That is a sweet looking machine!
Let me know if you have any luck with finding a replacement shock ... seems to be a common complaint so finding a replacement (spare) early seems like a good idea. I came across 2 bike builds on Epinions.com with forks in the 80 -100mm range. What size is your frame (in case a buddy might be interested)?
Appreciate the info and your candor!
I had to call Yeti direct to get the right shock for this particular frame (if I wanted to replace it). It still rides OK (I've ridden it with the blown shock all season!) because the spring around it is pretty stiff. However, I notice it most due to the resulting pedal bob and my rear travel is also likewise restricted.
If the shock hadn't blown I'd have ridden this frame until it fell apart.
I bought this frame off a buddy of mine, and he thinks the frame is a 17". It fits me at 5'8" and about a 30" inseam. I can't find any markings which would tell me the factory specs...
The only other issue this particular frame has is the rear chain-side part of the frame is ever so slightly bent inward towards the cassette, just enough so I cannot use my highest gear on the cassette. This happened when I crashed and fell on top of my rear wheel, landing on the still rotating brake rotor so it sliced through my knee (ouch!). The weight of me must have tweaked it over maybe 1 or 2mm. I have been hesitant to bend it back lest it weaken the welds somewhere. I only ever notice it on pavement when my buddies hit that extra gear and I cannot...or when they are in their big chainring and I am only in my middle (I run with a bash guard instead of a big ring).