XCE vs 575
ride red said:
Hello, I see that you have a 575 and have had a XCE, can you give me a quick comparison between the two? Also, ever ride a 5 Spot? Just curious, the 575 is a dang fine ride!
I rode a 575 at Mammoth a few weeks ago, do even really remember hitting my pedals, I also road a Ventana El Chamuco a week prior, hit the pedals all the time, I was starting to get mad. I hit my pedals all the time with my old Schwinn Sweet Spot too at Mammoth Mtn, some ot the same trails I road several weeks ago.
The two bikes are suprisingly similar. I have a Fox Float AVA propedal on the XCE and Fox forx on both. I am having a hard time deciding which one to keep. For most of the trails I ride 4" is enough but there really is no penalty in having 5" on the Yeti.
Handling - similar. Both flow through tight single track and are very comfortable at speed.
Climbing - They feel very similar. Even the effort to keep the front down on steep climbs feels about the same.
Suspension- The XCE is smoother throughout the stroke but has less travel. I can feel the Yeti's 5th overcome the platform damping. If I keep the Yeti, which is likely the case, I will probably try a Fox RP3 in the future.
Frame Design - Technically the Yeti is awesome but you really can't beat a Turner. I have been very pleased with Yeti customer service though. I called before the purchase about the frame size and I called yesterday about disassembling the links to clean the shock pivots. Both times the guys were patient and had good advise.
Waterbottle - Because of the swing link, I can only fit a normal short waterbottle on my large frame.
Cable routing- strange but works OK. Watch out for rub where the brake hose touches the bottom bracket and where the front derailleur cable touches the bb shell.