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Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016

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Engineered by shamans.

Given that the latest generation of SB5 took four years of carbon tinkering and ritualistic sacrifices to the gods of suspension, we're not surprised that, for 2016, the Yeti SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame returns without any big changes to geometry or the Switch Infinity travel mechanism at its heart. Developing the Switch Infinity went beyond the virtual realm of design software and protractors, with the engineering shamans of Yeti's tribe cannibalizing materials like dropper post shafts from existing equipment in order to produce testable proofs of concept. The end result is a frame whose suspension design gives XC-minded speedsters more confidence across terrain and enduro/DH bruisers an efficient climbing platform that doesn't compromise on big hits.

The Switch Infinity suspension's linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs and relentless small bumps. Deep in the stroke, the Switch Infinity slider works in conjunction with the upper pivot to produce a vertical wheel path that effortlessly flattens big, square-edged impacts. It also erases the momentary harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit.

Of course, most riders will never experience that dead spot on the Switch Link, but the SB5 isn't for most riders. It's for the all-mountain racer who demands that his machine eats deep log roll overs with the same tenacity that it cleans long climbs — a rare breed in the enduro scene as a whole, but common enough in Yeti's Tribe of enduro nutters. It's also easier to maintain than its predecessor, which makes even some of the most mechanically inept feel like a pro wrench.

The SB5's frame remains the next evolution of Yeti’s proven carbon fiber chassis. Frame weights are right around five pounds with shock, depending on size, which puts it on the lighter end of the trail bike spectrum, and it does so without sacrificing strength or stiffness. With thoughtful tube forming, a tapered head tube, and a 142mm rear thru-axle, claiming that it tracks true through rough terrain would be something of an understatement. Bikes like the SB6 may get more attention from the high-gloss pages on the hype front of the enduro scene, but for those of us who get our news straight from the trail itself, the SB5 is a proven all-mountain competitor that doesn't compromise on any terrain or gradient.

  • Expand your trail horizons with some enduro pedigree
  • 5in Switch Infinity suspension resets all-mountain expectations
  • Slacked-out geometry for gravity-inspired lines
  • Carbon construction and thru-axle rear for stiff efficiency
  • Custom frame protectors preserve that pretty paint job
  • Clearance for tires up to the new standard of 2.4in
  • Yeti Cycles consistently lives up to the expectations inspired by its big-footed mascot

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
Switch Infinity
Wheel Size:
27.5 in
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Factory DPS
Rear Travel:
127 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered
Headset Included:
no
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm PF30
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Cable Routing:
external, [dropper] stealth
Front Derailleur Mount:
Shimano D-Type
Derailleur Pull:
top
Brake Type:
disc
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
35 mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Claimed Weight:
[frame and shock] 5.1 lb
Recommended Use:
trail, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years limited

sizing chart

SB5 size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Yeti Cycles

Geometry Chart

 

SB5C
140mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 15in 21.6in 22.7in 14.6in 29.6in 3.7in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 43.4in
16.5in 22.6in 23.3in 15.5in 29.7in 4.3in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 44.4in
17.5in 23.6in 23.7in 16.3in 29.8in 4.8in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 45.5in
19in 24.7in 24.4in 17.1in 30in 5.6in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 46.6in
XL  20.5in 25.7in 25in 17.9in 30.5in 6.3in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 47.6in
150mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 15in 21.6in 22.7in 14.6in 29.6in 3.7in 66.8o 72.7o 13.4in 17.4in 43.4in
16.5in 22.6in 23.3in 15.5in 29.7in 4.3in 66.8o 72.6o 13.4in 17.4in 44.4in
17.5in 23.6in 23.7in 16.3in 29.8in 4.8in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 45.5in
19in 24.7in 24.4in 17.1in 30in 5.6in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 46.6in
XL  20.5in 25.7in 25in 17.9in 30.5in 6.3in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 47.6in

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Nimble and flickable trail monster

  • 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.

I can help with building up a bike and making sure you get the best deal possible. Please feel free to reach out to me at ldordai@backcountry.com or 801.736.6396 x2244.

Yes, it comes with a thru axle. Give me a call at extension 2344 if you have any more questions

Colorado Pride-Yeti's Are The Real Deal

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Looking for your next trail/enduro bike? Hear great things about Yeti bikes, but haven't had the chance to demo one yet? Look no further than the SB5....



Myself and a few colleagues had the opportunity to demo these bikes last week and man.... It was love at first ride. The switch infinity suspension, balanced travel and well designed geometry on this ride make for one hell of a bike!



We took this bike to Park City Mountain Resort to do some fast and flowy trails with some chunky/rocky sections tossed in there for fun and this bike was in its natural habitat. Later that day we took it over to the local bike park and to my surprise this bike was the perfect bike for drops, berms, and some jumps sprinkled in there.



Pros:

1) Switch Infinity: From small bumps/rocks to bigger and burlier sections the S.I suspension makes your ride smoother by enabling a more efficient pedal stroke. Excels well in berms and switchbacks.

2) Geometry: The perfect balance between a bike that can climb well and descend like a bat that escaped an Ozzy Ozbourne concert.

3) Feel: Better feel means more confidence. This bike just feels so organic and smooth over a wide variety of terrain.



Cons:

1) Higher price tag: Although I count this as a "con" the bike IS worth the money. Would you rather pay for a used 2-door Ford Ranger or a new Toyota Tacoma? *** Best time to buy is NOW with this sale.

2) No room for H2o cage: Not the biggest issue in the world, just mount one on the bottom of the down tube.



Just like my co-worker, Connor stated I am between sizes on the medium and large (5'11" with an inseam of 30") and I tested out the medium. If you are in a similar boat, hit me up about sizing and I'll get you dialed in on a new ride!



Questions, concerns, want to find if this is the bike for you? Just hit me up!

Colorado Pride-Yeti's Are The Real Deal

Trail Bike That Eats Nails For Breakfast

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm 5'11" and often am split between medium and large sizing. I rode a large in this case and with shorter stem and it felt perfect. I've ridden a large SB5 Enduro that felt too big - much in part to too long of stem. I enjoy a larger frame with a short stem often. I rode this at Park City Mountain Resort - mostly smooth flowy trail with a bit of chunk dashed in there.

What I liked about it:
-I've heard a lot of about Yeti's unique Switch Infinity suspension design and it's pedaling ability and holy anti squat Batman did it live up to the hype. I preferred to ride in the trail or leaving it open as opposed to "locking" the suspension out - felt like it had better traction, especially when the going got rougher. Yeti tends to recommend leaving suspension fully open and I would agree!
-While descending didn't feel like absolutely bottomless rear travel, it did feel like it was more than 127mm. Paired with some beefier tires this could take on some burly descents. When the suspension was wide open, there was something about it, it had a certain liveliness that a lot of other bikes lack and just wanted to accelerate off everything.
-The SB5c is lightweight and stiff - lighter than the SB5 Enduro and Yeti's site has a claimed weight of 5.1lbs (likely the medium)

What I didn't like:
-No room for a waterbottle cage except for beneath the down tube. That means no thanks to using that, I'll pass on my waterbottle getting gunked up with mud. Sorta ix nays my desire to ride without a hydration pack. I can live with this flaw as the kickass suspension design makes up for it.

Overall if you're looking for a fantastic trail bike that doesn't totally break the bank, you should take note - the SB5 may be calling your name. It'll boogie on uphill and mob on down! If you have any questions about the SB5 or Yeti Bikes in general, don't hesitate reaching out! I'm more than happy to talk shop with you and would be stoked to get you on a build spec'd exactly how you'd like! Reach out to me at 801.204.4547 or hit me up at cojohnson@backcountry.com

Classic all Mountain ride!

    A classic in the making. Its definitely one of the best 5" travel bikes on the market and for good reason. The Infinity switch suspension on this bike makes it an outstanding performer both climbing and descending with amazing cornering properties. The suspension stays really stiff when not in use allowing for an extremely efficient power transfer. Its definitely a rocket ship and will certainly take your ride experience to the next level.
    If you have specific questions with this bike do not hesitate to contact me direct.
    801-736-6396 x 4074
    wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

    The kit calculator may not show all available options for a custom build so If you need help feel free to contact me direct. The 2016 Lime color is also available although not listed on the site yet.

    wbranham@competitivecyclist.com
    801-736-6396 x 4074

    wow!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    got this frame with a custom build here. that was fun in itself, and less expensive than the pre-built models.
    it's beautiful. gorgeous lines and finish.
    and then riding it is a BLAST. can't believe the stuff i can just roll over now (compared to my old santa cruz blur). very forgiving. my only issue is that on really steep uphills, the front wheel wanders more than i'd like, despite leaning way forward. probably because it's quite slack in the head angle, and possibly because i have a medium frame (6 feet tall) and thus have the seat position back a bit too far . otherwise it's a great ride - even my wife (who gets scared/tense on a mountain bike due to previous crashes) loves it and wants to ride it now. the medium is about 4 inches longer in wheelbase than my large santa cruz blur. it's wonderful on singletrack and rocky trails, and i've been making cimbing switchbacks that i usually don't. an all round great bike.