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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!
    Last edited by dminor; 03-30-12 at 11:41 AM.

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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 think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    This bike meets or exceeds high aesthetic and mechanical standards. :thumbsup:

    Is that an Atlas crankset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    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 . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
    This bike meets or exceeds high aesthetic and mechanical standards. :thumbsup: Is that an Atlas crankset?
    Thanks. And thanks again for your counsel; you were right. And yes, Atlas FR 165mm.

    Quote Originally Posted by MadMechanic View Post
    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.
    Last edited by dminor; 03-30-12 at 03:48 PM.

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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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    ^^ Will be sure to edit out "I'm OK!" moments.

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    A bike that good looking is susceptible to theft! You need protection help, click here:

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    They will set something up for you!
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

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