In the video below, Curtis Keene is asked if he will ever compete on 26-inch wheels again. With little hesitation, he answers, "No."
Curtis' choice of larger wheels -- opting for a 29-inch diameter to contest the 2014 Enduro World Series -- is the current ethos of the entire mountain bike industry -- the professional racing circuit included.
Bigger has proved faster in cross-country racing -- 29ers have dominated recent years of competition -- and now bicycle manufacturers are offering enduro and even downhill bikes with larger 27.5 and 29-inch wheels. The consumer reality of this shift: if you own a 26-inch mountain bike today -- that isn't slopestyle-specific -- it is likely to be labeled "vintage," "rare," or even "extinct" soon.
A Pro Replica Bike You Can Actually Own
But what's the coolest thing about Curtis' bike? You can go down to the local bike shop and actually buy this bike -- with only one minor visual exception: the custom Red Bull-inspired paint scheme on the frame, which Specialized reserves exclusively for Curtis.
Read on to learn more about Curtis' build -- all the parts used, including his exact personal settings, like tire pressure, shock rebound, and even how much tubeless tire sealant is in each tire...
Frame: Specialized S-Works Enduro
- Curtis' settings: Large frame with custom paint job
Shock: RockShox Monarch Plus
- Curtis' settings: 225 PSI with DebonAir high-volume body; Rebound - 10 clicks in
Fork: RockShox Pike
- Curtis' settings: 85 PSI; RCT3 model set at 160 mm travel with two Bottomless Tokens installed; Compression - 5 clicks in; Rebound - 9 clicks in
Drivetrain: SRAM XX1, 11-speed
- Curtis' settings: 170 mm length carbon fiber crank arms to spin the 32-tooth front chainring and 10- to 42-tooth rear cassette range; Gamut Trail SXC guide for increased chain-retention security
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet
Wheels: Specialized Roval Traverse SL, 24-spoke (front), 32-spoke (rear)
Tire, front: Specialized Butcher 2.3"
- Curtis' settings: 30 PSI; Tubeless with one scoop of Stan's liquid tire sealant
Tire, rear: Specialized Slaughter 2.3"
- Curtis' settings: 33 PSI; Tubeless with one scoop of Stan's liquid tire sealant
Brakes: SRAM XO Trail
- Curtis' settings: 200 mm rotors front and rear
Seat post: RockShox Reverb Stealth
- Curtis' settings: 125 mm of saddle drop that can be activated on the-fly using a hydraulically-controlled remote button (located under the handlebar on the rider's left -- where a front shifter would be mounted on a bike with multiple chainrings)
Saddle: Specialized Henge Pro
Stem: Truvativ Holzfeller
- Curtis' settings: 50mm length
Handlebar: Truvativ Boobar
- Curtis' settings: 780 mm width by 30 mm rise
Grips: Specialized Sip, Bolt-on
Like this bike? Click the links below to watch more videos from this shoot.
- The full, high-speed action edit
- POV footage from the bike AND the helicopter
- Continuous view of Curtis from the helicopter
- Interview with Curtis