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Old 04-25-21, 11:21 AM
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New bike day !

This one has been a long time coming for me

Regarding Yeti Cycles, I have been indoctrinated, drank the Koolaid, and will probably ride turquoise until im done riding as long as they keep putting out good products

That said, time and technology still march on/

Its time to put my SB-95 out to pasture -- its still too good of a bike to hang from the rafters, as it is just as DH capable as the full blown 303-DH in the background on the trails i ride (its a 150/140 bike and i stay off the blacks due to previous injuries) Local shop has an impossible time getting parts still so it took a while to build up this bike
Chief complaint of the 95 has been the flip floppy steering on the trails i am more apt to ride daily -- which is common with bigger travel 29'ers, but the seem ingly bottomless suspension is wonderful for my oversize Clydesdale caboose

(old bike is still pretty nice, so keeping it around in "active retirement " for trails where a bigger bike is still needed )



Alas - my days of needing a full DH bike may be over -- 49 years young with a new knee and sketchy health insurance are a reality now





So ive dealt with the bikes compromises for 6 years until, after liquidating some C&V machinery and having a few close calls with my road bike and selling that, it was time to seriously upgrade the mountain bike

The road bike was an S Works Tarmac, so i wanted the off road equivalent of that. I have plenty of nice C&V road machinery to putz around on if the need strikes again anyway


Enter -- the short travel Yeti seemingly built for me --


Bikes and frames are hard to get but i wrangled a deal on a demo frameset and built it with a collection of parts from personal inventory and what i could scrounge from the shop and Amazon. Every favor was called in on on procuring the wheelset also ,

Snowman 2021 is ready for late spring

SB-100, Fox factory SC, Transfer dropper, X0)-1 crank and RDR with XX1 gripshift along with XTR brakeset and 203 rotors front and rear. Renthal cockpit rounds it out. Tires are a slightly narrower version of the Ardents that are on the bigger bike

I wish i could say the bike was light, but with the build being one that is supposed to carry me through the next 5 years, it really isnt intended to be





Immediate impressions are that it indeed handles the tight stuff better than the 140 spec bike --- the carbon wheels are also jarringly stiff - requiring me to reduce tire pressure. 203 brakes on a short travel trailbike are phenomenal

The first ride i wanted to pack up , go home and get my bigger bike, but as i am getting it dialled in, im coming to appreciate it more. I was a touch sad that my new and very expensive bike didnt feel like wielding King Arthurs sword from the first pedal stroke, -- but i had spent years dialing in the old bike and it is a trusted friend

Much has been said about short people and 29'ers, so that is the chief advantage of the dropper post for me so far, otherwise, for the way i ride, its not needed once underway, but it makes the dismount easier

HEre's to another 5 years

It will be a long time before i replenish the bike budget again after this one, but i am already second guessing not putting the cash towards a YAmaha E-bike ---- sigh - maybe next time

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Old 04-25-21, 05:35 PM
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Really nice build, I was just looking at a Yeti ARC and after looking at your bike I am leaning towards the turquoise color versus the raw carbon.
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Old 04-25-21, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by eddiemac View Post
Really nice build, I was just looking at a Yeti ARC and after looking at your bike I am leaning towards the turquoise color versus the raw carbon.

Thats the way i was going too as i was technically replacing my roadbike in my livery --- Was looking at the ARC vs custom steel hardtail , but this frameset came up at a price i could live with -- i like the way the Turquoise cleans up on anything i have ridden it on though !
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Old 04-26-21, 09:53 AM
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Nice bike!!! Congrats!!
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Old 04-27-21, 10:04 AM
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Really nice build & solid parts spec!

I'm sure part of the first ride impression is just adjusting to the newer style geometry and wheel size. When I got my SB130, I had been riding an older geo 27.5" bike and it was a huge adjustment for me. It felt a bit unnatural at first, and I definitely had to adopt a more forward and aggressive riding style to make it come to life. FWIW, I'm totally sold on new geo and Yeti's SI linkage- my 130 is my favorite bike I've owned, and feels totally dialed and natural now.

I'd recommend investing in the proper grease & grease gun to keep the SI moving smoothly. It's easy to hit the fittings with fresh grease every few months to ensure it doesn't get notchy.
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That bike looks super awesome. Love the color. Happy riding!
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Old 05-07-21, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Nice bike!!! Congrats!!
Thanks - a lot of folks jokingly rfer to bikes like this as "dentists bikes" , but i had to sell off a lot of vintage machinery and a late model S-Works to make this thing happen - and still had to come out of pocket a pretty good chunk. After poking around this sport for 31 years now - it is fun to ride machinery like this , even if i can only ride it to 30% of its potential. (But im a Super Clydesdale, so i take that back, i may ride slow, but when i g this thing out in a whoops section, that suspension is working pretty hard )
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Originally Posted by DETarch View Post
Really nice build & solid parts spec!

I'm sure part of the first ride impression is just adjusting to the newer style geometry and wheel size. When I got my SB130, I had been riding an older geo 27.5" bike and it was a huge adjustment for me. It felt a bit unnatural at first, and I definitely had to adopt a more forward and aggressive riding style to make it come to life. FWIW, I'm totally sold on new geo and Yeti's SI linkage- my 130 is my favorite bike I've owned, and feels totally dialed and natural now.

I'd recommend investing in the proper grease & grease gun to keep the SI moving smoothly. It's easy to hit the fittings with fresh grease every few months to ensure it doesn't get notchy.
Thanks !
This is the same wheel size (both are 29'ers ), but the geometry is different enough that while the older bike , which is the recent ancestor of your SB-130 , feels like a BIG bike, this one feels like my old Santa Cruz Superlight.
10-4 on the grease gun ! I'll get one to have in inventory, but am in and out of my dealer frequently enough that i wont be shy about taking it in for some professional love from time to time too.
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Originally Posted by ellei.oh View Post
That bike looks super awesome. Love the color. Happy riding!

Thx - i think i am bleeding turquoise now. Dont have a ton of mileage on it yet, but the suspension is set up a bit more forgiving than the initial ride and im starting to love it
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