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Friday, September 23, 2011

YBB 2.0

This is one of the last pictures I took of my YBB.  I was on a trip in Massachusetts and was riding in Lynn Woods, a National Park around Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau wrote his seminal work of the same name.

Shortly after that ride I noticed that the frame as cracked and started the process of disassembling it and working on a replacement.  Whether it would be covered was never an issue- Moots stands behind their bikes and takes their lifetime warranty very seriously.  

Through my conversations with the guys at Moots I learned that the 2012 YBB was going to take the attributes of my two favorite bikes and merge them: the RSL 44 mm headtube and curved downtube with the added compliance of the YBB suspension back end.  

Fast forward to now and my new YBB is a little over a week away from being delivered.  It's been a rough couple weeks and I've really been looking forward to this.  The RSL is a great bike, but having the option to run suspension is going to be great.  And who doesn't like new toys?

Like everything else in my basement the build kit for this bike was under water for two days and I've been aggressively working toward rehabbing it.  Some things like the derailleurs, XTR pedals and King bottom bracket are completely unaffected.  Others that were open and exposed to the water like the shifters and open rear brake line were less fortunate. 

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as I detail the elements of the build.  It'll give me something to dream about when I'm pounding nails.


  1. Matt. I like your blog. I too have a 26" YBB. Curious where yours cracked? seat tube? BB?

    Any Moots response yet? I am curious also being an orignal owner and never having to take them up on their lifetime warranty. Mine is nearly 12 years old and mega miles but no troubles yet under my 150# body.

    Thanks from Thailand

  2. Hi Ed- Thanks for the support. The YBB cracked at the junction of the bottom bracket shell and the driveside chainstay on the bottom near the serial number stamp. I've ridden and raced that bike pretty aggressively for three seasons, and as soon as I realized it was cracked the guys at Moots got right on a replacement. They were honestly surprised it cracked and were pretty good about getting it taken care of. I didn't get the feeling that they deal with frame failures very often.

    Given the circumstances I could have had an exact replacement in as little as 6 weeks, but since I'd converted to 29ers and the upcoming 2012 MootoX YBB had some updates I decided to wait for that.