• 10-23-2013
    c_hatfield
    Hey all... I'm a little late to the thread, but y'all have posted some great info! Francois, thanks for being the genesis of this thread!

    Question, I didn't see any mention of Yeti's SB75. I was in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago and demo'd an SB95 (size M. I'm 5'8", 146lbs). On the '96 Olympic mtn bike trail in Conyers, it killed it! However, in my experience, it was lacking in agility - I'm attributing that partially to my size and was feeling a bit like a child on a Clydesdale. I wanted to be able to fling it around like my 26" AM hardtail, but it was too much bike for me. I will say that the climbing efficiency - both in and out of the saddle was unreal!

    My assumption is that the SB75 will have the same climbing ability, but with the agility more akin to a 26" trail bike. That said, has anyone had any experience on an SB75? Any chance one will make its way into the shootout lineup? :)
  • 10-23-2013
    jazzanova
    Re: 27.5 All Mountain Bike Shootout
    More good reviews here:
    Outerbike 2013 demo reviews, http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=881860
    Outerbike 2013 demo reviews
  • 12-21-2013
    rave81
    Im looking to buy a new 650B by Jan 2014 to replace my Trance X 29er. I am looking about these bikes

    Giant Trance 650b
    Trek slash 650
    Yeti SB75
    and Santa Cruz Bronson.

    Which one is the best bike in terms of descending, cornering and more specifically climbing?
  • 12-21-2013
    ozvena
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  • 12-22-2013
    phattruth
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    Im looking to buy a new 650B by Jan 2014 to replace my Trance X 29er. I am looking about these bikes

    Giant Trance 650b
    Trek slash 650
    Yeti SB75
    and Santa Cruz Bronson.

    Which one is the best bike in terms of descending, cornering and more specifically climbing?

    You can't go wrong with the Trance especially since you already own a Giant. You might also consider the Pivot Mach 6 and the Ibis HDR. The DW link link bikes pedal very efficiently.
  • 12-23-2013
    rave81
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by phattruth View Post
    You can't go wrong with the Trance especially since you already own a Giant. You might also consider the Pivot Mach 6 and the Ibis HDR. The DW link link bikes pedal very efficiently.

    Which has better suspension system?
  • 01-03-2014
    Slobban
    Hi Justin!

    Can you please explain the thinking behind the desition to go QR on the Trance 1?
    Or have i miss understood something about the rear wheel setup?

    Thanks, Patrik.
  • 02-02-2014
    lucky99
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    here's mine.. :)

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  • 02-03-2014
    MrMentallo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by phattruth View Post
    You can't go wrong with the Trance especially since you already own a Giant. You might also consider the Pivot Mach 6 and the Ibis HDR. The DW link link bikes pedal very efficiently.

    100% agree on all the above. Plus the Turner Flux is another great bike with the DW rear end. I just demo'd two Yeti's this past weekend. The SB-66 and the SB-75. The SB 66 was a far superior bike even with the 26" wheel size. The SB-75 was noticeably heavier, didn't handle as well and climbed like a pig relatively. I rode them both through a very technical trail with loads of square edge drops and large rocks, and the SB 66 was a much faster bike. These guys nail it. If you are going to spend this kind of money on a bike, make sure you get as close to the best available. And the SB-75 isn't that bike for me.

    Go for the Bronson or a Trek Remedy 9 in 650. Great bike with a rear end almost identical to the DW link mentioned above. So identical that there is a lawsuit going on right now between Trek and Dave Weigel (designer of the DW Link). I'm demoing a Devinci Troy today and I'll post feedback here as it is in the same class and price of bikes listed earlier.