2018 Yeti SB4.5
Great question, I previously had an SB5.5 (amazing bike), but every trail around our shop and what I ride most has more pedaling and not too many 'gnarly' downhill trails so a little bit more trail oriented bike seemed like the perfect choice to go with. We have a few local trails which are chunkier and the 2018 Yeti SB4.5 is still more than enough to get down the trail so I think it's a perfect all around shredder for the local area!
I built this bike from the ground up so the whole thing would be a bit of a 'personal touch', but I tried to build it as murdered out as I could. Some differences from a more common trail bike would be some 35mm rise bars, little bit more aggressive tires, and of course some powerful Shimano XT brakes.
I previously had a 2017 Yeti SB5.5 and an EVIL Following MB, which had very similar builds to what I have now as far as components. I did change a few things to test some other products to fully get a good opinion on components, being that I talk to people all day about what components and the differences/what I recommend. I changed up the brakes and tires, coming from SRAM brakes & Maxxis rubber to some Shimano XT's and a pair of WTB's. As far as everything else, I kept with the tried and true SRAM Eagle and RaceFace cranks and cockpit. This bike also has Fox suspension which is a change from my EVIL which had Rockshox. Honestly, I love them both
|Frame||2018 Yeti SB4.5|
|Wheelset||Industry Nine Trail S Wheelset 29, Boost, XD Driver|
|Fork||Fox Shox 34 Float 140mm FIT4 29" Black/Orange Boost 15x110mm 51mm Tapered 2018|
|Brakes||Shimano XT M8000 Pre-Bled Disc Brakes|
|Brake Rotor||Shimano SLX/Deore RT66M 180mm 6-Bolt Disc Brake Rotors|
|Stem||RaceFace Turbine R 35 Stem: 50mm x 35 +/- 0 degree, Black|
|Handlebars||RaceFace NEXT R 35 Carbon Riser Handlebar: 35 x 800mm 35mm Rise Black|
|Grips||ODI Elite Pro|
|Rear Shifter||SRAM GX Eagle Trigger Shifter 12 Speed Rear with Discrete Clamp Black|
|Seatpost/Dropper||Fox Transfer Performance, 30.9 x 150mm, Internal Routing|
|Seatpost lever||Wolf Tooth Components ReMote for Shimano I-Spec 2 Dropper Lever|
|Seat||Charge Bikes Spoon saddle, titanium - black|
|Crankset||Race Face Next R CINCH Crank Arm Set|
|Chain||Sram XX1 Eagle Chain - Black|
|Cassette||SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle Cassette 10-50 12 Speed|
|Rear derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle Rear Derailleur 12 Speed Black|
Few particulars that I like on my bikes would be carbon high-rise bars, Shimano XT brakes, high engagement hub, and some wider, aggressive tires. I prefer carbon bars for the flex and comfort that the carbon allows which makes my hands and arms feel a whole lot better on rough trails. The Shimano XT's have become my go-to for the feel of the moto style levers and the power of the brakes. After running a high-engagement hub and going back to a low engagement hub I can never go back, I cursed myself with this one. The high engagement really makes technical slower sections a little easier and makes it a little nicer to creep up steep rocky trails. Lastly, the wider aggressive tires are simply nice for the traction. I don't really care about the rolling resistance that heavier more aggressive tires come with, I'm not trying to beat my co-worker Zack up the climbs or set any KOM's...although if I wanted to beat Zack I would probably need an E-bike, guys fast.
She rides like a fricken' Cadillac, climbs like a mountain goat with wings, and descends like it has 130mm of travel. It's pretty rad, if you've never hopped on an SB4.5, I would highly recommend doing so.
Honestly, not really I think I have down a pretty solid all around setup, but I have thought about throwing an oval chainring on or running a different model WTB tire or just another brand, in general, to see how I like them, but I am loving my Vigilant/Trail Boss setup currently. It's hard working at a bike shop surrounded by new product constantly being replaced. Do I need to replace anything? Absolutely not. Do I want to try the newest OneUp dropper, Shimano 4-pistons, or new Goodyear tires? Heck yes I do, and that's the wonderful thing about working at Worldwide Cyclery, I have the freedom and ability to do so.
I think I've hit everything about my sweet rig, I would say you should definitely hop on a Yeti if you haven't or even an EVIL, the Following MB, and Wreckoning are amazing bikes and I thoroughly enjoyed my Following MB!