Yeti Cycles 303 DH Downhill Full Suspension

4.81/5 (21 Reviews)
Weight : 12.75 lbs MSRP : $3973.49


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Product Description

When it comes to destroying downhill tracks at MACH speeds, nothing goes faster than the 303WC. For proof, check out the speed trap results at the 2011 World Cup at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: -1. Shaun O?Connor (Yeti/Fox) 48.92MPH -2. Jared Graves (Yeti/Fox) 48.50MPH -3. [Next Closest Rider] 42.63MPH Of course, we weren?t satisfied with simply building the fastest bike on the planet. With three years of World Cup racing on this platform and countless hours of R&D, we reinvented the 303WC for 2012. By developing a custom tube set, the frame has lost 2 lbs in overall weight and received a major facelift as well. We also tweaked the rate to make it more supple in the beginning of the travel and offer a little nicer ramp-up at the end of the stroke. And we didn?t skimp on the details either?the integrated fork bumpers and replaceable ISCG mounts are nice touches that discerning DHers will appreciate. But we didn?t abandon what got us here in the first place. The geometry is still long, low, and slack. The lateral stiffness is still off the charts. The wheel path is still extremely vertical. And pushing the bike hard into a turn still gives you the sensation of grabbing a handful of throttle


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by turkeytoh a Downhiller from california santa clarita

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2010

Strengths:    Best suspension ever used incredible speed

Weaknesses:    None how dare u ask there is a weakness

Bottom Line:   
Best bike ever anyone challange me 2 a downhill race u will be left crippled in my skill technique and speed I'm un beat able so challge me if u dare

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Favorite Trail:   anything that gets the blood pumpin

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   got it fo free from

Bike Setup:   Fox suspension racing black manatou shox

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by williamvargas a Downhiller from Bogotá COLOMBIA

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2010

Strengths:    Really nice frame, in the beginning i just have to learn how to ride it but once u do it ur time´ll be faster.

Weaknesses:    Maintenace of course, n´ her weigth.

Bottom Line:   
She is another kind of bike, pretty tech and smooth ride!

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Favorite Trail:   Zipaquira

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain

Bike Setup:   888 WC 209 ATA, Azonic Outlaw, Maxxis high roller front, minion dh rear, Deity, Avid Juicy, FX DHX 05, hussefelt 2010, MPR, Shimano.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2010

Strengths:    The Yeti 303 is fantastic. Seperate from the 303RDH this bike is hand made in california, the build quality is terrific with a great paint job and the welding being exceptional.

As at this point in time I have ridden this bike at Kinglake, You Yangs, Black Hill and Mt Buller and it continues to impress.

I purchased this bike after years of staring at it on the internet and on DVD's. I read every review that i could find and was aware of the issues associated with maintainance prior to purchase.

The Handling is great, but does take some time to get used to. The bikes rear suspension is so dialed that it compresses under the weight of the bike. It also delievers under pedeling and corners like a dream.


Weaknesses:    Maintenance issues; rear rails MUST be cleaned and greased after every ride. I found the owners manual does not help much with this however, type YETI 303 into youtube and there is a step by step video of how to do it.

Bottom Line:   
This Bike inspires confidence. When choosing lines I adopt a more of a point and shoot mentality than having to be bothered with selecting the smoothest line.

This is in part due to the bikes weight, mine comes in at 19.82Kgs, but i think usual build isn't much more than that.

Like with any Bike your riding style will take a period of time to adjust to a new bike. I purchased a medium frame as i am 6,1' which upon the first couple of rides felt weird.

However after some time i became quite comfortable with it and found that it was quite easy to muscle around and power manual out of corners.

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Favorite Trail:   Kinglake

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $10000.00

Purchased At:   Brunswick street Cyc

Similar Products Used:   Prior to the purchase of the Yeti I had the following:
06' Giant DH Comp
07' Norco Aline
07' Kona Stab Deluxe


Bike Setup:   I felt when building this bike up that it would be an injustice to select components other than the best. on that basis i fitted Fox 40's (white)09', Shimano saint Group set 09', Thompson Elite Stem (Chrome), Thompson Elite Seat post (Chrome), Chris King Headset (Chrome), E 13 Chain guide (White), Hadley F/R Hubs (Chrome), Sunline MTX 33 Rims (White), DMR V12 Pedals (Chrome), Maxxis Minion 3c Tubeless 2.5, Yeti team Seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by racer303 a Racer from newjersey

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2008

Strengths:    this is my 2 year long term review, still going strong, rails are a lil gritty but its been used, same old fallin apart and loosening of all bolts every other ride but i have fun puttin it back together

Weaknesses:    yeti support hasnt gotten any better, they dont make stuff up but as far as support thumbs down,

rails getting a little bit gritty


Bottom Line:   
2 years tried and true, works great. rides amazing. would do it all over again if i got the chance, bad customer service.


*THIS BIKE WILL TAKE A BEATING FOR YEARS FOR WHOEVER IS WONDERING*

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   i rode a sunday, after this glad i didnt get one

Bike Setup:   same

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt bartlett a Weekend Warrior from barton on sea

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2008

Strengths:    corners like a GOD makes you feel indestructable but will become your downfall, just the best bike i have ever seen and ridde in every department

Weaknesses:    the price if you can call that a weakness
worth ever penny


Bottom Line:   
Rides like a god and looks outragous, if you can afford it it is weel worth it, can handle anything and grips to the gravel like glue




truely breath taking well done yeti

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Favorite Trail:   anything big

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35000.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   nothing like it in a different league with only yeti 303s

Bike Setup:   fox rc2, avid juicy 7, Fox DHX 5.0 the best of everything

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Tolleson, AZ

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2007

Strengths:    Just SWEEEEET........Very, very efficient pedaler. Corners like it's on a rail. Absorbs the biggest hits and drops with no problem. If that Fox 40 had a lock out, this would be my "Do It All Bike". Yeti has always paid attention to detail on their bikes and this one is no exception.

Weaknesses:    None found

Bottom Line:   
Probably the best downhill bike design for many years to come. Does everything well. A little heavier than some, but, will probably out last most of the lighter bikes. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YETI !

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Favorite Trail:   All trails in the White Mountains

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Local Yeti Dealer

Similar Products Used:   YETI ASX, SPECIALIZED DEMO 7

Bike Setup:   FOX 40RC2,RACE FACE DIABOLUS STEM/BARS/SEAT POST. CRIS KING HEADSET, SAINT CRANKS, MRP GUIDE, DMR V-12'S DT SWISS FR 6.1D WRAPPED AROUND FR440 HUBS. MAXXIS HIGH ROLLERS GIVE ME THE TRACTION I NEED AND AVID CODES DO THE STOPPIN.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Arthur Krikorian a Downhiller from Toronto Canada

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2007

Strengths:    stable , Fast, no break jack ,No bob , stiff, Adjustible geo , Incredible suspention
and looks to kill


Weaknesses:    None No weakness at all

Bottom Line:   
By far the best downhill bike ever made it will make you faster turnes like its on rails it will forgive any mistake you make. Takes to the air with no effort and lands with no fuss.... I have even ridden some trails with this bike it even pedals well at 42lb it wont climb like a goat but it's no pig eather freeride and skinies are fun holds the line and when it comes to drops just stay on her and let her go
your only limit on this bike is your own guts thats it. If you can afford one get one it is the best in it's class

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Favorite Trail:   showcase

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Cycle solutions frame only

Similar Products Used:   Turner DHR , Yeti ASX , VP fee ,

Bike Setup:   Fox 40 , headley hubs ,Alex super d rims , Hope mpto six breaks, XTR mechs. Intense tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bobidy bobson a Downhiller from london

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2007

Strengths:    i just wanted to tell people with this frame that theres a second valve that you have to inject grease into, i talked to some owners online and they didnt know this, including one bike mechanic.

Weaknesses:    there are too rails, and both need greased, ealsy done tho takes five minuits

Bottom Line:   
you can clean the whole of the rail easly without taking it apart, get yourself an old tooth brush and sit on the bike, the back of the rail will expose itself when you look down if your sitting on the bike, 2 seconds is needed to push the brush through and your done, does the job brilliantly. (sorry this isnt really a review, i jus dont want anyone to ruin a machine they paid thousends for.

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Favorite Trail:   yours

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   your bike shop

Similar Products Used:   nothing like this frame

Bike Setup:   40, saints all round and srs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by justin a Racer from dirty jerzey

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2007

Strengths:    super fast, no brake jack or pedal bob. just gains speed as u hit rocks and stuff. i would never buy anything else EVER. it makes u faster.

Weaknesses:    YETI BLOWS A BIG COCK AND THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS ALL LIES. my bike didnt come with grese gun or owners manual. they said my shop stole it. hard to believe when i opened the box. the bike had a ton of flex when i pedaled. apperantly "my bike shop loosened all the bolts before i got there" again hard to believe when i opened the box. no big deal i tightened them.

the ride height guage is upside down and i dont know how to fix it.

u have to grease it if u consider that a weakness.


Bottom Line:   
the fastest most efficient bike on the market when/if setup right. totally worth getting but beware itl take u a while to get it to work and dont depend on yeti for help. it is the best bike i have owned though so i cant complain too much.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Similar Products Used:   DEMO 9, various bighits, diamondback strike.

Bike Setup:   large 303 with fox 40, code brakes, industry nine wheels, and lots of other goodies.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by liam a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2007

Strengths:    Solid/stiff frame and design, Pedals really really well, weight is not an issue, looks amazing, lots of small attention to detail such as cable routing, paint job and frame adjustments

Weaknesses:    Nothing really but if i was to moan at something it would be access to the bottom car/rail to clean off excess grease is restricted, meaning a full strip down of rear end and cleaning needs to be done every once in a while to keep it running smooth.

Bottom Line:   
Most noticable thing about the whole bike is the way the bike pedals, it is amazing no matter what - at slow speeds or full-speed down a DH track, getting on the pedals through a section will not result in any pedal induced bob and loss of power and the same goes for brake-jacking there isn't any.

As for the rails, look after them and they will look after you, they are not a hassle and just need a little bit of care now and then, a minor price to pay for having such a plush and solid DH bike. Paint job is of a very high standard.

Price is high especially with a high spec component set to match the frame but then you get what you pay for and thats the bottom line!

Go get one if you can afford it! Mine wants some yeti friends :-)

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Favorite Trail:   Fort William

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Custom Built in UK for around £6000

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler Dee-lux, minor test rides on some DH bikes.

Bike Setup:   Fox 40RC2's, Raceface Diablous Everything, E-thirteen chain device, Mavic EX721 with Hope bulb fr and Pro2 Rear, Fox DHX 5 (Pushed,Ti spring),Shimano XT groupset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by simon simon simon a Downhiller from the cray, london

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007

Strengths:    amzingly fast and takes a huge drop in with ease. i cant believe poeple are moaning about this bike being heavey and about the rail system, its exacly what a dh bike should be. i almost got a v-10 but im glad i got this, its a better ride and takes the corners alot faster. i may marry thi bike...

Weaknesses:    like that guy sed, little bits are hard to clean like the back of the rail, wat i do is sit on the bike and get a cloth and poke it threw, easy and quike.


Bottom Line:   
best thing ive ridden ever. you can drop in huge on this thing and it'l hold you on, its worth the amount of money although wait a while and it will get cheaper. the rail system gives you smooth rides and even climbs well and theres hardly any bob. but theres no loss to suspension when doin the big stuff.

this bike is very expensive tho and does need a little workin on now and then, i only recomend this if you're seriouse about the sport.

GIRLS; my girl rides this bike and she has no probs dropin in and throwing it around. need more girls in this sport.

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Favorite Trail:   scadbury

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   bromley bike shop

Similar Products Used:   i dont think theres anyhting like this

Bike Setup:   fox 40 and dhx 5.0, dt swiss hubs, srs e-13 and saints

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Crash a Downhiller from New Castle CO USA

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2007

Strengths:    very strong, huge suspention, awsome ride, every thing on the bike is a strength

Weaknesses:    none that i know of
everyone that put that its heavy are complete morans
if you want a high dh bike that will go fast then you have to have wieght
the more wieght you have the more mass gravity has to act on
it not ment to ride up the mountain. just down it
thats why its called a DOWNHILL bike


Bottom Line:   
this bike is solid, very strong, huge suspention, awsome ride, every thing on the bike is a strength. nothing is wrong with the bike, somethings you need to work on once in a wile but what pro grade bike doesn't.

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Favorite Trail:   '98 dh in vail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   adventure cycles

Similar Products Used:   none like this bike

Bike Setup:   yeti 303 frame with fox 40 fork, fox dhx 5.0 rear, yellow dee max wheels, hope mono m6 breaks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeremy a Downhiller from pacifica

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2007

Strengths:    the rails work really well. the bikes is solid when going through a tecnical section. pedals alright. not that heavy if you build it light.

Weaknesses:    a weakness i can think of would be that you have to grease the rails aftera full day riding, but it only takes 5 minutes and i do it after i wash it.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is the best bike i have ever owned. highly recommend it. it mobs over rock gardens and berms without ever loosing speed. the rails make it so smooth. sik bike.

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Favorite Trail:   D1

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Yeti Cycles

Similar Products Used:   new V-10, M3.

Bike Setup:   Fox 40, Saint Cranks, Dt swiss wheels, Hayes mag.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from Milford NH

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2007

Strengths:    Super fast bike, it just accelerates over small and med. sized bumps without losing traction or getting knocked off line. Details such as cable routing, paint finish and access to shock adjustments are well thought out.

Weaknesses:    Frame is a little heavy, lots o' bolts, difficult to clean.

Bottom Line:   
This bike has made me a faster rider. I rode the bike side by side with a V10 and the V10 felt smoother, but the yeti was much faster and held a line better. You can hear the bearings in the rail cars moving back and forth in a parking lot squish test but on the trail you don,t notice it. Lubing the rails is super easy and they are not affected by mud or dust as I have raced it in some very muddy courses.

Bottom line, if you have the cash and are willing to wait a little while, get one. It will be the best DH race bike you have owned.

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Favorite Trail:   Highland Mountain Bike Park in NH

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Souhegan Cycleworks

Similar Products Used:   Tomac 204

Bike Setup:   Fox 40, Juicy 7's, Diablos all throughout, DT 440 hubs, mavic rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by g-money a Downhiller from littleton colorado

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2007

Strengths:    THE best DRY WEATHER dh bike. tracks great, sticks like glue, and doesn't feel as heavy as it is.

Weaknesses:    heavy, goofy looking (positive?) and annoying color scheme. Once things get super dusty, or muddy for that matter, them rails get all clogged up and suspension quality goes out the window. It stays active, but doesn't feel smooth.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome if you live in an arid region and have lots of cash money to keep it working properly. Great bike overall, but I don't like how finicky it can be.

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Favorite Trail:   warren gulch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   just had a long-demo

Similar Products Used:   everything. turner dhr, demo 9,8,7, foes dhs mono, s.c. vpfree, v10, intense m1, the usual stuff.

Bike Setup:   blingin'

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