Whoo! This makes me excited for rebuilding my 1994 Landcruiser. Got a few years before I'm ready to undertake the project, but I am already excited.
Really looking forward to getting a pair of these to test out F/R, just have to find them someplace
Thankfully the strap design is different on the Repack. It's absolutely a step up from the Palos.
I'm with Cam on the repack LR, when it isn't totally packed full, the pack does an excellent job of staying put. That said, I'm pretty thin and can really cinch the pack abound my hip bones to keep it in place.
At the end of the day, I still like storage bibs more than anything else. Life is good with a bottle on my back and a bottle on my bike
Andrew, I wanted to say thank you, as I was the one that had asked for a Rose cleat review on a previous post. I really appreciate it. There is a reason NSMB is my favorite site despite living in Florida.
That makes sense, Cam. I noticed that yesterday when looking at my sb130. I've got a good bit of colored vinyl laying around, so maybe I'll give it a go for the bands
Cam, I really like the vinyl decals that wrap fully around on the part of the rear triangle that connects the seat and chainstay. Did you overlap it on the backside to make a loop?
Over the past few years, I've stepped up my wrapping game with each new bike. Because I'm spending more and more with every bike that I buy, I've felt the increased need to protect the frame from cosmetic blemishes, especially as I resell my bikes after a year or two of riding.
I started with an unwrapped bike, then had a bike that I handcut 3m tape for (toptube, downtube, and stays), and on my newest bike, I ended up going for a professionally made kit. However, I've never had anyone else wrap my bike for me as I find the process to be cathartic.
As Cam mentioned, it is also nice to not worry about little marks on an unwrapped frame from things like brush, pants/shoe rub, etc. I know it's a mtb, but I do want to maintain the resale value.
It's funny to see the Yeti Lunch Ride released as my bike is already almost there. I made the switch when I got it to Code RSCs, longer stroke dropper, and a few other changes to make the bike how I want it when I first got it. Being off of SRAM Guides was a big upgrade.
Attached to the seat tube?
I would love to see it as well
I think it comes down to riding location a lot. Where I ride, the dirt is more sand based and does not collect in that spot beneath the switch infinity link. Also, on this bike, the SI is actually more covered from the side by the rear triangle than previous SB models, not that has any real bearing on preventing dirt buildup. Regardless, I am fairly meticulous about my bikes so the SI gets wiped with a microfiber towel a few times a week and the SI gets fresh grease monthly.
And in regards to the comment above, I don't think the bike really needs a fender if you do regular maintenance, but I understand if people want to add one.
Really enjoyed this article. Funny that the end had the shout out to the SB130 and SC Tallboy, as I just got off a Tallboy 3 in order to pick up the SB130. Imho, I think Yeti did a great job with both their new bikes and I'm pretty darn happy with mine.
Very Excited to see their product launch, I've been following their social media for a good while now! I wish I had the funds to pick one up!
There was a point in time where I may have agreed with this, but at the current moment, Yeti bikes are no longer exceptionally more expensive than other brands counterparts. The entry price to a Yeti does start higher than many other brands, that I will concede, but the bikes themselves are not exceptionally over-priced like people act like they are.
For example, the Base-model GX Sb130 is $5199. A similarly spec'd Santa Cruz Hightower is $4899 (sans DPX2 shock, which costs more than a DPS), a GX spec'd Ibis Ripmo is $5099, a Specialized Stumpjumper of equal spec comes in a $5000, and a GX Evil comes in at a Whopping $5799.