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    Switch Infinity versus old switch

    Lotta hype out there right now about how SI is relatively maintenance free versus the old switch technology. After having owned a 2012 SB-95a and now a 2014 SB-95c, averaging over 100mi/week most of the year and weighing just over 200 ready to ride, I just don't get what people are talking about.

    First of all I don't think old switch is that difficult to maintain. I do break down the SB to regrease and inspect every six months, but that's because I'm rough on the bike and I ride a lot. I could easily see others going years without breaking it down as long as they aren't stupid and pressure wash the bearings.

    Second SI hasn't been out that long. So other than what Yeti is saying about durability, what the hell are people talking about?

    Can someone tell me if I'm missing something? What is everyone else's service intervals look like??

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    Switch Infinity versus old switch

    It's new, therefore better. Dont question it. Just give in...

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    Re: Switch Infinity versus old switch

    Less moving parts is simpler. Simpler generally means lower maintenece and lower problem rate if designed properly.

    "Switch infinity" is a design used in many high load, fast cycle, small travel, highly repetitive heavy industrial applications.

    Ask a millwright or heavy industrial machine guy. Switch infinity is not a "new" system. It has been used in heavy industry for a long time. It is a burly and simple system, with few moving parts and very little maintanence. Cheap and reliable which is what industry wants and needs.

    The change from switch link to switch infinity is a smart move for both Yeti and Yeti's clients.

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    Switch Infinity versus old switch

    New Switch > Old Switch

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    Thanks for the replies. I can understand that the design is inherently better and is less maintenance than Old Switch. I just had issue with the fact that some of the promos (MTBR included) made it out to sound like Old Switch was some type of major lemon maintenance wise. I guess I was just a little sensitive cause I love my Old Switch bikes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by da peach View Post
    It's new, therefore better. Dont question it. Just give in...
    da peach hath spoken!


    Yes, I think there are a few issues with the old, such as bumper disintegration however like da peach, I have had both a 95a and 95c without any issues in any areas (except XX1).

    Talking with staff at "The Gathering", new = more robust, new = more linear (easier to tune shock), new = lighter. Personally, I think "no royalty payment" was a factor as well, although it didn't manifest itself in lower pricing...did it.

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    My old switch is a 2014. Just great!

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    New is better. It's just the mentality. I was about to post my experience this week with servicing my Switch assembly, after 1700 miles and lots of pressure washing (thanks for the compliment by the way - no I don't direct the water right at the assembly, although).

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    No dig at you specifically, I posted this quite a while ago. If you pressure wash the bike, and you don't have any problems, then awesome! It just adds to the argument that old switch isn't quite as maintenance intensive as people are saying.

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