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Old 03-30-12, 11:36 AM   #1
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Yeti reborn

Time to change things up a bit. When I first built this, my primary focus was on obscene plushness and season-long durability. As such, my choice of parts erred on the side of stout with less regard (within reason) for what things weighed. As a result, it ended up tipping the scales at a tick over 45 lbs.

It rode fine, did everything I wanted it to and was virtually bullet-proof. But it definitely had some 'plowiish' tendencies. I wanted to regain some of the nimbleness and 'pop' that I enjoyed with my old Blindside.

Soooooo . . . this year, my goal was to put it on a diet. My efforts paid off much better than expected: it's now a svelt 41.5 lbs (at least according to my trusty digital luggage scale).





It's the little (and, well, some bigger) things that add up for sure:
  • Changed to right-side-up fork (RST R-One, replacing the inverted Sigma)
  • New brakes (Hayes Prime, replacing the old 4-pot Stroker Aces)
  • Laced new rims with butted DT Swiss Comp spokes
  • Put my minimalist Sunline saddle back on
  • PG950 11-26 cassette - - replacing the PG970-DH
  • 2.35 Excavator on the rear in place of the 2.5 (that's a wait-and-see, depending on course conditions)

. . . and I haven't even gotten to a Ti spring yet for the RC4. I am stoked for the new season!
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Old 03-30-12, 01:01 PM   #2
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That is one wicked build. Can't believe it still weighs 41+. When do the races get going? Have you ever mounted a camera on you or the bike to film your DH excursions?
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This bike meets or exceeds high aesthetic and mechanical standards. :thumbsup:

Is that an Atlas crankset?
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Old 03-30-12, 02:14 PM   #4
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That is one wicked build. Can't believe it still weighs 41+. When do the races get going? Have you ever mounted a camera on you or the bike to film your DH excursions?
I concur! that is one bad ass machine. I wanna see it fly! how much is in that rig? $$$$
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When do the races get going? Have you ever mounted a camera on you or the bike to film your DH excursions?
First race in Spokane was last weekend; but my first race is the last weekend of April: ProGRT at Dry Hill near Port Angeles, WA. I have a GoPro now but have not used it yet. Stay tuned . . . .

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Thanks. And thanks again for your counsel; you were right. And yes, Atlas FR 165mm.

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I wanna see it fly! how much is in that rig? $$$$




It does fly but I believe it should fly a bit better (and a little less nose-heavy?) now.

I have less into it than I'm willing to divulge.
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No doubt, Definitely suited for that kind of flight! and I can definitely see what you mean in that second pic. I can feel those g-'s. I am not as experienced on any downhill bike, but I would have locked my knee's 90% backwards to shift by buttocks and COG backwards, according to the pre-landing. I know its like a fraction of a second, but I am just critiquing based on the pic. Cant wait to see the video tho, it does take awhile to collect and cut the highlights. And I am sure any GoPro vid/ other camera video you will produce will be epic. Keep us posted!
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Very nice, dood. You shouldn't be nose-diving anymore with the feathery new XC fork up yonder.
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Niiiice. Looking forward to the GoPro videos!
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