Yeti SB5.5 daily driver?

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Posted: Mar 23, 2017 at 17:30 Quote
Hi There!

Seriously considering a Yeti SB5.5 as my next bike, unsure of exact build kit yet.

However, given that they're a little rare and a fairly burly beast, I'm curious if anybody has some insight into how it handles daily driver duty? Is it a total pig unless you have lots of gravity, or is it manageable?

The details:
I'm a bigger guy, and fat. 225lbs in riding gear.
Live in Edmonton, so my daily rides don't have any monster descents. Or climbs.
Make it out to some of the bike parks in BC a few times a year, and lots of trips to the mountains
Not winning any races uphill, ever. Usually catch up coming back down. Like to take burly lines.

I'm coming off a norco sight 27.5, and I found it to be undergunned sometimes, but not necessarily sprightly enough to justify itself. It was a great ride, but I want better. Most of my riding is spent on easier singletrack hunting for new trails to charge. I've done a lot of downhilling in the past, and I tend to ride accordingly. Faster and nastier tends to be how I pick trails.

The Yeti looks right on paper, but it costs as much as a car. I'd appreciate feedback from anybody who's spent some time on it!

Posted: Mar 24, 2017 at 2:45 Quote
I'm running an SB6c as a daily (and trail centre/DH use when I can) and it does everything well so assume and SB5 would be even better for what you want.

Posted: Mar 28, 2017 at 19:53 Quote
I tested one last year and now have ordered one to be my daily driver, it was fantastic! But good luck finding one! I ordered mine in YYC back in January, they expect to have it this week or next. Apparently the orders after mine have all been cancelled by Yeti due to stock issues. If you can find one they are good as gold!

Posted: Apr 2, 2017 at 19:39 Quote
I just got one last week and have had a few rides out so far, one on slightly more burly xc style trails, one at a trail center, and one on pretty mellow flat trials. The bike handles all of it amazingly well. I do have the sense while riding it that it just wants more more more. The steeper and faster it gets the more the bike shines. It pedals amazingly well though and has been doing great on the mellow bits. It's my only bike and I got it exactly for the daily driver reason, needs to satisfy me a bike parks to xc trials, and I imagine it's gunna do that amazingly well.

Posted: May 11, 2017 at 8:34 Quote
My SB5.5 X01 build arrived about four weeks ago. I'm bigger than you (260lbs), so the Float X needed a bigger volume spacer to avoid bottoming out and excessive pedal strikes. The climbing ability of this bike is simply amazing. Yes, I feel the extra pounds compared to my XC bike, but the Yeti rear wheel glues itself to the trail on short technical ascents. If you're using it for twisty XC trails, the bar width of 800mm takes some getting used to.

Posted: Jul 22, 2017 at 8:14 Quote
Sorry to bring up old thread.

I am 6'1" 6'2" and am kind of in the middle of Large and XL. 32" inseam with a longer torso and arms.

What sizes are you boys running? How do they feel?

Posted: Jul 24, 2017 at 17:15 Quote
I'm 6'5 /6'6 320 with gear,,, rididing a complete stock 2017 sb5.5 man I'm freaking loving this things as my everything bike..also coming from a Norco 2015 range
pdon wrote:
Sorry to bring up old thread.

I am 6'1" 6'2" and am kind of in the middle of Large and XL. 32" inseam with a longer torso and arms.

What sizes are you boys running? How do they feel?

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