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Dale M.

Dale M.

Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on July 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Current bike is a Yeti SB6c and I took one of these SB100 out for a Factory demo for a comparison. I went to a trail I ride all the time. The trail is pretty steep and full of rocks and roots on the uphill and descent. As expected the bike pedaled like no bike I have ridden before. It did really feel like I had stronger legs or extra gears. The bike also felt very nimble, I didn't even think about 29" wheels on switchbacks. For the descent I was about 15 seconds off my time from earlier in the week (9 minute descent) which shows this bike can definitely rip with only 120mm of travel. The suspension was not set up that well for me and was very stiff so I only used about 90 mm of travel on a trail where using the full 120 mm was expected. I imagine I have plenty of more time on the descent to make up once the suspension is set and my tire pressures are better adjusted (I rode them with about 6 psi more than normal so I wouldn't trash the rims). In one section of flowy, not so rocky, not so steep trail I hit my PR and highest top speed I have been on that trail. So basically, the bike seems to be the real deal. That's all the good. For the bad I would say that a $6k bike should have a bit better of a build spec and it could lose a pound or so. Also I could have used the head angle to be a bit slacker but who knows what that would have done to the uphill capabilities. While I really did enjoy the bike compared to my SB6c (you forget how well a bike can pedal), I can't see myself dropping the $6k on the bike, at least not before I try out the Intense Sniper Trail which is cheaper, lighter and seems to have a better build spec. Overall a very good bike but not quite sure if the price matches the bike well.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on May 30, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this for two months now. Initially the post worked just great. It has started having issues staying up and down. A simple reset procedure fixed it but it is disappointing to see issues so soon. It has also developed a hitch in it when it is going up that slows the return on the post. Not sure what is wrong there but the speed is now pretty slow with the pressure maxed out. I also didn't like having to buy the proper lever separately. The stock one is noticeably harder to use than the 1x lever they sell separately. At this price point there are quite a few droppers I would buy ahead of this one. Had my first reverb for two years and no issues at all. On the positive side they have very useful videos on line to troubleshoot issues.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Hard to put in a solid review as I have only ridden the wheels about 5 or 6 times. With that said, I can notice an improvement in my downhill performance. Not sure if it is because it is a stiffer wheel than what I had on previously (DT Swiss X1600) or the wider profile of the rim but I do feel in a bit more control and don't feel the flex I used to with the cross country oriented DT Swiss set. Way too early to tell about durability, we will see. So far so good and I have slammed them into roots and rocks already with no damage. Tires mounted easily with a floor pump.

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