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    I demo'd the Yeti SB 95

    I have posted elsewhere that I am looking to replace my beloved, but 12 year old Heckler... Today I took out a Yeti SB 95 demo and rode an 11 mile loop on intermediate single track

    My initial concern was how the suspension would handle my weight/size (6'5" 280#)... After setting sag and adjusting air, I found it to be more than capable of supporting my prodigious bulktitude...

    On the trail, I must say that the SB 95 was a revelation. I found that it was able to roll over rocks and roots with ease... I was obviously faster than on my Heckler, but more than that, I was in control... At slower speeds in tight turns, it required more steering checks (as expected), but never felt twitchy. I also discovered that I was able to choose quicker lines, both downhill and uphill... Climbing was impressive, too. The end result, I finished the loop eight minutes faster than usual...and had a lot more fun, too

    Oh, yes... And I bought one to keep

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    haha!!! I'm with you on the Yeti SB95 buddy. I got mine a few weeks ago and just love it. I'm at 250# and yeti told me the warranty frame weight is 265#. Just thought you should know. Reason I'm telling you this is because I had the same concern about height and weight with frame and factory shoxs. The stock shocks hold me up just fine too. I really really enjoy this bike.
    Have fun mate!

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    Those frame weight restrictions for warranty by Yeti always bother me. Most other makers don't really seem to care, maybe specialized.

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    ^^^^^^That's funny. I have warrantied a few frames with Yeti over the years (Been MTB'ing for 27 years). Never once have they asked me how much do I weigh. It's like the military. "Don't ask. Don't tell"

    On a side note. I am 235 geared up. I highly recommend swapping shocks to a CCDB Inline, Fox Float X, or a RS Monarch Plus (or Debonair) RC3 (If you can find one in a M/L tune). I ran all three and the CCDB Inline is just crazy nice.
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    RIP 1997 Santa Cruz Heckler.In 2010 the frame cracked

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    Semi off topic but how do they even know what you weigh when you submit a warranty claim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Semi off topic but how do they even know what you weigh when you submit a warranty claim?
    True, but I don't believe in being dishonest and I really do not want to support a company with my money that doesn't want to support me.

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    Well yeah, I'm not talking about being blatantly dishonest like if you are 300lbs on wheels rated for a 180lb rider. But I usually hover around 235-240 and with gear I'm 240-245. Lots of stuff is rated in the 240-250 range so if I happened to be 241 the day it broke and it got denied based on a 240lb limit I wouldn't be happy.

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    Hey Rthur2sheds -- I am an inch taller than you at 6'6". Does that SB95 fit you well, or are you pushing it on the XL size. How long is your stem? If you were a little taller, would you still fit?

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    sbk99... sorry for the tardy reply. The bike I demoed was a Large. It was definitely too small...fortunately, I was able to discern enough about the bike to go ahead and get an XL... I put $1500 down on a new one only to find out two days later that there are NO MORE alloy frames in XL! However, I found a "new" used one on Pinkbike with a 140 mm Pike and 1x10 XT drivetrain... I just got it on Tuesday, and have already gone on three epic rides...it is incredible

    I am what you call "long torsoed", so even though you are taller, we're probably pretty close in size in the cockpit area. I find it to be just about perfect (my previous bike is an XL Heckler). The stem is 110. I don't need anything longer, and I certainly wouldn't go shorter.

    my only quasi-negative comment: The BB is relatively low. you have to watch for pedal strike.

    But this bike just plain flies... it rolls over or through everything, and inspires confidence. I was 5 minutes faster on the loop I regularly ride at Chicopee Woods in Gainesville Ga the first time out...today, I was almost 3 minutes faster than that! (part of that due to direction)...but, the thing just transitions beautifully from descending to climbing...

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    here it is!

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    congratulations !! you picked a good one !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rthur2sheds View Post
    sbk99... sorry for the tardy reply. The bike I demoed was a Large. It was definitely too small...fortunately, I was able to discern enough about the bike to go ahead and get an XL... I put $1500 down on a new one only to find out two days later that there are NO MORE alloy frames in XL! However, I found a "new" used one on Pinkbike with a 140 mm Pike and 1x10 XT drivetrain... I just got it on Tuesday, and have already gone on three epic rides...it is incredible

    I am what you call "long torsoed", so even though you are taller, we're probably pretty close in size in the cockpit area. I find it to be just about perfect (my previous bike is an XL Heckler). The stem is 110. I don't need anything longer, and I certainly wouldn't go shorter.

    my only quasi-negative comment: The BB is relatively low. you have to watch for pedal strike.

    But this bike just plain flies... it rolls over or through everything, and inspires confidence. I was 5 minutes faster on the loop I regularly ride at Chicopee Woods in Gainesville Ga the first time out...today, I was almost 3 minutes faster than that! (part of that due to direction)...but, the thing just transitions beautifully from descending to climbing...
    Thanks -- good feedback.

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