Yeti only makes serious bikes. You should only shop Yeti if you are serious about punishing your body and your bikes.
The DH9 was the epitome of this hardcore build.
It was a carbon/aluminum build. You had the same weight as a full carbon build, but enjoyed the power transfer of the aluminum frame and the lower price point of aluminum (granted, these still sold for $5,000)
With 200 mm of travel in the front shock, this machine is geared for fast, technical downhill courses.
One of the unique aspects of the bike is its ability to run either 27.5″ or 26″ wheels. There is a flip chip under the rear shock that lets you adjust the height of the bottom bracket to adjust the bike to the smaller 26″ tire size if you so desire.
The 9″ of rear travel are at the forefront of the industry technology. When going fast downhill, the ability to absorb the hits make all of the difference in your success or spectacularly gory failure.
Unlike many downhill bikes, this one uses the patented Lawwill design to keep the rear wheel’s travel operating in an up-down vertical fashion and preventing pedal bob and wasted motion when pedaling. Every bike brand is trying to deliver the most power possible with the least amount of bobbing and Yeti is at the forefront of this.
Riders have found this bike to be one of the more nimble ones. Very responsive and well adapted for tight, technical trails. However, the casual rider might find this bike to have too much “snap” and might miss the stability offered on bikes with a slightly longer wheelbase.
If you are buying a used bicycle, you have to watch out for a cracked frame. It’s bizarre that these bikes — which are considered some of the best in the industry — are fighting with such a widespread and detrimental defect.
It makes it worth buying this bike new so you can have the protection of their warranty.