Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Vancouver, WA
Bikes: '05 Yeti 575, , 01 Cannondale SI1000, 03 Felt F65, 07 Tarmac Pro
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I would go with the Yeti as well... In fact, I did.....
I had an 03 Stumpjumper FSR, which is the older frame style. I bought an 05 575 and then sold the Stumpy. To be honest, I wasn't particularly happy with it at first. My Stumpy had a more stretched out cockpit than the Yeti, and it took a while to get used to the new, more upright seating postition. The bottom bracket is also higher on the Yeti. If you get the 575, I would recommend a hight adjustable fork for it as well. The stuff I ride has a lot of long uphills followed by long downhills and it's nice to be able to dial down the fork and then dial it out for the downhill. I went with a Pike, but I've heard a lot of good things about the Marzzochi AM series too. My 575 actually weighs a couple of pounds less than my Stumpy did too. It's at about 30 lbs with an almost 5 pound fork and Atlas cranks.