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Gary S.

Gary S.

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Gary S.

Gary S.wrote a review of on December 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am riding a Yeti SB4.5 with a 2.4 MK in front and a 2.2 in back. Mounted on Stan's Crest rims. I have about 600 miles on the set, exclusively off road. Most of my riding is done in the Grand Junction, Fruita, and Moab areas. Probably about 50% at the modestly technical Lunch Loop trails. Lots of rocks, moderate drops etc. No flats to date, although it appears that some bead damage has occurred because there is some leakage of sealant around the edge of the rim, but they still hold air well. The tread is in great shape, however. The leakage could also be due to dirt but I'm too lazy to take them off and clean the rim.

I agree with another rider that there can be a WTF moment or two if you don't corner aggressively enough. I find myself holding my breath a bit waiting for the side knobs on the front tire to hook up. They do eventually, you just have to commit.

They are remarkably fast rolling for a tire of this type. I found them easy to mount and that it takes a few days for Stan's sealant to seal the sidewalls completely.

Oh yeah, my riding weight is 150 lbs, which is how I get away with Crest Rims around here.

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Gary S.

Gary S.wrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Set up with Stan's Crest wheels, Fox Factory suspension components. This bike replaced my 2014 Intense Spider Comp (29er), which was stolen. Two quite different bikes both rating 5 stars. It took me about 100 miles of riding to adapt to the Yeti's slacker geometry, especially while climbing. The Yeti's small fits my 5'5" frame much better than the Intense and the geometry + switch infinity seems more efficient, especially on descents and the flat, very rocky sections common to my area (Grand Junction, Fruita, Moab). 90% of my riding is at the Lunch Loops (techy climbs, exposed single track often tight and twisty). I set new PRs for all of the descents I commonly ride within the first several weeks of riding the Yeti. However, I seem to be slightly slower on the ascents than on the Intense, but I don't think it will be long before I'm climbing at least as well. So Pros: excellent fit for a size small 29er, best descending bike I've owned, SLX components work surprisingly well and I love the bump eating but firm suspension. Cons: slack geometry takes time to adjust to on climbs. Also first mail order bike, CC sent with tires seated and sealed, easy instructions on assembly and were as easy to work with as my LBS, which never carry men's small frames.

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