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    Alright - Yeti 650B predictions??

    As much as the wheel size debate gets tiring, there's no denying that 650B/27.5 isn't going away and is here to stay. Some brands appear to be ditching 26 overnight.

    With that said - What's the predictions in how soon we see a 650B Yeti full suspension bike? SB or otherwise. 5" trail? 6" Enduro/AM? 7" Freeride even?? Or maybe we see a 650B DH bike from them first - although that would surprise me.

    We know that Yeti has already dipped their toes in the 650B pool (with the XS & S ARC Carbon).

    Thoughts? Rumors? Inside info?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LCW View Post
    What's the predictions in how soon we see a 650B Yeti full suspension bike?
    Not until Spring next year is my guess. By which time I'll have had my Bronson C long enough to consider changing, maybe...
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    Since I was spot on with my prediction of the 650b ARC (which, after 8 years off the bike, was an amazing prediction to make when returning to the sport last fall! Go me.), I'll offer my guess.

    ASR-5 650b.

    The ASR-5 is the perfect platform for 650b. It's light enough for XC racing but has enough travel All Mountain.
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    I'll throw in a counter point. With as long as it took them to put out a 29er, and Conroy's classic retort, "We don't make clown bikes," it seems a 650B would not be in their plans and they'd just as well keep refining the current lineup. But who knows, maybe market pressure will drive them to a 650B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilan View Post
    I'll throw in a counter point. With as long as it took them to put out a 29er, and Conroy's classic retort, "We don't make clown bikes," it seems a 650B would not be in their plans and they'd just as well keep refining the current lineup. But who knows, maybe market pressure will drive them to a 650B.
    I agree with your logic but I think the ARC-Carbon changes all that. Yeti certainly offered a 650b FAR sooner than their history with 29er would have suggested.

    And the fact that they are one of the first companies to offer different wheels sizes on the same frame tells me that they are moving quickly.

    People thought I was daft for predicting a 650b ARC last November!
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    I think you have to guess based on what forks are available. Fox now has a 120 and 140, so I'd guess a 5 inch bike to replace the ASR5 makes most sense (compare the SC Solo) - they'd likely sell a ton, and if it had switch suspension you can include me. There's also a 160 fork, so maybe 650 version of SB66?

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    Sb66-650b
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    my guess, within next two to three years;
    575 is history.
    ASR5c becomes 650B.
    SB66 is offered as a SB76 (super bike 650b wheels, 6 inch travel) so you can get it in either 26 or 650b.
    650B is going to take over trail bikes imho. 29 will be XC oriented.
    26" bikes will not go away totally but, it will be a much smaller niche, for some DH and for longer travel tech trail bikes.
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    Watch the interview with Chris C. Things are changing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    Watch the interview with Chris C. Things are changing...
    exactly, Chris has already said south africa worlds DH is a priority, so for this year at least expect the next Yeti 650b to be a 303 variation

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    Quote Originally Posted by scant View Post
    exactly, Chris has already said south africa worlds DH is a priority, so for this year at least expect the next Yeti 650b to be a 303 variation
    They may build one-off 303's for the team for that race, but there's no way it will be the first production bike they offer with that wheel size.

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    who said anything about production bike my moneys on 575 650b for 1st production bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarsandtears View Post
    my guess, within next two to three years;
    575 is history.
    ASR5c becomes 650B.
    SB66 is offered as a SB76 (super bike 650b wheels, 6 inch travel) so you can get it in either 26 or 650b.
    650B is going to take over trail bikes imho. 29 will be XC oriented.
    26" bikes will not go away totally but, it will be a much smaller niche, for some DH and for longer travel tech trail bikes.
    Just my thoughts...

    I don't think the story is over on 29ers yet. AM/Enduro 29ers are still new and will take a chunk of the market 650b was expected to have comfortably.

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    Speaking of predictions.. I'm a 5'6" rider that likes hardtails to race with, and am trying dearly to find a small ARC Carbon, but have no idea where or when they may be available.. anyone have a clue? Thanks... oh and I'll wait for the turquoise one.
    Something Has to be rigid between my legs... so it's my bike.

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    Ill bet money they're already working on a 650 variant of the SB-66 for Jared Graves in the EWS... it won't be less than 6".

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    I'd second the speculation that it's going to track with what Fox puts out for 650 forks. I don't see Yeti releasing anything anytime soon that requires a non-Fox fork, and keep in mind the only forks out currently are basically XC (little stanchions, no 20mm axles).


    that said, I know the industry and therefor mtbr has a hard on for 650, but out in the real world I'm not seeing it. Range of opinions on 650 I've encountered on the trail goes from "I've never heard of it and don't give a $hit" to "I've heard of it and don't give a sh!t" to "it's the dumbest thing I've ever heard of"
    The only people I've talked to that had any sort of favorable opinion or interest in 650 had brand new 650 bikes, and it's only been 2 poeple. I rode a few miles on one and could not tell any difference at all vs a 26er.
    when 29 first came out people couldn't get enough of it. 650 just seems like marketing with almost no actual consumer interest at this point. I hope Yeti realizes this, because I have a feeling brands like Santa Cruz and turner that are jumping in 650 are going to lose their shirts.

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    Actually, if you watch the recent Dirt TV interview with Chris, you'll find out that 26 is going away in the trail market segment, for better or worse, in his own words. Back to my prediction: look for a 650 6" travel SB by spring, and a proto under Jared this season.

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    Already made it on my 575

    Already did it on my 575, without changing the fork, great feel, work better than the 26 and not change the geometry dramatically - actually make it better, I run Fox 140 mm fork (doesn't work with Roxshock - not enough clearance).
    Easy to climb on rocks
    Drawbacks: lack of mud clearance.
    We also did it for Pivot and the result is great
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    Yeti sb66c 27.5
    fox 34 27.5 160mm
    dt swiss spline 1700 27.5

    YETI SB 66 CARBONE (27.5 pouces) - David Maze Designs

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    My bet is on a SB(650b)6. Should not take a long time to get it right. I think they will release it soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deegan199 View Post


    Yeti sb66c 27.5
    fox 34 27.5 160mm
    dt swiss spline 1700 27.5

    YETI SB 66 CARBONE (27.5 pouces) - David Maze Designs
    This is very interesting. Anyone speak/write good enough French to ask these guys if they are getting full rear travel without the rear wheel hitting the seat tube?
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    I am a friend of the owner, what do you want to know?
    to ensure that tire 2.35x27.5 can move,
    the rear arm was cut, with the addition of an aluminum insert, then revouvert carbon!
    sorry for bad English!

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    Your English is better than my French!

    So the rear arm/triangle was modified, yes? Does the rear still get 150mm travel with the modification?

    Could you post pictures of the modified rear arm/triangle? The part which was cut and the aluminum insert added. Are the modified rear arm/triangles available to buy? Many thanks!
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    yes the rear triangle was modified, the travel is 150mm with modification,
    I post more pictures in the week,
    we study the possibility of marketed modified rear triangle

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