August 9, 2017
Rode great. Really great.
I loved this bike, and I put a good deal of money into it in the way of upgrades to the original Enduro build that I purchased. Climbed and descended well, which is something you don't find everyday in a bike. Then I noticed a crack in the weld on the seat tube. A crack, that by all accounts from people who know more than I do, was a result of poor manufacturing, and not stress or a crash. Took it to my LBS, and they said it was past warranty by about eight months. Yeti offered me a loyalty discount that amounted to about 20% off, but on one of their new bikes that run about $5000. They didn't have to do that, but at the same time, if it's clearly a manufacturing issue, I think they could have done a little better. At any rate, I'm at peace with Yeti and their decision, and will simply move on. I have a brand new Santa Cruz Bronson, and more importantly, a lifetime frame warranty. I have broken every bike part imaginable in my 18 years of riding, but I just learned the hard lesson that when your frame goes, you're screwed. I will never again buy a bike that does not have a lifetime frame warranty, and neither should you.