Yeti SB66 – talk me out of it!

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  • munkyboy
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    Heavy, questionable main bearing? Lbh they are pretty stunning

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    SB95? And you’d need to change your username (assuming it refers to the Cove.)

    duner
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    I had one for about 6 months, main bearings (big switch link ones) wore out after 3 and cost me £60 to replace, lower eyelet bush only lasted a couple of months as well. Paint chipped off really easily. Shock wasn’t progressive enough without a volume reducer.

    Good stuff- geometry was excellent, nice long TT. Looked amazing. Was easy to strip down frame and replace bearings!

    After owning many multi pivot bikes I’ve now got a Heckler, 2 bearings with a lifetime warranty. Can’t tell a lot of difference with the suspension action. If you look at the amount of movement in the switch link on an SB66 its not a lot, I can’t see it really making that much difference to the way it rides compared to a single pivot. Just over complicated for the sake of it and not very compatible with mud.

    Rorschach
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    There’s a LOT of 2nd hand ones flying about……

    pinetree
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    Heavy, questionable main bearing?

    You mental? at 6.5lbs including shock, it’s half a pound lighter than a Nomad, 1/4lbs lighter than a Bandit, and a whopping 2Lbs lighter than the Banshee Rune!

    duner
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    Aluminium SB66 is about 7.5lbs I think, certainly felt heavy compared to the heckler and my old Mondraker Dune

    geordiepaul
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    That’s the carbon one. Alloy is pretty heavy. I have a carbon and love it. Bearings were improved in the 2013 models, I believe they’re now Enduro twin race and reports suggest that the problems have gone.

    I went for a play on a Yeti SB66 yesterday and it was fantastic. Looking to get a frame rear shock and strip the Cove for parts.
    I’ll be honest I don’t need it, but I really want it…

    alloy didn’t feel sooo heavy. if the problem is gone, reduced I’m edging toward a buy. does anyone know if there is anything weird about the required head set or ancillary components? for forks I’d be looking to use a set of 150 mm sektors and most of the kit of the Cove Stiffee.

    it’s true i’d most likely have to change name….

    geordiepaul
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    All standard stuff. Tapered headset, alloy is qr or 142 rear carbon in 142 only.

    bwaarp
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    The new 2013 Mega? Not had a single reliability issue with my 2011 frame. It depends if you can get on with the looks?

    I’d be looking at a:

    * Lapierre Spicy 916 Carbon frame
    * 2013 Nukeproof Mega
    * Norco Range Killer B
    * Specialized Enduro Evo

    But not all of those come as framesets and most of them work better with 160mm forks. So I’d actually be looking at a 140mm frame if you want to use a set of Sektors.

    so. if i want to fit a non tapered 1 1/8 I assume this is available….

    bwaarp
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    Yeah headsets are available to adapt non tapered 1 1/8th to just about any headtube diameter.

    DougD
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    look at the hope pick and mix headsets then just get the right bottom cup

    Ibis Mojo HD; a completely different league.

    the sektor is the 150 mm travel. also started sideways glances toward the Cove Foreplay…
    i think i have a fever.
    may have to have a cup of tea and a lie down.
    thanks all. lots to dream about…

    bwaarp
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    Ibis Mojo HD; a completely different league.

    Depends what your after, the geometry isn’t to everyones taste.

    Premier Icon kiwijohn
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    Don’t think. Do it.
    I love mine.

    Premier Icon stewartc
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    Happy with mine and no bearings issues to date (late 2012 SB66c model), get it.

    pomona
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    Have 2 friends with one (1 alloy, 1 carbon) and they both love them despite the fact they’ve been back to the shop 3 times for warranty issues. 1 cracked weld and 2 suspension issues requiring new rear ends.
    The guy with the carbon used to have an alloy but that also failed with a cracked weld.

    ae212060
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    Got mine setup with a Double barrel air as the RP23 just blew through the travel.

    Can’t comment on the bearings, but I do have a spare set ready just in case.

    Paint does chip, but apart from that it rides really well setup 1×10 with a 34 160mm fork!

    deanfbm
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    Mine’s pretty awesome.

    Shock wasn’t progressive enough without a volume reducer.

    This isn’t an issue on you heckler? Leverage rates on both frames is essentially the same, linear.

    I run a large air volume spacer in my rp23, i like have the option to tune progressiveness to taste. Everyone has different tastes.

    wrecker
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    You mental? at 6.5lbs including shock, it’s half a pound lighter than a Nomad, 1/4lbs lighter than a Bandit, and a whopping 2Lbs lighter than the Banshee Rune!

    7.5lbs for the alu frame, which is heavier than the nomad alu.
    I’ve had a decent ride on one, it’s a good bike. A little long in the TT for me but that’s personal taste. My advice would be; try as many bikes as you can before committing (particularly the trannie Covert).

    There’s a lot of 2nd handers because it’s a flash bike. A lot of people buy them becasue they’ll look flash, then move on to the next flash bike when they’re bored/can’t ride it.

    irelanst
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    It’s got tiny little wheels.

    geordiepaul
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    Just changed from a 150mm fork to 160mm, not ridden it like that yet. Might end up being a bit too slack for all days rides. Have to wait and see. I have a spacer to drop it back to 150mm

    Hob Nob
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    I run mine @ 160. It’s great, but then I do prefer a bike a bit slack…

    flamejob
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    How about my very cheap SB66?

    I just got all my Specialized bits back from the cops so need to clear space…

    [edit] Mine has had new improved bearings put in it[/edit]

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