Luke Dordaiwrote a review of Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016 on August 24, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've always thought Yetis were something special, and this bike is no different. I had the chance to ride one at a recent demo event, and was very impressed with certain things, although I do think there are some small areas that can be improved.
First off, most rides here in Utah start off with a climb, so I got a good idea of how the bike climbs, and I was thoroughly impressed. I'm a huge fan of DW-link bikes, so I know how a bike is supposed to climb, and honestly, the Switch Infinity on the Yeti climbs better than the bike I own currently (Mojo 3). Way snappier, and I never felt the need to switch the compression on the shock over to the climb mode, the design of the suspension made it not necessary. The one thing that left me slightly unimpressed was the nimbleness through tight uphill switchbacks. The front center and overall wheelbase is a bit longer than similar bikes in this category, and I felt like I had to work the front of the bike around a bit more than I do on my personal bike.
Once the trail pointed downhill, however, this bike truly opened up. The rear wheel feels glued to the ground. Incredibly planted, almost feels like a coil shock with the small bump absorption and snappiness of the rear end. I found myself linking turns together and pressing the bike further and further into berms to try and find the limit, and I was unable to. It honestly rides like a 6 inch bike on the descents, while maintaining a lighter weight and more overall nimbleness.
Now the reason I didn't give the bike 5 stars: It doesn't have a water bottle mount in the triangle. Not a huge issue for me, since I ride with a Camelbak, but there are a lot of riders out there who need a bottle cage, so this is something to keep in mind.
The other was the bike is not boost. You'd think you would not be able to tell a difference, but from riding 4-5 different boost bikes over the last couple months, getting on this one, I could definitely feel a bit more lateral flex in the wheels when the bike was pushed into corners.
Overall, it is a KILLER trail bike, and with the sale we have going on now, it is really hard to beat. We have an array of complete bikes or frames to build up your own dream machine.
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