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    Evil Following vs. Yeti Sb130/100?

    Please help with any experience you may have on Pros & Cons for the Evil Following and the Yeti Sb130 or SB100?
    I will be buying one of these bikes. So Cal riding, fun climbs, downhill on high speed rollers to tecky stuff with drops. Enduro type or racing with occasional 12hr/24hr races.
    Please reply with input not just get THIS bike because I say so.
    Thanks for any and all input and experiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxer View Post
    Please help with any experience you may have on Pros & Cons for the Evil Following and the Yeti Sb130 or SB100?
    I will be buying one of these bikes. So Cal riding, fun climbs, downhill on high speed rollers to tecky stuff with drops. Enduro type or racing with occasional 12hr/24hr races.
    Please reply with input not just get THIS bike because I say so.
    Thanks for any and all input and experiences.
    Because you mention "Enduro" riding I would recommend sb130 or sb130lr.


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    [QUOTE=Dagonger;14633667]Because you mention "Enduro" riding I would recommend sb130 or sb130lr.


    You probably already know this since you live in So. CA., but definitely check out Pro Bike Supply in Newport. They carry Yeti and Evil, and they are the only local shop I know of where you can apply the cost of demo toward the purchase of a bike OR anything in the shop. I have demo'd a couple of bikes from them and they are a good shop.

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    I would never want to ride a rig I do enduro racing with in a 24 hr event and the other way around as well. Those are just such polar opposites. I guess get a 120-130-ish travel bike that kinda sucks at both?

    Apart from that, the 120-130 travel area is generally a good place to be looking in the 29er wheelsize. More travel than that and they start to get real sluggish and lethargic real fast for a lot of riding other than gravity/downhill, less travel and they are pretty much XC-specific, still capable of riding fast and descending fast, but they ain't going to smooth it out and make it easy for you, plus they won't be very good at big jumps/drops/etc. I'd personally stay away from Yeti, too many issues with the SI and it's simply a way to get around having to put a lower linkage with bearings on there, which is a far better and simpler solution, but otherwise, there are a lot of good bikes in this travel-range, including the Evil and others.
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    By “enduro”, do you mean endurance racing? They aren’t the same thing.


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    I think it could come down to how "competitive" you actually are. If you're getting on the podium or close to getting on it...I'd go demo the bikes and go from there. Getting on the bike and riding it for yourself is going to be the best way to see how the bike fits you. With all the Covid-19 related shutdowns going on...getting on a demo (especially the V3 Following being brand new) might be a bit hard.

    I haven't spent too much time on a Yeti, but I do have a Following. The Delta suspension makes it a good climber and has really good support when mashing out of the saddle. Even with 120mm out back...it feels like it has more than that. It doesn't feel super harsh nearing the end of its travel.

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    [QUOTE=drich;14635533]
    Quote Originally Posted by Dagonger View Post
    Because you mention "Enduro" riding I would recommend sb130 or sb130lr.


    You probably already know this since you live in So. CA., but definitely check out Pro Bike Supply in Newport. They carry Yeti and Evil, and they are the only local shop I know of where you can apply the cost of demo toward the purchase of a bike OR anything in the shop. I have demo'd a couple of bikes from them and they are a good shop.
    I'm in NorCal but yes have been and know the guys there....great area LBS.

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    I think both are great bike, and I don't say that about many. I prefer the Yeti suspension because I climb better on it. I have not played around much with the Following suspension so that is my caveat but it felt way more active and so it sagged more on steep climbs. That killed it. Of course, it felt really good otherwise. The Yeti is more my sort of bike- fantastic pedaler and smooth climber. I think Ibis is also more my style. You have to figure out which you like better. Since we climb 70%-80% of the time, I prefer Yeti's suspension and Ibis type of DW Links that don't squat much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxer View Post
    Please help with any experience you may have on Pros & Cons for the Evil Following and the Yeti Sb130 or SB100?
    I will be buying one of these bikes. So Cal riding, fun climbs, downhill on high speed rollers to tecky stuff with drops. Enduro type or racing with occasional 12hr/24hr races.
    Please reply with input not just get THIS bike because I say so.
    Thanks for any and all input and experiences.
    I heard that the Evil Following may be sold out until June...Thats a long time to wait, I may have to get the Yeti.
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    I will check them out...I didnt know they were around, Thanks for the tip. Ill try to ride both bikes if they have them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    I think it could come down to how "competitive" you actually are. If you're getting on the podium or close to getting on it...I'd go demo the bikes and go from there. Getting on the bike and riding it for yourself is going to be the best way to see how the bike fits you. With all the Covid-19 related shutdowns going on...getting on a demo (especially the V3 Following being brand new) might be a bit hard.

    I haven't spent too much time on a Yeti, but I do have a Following. The Delta suspension makes it a good climber and has really good support when mashing out of the saddle. Even with 120mm out back...it feels like it has more than that. It doesn't feel super harsh nearing the end of its travel.
    Hi, I like to ride the best I can but dont plan to be on top of the podium... Ill see it from a couple of spots back though... :-)
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