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Yeti Cycles SB5 Enduro Complete Bike - 2016

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The 2016 Yeti SB5 Enduro Complete Bike features an aggressive front end and a monstrous six inches of front travel for confident stability across technical rock gardens and off-camber root systems—though, of course, the relatively tight chainstays let you dice it up if you don't want to roll out the nuclear rolling option of Switch Infinity suspension.

Whichever route you take—direct or dicey—the SB5 Enduro build is equipped to get you there. With a drivetrain composed of predominantly SRAM GX componentry, powerful SRAM Guide R hydraulic brakes, a dropper seatpost, and smooth spinning DT Swiss wheels, the SB5 Enduro toes the line as a race-ready whip at a more wallet-friendly price tag than its top-end sibling, the SB5c.

As with any Yeti, the rear suspension is the star of the SB5 Enduro's frame. The Switch Infinity suspension is a masterpiece of modern enduro design because its linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs. 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 their 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. Despite its apparent complexity, the redesigned suspension is also easier to maintain than its predecessor, which makes even some of the most mechanically inept feel like a pro wrench.

The SB5 Enduro's frame mirrors the top-end Turq models in almost every way except the carbon fiber grade and a few design tweaks. Yeti uses a slightly lower grade of carbon while maintaining the same strict standards for stiffness and strength as the Turq. This does require the use of more material and adds about 300g to the frame, but also comes with a drastic reduction in cost. 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.

Finally, we'd be remiss not to mention that, in our experience, the non-plus SB5 tops out a 2.4in tire. We've ridden plus-sized tires, so we understand the hype, but—when combined with the peerless quality of Switch Infinity (and it really is peerless this side of literal rocket science)—we think mid-sized tires provide a better blend of tire-to-trail traction and forgiveness on questionable lines. The combination also fends off the top-floppy effect of too much tire folding over onto itself. If you want to float, go fat or plus-sized; if you want to race, then we think the 2.4in tire range will come to define your wing of the industry in the years to come.

  • A trail bike with an enduro appetite
  • 5in of Switch Infinity suspension stay responsive on climbs
  • Slack head tube angle for bombing questionable lines
  • Long cockpit, a short stem, and a wide bar sharpen steering inputs
  • Carbon frame is light, stiff, and allows for sexy frame shaping
  • Build kit comprises FOX and SRAM for Caps Lock-worthy aggression
  • Stealth aesthetics go with anything
  • Yeti Cycles may not have coined the phrase Super Bike, but the brand's flagship models certainly live up to it

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
Switch Infinity
Rear Shock:
Fox Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel:
127 mm
Fork:
Fox 34 Float Performance
Front Travel:
150 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40 44x56mm internal
Shifters:
SRAM GX
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM GX
ISCG Tabs:
yes, removable ISCG 05
Crankset:
30 t SRAM S1000
Bottom Bracket:
Praxis GXP/PF30
Cassette:
10 - 42 t SRAM GX 1150
Chain:
SRAM 1130
Brakeset:
SRAM Guide R
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 / 160 mm SRAM Centerline
Handlebar:
Race Face Evolve
Handlebar Width:
750 mm
Grips:
Yeti lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Ride
Stem Length:
60 mm
Saddle:
WTB Yeti
Seatpost:
Race Face Turbine Dropper
Seat Collar:
35 mm
Wheelset:
DT Swiss M1900
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm
Tires:
Maxxi Ardent
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.4 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.25 in
Pedals:
not included
Claimed Weight:
27.3 lbs
Recommended Use:
mountain bike, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years limited on frame

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
S 16.5in 22.6in 23.3in 15.5in 29.7in 4.3in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 44.4in
M 17.5in 23.6in 23.7in 16.3in 29.8in 4.8in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 45.5in
L 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
S 16.5in 22.6in 23.3in 15.5in 29.7in 4.3in 66.8o 72.6o 13.4in 17.4in 44.4in
M 17.5in 23.6in 23.7in 16.3in 29.8in 4.8in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 45.5in
L 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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If you only own one bike.........

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It should be the SB5!

I am 6'-3" and the XL is a perfect fit. I think with a shorter stem a rider 6'-1" could easily fit an XL. I put 44 miles in the first 3 days of owning this bike and I have to say its the closest thing to an XC bike that can still handle bombing downhills too!

Seat: Replace it immediately!

Grips:Replace immediately. They provide zero cushion. I went with ESI Extra Chunky

Fork:The Fox weight/PSI chart is close, but I need to do some tuning and try less air. Not getting full travel right now.

Turbine Dropper:WARNING, open it up and inspect it for lube. Mine was bone dry inside! After riding this week it was "sticking" when coming back up. Funny thing about moving parts, they need grease/lube!

Wheels:At 215 pounds, the stock wheels were begging for mercy. I replaced them with a set of Stans Flows.

Switch Infinity:This is my first Yeti and first time on this technology. It is the TRUTH! I raced a time trial yesterday. 34 miles and 5000 feet of climbing and I never once locked out the rear shock. It climbs THAT well due to the Infinity link. I was blown away!

Tires:I actually don't mind the Ardent. THere are tires I definitely like better (cough, Nobby Nick, cough) but these did well in my time trial. They hooked up well, even in downhill sections that we hit 35+ mph.

Any questions, just reply and ask. I am loving this bike so far!!!

If you only own one bike.........

Easy set up. Clean bike. Poor delivery.

    To start the review off, I need to include that UPS left this expensive bike on my front door step. I live in a gentrified area of town where lots of packages routinely get stolen. This was a shock to me- surely someone somewhere will check off "signature only" because I was amazed when I got home and my bike wasn't stolen. The bike was packaged nicely, easy to build, and went together in minutes. First impression of the bike, WOW!. Talk about bang for your buck. A little disappointed that they didn't ask my weight and fit the front and rear shock to my specific weight like it appeared on the checklist, but that's an easy fix. Looking forward to tearing up the trails! Gear heads have always been available to talk to and have been more than helpful.

    Easy set up. Clean bike. Poor delivery.

    Big Performance Boost

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I owned this SB5 Enduro last year and loved it. Coming from a 29er Stumpy, this was an improvement in nearly every way. It allowed me to climb, descend & stop faster, all while enjoying the ride more than ever before. I'm sold on the Switch Infinity tech. Once the fork and shock got dialed, I never needed to touch the 3-pos lever again. It stayed firm while climbing and plush while descending.
    Coming from a 2x, I was worried about the range for climbing with a 1x. But, I'm now sold - even with the 5+ mile climbs here in Utah, I never ran out of gears. As for the dropper, my bike came with a Reverb (Amazing!), so I can't comment on the Race Face Turbine. I also loved the Guide R brakes. If you're descending a lot, you'll probably burn through your organic pads frequently, but they offer great modulation and stopping power.
    The only negative I found with this SB5 was a personal preference - that as a bigger rider at 6'5", I prefer the rolling abilities of 29" wheels.

    I love this Yeti SB5c

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased the SB5c from Backcountry.com on December 2, 2016. I had been riding since summer a 24 lb Ghost x-country bike with 1X10 XT components and was/am quite happy with it. A friend was encouraging me to go full suspension and had let me ride his Santa Cruz Bronson in the mountains of San Diego. I was hooked.

    I had long admired the lines of the Yeti enduro models and I really liked the pricing of the late season 2016 SB5c and was able to order one in the right size for me. Let me list the pros and cons:

    PROS:
    1) Wonderful suspension which is easily adjustable and really builds confidence;

    2) I've always loved Shimano BUT the SRAM GX 1X11 setup on this bike is just fantastic right out of the box. The positive click puts it right in the gear selected and, even on uphill shifts, there is never a grind or missed shifts;

    3) At 27 lbs it is a bit heavier than a good x-country setup but I never feel the weight difference.

    CONS:
    1) It is a lot more/better bike than I am a rider and it constantly challenges me to ride in rougher and more technical stretches. LOL

    In other words ... I love this Yeti!

    PS: I had never shopped Backcountry.com and had read some negative reviews. I had nothing put positive experiences from them! The were/are on time, the product is as good or better than advertised and always friendly.

    Sounds like you love the sb5 enduro Perry. I am curious how you feel the ride different is to the Bronson VPP suspension. I am considering this bike, going from a Santa Cruz, so would appreciate you opinion. thanks and enjoy the new bike!

    The best

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Yeti came through the other day to let us test the fleet and i was lucky enough to find myself sitting on the do it all trail machine they deemed the Yeti SB5. This bike is one curvy, good looking bike. I was surprised to find out they upgraded the color pallet to offer other options from Yeti blue to include a few more options for those who wish to be different. The big difference with these bikes from Yeti is that switch infinity you see in the SB line. Developed in collaboration with Fox , Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension design is unlike anything currently on the market. One thing you need to realize with this bike is its not a second shock located above the bottom bracket. It's actually two short rails, the heart of Yeti's œtranslating pivot suspension configuration. Initially, as the bike goes through its travel the carrier moves upwards on the rails, giving the bike a rearward axle path for improved pedaling and small bump absorption. As the rear wheel goes deeper into its travel the mechanism moves downwards, reducing the amount of chain tension for better big hit performance. The unit itself doesn't actually move that much about 4mm in either direction but when you attach a 17.4 inch lever to that (the length of the SB5's chainstays), it does make a difference in the bike's wheel path.

    So now the real meat, how does it ride?
    Climbing: This bike was excellent on the time i spent climbing. Yeti did a great job of making the bike feel plush in bottomless but when climbing i felt no bob with the rear shock wide open. Its also extremely light around 26 pounds, and short so getting this bike uphill is a breeze.

    Descending: This is where the fun starts. This 127mm rear travel bike ate everything i threw in its path. I felt the switch infinity pushing me down, and through rock gardens/turns. Its crazy how it gains speed through sections that would usually slow you down. On all of the SB's one thing you need to be careful about is getting going to fast. With the switch infinity i found it was great platform while also feeling bottomless on drops and rock gardens. Its a little weird to get used to jumping the bike at first as it does sink deep into travel sometimes when hitting multiple jumps in a row because i am so used to preloading hard into jumps. I found just letting the bike do its thing and try less helped eliminate this issue.

    Overall: This bike is a great quiver bike that can really do it all. I think the geometry combined with the switch infinity developed a stable progressive platform to give you the best range of usability. I would love to have this bike for long rides as i know i would not only feel comfortable on it all day but i could literally throw anything at this bike with confidence. Finally the fun factor on this bike is all time. You cant help but grin accelerating out of a berm on this bike. Its like nothing i have experienced on a bike and i recommend it to anyone.

    If you are looking to chat about this bike feel free to contact me anytime!

    The best

    Like the bike the service less

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

    I did a lot of research on the bike and saw a good deal at Backcountry and after reading how there is expert assistance and and bikes are setup to your needs decided to buy a bike online.
    The bike was assembled correctly and did arrive without a scratch and no complaints about the quality just the service. I was expecting a bit more attention to a $3500 dollar purchase but I guess I expected too much.
    1. Nobody asked me about any setup preferences including height or weight. While I did get an email from someone who asked me if I needed anything he could not answer much and the bike was shipped way before anything could be answered.
    2. When I did ask why the dropper line was not shortened or the shocks were not set to my weight the answer was that "the bike was purchased as a full bike with no need for customizations"
    3. I made a mistake and cut the line of the dropper post too short. I sent an email to understand what part i need to order and got a reply to contact the dropper manufacturer. I went to a local bike shop and in a minute they told me that this was a standard SRAM cable.

    Hello, I have a sizing question. I am about 5'11" with a 30" inseam looking at the 17.5 frame. The numbers look right with the stock 60mm stem, but I would like to swap with a 30mm that would cut the reach by an inch. Would it be advised to go with a 19" frame, or is this bike roomy enough?

    The 19" frame should work best for you in theory. As far as the stem goes, I would suggest keep the 60mm stem and try it out for a few rides, then decide if you want to go shorter. Your height and inseam point towards you being long torso which means that 60mm stem on a large might be perfect. if you have any more questions shoot me an email at gcelentano@backcountry.com

    The Yeti frame seems to run a bit bigger than other brands I have demo'd. I'm 5'10 with ~32" inseam and have found large frames for Trek, Santa Cruz and Ibis to fit well but the Medium for Yeti has fit nicely. Given your inseam you may struggle a little with pedal reach on the 19". I raised the dropper post ~0.5" above bottomed-out to get a good reach on the 17.5" frame. I tend to like being stretched out a little more on the bike and think a 30mm stem would be a bit tight. I have a 50mm Race Face Atlas I will be swapping onto the SB5 Enduro and Atlas bars and expect to be pretty comfortable on the 17.5". But I'm not you and it's all personal preference.

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    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    What length dropper is on the Medium frame?

    Hi Eric, these come with 125mm posts in M.

    This bike cost me my girlfriend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    As soon as I got it, she noticed that she was less involved in my life, because it is so good. I love it.

    I hope my wife doesn't read this - just got mine this week. I have to wait for warmer weather and dry trails still....

    Great bike especially for the price!

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

    How they haven't sold out on this bike is beyond me. Carbon frame, GX groupset and just a little over $3K. Go to your local bike shop and any other bike would be over $4K. The switch technology is better than ever & I thought the SB66 was great. Climbs like a mule but downhills just as good??? I also have a Yeti 575 and there is no comparison, that thing is a dog climbing compared to this yet downhills better??? And Competitive Cyclist did such a great job packaging it and their checklist was very comprehensive so I know everything was done correctly. Attached the bars and tire and was ready to go. Thanks for offering such a great bike at a reasonable price!

    Great Bike

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Have ridden Browns ,it has lots of great climbing,great downhill.Allso blue clay, BNP,Smith's,Cape Fear river trail,Stan Lee and several other tracks . It preform great on all of them.45 mph down hills sweet.droper post a little problem.Had a problem with one of the breaks but it has been resolved.Cant wait to get me a 5.5 yeti I think it might just be the best bike ever.Have already put 100s of miles on this one it's great.

    Amazing.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was worried about buying a bike that was too aggressive for my local trails. This bike climbs like nothing I have ever tried. It feels so light and supple going over anything. Bombs downhill.

    I put up faster time on it than my XC bike.

    If you are worried about switching to a 1X setup like I was forget it. It's incredible.

    The shocks and dropper are all black unlike the stock photo :)



    The staff at Backcountry did an amzing job assembling and package my bike. Highly recommended. Thanks you!!

    Amazing.

    updated impressions SB5

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    after 50 miles on 4 familiar trails in week 1 on the SB5.
    the 27.5 wheels make me slightly slower than 29's on cross country and climbs, my buddies on 29" xc rigs can gradually leave me...until we hit some downhill sections...suddenly I'm back on their wheel! this bike flies downhill and maneuvers like nuthin I've ridden. bottom line, I'm probably averaging close to the same speed overall but having way more fun!

    2016 SB5 complete bike

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

    Just got the Yeti SB5 on Monday 12/18. Rode a local trail the next day. This bike did not disappoint! It came with ardent 2.25 on the back instead of icon...much better for NC winter riding. I've been riding a Trek Superfly FS 29er for the past year. Great bike but the SB5 has it beat in every category. Just as fast cross country, no issues with 27.5 rolling over stuff. Climbs very well, no wasted motion with suspension fully open, and bombs downhill. The Yeti is very maneuverable and lot's of fun to ride.This bike is clearly going to make me a better rider. Hittin another trail today!
    And the staff at back country/competitive cyclist was great with questions and support when UPS seemed a little clueless about where the bike was or when it would be delivered. (holiday volume I guess).
    Thanks
    John Dunlap
    Greensboro NC

    John,
    What size Superfly do have and what size sb5 did you get?