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Dude. If you like fun and flickability you should definitely check out the Endurad 559 wheels size. Stiffer, lighter, stronger, and cheaper (when do you ever get all four of those properties!?) than 650b, and more flickablily than you can shake a flikability stick at.It's fun to monster-truck sections, but I prefer fun/flickability. This led me to consider 650b, and I headed out to a demo day.
Hardy har....Dude. If you like fun and flickability you should definitely check out the Endurad 559 wheels size. Stiffer, lighter, stronger, and cheaper (when do you ever get all four of those properties!?) than 650b, and more flickablily than you can shake a flikability stick at.
Really interesting insight regarding the two different SB66 builds.I've had a similar experience on a longer travel 29 (not an SB95). Gobbled everything moab could throw at me but in the end just felt like I was riding a tank and missing some of the handling characteristics of a smaller wheel. I'm 5'8" and do think there is something to be said of rider height as it relates to appropriate travel, wheel size, geo, etc TAKEN TOGETHER! Folks who want a Yeti (now), myself included, are in a very interesting situation especially with some 66s still floating around at a killer deal. My take is the new 6c will be what some 66 owners did to the stock builds to build them bigger (fox 36, etc.) while the sb5 is going to (going on a limb here) replace what others did to the 66 to keep them light and trail-oriented. I'd be interested to hear more about the demo on the 5...
Thanks, JP.There's a really good discussion of exactly this topic in this thread:
Start around post #200, and read down from there.
(TL;DR Summary: for most people, the SB5 will be the best all-around bike. If you're looking for a purebred enduro racer with super low/slack geo, the SB6 would be the weapon of choice)
Ben,I ended up going with the SB5c X01 build. I test rode both, sadly just around the JensonUSA parking lot and street only, but the SB5c fit me better than the SB6c, I'm 6'1. Now in all fairness I'm coming off of a Stumpy hard tail and wanted to make my next bike the only bike I would need for a long while. I fully planned on taking the SB6c home, but on the day the SB5c cried out my name, and I fell in love instantly. So far I haven't found any limitations with the 5" travel and I hope that doesn't change anytime soon. I highly recommend installing a stealth dropper post. Obviously this is my first long travel bike, so I'm not a good judge of what a bike should ride like compared to others in similar travel. But I must say, this bike is amazing. I think it climbs as well, if not better than my old hard tail. I have such confidence on the trail, both up hill and down hill.
This is Josh, the guy that pulled up to ask you about the a Yeti when you were about to hit the Backbone at Will Rodgers. How did the ride go? That is a pretty steep climb there for a while. Are you on a Large?