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Why We Carry Yeti.
Yeti SB4.5You know how every good farmer has “just gotta have a truck”? Similarly, we believe every good mountain biker “just gotta have an all-round 29’er”. The SB4.5 is the answer. With 114 mm of travel conventional wisdom may say the proper home for the SB4.5 is the XC category. While there is no doubt that the bike is a goat (capable climber in the most challenging circumstances), the SB4.5 proves its versatility when you point it downhill. We carry the SB4.5 because well-managed rear suspension and best-in-class geometry can take a beating and still makes for the most plush 4.5” we’ve ridden.
Yeti SB5+Good-bye, tire slip. Hello, traction. We carry the SB5+ because we believe every rider should be able to choose exactly the right tool for tough jobs, like cornering in loose gravel or complying with choppy rough trail. Yeti’s approach to the plus tire evolution was NOT to create a “switchable” platform – and potentially compromise key performance characteristics - but rather to use 5 inches of proven and ample travel and the SB5’s playful geometry, allowing the SB5+ to claim it’s own dialed-in identity. We carry the SB5+ because it is built with intention for stability and traction in the rowdiest of conditions.
Yeti SB5.5Do you have the most frequent flyer miles at every trail between Golden and Lyons? Front range warriors tackle less-than-loamy soil conditions, challenging rocky terrain, and a variety of elevation profiles that demand pedaling efficiency. When the SG leadership attended Yeti’s invite-only Rocktober 2017 preview event in Evergreen, CO, it was unanimous: the SB5.5 was fast. Really fast. Which is probably why the SB5.5 is ideal intersection of all-mountain and gravity, and the "go to" bike for the majority of the SG Crew. We carry the SB5.5 because it delivers consistent performance in our backyard and on grueling technical descents. And we just absolutely adore this bike.
Yeti ASRYeti IS Enduro in Colorado, but they have the history and the pedigree to have not forgotten that race days in Colorado were once dominated by the cross-country discipline. The ASR is everything that an XC race machine should be – nimble, fast, obedient, light - and yet you’ll surprise yourself by seeking out the rowdiest lines on the trail. We’ve even helped a few SG fans customize their ASR’s for singletrack bikepacking. This bike can take it. We carry the ASR because it is insanely efficient, and does many things well.
Yeti SB5 - BetiThe Beti series, at its core, is about differentiating for the smaller female rider in meaningful ways: technical and functional fit, and geometry. (We love the 2017 blue “storm” paint job so much that we consider it a meaningful differentiation as well. ) The Beti SB5 rides with the same trail domination as her brother the SB5, and boasts a custom-tuned Fox shock, shorter crank length, and customized handlebar width. Honestly, it’s a bike that is “built to beat the boys downhill”. We carry the Beti SB5 because we know plenty of competent, point-it-straight-downhill, strong female riders who deserve bikes like this.
Yeti ASR - BetiThe Beti ASR is everything the ASR is, but “tuned for ladies who want to shred”. We appreciate the tangible and functional ways in which Yeti tailored this bike for the female athlete: women’s specific components, custom tuned suspension, and 27.5 inch wheels on the XS and Small frames. Women deserve their own identity on the trail and racecourse, but not at the expense of performance. We carry this bike because it is Yeti’s lightest full suspension ‘29er (frame weight 4.28 pounds), and our overwhelming choice for female XC competitors.
Juliana Joplin - 29As a brand, we carry Juliana because we believe you can’t just give a mountain bike a fresh paint job and call it “women specific”. Juliana is committed to bringing together like-minded riders and discovering what mountain biking means to women. The Joplin shares the same platform (110 mm rear travel and dual wheel compatability) as the Santa Cruz Tallboy, but with suspension tuning specific for lighter riders. A few years ago , we watched the Joplin 29 change the short travel “big bike” paradigm for SG’s women riders, and 2017 geometry updates only serve to make the Joplin more confidence inspiring – not an ounce of maneuverability has been spared.
Juliana Joplin – 27.5+Take the confidence-inspiring Joplin to a whole new level with the 27.5+ wheel. The Joplin is designed to haul ass on either tire, but more rubber means hauling ass with more stability and “bite”. As with Joplin’s cousin, Hightower, and her brother, Tallboy, this bike comes equipped with flipchip technology which allows you to run either tire size. The bike comes with a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper. Drop that thing down, and with the Joplin’s slightly lower and more laid back geometry, you will be cradled in the ideal center of gravity for even the toughest baby head descents, riding much more generously than you think the 1100 mm would allow. We carry the Joplin 27.5+ because female riders are savvy, tough, and discerning, and deserve a range of choices .
Juliana FurtadoIs it patronizing to call a women’s specific the “darling” of the shop? We hope not, because that’s exactly what the Furtado is. She’s beautiful and well-rounded. The Furtado shares Santa Cruz’s proven all-mountain 5010 platform. This bike does so many things well, and on a 27.5” wheel with six different build options available, we see the Furtado appeal equally to veteran lady shredders and mountain biking novices. If you only want one trail bike in your quiver, this one is a "do it all" bike: nimble climbing, aggressive descending, and confident cornering. The Furtado has 130 mm of travel tuned specifically for lighter riders. When you demo our Furtado, we'll walk you through Juliana's suggested sag settings and how they contribute to a dialed ride. We carry the Juliana Furtado because it exemplifies a quiver-killing bike for every woman on the trail.
Santa Cruz Tallboy - 29We carry the Tallboy because it is a trail bike for all time, and we were intimately associated with the Tallboy when it pushed 29’ers into the mainstream. Now with the noble title “Santa Cruz Tallboy the Third” this most well-used and well-loved of trail bikes has evolved to be more rough and rowdy than upright and racy. Part of Santa Cruz’s bike-building magic is their ability to find the center of gravity sweet spot for every bike. The Third is longer, lower, and slacker than it’s venerable grandfather, so while maintaining incredible pedaling efficiency, this 29er rides with the sensitivity of a bike with longer travel. Thanks for this is owed to Santa Cruz’s proprietary VPP suspension. At the end of the day, we couldn’t be Sports Garage and not have the Tallboy. It’s as much a part of our history (or any rider that’s thrown a leg over a modern 29” trail bike) as it is Santa Cruz’s
Santa Cruz Tallboy – 27.5+Accounting for a half inch difference in wheel height, the only difference between this bike and the Tallboy 29 is a 130mm fork. As with the Hightower, the ability to get the Tallboy in either wheel size is truly about rider style, skill, and preferred terrain. More severe trail conditions (unpredictable traction under a cloud of desert dust? slick and sinister roots? deep and chunky gravel?) beg for the stability of the 27+. We have definitely played around running 29” wheels with this 130 mm fork, and see ample opportunity for Tallboy’s versatility. We carry the Tallboy 27+ because it’s a well-protected investment: in the long run, you won’t be married to your wheel size decision, but always ride an efficient, sensitive, trail-tested machine.
Santa Cruz Hightower – 29Dirt Rag has referred to the Hightower’s personality as “James Bond with carbon wheels”. With a head tube angle almost 3 degrees slacker than Hightower’s predecessor (Tallboy LT) and 135 mm of travel, this is a thoroughly modern trail bike. The Hightower is impressively versatile and adaptable, and pedals particularly well for a “big” bike. Your biggest decision will not be whether or not ride the Hightower, but whether to ride the Hightower with 29” wheels or 27.5+ wheels. Choose 29” wheels if speed in the straightaways and rocketing out of turns is your style. We carry the Hightower 29” because it is a bike for every trail, every condition, and so consistently makes so many riders happy.
Santa Cruz Hightower – 27.5+Same “James Bond” Hightower as the 29” bike. We mean, the exact same bike (135 mm VPP travel)…..except for the wheels. Versatile, agile, consistent, and well-built, with a 27.5 plus tire: choose this Hightower build if you want traction, traction, traction, and the ability to float through loose conditions and carry momentum where traditional tires get sluggish. The magic of the Hightower? You technically could have two sets of wheels, and we encourage our customers to demo the Hightower with both wheel sizes. There are few other bikes in the shop that deliver consistent ride quality across such a broad range of terrains and rider style/skill.
Santa Cruz 5010We carry the 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 because it’s gloss red and mint. Although we could (and were tempted) to end our review with "this bike is straight-up beautiful", it is irresponsible of us not to mention that the 5010 is one of the most playful bikes in the Santa Cruz line-up. The playfulness is intentional. While the Tallboy sticks more closely to it’s cross country roots, and the Bronson owns the Enduro field, Santa Cruz carved out a unique niche for a category of it’s own – a trail bike. Aren’t they all trail bikes? Yes, but segmentation in the mountain biking industry has given riders the ability to select a bike that is dialed in for the experience they are looking for. Trail bikes are nimble, do-anything machines with a "quality vs. quantity" approach to suspension. The 5010 begs for backcountry adventure. 130 mm of travel and 27.5" wheels ride like a dirt bike when the seat is dropped. The stunning good looks, the on-trail fun, and the new affordable alloy VPP build options make the 5010 an ideal bike for a broad range of riders of all ability, and definitely belongs in the SG line-up.
Pivot Switchblade – 29Let’s start off with the name. The Switchblade? Are you kidding? That’s such a great bike name. Pivot made next-gen evolutions to the Switchblade’s geometry, pushing this machine into an enduro-worthy category of it’s own. Notable among these tweaks are chainstays that Enduro Mountainbike Magazine called “unashamedly short” (aka agile and playful) and the introduction of the Super Boost Plus 157 axle. Pair that with longer, slacker angles and you have a convincing all-purpose trail weapon unlike another bike in our line-up. In our 10+ year history with the AZ-based brand, we have come to associate Pivot with quiet, uncompromising quality.
Pivot Switchblade – 27.5+Pivot is very thoughtful about the way that they build and spec bikes: it’s pretty spot on. In the case of the Switchblade 27.5+, Pivot delivers this model with a spacer under the head tube to ensure that the bottom bracket isn’t too low. (bonus: this same spacer can be used to slacken the head tube angle when running 29 inch wheels). As with other bikes in our line-up that have dual wheel capability, the choice of which tire size is heavily dependent upon rider style and terrain preferences. Based on our time on this bike, we think the Switchblade begs to be thrown down a rough trail on the 27.5+. Stable and strong, but never sluggish, we carry the Switchblade 27.5+ because this bike knows what do to with the extra rubber.
Pivot Mach 429Pivot’s self-diagnosed “obsessive detailing” is at work in the 2017 Mach 429. Comfortably straddling both the trail and enduro bike classifications, the Mach 429 epitomizes Pivot’s unrelenting commitment to have the best pedaling bikes on the market. Insane efficiency. And when the rest of the bike is built with precision around Pivot’s mid-travel trail linkage design (specifically for trail bikes), 116 mm of dw-link suspension feels more like 130. We carry the Mach 429 because it is a “best in class” bike: a classy, quiet conqueror.
Pivot Mach 5.5 CarbonAs soon as you throw a leg over the newly released Mach 5.5 Carbon, you'll know exactly what we mean when we say "It's a Pivot thing". On our first ride, this bike blew the top off the fun scale. Evolution in the mid-travel link design give the 5.5 the same unparalleled small bump compliance as it's big brothers the Firebird and the Phoenix. While the suspension numbers on this bike may raise eyebrows (160 mm in the front, 140 mm in the back), the all mountain trail-worthiness speaks for itself. The Mach 5.5 strives for the Trail/Enduro "sweet spot" in every aspect of the build, from the 66.5 head tube angle to the 2.6 Maxxis tires front and rear. We carry the Mach 5.5 because it is more soulmate than bike: the perfect match you weren't sure you'd ever find and never saw coming.
Blizzard -50The first bike ever sold in Sports Garage was a Rocky Mountain. Their values as a mountain bike builder are impeccable, a fact that is evident in the Blizzard. Though the name implies snow, snow, and more snow, we carry the Blizzard because it is truly a fat bike for every season. With lots of fat bikes on the market, we recommend establishing your own expectations of the bike and the experience you are looking for. Some fat bikes are more expedition oriented, while some are more trail oriented. The Blizzard’s mountain bike geometry and 1x drivetrain takes full advantage of the RockShox Bluto fork, and the bike is surprisingly agile – go check out Rocky Mountain’s FATFREE video and you’ll see just how agile. We carry this bike because it is built (and priced) for maximum fun.
Youth Reaper 24/26We are frequently asked about kids’ bikes. And, honestly, it’s a tough question to answer. Our core values are anchored by the ride experience, and with kids’ trail bikes we know it’s tough to nail the trifecta of ride quality, price point, and longevity. So the story goes, it’s pretty tough to justify the money it takes to make a bike light enough for a kid to really enjoy the ride before he or she grows another 3 inches. Enter the Reaper: 130 mm of rear travel, geometry modeled after Rocky’s “grownup” bikes, a 1x drivetrain, and the ability to graduate from 24” wheels to 26” wheels (siblings?). We special order the Reaper for discerning mountain bike families because Rocky Mountain has built a “kid” bike that reflects our core values.
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As many times as you like. We don't restrict your number of demos, or when you have to make a purchase decision.
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We carry the absolute best mountain bikes in the industry: Yeti, Pivot, Santa Cruz, and Juliana. While every bike is an outstanding choice, our Demo process is designed to help discover the outstanding choice for YOU. Our dedicated fleet of demo bikes features machines with premium build kits in a range of sizes, hand-selected by our team.
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2017 MTB Demo Fleet
Our entire Yeti fleet is built from Turq Series (TS) carbon with Sram X01 Eagle drivetrains.
SB4.5 – Sm, Med, Lg, XL
SB5 – Sm, Med, Lg, XL
SB5+ - Med, Lg
SB5.5 – Med, Lg, XL
SB5 Beti – XS, Sm, Med,
ASR – Sm, Med, Lg (Small ASR has 27.5 wheel)
ASR Beti 27.5 - Sm
Tallboy 29 – Med, Lg, XL
Tallboy 27.5+ - Med, Lg, XL
Hightower 29 - Med, Lg
Hightower 27.5+ - Med, Lg
5010 - Med, Lg
Joplin – Sm, Med
Furtado – Sm, Med
Switchblade 27.5+ – Sm, Med, Lg
Switchblade 29 – Sm, Med, Lg
Mach 429 Trail 29 – Sm, Med, Lg, XL
Mach 429 Trail 27.5 – Sm, Med, Lg, XL
Mach 5.5 Carbon - Med, Lg
Blizzard-50 (fat bike) – Med, Lg