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William Bowen

William Bowen

William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on May 21, 2019

Mid-travel 29er?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yeti's all new geometry for their 2019 line-up is nothing short but amazing! This will continue to be the growing trend and new standard for mtn bikes. Racked out front end at 65.5 head tube angle with a high seat tube 77 degree angle for pedaling efficiency, this bike doesn't disappoint. It climbs extremely well and goes downhill even better for only having 130mm of rear travel. Dare people call it a "mid" travel 29er anymore when you can point and shoot this bike pretty much down anything.

Like all Yeti's, their frames run pretty big over many other bike brands out there. The wheelbase has grown over 30mm in each frame size from the older SB5.5 - this bike is big! 44mm offset fork will definitely help with that wheelbase dimension and keep the bike lively and fun during those switchback climbs.

I'm 5' 11'' and decided to go with a Medium. I rode the Large sb5.5 last year and the frame just felt too big for the style of riding that I like to do. (playful, fun, poppy, and overall more nimble on these racked out 29ers) I could have stuck with the Large if I wanted those line charging fast decends with a super stable feel at high speed but just isn't my style for the riding I want to do.

Overall I'm super stoked on this bike and I'm glad I went with the SB130 for my riding this season. It falls under what I would call the trail travel/enduro geometry category. Critics might say, what is a mid-travel 29er anymore?

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William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

4 5

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

Here is one of my customers impression on the shorts:

I tried it on for my work commute and then put it to the test this pas Saturday on a mountain cross, a 65 miles ride of almost all gravel roads, up and down the Virginia blue ridge parkway. I do not own other versions of the Patagonia bike liners. Here are my thoughts:

- I am a 33" waist and ordered a large. For most cycling clothing, that would be a snug but adequate fit. This bib fit, however, is generous, and I think I could I sized down. So my advice there, don't size up!
- The bib does no offer any sort of muscle compression; probably because priority is given to breathability (side mesh). This is not something that all bib/liners offer, so not a negative, but something to be aware of.
- The chamois is a lot thicker than what I am used to. You don't feel it much while riding, but you're going to want to take it off as soon as possible afterwards; or you have to walk around with the feeling of having a loaded diaper...
- The storage is great, but I don't care too much for the water bottle pocket because it puts a pressure point on the spine (also, I have enough cages on my cross bike). But in my opinion, it's a good option, especially for MTB where many frames can't fit cages.
- For this long ride, I used it with the Patagonia dirt roamer. I liked the ability to secure the shorts to the bib. But the bib works great with other shorts too.

Overall, I am happy. Being made by Patagonia, I anticipate years of use/abuse. The price is right.

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