I've been going back and forth between the Nimble 9 and Yelli. I can only afford to own one, so I’d like it to meet all my mtb needs (if possible).
How I’d use it:
----- Single Track / Fire Roads, 3+ X per week. One particular trail has some technical rocky sections. I haven't done much single track / fire road riding in the past but I want to start doing it frequently!
----- Semi flat off road gravel rides 30+ miles, 3+ x per week.
I like to use steep gears and maintain a good cadence. I love to go fast on the flat stuff.
----- Climbing. One of the better local trails I’ll frequent has a “total climb of 4200 feet.
Sierra Vista - Bay Area Mountain Bike Rides
To put it in perspective, here’s what the view looks like.
Heres a few videos (not mine) of the types of trails I’d have access to. I edited the links so they’ll start at a certain point in the video so you only need to see about 10 seconds of each video to get a good idea.
Henry Coe State Park Single Track Mountain Biking - YouTube Henry Coe
Santa Teresa Rocky Ridge MTB Trail Ride - YouTube Santa Teresa Rocky Ridge
GoPro Hero 3 UCSC Mountain Biking 11/11/12 Hwy 9/Mailboxes etc. - YouTube Santa Cruz downhill
Santa Cruz Wilder Ranch MTB ride with Troy's Caletti CX bike - YouTube Santa Cruz Singletrack
Dirtdiver rides Mailbox at UC Santa Cruz - YouTube Santa Cruz, hopping around
I’ve read so many reviews for both the Nimble 9 and Yelli and at first I thought the Nimble 9 would be right for me. But the more I read, the more i’m confused. Some people say the Nimble 9 would be the better “all day” bike and that it’s very versatile. But then I read people saying they’d prefer the Yelli as an all day bike and that the Yelli is very versatile. So it seems both bikes are versatile and can do the same things very well. One thing the majority of reviewers all seem to agree on is the Yelli is better for downhill riding… “self shuttling.”
What can the Nimble 9 do better than the Yelli? To me the steel of the Nimble 9 seems like it would dampen the harshness of a bumpy trail and make longer rides more enjoyable than the Yelli.
I’d like the bike that would be more comfortable for long all day rides, climbs well, and fast for single track and fire roads. Seems like the Yelli would win the fast category. But comfort for all day / long distance rides is more of a priority for me than a little more speed.
I'd like to hear all your thoughts and suggestions.
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