It was finally time to replace the Spec Hardrock 29 that was not meeting the needs of the trails I was riding anymore. I wanted something more nimble than the 29, capable of doing all mountain while still being decent at climbing, I knew this was asking for a lot. I couldn't justify investing in 26 with industry moving away from them (I really hope that's just a fad) so I decided on the 27.5. I wanted a quiver bike that could everything, this was to be my only mountain bike.
After looking at bikes such as the SB-75, Mojo HD, Nomad, and Tracer 275 I decided upon the Yeti due to its switch tech and solid feel when I tested one. I really wanted that yellow frame but at this point all the yellow frames were sold out everywhere and only turquoise and black were available. I talked myself into the turquoise color, it would be cool to have the Yeti company color on my bike. I sure didn't want another black bike, most bikes are black and I wanted something different. So I ordered the turquoise through a local shop and and waited for all the parts to arrive to build the bike. I get a call a day later saying they are out of turquoise at the warehouse (*^%$$# I said to myself, now I will have to go for another black bike) but the sales guy said Yeti just inventoried their warehouse and found a medium yellow. YES! I get the color I originally wanted. I know its just ascetics but I was very excited for this. A few weeks later I had my new Yellow Yeti SB-75 built and ready to go.
One of the biggest things I was worried about was climbing when moving away from the 29 hardtail to a 27.5 full suspension. Heard about a lot about bobbing and energy loss due to it, but I barely noticed any of that when set to climb on the SB-75. Most of the time I don't even set it to climb and leave it in trail as it does very well even then. How a bike can be so plush on descents yet not bob a lot on climbing amazes me. I have a little over 100 miles on the bike now, been to a variety of trails in my local area. Surprising to say I think it climbs better than my old 29, but descents are where it really shines. I feel so much comfortable and safer riding descents now. I am surely faster, can react much quicker and cornering is a dream.
I see a lot of reviews saying the SB-75 is just "ok" but I think they are trying to place it in a specific category and then realize its not the best in class. Its constantly compared to other bikes that are more geared toward a specific purpose like a true all mountain or trail bike. But I don't think that was Yeti's intention with the SB-75, I think they wanted to create the absolute middle ground bike, the jack of all trades master of nothing type bike. Basically the perfect bike for me.
Switched from a hardtail 29 to a Yeti SB-75 and absolutely love it!
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