I first heard of the arrival of my two new bikes during a rehearsal dinner at my house for my best friends wedding. Since I had heard about this bike over two years ago I was excited to say the least and jumped in my car and picked them up down the street at On Top Bike Shop. The sad part was I had to put them in my bike room and wait till the end of the weekend to start building the beauty’s after waiting two years.
The first bike is the Yeti 303 with 8.5″ of slide rail travel(I can now say it exists, 78/100), I have had a box of parts waiting for two months to dress her except built rims and cranks. Sadly I couldn’t start on her as she needed a headset pressed in and with no built wheels or cranks I had no starting point except putting a seat post in her. The machining, welds, and paint cried out to me but there was nothing I could do but focus my attention on the other frame at hand.
The second bike is the Yeti 4X frame with 3.25″ in the rear. I was almost as excited to build her but first I had to strip my Yeti ASX as to transfer my parts over. I managed to get the 4X almost built on the sunday night, feeling a little under the weather from the wedding the night before. Monday night I went down to On Top to press in my Syncros headset so I could mount the Fox 36 Talus and install my cranks, also true the back wheel. The only problem building it was that it has ISCG 05 so I had to modify a chain-guide for it but everything else went smooth and by the end of the night she was ready to roll, now to focus my attention on Miss 303.
Tuesday night was the after wedding BBQ so no building. Wednesday night I pressed the headset in the 303 and mounted the Fox 40 on her with Magura brakes front and back. The wheels were not ready and I had spent the week trying to find cranks the size I needed but Raceface was backordered and tried calling eight different bike stores but nobody had 83mm/128mm. Thursday night I found a pair of saint crank at Dizzy’s so i picked those up and went to On Top and found that my Syncros wheels were ready so I had the missing pieces and could finish the build. With both bikes built it was hard to sleep and be at work on friday.
Friday night I was faced with the decision of what one first, but ultimately it was no contest and before i knew it i had a leg over the 303 and was heading down CBC, TNT, Dirty Diapers, ending with Neds. I honestly don’t know how to describe the bike other than HOLY SHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday morning was the start of Air Apprentice and my motivation for getting both bikes built. The event was a huge success with all the guys throwing down large(except that Neil separated his shoulder and lacerated his spleen). The weekend gave me a good chance to get used to both bikes and get them dialed in to suite me. The maiden voyage on the 4X was at the city jumps by the skate-park and I would say it was different jumping a dual suspension as I have come very accustomed to my hard-tail but man I can se the potential in the bike. As for the 303 when did they smooth out the braking bumps and cut out all the roots on Whistler?