I have been putting off this final review of the Yeti 575 for one simple reason: I don't want to give it back. I'm like a ten year old playing iPad games for the first time. I didn't even know life could be this awesome. If you read my first
Pros: Handles like a dream almost like riding on rails. Will take alot of abuse and eats anything that you can dish out. Pedal efficiency is great with pro-pedal.
Cons: Front end seems to be a lttle light side, which in turn seems to make the front end want to come up during some climbs.
Recommendation: The best bike I have ever owned. I have a 2008 575 and I have put it through more than it is designed for and it takes it and asks for more. I also let a buddy ride it before he went Moab last year and he came back from Moab with a 575. He said his just wasn't cutting out there after riding mine. Go Tribe!
Pros: Light for a long travel bike. Durable. Unbelievable combination of climbing AND descending ability. Suspension keeps rear wheel glued to trail through any terrain. Super comfortable for all-day epics.
Recommendation: This is all the bike 99% of riders will ever need. I'ts tough, but not a freeride bike. It's light, but not necessarily a cross country racer. What it is, is a fantastic trailbike at a great price.
Pros: The downhill platform
Cons: Petaling Efficancy so-so without Pro-Pedal
Recommendation: This is a TRAIL bike. As in do it all and more. I own the 2007 (the bike with the knuckle still) 575 and it is a dream. It climbs great with weight distributed forward when you climb, and it's descending abilitys are confidence ispiering, you want to go faster. I would recommend this bike to anyone.
Pros: Best climbing and downhill bike I have ever rode... Can handle ANYTHING you would ever want to ride, if you have the skillz. The adjustable rear suspension is great for switching between climbing and downhill. It has conquered most of the hardest trails in CO. I will never go back.
Pros: everything -
- at 29 pounds with Talas fork at 100mm, it's a good climber
- with 2.2" or 2.3" Chunders, I get away with murder downhill
- super responsive steering, supreme handling
- handles jumps/drops with ease
- skims over washboards, baby heads, and roots
Cons: - seat post seems to glide down and requires more frequent tuning than I'd like
- mild bob when hammering
Recommendation: I own the 2008 Yeti 575 carbon with a custom build (Custom Mavic wheels with King hubs, Talas 36 fork, Chris King headset, XTR components, bashguard, chain guide) and a 2007 Yeti 575 Enduro, and I am a happy member of "The Tribe." I test several bikes before buying this; I lent my 2007 575 to a buddy who has dreamed of a Nomad, and he is likely to build up his own Yeti, as is still another riding mate! Great do-it-all MTB.