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    Here is my baby and 2 others we just finished building.

    Large Lime w/ 36, 1x10 w/ Prototype MRP Micro G2SL and DT Carbon Enduro 1550's




    Medium Turq w/ 36, 1x10 and MRP Mini G2 and DT Swiss 1750's




    Large Pro XTR w/ 36 and MRP LRP and DT Swiss 240s/EX500



    Med X9 w/ Lyric and MRP XCG 40 and DT Swiss Tricon 1700/1750F

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    Nice,

    How did you get the MRP LRP on there? did you have to do the BB Pinch mount type? Or were you able to get ISCG 05 spline/mount from yeti? This is going to hold me up when my frame gets here

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    Damn, that lime one looks better than I thought it would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny View Post
    Damn, that lime one looks better than I thought it would.


    I want a lime one! Looks insane.
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    Anyone know if a 2.5 Minion will fit on the rear?

    I just talked to Jenson, and hopefully they will have the ISCG mounts up for sale on their site tomorrow.
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    bikes look sick, nice job

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    hot damn- that lime green is awesome.

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    I've got a medium on order. I'm 5'8'' but decided to stick with the medium. It's 3/4 in longer than my medium 2007 yeti 575. Here's my mix match of components, had to stick with a budget. I hope I like the medium, i keep going back and forth between small/med.

    Fork Talas 36 160
    Shifter Shimano XT Pods SL-M77010 | Black 1
    Crank Shimano XTR Race | Aluminum/Carbon | 175.00 | 26-38 1
    FrontDerailleur Shimano XT-M786-D 2x10 TS F-derail, blk, 66-69 T/B-pull D-Mou 1
    RearDerailleur Shimano XTR-M985 10sp Shadow Plus rear derail, SGS long cage
    Bars Crank brothers iodine 11
    Stem 50mm FSA
    Brakes Hayes Prime Pro
    Wheels SunRingle Charger Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by awheeler View Post
    I've got a medium on order. I'm 5'8'' but decided to stick with the medium. It's 3/4 in longer than my medium 2007 yeti 575. Here's my mix match of components, had to stick with a budget. I hope I like the medium, i keep going back and forth between small/med.

    Fork Talas 36 160
    Shifter Shimano XT Pods SL-M77010 | Black 1
    Crank Shimano XTR Race | Aluminum/Carbon | 175.00 | 26-38 1
    FrontDerailleur Shimano XT-M786-D 2x10 TS F-derail, blk, 66-69 T/B-pull D-Mou 1
    RearDerailleur Shimano XTR-M985 10sp Shadow Plus rear derail, SGS long cage
    Bars Crank brothers iodine 11
    Stem 50mm FSA
    Brakes Hayes Prime Pro
    Wheels SunRingle Charger Pro
    Seatpost Reverb
    Chris King headset
    After talking to the guys at yeti, these run just a touch longer than their matching size 575. If your 575 is on the long end, go shorter. If you intend to set it up with a 6" fork, know that it will also slightly lengthen the effective TT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoney98 View Post
    After talking to the guys at yeti, these run just a touch longer than their matching size 575. If your 575 is on the long end, go shorter. If you intend to set it up with a 6" fork, know that it will also slightly lengthen the effective TT.
    I think i'm going to stick with the medium and run wide bars and a 55mm stem. I think that will work well with the slack HA these bikes have.

    Anybody ridden one with a 180 fork?
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    Any info on the new Mrp guide? Is that the mini or a totally new guide called the micro?

    Thanks for any info.

    Great looking bikes.

    [QUOTE=SPEEDMONKEY;8266320]Here is my baby and 2 others we just finished building.

    Large Lime w/ 36, 1x10 w/ Prototype MRP Micro G2SL and DT Carbon Enduro 1550's

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    That Lime is really sweet looking! LOUD!

    But I already ordered black with a bunch of orange bling..for some OSU/KTM flavor.

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    Why YETI don't see that most of all plan add 160mm fork !!!

    When YETI will replace SEVEN (new system, less, weight & standover etc) ??

    BTW.
    it is very nice SB-66 ... but (again) with only 150mm ... YETI please add 10-20mm to the rear suspension


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    random question, but does anyone know why none of the pics of actually shipped bikes show a turquoise upper rocker link? I've only seen black, but on yeti's site and all the early release demos I've seen have turquoise rockers. Sounds picky, but I sort of liked the contrast with the black frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z2adambomb View Post
    random question, but does anyone know why none of the pics of actually shipped bikes show a turquoise upper rocker link? I've only seen black, but on yeti's site and all the early release demos I've seen have turquoise rockers. Sounds picky, but I sort of liked the contrast with the black frame.
    My understanding is that the production frames will only come with black link

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    Quote Originally Posted by kondi View Post
    Why YETI don't see that most of all plan add 160mm fork !!!

    When YETI will replace SEVEN (new system, less, weight & standover etc) ??

    BTW.
    it is very nice SB-66 ... but (again) with only 150mm ... YETI please add 10-20mm to the rear suspension


    http://www.sicklines.com/2011/07/22/2012...oil-setup/
    That is pretty sick looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awheeler View Post
    My understanding is that the production frames will only come with black link
    That's correct. The production rocker link is a ton lighter than the turquoise protos, too.
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    Anyone build up an XL yet?

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    what size for a 6' tall guy? whats the real geo on this fram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny View Post
    Anyone know if a 2.5 Minion will fit on the rear?

    I just talked to Jenson, and hopefully they will have the ISCG mounts up for sale on their site tomorrow.
    They have them up now but what color are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTMDirtFace View Post
    They have them up now but what color are they?
    link? thx!
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    M turq sb66
    haven carbon wheels
    Currently a fox 36 R loaner waiting for my 2012 36 float RLC that will arrive this week
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    Full 2x10 x0 cranks/shifters/der's
    MRP XCG...set up with BB adapter for now waiting for ISCG tabs
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    Havoc carbon low bar
    Haven 55mm stem
    CK 110 headset
    Schwalbe Hans Dampf front/Trail king 2.2 rear both tubeless
    Chromag Moon DT saddle

    Currently weighs in at 30lbs even. Should drop a bit when I get the proper fork. Will run the RP23 for a bit and then try the Elka stage 5 that I kept off my previous bike just to see what it's like. The frame and shock weighed in at 8lbs vs the 7lbs advertised which is disappointing. Will be interesting to see what the carbon version comes in at as I may swap the frame out when they are available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryM View Post
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    The frame and shock weighed in at 8lbs vs the 7lbs advertised which is disappointing. .
    Nice build G- Can't wait to see pics


    I hate that when companies cheat on the frame weight, my ASR-7 was listed as 7.5, and my medium was 8.5 outta the box. So frustrating.....
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    Send pics pls
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    Here you go. Second ride today and loving it. Got things tweaked after yesterday and now it is everything I expected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryM View Post
    Here you go. Second ride today and loving it. Got things tweaked after yesterday and now it is everything I expected.
    Hi Gary,
    can you compare it to other bikes you have ridden in the past? Interested to hear your thoughts vs. the Endo.

    Thanks for any thoughts.

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    bigger pics
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    Guys, any idea about where possible to find spare derailleur hanger for qr 135???
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    [QUOTE=orthorex;8257627]Hopefully I'll get out of work early enough to get a ride in today. Just need to throw a new Mountain King on the front. Should be interesting coming from an '11 575.



    Hi there,

    Was wondering how come the switch link is in black on your bike. Aren't they suppose to be blueish metalic as seen on the Yeti website?

    Cheers,

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    And another one question: I'm try to calculate spring rate for SB-66 using tftuned spring calculator...

    Which one suspention type i have to choose 4 Bar / VPP or 4 Bar / VPP ?

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    [QUOTE=Proxyserv;8273634]
    Quote Originally Posted by orthorex View Post
    Hopefully I'll get out of work early enough to get a ride in today. Just need to throw a new Mountain King on the front. Should be interesting coming from an '11 575.



    Hi there,

    Was wondering how come the switch link is in black on your bike. Aren't they suppose to be blueish metalic as seen on the Yeti website?

    Cheers,
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    Posted my initial thoughts in the review thread.

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    My XX brakes arrived today, and replacing my Elixer's with the XX's dropped the finished weight to 28 3/4 pounds even. Got a couple more rides on her, and getting more impressed each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orthorex View Post
    Where did you get those Race Sport X-Kings? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogboy View Post
    Where did you get those Race Sport X-Kings? Thanks!
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    any owners have thoughts on pedaling? I rode one on Sunday, ran a fairly tall gear from a standstill, stood up and hammered like you would out of the gate. The rear end remained level and gave a firm platform to push off of the entire time. Then I ran right over a storm gutter, stayed level, great pedal feedback yet it still soaked it up without altering pedal feel. It was impressive. I'll be eager to build one up and see how it handles choppy technical climbs. Do any owners feel that the slack head angle (with a 36) is keeping the front end up too much in dicey climbs?

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    ^^ x2. I'm intrigued as to how the 160mm fork changes the geometry or are people primarily using the SB's as a mini DH sled?

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    Coming off a small ASR-7 w/ a Lyrik, this bike feels a little longer (TT) and easily as slack. Maybe even slacker.
    I normally like bikes cramped, hence the small 7, but I'm looking for a more all-round ride with this thing. I'm not looking to suffer up climbs. I'm not willing to compromise on the jumps, drops or decents. And most of all... to avoid that mid-stroke wallow.

    I'll have some ride time this weekend, and I can post back tomorrow with thoughts.

    Mashing on the road, it accelerates like a hardtail.

    fyi- I've owned ASR, ICT, VPP, DW, and SP's.

    I'm 5'10" and thats a Syncros Fric 45mm stem. Feeling alright.....
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    My bike is all ready to be built up, now if only I had something to attach my chainguide to.

    Hopefully, an e.13 bottom bracket adapter will be here monday....

    Also, anyone else using a 10x135 thru axle? The derailleur hanger is really funky and the axle needs be to threaded from the side (it doesn't just drop in).

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    I didn't get to climb anything choppy or technical today, but I rode most everything else, including wrecking on a decent drop that almost killed me .
    The super tech stuff is coming tomorrow.

    In short, the bike pedals better (IMO) than the others I have owned. (Including the Mojo I owned, which I f'ing loved).

    Some thoughts:

    I climbs, in the saddle or standing, fast like a hardtail. It didn't feel wallowy plush or sportscar firm, just right. All the time.

    Accelerates like a much lighter bike, even with a 2000g wheelset and 2.25" tires.

    The longer TT is growing on me, a super short stem helps. It feels plenty slack, so much so, that if I ran a 36, I'd order an Angleset to bring the HA back to 67 degrees.

    I didn't want to get off it.
    I'd hit it, but I bruise like a peach.

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    Here's my 66, all dirty and ridden hard.

    Here's my build:

    XL SB-66 in black c/w RP23 shock
    Chris King black headset
    Marzocchi 55 Micro Ti fork (soon to be changed to 2012 Fox 36 Float or 36 Talas)
    Mavic Crossmax wheels
    XTR Trail brakes
    XTR 980 shifters I-spec
    XT Shadow rear derailleur (soon to be changed to XTR Shadow Plus mid cage)
    XT direct mount front derailleur
    XT 10 spd 11-36 cassette
    KMC X10SL gold chain
    XT cranks w/ e13 bash and 22-34 chainrings
    XTR Trail pedals
    Race Face SixC carbon bar
    Race Face Atlas stem
    Fizik Gobi XM carbon rail saddle
    Rockshox Reverb post
    Prototype Maxxis Minion DHF front tire 26X2.4
    Prototype Maxxis Ardent rear tire 26X2.24


    The XL frame weight with shock was 7 lbs 9 oz which is a bit heavier than I expected but still pretty reasonable for a big frame. I'll take a few extra ounces given the stiffness of the frame.

    My build isn't complete yet but I'm close. I also have XT 776 wheels with burlier tires that I'll be swapping with Crossmaxes when I want to hit some bigger trails.
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    Here's my build:

    Med SB-66 (Ordered from Competitive Cyclist. June 17th)
    Cane Creek 110 HS
    Fox Float 32 RLC
    I-9 hubs - Stans ZTR Arch rear, 355 front rim
    Avid Elixor 5 brakes
    XO Shifters
    XO rear derailleur - Med Cage
    X9 direct mount front derailleur
    Sram 10 spd 11-36 cassette
    Sram Chain
    XX Crank 26-39 2x10
    Shimano Pedals
    Stylo bar
    Easton Havoc Stem 65mm
    WTB Saddle
    Rockshox Reverb post
    Conti X-King 2.4 front and rear

    I still need to route my rear brake hose through the suspension linkage. Right now it loops over and I didn't want to mess with unhooking hose and bleeding the brakes. Also, need to get some black wire ties to replace the white ones I had around the house. Priority was to just get it built up and ridden.

    I started with the 575 Enduro build from Competitive Cyclist. I ended up returning the frame since i was never able to get the suspension set up to my liking. It came with the DHX Air, and from what I understand, it was designed more for the RP23. They took back the frame no questions asked like website advertises. I was originally going to just utilize the Enduro build kit from the 575, but ended up going overboard on some wheel and drivetrain upgrades.

    Initial impressions on the SB66 are very good. My other mtn bike is a SC Blur XC, and I think the SB66 has a better pedaling platform for climbing. On the decents and rock gardens, it just seems to float over the obstacles.
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    enduro build weight?

    Nice looking bike bpnic.
    Did you get a chance to weigh it at all? I'm interested at what the enduro build comes in at.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjackson33 View Post
    Nice looking bike bpnic.
    Did you get a chance to weigh it at all? I'm interested at what the enduro build comes in at.

    Cheers
    Thanks RJacks.

    It weighed 29 pounds even for a bone stock medium enduro w/o pedals.
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    The build went smoothly, except the internal cable routing stumped me for about 45 minutes. And don't forget to check the bolts and grease them. Mine were dry as a bone. Chainguide should go on tomorrow (with BB adapter for now).

    I rode her for about 10 minutes up a dirt road and could instantly feel the amazing traction on the loose stuff, even with no propedal. She has a much more efficient feel than my old Covert.


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    eonicks,

    Why did you use different rims for you front and back I9 build? Looking at purchasing I9s for my 2011 575. Figured enduro with Stan's Flow front and back. Great looking bike, by the way. I'll be in for a 5" version if they ever get around to making it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltngbg99 View Post
    eonicks,

    Why did you use different rims for you front and back I9 build? Looking at purchasing I9s for my 2011 575. Figured enduro with Stan's Flow front and back. Great looking bike, by the way. I'll be in for a 5" version if they ever get around to making it.
    I often do the same - rear takes a bigger load and hits, so having a sturdier rim there - like Arch vs 355 would make sense. With Flows they are plenty strong for anything.

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    That makes some sense. Thanks. I guess the only advantage is minimal weight savings with the mismatched pair.

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    I am still waiting for my frame to arrive and have been thinking about the brake cable routing as mentioned by EONICKS...

    Can anyone see a problem with simply unbolting the upper axle on the rear linkage and feeding the cable in this way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ltngbg99 View Post
    eonicks,

    Why did you use different rims for you front and back I9 build? Looking at purchasing I9s for my 2011 575. Figured enduro with Stan's Flow front and back. Great looking bike, by the way. I'll be in for a 5" version if they ever get around to making it.
    Thanks! Competitive Cyclist specs them that way. They carry a "signature" wheelset they try to keep in stock. (either all black, or the red with pewter spokes) So instead of ordering a custom build and waiting the two or three months, I decided this was a good choice. Just like Axe said, the Arch is a bit wider and sturdier than the 355. When installing the stan's yellow tape, you can tell the difference, though pretty small. The instant engagement of the freehub is pretty amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichieNZ View Post
    I am still waiting for my frame to arrive and have been thinking about the brake cable routing as mentioned by EONICKS...

    Can anyone see a problem with simply unbolting the upper axle on the rear linkage and feeding the cable in this way?
    You have to unbolt the upper axle and the rear shock bolts. Pretty easy....

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    Black SB66's available w/XTR build

    to anyone looking for black SB's with the XTR build, hucknroll has them in all sizes. I begged them to sell me the frame alone, but they wouldn't. good news for anyone looking for one w/full XTR! black ones are hard to find. They also have a small and XL in lime with the Enduro build. looks like I'll miss a lot of the riding season waiting on a medium frame. shouldn't have sold my Blur first

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    Nice find for someone that hasn't ordered yet, and BS at the same time.

    Getting a little annoyed that these online dealers have unsold bikes in stock(or get them ahead) while I wait and wait..till who knows when for the one i ordered from lbs 7 weeks ago.

    I also shouldn't have sold my bike first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTMDirtFace View Post
    Nice find for someone that hasn't ordered yet, and BS at the same time.

    Getting a little annoyed that these online dealers have unsold bikes in stock(or get them ahead) while I wait and wait..till who knows when for the one i ordered from lbs 7 weeks ago.

    I also shouldn't have sold my bike first.
    Same here, sold a stumpy 2007 3 week ago, and now I have to wait until 21 octuber...
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    Quote Originally Posted by emeterio View Post
    Same here, sold a stumpy 2007 3 week ago, and now I have to wait until 21 octuber...

    Sold my '11 575 the day after the SB was unveiled and ordered that day from a LBS and still haven't gotten it. Been told middle of August for medium lime green.

    At least the reviews from people getting them are coming in positive which hopefully will make this wait all worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunt pimp View Post
    most lbs suck ass. alway buy online. more discounts and no tax

    Well actually this is an online seller that is out of state. So no sales tax and I got a great deal. But, I guess Yeti chose to deliver to it's biggest dealers instead of the order that orders came in. That sucks. Cause I know I was one if the first that ordered the day it came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aappling72 View Post
    Well actually this is an online seller that is out of state. So no sales tax and I got a great deal. But, I guess Yeti chose to deliver to it's biggest dealers instead of the order that orders came in. That sucks. Cause I know I was one if the first that ordered the day it came out.
    well good luck. at least you are going to get one. i would love to get that frame.

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    Curious if SB-66 owners are getting a manual with the bike or frame? I don't see it up on Yeti's website yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaddleRags View Post
    Curious if SB-66 owners are getting a manual with the bike or frame? I don't see it up on Yeti's website yet.
    it came with a manual, but a generic one. Nothing specific to the SB-66

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    Yep, another one of those useless manuals. Waste of paper if you ask me.
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    My small SB-66 XO/X9 build just showed up from Hucknroll. Just waiting for my 160 fork to swap out the stock 150. I'm selling the 150 if anyone is interested. I'm 5'8'' and spoke with 3 different people at Yeti regarding what size to get. 2 out of the 3 recommended the small. I'm coming off a medium '07 yeti 575. I'll post a review here shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awheeler View Post
    My small SB-66 XO/X9 build just showed up from Hucknroll. Just waiting for my 160 fork to swap out the stock 150. I'm selling the 150 if anyone is interested. I'm 5'8'' and spoke with 3 different people at Yeti regarding what size to get. 2 out of the 3 recommended the small. I'm coming off a medium '07 yeti 575. I'll post a review here shortly.
    awheeler, I could be keen on your forks as I am building my 66 up from frame.

    PM me how much you are looking for

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    I REALLY wanted the small white, but it won't be available in Aus till March...Have to settle for a black one!

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    Out on the trail....


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    Quote Originally Posted by RICOCHETED View Post
    I REALLY wanted the small white, but it won't be available in Aus till March...Have to settle for a black one!
    March?? Really?? Is that because of the colour or size??

    I've been given a timeframe of 8 weeks for an SB-66 thru a Sydney shop that I've purchased from before..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirium View Post
    March?? Really?? Is that because of the colour or size??

    I've been given a timeframe of 8 weeks for an SB-66 thru a Sydney shop that I've purchased from before..
    When I went to pick up my new 575 last w/e, the wrench had a SB-66 frame upstairs, he brought it down for me to have a good look at. Gotta say, it looks good in the flesh, expect to see these hitting Sydney trails soon.

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    ^ if it ever stops raining...

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    NZhumpy - Was that in Sydney? Had my large turq paid for at the end of June and still no date on it, seems like supply is hard to come by. What colour and size was that one? Itching to get out on it, though as you say if it ever stops raining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirium View Post
    March?? Really?? Is that because of the colour or size??

    I've been given a timeframe of 8 weeks for an SB-66 thru a Sydney shop that I've purchased from before..
    It's the Colour. I'll be getting a black one in the next week or so. I wasn't going to wait till March for the bike.

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    Trying to figure out what colour to go with.. Want black frame and black fork, and black fork looks standard on the US yeti site, but the SB-66 in the AMB mag review had a white fork with turq frame...

    Can't have a black frame and white fork... that's just not the done thing..

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    I personally could never imagine owning a Yeti in anything other than the Team Color Turquoise--it just screams Yeti! Who cares what color the fork is.

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    Forks with all the Yeti stock builds are black 150mm Fox FIT 32 RLC forks.(2012 w/Kashima Coating)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirium View Post
    Trying to figure out what colour to go with.. Want black frame and black fork, and black fork looks standard on the US yeti site, but the SB-66 in the AMB mag review had a white fork with turq frame...

    Can't have a black frame and white fork... that's just not the done thing..
    I hear you. I got my frame on July 26 and put my white Marz 55 on it to start with because I wanted a Fox 36 Float but not in white! It took me a couple of weeks but I finally found a 2011 Float 36 in black but without the Kashima stanchions. The black fork looks awesome with the black frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unbrokenchain View Post
    I personally could never imagine owning a Yeti in anything other than the Team Color Turquoise--it just screams Yeti! Who cares what color the fork is.
    Black with black = S(tealth)B(ike)-66

    Order placed..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unbrokenchain View Post
    I personally could never imagine owning a Yeti in anything other than the Team Color Turquoise--it just screams Yeti! Who cares what color the fork is.
    I would have been all over the turquoise if it was the true old school Yeti with the turquoise/yellow split. Classic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bog View Post
    I would have been all over the turquoise if it was the true old school Yeti with the turquoise/yellow split. Classic!
    Spectrum in Colorado Springs does does custom powdercoat. The manager at my LBS has an ASR 7 he did the old school yellow/turq on it and the fork and it looks good.

    Check them out

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    Quote Originally Posted by EAITCH View Post
    will check with Yeti in the morning and see what their verbiage is so we have it straight. Basically the max is 160 from what the shop said.
    This is what I was told too. I would think it would be too slack with a 180 anyway, and a bit unbalanced with 150 rear. 65.9 is a great HA for all around riding with a bias towards DH. 17mm=1 degree so going with a 180 fork would set it at 64.5ish. I love slack bikes, but that's too slack for all around riding IMO. My nomad sits at 65.5 with a 180 and it's manageable on steep climbs but the front end floats a lot. Another degree slacker and it would be annoying on the ups, and the steering would be so slow it would be tough to negotiate slow tech terrain.

    It's a bit odd that 180 voids the warranty because frame weight is basically the same as a nomad which is rated for a 180?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dopler View Post
    Spectrum in Colorado Springs does does custom powdercoat. The manager at my LBS has an ASR 7 he did the old school yellow/turq on it and the fork and it looks good.

    Check them out
    That would be a sick bike but for now I'm hanging with stealth build - black frame/black fork. I'm already way over my build budget and any more $$ would mean I have to go furniture shopping with my wife!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichieNZ View Post
    NZhumpy - Was that in Sydney? Had my large turq paid for at the end of June and still no date on it, seems like supply is hard to come by. What colour and size was that one? Itching to get out on it, though as you say if it ever stops raining.
    Yep, Sydney, medium/black. It was the mechanics own bike so maybe he had the inside running.

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    Oh I want the white fork.

    I'm going black frame, white fork white rims. white seat. Orange bars/cranks/hubs/orange spank spike pedals.

    My i9 Wheels just showed up.

    I just need my frame! I was almost tempted to order the XL Lime from huckinroll because I'm tired of waiting but I'm going to keep waiting for the one I ordered.

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    Impulse purchased my large/black on Saturday from the UK importer. Build is a straightforward trail build with a lot of XTR right down to the wheels.

    SB-66 black/large
    Fox 32 150 Fit RLC Kashima (white)
    Chris King headset (gold)
    Salsa fliplock (gold)
    Thomson X4 stem 70mm (may be too long)
    Easton Haven carbon bar
    XTR Shifters
    XTR Shadow plus rear mech
    XTR triple chainset 42/32/24
    XT cassette 11-32
    XT front mech
    XT chain
    XTR trail SPD pedals
    XTR trail wheels
    XTR trail brakes with 180/180 Ice Tec rotors
    Rock Shox Reverb
    Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.25 UST front
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 TL rear
    Grips Yeti Lock-on

    Saddle for now is a Spesh Phenom SL that I had lying around.

    Pics will follow when I've shortened the hoses - it is too shameful at the moment.

    Loving the long, low and slack look. I'm coming off a tall and short 120mm bike (Whyte E-120) that is an exhilarating, sketchy and fast ride around the Afan (Wales) marked trails. I'm hoping the SB66 will be exhilarating, sketchy and faster. Spec began with the tyre choice and worked back, it has to roll fast, handle uphill hairpins and pump through the undulations on the cross-slope downs, so the spec is conservative on the fork and tyres. Its other use will be on the tight and twisty technical trails of the North Downs.

    Can't wait to ride it this weekend.

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    Wow, nice build! Post a ride report and pics after your first few rips.
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    Finished my build and I've had a first roll around on it. You can definitely feel the acceleration when you hit the gas. I'll reserve comments until its had a proper break in.

    In the meantime, here are the pictures:



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    wow! that is one hot bike!

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    Real nice build. How much does it weight?

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    Very nice! What does it weigh in at?

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    Awesome build, Petercarm.

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    I haven't weighed it yet.first outing is tomorrow. Some tight technical single track will get thrown its way which will be am interesting test. Uphill and downhill I am fairly confident of what I am expecting, but if it shines in the massively techy stuff that makes up most of my riding then I'll know I've got am all-round bike.

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    First ride is under my belt. It was all on familiar trails with an emphasis on twisty technical riding and running the same tracks more than once while I worked on the setup.

    Gotta say I'm liking what I was feeling.

    My start point had the rear far too sagged and it was unremarkable to pedal. It didn't look like there was much bob, but it was clear it wasn't doing what it was supposed to. It felt like a slack, lazy, long-travel bike that was easy to catch out on the techy bits. Adding air to the shock started making things happen - the pedalling improved without sacrificing the downhill manners and it started liking being pumped through the terrain. The fork took a bit more air too. I still had the feeling that the front wheel was a long way out in front and a couple of times it pattered out wide on flat corners. To fix this, I started taking spacers out underneath the stem to bring me forward on the bike and I worked on the rebound settings.

    This is where things started to get really good and the long top tube proved an asset rather than an issue. I was riding hard and aggressively and was getting a really nice flow on the trails and a lot of confidence. I hammered into a downhill hairpin over a set of rooty steps and it just let me rip at it and then sort it out once I got into the thick of things. The hairpin itself was easy to negotiate and the front end felt supple and grippy. On the steep stuff it just flew. There were a few moments where I realised it was carrying indecent speed on the trail and making it very easy to do so.

    Health warning. First ride reports and objectivity don't go hand in hand.

    I'm deeply impressed at this point. I was looking for a long travel trail bike without compromising on too many of the things I like about riding my 120mm bike. I think I've still got a few improvements to make on the setup. Typical of a Fox fork, I'm not seeing full travel but I did see some pretty deep travel on the rear shock. It might be that the shock can still take some more air and ride a little bit higher, but the fork seems to be in the zone now so I wouldn't want to unbalance the ride.

    I've slammed the stem down on top of the headset and this seems to tame the long front end of the bike. I could go with options to run a shorter stem but then I'd worry I'd not keep that front end working hard at all times.

    The Fat Albert up front is probably the least convincing part of the setup. I may think about running a 2.4 tyre at some point.

    The rear stays have picked up some heel rub marks. At least I know where to put the helicopter tape now.

    The kit on the bike has all performed flawlessly. On my other bike I have Formula The Ones so I was a bit worried about the brakes. So far the XTR Trails have been good enough that I haven't really noticed them. Having gone with 180/180 it might be that I'm noticing the rears being a bit more snatchy than with the Formulas but there is definitely no lack of power. The Reverb is great too. I used to have a Maverick Speedball (non remote) but gave up on it because it had a layback seat clamp on a bike that needed in-line and, besides, the Bontrager style clamp always slipped giving a random angle of saddle each time I sat down. The Reverb is unobtrusively getting on with its job. There isn't any way to position the Reverb remote in a non-vulnerable position when matched with the XTR shifters/brakes, so I can't put the bike upside down on its bars. I'm sure that will annoy me longer term but it is a minor niggle for now.

    I have just given it a very unofficial weigh-in and it pretty much matches my carbon 120mm bike at around about the 28lb mark (it is built solidly for a 120 bike with 819s and UST tyres). I also measured up some critical dimensions compared to the old bike: I have the reach (BB to bars) almost exactly the same between the two; the BB heights aren't too much different with the SB-66 measuring about 13.7 inches (very approximate). The front centre on the SB-66 is two inches longer than I am used to.

    It got spotted by two riders in the car park who both knew exactly what they were looking at and came to have a good gawp and a bit of a ride around. They gave it too.

    My first ride conclusion is that I can see what Yeti are getting at in saying it is a more aggressive ride. It is plenty slack enough with the 150mm fork on it that I'd not want anything longer for the riding I do. There are hints that the suspension is doing the clever stuff it is designed to do, but really I'm not equipped to comment except to say I'm enjoying the ride.

    Looks much better now its been muddy:



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    Sweet report. Thanks for the writeup.

    What is that other bike in your garage? that things got a wild looking rear end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercarm View Post
    There isn't any way to position the Reverb remote in a non-vulnerable position when matched with the XTR shifters/brakes, so I can't put the bike upside down on its bars. I'm sure that will annoy me longer term but it is a minor niggle for now.
    With my GD remote I keep the clamp a little loose so I can rotate the remote when I flip the bike over. May not be a good idea if you have carbon bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTMDirtFace View Post
    What is that other bike in your garage? that things got a wild looking rear end.
    That's a Whyte E-120. It has carbon main triangle, swingarm and links. It has the same Quadlink II design as the Marins but is a load stiffer. It is a solid piece of kit that can take some abuse but is a bit short, tall and steep and the pedalling efficiency is sag sensitive - it is a bit fussy to set up optimally.

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    I've only ridden our demo SB66 once but I concur with all of your findings. I found the stem needed to go pretty low. In regards to the air pressure, you will find that Yeti recommends 15 to 18% sag on the RP23. It is a truly amazing bike and I was so impressed with the pedalling that i'm going to race it in the Sport class category of our next local XC race!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paperplane View Post
    I've only ridden our demo SB66 once but I concur with all of your findings. I found the stem needed to go pretty low. In regards to the air pressure, you will find that Yeti recommends 15 to 18% sag on the RP23. It is a truly amazing bike and I was so impressed with the pedalling that i'm going to race it in the Sport class category of our next local XC race!
    Can you confirm the 15-18% sag. I'd find 15-18 mm sag easier to believe. That would put you in the 23.6-28.3% range that seems much more conventional.

    I'm always a bit wary of sag measurement because it is so dependent on where your weight is on the bike but a starting guideline is always useful.

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    I don't have mine yet but all the reviews said 25%

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    What size frame is suitable for someone 5ft 11 - 6ft?

    Thanks

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