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    Yeti sb66

    Ordered the yeti sb66 xt race bike from Jensen 8/6 for my bday. I like the way this bike is equipped for the four-and-a-half and change. Light enough to race xc locally and fun enough to bomb some big bear/Arizona/Utah back country. Coming off a Titus motolite that I have been riding literally into the ground. Tried a lot of bikes and almost got seduced by the 29'er trend -- just couldn't find a big roller that had enough travel. Combine that with my riding style which is not "roll on through" and is much more motocross (I ride a KTM 450) and the 6-6 is perfect for me. Now I just wanna create a space in my life to get this bike to Colorado fir a week under the canopy flow. Jensen appears to be sensitive to reports that they are not meeting time deadlines, as they contact me weekly to let me know that my sept 15 arrival is on track. I have heard reports that 1) their bikes come badly tuned or 2) their bikes come competently tuned as a "deliver to your door" experience. Can anyone here weigh in on the tune of Jensen bikes when they arrive " shipped to your door"? Excited like a teen waiting for his first date with that hottie he has been fixated on all semester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J273 View Post
    What size frame is suitable for someone 5ft 11 - 6ft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snigs View Post
    Or, alternatively, borderline medium/large, observing that the top tubes are long for the size.

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    With a slack head angle, a long top tube is not necessarily wrong. Long, low and slack is nuskool, and there is a reason why

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    Well, I finally received the news I've been wanting to hear...."Frame shipped!!!"

    Yes, my lime medium SB66 will be here next Wednesday just in time for labor day weekend! Can't wait. Pics will be posted of the build once completed with ride reports to follow.

    Super pumped!!

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    So jealous of you guys. Can't wait until I have an extra million $'s to build up a sweet ass bike.

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    The wait is over! My bike is in my hands!

    Don't have time to ride it tonight but.. I can't wait, will ride in the morning after I tweak a few things on it. Thanks to Sunnyside sports in Bend for putting up with my weekly where is it harassment

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    Pedals.. been waiting for these for quite awhile too they look perfect big size, thing..Can't wait to ride.

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    hucknroll has some new enduro builds in stock. all lime green though.

    anyone know where to find a large black enduro build?

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    Wow! That bike looks fantastic. L frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBY View Post
    Wow! That bike looks fantastic. L frame?
    Thanks yea, it came out even better than I thought in my mind.

    No its an XL, i am 6'6".. Only had time to ride it around in the street its a biiig bike. I think I will love it though I don't feel all crammed up even with a 50mm stem. Coming from a 09 giant reign x1 it feels way bigger. My giant was a large and I was really crammed on it.

    Gotta fix the post remote cable length ( LBS hooked me up though ) and adjust my sag...etc. then get some!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTMDirtFace View Post
    The wait is over! My bike is in my hands!

    Don't have time to ride it tonight but.. I can't wait, will ride in the morning after I tweak a few things on it. Thanks to Sunnyside sports in Bend for putting up with my weekly where is it harassment

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    Pedals.. been waiting for these for quite awhile too they look perfect big size, thing..Can't wait to ride.
    Wow man. That's is sweet! You gotta let me know what you think of the coil. I'm having Craig at Avalanche build me a shock for mine too. But, he can't get anyone at Yeti to help him with leverage curves so he can tune it right. Oh well, trial and error! Nice build dude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aappling72 View Post
    Wow man. That's is sweet! You gotta let me know what you think of the coil. I'm having Craig at Avalanche build me a shock for mine too. But, he can't get anyone at Yeti to help him with leverage curves so he can tune it right. Oh well, trial and error! Nice build dude!
    Leverage ratio shouldn't be a mystery (courtesy of PinkBike):

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercarm View Post
    Leverage ratio shouldn't be a mystery (courtesy of PinkBike):
    Ive seen that. However, not being the suspension expert myself, according to Craig at Avalanche who I would say is, these pictures don't give all the detail needed to properly valve a shock. Not to mention how does anyone really know that these are accurate. Hesimply needs to speak to someone to find out the progressive nature of te curve and if he needs to account for specifics like that in the valving. Again, I'm no expert, but I would hope that Yeti would accommodate another industry professional with the information he needs to valve a shock. Craig is friends with Dave and has insight to these things I'm sure the general public isn't even aware of. FWIW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinogod View Post
    I have heard reports that 1) their bikes come badly tuned or 2) their bikes come competently tuned as a "deliver to your door" experience. Can anyone here weigh in on the tune of Jensen bikes when they arrive " shipped to your door"? Excited like a teen waiting for his first date with that hottie he has been fixated on all semester.
    Just thought I would comment on this as I just got my ASR 5 from them yesterday.

    I think their tune pretty much extends to derailleur adjustment. My bike shifts great (at least in the minimal amount of riding I did yesterday). That said, I needed to realign the rear brake pads which were rubbing quite badly, and the front brake needs to be bled. All things I would expect an lbs to take care of before I took delivery of the bike.

    All in all, I would have preferred to get the bike from an LBS, but I don't have one that sells Yeti.

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    I got my hands on the Aussie distributor's own SB-66 frame today (just ahead of being built). I'll be making a custom kit for it this weekend but it's so nice I wish it came built so I could go out and do some skids...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishboy2807 View Post
    I got my hands on the Aussie distributor's own SB-66 frame today (just ahead of being built). I'll be making a custom kit for it this weekend but it's so nice I wish it came built so I could go out and do some skids...
    Nice man! How do you like the lime in person? Can't wait to get my frame next week. All lime and black.

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    I noticed some of you are running a lot less headset stack than me how can you do that? my brake levers just hardly clear the frame when my bars turn as it is. Not that I need to lower mine just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTMDirtFace View Post
    I noticed some of you are running a lot less headset stack than me how can you do that? my brake levers just hardly clear the frame when my bars turn as it is. Not that I need to lower mine just curious.
    It's a long bike, as we all know. My take on that is to run long and low and attack with the weight over the fork. You can probably go more AM with a heavy, longer fork, a tractor front tyre and higher bar position. Doesn't work for my riding that has a lot of technical twisties.

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    does anyone have any idea if the sb66 is angleset compatible??

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawman1991 View Post
    does anyone have any idea if the sb66 is angleset compatible??
    Yep, found here:
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    Quote Originally Posted by petercarm View Post
    It's a long bike, as we all know. My take on that is to run long and low and attack with the weight over the fork. You can probably go more AM with a heavy, longer fork, a tractor front tyre and higher bar position. Doesn't work for my riding that has a lot of technical twisties.

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    Yea but how are some people in this thread with low stack height not dinging the hell out of their frame if they turn the bars past 90degrees. Don't your levers hit the frame? Mine barley clear the frame but I have a higher stack height by the looks of the pic here. .25" rise bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aappling72 View Post
    Nice man! How do you like the lime in person? Can't wait to get my frame next week. All lime and black.
    The Lime frame is gorgeous. I am seriously thinking I need a 6" bike now. I was told there'll be a few demo bikes coming to town within the next fortnight, so i'll get to throw a leg over one then. Here's a few detail pics with a Frameskin kit fitted. Al.
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    SWeet! is that helicopter tape? I got some and after about 30 minutes of trying to cut a perfect shape for one piece I gave up. Those look pre cut? I did put some up by the head-tube for the cables thats about it.

    To late for mine now its already got its break in scratches.

    Edit: never-mind frameskin kit?

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    Yes, but you can only run a straight 1-1/8" steerer tube fork. The angle set will not work with a tapered steerer.(unless you have a bike with a full 1.5 headtube)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishboy2807 View Post
    The Lime frame is gorgeous. I am seriously thinking I need a 6" bike now. I was told there'll be a few demo bikes coming to town within the next fortnight, so i'll get to throw a leg over one then. Here's a few detail pics with a Frameskin kit fitted. Al.
    Where do I get that frameskin kit? That's nice. I've been using sine 3M stuff and cutting it to fit but that is the bomb! Hit me back

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTMDirtFace View Post
    Those look pre cut?
    Yep, I design custom-shaped pre-cut kits which make it easier to fit and protects all the key areas of the frame. It took a while to do, but I'm really happy with the result. There are some more pics... follow the link in my signature block. Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aappling72 View Post
    Where do I get that frameskin kit? That's nice. I've been using sine 3M stuff and cutting it to fit but that is the bomb! Hit me back
    I googled it. Frameskin

    And its in his sig.

    Cool! Wish I saw this before...but oh well I got some scuffs/dings already adds to the flavor!

    Fishboy: are those kits one size fit all? seems like the XL and small frames would have quite a bit diffrent down tube..and some other parts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdiers View Post
    Yes, but you can only run a straight 1-1/8" steerer tube fork. The angle set will not work with a tapered steerer.(unless you have a bike with a full 1.5 headtube)
    Nope, the Angleset is compatible with a tapered, Zerostack 44/56 config. See post 220 for the direct link.
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    Ya, but look at the crown race demensions. It will only work with an 1-1/8" fork the crown race is a reducing one. There is physically not enough room to have a tapered steerer and achive the offset that the headset requires to get up to 1.5 degrees of off-set.(with a zero stack design like the SB-66 uses)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTMDirtFace View Post
    Yea but how are some people in this thread with low stack height not dinging the hell out of their frame if they turn the bars past 90degrees. Don't your levers hit the frame? Mine barley clear the frame but I have a higher stack height by the looks of the pic here. .25" rise bars.
    I went back to it and see what you mean. My levers clear only with a 10mm spacer so I've put one back in.

    On the first couple of rides I was struggling to get the front end to behave and the low front end was my attempt to fix that. I've now given up on the Fat Albert and fitted a tubeless Rubber Queen up front. This had also let me soften the fork very slightly and the grip and control are everything I could hope for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnyd3487 View Post
    hucknroll has some new enduro builds in stock. all lime green though.

    anyone know where to find a large black enduro build?
    Singletrack Factory in Denver had several built up black frames when I called last week. They will ship completes, but wouldn't part out a frame only. If you're looking for complete bikes give them a shout. I had trouble finding available SB's anywhere in CA, but they had a bunch and Sports Garage in Boulder also had them available...perhaps because of proximity to Yeti?
    good luck!

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    Love the black and orange. that was my plan as well. I have a custom valved Z1 RC2 with the orange anniversary paint job that would have looked killer against the black. I ended up landing on a turquoise frame. I hate the Miami Dolphins, so the Z1 may have to go!


    [QUOTE=KTMDirtFace;8374893]The wait is over! My bike is in my hands!

    Don't have time to ride it tonight but.. I can't wait, will ride in the morning after I tweak a few things on it. Thanks to Sunnyside sports in Bend for putting up with my weekly where is it harassment

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    Yeti paint finish

    Hi, just got back from my third ride on my Yeti, and apart from loving it because it's made my riding so much more fun, I'm shocked at how much cosmetic damage it's picked up in such a short time. Admittedly I live in the Peak District, which is renowned for being hard on kit 'cos of the grit - it gets everywhere, in bearings, seals, and up yer pants - but really, the paint is knackered - see the photos. Bear in mind most of the build is second hand from my last bike, only the frame and forks are new. Every mark you think is a scratch IS a scratch. What did Yeti use for paint, chocolate?

    I've put a bit of 'copter tape on, but to be honest, it's pointless. Thank god it rides so well, otherwise I'd be gutted. Anyone else having similar problems?
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    Sorry to hear that, but every bike I've had that was
    painted will scratch easy. I like my al frames to have
    a anodized finish. If it is a carbon frame leave it alone
    or just clear coat it. A anodize finish on al seems to
    hold up better than any other type of finish. At least
    now you can just ride it and not have to worry if it
    gets scratched.

    Best, John

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    Yep mine has some scratches already too not even sure what from I haven't crashed or hit anything yet. I started putting copter tape on it and gave up.

    My old bike was anno'd and held up real well.

    Whatever adds to the flavor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Sorry to hear that, but every bike I've had that was
    painted will scratch easy. I like my al frames to have
    a anodized finish. If it is a carbon frame leave it alone
    or just clear coat it. A anodize finish on al seems to
    hold up better than any other type of finish. At least
    now you can just ride it and not have to worry if it
    gets scratched.

    Best, John
    Thanks for the moral support, John, I agree about anodising - all my other bikes have been anodised, and this is my first non-roadie painted frame. I can't fault the bike, and the rest of the build quality is spot on - hopefully Yeti will provide an anodised option in the future.

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    Medium XT Race build. 27.7lbs w/ pedals and tubes. First ride tonight, on a long climb I blew past some dork wearing a full kit and then cleared a few 15ft table tops some five minutes later. I think that pretty much sums the bike up. Well done Yeti!
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    Hey Yeti Tribesmen, can you please confirm if the SB-66 has ISCG05 tabs or not?

    In some websites i.e. Tested: Yeti SB-66 Switch Suspension | Bicycling Magazine or First Ride: Yeti SB-66, The Super Bike - Features - Vital MTB ,they say it does.

    From various photos here in this forum I cannot tell whether the chain-guides used are BB or ISCG05 mounted. On the yeti page though on the second video (SB-66 5/9) it clearly shows a SB-66 raw frame assembled where the ISCG05 tabs are permanent (i.e. non-removable), so what is it really?
    Does it have ISCG05 tabs or not? Removable or permanently fixed to the frame?
    If removable ISCG05 tabs, do they come with the frame or have to be ordered in addition, separately?
    I need to know if I can run my Straitline Silent guide which is ISCG05, before pulling the trigger on this.
    Sorry for the long post, just needed to make it clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tp806 View Post
    Hey Yeti Tribesmen, can you please confirm if the SB-66 has ISCG05 tabs or not?

    In some websites i.e. Tested: Yeti SB-66 Switch Suspension | Bicycling Magazine or First Ride: Yeti SB-66, The Super Bike - Features - Vital MTB ,they say it does.

    From various photos here in this forum I cannot tell whether the chain-guides used are BB or ISCG05 mounted. On the yeti page though on the second video (SB-66 5/9) it clearly shows a SB-66 raw frame assembled where the ISCG05 tabs are permanent (i.e. non-removable), so what is it really?
    Does it have ISCG05 tabs or not? Removable or permanently fixed to the frame?
    If removable ISCG05 tabs, do they come with the frame or have to be ordered in addition, separately?
    I need to know if I can run my Straitline Silent guide which is ISCG05, before pulling the trigger on this.
    Sorry for the long post, just needed to make it clear.
    This thread should answer your question
    ISCG mounts please!

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    Lime Medium SB66

    Got my SB Tuesday, got it built up that night and was able to squeeze in a quick ride Wednesday later afternoon. Wow!!! I heard it pedaled great, but it's hard to believe the hype till you are on it. Amazing. I'm still playing with my suspension settings to get that dialed, but so far the things I've noticed are:

    1. shoots out of corners
    2. Doesn't wallow in the mid travel through turns
    3. Feels sturday as heck, very stiff
    4. Makes great use of the travel-doesn't blow through on a G-out
    5. low center of gravity feels very stable in corners
    6. Top Tube with a 50mm stem(5'11" my height) is great!
    7. Aesthetics are top notch
    8. tons of tire clearance

    Build Spec:

    Medium Lime SB66
    12 Fox 36 VAN RC2 Kashima 160mm
    12 Fox RP23 Kashima (may try a coil Fox or Avy too)
    Cane Creek 110 Inset headset
    Thomson 50mm Elite 31.8 stem
    Easton HAven Carbon bars 28" lo rise
    ODI ruffian lock on grips
    Hope Mono M4 Special Edition (Black) Brakes Floating rotor 160mm rear - 183mm frt
    Rockshox Reverb Seatpost
    WTB Silverado Ti seat
    Thomson 35.0mm seat collar
    SRAM XO 170 Carbon Cranks (1x10 setup)
    Homebrewed Components custom XO spider 32T chainring( arrives 9-2-11
    Chris King GPX BB
    MRP Mini G2 Lopes Guide
    Crank Bros 2012 Candy 3 pedals
    SRAM XO shifter
    SRAM XO med cage rear der
    SRAM PC 1091 chain
    Shimano 142 x 12 Axle kit
    Stans Flow rims laced to Hadley Hubs 142x12, 110x20, 14g spokes, Titanium Cassette
    Conti Mountain King 2 Tires - 2.4 Protection series

    So, that's the build for now. I'm putting the finishing tweaks on tonight
    - Frameskin custom film protectant kit for SB66
    - Cable shortening and fit
    - Suspension tweaks

    I'll get a ton of ride time in this weekend and report back next week.

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    sick setup! I just picked up my turquoise medium yesterday. I'm also planning on running a coil fork up front. Slightly off topic question, but is the Hadley you have on there a new model? I have several 10x135's but wasn't sure if Hadley would come out with a conversion to 12x142.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z2adambomb View Post
    sick setup! I just picked up my turquoise medium yesterday. I'm also planning on running a coil fork up front. Slightly off topic question, but is the Hadley you have on there a new model? I have several 10x135's but wasn't sure if Hadley would come out with a conversion to 12x142.
    The wheelset is only 2 mths old. It's not a conversion. Hadley makes that now. Coil is the way to go!! Either gonna try the Aalanche chubby or pushed Fox Rc4

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    Here's mine right after I picked it up on Tuesday! I unfortunately don't like the Miami Dolphins at all, so my beloved custom valved Z1 may have its days numbered on the SB.

    I took the frame apart next for weights, checking out the axle path, travel measurements etc. I'll post more once the pics are uploaded.
    Frame weight with CC40 cups installed: 3140g, which is about 6.92lbs
    Frame weight with shock, hardware, full CC40 headset, SP collar was about 7lb 10oz
    Interesting note on travel arc. I measured the axle center from full extension to max compression (no shock) and resulted in a 176mm stroke. Granted this number is certainly restricted by shock stroke once assembled. I'll make a similar measurement on the complete bike once it's built up.

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    Sweet bike aappling72!

    That yellow/black is sick.

    I just got my new fat kid spring for my DHX RC4 today so should be able to dial mine in better this weekend.

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    Question for the guys that have an SB-66, how does it climb steep sections with switchbacks? Just wondering with the slackness of the HA how well it actually can do that? Trying to figure out if I want to get an SB-66

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonKiwi View Post
    Question for the guys that have an SB-66, how does it climb steep sections with switchbacks? Just wondering with the slackness of the HA how well it actually can do that? Trying to figure out if I want to get an SB-66
    I'm about to go on my first ride with mine. This was one of my only concerns with it as well. I have a 150mm Z1 RC2 on the front and the head angle, while slack, does not feel raked out IMO. The Z1's ETA drops it quite a bit and in the lowered position, the head angle was much tighter (like XC level). You always have the option of running an Angleset, or one option I'll consider when I get a 36 is run it at 150mm. I'll report back after doing some climbing with the 150mm Z1 on there.

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    Mine is pretty squirmy with the 36 float. But there isn't very much steep switchbacks around where I ride so I deal with it. Plus I don't care, I only care how fast I can go back down


    A talas would probably solve it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonKiwi View Post
    Question for the guys that have an SB-66, how does it climb steep sections with switchbacks? Just wondering with the slackness of the HA how well it actually can do that? Trying to figure out if I want to get an SB-66
    Tried today.not a problem with a float 150 up front. I still keep clearing climbs that used to be difficult.

    I'm coming to the conclusion that running propedal 1 lets me pump the trail a bit more and doesn't detract from the general characteristics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercarm View Post
    Tried today.not a problem with a float 150 up front. I still keep clearing climbs that used to be difficult.

    I'm coming to the conclusion that running propedal 1 lets me pump the trail a bit more and doesn't detract from the general characteristics.

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    Thanks for the useful information, I am probably going to push the trigger on a sb-66 here very shortly. Always wanted a yeti and almost bought a 575 back in May. Glad i waited

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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
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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 10:19 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.
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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
    xt brake
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by skibizz View Post
    HI it 's mine

    Yeti sb 66 medium in lime
    Full fox 2012 kashima van rc2 fit 170MM
    Full xt 2012 2x10
    xt brake
    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..
    Do you know what your head angle is with that 170? I'm guessing 65.3 assuming the axle to crown difference is 10mm between the 160 and 170 36.

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    Idon't know head angle with 170...
    Last edited by skibizz; 09-19-2011 at 08:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibizz View Post
    HI it 's mine

    Yeti sb 66 medium in lime
    add pic please :-)

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    its not easy to post pics!!! i dont understand...my english its not very good.






    yeah i understand fine...

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    That's a tiny front rotor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercarm View Post
    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
    Bontrager XR4 TLR Team Issue 2.2 front
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 TL rear
    Grips Yeti Lock-on
    RRP Neoguard spray guard
    Specialized Phenom SL saddle
    Mud
    Had my SB-66 weighed at the LBS:

    LBS: "What do you think it will be?"
    Me: "29lbs?"

    Came in at 29.1lbs on their "breaker of dreams" with the changes (in red) compared to the original build.


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    Cool. My full coil comes in @ 31.6lbs. Not to bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aappling72 View Post
    Cool. My full coil comes in @ 31.6lbs. Not to bad!
    If I remember, you are running 1x10 with XO on a medium frame, Fox Van 36 and Avalanche Chubie coil shock..

    The fork difference alone would take mine up to 30.49, so you have the rest of the build coming in 1.1lb heavier. You have 2.4 Mountain King protections on Stans Flow. Your shock is probably a big part of that pound before you start giving weight back for the simpler 1x10 setup.

    If yours has dropped from "32 even" to 31.6 does that mean you got a Ti spring for the shock?

    It gives two good real world data points for the SB-66 - mine is a large blinged-up trail 3x10 build on air suspension, yours is a medium blinged-up 1x10 coily.

    I do wonder whether I couldn't have done better with a 38/26 2x10 but I'm happy where I am.

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    Who knows. Honestly, I'm not worried about it. The bike feels great and I've always had 30+ lb bikes. Heck my weight can fluctuate 2-3lbs throughout the day too. But, I did change out the rear tire to a Conti XKing 2.25 protection black chili version which dropped some rolling weight and didn't have to add as much Stans. So I guess that accounted for it. Anyway, loving the bike!

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    I think mine is about 36 pounds. XL, Coil rear. Blinged to the max.

    its 5 pounds lighter than my giant reign x1 I had before so whatever .
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    For the taller riders and those running a 160 mm fork up front do you fell like you are more hunched over the front end when you are riding? Does it seem lower then say a 575 that rides more upright?

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    Ahhhh.... the sizing is giving me a headache....

    I have a medium frame on order but I keep going back and forth if I should change it to a small... Here is the dilemma...

    I am 5' 7.5" my current BMC Trailfox 02 has a top tube of 590mm and a 90mm stem it feels pretty good, if I really wanted to change something I would try a slightly shorter stem. My riding position allows me to have my arms slightly bent. My position is probably biased a bit more towards XC riding.

    Looking at all the geometry numbers, everything is really close except, obviously the top tube of the medium SB @ 613mm. So I have been looking into reach and stack numbers a bit more.

    My current BMC: reach = 425 / stack = 573
    SB-66 medium: reach = 426 / stack= 578
    SB-66 small: reach = 400 / stack = 578

    Of course I have been reading about a lot of people downsizing, but I have also read of people my height saying they rode the small and preferred the medium...
    Testing unfortunately is not really an option where I live.

    I guess I could just put a 50mm stem on it and forget about it all - but then I am wondering if a stem that short makes this bike favor the downs more than the ups, as I am looking to ride an even amount of both, which long steady uphills on the menu all the time.

    Any insight is greatly appreciated, so I can finally move on with my life...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    For the taller riders and those running a 160 mm fork up front do you fell like you are more hunched over the front end when you are riding? Does it seem lower then say a 575 that rides more upright?
    It definitely is a longer bike than the 575. I only rode an XL 575 once as a free demo while I was waiting for my SB-66.

    The 575 I rode had a long stem and pretty narrow bars.

    My SB-66 w/ 160mm fork has a 50mm stem and 31" bars. I don't feel hunched over on it. ( 6'6" ). Climbing steep stuff is pretty hard though it likes to wheelie on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeliSwiss View Post
    I have a medium frame on order but I keep going back and forth if I should change it to a small... Here is the dilemma...

    I am 5' 7.5" my current BMC Trailfox 02 has a top tube of 590mm and a 90mm stem it feels pretty good, if I really wanted to change something I would try a slightly shorter stem. My riding position allows me to have my arms slightly bent. My position is probably biased a bit more towards XC riding.

    Looking at all the geometry numbers, everything is really close except, obviously the top tube of the medium SB @ 613mm. So I have been looking into reach and stack numbers a bit more.

    My current BMC: reach = 425 / stack = 573
    SB-66 medium: reach = 426 / stack= 578
    SB-66 small: reach = 400 / stack = 578

    Of course I have been reading about a lot of people downsizing, but I have also read of people my height saying they rode the small and preferred the medium...
    Testing unfortunately is not really an option where I live.

    I guess I could just put a 50mm stem on it and forget about it all - but then I am wondering if a stem that short makes this bike favor the downs more than the ups, as I am looking to ride an even amount of both, which long steady uphills on the menu all the time.

    Any insight is greatly appreciated, so I can finally move on with my life...!
    I'm no expert in sizing, so i'm just gonna give you my choice so you can compare.
    I'm 5'8", got a small SB-66 with a 70mm stem and it fits like a glove. Good luck!

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    SB 66 medium lime

    Just finished building mine..... amazing bike..... have no words....
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibizz View Post
    its not easy to post pics!!! i dont understand...my english its not very good.






    yeah i understand fine...
    Hey pal dont worry about your english as long as we ride and share the passion for mtbiking we are speaking the same language!!! Nice bike!!!!

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    Those lime sb-66's are so sweet.

    Makes my black seem boring
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    Just finished building mine..... amazing bike..... have no words....
    Looks amazing. Love that yellow color!!!
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    By the way and for those interested on sizing, i am 178 cm (close to 5 10 in feet if i am not mistaken) and a meedium works perfect with a short stem. The bike came out under 27 with the current build

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    I've got to say that I am very impressed with the builds I have been seeing on here. If that bike rides have as good as it looks, it's got to be a home run.
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    Well I am not an expert and have not had many bikes. Apart from the sb 66 I only have a Specialized 29 epic. I wanted a more dynamic, versatile and fun bike for trails and mountain and that is why i got the sb 66. I can tell you that it climbs as well as the epic, it goes down much better (obviously) and the only place where the epic is better is when going fast in flat areas....and probably is because of the 29 and thiner wheels. Best

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    That's an awesome looking bike. The picture's huge but the color scheme is great. Where did you get your saddle? I've been looking for one for a while now with little to no luck.
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    How did you get a matching fork?

    Are your tires white?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KTMDirtFace View Post
    How did you get a matching fork?

    Are your tires white?
    Those special Fox forks are available in turquoise through Yeti. As for the tires, white Rocket Rons are available.
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