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    Yeti SB 66 Carbon: Fork options, 32 or 34?

    Hi,

    I am just about to buy a Yeti SB 66 Carbon and I am wondering if you would recommend going for a 32 or a 34 fork. The Enduro kit comes equipped with a FOX 32 150 CTD ADJ 15 and the Race comes with a FOX 34 150 CTD ADJ 15.

    Does the 34 add significant stiffness over the 32? What would be the weight increase?

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    Yes and yes...

    For an AM bike I would think the 34 is the way to go.
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    Yeti SB 66 Carbon: Fork options, 32 or 34?

    Buy a rockshox pike. Night and day difference over anything else on the market right now and it's light. I think putting a 32mm fork on a frame with 150+ mm of travel is a joke. If your concerned about weight THAT much, buy a bike with less travel and put the lighter stuff on that. Who cares if you have a 25 lb 6" "all mountain" bike if it feels like a wet noodle when you throw it into a rock garden, corner, or drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker831 View Post
    Buy a rockshox pike. Night and day difference over anything else on the market right now and it's light. I think putting a 32mm fork on a frame with 150+ mm of travel is a joke. If your concerned about weight THAT much, buy a bike with less travel and put the lighter stuff on that. Who cares if you have a 25 lb 6" "all mountain" bike if it feels like a wet noodle when you throw it into a rock garden, corner, or drop.
    Yea. I love Yeti, but I think they spec their bikes a little crooked. No dropper and 32mm Stanchions just isnt right. I absolutely love my lyrik on the front. A Pike would be nice as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker831 View Post
    Buy a rockshox pike. Night and day difference over anything else on the market right now and it's light. I think putting a 32mm fork on a frame with 150+ mm of travel is a joke. If your concerned about weight THAT much, buy a bike with less travel and put the lighter stuff on that. Who cares if you have a 25 lb 6" "all mountain" bike if it feels like a wet noodle when you throw it into a rock garden, corner, or drop.
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    34. It is most definitely stiffer. I'm a big guy and I could get my 32 to flex quite a bit when I really pushed the bike hard. That flex also creates more stiction since the seals and bushings have to try and straighten out a curved stanchion to allow it to slide. I wouldn't get the 32 unless you're xc racing.
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    Yeti SB 66 Carbon: Fork options, 32 or 34?

    ^^ +gazillion

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    This is off camber but I just cannot buy a fork from a company that makes a tapered only, CTD dirt jump fork. A CTD DJ fork!?!?!

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    Fox lost my business a few years ago and seem to be doing nothing to get it back. The pike looks solid.

    RS/Marz/Xfusion > Fox all day, erry day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    Yes and yes...

    For an AM bike I would think the 34 is the way to go.
    Agreed, buy a 34 or the RS Pike. So much better for a slight weight penalty in stiffness and tracking.
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    Thanks guys, I'll check on the Pike. I have not considered it previously because Yeti equips with Fox from factory.

    What are your experiences climbing with this monster? I love going down, but most of my friends are more XC oriented and I do not want to be the slowest of the bunch!

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    Yeti SB 66 Carbon: Fork options, 32 or 34?

    It has more to do with fitness and wheel/tire weight than anything. Lighter and less travel will shave a minute or two off climbs at most. You'll be noticably more tired at the end compared to a race-ready XC bike, but you likely won't be too far behind unless you were behind with an XC bike also.

    IMO, unless you're racing, the only reason to get a short travel XC-oriented bike is if your terrain is pretty boring (i.e. midwest) or you want a second bike for more boring terrain (i.e. live far from gnarly terrain).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtnz View Post
    Thanks guys, I'll check on the Pike. I have not considered it previously because Yeti equips with Fox from factory.

    What are your experiences climbing with this monster? I love going down, but most of my friends are more XC oriented and I do not want to be the slowest of the bunch!
    My friend kills me on his SB66 on the climbs but that has way more to do with the fact that he rides 3 times as much as I do. It climbs well but its not a race bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtnz View Post
    Hi,

    I am just about to buy a Yeti SB 66 Carbon and I am wondering if you would recommend going for a 32 or a 34 fork. The Enduro kit comes equipped with a FOX 32 150 CTD ADJ 15 and the Race comes with a FOX 34 150 CTD ADJ 15.

    Does the 34 add significant stiffness over the 32? What would be the weight increase?

    Thanks!
    34 is the way to go!

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    + another for the Pike.

    I didn't realise how carp the 32 was until I got the Pike.
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    What in the hell is on your frame? You skin a leopard? That ehite pike fits the rest of that bike perfectly btw..

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    Thanks again...How would you compare the SB66c against the Lapierre Zesty 514?

    I think the Zesty is more trail oriented and the SB66c more AM.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker831 View Post
    Buy a rockshox pike..
    +1, you really can't go wrong w/ the Pike. I like every thing about it especially when compared with the Fox equiv.

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    OP - honestly, get a Fox 36 (float or talas) and call it a day. The RC2 damper and more linear air spring, with the larger stanchions make it super plush, but also hold itself in the stroke, and capable of big hits. 20mm axle - super stiff. Not all that much heavier than a 34.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LCW View Post
    OP - honestly, get a Fox 36 (float or talas) and call it a day. The RC2 damper and more linear air spring, with the larger stanchions make it super plush, but also hold itself in the stroke, and capable of big hits. 20mm axle - super stiff. Not all that much heavier than a 34.
    I agree, get a 36. I got it in mine and the difference in weight worths it

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    Agreed times 3, go for the 36 float 160mm. It's that simple. It made a huge difference in the overall feel of my 66 when i got it.
    What do you guys think about the 36 float 180mm on the 66? Jared Graves seemed fine going downhill, but do you think it would work for AM as well? I just ask because the OP said that he likes going DH and I was kinda curious...

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    I have a 34 on my Dixon and it's holding up well. I would pass on the 36 though unless you're taking the Yeti to a park. The 34 seems to get the job done without leaving me wishing for a bigger fork.

    I've heard good things about the Pike but no time on one. Let know how the Pike treats you if decide on that.
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    i just picked up my 66c with a X fusion Slant set at 160mm. I also have a 36 160 RC2 float and I plan on swapping back and forth to see what I prefer...

    I will post my input...

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