Yeti 575 - Review

Mar 24, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
REVIEWED
Yeti 575

WORDS Mike Kazimer
PHOTOS Colin Meagher
Yeti's 575 has been a mainstay in the Colorado based company's lineup for nearly a decade, undergoing various revisions over the years to keep up with changing standards. When it was first released it was something of an anomaly, a bike with nearly six inches of travel that was intended more for trail usage rather than freeriding or downhilling. Yeti was clearly ahead of the curve, anticipating the desire for a bike of this nature well before the trail and all-mountain categories grew to what they are today.

For 2014 the aluminum framed 575 bumps up to the 27.5” wheel size, along with getting a PressFit 30 bottom bracket and ISCG 05 tabs. Yeti offers the 575 in five different sizes, from XS to XL, and with four different build kit options. Prices start at $3500 USD, and our test bike, outfitted with Yeti's Race build kit and a Thomson dropper post, retails for $5000.


Yeti 575 Details

• Purpose: trail
• Rear-wheel travel: 146mm
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Press fit BB
• 12 x 142mm rear axle
• ISCG 05 tabs
• Weight: 30.07 lbs (size M, without pedals)
• Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
• MSRP: $5000 USD




Frame Details

The 575's frame is constructed from hydroformed 7005 series aluminum, and features a redesigned rear triangle for 2014 in order to accommodate the larger wheel size. A tapered head tube, 12x142 rear end, ISCG 05 tabs – these features have become standard fare on trail and all-mountain bikes, and the 575 is no exception. There's a spot at the base of the seat tube for the housing of a stealth dropper post to exit, and internal routing in the down tube for the same housing. The rest of the cable routing is external, and located on the underside of the downtube. Yeti's interchangeable dropout design allows either a 135mm QR or 142x12 thru axle to be used.

Since Shimano doesn't make a PF30 crankset, Yeti uses a Praxis Works' conversion bottom bracket that works with the XT crankset's spindle dimensions. With this clever design one cup presses into the non-drive side, and the other threads in from the drive side. The cup threads into an expanding collet that applies uniform pressure to the bottom bracket shell, locking the entire assembly into place, and reducing the likelihood of the creaking that can sometimes go along with PressFit bottom brackets.

Yeti 575 test review
  The 575 uses a simple single pivot suspension layout with a rocker link attached between the top and seat tube.

Suspension Design

The 575 uses a modified single pivot design, with an aluminum rocker mounted on a brace between the top tube and seat tube driving the rear shock. Double row sealed cartridge bearings are in place for the main pivot, and an expanding collet system is used to keep the main pivot bolt secure. Where many bikes using this style of suspension design have a pivot on the rear triangle, Yeti relies on the shaping and custom butting of the seat stays to provide enough compliance as the rear shock goes through its travel.

Specifications
Price $5000
Travel 140mm
Rear Shock Fox Float CTD Adjust K+
Fork Fox 34 150mm
Headset Cane Creek
Cassette Shimano 10spd
Crankarms Shimano XT (24-38)
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT 10spd
Front Derailleur Shimano XT
Shifter Pods Shimano XT 10spd
Handlebar Easton Havoc Carbon
Stem Thomson X4
Grips Yeti Lock-On
Brakes Shimano XT
Hubs DT Swiss 350xm
Tires Maxxis High Roller II
Seat Yeti Custom
Seatpost Thomson Elite Dropper
Yeti 575 test review




Riding the Yeti 575



We ran Yeti's 575 through the full gamut of trail styles, everything from smooth and fast singletrack to steep, rocky, technical descents.


Initial Setup / Climbing

As far as the overall fit goes, Yeti's bikes tend to have slightly longer top tube lengths, and the 575 is no exception, with a top tube length of 604mm and a reach of 414mm on a medium size frame. The size medium is spec'd with a 70mm Thomson stem, which isn't an outrageous length, but it would still be nice to see the bike equipped with something in the 50-60mm range, a length we'd imagine many riders will end up swapping to anyways. Even set up with a shorter stem there's still enough room at the front of the bike to find a comfortable position on long, drawn out slogs up steep climbs.

With a weight of 30 pounds without pedals, the 575 isn't lightest trail bike around, but it turned out to be a solid performer when it came to slower speed, technical climbs, scrambling and clawing its way up the most chopped up features we pointed it at. We spent time clambering up the sandstone rocks in Sedona, as well as grinding through mud and slippery roots in the Pacific Northwest, and in each setting the 575 held its own. The Shimano 2x10 drivetrain may deserve a bit of credit here, offering a slightly lower gear than you'd get with a 1x11 setup, and making it easier to find a low enough gear to keep the pedals spinning through the rough stuff. On smoother, more sustained and less committing uphills the yellow steed did feel a little sluggish, lacking the pep that encourages out of the saddle sprinting. Switching the rear shock into Trail mode and finding a comfortable cadence proved to be the ticket – the 575 rewards more of a relaxed, seated pedalling style.


Mike Kazimer testing the Yeti 575 650.
  Steep sandstone rolls didn't phase the 575 in the least.


Technical Terrain / Descending

The 27.5” wheeled version of the 575 has a head angle that's a degree slacker than the previous 26” version (67° vs. 68°), a geometry tweak that runs contrary to what we're used to seeing. Typically, the geometry trend has been that head angles get slightly steeper as wheel size increases, which is intended to counteract the slower steering that comes with a larger diameter wheel. The 575's slacker head angle came in handy on the steep rock faces we rolled the bike into, and the relaxed geometry combined with Shimano's powerful XT brakes made it possible to creep down moves in complete control, avoiding the pointy rocks and plants that inevitably lined the runouts.

One of our test loops in Sedona had a high speed, rocky section of singletrack that twisted and turned its way through a narrow canyon, the perfect spot to see how a bike handled technical bits of trail at full pace. Despite its longish wheelbase and chain stays, the 575 didn't have the stability we were looking for at these higher speeds. We experimented with different rear shock pressures, and eventually settled on running slightly more air pressure to achieve 20% sag, a change which helped keep the rear end from going through its travel too quickly, one of the reasons the bike seemed to be struggling in the rough. The rear suspension has a very linear feel, and although it never bottomed out harshly, it seemed more eager to go through its travel than we would have liked. Running less sag did help improve the bike's performance, but high speed, chunky trails still aren't exactly the 575's strong suit. When the speeds dropped the 575's manners improved, with very neutral handling that didn't require anything out of the ordinary to navigate it along the tight, root strewn trails that we took it on back in the Pacific Northwest.

The 575 did prove to be an adept jumper, and on nearly any size hit there wasn't any trouble getting airborne, and the bike's handling was very predictable, eliminating any surprises when taking off or landing, as long as there was a decent transition. On these smoother, jump filled trails (we're not huge fans of the term 'flow trail', but that's probably the most accurate description in this instance) the 575 capably dispatched whatever berms and features were tossed its way.


Yeti 575 review test 2014
  Shimano's XT brakes offered plenty of power, and there was no trouble with the XT drivetrain, although the performance of Thomson's Elite Dropper didn't match our previous experiences.


Component Check

• Thomson Elite Post – We had a positive experience with out initial test of Thomson's Elite Dropper post, and were glad to see that Yeti had added one to our 575's build kit. Unfortunately, the post arrived in need of service - it seemed to have lost some of its internal pressure, making it unable to rise or lower quickly enough to be useable. The Elite Dropper isn't user serviceable, so this is an issue that would require sending the post back to Thomson.

• Shimano XT drivetrain – We're still anxiously awaiting Shimano's answer to SRAM's 1x11 drivetrain. Until then, front derailleurs and two or three front chainrings are the name of the game with Shimano's offerings. The XT gruppo worked without any issues, and our only complaint is that the noise of the chain rattling against the front derailleur is even more noticeable now that we're becoming accustomed to running narrow-wide chainrings without a chain guide. Fingers crossed Shimano has something up their sleeves – it would be nice to see front derailleurs go the way of the Dodo.

• Shimano XT brakes – Shimano's XT stoppers are still our favorite brakes on the market right now. Excellent ergonomics, plenty of power, and easy to bleed, they're an ideal choice for just about any bike out there.


Mike Kazimer testing the Yeti 575 650.


Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesPerhaps we've been spoiled by our time aboard Yeti's Super Bike series - the all-round performance of both the SB95 and SB66 left us seriously impressed after our time on them - but the 575 didn't win us over in the same way. We could see the 575 being popular with riders who are looking for a trail bike with a little extra travel to take the edge off the occasional bigger hit, but this wouldn't be our bike of choice for more technical, rough terrain. Although it's $300-$500 less expensive than a bike from the SB series, we would be tempted to find a way to scrounge up those extra dollars (a few weeks of Ramen noodles might be the ticket) and go for a Super Bike rather than springing for the 575. - Mike Kazimer


www.yeticycles.com


154 Comments

  • 43 4
 An awesome bike in its time that has simply been overtaken by progress. With the price difference between it and the SB, I would say it is almost time for retirement.
I've had the 575, SB66 and SB95 (Still have the last 2) and the aggressive ride characteristics of the SB are now planets ahead.
  • 20 128
flag Axxe (Mar 24, 2014 at 1:46) (Below Threshold)
 What is "aggressive ride characteristics"? If you think you are a better rider than this bike, you are delusional.
  • 54 2
 Aggressive ride characteristics is the reason so many people have a full race worthy Dh sled. A slacker head angle, plusher suspension, lower cog etc all add up to a bike you can feel more confident on and ride harder. And calling someone delusional for making a personal observation is pretty dickish really, everyone can tell the difference between 2 bikes, because theres the same difference, just the riders lower down the spectrum
  • 10 98
flag Axxe (Mar 24, 2014 at 2:35) (Below Threshold)
 Now take a look at 575 geometry numbers and compare to other modern bikes in its class. And get a clue.
  • 31 4
 Its not all about numbers. 2 bikes with identical figures can ride a million miles apart. Get a clue.
  • 8 106
flag Axxe (Mar 24, 2014 at 3:37) (Below Threshold)
 And now we know that you do not have a clue. Poseur. "Aggressive ride characteristics" Harr, harr..
  • 73 2
 Axxe...I've crossed your path before on these forums...you're like a poor man's Protour...
  • 11 1
 You're a moron, what inked-up is saying is true. You can have two bikes with the same geometry but if they have a different suspension design they are going to ride completely differently. Put this 575 up against a Spesh with the same geometry and it is going to ride completely different due to the suspension design. You, in fact, need to get a clue.
  • 6 1
 Someone skimp on the bike and get a 575 not an Sb and now getting all butthurt over people saying its not as good? Seriously man, youve just made yourself look like a fool, a lot of reviews say some bikes make you charge into stuff harder, or take that risky line youve been eyeing up. Theres many many bikes out there that promote either an aggressive or more relaxed riding style, or just neutral. If you actually spent time reading reviews instead of rubbishing peoples opinions on the Internet, maybe youd have read these terms being used before.
  • 10 19
flag fecalmaster (Mar 24, 2014 at 4:31) (Below Threshold)
 Nice looking bottle rocket!
  • 15 0
 @Axxe - don't fret that your bike got a not so glowing review here. I have a new 575 too, that I am taking my time to build, that hasn't seen dirt yet.
You need to get a short stem, a volume spacer for the shock, go ride the damn thing and not give a crap about an online review. I am just happy they didn't say the chain stays were too long, which was my only concern. Shock tune, I can fix; chain stay length, not so much.
  • 3 0
 I have a '13 575 and '13 SB66, as a big guy(220 lbs) I also find that the leverage ratio is a little high, it's about 2.8:1 I think, and always ran it around 20% sag. No such issues with the SB, both are great bikes, bit the SB takes it for me when it comes to more aggressive riding.
  • 5 1
 @ Axxe: It's not like this bike will not satisfy 70-80% of the market out there. Haighway's point and Mike's review mentions that if you really want to push it's boundaries and have the skill to do so, you'll hit the 575's limit before the you would on the SB series.

If you want to take Haighway's opinion as a personal insult, that's your issue.
  • 7 0
 I ride a 2012 575 and there's one major reason I bought it over the SB66- the used market cost. (Mine was a rental bike that I customized when money began to come in.)
  • 5 1
 damn axxe got some hate bu he deserved it
  • 7 0
 Guys axxe is a troll just ignore him he's trying to get ppl mad!
  • 1 15
flag Axxe (Mar 24, 2014 at 22:37) (Below Threshold)
 Pathetic twits.
  • 2 1
 Stop resorting to pathetic name calling because nobody is on your side. You sir are the pathetic twit.
  • 1 0
 Keep on provoking him, he will only respond with some more outrageous comments!!!
  • 1 0
 Oh I'm done now. That was my last comment on the matter.
  • 8 0
 looks like someone has an Axxe to grind... Har Har..
  • 1 0
 its kinda funny how he calls us pathetic twits........first off, who the f*ck says that 2nd off, what the f*ck dos that mean and 3rd, umm theres nothing else so uh ur stupid
  • 1 2
 Axxe thinks using the britishism, "pathetic twits" ipso facto elevates him above the rest of us, him being so well-traveled and world-wise and all Big Grin As they say, a little bit of intelligence/knowledge is a dangerous thing
  • 1 10
flag Axxe (Mar 25, 2014 at 22:43) (Below Threshold)
 Name calling? It is the only thing some of the pea-brained adolescent rabble here understands. Several idiots had been dead wrong and got called on it. I guess you can't handle that.
  • 5 1
 Axxe... The tribe has spoken... Bring us your torch...
  • 5 0
 Axxe. There is just one thing I don't understand I'm afraid. You are really 43 and still act like this? Oh hum.
  • 1 0
 Ok, so whos been wrong and how? Bring actual facts to the argument instead of insults and people might take you more seriously. You started the insults, noone else. So dont start trying to take the moral high ground, it won't work when everyone can see how foolish youve made yourself look.
  • 2 0
 Argue with a fool enough and soon it will be hard to tell who's the fool.
  • 3 0
 Or my favourite quote 'dont argue with an idiot, they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience'
  • 3 1
 Axxe, your first comment, and the second comment in this chain, was slinging shitty words. You started the shittalk when you called someone delusional, do you expect a puppy in the mail in return?

Fact is people tried to explain their stance to you and got bullshit and flak in return. If they can't deal with you by being polite and giving their opinions, by being tactful and objectively explaining shit to you, or by trying to make light jokes about how inept you are, how would you suggest people deal with you? If you don't like being called names and being talked down to, don't start off on the offensive foot.

Also by god you have a potty mouth on the news articles. Never seen you act out this poorly on the forum before. I think you'd be removed from threads pretty bloody fast if you were to act the same, though.
  • 2 8
flag Axxe (Mar 26, 2014 at 20:29) (Below Threshold)
 I have started shit talk on purpose. Comment absolutely deserved it. It was uninformed, bordering on idiotic. I could not care less if the rabble cant take it.
  • 3 2
 You just can't leave it can you? Have to try getting that last dig in by calling us the rabble. Its not that we can't take it, I just believe a lot of people, like me, who cant stand ignorance/your level of dickishness
  • 17 1
 To be fair this is now Yeti's version of the SC Heckler. A cheaper bike that rides well but not as well as the flag ship model. Its a great bike for the price. The head angle, wheel size and basic function are on the money. I imagine its allot cheaper to make then the super bike.
  • 3 1
 Reviews of the Heckler seem significantly better than this, though. Real-world ride reports were surprised by how close in performance it was to the VPP bikes.
  • 9 16
flag hamncheez (Mar 24, 2014 at 7:54) (Below Threshold)
 $5000 and no steal dropper/xtr? Not a good deal. Its a 30 pound bike! I could build up a 7" travel bike to be 30 pounds for less than $5k
  • 3 2
 To be fair, it is "only $5k. The standard these days for a bike like this is definitely to be around 27-28lbs all decked out, but the standard msrp for that top spec is also a solid $7-10k. You could buy this for $5k and spend that extra money to drop a couple pounds with the parts of your choice. Overall though, this bike seems like a bust with such a tiny price difference from the SB bikes. And I do agree that a 30lb 140mm bike sounds pretty lame these days.

You know it's bad when the PB review specifically advises buying something else.
  • 6 3
 As annoying as those YT industries fanboys are, the Capra is around $4800 when converted to US dollars and has MUCH better components, plus I bet it rips x10 as much as the 575.

Look at all these bikes for under $5k, all spec'ed better than this, and most frames will probably perform better

www.jensonusa.com/Mountain-Bikes?c=C0000GQU
  • 5 0
 I demoed a 575 a little less than two years ago and I usually ride a Heckler (have for a few years).

I remember remarking to the Yeti guy that the 575 felt a lot like my Heckler in both form, springy-ness and just overall ride quality.

Daisycutter, I think you hit the nail straight on the head when you said it's Yeti's version of the Heckler. It's a simple single pivot, it is a very burly trail bike and in comparison with it's big brother (Heckler-Nomad, 575-sb66), it's a little cheaper.
  • 3 3
 MSRP on a CARBON santa cruz bronson is $4200, and it weighs two pounds less. It has mostly SLX instead of XT, but the whole thing is still lighter.

www.santacruzbicycles.com/en/us/bronson-carbon
  • 4 0
 @hamncheese,
You're numbers are not accurate.

The build you quoted and linked to is a half pound lighter and I don't think that it has the dropper on it. Which would add a pound and make it heavier than the Yeti in an apples to apples comparison.
  • 2 0
 Mmm ya I agreed with your point about this 575, but your numbers are way off on the bronson comparison. Like saidrick said, the Bronson is $4300, weighs 29.53 lbs, and does not include a dropper. So you'll spend another $400 for a dropper, add on a couple pounds, and have an overall lower quality build. Which is totally fair since you are getting a carbon frame, just sayin.
  • 2 2
 I was looking at the non-Kashima, which is $4299, but I did get my weight numbers off.

Still though, the Santa Cruz is going to kill that 575 in handling. This is an overpriced, pointless bike. I realize 90% of people won't pay MSRP for this bike, but you can find SB-66s for under $3k with decent builds.
  • 1 1
 Is pinkbike going to be the last to reveiw the Capra?
  • 5 0
 Yea but this is msrp for a boutique brand bike
  • 3 7
flag ironxcross (Mar 24, 2014 at 14:38) (Below Threshold)
 Wow, Yeti has a phenomenal marketing department if you still consider them a boutique brand.
  • 6 0
 They are really only available at higher end bike shops. Hence me using the phrase boutique.

Wow. And YOU think that yeti just makes run of the mill bikes because of all the other bling bling carbon plastic bikes that cost damn near 10k getting hyped it seems...

Which marketing dept is getting the attention of their target audience, huh?

And 140 travel sounds lame? HA!
  • 4 3
 Well first of all, what type of brand they are has nothing to do with what kind of bikes they make. I would say Specialized is definitely not a boutique brand, but their bikes are also definitely not run of the mill. So that one didn't make sense.

Second, I don't even know what other companies you are referring to... are you talking about Intense and Santa Cruz? Anyway, I ride an aluminum banshee so ya, they really got me. Especially since I clearly stated that I believe that Yeti makes run of the mill bikes and that the "bling bling carbon" bike makers are what I prefer.

And third, I said a 30 lb 140mm bike sounds lame, not that 140mm of travel is lame. Big difference. The point being that most $5k+ 140mm bikes are generally lighter, which I think we can all agree on.

So you just completely fabricated 3 bullshit things to try to burn me on, all because why? Did you feel that threatened that I was accusing you of being a sucker for believing in someone's marketing? I wasn't even doing that I was just making a joke... there's no shame in being affected by marketing. Marketing is not some scam that only suckers go for, it's just how a company presents itself and controls its reputation. But insecurity struck, you panicked, and you attempted to counter me with a frantic storm of dumbass extrapolations.
  • 2 1
 Only in response to your smart ass comment. Which maybe was made to reassert yourself as such a cool dude. Idunno your prerogative.
  • 2 0
 For the record, all of Yeti's bikes are on the heavy side of the market, including the carbons--with a maybe exception for the ARC hardtails. They're slightly heavy frames, and they are bulletproof. I have friends racing SB66c's hard and I raced the SB95 alloy hard all last year before building up an SB95c that has already been run hard this year. They hold up to the abuse, they like it, and the harder you push them, the happier they are. It's Yeti, folks.
  • 1 1
 They sure is fancy and pricey. Thats what I know.
  • 13 0
 Sounds like a volume spacer in the air can would go a long way to helping the rear suspension tune.
  • 4 0
 My thought also! I have a 2013 575 (26") with a volume spacer installed. The bike now feels much more dialed.
  • 4 0
 Hmm I should look into this option!
  • 3 1
 True! I call foul!! Put on some ENVE rims, a CCDBAir, and XX1, then tell me this bike is "sluggish"
  • 3 0
 often overlooked as a good option to try, even by Pinkbike...
  • 2 0
 I was going to do that with mine then i cracked the frame Frown
  • 9 1
 Bike magazine ripped them a new one when they reviewed their SB75 & now Pink Bike with the 575. Sadly, I agree with both reviews based on my time on those bikes. They are probably great bikes for particular riders but for my riding style there's no better bike for me than the SB66.

I'm tall in the torso & that long to tube is heavenly for me. I've always believed the down tube measurement was vital to a bike's performance but to this day the industry ignores this measurement. Everyone is so obsessed with chainstay lengths that they overlook cockpit measurements. A longer top/down tube gives you better sprinting power & allows you to run a shorter stem for better finesse & control.
  • 1 0
 I think brands are developing long top tubes to incorporate short stems; look at the Mondraker Zero thing... I can't remember what it's called. But the stem is above the steerer and correspondingly the top tube is longer. I remember reading that the GT Fury is designed this way too, long TT, short chainstays.
  • 6 0
 The 575 is a good bike on it's own merits but is outshined by it's sibling the sb66 because of all the talk of more "aggressive" bikes and "enduro." Most people can ride their local trails with a 4" xc hardtail that cost a fraction of these bikes but that's just not cool and doesn't follow the trends. The 575 might very well be at the end of it's life cycle not because it isn't a capable bike but because you can get a sb66 comp for 2800. And everyone knows a sb66 is more "enduro."
  • 3 1
 Pssh. Sb66 is nowhere near enduro enough. It has last year's wheelsize still.
  • 5 0
 The rear suspension never bottomed out harshly but it was too plush................................... Fox is perhaps having issues with this new CTD system. Too bad you cant just increase the slow speed compression with a lil knob in increments.
  • 5 0
 Been riding a asr5 for a while now and the single pivot suspension is far from dead. It has it's benefits- low maintenance, fewer bearings to create slop, lighter weight. I run sag between 25 and 30%, and have a volume reducer in my rear shock. I'd seriously consider this as a replacement to my asr5 when it dies. In my opinion, this bike NEEDS the volume reducer in the shock to come alive. Mine never felt right until I added it.

The SB frames in alloy weigh 7+ lbs, this frame weighs in at six. My asr5 weighed in at 5.3 lbs, and is very stiff front to back when I hit rocky areas. Six pounds sounds like a lot, but my frame has a traditional headset, carbon rear end. My bike with flows and xtr 1x setup weigh in at 26 lbs. you can keep your $10k carbon wonder bike, I will keep my alloy bike that's "outdated".
  • 2 0
 I also ride an asr 5 and love it but what is this volume reducer you speak of?
  • 2 0
 Fox float air spacer tuning kit. Full kit is about $60, but you really just need the LV or HV shock kit that matches your shock. Evidently all the yeti guys run the smallest spacer, which let's you run 5-10 psi or so less to eat up the small bumps and makes the shock more progressive so you don't bottom out.

Since I tossed in the spacer, I finally found the balance between small bump compliance and not bottoming out on bigger rocks (I live in central Texas, not a lot of drops bigger than 2-3 feet). Totally transformed the bike to the way I wanted it to feel
  • 2 0
 Thanks ill check them out
  • 6 1
 Good review, it was once a superbike but it shows the way they have progressed with the SB series!! the review summed it up for me as I was interested in seeing which you would spring for
  • 3 0
 Owned a 08 575 for nearly 5 years now. Built it up beefy with a lyrik rc2dh, 780 bars, and a 50mm stem. It has handled everything I have thrown at it. The best upgrade I did though was getting the rp23 pushed to assist with the midstroke on the climbs. Can't wait for the new version of the SB-66-67(not the sb75) to throw my leg over which will be hopefully soon.
  • 2 0
 I've seen these new, "screw" together type BB's being made to fit in press fit BB's. Designed to keep the sound down and service and installation easy. Can't exactly remember why press fits came out, was thinking lighter weight and BB stiffness. But when a manufacture specs it on their own bike, I would think that cancels out whatever benefit a press fit would have. I know it's a Shimano compatibility issue, but why not machine some spacer to make Shimano cranks work?
  • 2 0
 Because part of what BB30 and PF30 cranks do to the 30mm bearings that 24mm spindle cranks can't do is preload.
  • 3 1
 I'm just about to sell my 2012 575 (26"). After riding it for two years, I'd pretty much say exactly the same thing about it's characteristics as this review states. It's like riding a couch, which is good for a person with my lack of technical skills. Just point the bike and let 'er rip! It was a good way to dive head first into rocky, technical trails as a new mountain biker because it's very forgiving and builds confidence.

But yes, it's soft and saggy in the climbs, and it's time for me to move on to more of an "enduro" bike that can handle chunder but not weigh me down so much on the long, grinding climbs that Colorado riding demands. I hate to say this, because I love Yeti, but it doesn't sound like the 575 has changed very much. If you want one, buy a used one and play to your heart's content. It's super fun to ride and takes a beating, but is not the greatest all-rounder.
  • 3 0
 it's funny how a few years ago (2010/2011) when i was buying an am bike, yeti 575 was the best rated and the most wanted bike in the segment. now it's outdated and in a lower segment than sb66 Big Grin
  • 2 0
 An alternate insight from a 2014 575 owner. I've been riding a 66 carbon for the better part of the last year and a half. Like everybody says, the bike absolutely rips. I'm fortunate and have "ski in, ski out" access to many long, rocky, fast, steep, technical trails right behind my house. The 66 tamed these trails like no other bike I've ridden in the past 20 years (duh!). I now ride the 2014 575. And it pretty much handles the same trails just as adept as the 66. I imagine this is because it has the same slack angles and long top tube found on the 66. However, the bike gets to the top of the hill with less effort (thanks to the change in the rear shock tune), and the slightly bigger wheels give it more purchase in the corners than a 66. In really tight, twisty 1 track, it has better manners that the 66. Like PB says, the 575 is easy to get in the air (noticeably easier than the 66). Comments about past 575's are pointless in the context of offering any insight as to how this new 575 performs. It's a different animal completely. I'm 195 lbs, and and the bike handles even good size drops without feeling like you're harshly bottoming the shock. It's simple design is a plus - all alloy, easy to change external cables, but internal dropper routing. Weight wise, my bike is just over 29 with pedals, dropper post and real tires. In summation, this bike rips - I think it is a little better all rounder for most folks than even the 66.
  • 2 0
 Interesting. I had the 575 and then upgraded to the 66 (a, then c). But, when I got the 66 I had Avalanche build a custom coil shock. My 66 with the Avy climbs WAY better than my PUSH'ed 575 ever did, and in descents the 66 is in another league altogether -- I've never felt such a composed rear end (ahem!). The 66 is better in all regards except one: comfort/plushness in slow, technical crawling sort of terrain.

A friend of mine was climbing behind me and said, "wow, you're shock isn't moving at all." That, combined with incredible dh ability! I'm convinced every issue/problem with the 66 is shock-based.
  • 2 0
 There will always be 26" wheels available… I don't need a new car, or new technology. My bike rips as it is and eats big wheels for dinner! Too many riders looking for the latest fad to go faster. Just go shred what you have.. I do!
  • 1 0
 Pretty much exactly my feelings on my old 575 with a 160 van 36 up front, felt great at speeds but get blasting through the rough stuff it got slowed up and caught up quickly. Climbing I felt the same propedal didn't do a ton for me, a few extra psi helped but never felt just right going back down. Its a good bike, tons of fun and I'll miss it but this review is accurate.
  • 3 1
 No offense but that bike is so last friday! For way less cash you can find bikes with the same geometry and better components (at least in Europe) and you can read the weight and the size Razz
  • 1 1
 And another thing... they make it sound like press fit is a cool new feature... WTF?!! NOOOOOOOOO
  • 1 0
 Great bike but would like to see the $$$ for this build under 4k. Somewhere in the $3700 range and it would be called a "FANTASTIC" trail/AM bike.
Keep the same build kit just make it a 1x10 with 32T up front and Shimano's 11-36 in the back and 19 of 20 riders would be happy. Save some build cost by skipping front mech & shifter etc and let riders tweak as they want. Not sure why more companies don't do this.?. Rode the 2012 575, Yeti make fun bikes.
  • 2 0
 Looks like the SB-75 got a better review on this site a few days ago. Why didn't PinkBike post this review on its main feed?

www.pinkbike.com/u/mattwragg/blog/yeti-sb75-review.html
  • 1 0
 I have a 2010 ASR 7, which I have been riding for 3 years now. Everything they said about this latest 575 can be said about the ASR 7. Inspires confidence, fun and cushy, but it blows thru the rear travel quickly. I would love to upgrade to a SB66c, but expenses are keeping me on the 7 for another season.
  • 1 0
 Had a 7 myself. A PUSH'd rear shock, coil shock or, Double Barrel air would fix that for you. Had a RC4 coil on mine and it was mint.
  • 2 0
 Interesting, everyone spends so much money on all kinds of unnecessary crap, but don't spend a few hundred bucks on a custom-made (Avalanche) or custom-tuned (PUSH) shock. Makes all the difference.
  • 1 0
 I've owned 3 575's over the years and it's still one of my all time favorite bikes. But they all need a custom shock tune right out of the box or a change to a piggy back shock to bring there true ability out. I now own a SB95 & a DW link Ibis Mojo HD. I miss having a 575 in the stable. But truth be told it wouldn't be getting much use.
  • 1 0
 I bought my Yeti 575 at the tail end of the 2014 season (3 years ago) and it's been my only trail bike since then. I ride an average of 2 times a week, mostly shorter rides in the 5-10 mile range. I love this bike. The only thing I've upgraded thus far is the stem and bars (50/780). I find it more than capable at tackling the gnarly rock and root strewn trails in the Adirondacks. It climbs like a mountain goat, and is stable on the descents. I've taken it Whiteface Mountain and had a blast on the blues and blacks of the lower mountain.

I'm sure there are a lot of bikes that do some things better, but the 575 has proven to be a fun and reliable mountain bike.
  • 3 2
 Quite a few options with almost identical geometry/pivot system/pivot point. This one just says yeti at the side of it (and price tag too). Nothing bad about the aforementioned thought :-]
  • 2 0
 Wouldn't say there are many at all with an identical 'pivot system', the one piece combined cahinstays and seatstays are pretty unique for a single pivot.
  • 2 1
 Ya^ these actually are kinda unique... But I don't think I like the idea. The constant flexing of the seat-stay would surely weaken the metal and lead to more problems
  • 1 0
 I think there were some Gary Fisher bikes with that kind of pivot/rear sus kinematics. But those were CC bikes I think. It left me confused back then, always wondering if it's working at all.
  • 3 0
 Is aluminum really the right material for the job on the flex seatstays?
  • 1 0
 Exactly... Aluminum is not typically a material that is relied on for it's flexibility, because it tends to bend and stay bent. Seems to me steel or carbon would work better in this situation. I think Niner had a carbon bike with a very similar design.
  • 2 0
 Too many size larges with only 17" reach. And the xl is the same here?
18" reach w/24.5-24.9 tt, 17 and under cs, and threaded bb (especially al bikes)
Thanks
  • 1 1
 "Where many bikes using this style of suspension design have a pivot on the rear triangle, Yeti relies on the shaping and custom butting of the seat stays to provide enough compliance as the rear shock goes through its travel"

So the aluminum seatstays flex in lieu of a pivot near the wheel. Hmm... what could go wrong?! A bold design move. Be interesting to see how this turns out.
  • 1 0
 They've been using this design for years with very few problems. Aluminium for the last couple of years and carbon before that. Works a treat.
  • 3 1
 Is there enough room to mount a CCDB Air CS on that frame ? Maybe it would help getting the little pep it lacks...
  • 1 0
 ah man I love the looks but since easily breaking 2 Yeti's (DJ and the ASx i think) I can't go back Frown That Sandstone descend looks fun
  • 3 0
 press fit.......................................n o t
  • 11 9
 Can you please give the weight in kg, you have international readers.
  • 14 5
 don't lump us all into the same boat... some of us can multiply by 0.4
  • 8 1
 @Sylvain-F If yout type "30 lbs en kilo" in Google searchbar, it gives you the conversion. It works for money, distance, etc...
  • 3 2
 Ok thanks, but it is easier if the weight is given in both units, in europe we never use lbs, miles etc... so we don't know the conversion factor
  • 7 0
 2.2lb in a kg - what the hell are they teaching you in French schools. 454g in a lb

4.54 L in a gallon too Wink
  • 14 2
 *Tasteless joke incoming* they're teaching them how to substitute pieces of clothing for white flags
  • 4 5
 Apparently there's no google in europe, as just looking up the definition for "pound of weight" would have given the formula to convert to kilograms. Its actually 2.205 Ibs per kg for the american pound. Or if you really want to count decimal places, 2.20462234
  • 4 1
 no such thing as the American pound in weight units
  • 9 0
 One of our U.S. magazines weighed parts in grams and measured in mm for at least 20 years. I thought it was so stupid when I first started reading it, but figured it out and actually liked it better. 140 grams is light for a bar, 550 grams is light for a tire, 150mm of travel, etc. They switched back to lbs and inches about 2 years ago and I'm all confused. "Is it 28 or 25.4 grams in an ounce?" I actually convert everything back to grams and mm's so I can understand if it's light or how wide it is. The odd thing is, it was because of THEM I learned the metric measures and weights. 1.65 pounds seems like a boat anchor for a 2.5 tire, but is pretty light at 748 grams...
  • 8 6
 Frenchie fail. UK still uses miles on traffic signs. not everyone in Europe surrendered to the EU (yet)
  • 3 0
 25.4mm to an inch and 28.34g to an ounce
  • 2 3
 I can only make sense of metric in road bikes, and murican for MTB. It gets really confusing. I convert both ways depending on what I'm looking at. WTF.
  • 2 0
 I couldn't care less what system you use, but it's interesting:

www.metric4us.com ... everything's base 10. Pretty easy.

www.freedom2measure.org ...'cause Washington would've wanted it that way and complete with flags.
  • 5 0
 Metric is the international standard and Canada has fully adopted it (except for dimensional lumber…. north american house designs are built on a base-4 measurement platform). It would deb nice for manufacturers and media to show BOTH units of measure since there's no clear standard in MTB… example, a 26" wheel with 24mm inside diameter… WTF!?!?!?
  • 9 0
 i learned the metric system because of drugs - i mean bikes.
  • 2 0
 mmmm yellow Yeti, delicious and tasty!
  • 1 0
 Mike, didn't the Thomson remote control cable get squeezed between the shock and the frame, resulting in too much friction?
  • 5 3
 i want one!!!
  • 3 3
 There's something frightening about that top tube.
  • 7 9
 Yes, it has teeth molded in, to grab you by the balls if you slack off. Standard feature on Yeti.
  • 8 2
 The top tube of an alloy Yeti bike is one of the sexiest features in all of mountain biking.
  • 2 0
 @ hman, Brunettes vs blondes: to each his own.
  • 1 1
 There must be a negative about the Sram 1 by 11. It makes no sense why Shimano does not have it's own version.
  • 3 0
 Flawed logic. Think SRAM patents on the NW chain ring and XX1 derailleur knuckle design. Besides, Shimano doesn't want to play catch up, they want to jump into the lead with the next drive train idea and that just takes time. Remember when Wii was hot? Wires and a controller. Now remember when Xbox Kinect came out? No wires.. Wii was relegated to being old school. That's what Shimano's probably aiming for.
  • 2 1
 Back to the drawing board.
  • 3 1
 Such a beautiful bike!!
  • 14 14
 $5000 for a bike that's straight out of the 90's? No thanks
  • 19 8
 I guess you would not by a Stumpjumper from Specialized for the same reason? Name been around too long?

This 575 is completely modern.
  • 2 2
 Pivotless flexing rear triangles aren't modern, and every review I've read of bikes that have them faulted the suspension performance (Marin, Yeti, pre-Split Pivot Salsas). It basically an undamped spring added to the suspension.
  • 2 1
 Name has nothing to do with it.... if I am gonna spend that cash on a bike it must at least look the part not like something Bart Simpson rolls on... and damn the latest Stumpies look awesome!
  • 2 2
 $5k for a 30 pound bike, no thanks
  • 3 5
 I've looked at the Yeti's pretty hard, but can't bring myself to buy a frame with so much important stuff running exposed under the downtube...
  • 7 0
 I'm riding a Pitch since 2009 with similar cabel routing, not a single problem so far.
  • 7 0
 Admittedly I ride in So-Cal 90% of the time, so I don't see much mud or water, but my 575 has been trouble-free for 8 years now. The cables have never given me any trouble, and the down tube is hammered from rocks, but I've never had a cut brake-line.
  • 9 0
 @Bob, I have had three bikes with shifting and and rear brake hose on the down tube: have never has a single problem in 12 years. You're fearing a problem that will, in all likelihood, never happen.
  • 2 0
 The only problem I've seen with that cable routing is improper housing length that is too short when the suspension cycles. However, that is totally avoidable(just like how you turn your bars full lock in order to test how much housing you need). In order for housing to be realistically damaged under the downtube, the log/rock has to get past the chainring/cranks or pinch it pretty damn high up the downtube.
  • 3 3
 WTF starting price at $3500? I don't have enough organs to donate!
  • 3 0
 Frames are $1700.
And you only really need one kidney.
  • 2 2
 575 bumps up to the 27.5” wheel size? Shocking!
  • 1 1
 Wow, an aluminium frame
  • 1 1
 5000$?
  • 10 13
 At last! A review of a bike that's made out of a proper material called aluminium! No carbon bloody fibre! Ace
  • 5 1
 steel is the shit though and hardtailage
  • 3 4
 Matty, you need to read up on F1 vehicle manufacturing technology and why they've chosen to use C.
  • 2 1
 Blimey I haven't been called Matty since I was a kid. Brings back memories. I'm a massive F1. Which is exactly the reason why I hate carbon fibre on mountain bikes its not the wonder material people make it out to be.
  • 2 4
 Beautiful bike except for the wheels… 26er 4 life.
  • 3 0
 Sounds like you're planning to drive the same vehicle for the rest of your life. Better maintain that puppy, 'cause new cars might have a different wheel size from your old one.
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