SB140 or SB165

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Posted: May 2, 2021 at 16:41 Quote
SB165 or SB140?

Looking at a 27.5 bike
Live in Southern Ontario and its "no mountains but we have the Escarpment here" terrain
not interested in a 29R at all
anyone have the chance to ride both back to back?
which do you recommend as a 80% trail ? 20% bike park bike?


Posted: May 3, 2021 at 13:34 Quote
Another vote for the 140 here

Posted: May 3, 2021 at 13:53 Quote
I've ridden both and the sb140 for sure.

Posted: May 3, 2021 at 20:16 Quote
Thanks for the feedback
Would anyone be willing to elaborate as to why the SB140 over the SB165?

Posted: May 3, 2021 at 21:47 Quote
The sb165 is more of a park bike, its bigger, heavier, and harder to peddle then the sb140. I felt the sb140 was really stable and confidence inspiring that unless riding in a bike park 90% of the time I wouldn’t even consider the 165 over the 140. I felt even the sb140 needed some pace to feel in its element (perhaps because of the infinity switch??), the 165 much much more so.

Posted: May 4, 2021 at 2:55 Quote
have u looked at the specialized status

Posted: May 4, 2021 at 14:24 Quote
I have an sb165 and use it for everything, it pedals better than other brands shorter travel offerings so even if it loses a bit of efficiency to the sb140 it's still better than most bikes, especially considering it's using coil and not relying on air shock stiction to help pedalling. I find what makes a bike easy to pedal or not is mostly down to the tyres, draggy dh tacky tyres will hold any bike back on mellow terrain... The difference in weight between an sb140 and sb165 is peanuts, mostly the coil spring, which imo coil is miles better than air. If you want an sb165 to feel more trail bike, fit fast rolling tyres and use a shock with a climb lever or like I have the 11.6...though I never use the lever anyway as for me after trying other horst link bikes the 165 still bobs half as much in comparison to them... I do have a super light carbon wheelset on mine though and I built the whole bike from scratch so how a stock off the shelf sb165 performs in comparison I wouldn't know, doubt it's much worse though.

Posted: May 4, 2021 at 16:29 Quote
Danzzz88 wrote:

Ive no doubt you are very well versed on the sb165 and previously gave me some great advise on it, so im just purely giving some geographical feedback here: ontario is super flat

Posted: May 5, 2021 at 0:58 Quote
Don't get me wrong the 165 is overkill for most of what I ride too, but I wanted a bike that could perform as close to a DH bike in the bikeparks too and I feel for the slightly heavier weight and tiny bit more bob you may get over shorter travel Yetis it will make up for it on the truly gnarly stuff. However even though more suspension does absorb bumps and ruts better, big 29er wheels find less in the first place. I'm a 27.5 fan too but no doubt for flatter terrain with potholes and bumps and not many big drops or huge air time, bigger wheels make more sense than more suspension travel. If you feel the sb140 travel is enough for the bikepark get that, I imagine an air shocked sb140 feels quite different to a coiled sb165 in terms of suppleness though.

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