While I have other bikes, this 2017 Yeti SB6 is my main whip that you'll see in most of my videos and online content. I picked this bike up in May, 2017 and instantly fell in love with it. It's a bit more bike than what's needed around Phoenix, but it pedals uphill well and the extra travel is appreciated when blasting down Phoenix's many technical descents. The bike is truly a confidence builder.
Just the basics here; Yeti SB6 build with SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain. This is my first experience running Eagle and I cannot recommend it enough. Shifting is smooth and crisp, and the range is ideal for getting up and over the hardest climbs to blasting down the other side of the mountain.
My wheels have had a slight change up, I'm now riding on Colorado Composites carbon rims, laced to Hope Pro 4 hubs. You can find my review of this wheelset here - I've put many miles on these wheels and so far they're still as true and stiff as the day I bought them. Shout out to Colorado Cyclist for an excellent wheel build. For rubber, I've stuck with what came on the bike originally. I'm running a Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3C Maxx Terra EXO TR up front. I find this tire provides tons of traction up front and really digs in on the turns. On the back, I'm running a Maxxis Aggressor 2.3 EXO TR, which offers great traction in the turns but less rolling resistance for a bit more speed and slightly better pedaling efficiency. I've also been known to throw a DHF on the back for the rowdy days.
The cockpit has been upgraded to a 780mm Renthal Fatbar Carbon with 20mm of rise. The stem had to match so it was swapped out for a Renthal Apex 40mm. And to finish it off, Red Monkey Karv 6.5mm grips - I've tried lockon grips, they're fine, but have grown to love the feel of these grips. They're a top notch combo with carbon bars. Also, purple!
The SB6 originally came with SRAM Guide R brakes. I know some people are a fan of the Guides, but I wanted more adjustability and again, purple! The Hope Tech E3 brakes are top notch and provide all the braking power I need. The rotors are Hope Floats 180mm front/rear and do an excellent job of dispelling heat. Another plus is the simplicity of brake bleeds, which anyone should be able to knock out at home with some basic bleeding tools.
I've completely reworked the suspension, converting everything to DVO. Nothing against FOX, but I enjoy the DVO stuff. The DVO Topaz T3Air rear shock took a bit to get dialed in, but I'm quite content with where it's ended up. There is no more chatter on the small bumps and plenty of plushness on the large drops as well. The same can be said for the DVO Diamond Boost fork. Again, there is some initial trial and error to getting everything dialed in, but if you take the time, it'll be worth the effort. The fork isn't a bad climber either, even with the extra 10mm (170mm total) of travel. For the most part, I don't even bother locking either out unless it's a long uphill slog without much tech.
After running the stock WTB Yeti saddle for several months, I switched to a slightly wider Ergon SME3 Pro saddle and my butt couldn't be happier. There's a bit less padding, but the extra width allows my sit bones to fit properly, ultimately making the saddle more comfortable. I tilt the nose down slightly to help with the climbs, while the 150mm Fox Transfer dropper post gets the saddle out of the way completely on descents. I've switched my pedals several times and am currently trying out the DMR Vaults. I like the Vaults for their slight concaveness in the middle, however, miss the thinness of the Canfield Brothers Crampon Ultimates. I've tried clips on more than one occasion, but I find I ride a lot more aggressively in flats and also like the ability to move my foot around depending on if I'm ascending or descending. I've also managed to get my hands on a perfectly colored Backcountry Research Mutherload strap. These things are hard to find with their website and most online retailers being completely out of stock. It's nice to get a few items off your back while riding and free up a bit of bag space for other necessities, like a first aid kit.