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    Yeti SB5.5 XT (demo) or 2018 Santa Cruz HT EX 29er

    Howdy peeps! Looking for some insight on which bike I should get. I've been going back and forth on different bikes for like the last month and still haven't pulled the trigger. Who knew spending 5 large would be so hard!

    I'm currently on a hard tail and ride techy single track. Will travel some to ride park in WVA but not often. Rarely do fire or paved road climbs and typically gain 100-150' per mile. Rooty and rocky on the way up and down.

    2018 Yeti SB5.5 XT build. Demo bike at a shop a couple hours away. Dude said it's super clean, not a scratch on it and Yeti confirmed the warranty and crash replacement would be valid as on a new bike. Price: $4500 out the door.

    2018 Santa Cruz Hightower EX 29. Brand new bike and competitive cyclist has it for $4500

    So I'm stoked on these bikes because an aggressive trail bike suits my needs more than an all out enduro bike and both builds are fox suspension and mostly shimano components with most importantly shimano brakes.

    Give me your thoughts please!!!

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    Which build for that SC HT?


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    EX. Fox performance elite, XT drivetrain with a turbine crankset, XT brakes

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    Imho HT and sb55c aren't similiar. HTLT is closer to a sb55c. That's a good deal on a sb55c.

    There are plenty of videos on YT and reports on both bikes. I'm biased to Yeti, so consider that, even though I live close to SC. I personally like the Yeti better.



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    I'm thinking an sb5 might be closer?

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    I've gone to a bunch of the demos the past year helping some friends shop for a bike. The Yeti sb5.5 was one of the few bikes that truly tempted me into reaching for my wallet.

    I haven't ridden an SC HT but I did get to take out a friend's SC HTLT which felt pretty close to the sb5.5.

    Oh, and one of those friends I was demoing bikes with ended up with an sb5.5 and he loves it.

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    The 5.5 is aimed at more endure terrain than it appears you ride that often. The SB 100 seems more matched to where you ride.
    https://www.jensonusa.com/Yeti-SB100...SABEgI0X_D_BwE

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    I'm looking for a little more travel in the rear.

    Edit: My only fear would be dumbing down my trails, but there's a lot of tech up and down. I'm constantly spinning out on my hard tail especially on some of the steep, punchy rooty climbs. Add in drops and Jumps as well.

    The 5.5 isn't perfect per say it's just a stellar deal on a Turq XT build!

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    Here's some customer service info to be aware of. http://forums.mtbr.com/yeti/sb130-sb...s-1089983.html

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