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    ... and if we just ... SB 95 Build Thread?

    It is getting close to march has anyone started accumulating parts
    for there build yet?

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    No clue when I'm going to get the bike (not 100% sure the gal has ordered it yet, she's being awefully cagey AND we just moved household so there's been a ton of money out).

    But I have the grips I want to use (ergon gx1's) - does that count?

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    absolutely that counts. that's a lot more than I have I still haven't pulled the trigger yet on anything.

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    this is how I will be setting up my personal 95.

    frame: med 95
    fork: Fox 34 set to 140
    wheels: Stans Flow on DT 240s(not pictured0
    drive train: XT
    chainguide: e13 lg1
    brakes: XT
    bars: Sunline V1 745
    grips: odi crosstrainer
    headset: king
    stem: thomson 70mm
    post: rockshox reverb
    tires: F- schwalbe nobby nic 2.35(not pictured)
    R- schwalbe racing ralph 2.4(not pictured)


    Last fall I had a chance to take one of my demos out to Moab. switched out a couple things, and set it up closer to how I would ride it. this is a pic of that set up.
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    Wheels are flying from the other side of the planet as we speak. My build is set at:

    Medium Frame, currently the NZ distributor doesn't think he's getting any in black, so I'll have to settle with bead blast
    Stan's Arch EX on Hope Pro II Evo, 15mm and 142x12, clad front and rear with tubeless Nobby Nics at 2.25"
    XT 3x10 drivechain, with a decision on bashguard and chainguide down the track
    F34 Float set at 120mm
    XT Ice Tech brakes, 8" front and 6" rear
    Reverb seatpost
    Cane Creek headset
    Easton Havoc carbon bar @ 720-730ish
    Thomson Elite stem @ 70mm
    Yeti grips and Yeti/WTB seat

    I've been getting hints that it should be ready in a few weeks, so I'm starting to get excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YetiDemo View Post
    this is how I will be setting up my personal 95.

    frame: med 95
    fork: Fox 34 set to 140
    wheels: Stans Flow on DT 240s(not pictured0
    drive train: XT
    chainguide: e13 lg1
    brakes: XT
    bars: Sunline V1 745
    grips: odi crosstrainer
    headset: king
    stem: thomson 70mm
    post: rockshox reverb
    tires: F- schwalbe nobby nic 2.35(not pictured)
    R- schwalbe racing ralph 2.4(not pictured)


    Last fall I had a chance to take one of my demos out to Moab. switched out a couple things, and set it up closer to how I would ride it. this is a pic of that set up.
    As a point of reference, with the 140, how do you think the 95 would climb that short steep section on Apex trail? You know, the one still in the trees, but right next to the drop off to the creek...TALAS needed? Or the last stepped climb, right before the turn to Enchanted Forest?
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    My black frame should be here before the end of March, can't wait.

    I'm going X0, Haven (Alu) wheels and cockpit, Talas 34 140's, Hans Dampf and Reverb. Frame is the last piece in this expensive puzzle

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    Stupid question, but can anyone confirm that the stock Float 34 fork is internally adjustable to 140? I've got one coming (XT build), with the assumption that it is. I rode this bike on the Magnificent 7 at Outerbike this year, and the extra bit of slack front end/travel would put this bike over the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonSS View Post
    Stupid question, but can anyone confirm that the stock Float 34 fork is internally adjustable to 140?...
    In the SB-95 Custom Colours? thread John P says "FWIW, the Fox 34 120 can be converted to a 140 in about 10 minutes."

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    Fantastic news--thanks for passing that along!
    Keith in Corvallis

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    frame: large
    fork: Fox 34 set to 120
    wheels: DT 240's laced to the cheapie chinese carbon rims
    crank: Noir 1.1 Carbon with e13 32T chainring
    chainguide: e13 XCX
    rear drive: SRAM XX 11-36 cass, with XX med cage der
    brakes: not sure.. prolly XX or XO
    bars: Carbon FSA riser
    grips: ESI Foam
    headset: Chris King
    stem: Ritchey WCS
    post: Thompson Masterpeice
    tires: S-works Captain front, Renegade rear

    might race it, but it's my all day/all mtn bike in reality. i'm still undecided on going with the 142 thru or 10 RWS. i've ridden 142 rear bikes in the past, and i'm not sure at my 160 lbs that it's all that much stiffer and/or needed?? the 10mm thru bolt on my big top is plenty stiff. plus.. i'd like to be able to swap wheelsets if needed... any thoughts?

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    xl frame
    xt build (2x10)
    reverb
    crossmax st rims

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    We know its probably coming, the 95c. That's what I'm waiting for.

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    I am waiting on the 95c as well. It is probably looking like 2x10 XO/X9 combo for me on the drive unless Shimano steps up their XT with some more 29er friendly 2x10 rings like 24/38 or 22/36 like SRAM. I can crank a 26 front 36 rear on my Big Top but lower is welcome for some of the longer/steeper epic rides here in Colorado.

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    Black Sb-95

    Just placed my order for a XL black sb-95 today through JensonUSA! I'm stoked about it! I have a fox 34 Talas being shipped to my house too to start the build. Oh and I have Easton Haven wheels for it too.

    I had a couple of random questions about some of the new features of the shimano 2X10 dynasys if anyone could help me out that would be great. I'm 95% going to do a full xt build on it except for the rear derailleur I want to do the new XTR plus and try it out.

    As for my questions....What is the smallest chainring set that can go on a 2 ring xt crank. I only see 26-38 tooth as the smallest. I do a lot of long steep climbs and I had a 22 tooth front and a 36 tooth rear on my old bike. I really liked having the "low" gear once in a while. Also I was wondering if anyone had good information about iscg tabs on the 95? I've seen frame pics of the 66 that has them, and I heard in a round about way that the 95 will have them too. I was just wondering if anyone had anything more concrete?

    Thanks a bunch

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    Head over to the 29er forum for some threads regarding gearing..

    Congrats!

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    95mmpost and 140 front + 1x10...it's a perfect all'rounder bike...a perfect am...

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyballa33 View Post
    Just placed my order for a XL black sb-95 today through JensonUSA! I'm stoked about it! I have a fox 34 Talas being shipped to my house too to start the build. Oh and I have Easton Haven wheels for it too.

    I had a couple of random questions about some of the new features of the shimano 2X10 dynasys if anyone could help me out that would be great. I'm 95% going to do a full xt build on it except for the rear derailleur I want to do the new XTR plus and try it out.

    As for my questions....What is the smallest chainring set that can go on a 2 ring xt crank. I only see 26-38 tooth as the smallest. I do a lot of long steep climbs and I had a 22 tooth front and a 36 tooth rear on my old bike. I really liked having the "low" gear once in a while. Also I was wondering if anyone had good information about iscg tabs on the 95? I've seen frame pics of the 66 that has them, and I heard in a round about way that the 95 will have them too. I was just wondering if anyone had anything more concrete?

    Thanks a bunch
    I indirectly addressed this in my post above. The lowest XT 2x10 I know of is 26 front. This is why I went with Sram for my 2x10 drivetrain on my 29er as they offer 22 and 24 front options on X9 and X0 cranks.

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    Oh ya, don't know how I missed that in your earlier post....I guess I should take a look at X9. Thanks for the reply

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    Have all the parts just need the frame

    Frame should be coming in soon. 1x10 for rolling east coast technical singletrack.

    Frame 2012 YETI SB-95 Black Large
    Fork 2012 FOX Float 34 140
    Stem Thompson Elite 70mm 0 deg
    Bars Answer Pro Taper Carbon 25mm rise
    Headset Chris King InSet I2 44-56mm
    Grips Sette H Type (love these cheap but sweet!)
    Rear Shifter Shimano XTR M980 10 Speed
    Brake Levers Shimano XT M785
    Brake Calipers Shimano XT M785, 180mm front adaptor
    Brake Discs Alligator Wind Cutter Titanium Nitrite 180 front 160 rear
    Wheelset Stans Arch 29 EX black with 15mm front and 142 x 12 rear convert
    Thru Axle Shimano 142 x 12 thru axle & YETI chip kit
    Cranks Race Face Turbine 175mm 2X (set up 1X10)
    Chainring Home Brewed Components 80 BCD 28T
    Bash/Guide(s) Home Brewed Components 120 BCD Bash Guard black
    Cassette SRAM XG 1080 11-36
    Chain KMC Superlight 10 Speed
    Rear Derailuer Shimano XTR M985 GS
    Pedals Shimano XTR M980
    Seat Selle Italia SLR Flow
    Seatpost Thompson Elite 30.9
    Seatpost Clamp Thompson
    Front Tire Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35 EVO
    Rear Tire Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25 EVO

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    just placed my order yesterday through my local bike shop for black med xt race build. stood there while bike shop spoke with yeti...said I would see the bike end of april...which is great so I can get a couple of months on the bike before the gathering in vail in july! pumped to ride this rig!

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    I'm early in line for a Black Large with XT Race at University Cycles in Austin. No firm dates but it's sooner rather than later.

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    Frame will be here Thursday

    The new large black beauty will be here on Thursday.

    I've read & seen pictures on other threads that the black is a flat black. I am excitred about that. I thought the shiny would have done ok, but the flat black makes it look the balls. I have the white 34 fork for it...thinking its going to look smokin hot.

    I'll post pics (if I can) when I'm unboxing and building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscottyk View Post
    I'm early in line for a Black Large with XT Race at University Cycles in Austin. No firm dates but it's sooner rather than later.
    <<envy>>

    I wonder if you're one of the guys Mark was telling about, demoing the ride and immediately putting deposit down. ;^)

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyballa33 View Post
    Also I was wondering if anyone had good information about iscg tabs on the 95?
    According to the user manual on the Yeti web site the frame has the BB splines to take either ISCG/old or ISCG-05 tabs. I believe the SB-66 is the same.

    What I'd like to know is whether the frame comes with the ISCG tab piece or not, or whether it needs be ordered - as I want to put an MRP 2x on mine when I can.

    I've seen discussion in another thread that there was a fitment issue with the tabs on the '95 but I haven't seen details yet nor any info coming back from Yeti about that issue yet (nor would I really have expected the latter, yet).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    <<envy>>

    I wonder if you're one of the guys Mark was telling about, demoing the ride and immediately putting deposit down. ;^)
    Yep. I'm one of those folks. My understanding from Mark is they got in six and five are already out the door.

    I just got back from about 2.5 hour ride at Reveille Peak Ranch. This bike rocks!

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    Good job!

    My local lbs got a shipment Friday! Going by tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscottyk View Post
    Yep. I'm one of those folks. My understanding from Mark is they got in six and five are already out the door.
    Crap, you could have a group "SB" ride and have more people than I normally see up here in a group ride at all!

    Quote Originally Posted by jscottyk View Post
    I just got back from about 2.5 hour ride at Reveille Peak Ranch. This bike rocks!
    envy-squared! Dang I wanted to hit RPR when I was back a couple weeks ago, but the weather just did NOT comply.

    Ah well, by the time I get mine y'all will have the murderous heat and I'll be able to post pics from sweet green tree-covered rolling hills and mountains.

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    1st ride - its a beast

    Had my first ride on Saturday. I am coming off of a Titus Switchblade with many loving years on it. I had been upgraded with a RS Revelation UTurn fork set at 140mm in front, so it was pretty slack and 4.5 rear travel. It was a great trail bike.

    When I got on my SB everything felt good. On my local trail I really did not notice that i was on a 29er, and from what I have read, that is agood thing. i was catching air off of all the same jumps & rocks. Went off of a 3.5 foot drop that I normally hit on my Titus and everything felt much stiffer than the old bike, which again is a good thing with a 29er. I I was moving a bit faster and overan my normal line when I landed which drove me straight into a 12" tall boulder and the 29 wheels and SB suspension just ate it up where I think I would have gone OTB on the Titus. The SB is soo beefy, I love it. I have not weighed it yet, but it does not feel heavy. The lift your bike feel is heaver than my Titus which was built up to a pretty light 26.8lbs with pedals. I am hoping for 28lbs or less with the SB because I have it set up as 1x10 wich should save about a pound.

    The Fox fork was set with 25% sag and the rear set with 14mm of sag which is dead middle of the 13 to 15mm Yeti recommends. Everything felt smooth. It climed well and was creamy on landings and in technical singletrack.

    I made a sick jump stop / chain guide for the 1x that direct mounts where the deraileur would go. I will post pictures. Its so nice I think I could sell them.

    Bad end to a great start, I mauled my brand new XTR 985 rear derailer sqeezing between 2rocks. It folded right over and broke the carbon pulley arm, and the rear chip / derailuer hanger cracked, and now that I have to replace it,it is an expensive r-der hanger because I could only buy the whole chip kit for $50. not to mention the $220 rear der.....so frustrated.

    I only got an hour in before the RD mishap so will update with more info when I get out again.

    New parts are on the way. Will be back out soon.

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    Home made 1x guide for SB95

    Sweet if i do say so myself. 1/4'' lexan cut with jig saw & shaped with a belt sander. Aluminum washers and 5mm machine screws countersink heads.
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    SB on the trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by ride more View Post
    Had my first ride on Saturday. I am coming off of a Titus Switchblade with many loving years on it. I had been upgraded with a RS Revelation UTurn fork set at 140mm in front, so it was pretty slack and 4.5 rear travel. It was a great trail bike.

    When I got on my SB everything felt good. On my local trail I really did not notice that i was on a 29er, and from what I have read, that is agood thing. i was catching air off of all the same jumps & rocks. Went off of a 3.5 foot drop that I normally hit on my Titus and everything felt much stiffer than the old bike, which again is a good thing with a 29er. I I was moving a bit faster and overan my normal line when I landed which drove me straight into a 12" tall boulder and the 29 wheels and SB suspension just ate it up where I think I would have gone OTB on the Titus. The SB is soo beefy, I love it. I have not weighed it yet, but it does not feel heavy. The lift your bike feel is heaver than my Titus which was built up to a pretty light 26.8lbs with pedals. I am hoping for 28lbs or less with the SB because I have it set up as 1x10 wich should save about a pound.

    The Fox fork was set with 25% sag and the rear set with 14mm of sag which is dead middle of the 13 to 15mm Yeti recommends. Everything felt smooth. It climed well and was creamy on landings and in technical singletrack.

    I made a sick jump stop / chain guide for the 1x that direct mounts where the deraileur would go. I will post pictures. Its so nice I think I could sell them.

    Bad end to a great start, I mauled my brand new XTR 985 rear derailer sqeezing between 2rocks. It folded right over and broke the carbon pulley arm, and the rear chip / derailuer hanger cracked, and now that I have to replace it,it is an expensive r-der hanger because I could only buy the whole chip kit for $50. not to mention the $220 rear der.....so frustrated.

    I only got an hour in before the RD mishap so will update with more info when I get out again.

    New parts are on the way. Will be back out soon.
    Take some time to play with your suspension settings. I've found it to be quite sensitive to relatively small changes. In particular, the rear suspension pressure and rebound setting have made a world of difference for me. Also, it took a solid week of riding (~150 miles) for the suspension to stabilize. Everything seemed tight at first. I was quite concerned, but it got better everyday that I rode it. Now it's really, really smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ride more View Post
    ... 1/4'' lexan cut with jig saw & shaped with a belt sander ...
    Very cool "hack" - nice in the less-is-more category.

    Be interested to hear how it works over time.

    Sorry about the rear-d & chip, that's a bummer.

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    I picked up my new SB95 Saturday and was on the trail one hour later. I'm coming off a 2010 Yeti Asr-c at around 24lbs. Took the 95 out for a tuning ride of a relatively flat 6 mile loop with only 140 feet of climbing altogether, my first impression's are great the bike corners climbs and sprints very well I really got into riding this bike and it doesn't feel like a 30lb bike only problem's I'm having is I bought the Enduro build and the seat post that came with the bike needs more of a setback I moved the seat back all the way back and my knee's were still to far forward luckily I have a Thompson setback post and that put me right where I need to be. But I am going to send Yeti some feedback on that because I'm 5'8" on a med. Other than that I'm still in the process of dialing it in. Looking forward to the suspension breaking in.

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    Yes. I think some experimentation with the suspension settings (compression/rebound for the fork and rebound for the rear) is coming,but I think I have the pressures dialed, based on the sag measurements. For the first ride it felt very stable, did not wallow or feel overly firm, it just ate up everything.

    It is better pedaling than my Titus when climbing or sprinting out of saddle, and just as supple. The Titus was a horst link design, which I felt very familiar with, so much so, that I was considering a stumpy evo 29, but the ride on this SB95 is soooo nice I have no regrets. I didn't really feel a tightness to the suspension that you descbribe, but if it gets smoother I can only be happier.

    The new RD is here and will be heading out after work. One note on the new XTR RD, before it came off the reduction/elimination of chain slap was very noticeable. So very quite. If it wasn't so noticable I probably would have replaced with an XT since I have never sprung for XTR before in 20 years of riding. If I bash it off again I cant afford to keep throwing them on, so inevitably I would go back to XT which perform fine, but I hope to see that same technology at a lower price point coming soon.

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    Got mine yesterday, too. Coming off an older 575 with full XTR, a Talas 32 and lightweight wheels. I'm 6'0 and 185lbs, 34 inch inseam, normal arm length. I got a large with the Enduro build kit from Go-Ride here in S.L.C. Both Krispy and Scott, and even Vonn chatted me up about all the latest in their newly expanded and remodeled, well-lit showroom.

    I actually called Go-Ride a few days ago to ask about a bike for my friend and got to talking to Krispy about what was new in the bike world. I wasn't really shopping for a 575 replacement, but the thought of upgrading had crossed my mind several times over the last year. I loved the way my 575 climbed but never liked the way it descended, especially coming off my previous bike, a Intense Uzzi SLX. I read about the SB-66 last year and thought it sounded amazing. The fact that the SB-66 climbed so well yet was quite good on the descents made it sound like my dream bike. Kris told me all about the SB-95 and also told me he had one on order for himself as they were just coming out. He then told me they just got their first ones in and had a nearly full size run on the showroom floor. I decided to squeeze in a stop by the shop to check it out. I quickly read some reviews for the 95 and called Kris back and told him to hold on to the large. Called my wife and told her I wanted to upgrade, got her blessing, and my heart rate went crazy!

    At the shop we walked over to the 95's and I noticed a sold tag on the medium with the race build. Damn, that was fast! Luckily the large had my financially preferred enduro build and was in black... and was still available. Perfect! Kris fitted me and sure enough the large was the right size. I got the Reverb seat post and put my saddle on and called it good at its 120mm fork setting. Krispy also set my sag at 25%. I needed to return the next day to pick it up though.

    I picked it up and went right over to the Shoreline trail behind the University of Utah to ride the same trails that I've ridden since I was a student there nearly 24 years ago(1988), so I could really gauge how it compared to all of my previous bikes. I rode the trail just south of the Red Butte Arboretum fence line, which has a pretty steep and grunty climb basically up the mountain along the fence line with several technical spots. Maybe 800 ft. of vertical up then a downhill into Red Butte Canyon that has some rocky sections.

    Even though I'm not in riding shape and it was my second ride this year, it was without a doubt the easiest that climb has ever felt. Tiptoeing through the daisies might have been more difficult. The trail had a little dryness to it but overall traction was quite good. Of course brand new tires helped, too. But this bike just felt SO right. Stiff, loads of traction, great geometry and just required very little effort, especially over the technical sections and cruxes on the way up. Having never swung a leg over a 29er I was amazed how it rolled over the big obstacles and kept momentum over cruxes that would have required much more effort on my much lighter 575. On the downhill it felt stiff, both in terms of frame stiffness and suspension stiffness. Not nearly as plush as my 575 but WAY more robust. Once it breaks in I bet it will feel much better though. The handling on the corners was good, but I feel like I need more time to get used to the bigger wheels and the geometry and just being on a bike in general. I was comfortable but not confident, which would probably be the same even on my 575 after a long winter. I rode a few more steep and smooth ascents/descents working my way back around and out of the canyon and marveled the whole time at what a gazelle this thing is. Then riding back to my truck I rode gently rolling singletrack in my middle and big ring. Once again, this thing just flies and feels so planted.

    Overall, I love it so far. It's already obvious that this is the best all-around bike I've ever ridden or owned and I can't wait to get more time on it.
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    STR8--- Did you at least stand over the medium? If you did stand over it would it have been
    way to small or could you make it work? I am getting worried about my choice of a medium.
    I am 5'11 short legs @ 30" inseam. Let me know thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by yorkn View Post
    STR8--- Did you at least stand over the medium? If you did stand over it would it have been
    way to small or could you make it work? I am getting worried about my choice of a medium.
    I am 5'11 short legs @ 30" inseam. Let me know thanks
    I did sit on the medium, Yorkn. It didn't really feel that small for me and probably would feel better than the large on the descents, but I think it would have been cramped for climbing.

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    Thanks str8, I don't have any dealers local to me. Thanks for the feedback. Still up in the air on the
    issue I think I am right in that area you could go either way.

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    I'm 5'10", all limbs (6'4" reach and 34 inch inseam) and I ordered the medium (which I had also test-ridden at Outerbike). There are a couple things to consider here:

    1. The standover height on this bike is pretty generous--I had a LOT of post out on the medium (the good news is that most posts are available in long lengths). The seat tube angle on this thing is slack enough that having a lot of post out increases your effective top tube and puts you behind the pedals. Someone above commented that he's 5'8" and using a setback post on the medium. My guess is that it's because he doesn't have a lot of post out (I could have the seat centered on the rails and be fine).
    2. Cockpit length is important. This is a trail/all-mountain bike, not a road bike, not an XC race whip from 1993 with a 120 stem. I almost always buy a bike based on cockpit, not standover.
    3. 29ers have long wheelbases. I ride a large in my Ibis Mojo (26er), but large size 29ers feel VERY long on the ground to me. I've got a size large Salsa El Mariachi singlespeed, and while it's stable and comfortable on long days, it feels like I'm driving a semi through the corners. For me, I'm all limbs, so trying to manage such a long bike from the center could be akward. The medium SB-95 felt a lot like my Large Mojo in terms of overall fit/controllability.
    4. The difference between sizes is about an inch in top tube length. At the end of the day, if you're between sizes, you can only go so wrong (it's not like you're buying a small or XL). Stem/post swaps would take care of 99% of the size difference (20mm of stem pretty much does it). People all over the world have real problems--don't sweat this so much.
    Keith in Corvallis

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    I think I will just play with the stem and seat position to get it dialed in. Thanks for the information,
    I just like to have all the info, no worries thanks again

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    Awesome. One more heuristic to consider is how you ride: if you're going to run this with a dropper post, wide tires, a chain guide, and the fork in the 140 position, I'd err on the side of going smaller. If you're planning on running this as an all-day, every-day rig with skinnier tires, the fork at 120, and a triple, I'd go for the larger size.

    Good luck!
    Keith in Corvallis

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    Nice write up, Str8line. I rely on these rider reviews since there are no local dealers here in Lost Wages, NV.
    I too am 6' / 185lbs with a 34 inseam. I've enjoyed my ASR for about 16 months but it's time to move on (especially while I still have blessings from the wife). I'm considering the Pro build but reading the other reviews, a race build with a lighter set of hoops & hubs might be the better deal.
    What's the default stem length and rise and did your LBS give you an option to change stems while fitting? I was considering a Medium but am worried about being cramped. I guess with my preference being super-d, I'd rather run a 70 mm stem on a large rather than a longer stem and/or set back seat post on a medium.

    Thx

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    OregonSS, that's what I needed to see. Yes, this is gonna be an all day, everyday rig.
    Large it is.

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    I think that's a smart move, then. When you're on hour 4 of a ride with a sore back, the longer cockpit and greater stability from the longer wheelbase will be more important to you than how quickly you just railed the last switchback. Good luck!
    Keith in Corvallis

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    So I finished my build a little while back and heres the overall finished product! I love how burly this bike is...It feels like a monster truck over what technical terrain I've been able to take it on so far(with my favorite trails still being closed from winter). Most of what I've been on right now is just smooth single track and I was afraid that it would be slow but I feel like it is every bit as fast as the intense spider 29 that I had last year!



    I have a couple of questions for everyone else out there, first off how does the stock headset cover the head tube on the frame, and or what headset did you use on your custom build? I had everything but the headset when my frame showed up and in the excitement of trying to get it together for the first ride I purchased the only compatible/available headset at my LBS(Giant Dealer) and it doesn't cover the thickness of the tubing....



    also I was looking for lower gearing overall than the 40x28 that my crankset came with. I got a 22x36 set up now and found the shifting to be excellent! I now have that low gear for the long, steep climbs of UT!



    anyone else running a 22x36 or similar? what did you use to accomplish this?

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    I have a Cane Creek 110 upper headset and it doesn't cover all of the tubing either, so you aren't alone

    I am running mine as a 1x10 for now with a 32t up front and a 11-36t cassette.

    Curious... what size frame and how tall are you? inseam, etc?

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    Xl frame. I'm 6'4" and change. 35" inseam. Really like the fit of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyballa33 View Post
    anyone else running a 22x36 or similar? what did you use to accomplish this?
    I am running 22/36 front rings on my big top. You can get this in a 2x10 setup stock now on X.0 and X.9 cranks. Waiting for Shimano to step up and give some lower 2x10 ratios for the 29ers as well.

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    Two rides after setting up 22x36 I want to say that I am even more impressed with this bike. It is everything that I have been wanting in a bike. I have climbed some sections of trail that I would have never been able to clear on my previous two bikes(fuji outland 29", and intense spider 29)! I drop the Talas down to 110 and it goes up like a billy goat on steroids! I can't wait to take it on some all day epics! Anyone else running the Talas up front? How do you like the climbing abilities?

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