Richie Rude - Top of the World in Whistler

RICHIE
RUDE

Yeti / FOX Factory Team

Richie Rude, x2 Enduro World Series World Champ continues on with the Yeti / FOX Factory Team for 2020. From Continental US Races to International EWS races Richie is also about enjoying the trails laid out and riding them as fast as possible. When everything clicks, Richie remains an unstoppable force often defying logic with his brute speed and talent. While humble and quiet, he is keen to join in on Yeti HQ lunch rides and stop and say hi to any passing fans at the races. With a hunger for Downhill laps at bike parks across the US, he is a vital contributor to Yeti product development.

Age
25
Yeti SB bike of choice and why
Current Sb150, I have had really great races with this bike ever since I got on it. But the Sb6c has some great memories as well. My first enduro win!
Favorite race event
If I had to pick, I’d say Whistler or Finale. Both draw an exciting audience in a fun atmosphere, and both races always have me pushing to race well.
My favorite vintage Yeti racer is
Myles Rockwell. But I have to say I spent hours on hours on the yeti site when I was younger watching Jared.
The biggest risk I have taken
Racing in Aspen in 2016 after injuring my shoulder during practice to keep the title chase going.
Something I always bring out on a ride
Gummy candy and a good attitude.
Wildest encounter out on trail was
During downhill laps in Angel fire, we spooked a mountain lion that was behind one of the corners and proceeded to stop and watch it run across the trail away from us.
Choose the label(s) that best describe you
Silent but deadly.
When I’m not out racing Enduro you may find me out doing
Bikes, Gravel bikes, Drinking coffee, Loves a good scenery shot

Accolades:

  • Known rock garden crusher
  • 2x EWS Champ
  • “Rude Awakening” trail named after me in Burke, VT
  • Trophy of Nations Champ with Shawn Neer and Cody Kelley
  • 2019 Enduro National Champion

RICHIE’s Kit

Kit Details

I like a bike set up that is ready for a good thrashing - that’s what I love about my SB150. My set up includes 40mm bars, DH tires, Cushcore, a stiff fork, and a slightly softer rear shock. When I’m riding this bike with this setup I feel confident that I can corner hard, and send it through anything.

  • Renthal 40mm rise 750mm bars. Digging the big rise.
  • Broken in grips are the best grips.
  • Solely run DH tires and Cushcore on the enduro rig for max grip.
  • I have to have something different than my teammates at every race.
  • I only use J Bend spokes.
  • 203mm rotors.
  • Chris King logos must be set straight on the headset.