I promise that I'll stop gushing after this
I liked the 575 after my first ride but it felt a little sluggish with the 540 wheelset & minion tires. It handled great and climbed very well but felt a little slow on accelleration. I put on my Crosslands & lighter Tubeless Tires with sealant which saved about 1.5-2 pounds over the other combination and brought the weight down to about 27.5 pounts. I went for my 2nd ride today. I did a little tweaking of the suspension in the first few minutes and then did my normal loop.
WOW! with the faster rolling tires and lower rotational weight it was like a light from above! I was surprised how a bike with almost 6 inches of travel could climb better than my old stumpjumper and then suck up every bump! I got used to the slacker geometry and found that if you let it do the work it seemed to steer like a bike with a steeper head angle. And If you just ignore the smaller logs, rocks & roots you can just roll. My riding partner kept asking me 'did you hit your chainring' on every log that he went around and I went over without touching. Any log smaller than about 6 inches I could barely feel. I had a triad propedal on my stumpy that just never worked. I'm very impressed with the way the RP23 works on the 575. It holds tight when it needs to and then gives when the going gets rough.
I'd like to thank all of you Yeti nuts here for your help in choosing a bike and setting it up. I think I've found that bike that I'll just ride until it falls apart. I may put a better and lighter wheelset on the bike in the future but everything else about it is perfect.
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