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    Yeti or Epic??

    Posted this in the wrong place originally. Been of the mtb for a couple years, last was an Air 9. Looking at an Epic Carbon Comp or SB95. I'm competent, but by no means an advanced mountain biker.

    Thoughts????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Pancroft View Post
    Posted this in the wrong place originally. Been of the mtb for a couple years, last was an Air 9. Looking at an Epic Carbon Comp or SB95. I'm competent, but by no means an advanced mountain biker.

    Thoughts????
    Very different bikes. The Epic Carbon is a race bike, SB95 is an AM-ish Trail Bike. People really like both from what I hear, but they tend to have very different preferences.

    Your Epic buyer is racing XC or Endurance XC. It's kind of the first step into full-suspension from a racing hardtail.

    Your SB95 buyer is a good-time Charley. Looking for a bike that can climb, rail singletrack, or rock 'n roll down the techy gnar gnar (to use the vernacular that the young people seem fond of these days). Of course you can race one, but it's not optimized for that.

    Now let the rest of the peeples out there throw in their $.02
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    ^this

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    Riding a Yeti is Epic.

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    I will def NOT be racing in the dirt!! There is a tree out there with my name on it! Keeping my racing to crits, but wanna join the fellas for some good mtn fun!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Pancroft View Post
    I will def NOT be racing in the dirt!! !
    Then skip the Epic. It has a very specific intended purpose compared to the 95. I.E. racebike vs. fun bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    Then skip the Epic. It has a very specific intended purpose compared to the 95. I.E. racebike vs. fun bike.
    Yep. Word up. (again, vernacular popular within the youth culture)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Very different bikes. The Epic Carbon is a race bike, SB95 is an AM-ish Trail Bike. People really like both from what I hear, but they tend to have very different preferences.

    Your Epic buyer is racing XC or Endurance XC. It's kind of the first step into full-suspension from a racing hardtail.

    Your SB95 buyer is a good-time Charley. Looking for a bike that can climb, rail singletrack, or rock 'n roll down the techy gnar gnar (to use the vernacular that the young people seem fond of these days). Of course you can race one, but it's not optimized for that.

    Now let the rest of the peeples out there throw in their $.02
    I ride the SB95... I love it! Tom is right on, at least for the Yeti.

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    Yeti

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    Yeti. The epic is no where near the bike the SBs are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangaroo View Post
    Yeti. The epic is no where near the bike the SBs are.
    Well, that depends entirely on what you want in a bike. I have a good friend who has significant time on both. He likes them both very much. He thinks the SB is a gas to ride, and a great bike.

    But he just sold the Epic that's been in his quiver for several seasons, and when he needs to spend a long day out covering ground he misses his Epic very much.

    If the OP wanted a bike for doing endurance riding that didn't include a whole lot of tech riding, the SB would be a dumb choice. And the Epic isn't a total loss on a technical descent, just not as well suited to it as is the Yeti.

    Horses for courses.
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    Since the OP is neither an XC racer nor a technical mtn bike rider, why not consider a Stumpy HT 29er? Geometry is laid back and it would be a good choice for "getting out with the boys."

    Love the SB 95 and the Spec Epic, but as TomP said, these are two very different bikes. Doesn't sound like either one, while both are good bikes, is a good choice for the OP.

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    That's kind of a silly statement. Comparing the two is totally apples and oranges although you can argue that a bike like an Epic, although you have to give it a lot more attention can do anything a bike of the class of the Yeti can but a Yeti is nowhere near as fast as a bike like an Epic. Race bikes can actually be fairly versatile if you're already a good rider. You just can't run over everything like you can a beefier bike with slacker angles and more suspension and expect the bike to live a long life. It's not intended for that sort of thing.

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    The Stumpy FSR 29er is the ultimate everything bike, I believe. I have both an Epic and a Stumpy FSR Evo 29er, and if I had to consolidate them to one bike, it would be the standard non-Evo FSR.
    But I can't give up the amazing speed of the Epic. I am not super fit or strong, and I ride with guys who are, and the Epic is such an unfair equalizer. After a few years on Epic 29ers, I'm not much slower descending on the Epic, unless it's some gnarly rock garden, and even then it's probably just the dropper post making the biggest difference.
    A Stumpy FSR 29er with the Roval Carbon Trail wheels could be raced XC, and blasted down pretty gnarly trails equally well.

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    Pulled the trigger!!!!
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    No dropper post?

    GET ONE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    No dropper post?

    GET ONE.
    ^This for truth!
    Dropper = fun factor multiplier...until they break, and this is a "when" not an "if".
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    No dropper post?

    GET ONE.
    Doss Dropper on order!!!!
    If you don't like the way I ride, stay on the road!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Pancroft View Post
    Doss Dropper on order!!!!
    Fox?!?
    I hope you have better luck w/ that post than I do w/ my Fox fork's crown/stanchion interface...fork is going back for its 3rd time to get its 4th CSU in less than a year...this most recent duration between failure...2 rides...Chimney/Apex and Green Mountain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Pancroft View Post
    Pulled the trigger!!!!
    Good choice! Even went with the Race version. You will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Pancroft View Post
    Doss Dropper on order!!!!
    Nooooooooooooo! Never go for version 1.0 of anything.

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    Well, there was the option of doing the Reverb. But, I wanted to keep everything Fox. Picking up the bike today. I'll ask the shop!
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    Nice decision... Just curious, but what is your riding weight? I ride my SB-95 (w/pack, etc.) at around 225-230. I decided to swap out the wheel-set with a beefier one (spank oozy rims, hope hubs, and tubeless). With the stock wheel-set I was feeling way too much flex in the rims when I was really railin'. Just something to keep in mind. Anyways, enjoy the rippin'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Raaten View Post
    Nice decision... Just curious, but what is your riding weight? I ride my SB-95 (w/pack, etc.) at around 225-230. I decided to swap out the wheel-set with a beefier one (spank oozy rims, hope hubs, and tubeless). With the stock wheel-set I was feeling way too much flex in the rims when I was really railin'. Just something to keep in mind. Anyways, enjoy the rippin'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Pancroft View Post
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    I'm 185 lbs
    I wish I was too Get sum!

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    Yeti SB-96 all the way baby!!!

    And I wish I was 185 lbs too... I am at about 220 with all gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xalos1 View Post
    Yeti SB-96 all the way baby!!!
    They make a 6" 29er SB now? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokiebrett View Post
    They make a 6" 29er SB now? ;-)
    LOL! Just checking to see if anyone was paying attention :-)

    Been working too much, don't know what im doing anymore. SB-95 all the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokiebrett View Post
    They make a 6" 29er SB now? ;-)
    Wouldn't a 6" AM geo'd 29er be just an asskicker?!
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    I would tap that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    ^This for truth!
    Dropper = fun factor multiplier...until they break, and this is a "when" not an "if".
    Dropper = one more expensive thing to break, fiddle with and add weight. NTTAWWT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Dropper = one more expensive thing to break, fiddle with and add weight. NTTAWWT.
    Buy in bulk so you always have a spare waiting.

    That said, I've had pretty good luck with both KS and Rockshox's offerings. Not that they were trouble free, but the benefits vastly outweigh the negatives IMHO.

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    Man, you guys are not cool with the guy who has made big decisions and pulled the trigger. Congrats on that awesome new bike! Dropper posts are the best thing ever, and the DOSS will be awesome. Don't let these 'internet experts' pick apart the decisions you just made. (That's not NICE, guys.)
    You're going to be in heaven, focus on the fun.

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    Totally agree with Adultswim... enjoy that awesome bike, dropper or not trust me that bike does not dissapoint. I dont have a dropper either and while it will come in handy, right now I just focus on riding. So... congrats on the purchase and pedal like you stole it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Dropper = one more expensive thing to break, fiddle with and add weight. NTTAWWT.
    Says the guy with *dual* suspension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Fox?!?
    I hope you have better luck w/ that post than I do w/ my Fox fork's crown/stanchion interface...fork is going back for its 3rd time to get its 4th CSU in less than a year...this most recent duration between failure...2 rides...Chimney/Apex and Green Mountain!
    Not unusual lately...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaj View Post
    Not unusual lately...
    ...biggest facepalm ever!

    That really sucks...and I was about to throw down for an Avy cartridge for the 34 Float 29er!
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    Thanks to those who offered up the positive input!! Took out the Yeti for 3 hours of fun today.....I am BEAT UP!!! Had LOADS of fun on the downhills!!!! Dropper will be in next week - DEF gonna want that!!! I'll keep everyone posted on the fun and frivolity!!!!
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    I've been on dropper posts since they were available. Infinite adjustment is the better design as is hydraulic actuation, my longtime experience. None of them are perfect but I've got to say the Reverb's have been very reliable of late.

    Infinite adjustment is a must for me, fine tuning the height, if your willing to learn that aspect of their use is a great asset and hydraulic actuation is always consistent and smooth, always, cables are not. I just installed a KS on a friends bike, nice post but the amount of force needed to press the lever is crazy hard. Another nice feature of the Reverb is the post locks in both directions, this is good, trust me ! Some others have that feature too. Gotta run, good luck !

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    Doing PD-M780 XT Pedals for the Yeti!!
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