Added a non-Yeti to the stable but.....
...it's the next forum
I stand a good chance of getting smacked around on this forum but I just had to pick up one of the two last 04 Ventana X-5 frames that Sherwood had left. I've always loved the X-5 though I have nothing but great things to say about the ASR-SL and the 575, especially since I own both. To build up the X-5 fast, I may have to sell one of the Yeti but impulsive as I am about buying bikes, I hate selling them and the thought makes me feel almost unwell.
Logic says sell the 575 since it is more like the X-5 than the ASR-SL. I don't know what I will end up doing though and at the least, I'll still have one Yeti.
I wanted the 04 because of the more XC-oriented geometry over the newer ones. I can hardly wait to compare the 575 and the X-5. My favorite option is to keep the X-5 frame and slowly build it up this year but can I stand to just watch it without riding it- that's the question. Here goes my 2006 financial plan down in flames
The X-5 is a great bike no doubt. I personally didn't buy one due to the more XCish geometry, but its a very subjective thing. I just preferred the slacker angles of the Yeti for the steep stuff I ride in around here.
Congrats, even if it isn't a Yeti.
I know what you mean about the 575 feeling good on the downhills- I have to see how the X-5 compares. It would be great to do a comparo on the same trail- ride one for a couple of hours and the other the next day. We have a pretty technical trail here and it flows up and down but there are no real downhills. However, I'll be back for a riding trip in CO this Fall and I'll take both bikes.
I am getting more serious about getting back to Colorado again. I hope to make it back permanently this year. I miss living there.
In my mind, I can do it!
I was wavering on the Ventana side for a while there too. I called about the 04' X-5 and they had like 2 left I believe. I got a chance to demo one and probably the most noteable thing is the stiffness. Honestly it feels like a hardtail but not hard riding. It was plush enough, but I didn't think it was as plush feeling as the 575. I didn't particularly care for the top tube mounted cables and I was really surprised at how huge the tubes were on that frame. It's a very hefty frame.
Originally Posted by Flyer
Why don't you just swap parts from the 575 to the X5 and ride it a while. You may decide to go back to the 575 and then you could just sell the X5 instead of getting rid of the 575 and later regretting it.
Yeah, I like the idea of just swapping parts over from the 575 and riding the X-5 for a while. I may also swap parts from my ASR-SL (similar build to the the 575) so I can ride the X-5 and 575 on alternate days to see which ride I truly prefer. The danger is that I will like them both and keep them all but I'm willing to deal with that horrible task
Just in case I sound like I'm getting ready to sell the 575- I'm not. I love that bike and the black Ano finish is sweet. It holds its own against anything out there and then some. I picked up one of the two 19" 04s they had left. I got the orange with the gold flakes in the clearcoat. There is the Grinch Green left.
Last edited by Flyer; 06-02-2006 at 07:25 AM.