I absolutely love my Yeti DJ slalom bike. It's perfect for the local slalom/flow trail runs at Big Creek and Blankets Creek, and ultra-competitive at smoother slalom races.
As much as I dig the DJ, it's limited to certain trail types. With so many great trails in the Southeast, I knew I would need a more versatile ride to handle both the ups and downs of these trails without lift access.
Enter the Yeti SB66. In signature turquoise of course. After watching Jared Graves do amazing things on the carbon SB66c this year including Sea Otter DS/DH and the UCI World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, SA, I knew I could summon my inner "Grubby" on an alloy one.
First impressions are amazing. The suspension is plush, but not bouncy. The slack head angle is stable on epic dh runs, and out of the saddle climbing definitely puts the power down without pogo-ing.
I've made a few changes, including swapping the Maxxis Ardents for Kenda Nevegals. The drifting of the Ardents simply weren't my style and didn't have the cornering grip I crave. I also swapped the stem for a 50mm Thomson version (not shown) for more better position on the downhills.
My only gripe is the rim size. The 18mm DT Swiss X1600 28h rims are too narrow in my opinion for a bike with these capabilities. A 24-29mm rim would allow for a wider tire (~2.5") and higher volume for tubeless.
Overall, I'm really impressed with the SB66. And with the 2014 models coming with a carbon rear-end (a 1lb savings), a future rear-end upgrade may be in order.