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My female yeti 575 was freezing in the garage so I brought her inside for some lovin'

She says "I want to wish you all a merry X-MAS"! The HOPE skewers said "who's your bling daddy now"?


PS Desert Yeti - Take me for a ride in New Mexico, I am freezing my a$$. I'll buy you dinner...
 

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Oh, BTW !!

25.5lbs (the whole thing)!

Zion Rasta said:
My female yeti 575 was freezing in the garage so I brought her inside for some lovin'

She says "I want to wish you all a merry X-MAS"! The HOPE skewers said "who's your bling daddy now"?

PS Desert Yeti - Take me for a ride in New Mexico, I am freezing my a$$. I'll buy you dinner...
 

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Zion Rasta said:
25.5lbs (the whole thing)!
If I may. I have some ideas for weight savings for you. Your stem looks pretty heavy. Weight Weenies has the Easton EA70 welded 100mm x 10 deg. at 215 grams. You could get a Syntace F99 260 105mm x 6 deg for 107 grams, a Ritchey WTC Mountain V2 100mm x 6 deg for 127 grams, or an Extralite Ultrastem 100mm for 106 grams. These stems are half the weight of the Easton.

I know you just got those cool bling Hope QRs but they weight 114 grams, compared to bolt on for 65 grams and only $12. They will be stronger than QRs, key for your front end.

Also foam grips. Titec pork rinds are only 19 grams.

Just some ideas :)
 

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How light would you want yout 575?

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If I may. I have some ideas for weight savings for you. Your stem looks pretty heavy. Weight Weenies has the Easton EA70 welded 100mm x 10 deg. at 215 grams. You could get a Syntace F99 260 105mm x 6 deg for 107 grams, a Ritchey WTC Mountain V2 100mm x 6 deg for 127 grams, or an Extralite Ultrastem 100mm for 106 grams. These stems are half the weight of the Easton.

I know you just got those cool bling Hope QRs but they weight 114 grams, compared to bolt on for 65 grams and only $12. They will be stronger than QRs, key for your front end.

Also foam grips. Titec pork rinds are only 19 grams.

Just some ideas :)
Thank you for the ideas. I do have lighter stems - Thomson 100mm, Easton MG 110mm, Ritchey wcs 110mm. All those are very light 140g to 180g. But the truth of the matter is that I purposely put that tank of a stem on the bike. It matches the frame and it clamps very good to carbon. It is heavy, but it does not flex at all. It feels great and secure downhill. So I will not be looking at weight savings there.

Now to the HOPE QR's. They are the blinggiest MTB part ever! I decided to carry 2oz. of water less so that I can counter the extra 20g from the HOPE. Dude, these grab...

I never intended for the bike to be that light, it just came out that way.

Thanks for the recommendations. Maybe you'll see a different stem here very soon.

BUT THE HOPE QR's STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know I can get it stupid light, but I want to take a few 4' drops too.
 

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dang dude...

that's light... Mine is at 27lbs and I'm always looking to drop more weight but since I have a relatively light wheelset (and I want to run burlier tires), that seems to be my weight limit as far as "cost effectiveness". At least for now. Having said that, I have some Bontrager Race X Lite grips on order and have been looking at bolt on skewers (mostly so I'll always have the same tension for rotor and caliper alignment). That should be another 100 grams off, then try the SLR saddle another 100 grams... Ok-Ok-must stop obsessing on weight and just lose some myself...
 

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25.5lbs even with those...

"Little brake bolt clippy so they won't rattle off and I'll lose my brakes and I'll die a horrible death" things?

Nice job. I'm curious to know what you're running for parts to get it so light. Could you enlighten the rest of the Yeti Horde?

Thanks,

Oni
 

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"Little brake bolt clippy so they won't rattle off and I'll lose my brakes and I'll die a horrible death" things?

Nice job. I'm curious to know what you're running for parts to get it so light. Could you enlighten the rest of the Yeti Horde?

Thanks,

Oni
looks so shiny......do you even ride that thing mijo?
 

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Zion Rasta said:
My female yeti 575 was freezing in the garage so I brought her inside for some lovin'

She says "I want to wish you all a merry X-MAS"! The HOPE skewers said "who's your bling daddy now"?

PS Desert Yeti - Take me for a ride in New Mexico, I am freezing my a$$. I'll buy you dinner...
Man it's cold here too. Might get to 40 today if we're lucky. Last time I rode it was about 30 degrees not counting wind chill and there was a lot of wind chill :p I got kinda sick after that ride.
 

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Take me to NM!!

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Man it's cold here too. Might get to 40 today if we're lucky. Last time I rode it was about 30 degrees not counting wind chill and there was a lot of wind chill :p I got kinda sick after that ride.
Desert Yeti,

I'll take your 40 deg any day. It is freaking 10deg overhere. So you think twice about ridding. I got my winter bikes ready. One is a rigid Single Speed and the other one is my Trek 8900. We should all (the tribe) have a gathering at your place to go rip the trails...

Rock on dude!
 

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63 degrees here in the Phoenix area at 5:30pm...Brrrrr (insert "shiver" here) :p

I might have to wear full finger gloves by next week but I will never give up my riding shorts for any spandex looking leggie things, lol.

:D
 

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What do you guys have on your 575-?Parts Breakdown

Oni said:
"Little brake bolt clippy so they won't rattle off and I'll lose my brakes and I'll die a horrible death" things?

Nice job. I'm curious to know what you're running for parts to get it so light. Could you enlighten the rest of the Yeti Horde?

Thanks,

Oni
Here is what I got - Nothing fancy, but it does the trick:

Components:
Headset - Chris King
Handlebar - Easton Monkey lite xc carbon
Stem - Easton EA70 - Welded (110mm 210g super stiff) - I have a Thomson 100mm, and plan on getting a HOPE for the lighting system.
Brakes - XT Hydraulics
Levers - XT Hydraulics
Shifters - XT triggers
Fork - Fox Float RLC 130mm - 3.6lbs
Wheels - Custom Mike Garcia's Velocity rims & wtb laser disc lite hubs (1485g)
Rear shock - PUSH Fox RP3
Frame - Yeti 575 Black anus L 2005
Rear deraileur - XTR
Front deraileur - XT
Crank - XTR
Cassette - XT 12-34
Chain - SRAM PC 99
Pedals - Time XE
Seatpost - Thomson elite
Seat - SLR 135g
Tires - Mythos XC k 2.1 front, Notos 1.9 rear - This is the best set up I have ever tried.
QR's - HOPE
Seat clamp - HOPE
Grips - wtb
 

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Lucky dog!

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63 degrees here in the Phoenix area at 5:30pm...Brrrrr (insert "shiver" here) :p

I might have to wear full finger gloves by next week but I will never give up my riding shorts for any spandex looking leggie things, lol.

:D
Dude,
I used to live in TEMPE back when the Refreshments were a hit band (circa 1994). Could you downhill Camelback with your 575?? Sedona and Flagstaff are kick a$$!!!!
 

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You are right

That isn't anything fancy. A good mix of XTR helps and the light wheelset, but nothing too exotic. Now mine weighs in at 30.5 last time I weighed it but I know I've got a few boat anchor parts. Like my cranks and tires. But the is a bad a$$ bike.

Components:
Headset - Chris King
Handlebar - Easton or Answer ProTaper 2' rise
Stem - Thomson 90mm x 0 deg
Front Brake - Hope M4 w/ 160mm rotor
Rear Brake - Hope Mini w/ 140mm rotor
Levers - Hope
Shifters - XT triggers
Fork - RS Pike Team
Rear Wheel - King ISO Disc - Mavic MX819 - DT 14/15/14 Comp
Front Wheel - Hugi Freeride 20mm - Mavic MX321 - 14 Comp
Rear shock - Fox RP3
Frame - Yeti 575 Black Anno M 2005
Rear deraileur - XT
Front deraileur - XT
Crank - Race Face Evolve DH 32x22 w/ Truvativ Lexan guard
Cassette - XT 12-34
Chain - SRAM PC 99 Hollowpin
Pedals - Crank Bros. Mallet
Seatpost - Thomson Elite
Seat - 10 year old Bontrager seat
Tires - Kenda Nevegal 2.35 Dual Compound
QR's - Bolt on rear, Maxel front
Seat clamp - HOPE
Grips - ODI Ruffian Lock Grip

Total: 30.5
 

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Boat anchor parts!

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That isn't anything fancy. A good mix of XTR helps and the light wheelset, but nothing too exotic. Now mine weighs in at 30.5 last time I weighed it but I know I've got a few boat anchor parts. Like my cranks and tires. But the is a bad a$$ bike.

Components:
Headset - Chris King
Handlebar - Easton or Answer ProTaper 2' rise
Stem - Thomson 90mm x 0 deg
Front Brake - Hope M4 w/ 160mm rotor
Rear Brake - Hope Mini w/ 140mm rotor
Levers - Hope
Shifters - XT triggers
Fork - RS Pike Team
Rear Wheel - King ISO Disc - Mavic MX819 - DT 14/15/14 Comp
Front Wheel - Hugi Freeride 20mm - Mavic MX321 - 14 Comp
Rear shock - Fox RP3
Frame - Yeti 575 Black Anno M 2005
Rear deraileur - XT
Front deraileur - XT
Crank - Race Face Evolve DH 32x22 w/ Truvativ Lexan guard
Cassette - XT 12-34
Chain - SRAM PC 99 Hollowpin
Pedals - Crank Bros. Mallet
Seatpost - Thomson Elite
Seat - 10 year old Bontrager seat
Tires - Kenda Nevegal 2.35 Dual Compound
QR's - Bolt on rear, Maxel front
Seat clamp - HOPE
Grips - ODI Ruffian Lock Grip

Total: 30.5
Dude,
Between your crank, tires, seat and front shock you can peel off 5 lbs. off your bike. That's if you are into the light bike crap. I never intended to make mine light, it just ended up that way.

We are saying nothing facy, but in general we have some of the best components money can get. I guess carbon and Ti bolts would be next? I am not a big fan of carbon on stays so that is out of the question, and Ti is a bit overrated IMHO (light but flexy).

If we make those yeti under 25lbs. they would be noodles. I think between 25 and 30 is a good healthy weight.
 

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It's the wheels, gotta be the wheels...

That's where you've saved some weight, that and the tires...

Components:
Headset - Race Face Deus
Handlebar - Easton Mokeylite XC
Stem - Race Face Deus
Front and Rear Brake - Hayes 9, 160 mm rotors
Levers - Haves with the carbon lever (best thing about the brakes)
Shifters - XT triggers
Fork - RS Pike Team
Wheels - Crossmax XL
Rear shock - Fox RP3
Frame - Yeti 575 Black Anno M 2005 (once you go black, you never go back....)
Rear deraileur - XT
Front deraileur - X Gen SRAM
Crank - Race Face Deus, with RF outer bash guard.
Cassette - XT 12-34
Chain - Wipperman
Pedals - Hopped up Times (with Stan's ti springs and axles)
Seatpost - Thomson Elite
Seat - Ti Flite
Tires - 2.35 Ritchy Z-Max, complete with Stan's goop inside.
QR's - Mavic rr, Maxel front
Seat clamp - HOPE QR
Grips - ODI Ruffian Lock Grip
Bar plugs- Old ODI Yeti plugs
Mojo- Slightly raunchy, nekkid female (in)action figure....

Lets see, 27.5 lbs~, something like that. Most of the parts came off of a Giant Reign 1, except the POS Nixon Platnum fork. It'll get a little lighter, going to swap out to one one of the air Pikes and Hope Mini's. Other than that, she's done. She was ridden in Whistler for a week like that (okay, except for the ti-spindled pedals. I'm not that dense!) on the XC trails there and one day in the DH park.

Ahh...South Mountain...Trail 100...Sedona...Them was the good old days.

Oni
 

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Zion Rasta said:
Dude,
I used to live in TEMPE back when the Refreshments were a hit band (circa 1994). Could you downhill Camelback with your 575?? Sedona and Flagstaff are kick a$$!!!!
Well I'm riding Barker Dome next week which is a rediculously techy trail. It's like 14 miles outside of my town. 13 to 14 miles of rediculously techy ascents and nasty downhills with only maybe a mile of smooth singletrack. It was 4 degrees here today at 8:30 this morning and is only about 18 now at 11:50 and with windchill its flippin cold today. Hopefully be warmer next week. I say we go meet eatdrinkride.
 

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"Between your crank, tires, seat and front shock you can peel off 5 lbs. off your bike. That's if you are into the light bike crap. I never intended to make mine light, it just ended up that way."
Tell me about it. The cranks were a mistake. I'd like to sell them and get the Shimano Hone 2x9 crank set or lighter RF cranks, but my RF's have too many nicks from rocks to sell for any real money. I do like my tires. I went with the dual compound to save some weight and resisted the urge to go with 2.5 up front. I am going to ditch the tubes. The Nevegals are great tires for SoCal terrain. Plus I ride on really rocky trails and found the larger tires works well for me. I jumped to a 2.35 in the rear and will never look back.

"We are saying nothing fancy, but in general we have some of the best components money can get."
You're right. Didn't mean to imply anything negative. :) Compared to the folks on the Save Some Weight forum our parts are less exotic. They use all kinds of crazy parts. XTR is pretty meat and potatoes comparatively.

"I guess carbon and Ti bolts would be next? I am not a big fan of carbon on stays so that is out of the question, and Ti is a bit overrated IMHO (light but flexy)."
I agree not a big fan of carbon either. I'm also not a big fan anymore of carbon bars. Never broken one but did chip one. Gets expensive.
 

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Mojo- Slightly raunchy, nekkid female (in)action figure....
Post a photo of your mojo. Sounds cool!
 

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hey zion - you have enough miles on the wheelset to post a review? i've heard a lot of good things about mike (great prices, excellent wheelbuilds, awesome post-sale customer service), and was considering the same wheelset, but have read that the rear hub has a tendency to fail.

btw, really nice build. cool skewers.

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Mike Garcia's wheels

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hey zion - you have enough miles on the wheelset to post a review? i've heard a lot of good things about mike (great prices, excellent wheelbuilds, awesome post-sale customer service), and was considering the same wheelset, but have read that the rear hub has a tendency to fail.

btw, really nice build. cool skewers.

ant
Tony bro,
Here is the skinny on the wheels. They are stiffer, lighter, and the hubs roll better that the CK's in my opinion. On the December MBA action mag, Mike Weir is showing his Nomad set up for D races and he says that the wtb laser disc lite hubs roll better than anything else and I agree.
The velocity vcx rims feel a lot better that the mavics. I have tried mavics at every level including crossmax sl's.

The hubs are wtb lased disc lites, but are made by American Classic for wtb. The issues with the rear hub has been corrected (2003 up are ok). The issue was with the 2002down.

The rear hub comes with a spacer (very thin) to run with shimano cassettes.

Overall - I would get these wheels from Mike again any day. They yield brutal acceleration. They go $389 with doulbe butted spokes and brass nipples. The CK's with 717's cost about $800. Screw that, the velocity + wtb hubs feel so much better. The CK's are more blingy. If you must have Ck's then pair them to the velocity rims vcx.
 
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