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Old 08-14-2013, 07:46 AM   #3241
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They are a pretty cool company. They are located here in Golden, Colorado so I've dropped by there for a factory tour of the facility.

Here's a photo of one of the racks of frames in the warehouse:


Every day the company shuts down from 11:30 to 1pm so the employees can go riding
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:46 AM   #3242
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Yeah, I'm not buying a carbon frame. I'm hard on the equipment, and keep things a long time if I like them.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:24 AM   #3243
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Yeah, I'm not buying a carbon frame. I'm hard on the equipment, and keep things a long time if I like them.
Here is the aloominnyum version of the yeti:
http://www.yeticycles.com/bikes.php#/bikes/sb95
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:35 AM   #3244
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If there was one...Building a bicycle for Dummies...type of book out there, what would y'all recommend?

Thinking of starting with a frame and building a fattie...
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:02 AM   #3245
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If there was one...Building a bicycle for Dummies...type of book out there, what would y'all recommend?

Thinking of starting with a frame and building a fattie...
Park tool company makes a bike repair book.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:23 AM   #3246
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It's a very good book, too.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:29 AM   #3247
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I wish my Yeti cost 3G or even 2x 3G would have been a deal

You ride a KLR?





2x10speed?!? I can only afford ONE speed!!



And my mechanic has no clue what he's doing!
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:31 AM   #3248
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It's a very good book, too.

This the one?
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:48 AM   #3249
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If there was one...Building a bicycle for Dummies...type of book out there, what would y'all recommend?

Thinking of starting with a frame and building a fattie...
I don't mean to discourage you. BUT, make sure you price it out first.... Building a bike from parts can be VERY expensive, unless you can get them at cost, or buy used.

I do love it though.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:50 AM   #3250
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...and typically it'll be covered under a warranty if it does.

As to the 120mm travel 29er question: I got nuthin

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Alright, so if acquiesce to the idea of having an intimate relationship with the warranty department...you might have something.

But you know...when you're running it into trees, it's kind of a toss up. I've walked in my cane creek suspension, and walked out with an upgrade, no questions asked. Awesome experience. My friend wasn't so lucky, because it's really not Cannondale's fault that he plowed his roof-rack-mounted bike into his garage. If that was a $3k 9er...ouch. Fortunately it was just a $1k cannondale.

Besides...warranty processes...what a major hassle and a half. Better to just know I can swallow the medicine when I screw up.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:51 AM   #3251
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:57 AM   #3252
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It's a very good book, too.
The Harris Cyclery / Sheldon Brown references are a ridiculously useful wealth of knowledge too, minimizing the cycles you spend making hack decisions that you ultimately regret.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:58 AM   #3253
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I don't mean to discourage you. BUT, make sure you price it out first.... Building a bike from parts can be VERY expensive, unless you can get them at cost, or buy used.

I do love it though.
Don't forget the cost of equipment.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:17 PM   #3254
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The Harris Cyclery / Sheldon Brown references are a ridiculously useful wealth of knowledge too, minimizing the cycles you spend making hack decisions that you ultimately regret.
Awesome. Thanks!
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:30 PM   #3255
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I just can't understand spending 3G on something I am going to crash into trees and loan out to friends. To each their own and more power to ya for keeping the industry going...
My next ride will probably be another Motobecane from BikesDirect. Quality components and the frames hold up well. Plus, it matches my skill set being the weekend warrior I am these days :-)
When you're at the level of MTB that these guys are talking about, you're at a different level of rider (XR rider versus CRF rider). Ride whatever bikesdirect bike you want against what these are talking about, and see which one you prefer. There are a lot more differences than just the brands. Then, look at long-term usage. I can assure you that you'll have a different view, if you've truly experienced what these guys have, as far as durability. The first four words of your post clearly state the truth.
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