Yeti SB66, ok to build up for all day rides for a cross country rider?
I have always been a cross country style rider, but am thinking of getting a bike with a decent amount of travel.
This would be used for all day rides with technical sections and occasional trips to trail centres, stuff that does not suit the 29er hard tail race/long distance bike setup I have.
Would the Yeti SB66 build up ok for this, or is it to much for this sort of riding? May even stretch to the carbon version.
I would want to put SPD’s on it, is this allowed by the fashion rules or just wrong on this type of bike?Posted 4 years ago
Morebikes – Same here, been an XC rider right down to the long stem and skinny bars but after fighting it I’m a convert after riding a Blur for the last year. Bars have got wider, stem shorter, travel increases etc etc.
I’ve just built up one of these (SB66) and loving it – the ‘All Mountain’ cliche is perfectly fitting. Climbs nicely and just planted on the descents. I find that a good bit of rear travel helps a lot in the climbs and overall comfort. This has genuinely ended up as the only bike I’ll use for everything. All day rides, trail centres and short blasts in the local hills. Can’t recommend it enough.
I’ll post a shot – built this up with a 650 front on it which I find helps a lot. It’s not helping an already slack head angle but I find I’m coming round slowly to this (the 650 front takes about another half degree off the already slack front)
And I just cant bring myself to ride flat pedals, SPD’s seem to be the only XC habit I cant see breaking.
All the bestPosted 4 years agoae212060Member
I have an SB-66, but come from more of a DH background. I ride road and cross as well though so I’m not adverse to a good pedal. I ride clips for anything other than DH days. Rides very well for an all rounder, but won’t be a patch on your hardtail 29er as the trails flattens out. As long as you don’t plan to do any XC speed epics you’ll love it.
You might want to try a few bikes before purchase. Maybe a Santa Cruz solo 650b could be the bike for you? http://www.pinkbike.com/news/First-Look-Santa-Cruz-Solo-and-Tallboy-2.htmlPosted 4 years agogeordiepaulMember
I found the alloy one to be a heavy beast in my size. I weight a Large in a local bike shop and it was close to 9lbs for frame and shock. Quite a bit more than the quoted. I opted for the carbon as a result.
I ride it on all day rides, took a while to get the position etc right but it’s comfortable and reasonably light for the sort of bike it is, especially with the 36’s and the uber slack head angle Does everything really well and the wheels are the right size 🙂
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