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Yeti SB5.5
Yeti SB5.5 2017
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Ibis Ripley LS
Ibis Ripley LS 2017
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Santa Cruz Bronson 2017
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Pivot Mach 429
Pivot Mach 429 Trail 2017
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Specialized Stumpjumper 6Fattie
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon 6Fattie 2017
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award  Editors' Choice Award       
Price $7,099 List$6,599.00 at Competitive Cyclist$6,599.00 at Competitive Cyclist$5,899.00 at Competitive Cyclist$6,500 List
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Pros Fastest trail bike overall, rolls over everything, aggressive all-mountain performanceSuper playful, fun and fast on the descents, sharp handling, best cornererAll-around performer that you can take anywhere, surprisingly fast on non-technical climbsBest climber in the test, very capable descenderBouncy house fun levels, great for pushing limits
Cons Slower on smoother climbs, not the most playfulSlower on the climbs, pedal strike city on rocky uphillsRequires aggressive handling downhill at speed, not as innovative as award winnersGets knocked around in the rough, could use a burlier wheelset, fit is trickyBig bike to push around, vague feeling takes some of the fun out for experienced riders
Bottom Line A quiver-of-one for technical MTB terrainAmazing downhill skills and cheeky attitude are worth it if you don't climb technical trails everydayIt doesn't shine anywhere we want it to, i.e. downhill or fun factorA serious performer that's great for uphill and less hard-core descentsSuper fun bike to push your limits on, whether your a newb or a MTB veteran
Ratings by Category Yeti SB5.5 2017 Ibis Ripley LS 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson 2017 Pivot Mach 429 Trail 2017 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon 6Fattie 2017
Downhill - 25%
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Climbing - 25%
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Cornering - 20%
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Fun Factor - 20%
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Build - 10%
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Specs Yeti SB5.5 2017 Ibis Ripley LS 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson 2017 Pivot Mach 429 Trail 2017 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon 6Fattie 2017
Wheelsize 29" 29" 27.5" 29" 27.5+"
Measured Weight (w/o pedals, Medium) 28.15 27.03 28.05 27.04 29.05
Suspension & Travel Switch Infinity 140mm DW-Link 120mm VPP 150mm DW-Link 116mm 135mm
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