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    ATTN: YBB Owners!!!

    I'm flirting with the idea of buying a YBB. I'm coming off a steel hardtail and ride very rocky technical trails on the east cost with long climbs and descents. I'm looking for a bike with a little more give in the rear. More importantly I want something with better traction in technical terrain. And most importantly I want a low maintenane frame. So any input would be appreciated!

    ...Also if any YBB owners feel the need to post pics of their steeds it would go a long way towards fueling my YBB bike-porn fire!

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    I have two buddies with YBB's for sale

    #1=2000 19 inch, full xtr, sid fork, moots ti post, monkeylite, chris king/517 wheels. $2000

    #2=2001 18 inch SL model, Fox float rlc100, crossmax ust, full xtr w/5 arm spider, Easton Mag stem and monkey lite. $2500


    Both are quite nice. if you want further info. let me know and I can forward your email to them. As for theYBB, it is a BEAUTIFUL bike, lite as hell and burly enough to ride for a long time. But remember a softail only provides about 1 inch of travel-not alot. Feels kinda like a hardtail with 2.5 inch tires with about 30lbs of air.

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    Go Full Suspension

    Yes, there will be maintenance, but there is also maintenance with a YBB. I rode a YBB for three seasons, and then a Klein Adept Pro, and now a Santa Cruz Blur. None of these were perfect but I do reccomend full suspension for everyone. The YBB is a beautiful bike, but the amount of give it offers is not woth it. Full suspension is so much faster and gives so much more traction and comfort. For my epic rides and endurance racing I will always ride something with around four inches of travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STXRC
    I'm flirting with the idea of buying a YBB. I'm coming off a steel hardtail and ride very rocky technical trails on the east cost with long climbs and descents. I'm looking for a bike with a little more give in the rear. More importantly I want something with better traction in technical terrain. And most importantly I want a low maintenane frame. So any input would be appreciated!

    ...Also if any YBB owners feel the need to post pics of their steeds it would go a long way towards fueling my YBB bike-porn fire!
    i went from hardtail to softtail and now on full suspension i like FS better than ST because it is more plush and not big weight penalty. I have santa cruz superlight with xtr talas and 5th element rear and it is waaaaayyy better thank ST and climbs better and decends better! I wish i would have not bought the ST cause was a waste of money! Superlight is one pivot and i like better than blur (ive owned both) . you could also get custom ST if that is what u really want Kish is killer he teaches the class at ubi for ti welding and his website is kishbike.com

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    ride before you pay!!

    hi there you sound pretty entousiast, mate. and i dont want to spoil the party but make sure really really make sure you ride one fierst before you by one.
    1.5 years ago i was in the same positio as youre now i was ridding a full rigid breezer for years and wanted something new, i always like moots but could never afford one then one day i bought one spend about 3 grand on a used model ybb.its had all the tricky bits and was a uear old. i had for three months and sold it in my opinion it was the most not rigged bike i ever had the toptube flex was incridebly and i fels like the bottombracket was moving a lot to.
    now as i said i dont want to spoil youre party, but for me this was quit an expensive mistake and just feld the need to share my exeprience, i had a 20 inch witch is not that big but might have something to do with it?
    cheers michel














    Quote Originally Posted by STXRC
    I'm flirting with the idea of buying a YBB. I'm coming off a steel hardtail and ride very rocky technical trails on the east cost with long climbs and descents. I'm looking for a bike with a little more give in the rear. More importantly I want something with better traction in technical terrain. And most importantly I want a low maintenane frame. So any input would be appreciated!

    ...Also if any YBB owners feel the need to post pics of their steeds it would go a long way towards fueling my YBB bike-porn fire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by STXRC
    I'm flirting with the idea of buying a YBB. I'm coming off a steel hardtail and ride very rocky technical trails on the east cost with long climbs and descents. I'm looking for a bike with a little more give in the rear. More importantly I want something with better traction in technical terrain. And most importantly I want a low maintenane frame. So any input would be appreciated!

    ...Also if any YBB owners feel the need to post pics of their steeds it would go a long way towards fueling my YBB bike-porn fire!
    You might consider a KHS softtail team. It has an aluminum front triangle which has more lateral stiffness and less bottom bracket flex than titanium, and has a chromoly rear triangle. You can get the frame for about 500 dollars. Way less than spending major bucks for a Moots only to find you don't like the softtail. It is about the same weight as well, and has a 25 year warranty.
    I find that paired with a 4 inch Marzocchi fork with ETA travel adjust they climb excellent! They are no full suspension on really rough downhills, but are much better than a hardtail. They have a liveliness to them that is hard to explain. Any full suspension bike takes some power away as you pedal, even those with pro-pedal and SPV seem to. The softtail may flex a little when you crank down hard on the pedal stroke, but I think that it springs back in a lively sort of way and gives back the energy rather than soaks it up. They also stick to climbs really well without spinning, and you can stand up and hammer way better than a full suspension. My friend has an Epic, and it is stiff when you stand, but spins out easy. The softtail has just enough give to grab traction without you feeling any loss of energy. You can also stand up on it in places where a hard-tail would spin out. I find that it is best for a person that likes to agressively attack the climbs. Instead of sitting down when you get a ways into a hill, you jump up and attack the rest of the climb and rocket away. So it depends on if you like to humiliate your friends on the climbs, or the downhills. If you like a bike that makes you feel like a hero on the climbs, and have lots of energy on super long epic rides, than give one a shot.

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