Needless to say, it descends effortlessly. Such a heavy frame matching this light and way too flexy fork? In addition to a full tune up we also did a fork overhaul and installed a new shifter cable and a set of brake pads. Converted everything to shimano 1x10 and no more drivetrain problems. Brake modulation is as close to perfect as we can imagine, and offers plenty of power. The bike looked great, it seemed well thought out, and it had an ingenious new suspension system that caught my eye and imagination. Half a year later and here is the result! As other reviews have said, and will continue to say, the bike's suspension works as advertised. It's also a challenge to handle on tight switchbacks and in tight trees, due to the longer wheelbase.
I swapped the rear shock to a Monarch plus which helped quite a bit but still found the bike tough to handle on rougher climbs. The frame's reliability is uninspiring and does not provide confidence. I was very surprised that the bearings all felt great despite months of rain and mud riding. There are so many good bikes in this general category that the lack of an accessible water bottle mount on the Yeti kills it for me. Especially after the first rebuild. Cable routing is neat and tidy along the inside of the front triangle, with space to accommodate a dropper post cable. The trail wasn't a very hard trail at all, the 575 was a hell of a lot better.
I live in Colorado and May have to drop this over priced turd off to them. Switch Technology refers to the rotational movement of an eccentric that houses the lower pivot. It never felt unwieldy, and it would thread through tighter corners relatively well. The combination of aggressive geometry, stiff tubing and the longer top tube provide a platform that is built for speed. Had some frame failures that Yeti always took good care of me very promptly. I also got carbon fibre, and titanium parts on my motorbike. Perhaps we've just become accustomed to bikes that are too short.
Have them come out to the Southwest and take some turns in the rocky, gnarly high desert of Moab or Hurricane and see how their bikes perform. But when the bike was launched there was no 34 available. I do have a couple of questions though. Plus, it's sexy as hell to look at. The speed, stiffness and responsiveness are fantastic and give the bike balance for both ascending and descending.
I have had the bike for over a year, road it on trails from Utah to Oregon. You have to remove 4 screws and loosen another so that you can lift off the entire top half of the stem. Im so embarrassed to tell anyone how much I paid for my enduro, and that shit was used, made in taiwan! Rumour has it that Shmox will present their Enduro racing specific fork with new eliptical 15-17. Volume spacers in my Nomad's rp23 made it worse, to my surprise. It floats up climbs and descends like an demon. Don't flame me for my personal experience, but I'm now saving for a 575. For some reason, I snapped more rear der.
I compared to the Nomad and the Transition Covert and found there was more technology for the money with this bike. If you are in the market for an all mountain bike that climbs and rides good, then I would consider this bike. For a full refund no less. As the rear suspension compresses into its travel, the eccentric and the pivot rotate counter-clockwise as viewed from the drive-side of the bike. Near that 100mm point in the travel, the eccentric reaches the inflection point, where it changes direction and rotates clockwise. Riding at speed is definitely where the bike exceeds in its descending capabilities. Another guy I ride with had the sb 66a and his swing arm cracked as well.
You'll experience reliable traction and control through challenging sections of trail, in the big ring or small and with zero pedal feedback. I was told they even have an adaptor to apply grease with a grease gun or something. In the most technical sections, just a bit more pedal effort, and the bike just excels. The paint does seem a little fragile but that's about the only issue mechanically I've had with the bike. He is the world's best all around rider, but show me another bike that has done that. A Thomson stem and seatpost seem like a no-brainer on a bike of this caliber. I have hard problems with many of the components that are on the bike.
I really do love this bike. I like it more in the air too. Got a good deal on it from the local bike shop. I ride, and I have fun, plain and simple. Suspension works really well once set up! The suspension works fantastic for me, I run it alittle stiffer than the 30% Fox recommends, but I have always prefered alittle more rigidness in my suspension.