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    Thanks Yeti (SB-75)

    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.

    TLR
    Switched from a hardtail 29 to a Yeti SB-75 and absolutely love it!

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    We're glad to hear you're so happy with the new rig. That's one hell of a nice build... great work!

    Welcome to the Tribe,

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    That is a sweet bike, the yellow looks awesome!
    James

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    Had mine about 6 weeks now and don't regret a thing. Absolutely love the bike. I went with the XO 1 build and don't regret that either. Did change cranks to XX 1 to use a 30t chain ring. Amazing ride.

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    Beautiful bike! I hope to someday be a member of the tribe also...but the price of admission is currently too high.

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    Good lookin bike what size stem did you run? I ran a 55mm and the same bars on mine and love them they rip in the corners.

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    Thanks all for the comments!

    Quote Originally Posted by metalarmrider View Post
    Good lookin bike what size stem did you run? I ran a 55mm and the same bars on mine and love them they rip in the corners.
    The stem is 70mm, I already had a 55mm at home and wanted to try something a little longer. Worst case I switch it out. But turns out I really like the 70mm so im keeping it on.

    I was also weary of the super large bars coming from 685mm to 800mm they were a shock, but again I ended up liking them a lot.

    Also didnt know you were also in the bay area, maybe I will see you around.
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    While the turquoise yeti is my favorite all time bike color, I must admit that the yellow looks pretty amazing. Nice sled!

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    Jovian, Your feel-good story is a refreshing welcome to forums that are often clad with complaining (parts, price, maintenance). I don't mind constructive criticism and problem solving about some issues, but some people just bemoan their saddened state. Your situation also strikes a chord with me. Having just moved from the Midwest to the PNW, I realize I am no longer invincible on the HT 29. My most recent AM ride literally rattled me and my bike to pieces (1 endo, 2 washouts, several hike-a-bikes, a flat tire, a dropped phone which I had to climb back up to find, all while mashing the brakes the whole way down). NOTE: I am not a newbie. I've also found myself nit-picking many bike reviews, forums, and comment sections looking for reasons not to buy a particular bike. You're right, the SB75 hasn't had rave reviews, but you've somehow managed to transcend the muck and market to embrace what really matters... The ride. Thanks for being bold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovian View Post
    Thanks all for the comments!



    The stem is 70mm, I already had a 55mm at home and wanted to try something a little longer. Worst case I switch it out. But turns out I really like the 70mm so im keeping it on.

    I was also weary of the super large bars coming from 685mm to 800mm they were a shock, but again I ended up liking them a lot.

    Also didnt know you were also in the bay area, maybe I will see you around.
    It would be fun to ride with another sb75. I mainly ride near the hmb area. Skeggs Prisma Montara and my local trails but have been branching out a bit.

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