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    Good job! Yeti porn

    My gawd, it is still three weeks till I get'er and I find myself coming back to these forums again and again to get my sb fix. Cool to see how they are being fitted. A think the biggest disappointment seems to be the paint job. It is a real bummer that they didn't do 4 Ano colors on these, cuz no matter what you do when you do it as hard and fast as you can and then lay it down or drag that bb, Ano holds up and cleans up sooo good. Does the frameskin application really work? How does the tape hold to dirt and grime and mud and rubbing and scratching? Don't know if I want dirty scratched tape or blinkered chip hits to the paint -- what's worse? Scheduling a mammoth ride as soon as this sucker lands at my house.

    Great pix everybody and great tales -- keep em coming. Any hardcore published tests yet of the sb? I see all the same online reviews and ride impressions, but lookin for something published.

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    SB Ride report!!

    Wow!! Totally different ride than what I've always had, but I love it. Felt faster than I ever have on climbs. Proof...The guys I rode with were huffing and puffing trying to keep on climbs, then on the way down, out of corners I would pull away once again. That to me was a solid indicator that the bike is the only variable that changed in that equation.

    Since I'm not an engineer, I cant really explain what's happening. But, whatever Yeti has done with this switch technology is killer. As has been said here and in numerous reviews, the bike accelerates incredibly. It feels like all the power is going to the ground. You can even hear the tires digging for traction. But, at the same time, it tracks the ground with amazing suppleness. With that said, it is definitely more "BMW" firm/aggressive type suspension, rather than a "Corvette" plush/DH kind. When I heard that description before I got mine, it almost steered me away. However, after having ridden 35+ miles on it in the past two days, I am adapting to it's characteristics and feel so much faster than the '11 575 I had, and it was a plush set up. The 575 seemed to get hung up in roots or square edge consecutive rocky terrain. The SB somehow has a feeling of acceleration over technical terrain. I wouldn't believe it if someone told me it would feel so fast. I've always heard firmer suspension, prime example (Aaron Gwyn), makes you faster and propels you through the trails. I've always been from the school of thought that plusher = obstacle eating=faster. I'm starting to see why the latter isn't really as accurate. Now, I'm still finding the right sag for my taste. I tried 25%, 33%, then 30%. Yes, Sag % makes a big difference on this bike. I think somewhere between 25-30% is where I'll end up to maximize pedaling and high speed tracking. And that's it, this bike comes alive when the MPH gets up there. Aggressive, pumping, leaning over in turns, jumping is the kind of riding this bike shines in. Yet, at the bottom I never dreaded he climb ahead. I ran it open in "0" position the whole time. I tried the 1,2 and 3 setting a few times but only on an extended climb did I leave it in 3.

    Fork/shock set up:
    Rider weight: 175 geared
    shock: '12 RP23
    air pressure: 175-180
    Sag: 29%
    Rebound: 6 clicks back from full slow
    Propedal: "0" position 90% of time, "3" on long climb

    Fork: '12 Fox VAN 36 RC2 FIT
    Spring: light
    Sag: 24%
    preload: 1 turn
    HSC: 2 turns
    LSC: 2 turns

    With the above setups I saw the O-ring at the end of the shaft twice on the shock. On the fork only once near bottom on a 4 ft drop. I'm still playing with the fork rebound settings.

    Ok, for all the virtual geometry arguments on the top tube length. Everyone has their opinion. With that said, it fits me perfect. Im 5'11" and run a 50mm thomson stem. Shirt sleeve size is a 35 length to be more specific and i have a normal torso size. If anything it felt better than my medium 575 with a 70mm stem. ManualIng was natural and easy to engage, and it felt very stable on DH, and just right on climbing. Again, everyone has a personal preference, but if this is freaking you out, ride one set up right and decide.

    I had demoed a mojo HD and was about to pull the trigger on it when his bike came out. I had made up my mind if the SB didn't live up to the hype, classifieds/eBay it would go. Well I can tell you it is everything it has been said to be and more. It is for sure gonna be a contender for, if not the bike of the year!!! IMHO! Looking forward to a big ride tomorrow to put it through some more testing. Hope this helped! Cheers!

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    Mucky photos

    Seemed like a good day for wet roots in combination with steeps (not pictured) and off camber runs (not pictured). Loads of fun in the muck but I think it cost me a set of rear brake pads because of a sticky piston.




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    Does anyone know if the 7 lbs weight of the frame on the yeti site is with or without shock ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by radman View Post
    Does anyone know if the 7 lbs weight of the frame on the yeti site is with or without shock ?
    With rp23. Medium frame, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radman View Post
    Does anyone know if the 7 lbs weight of the frame on the yeti site is with or without shock ?
    My small weighs 7.3 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercarm View Post
    With rp23. Medium frame, I believe.

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    My medium with rp23 weighed 7lbs 10oz. So just over 7.5 lbs

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    Cool looks like its nearly the same as my covert witch is 6.7 lbs without shock cheers

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    I am slowly gathering up parts for my build...

    What are the part numbers for the Cane Creek 40 headset, that will fit. The headset finder on Cane Creek's website, gives me some 'mixed emotions'... Any help is much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeliSwiss View Post
    I am slowly gathering up parts for my build...

    What are the part numbers for the Cane Creek 40 headset, that will fit. The headset finder on Cane Creek's website, gives me some 'mixed emotions'... Any help is much appreciated!
    I have the 40 Zero stack on mine. Just looked at it.

    Top: 40.ZS44
    Bottom: 40.ZS56

    For a 1.5 taper fork.

    Link showing both Cane Creek Cycling Components :: Components :: Headsets

    I THINK..someone double check for me
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    Smile SB66 Tapered Headset

    I used a Hope integrated tapered headset. There's a technical manual for headsets on their website.

    Bombproof.

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    Build question

    Build question:

    How are you guys installing that rear brake line through the linkage area?

    Are you removing the pin at the bottom of the shock and letting swing arm drop down or are you disconnecting the brake hose line and re-bleeding the brake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Build question:

    How are you guys installing that rear brake line through the linkage area?

    Are you removing the pin at the bottom of the shock and letting swing arm drop down or are you disconnecting the brake hose line and re-bleeding the brake?
    I ran it through between the upper am lower link. Rebled the brake. Has worked perfect.

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    I had to change the hose anyway, because it was too short. It would be a simple job to undo the linkage as you suggest, though.

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    Just so you know, Yeti recommends about 18% sag, which is a fair bit lower than you've been running. I'd be curious to see how thought it went at 18%. I've been riding it like that and it has performed exceptionally. Next chance I get, i'll run more sag and see how it feels.

    Quote Originally Posted by aappling72 View Post

    Since I'm not an engineer, I cant really explain what's happening. But, whatever Yeti has done with this switch technology is killer. As has been said here and in numerous reviews, the bike accelerates incredibly. It feels like all the power is going to the ground. You can even hear the tires digging for traction. But, at the same time, it tracks the ground with amazing suppleness. With that said, it is definitely more "BMW" firm/aggressive type suspension, rather than a "Corvette" plush/DH kind. When I heard that description before I got mine, it almost steered me away. However, after having ridden 35+ miles on it in the past two days, I am adapting to it's characteristics and feel so much faster than the '11 575 I had, and it was a plush set up. The 575 seemed to get hung up in roots or square edge consecutive rocky terrain. The SB somehow has a feeling of acceleration over technical terrain. I wouldn't believe it if someone told me it would feel so fast. I've always heard firmer suspension, prime example (Aaron Gwyn), makes you faster and propels you through the trails. I've always been from the school of thought that plusher = obstacle eating=faster. I'm starting to see why the latter isn't really as accurate. Now, I'm still finding the right sag for my taste. I tried 25%, 33%, then 30%. Yes, Sag % makes a big difference on this bike. I think somewhere between 25-30% is where I'll end up to maximize pedaling and high speed tracking. And that's it, this bike comes alive when the MPH gets up there. Aggressive, pumping, leaning over in turns, jumping is the kind of riding this bike shines in. Yet, at the bottom I never dreaded he climb ahead. I ran it open in "0" position the whole time. I tried the 1,2 and 3 setting a few times but only on an extended climb did I leave it in 3.

    Fork/shock set up:
    Rider weight: 175 geared
    shock: '12 RP23
    air pressure: 175-180
    Sag: 29%
    Rebound: 6 clicks back from full slow
    Propedal: "0" position 90% of time, "3" on long climb
    http://wembleycycles.com/ Yeti Cycles Dealer for Western Australia.

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    I am running 30% sag.

    where did you get 18% all the review articles said 25%?

    I wish they had a PDF manual up to answer some of these questions, I would also like to know the Torque specs for everything. Especially the shock mounts.
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    Anyone know the recommended shock pressures? Since there is know PDF on the website it seems as if you would have to start with maybe body weight plus gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Anyone know the recommended shock pressures? Since there is know PDF on the website it seems as if you would have to start with maybe body weight plus gear.
    Dunno this should help for that WebHelp
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    I am running 30% sag.

    where did you get 18% all the review articles said 25%?
    Some people have been confusing mm and percent. The range recommended is 15mm-18mm at the shock which covers about 23% to 28% just like you might expect.

    So enough of this 18% nonsense. With a pretty much constant leverage ratio and a rising rate spring (air) there is no reason for the sag to be anywhere but where you'd expect in the 25% region. Job done.

    As some have found out, a coil spring might need some extra measures to protect from bottom out, but that doesn't mean reducing the sag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercarm View Post
    Some people have been confusing mm and percent. The range recommended is 15mm-18mm at the shock which covers about 23% to 28% just like you might expect.

    So enough of this 18% nonsense. With a pretty much constant leverage ratio and a rising rate spring (air) there is no reason for the sag to be anywhere but where you'd expect in the 25% region. Job done.

    As some have found out, a coil spring might need some extra measures to protect from bottom out, but that doesn't mean reducing the sag.

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    Yep. Good call. Actually 19mm/29% sag is where is where I like it

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    Cool thanks for clearing that up

    I am at exactly .75" sag ( 19.05mm ) or 30% exactly. With my coil shock.

    Just got a stiffer spring but I don't think I'm going to even try it now. I like how mine is riding after bumping up the bottom out control stuff.

    As much as I have been riding this thing ( i cant stop ) I'll probably loose some pounds anyway
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    Never mind found the answer. it's a 2.5 inch stroke.
    Last edited by oakley198877; 09-15-2011 at 11:19 PM.

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    Happy to be corrected guys. Shouldn't post up here when i've drunk too much wine. The one in the shop is set-up with 18mm sag and it performs as advertised. It pedals brilliantly and flattens out those square edged hits.
    http://wembleycycles.com/ Yeti Cycles Dealer for Western Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paperplane View Post
    Happy to be corrected guys. Shouldn't post up here when i've drunk too much wine. The one in the shop is set-up with 18mm sag and it performs as advertised. It pedals brilliantly and flattens out those square edged hits.
    You shouldn't post at all you hack...18% Sag PALEASE

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    my yeti build

    HI it 's mine

    Yeti sb 66 medium in lime
    Full fox 2012 kashima van rc2 fit 170MM
    Full xt 2012 2x10
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    Sunline bars grips gallow
    Twenysix pedal
    and Frameskin protector...

    I don't try because i wait my tires and my front rear
    sorry for my bad English I m French..

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