspension to brakes, he knows exactly how he likes his bikes to feel. He also knows exactly how to tune and tweak to get his perfect setup.

 To begin: Curtis’ size Large S-Works Enduro is built up with SRAM X01 Eagle™, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes, RockShox Lyrik, RockShox Vivid R2C, and RockShox Reverb Stealth. Complete it weighs 30lbs (13.5kg). And for reference, Curtis is 6’ (182cm), weighs 190lbs (86kg) (“On a good day,” he says) .


What kind of impact has SRAM X01 Eagle had on your racing?

 More range of course, the biggest thing is just allowing me to run the bigger front ring for the higher speeds. With a bigger front ring it pedals more efficiently, the suspension works better and again, having that taller gear to push at speed is key. Throw in the 50t, and I have a granny gear for the climbs.  

  • SRAM X01 Eagle™ Crankset / 175mm Crank-arms / 36t Chainring
  • SRAM X01 Eagle™ Trigger shifter
  • SRAM XG-1295 Eagle™ Cassette
  • SRAM X01 Eagle™ Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 Eagle™ Chain 

Can you describe the feeling of your optimal suspension setup for Enduro World series racing?

 For me it’s all about being fast and supple off the top then ramp really hard at the end.  One of the reasons that I go with the RockShox Vivid Coil is for the ending stroke rebound. I like that really slow for the mega fast hits. It keeps the bike nice and planted. 

  • RockShox Lyrik 29 - 170mm / 112psi / 3 Bottomless Tokens
  • Fork rebound: 8 clicks from Closed
  • Fork Compression: 11 clicks from Closed
  • Maxle Stealth
  • RockShox Vivid Coil / 550lbs spring
  • Shock beginning stroke rebound:
  • Shock ending stroke rebound: 6 clicks from Closed
  • Shock Compression: 2 clicks from Closed

How do you want your brakes to feel? How do you get them to feel like this?

 Oh man, my brakes are as out there as ever. The levers are far, far away from the grips, and the pads contact instantly. Anyone who grabs my bike, it’s the first thing they notice. They all say, “You must get gnarly arm pump!” Well, I never ever get arm pump, so maybe I’m onto something! 

  • SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes / 200mm rotors / Metallic pads
  • Brake lever angle: 40 °
  • Contact Point Adjustment: set all the way in.
  • Reach adjustment: lever reach set furthest from the grip.

How do you change on your bike setup when you ride Whistler Bike Park?

More fork pressure for all the smashing. And DH tires as well.

 Other Info:

  • Seatpost: 170mm RockShox Reverb stealth
  • Stem: Truvativ Holzfeller 40mm
  • Stem Spacers: 25mm

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