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    Interbike Dirt Demo 2013 @ Bootleg Canyon

    This makes it eight years in a row I have attended Interbike Dirt Demo at Bootleg Canyon. It's kind of fun seeing how far mountain biking has progressed over the years. Lots of changes from year to year, lots of smaller companies are gone.

    Carbon frames, 29ers, 10 speed/11 speed, QR15, rear thru-axle, 142 x 12, tubeless and tubeless-ready tire systems, carbon mtb wheels, dropper seatposts, etc. The list just goes on and on.

    And now 650b/27.5. KP(Kirk Pacenti) is more than happy nowadays I assume. Everybody is on-board except the big S. Frame builders big and small, tire manufacturers, wheel manufacturers, fork manufacturers. Giant has gone all in with 650b/27.5. They were a little slower compared to Trek and Specialized with 29ers but now from hardtails to trail/enduro bikes they have an extensive lineup.

    I did my usual thing, get a bike, get on the shuttle and head down the same route Boy Scout to West Leg to Girl Scout. I can only come up with general impressions of a bike. If you want professional quality reviews look up KRob's posts, he has dirt demo reviews down to a science. I would have loved to run tire pressures a little lower but I also didn't want to walk down the mountain with flat tires. I even warned mtbr.com member Knoob not to let too much air out of the Mach 6 he was riding and sure enough first few yards of Boy Scout, pinch flats front and rear. Note to bike manufacturers at Dirt Demo next year : If you want Dirt Demo attendees to have even better impressions of your bikes, run TUBELESS or TUBELESS ready tires with sealant. Titus a few years back ran their whole demo fleet with tubeless tires and sealant. Santa Cruz has also done it in the past.




    Yeti SB-75

    Looked like Yeti was in a different spot this year which was good because they were close to Santa Cruz and Pivot and after I dropped off the Bronson C, I was able to get a SB-75 right away.

    One of Yeti's new 650b/27.5 bikes that would fall more in the "trail" category. This is probably replacing their ASR 5 in the Yeti line-up. I have ridden lots of Yeti's before including the SB-66c, ASR 5C, SB-95, the old 26" 575 and the ASR 7 that didn't click with consumers.

    This particular bike a mid-level equipped model with 127mm rear travel/140 mm front Fox suspension, DT Swiss wheels, Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, Maxxis High Roller II tires, Thomson Elite seatpost( NO seatpost dropper ). The aluminum frame itself has great lines owing some of it to the compact Switch Technology suspension that it has.

    I wish I had a little more time to tinker with the suspension because the ride was kind of harsh coming down Boy Scout plus again I had to keep those tire pressures up. I didn't have any pedal strikes compared to the SB-66 I've ridden before. Hitting corners with speed is a good trait with all of Yeti's "SB" line. I also wished they had a dropper post on this bike. My buddy riding right behind me said I looked a little tentative going into some of the sketchy drops on West Leg. Climbing was just as efficient as the competition but this was a heavy bike probably easily past 30 lbs. It felt heavier than the Pivot Firebird 27.5 I rode before this. Yeti's website puts the frame weight at 7.7 lbs which is really too much even for an aluminum "trailbike" frame. As a comparison, my SC Nomad 2 frame is 6.9 lbs. For an almost $5000 bike I think Yeti has some tinkering to do. Overall, I didn't have a bad riding impression but I didn't have a great one either.



















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    Pivot Mach 6

    This was actually my first ride of Day One of the Dirt Demo. Their demo booth was in the same place as the past few years. Modern tablet-based check-in procedure was a breeze, CC and ID handed over and they set-up my demo. I have to give props to Julie from Pivot for helping setting up the Pivot bikes I rode.

    The Mach 6 is Pivot's 650b/27.5 aggressive trail/ enduro bike. Full carbon frame with internal cable routing(first for Pivot?), 155mm travel in the rear, 150mm front. This particular bike I rode looked like their mid-level equipped model(Mach 6 XT/XTR PRO). Fox suspension( Fox Float X CTD/ Fox 34 FIT CTD), Shimano XT drivetrain with a XTR shadow plus RD, Shimano XT brakes, DT Swiss wheels, Kenda tires, KS LEV Integra seatpost.

    The Pivot Mach 6 was my favorite bike of Dirt Demo. It responded very well with everything I wanted it to do. Efficient climber, very good small and big bump compliance, light enough to ride all day with. With higher-end components, more detailed suspension set-up and user-preferred tires and tire pressure, you will be able to enjoy top-notch performance from this bike. Pivot has a winner with the Mach 6.























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    Nice pics Doc
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    The Yeti is so sexy smooth!
    "Im just going to explore a little bit..."

    Dont make me be the bad guy...

    Do I need a pass to ride this trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    Nice pics Doc
    Nice Niners, right C-lo?!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmon View Post
    The Yeti is so sexy smooth!
    You know you want to go FS again Shawn. You just KNOW it! They actually make 27.5 575s now. Doesn't that bring back fond memories of long rides at CW? Where's Beagledadi BTW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedsdoc View Post
    You know you want to go FS again Shawn. You just KNOW it! They actually make 27.5 575s now. Doesn't that bring back fond memories of long rides at CW? Where's Beagledadi BTW?
    Yea I think I will go back to FS soon but Im sticking with 29er)). Matt is in Australia, you didnt know?
    "Im just going to explore a little bit..."

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    Niner WFO and Rip 9 RDO Ride Impressions

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    C-lo,

    Can you leave us with your riding impressions of the Niner Rip 9 RDO and the WFO since you spent time on both and compare it to the Jet RDO that you currently have and also your 650b/27.5 bike? Much appreciated.

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    Nice pics Doc!

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    Thanks for the detailed pics of the bikes. Not really in the market for a new bike, but I appreciate seeing them nevertheless.

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    Please stop posting all of those pics of waaaayyyy cool bikes. My eyes don't need to see what my wallet can't afford. The new Yetis and Santa Cruzes have me drooling all over my desk.

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    I demo'd a Yeti SB66 a while ago while in Hawaii and must admit that I was really impressed with the Switch links . . . I'm admittedly a Santa Cruz fan and have had my sights on a Bronson or Solo (or 5010, whatever they're calling it now), but damn if that Yeti 275 doesn't have me thinking twice.
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    Good reviews pedsdoc. I totally agree on your SB75 and Mach 6 assesment. The Pivot was an exceptionally good bike. It was also my favorite bike of the show. I too was somewhat disappointed in the Yeti.

    Looking forward to the rest of your thoughts.

    Thanks for the props, but my reviews aren't anywhere close to professional. FWIW, I've always thought your reviews were very insightful and typically more in depth mine. Keep up the good work.

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    Did you ride the turner?
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