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Dale M.

Dale M.

Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on May 30, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this for two months now. Initially the post worked just great. It has started having issues staying up and down. A simple reset procedure fixed it but it is disappointing to see issues so soon. It has also developed a hitch in it when it is going up that slows the return on the post. Not sure what is wrong there but the speed is now pretty slow with the pressure maxed out. I also didn't like having to buy the proper lever separately. The stock one is noticeably harder to use than the 1x lever they sell separately. At this price point there are quite a few droppers I would buy ahead of this one. Had my first reverb for two years and no issues at all. On the positive side they have very useful videos on line to troubleshoot issues.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on May 30, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had the wheels for two months of hard riding. I was disappointed in the hub engagement from the start. It is a bit odd in that my last set of wheels was supposed to have similar engagement but they are night and day. Beyond that the rims are denting easier than my last set of wheels which were cheaper as well. I don't see these lasting one season or if the do it will be with a bunch of dings in them. I am not overly impressed given the competition at this price point.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on May 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding the bike now for about 2 months. As usual Backcountry.com has been great to deal with in regard to getting the little bits and pieces sorted out for a semi-custom build. I definitely recommend upgrading a few things with your purchase. The bike itself is great to ride and I am noticeably faster on the descents than with my previous SB66. I imagine I am just going to continue to pick up speed as I get it dialed in. For the positives:

1. Price is great relative to other bikes in this performance spectrum.
2. This bike can just plow through rock gardens at full speed.
3. Sub 30 pound bike helps on the climbs (I think mine came in with pedals at just around 29.5 pounds).
4. It just looks cool compared to the sea of similar bikes out there.

Negatives:

1. Some of the build kit is sub-par and I can see it needing to be replaced. The Turbine dropper post is finicky and doesn't always stay up or down, you have to reset it a lot. It also doesn't come with the far better 1x option lever from RaceFace and the stock lever is no good. The Race Face Aeffect R wheels have pretty slow engagement and are already out of true after a few months. Technical climbs are tough with the engagement speed of the hubs.
2. The suspension is harder than I thought it would be to set up. I still haven't found an ideal setting. The bike is pretty harsh at slower speeds and over smaller bumps.
3. Climbing isn't much better than what I had on my aluminum SB66, if I had to pick, I think the SB66 was a better climber. It isn't bad for this category but I expected better climbing.
4. This is my third Yeti and I hope it is just a fluke but it seems their customer service has taken a nose dive. I have had two questions for them (one in regard to maintaining the infinity link and one in regard to getting the suspension dialed in) and they have become extremely slow to non-responsive via email. It took two weeks and a trip to their headquarters (luckily I live close) to get a good answer about the infinity link and I have been waiting on a response in regard to the suspense set up for a week. If you are going to spend this kind of money on a mountain bike you should get better customer service from the brand.

Overall, I am still very happy with the bike. I love riding it and am looking forward to upgrading some of the parts that I feel fall short.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Hard to put in a solid review as I have only ridden the wheels about 5 or 6 times. With that said, I can notice an improvement in my downhill performance. Not sure if it is because it is a stiffer wheel than what I had on previously (DT Swiss X1600) or the wider profile of the rim but I do feel in a bit more control and don't feel the flex I used to with the cross country oriented DT Swiss set. Way too early to tell about durability, we will see. So far so good and I have slammed them into roots and rocks already with no damage. Tires mounted easily with a floor pump.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on February 4, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For the price they are decent goggles. The lenses are a bit of a pain to change out when you are outside in 5 degree weather but if you prepare they aren't too bad to change before you head out. The Super anti-fog technology doesn't seem to be an improvement over my 5 year old goggles. They fog when it is cold and you are working hard (hiking). Otherwise they seem to be okay when riding.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on February 2, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these as a gift so I was not worried about the cost but at $115 I was expecting more. They seem to perform the same as my $30 polyester Columbia base layer I have been using for years. They also fit baggier than I would expect for a baselayer. If it was my own money I would not buy these.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on December 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Got these for $40. They are great for skinning and after a year of use, everything is holding up very well. They are not for the coldest of days except on the uphills but that is to be expected for relatively light weight gloves.

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Dale M.

Dale M.wrote a review of on March 20, 2013

4 5

I have only used these a handful of times but so far I really like them, especially for the price. The fit is great, I really like the lining and the exterior stitching looks pretty good. I wouldn't wear these at the resort on a really cold day but in the back country or nicer days at the resort they are perfect.

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Dale M.wrote a question about on September 26, 2011

Two questions - 1. What can I really expect to carry besides the airbag in teh 30L pack? My typical gear is a set of goggles, extra gloves, outer jacket, shovel, probe, snow saw and skins (on the descent). Just want to know if I have to severly comprimise how much gear I can carry. 2. How hard is it to refill the canisters. I have heard that you have order them prefilled from BCA. I was hoping it is simply taking them to a scuba shop for refill.

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