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    SB 95 coming next month

    My local LBS, a volume dealer, confirmed with Yeti today that SB 95's are on track to deliver initial orders next month!

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    Hi yeti575inCA,

    Any news from your local LBS on the carbon SB-66c? Thanks.

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    Newb here waiting for my '95 frame to arrive... Australian Yeti site has the first pic I've seen of the black but little else on the info front. I can't link as yet, so here it is, modified. You know what to do.

    www dot pureyeti dot com dot au/sb-95

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    Thanks for the link OCD, man that bike in black is sexy!

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    argghh... Makes me wish I had ordered black.

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    Thank you for the link. It does beg a question though. What are the final geometry numbers. That website states a 69.5 degree head angle with a 120mm fork yet I have seen other websites state a 68.5 degree head angle with the same fork as well. So which is it?

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    Yeah, I'm still a bit confused on the final numbers, especially since there are two different geo-charts floating around - albiet the second one was posted by John P., Yeti rep.

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    Thanks for the post. I am hoping for the second geometry chart. Will have to consider an angleset or other bike (like the stumpjumper) if it is the 69.5 which is too close to my big top.

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    Got a Link on Facebook from a LBS here in Co That they have the SB-95 Now, It also helps that they are in Golden as well just down the block from YETI ! Might go for a drive early next week since i live 10 miles north of Golden !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YETI_Chris View Post
    Got a Link on Facebook from a LBS here in Co That they have the SB-95 Now, It also helps that they are in Golden as well just down the block from YETI ! Might go for a drive early next week since i live 10 miles north of Golden !!
    <<envy>>

    My wife informed me a little while ago that I'm getting a SB95 this year, but she refuses to be more clear on timing. She wanted to 100% surprise me with it, but sizing is an issue without asking me about it. ;^)

    I'm SOOO HORRIBLY biting my virtual fingernails.

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

    My wife informed me a little while ago that I'm getting a SB95 this year, but she refuses to be more clear on timing. She wanted to 100% surprise me with it, but sizing is an issue without asking me about it. ;^)

    I'm SOOO HORRIBLY biting my virtual fingernails.

    ( yeah, she's a keeper )
    bear - just curious what height/inseam/arm-length you are and what size you went with?

    also, that is awesome.

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    We had an SB95 in Moab and Fruita over the weekend, and it's an incredible bike...great ride for everything you throw at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedlove View Post
    bear - just curious what height/inseam/arm-length you are and what size you went with?
    we're going with a large, which scare(d/s) me a little bit because traditionally I would have thought that a bit big for me (5' 9", 32" inseam) however my basis for comparisons are:

    - my Niner MCR-9 (2010 frame, medium for 607mm TT & 419mm ST - with a very long post, 90mm stem, 100mm fork, low-rise bars)

    - my 26" Titus SuperMoto (2005 frame, large for 615mm TT, 508mm ST, 100mm stem, 180mm fork, low-rise bars)

    ... which compares to the SB95 geo that I've seen for Large w/Fox34 for 614mm TT & 495mm ST, and I'm assuming they're putting a 90mm or shorter stem on it from what I've seen in pixels.

    I run both the above bikes of mine for very long rides, and shorter technical rides, and I'm pretty confident that the Large SB95 will be the best fit for my intended (ab)use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YETI_Chris View Post
    Got a Link on Facebook from a LBS here in Co That they have the SB-95 Now, It also helps that they are in Golden as well just down the block from YETI ! Might go for a drive early next week since i live 10 miles north of Golden !!
    The 95 that Golden Bike Shop has is only on loan. I'll be getting it back today so I can hit the road with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithrider View Post
    Thanks for the post. I am hoping for the second geometry chart. Will have to consider an angleset or other bike (like the stumpjumper) if it is the 69.5 which is too close to my big top.
    I have been told that the first chart was given out to select media guys before numbers were finalized. the second is what the demo bikes and final production frames are.

    68.5 with a Fox 34 at 120
    67.6 with a Fox 34 at 140

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    Thanks for the geometry reply. I will probably have to go for a custom build as the DT Swiss 400 series rims have no place on a bike like the 95 and they are what I am seeing on all of the test bikes. First of all, they are too narrow and second, they probably aren't going to take the beating heavier riders will put them through on an aggresive trail bike. Should go with flows or the new WTB trail/AM 29er rim.

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

    My wife informed me a little while ago that I'm getting a SB95 this year, but she refuses to be more clear on timing. She wanted to 100% surprise me with it, but sizing is an issue without asking me about it. ;^)

    I'm SOOO HORRIBLY biting my virtual fingernails.

    ( yeah, she's a keeper )
    Wow, does she have any sisters available?

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    Anyone have a (component) build underway? I'll be good to go once the frame lands next month. XO, Haven and 34/140 Talas for me

    Damn! That '66C is sexy, want.

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    I am going to wait for the Carbon next year. My thought was similiar to yours. Probably would go XO with an XTR rear derailer, haven wheels and the Fox 34 Float. I have hated every Talas I have owned. Floats perform so much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew8404 View Post
    Wow, does she have any sisters available?
    Actually, of her three sisters two are not married, don't know if they're attached.

    They each have a "child" though, one is 16-ish the other is 8 I think. :^)

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    How much are these costing, love the last pic.

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    Now THAT is taking the time to do it up right.

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    check it out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    we're going with a large, which scare(d/s) me a little bit because traditionally I would have thought that a bit big for me (5' 9", 32" inseam)

    I run both the above bikes of mine for very long rides, and shorter technical rides, and I'm pretty confident that the Large SB95 will be the best fit for my intended (ab)use.
    You're 5'9" and going with a Large? Very interesting, considering this guy (SB95 = Goat on Steroids) is 6'4" and was comfortable on his Medium demo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscottyk View Post
    check it out...
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    Darn website doesn't seem to be working for me. Maybe I need an updated flash or something. That said, can someone post the build kits and pricing if it is on there? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by savechief View Post
    You're 5'9" and going with a Large? Very interesting, considering this guy (SB95 = Goat on Steroids) is 6'4" and was comfortable on his Medium demo.
    Yeah, you might want to reconsider. I rode a medium over the weekend, and I'm 5'9, and could not see riding a large. Medium was perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savechief View Post
    You're 5'9" and going with a Large? Very interesting, considering this guy (SB95 = Goat on Steroids) is 6'4" and was comfortable on his Medium demo.
    Yeah, I meant to post this as well... I'm 6-2 and rode the large and it fit me pretty well actually. Consider that the handlebars are particularly wide and thus make the shorter ETT feel longer

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    Build kits (also referenced here, here and here)

    ENDURO - $3900
    FORK - FOX F29 34-120 KASHIMA 15
    HEADSET - CANE CREEK
    CRANKSET - SRAM S100 (22-33-44)
    FRONT DER - SRAM X-7 DIRECT MOUNT
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    CHAIN - SRAM 10SPD
    WHEELS - DT SWISS 350/XR400
    TIRES - SCHWALBE
    BRAKES/LEVERS - AVID ELIXIR 5
    HANDLEBAR - TRUVATIV T20
    STEM - TRUVATIV T20
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    SEATPOST - TRUVATIV T20

    RACE - $4500
    FORK - FOX F29 34-120 KASHIMA 15
    HEADSET - CANE CREEK
    CRANKSET - SHIMANO XT (24-32-42)
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    WHEELS - DT SWISS 350/XR400
    TIRES - SCHWALBE
    BRAKES/LEVERS - SHIMANO XT
    HANDLEBAR - EASTON HAVEN CARBON
    STEM - THOMSON X4
    GRIPS - YETI LOCK-ON
    SADDLE - WTB YETI BRANDED
    SEATPOST - THOMSON ELITE

    PRO - $5900
    FORK - FOX F29 34-120 KASHIMA 15
    HEADSET - CHRIS KING
    CRANKSET - SHIMANO XTR (26-38)
    FRONT DER - SHIMANO XTR
    REAR DER - SHIMANO XTR 10SPD
    SHIFTERS - SHIMANO XTR 10SPD
    CASSETTE - SHIMANO XTR 10SPD
    CHAIN - SHIMANO XTR 10SPD
    WHEELS - DT SWISS 350/XR400
    TIRES - SCHWALBE
    BRAKES/LEVERS - SHIMANO XTR TRAIL
    HANDLEBAR - EASTON HAVEN CARBON
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    Thanks for the post. I will definitely go the custom build route when I order mine. Those rims are a disgrace to the bike.

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    A top tube less than 25? That is just a shame for an XL 29er. Really need an XXL size there Yeti. Save the small stuff for the 66.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savechief View Post
    You're 5'9" and going with a Large? Very interesting, considering this guy (SB95 = Goat on Steroids) is 6'4" and was comfortable on his Medium demo.
    I don't disagree that someone at 5'9" tall should be riding a medium frame but trying to use a 6'4" tall guy riding a medium demo as justification is a bit OTL. That guy absolutely dwarfs the bike and should definitely be on an XL.
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    Seeing as though you are speaking about me, best I reply

    There is no way that I would ride an XL in the SB95, I wanted to make the point that the sizing will need close attention. Someone 5'9" in my opinion would more than likely fit a Medium frame... I dont think I dwarf the medium.. I could go a large, but no way an XL...

    Anyway, so long as I have made some people think about sizing. Check the measurements, the medium is similar to many other large frames....

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    I don't disagree that someone at 5'9" tall should be riding a medium frame but trying to use a 6'4" tall guy riding a medium demo as justification is a bit OTL. That guy absolutely dwarfs the bike and should definitely be on an XL.
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    You guys have NO idea how much angst I've processed about the sizing, being that to me here in NE PA I have ZERO availability of a test ride ... the closest one that I've heard of was down in Bethlehem - over an hour away - and I haven't been able to get out of town to do so because of Work and Life and Crap ... so I have to go by the published geo charts ...

    My sizing choice is made based upon what I call the "cockpit size" which is the combined length of effective top tube plus stem length, with a secondary check that the seat tube length is not unusable.

    If you look at what I posted about my current rides above, the cockpit size is hovering aroud 700mm. To get that with a M SB-95 I'd have to have a 115mm stem, which is a bunch longer than I want to see on the bike. With the L SB-95 this comes to around a 90mm stem, which seems much more appropriate. Shorter than that may be good as my current 29er has a 90mm stem on it and has passed the "90-mile MTB ride test" with flying colors.

    I know that the SB will sit higher unloaded compared to my MCR-9, what with being a 5" FS and all (vs 4" HT), but I'm okay with that. My Titus sits on 180mm of wheel travel on both ends after all, and I have a 7mm lower crown boost (CK tall base plate) in addition on the fork to keep the crown from hitting the frame.

    The stand-over between the M and L SB-95 only differs by 5mm, so that's not a factor.

    My Titus has a 508mm seat tube (L SB is 495mm) and I'm running between 100 and 150mm exposed post - haven't measured it lately. I do know that I like my saddle about 685mm from the bottom bracket for general riding (as in techie with rocks and drops and stuff), closer to 700mm for smoother XC-type rides. So again I think the L SB fits me better than the M, and while I can't afford it in the short term leaves my options for a dropper post wide open.

    It's internet-common-knowledge that most people get bikes too small for them, truly. It may be silly rumor but I DO know that over my last couple frame replacements (my current Titus frame replaced a previous Titus frame, and likewise I started with an '09 MCR-9 but it broke so I have the '10 now) I have up-sized one step in both cases and have been dramatically happier with the bike fit (with a shorter stems of course). The Titus went from M to L and from 120mm to 100mm stem, the MCR-9 went from S to M and from 100mm to 90mm stem.

    So, I stick by my choice of large.

    Feel free to point out my fallacies.

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    My only "complaint" with the bike spec is the weeny narrow rims - I'm way to cheap and lazy to replace perfectly functional rims from the git go, I'm sure both hoops will end up Stan's Flow within 12 months. I "get" that there are economic factors involved though and I'm SUPER HAPPY that you have decent hubs on these things that I can work with (instead of crap I'd have to just sell off as soon as I got the bike - Bear has Bad History with Rear Hubs That Use Pawls).

    Also, thanks for going with a standard triple for the Race spec, makes it easy-peasy for me to put on the BASH guard that I will need here (although an ISCG mounted "taco" would work just as well for my needs).

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    Wise choice on the flows. Yeti would be much better served by making them the stock choice on all of their sb95 builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bog View Post
    I don't disagree that someone at 5'9" tall should be riding a medium frame but trying to use a 6'4" tall guy riding a medium demo as justification is a bit OTL. That guy absolutely dwarfs the bike and should definitely be on an XL.
    How exactly is using a 6'4" person's real world riding experience and impressions (not Internet e-speculation) on a Medium SB-95 "over the line" when wondering whether or not somebody that is 5'9" tall will enjoy riding a Large?

    As a second point of reference, in the latest Bike Magazine Bible of Bike Tests, they said something along the lines of their Medium SB-95 demo bike being a good fit for all but the tallest of test riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe View Post
    Seeing as though you are speaking about me, best I reply

    There is no way that I would ride an XL in the SB95, I wanted to make the point that the sizing will need close attention. Someone 5'9" in my opinion would more than likely fit a Medium frame... I dont think I dwarf the medium.. I could go a large, but no way an XL...

    Anyway, so long as I have made some people think about sizing. Check the measurements, the medium is similar to many other large frames....
    Whafe, is there any way you could have the shop measure that demo "Medium" SB-95 you tried? Specifically, the ETT. I suspect that it will measure out as the same top tube length as a Large according to the latest production geometry chart. Think about it. If they told you the ETT of that demo bike was 23.1" would you have bothered to ride it?

    Despite Yeti claiming that they didn't change the numbers, I don't think they're being entirely truthful. I rode both a medium and small SB-95 at Outerbike back in October both with 90mm stems. I'm 5' 10" and the medium felt long. There is no way a 23.1" ETT with a 90 mm stem should feel long to me. And a 22.1" ETT would've been way to cramped. But I thought the "small" I rode in Moab that day was spot on for me.

    Yeti took the old small, medium and large frames and re-labeled them as medium, large and XL. Then they added an even smaller frame which never existed on the original geometry chart.

    It will be interesting to hear the stories from people that ordered a size based on the demo rides only to get the production version and find that it's too small for them.

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    The Race spec'd bike really ticks all the boxes for what I am looking for in a full suspension 29r. Except for the wheels as everyone has pointed out. Looking forward to seeing everyone's built up bikes and hearing ride reports.
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    Has anyone gotten confirmation that geometry on the production bikes match the geometry on the demo models? Im sure most people assumed this was the case...

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    I will try and get a measurement for you. I will have to make contact with the New Zaland Yeti agent. Will see how I go...

    Again, am hoping I havn't stirred anyone up, that was the least of my intentions. Main point again was to say that this medium frame did not at all feel way to small for me... Yes I would probly purchase a Large, but the Medium was not to shabby at all....


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    Whafe, is there any way you could have the shop measure that demo "Medium" SB-95 you tried? Specifically, the ETT. I suspect that it will measure out as the same top tube length as a Large according to the latest production geometry chart. Think about it. If they told you the ETT of that demo bike was 23.1" would you have bothered to ride it?

    Despite Yeti claiming that they didn't change the numbers, I don't think they're being entirely truthful. I rode both a medium and small SB-95 at Outerbike back in October both with 90mm stems. I'm 5' 10" and the medium felt long. There is no way a 23.1" ETT with a 90 mm stem should feel long to me. And a 22.1" ETT would've been way to cramped. But I thought the "small" I rode in Moab that day was spot on for me.

    Yeti took the old small, medium and large frames and re-labeled them as medium, large and XL. Then they added an even smaller frame which never existed on the original geometry chart.

    It will be interesting to hear the stories from people that ordered a size based on the demo rides only to get the production version and find that it's too small for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by savechief View Post
    You're 5'9" and going with a Large? Very interesting, considering this guy (SB95 = Goat on Steroids) is 6'4" and was comfortable on his Medium demo.
    I really think you can move up or down a size on this bike with the proper stem/seatpost adjustment. I'm 5'10 with a 31" inseam and demo'd a large (only one available)

    Felt like home. Hands down the best bike I've ever ridden. I normally ride a medium in everything (occasionally a small) but this bike in a large was amazing for me. Talking with my LBS sizing superfreaks they indicated that most people can slide a size up or down if you want to work with stem/seatpost/bars etc to dial it in to the contact points. That being said I like the idea of a super short stem on a large bike that I can upsize for my taller riding buddies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dopler View Post
    I really think you can move up or down a size on this bike with the proper stem/seatpost adjustment. I'm 5'10 with a 31" inseam and demo'd a large (only one available)

    Felt like home. Hands down the best bike I've ever ridden. I normally ride a medium in everything (occasionally a small) but this bike in a large was amazing for me. Talking with my LBS sizing superfreaks they indicated that most people can slide a size up or down if you want to work with stem/seatpost/bars etc to dial it in to the contact points. That being said I like the idea of a super short stem on a large bike that I can upsize for my taller riding buddies.

    Just my $.02 - your milage my vary
    Interesting point. I've heard (through a buddy of mine who is a dealer) that the demo bikes share the geometry of the production models. I rode a size medium at Outerbike for a pretty long day (I did the Magnificent 7 on this thing, as well as a 10 mile lap on the Moab Brand trials). I'm 5'10 with a 34 inch inseam (no, not a typo) and really long arms (think 6'3" reach). The stock medium felt great. I had a lot of post out, but I actually felt like I was in a perfectly good position for climbing, in part due to the bar width. I was going back and forth on this and decided that a medium is going to work great, even though my Ibis Mojo is a large (80 mm stem) and my singlepseed is a 20 inch frame (70mm stem). So, that's what I ordered.
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    One other thing to point out: the entire design goal of this bike was to really tuck that back wheel in and shorten the wheelbase to give it 26er handling. While top tube length is obviously important for fit, remember that 29ers can get really "rangey" in a hurry. My size large el mariachi singlespeed is really great for long days in the saddle, staying comfortable, and climbing efficiently, but I can't manual it for crap. A five inch travel 29er is a waste of travel if you can't manuever it properly. Think about wheel base length and the intended purpose of the bike before you pull the trigger!
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    Just FYI,

    I spend a good period of time today talking to a Yeti dealer in Austin TX (on vaca there...) they had the L SB-66 in stock and the dealer (University Cycles) had demo S/M/L SB-95 for a protracted time period so got a decent experience base on it.

    While they'd advise me to get a M SB-66, the differences with the geometry between that and the SB-95 make them say that the L SB-95 would be better for me.

    So, nailed that down, which is great.

    Now, we just need $ down and production up ... :^)

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    The 95 is up on the Yeti site

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    can't say how stoked I am, my wife put $ down while I was in AZ & TX on vaca ... so now it's just waiting for delivery!

    i wonder how long it'll take for a low-volume dealer in NE PA to receive my bike.

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    Local shop has them in stock now here in Denver.. I so want to ride one !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YETI_Chris View Post
    Local shop here has them in stock now here in Denver.. I so want to ride one !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YETI_Chris View Post
    Local shop here has them in stock now here in Denver.. I so want to ride one !!!
    YES! Which one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snigs View Post
    YES! Which one?
    I give you 3 guesses ?
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    My SB95 (xt build) has arrived at my LBS and is being built up. I'm picking it up on Tuesday. Will throw up some pictures/ride reports in the next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHillsRider View Post
    My SB95 (xt build) has arrived at my LBS and is being built up. I'm picking it up on Tuesday. Will throw up some pictures/ride reports in the next week.
    lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YETI_Chris View Post
    I give you 3 guesses ?
    WRC?

    Sport Garage in Boulder?

    Do I win an SB-95?

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    "Anyone have a (component) build underway? I'll be good to go once the frame lands next month. XO, Haven and 34/140 Talas for me "

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    XX cass and 1091 hp chain
    King hubs-silver on Arch EX rims, should weigh 1800g
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    Fox 34, probably set at 130mm.
    Reverb, but a KS 150 might just fit
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    All ti bolts, except for alu on shifters and brake levers

    Shootin for 27lbs

    Planning on racing Super D and Enduro on it...if i can keep air in the tires If i have to run heavy tires for the really rough courses i'll probably switch back to 26. Only 5 months till The Whole Enchilada Enduro
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    That's one sweet sounding build Krispy. Wish I had the latitude for a component build.

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    Well, i'll have to pull parts off of a few bikes to make that build happen..hehe

    This will be a very expensive test, to see if an AM 29er is all that. Not to mention the relentless heckling form my peers at the start line. Better take at least 10sec off of the first race, you know, the one i lost by 10sec last year..
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    Quote Originally Posted by krispy@go-ride.com View Post
    Better take at least 10sec off of the first race, you know, the one i lost by 10sec last year..
    You'll get 'em on the climbing sections ... oh, wait ...

    I'm looking forward to seeing some feedback on longer-run (ab)users like you. :P

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    Really love the Racing Ralphs 2.25 snakeskin as a rear tire. Held up great shredding Alps resorts last summer. On my Fsr stump 29er.

    You might want something knobbier on the front though?

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    I've been running the 2.25 RR in SS front and rear for a couple of months and i find it pretty damn good on the front. But then again the SB will be waaay faster than what i'm on so i might need more up front. Knobby Nick, Ardent and Hans Dampf are all on the list.
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    Yes,
    you're right, the Ralphs offer plenty of traction (on the big wheel) for all around riding.

    For the resort days I prefer even a bit more bite though. I really like the SS casing. Feels great in a tubeless setup on a Stans rim.

    The Hans Dampf Trailstar SS might make a great agressive front tire...


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    Our first SB95 just showed up!!!

    To say we are ecstatic is and understatement

    Will post up detailed pictures as the build moves forward.
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    <drool>

    On a related note, I wonder how many are going to put some sort of chain-guide on it, and which one? ISCG or BB mount? dual- or single-ring? full-ring bash or "taco"? Would an MRP 2x work with the 3x cranks with the big ring dropped or is the spacing/chain-line "just wrong"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by promtnoutfitters View Post
    Our first SB95 just showed up!!!
    Any chance you can get a good photo of the chainstay protector? Looks to me like a normal wrap?

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    Quote "Our first SB95 just showed up!!!"

    (standing by the back door watching for the Big Brown Truck)
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    Quote Originally Posted by krispy@go-ride.com View Post
    Quote "Our first SB95 just showed up!!!"

    (standing by the back door watching for the Big Brown Truck)
    please take many pictures the moment you unpack.

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    Bah, we have a size run coming for Go-Ride, but my EP is a month out I'm hoping for grey.

    But you know the first one i build will be in my size..haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by krispy@go-ride.com View Post
    "Anyone have a (component) build underway?
    XL 95 Black

    XT Black drivetrain (cranks, shifters, derailleur)
    XT cassette
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    Hoping for ~28 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    <drool>

    On a related note, I wonder how many are going to put some sort of chain-guide on it, and which one? ISCG or BB mount? dual- or single-ring? full-ring bash or "taco"? Would an MRP 2x work with the 3x cranks with the big ring dropped or is the spacing/chain-line "just wrong"?
    I just picked my completed SB95 up today. I had ordered a gamut bashguard + 2x chain guide. Unfortunately it appears that there may be a problem with the ISCG mounts on the SB95 and the chainguide wouldn't mount properly without modifying the frame. Still waiting to hear from Yeti on that issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedlove View Post
    Any chance you can get a good photo of the chainstay protector? Looks to me like a normal wrap?
    You can't see form the posted picture, but the real problems are the upper chain stays. They aren't bowed in and it's very easy to ankle bang/rub on them. I ended up cutting up lizard skin downtube protectors to fit them. A friend of mine got his 95 on Saturday and after riding over the weekend you could see substantial rub on the upper stays.

    Also, he went with the XTR package and the new friction clutch on the derailer is amazing for reducing chain slap/general noise. You might be able to get away without using a chain guide if you have the XTR derailer.

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    Just got the call from University Cycles that my black Large is ready. I'm picking it up tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHillsRider View Post
    I just picked my completed SB95 up today. I had ordered a gamut bashguard + 2x chain guide. Unfortunately it appears that there may be a problem with the ISCG mounts on the SB95 and the chainguide wouldn't mount properly without modifying the frame. Still waiting to hear from Yeti on that issue.
    post some pics if you can. I've got to have something to tide me over until about mid-April when I'm slated to receive mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHillsRider View Post
    ... Unfortunately it appears that there may be a problem with the ISCG mounts on the SB95 and the chainguide wouldn't mount properly without modifying the frame ...
    what was the problem, ISCG mount not far enough in-board?

    I'm happy (and not a little envious) for y'all that are receiving bikes, that's sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    what was the problem, ISCG mount not far enough in-board?

    I'm happy (and not a little envious) for y'all that are receiving bikes, that's sweet.
    I'm not sure, I had the LBS do the install/etc. and just took them at their word (very good guys). Once they and in turn I hear back from Yeti about the issue i'll post more.

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    First Full Ride

    I just completed my first full ride. Ride distance was ~ 22 miles (Victoria Secret/Loop 15 with bail out down the 815). The ride consisted of significant technical climbs, fast downhills with a few drops mixed in, and fun technical/rocky single track. All was dry and hard packed.

    Before I discuss how the bike handled I'll provide a bit of background for context. My last bike was a 2008 specialized SJ FSR 29er with a 120 mm front and 100 mm rear. This was my first full suspension bike so what I have to say should be understood to be comparative to that bike. I'm 6'1" tall and my riding weight with backpack/water/tools/etc. is ~225 lbs.

    First, the bike is amazingly stiff. I've always had problems holding lines on my SJ and just attributed it to my poor skills. The 95 has shown me that this is not the case. Where I point, it goes. Further, I kept the stock tires on the 95 (schwalbe something) which are not very aggressive and was still able to easily maintain lines/grip at very high speed. In contrast, I cannot maintain nearly as much control on my SJ with Kenda Nevegals which are the defacto standard for around where I ride.

    Second, this bike is crazy fast. It just keeps rolling. I'm not sure where this comes from but the difference is night and day. The 95 is ~2.5 lbs lighter than my SJ and I'm a heavy rider so I don't think that is it. It might come from the tires. The Nevegals are known to be boat anchors, but stick to everything. Perhaps something to do with the suspension? It has compression/rebound control both front and back and I spent quite a bit of time with the LBS guys getting it setup for me (which I good because I have no idea how to tune these things).

    The bad-> chainstays are very wide. See the pictures. They need protectors. Also, the seatpost clamp is garbage. Post kept slipping even at extreme torque (could be my weight; this will be taken care of when my reverb shows up at the LBS). Lastly, I feel like it needs another 0.5-1" in the stock riser bar. I felt too far forward and developed some pain in my lower back (but this might have been from the slipping post, always felt better after I stopped every 4-5 miles to raise the seat post).

    The really bad-> Stock seat should be renamed the prostate destroyer. Absolute garbage for all mountain riding. For shame Yeti.
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    Great feedback--glad it's a go! Mine is here anytime! As per the seat post issue, as counter-intuitive as this is, take it out, clean it, and grease it. Then, pull the bolt from the post clamp, and grease (or blue-locktite) the threads. Dry parts don't bind well because they tighten down unevenly--what keeps a post from slipping isn't just total tightness, but evenly distributed pressure and lots of surface area. Good luck!
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    Wow, that RaRa looks tight between the chainstays.

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    BHR: Thanks for the info.

    I have a CroMag post clamp QR that is going on mine, at least until I get a dropper post. That plus dropping the big ring and putting on a bash like you did, and converting to tubeless is first up on my mods list.

    I can't really fault Yeti for the saddle issue though, in my experience saddles are even more a personal choice than pedals - what fits one riders' taint is very likely agonizing for another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHillsRider View Post
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    I'm confused about the paint on the black. I've ordered one but was thinking it'd be the standard shiny black everyone puts out but the guy driving the demo van told my brother it was a flat black but once it hit the website it looked shiny. The other pic of a frame previously posted looked to have a satin finish but yours looks to be more of a flat finish; can you elaborate and let me know what you'd consider it?
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    It's black, which is awesome in all its forms. You win nomatter what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by okie_calvin View Post
    I'm confused about the paint on the black. I've ordered one but was thinking it'd be the standard shiny black everyone puts out but the guy driving the demo van told my brother it was a flat black but once it hit the website it looked shiny. The other pic of a frame previously posted looked to have a satin finish but yours looks to be more of a flat finish; can you elaborate and let me know what you'd consider it?
    It's a flat black finish. Not shiny, more like an anodized black. Same with the other color (gray/turquo) finish, it's a flat non-shiny finish. I much prefer it over the shiny finish of other bikes. It'll hide dirt/scratches much better than the shiny garbage.

    Also, I just looked at the yeti pictures on their site. They are very misleading. The tubing is angular as opposed to round and the lighting setup makes it look like a shiny finish (the setup is tricking your eyes). In particular, go to the 3rd photo down and look to the left where the light isn't directly hitting the frame. You see how it's kind of speckley looking as opposed to uniform? That is the flat finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonSS View Post
    Great feedback--glad it's a go! Mine is here anytime! As per the seat post issue, as counter-intuitive as this is, take it out, clean it, and grease it. Then, pull the bolt from the post clamp, and grease (or blue-locktite) the threads. Dry parts don't bind well because they tighten down unevenly--what keeps a post from slipping isn't just total tightness, but evenly distributed pressure and lots of surface area. Good luck!
    Did all of that immediately before riding. Still slipped. Pretty sure it's the clamp. Had a similar problem with my stock SJ clamp before I added a gravity dropper. Had to upgrade the camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHillsRider View Post
    It's a flat black finish. Not shiny, more like an anodized black. Same with the other color (gray/turquo) finish, it's a flat non-shiny finish. I much prefer it over the shiny finish of other bikes. It'll hide dirt/scratches much better than the shiny garbage.

    Also, I just looked at the yeti pictures on their site. They are very misleading. The tubing is angular as opposed to round and the lighting setup makes it look like a shiny finish (the setup is tricking your eyes). In particular, go to the 3rd photo down and look to the left where the light isn't directly hitting the frame. You see how it's kind of speckley looking as opposed to uniform? That is the flat finish.
    Thanks for the info. I was interested in this for a particular reason. When I bought my last mtn. bike in 2002 Santa Cruz was going to offer a flat black version of the Heckler so I ordered one; after about 2 months of waiting they finally said they couldn't do it due to the stickers not adhering to the finish very well. So here I am 10 years later finally getting a flat black bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krispy@go-ride.com View Post
    Well, i'll have to pull parts off of a few bikes to make that build happen..hehe

    This will be a very expensive test, to see if an AM 29er is all that. Not to mention the relentless heckling form my peers at the start line. Better take at least 10sec off of the first race, you know, the one i lost by 10sec last year..
    I'm not sure you can even comprehend the level of heckling that will occur

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHillsRider View Post
    Did all of that immediately before riding. Still slipped. Pretty sure it's the clamp. Had a similar problem with my stock SJ clamp before I added a gravity dropper. Had to upgrade the camp.
    So what's a good clamp these days? Figured the stock Salsa piece wasn't bad.
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    I really like the Chromag clamp personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    I really like the Chromag clamp personally.
    Thanks, that's what I have going on my Honzo, along with their wheel QR skewer, very stout looking. Can't wait to try it out, even though it's going with a Reverb post lol.

    I'm just surpirsed that the Salsa clamp is slipping, I have a DKG QR on another bike and it's been great, same design like the Salsa minus logo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHillsRider View Post
    Did all of that immediately before riding. Still slipped. Pretty sure it's the clamp. Had a similar problem with my stock SJ clamp before I added a gravity dropper. Had to upgrade the camp.

    Put carbon paste on the seat post and it will work fine. This is the grease that you put on carbon bars so you have to torque them less. Fixes seat post slippage every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Thanks, that's what I have going on my Honzo, along with their wheel QR skewer, very stout looking. Can't wait to try it out, even though it's going with a Reverb post lol.

    I'm just surpirsed that the Salsa clamp is slipping, I have a DKG QR on another bike and it's been great, same design like the Salsa minus logo.

    I've haven't had any issues with my Salsa Fliplock either, but the chromag just looks pimp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    I really like the Chromag clamp personally.
    I've had Salsa, no-name, DKG, Hope, Specialized, and CroMag, and I like the CroMag more by far.

    Nice lever feel, good smooth action, solid construction, nicely finished, stays in place on the tube when released while allowing the post to move.

    Oh yeah, holds the post in place too when it's supposed to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithrider View Post
    Put carbon paste on the seat post and it will work fine. This is the grease that you put on carbon bars so you have to torque them less. Fixes seat post slippage every time.
    Thanks for the tip. Added some before tonight's ride. No slippage at all!

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    Second ride tonight. Consisted of ~15 miles of very technical single track. Lots of rocks, very tight ascending turns, and some bigger drops/couple tabletops/few doubles.

    The suspension has really hit its stride. I was a little concerned after yesterday's ride. It felt kind of tight. Everything has loosened up and is sliding very nicely. The new kashima coated stuff might need some break in time before its best is shown.

    Table tops and doubles are another story for me right now. I'm not use to how the suspension responds so it's hard to get everything to compress and release at the right times. I'm probably going to have to play with the compression/rebound to get it to where I'm use to for launching. Cased pretty much all my landings on the jump line at storm.

    Bigger drops (3+ ft) are also a little sketchy. Feels like the rebound might be set to too fast. Definitely going to play with these settings.

    In general, I'm riding with both shocks full open over all terrain. It climbs so well I see zero need for lockout/propedal. Also, riding technical terrain is incredibly easy now. It holds lines very well so skinnies/rock ridges are easy. The suspension doesn't wallow through really bouncy terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackHillsRider View Post
    Second ride tonight. Consisted of ~15 miles of very technical single track. Lots of rocks, very tight ascending turns, and some bigger drops/couple tabletops/few doubles.

    The suspension has really hit its stride. I was a little concerned after yesterday's ride. It felt kind of tight. Everything has loosened up and is sliding very nicely. The new kashima coated stuff might need some break in time before its best is shown.

    Table tops and doubles are another story for me right now. I'm not use to how the suspension responds so it's hard to get everything to compress and release at the right times. I'm probably going to have to play with the compression/rebound to get it to where I'm use to for launching. Cased pretty much all my landings on the jump line at storm.

    Bigger drops (3+ ft) are also a little sketchy. Feels like the rebound might be set to too fast. Definitely going to play with these settings.

    In general, I'm riding with both shocks full open over all terrain. It climbs so well I see zero need for lockout/propedal. Also, riding technical terrain is incredibly easy now. It holds lines very well so skinnies/rock ridges are easy. The suspension doesn't wallow through really bouncy terrain.
    We're close to the same size; what psi are you running in the shock and which rebound setting are you at?

    My frame arrived today and all I'm waiting on is a headset and I'll be good to go.
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    Nice ride Okie! I just saw the black 95 frame in person at LBS the other day and I kind of prefer the matt black finish to my shiny black 66 as well.

    FWIW, you should be able to tighten down the stock Salsa seat clamp by snugging up the bolt on other side of QR. Doesn't take much torque at all and should be able to get as tight as you need. I am about 220-225 rider weight, grease the heck out of my standard Thomson post and inner seat tube to minimize scuffing and ride my 66 pretty hard and able to keep in the post in place no probs. If you are still not happy with the stock clamp, Chromag makes a schweet QR clamp I would check out.

    HAppy riding the new rig, looks sweet and I wouldn't mind having a 95 to compliment my 66 (heavy trail/light DH build) for more flatter, pedally, chuttery terrain and keep the 66 for the burmy, jumpy, shreddy terrain.
    Ride On!

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    Almost done...

    For those that do not know these come out of the box as a frame with a box of parts. Everything has to be done, from pressing headset to trimming the brake lines. We have been really swamped since this bike has shown up, go figure the bike we are all itching to throw a leg over keeps getting it's build stalled. Will post up some glamour shots showing good detail once she is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by promtnoutfitters View Post
    Almost done...

    For those that do not know these come out of the box as a frame with a box of parts. Everything has to be done, from pressing headset to trimming the brake lines. We have been really swamped since this bike has shown up, go figure the bike we are all itching to throw a leg over keeps getting it's build stalled. Will post up some glamour shots showing good detail once she is done.

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    Looks great!

    BTW:

    Another good seatpost slipping solution: Steal some chalk from a kid or a teacher. Clean the post/seattube and chalk it with the chalk

    Works great. Compared to grease or the carbon paste, the chalk won´t collect dust and other dirt. Cheap too.


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    Lookee here!

    One boring garage door.

    One new SB-95!

    Proper pedals going on tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jscottyk View Post
    Lookee here!

    One boring garage door.

    One new SB-95!

    Proper pedals going on tomorrow.
    Details!! Size, weight, stem length…

    It's looking like I won't get mind til mid next week. I still need a headset and ice tech rotors. The waiting is intense!
    Calvin

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