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Fair point. I haven't ridden the latest incarnation of the longest travel Yeti 29er (SB150) but I have ridden the SB5.5 a fair amount. If it were my choice, that would be the bike I would go with. It's probably a bit better for all around trail riding, rather than shuttle/lift/gnar.
It's pretty hard to isolate wheel size, so I try to speak about it as a package instead. I mean, you might gain something on the smaller wheel that you then hand back on the slacker head angle. It's a package. I tried to talk about this a bit in the review but I couldn't find the words. It's like...the long travel 29er is going to go faster in a straight line and on smoother trails. The longer travel 650 bike is going to make the hardest parts of the trail a bit easier. That's not a hard and fast rule, but if I were comparing the SB165 and the SB5.5 that is how I would best sum it up.
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