Going to France soon and just found my virtually un-ridden Marzocchi forks are faulty. They're on my Nicolai "big bike", which is my 1st choice for the Alps.
They've been returned under warranty, but I don't know the timescales involved, so I'm contemplating taking my Yeti ASR5c.
Its built with Revelation Teams set at 130mm, but can lengthen them to 150mm, Mavic 819's, a reverb & a 1x10 SLX drivetrain. I've got some bigger volume tyres I can put on, or even some ex823's (not sure on the tyre clearance with these).
Now, I've been going to the Alps over 10 years now, and like to ride anything and everything, without having to nurse the bike too much (I'm 15 stone kitted, but quite smooth). I don't mind that the Yeti will be a lot skittier than the Nic', but will it be tough enough? Am I likely to kill it?
I've seen the santa cruz video of them testing their carbon frames, but wondered if anyone had any real-world experience of a carbon Yeti? Will this frame be strong enough for some pretty hard riding with the forks set to 150mm, or will I spread the head tube? etc...