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testing the Yeti SB-66, self-portrait
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Feb 5, 2013
- Brad Walton definitely puts a bike through its paces when testing. This is a self portrait too!
Nov 16, 2012 at 14:49
Nov 16, 2012
Bellingham, Washington, United States
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(Nov 16, 2012 at 14:53)
Love the contrast of your shirt and the bike against the dank NW background.
(Nov 16, 2012 at 15:00)
(Nov 16, 2012 at 16:42)
Matching shirt and bike? Next level balling!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 9:52)
So who makes the jersey?
(Feb 5, 2013 at 14:45)
Dakine - its a couple seasons old.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 14:46)
Jeez, these Sb66s can buck...
(Feb 5, 2013 at 23:29)
been there, done that! well worth it!
(Nov 29, 2012 at 12:27)
Fantastic photo dude.
Good to see and hear of someone kicking the crap out of an SB and saying good things. I was beginning to think that everyone only had bad things to say about them ( altho I might be saying this to early with your review just round the corner)
Iv also put mine through the mill a few times and it's holding up well, hit a few nice size drops aswell... (few pics in my profile)
Looking forward to your review dude!!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 0:50)
I was thinking the same. It often reads like the guys who test the bikes love them, but the general public have issues.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 10:01)
It doesnt matter if you think you want one or not. Im a downhiller, just trust me on this one suggestion. Go ride an SB-66. Find an LBS doing a demo day or a friend who has one. Just jump on one for an hour. You will have a blast!
(Dec 15, 2012 at 18:56)
B Rad! Yet another classic shot....epitome of rider and photographer and builder wrapped in one! One of a kind!!!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 6:21)
That has got to be the best damn backyard on earth. Not your average AM bike tester.........great pic!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 19:45)
I immediatly thought it was an sb-66, even from the thumbnail! good job yeti :p
(Feb 5, 2013 at 4:17)
the yeti sb66 brings a self portrait system?? and you´re testing it? :p great photo
(Nov 19, 2012 at 10:25)
If you thinking of a present for me Brad this Christmas, I will take that photo blown up and framed please Thank You Chris.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 11:47)
Some guy at Yeti is chewing on his finger nails right now.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 11:47)
My 66 rips, haven't had a minutes trouble out of it.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 12:30)
Wow, Nice work with the timing!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 13:57)
That looks pretty aggro. Sweet shot!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 18:17)
So excited to move to Bellingham this fall! Great photo, love the fact it's a self portrait. I do the same
(Feb 5, 2013 at 18:07)
In Search of : knee pad sponsor
(Feb 5, 2013 at 17:11)
Just finished building my SB66, could not be more stoked to ride it now!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 9:56)
I wanna know where he's landing!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 12:55)
There's quite a lot of 'WANT' in this photo
(Feb 5, 2013 at 6:28)
(Nov 16, 2012 at 16:30)
BOOM! Haha my AM bike can't beat up your AM bike...
(Nov 16, 2012 at 20:32)
Yea but you probably had to pay for your little bike. Brad, probly not.
(Nov 17, 2012 at 9:47)
Actually Steve, that's the guy that gets me the bikes! I think he just meant that an all-mountain bike isn't usually expected to take drops. In this case, Yeti did name it the SB (Super Bike), so it better be able to handle a few drops.
(Nov 29, 2012 at 9:17)
So how did the SB-66 hold up to your abuse?
(Nov 29, 2012 at 9:41)
Still alive and kicking strong. Not a single issue with any component in 4 months of hard use and various weather conditions. I seriously haven't touched this bike with a wrench since the day I got it. Never done anything to the pivots, not lubed or anything. Review to follow soon.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 2:50)
Any news on the review?? Really looking forward to what you have to say.
(Nov 16, 2012 at 16:21)
nice, how did you triggered the cam?
(Nov 16, 2012 at 17:25)
LAZERS! On sharks....
(Feb 5, 2013 at 7:41)
pew pew pew
(Feb 5, 2013 at 13:05)
Actually its an intervalometer. Although sharks with lasers sounds much more exciting.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 13:46)
I wish it were as easy as an intervalometer. It actually is laser triggered.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 14:10)
Time machine! Saving up to get one myself, any recommendations as to configuration?
(Feb 5, 2013 at 17:18)
@bradwalton oh neat. How much are those guys?
(Feb 5, 2013 at 19:46)
@timkoerber wide bars, short stem, and lots of sick anodizing lol
(Feb 6, 2013 at 8:39)
@riley-blott, I would never suffer the indignity of riding a stem longer than 50mm, but that's me. Wide bars, yeah to an extent. As to anodizing, I'd rather have a bike that was more stealth than bling. I could care less for flashy colors, not my thing.
My original comment was about time machine configuration.. additional shutter jacks, sensor inputs, etc. Seeing as Brad is the only person I've heard of with the system, I'd like to know what he's found to work well, and what extras he might recommend. After riding bikes around for more than 20 years, I think I have my bike setup pretty dialed at this point.
(Feb 6, 2013 at 9:47)
The "infrared beam" works well for me, although they do have a two-laser sensor as well. Infrared beam uses a reflector to bounce the beam back to the sensor. Anything breaking the beam triggers the unit. The two-laser sensor may be an easier setup, but it's more wires to keep up with/hide in the image. Infrared beam reflector has driven me insane on more than one occasion trying to get it properly aligned, and you'll always want to have an extra 9V battery in your bag because at some point it will die in the middle of your shoot right after all your meticulous setup time. In general, most of these images take about two hours to get the desired photo. Be ready to pull your hair out in frustration. Even after many successful images, I still have issues about half the time that leaves me cursing trailside. The best is when people come across me on the trail while I'm cursing and pacing, tormented by this evil little device, making me that weird guy in the woods. Pretty satisfying when it all goes right though.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 0:02)
Dat pop of blue colour
(Feb 5, 2013 at 2:52)
About time this got POD.!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 6:30)
Nice work B-Rad! Always pushing' it on all levels.
(Feb 5, 2013 at 4:43)
Dope pic! For a selfportrait it`s awesome!!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 4:30)
Yeti SB-66 FTW!!!
(Feb 5, 2013 at 8:12)
(Feb 5, 2013 at 18:59)
Off camera flash?
(Feb 5, 2013 at 15:24)
no pads brad
(Dec 6, 2012 at 14:06)
(Dec 14, 2012 at 22:18)
(Feb 5, 2013 at 4:06)
it looks he is riding in the heaven... .
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