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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 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 SB5 LR
Yeti SB5With confidence, we refer to the SB5 as the most versatile bike in the Yeti line-up. Undeniably nimble in the climbs, Yeti's Switch Infinity platform rides much deeper than it's 127 mm brethren, making the SB5 is a category-defining bike. This is what an all-mountain 27.5" bike should be: for us, that means that it does what you want it to do, when you want it to do it, especially if what you want is speed. The bike is particularly happy with the rear shock opened up and your fingers off the brake lever, where it can eat up small bumps and choppy trails. This is, in fact, the suspension activation that matters the most. Like most front range riders, we explore beyond our backyard trails and go in search of a variety of conditions. We carry this bike because we are particularly careful to make quiver killer over-promises, and yet we are 100% , unequivocally confident with the SB5 in our toolbox on a broad variety of terrain.
Juliana Joplin – 29/27.5+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 – 29/27.5+We carry the Tallboy because it is a trail bike for all time. For 2018, Santa Cruz has retained the geometry changes that pushed the Tallboy over the edge from "upright and racy" to "rough and rowdy". Like the Hightower, the Tallboy is available with either 29" wheels (120 mm fork) or 27.5+ (130 mm fork), checking the box for maximum versatility. Part of Santa Cruz's bike-building magic is their ability to find the center of gravity sweet spot for every bike. For the Tallboy, that means maintaining incredible pedaling efficiency while allowing the 110 mm of VPP suspension to ride with the sensitivity of a longer travel bike. As SC would say "this bike is happy at full gas". At the end of the day, we couldn't be Sports Garage without the Tallboy because, in so many ways, the Tallboy IS the history of modern of 29" trail bikes.
Santa Cruz Hightower – 29/27.5+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.
Santa Cruz Hightower LTThe king of the our big bikes gets bigger, and we don't mean on the scales: we're talking bigger days on bigger terrain with bigger margins for error. The original Hightower, offered in 29" and 27.5" wheels, was turned loose on Enduro courses across the country and Santa Cruz heard the feedback, particularly from the company's Enduro World Series race team. "We want more". The Hightower LT, newly released for 2018, is only available with 29" wheels and a full 150 mm of travel, front and rear. The new long travel Hightower updates are all aimed at creating a faster, burlier, plusher, more controlled experience. Surprisingly, not much is sacrificed in the climb. We carry the Hightower LT because each evolution in the world of big travel, big wheel bikes has meant only one thing for SG: bigger smiles.
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.
Pivot Mach 4 CarbonThe Mach 4 has delivered riders around the globe to the top of the podium. In this bike, Pivot has built a machine that crushes the "lightweight trail bike" category...if you can put the Mach 4 in a category. Don't be fooled by the word "race" when reading about this bike's pedigree. As race courses have evolved to include terrain you would expect to find in the back country, the Mach 4 has evolved to keep up: the newly released model offers the ability to tune 115 mm of dw-link suspension for either race or trail. Tire clearance accommodates up to a 2.6" wide tire, and yet the XS model has the lowest stand-over clearance of any 27.5" full suspension bike on the market. We carry the Mach 4 because no other bike in our line-up offers this powerful matrix of historically cross-country attributes with all mountain ride handling characteristics.
Pivot Mach 429 SL CarbonIt wasn't until we rode the cross-country race courses of the Phoenix metro area that we truly understood the Mach 429 SL Carbon. Lightning fast, razor sharp, and sure-footed, this 100 mm 29" wheel bike is not only race-bred, it is race-proven. Having won nearly every award in its category, Outside magazine has referred to the 429 SL Carbon as "the most technically advanced race bike on the market". Sub-23 lb complete builds are, for some manufacturers, a weird science experiment. For Pivot, they are an art. We once the mistake of thinking of the SL Carbon as the "weight weenie" brother of our beloved 429 Trail, but have seen the light....lightest bike in the building, that is. We carry the 429 SL Carbon because we admire the hell out of anyone crushing it on a short-travel 29'er, especially one that says Pivot on the downtube.
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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.
Make your bike your own from day one.
Dial in fit, sag, tire pressure. Review bike performance.
Recommended service, group rides, hang out, cold beer.
But how does it ride?
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