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Yeti Cycles SB95-A Enduro 2012 $0.00
Yeti entered the 29er game with its well received Big Top hardtail, and now they're keeping that big-wheel momentum going with their first production full suspension 29er — The 2012 SB95-A, offered here with the Enduro package. It's hard to say how many iterations of FS 29ers Yeti produced in prototype and digital form through its relentless R&D process. But, one thing that's certain, Yeti won't produce a bike unless it embodies the lively, planted, and capable nature that its trail bikes are renowned for.
Enabling those traits is Yeti's compact Switch suspension design, offering 127mm of active travel. Unlike multi-link suspensions that require linkages packed in between the main and rear triangles, Switch Technology features an eccentric mechanism buried low in the frame. This allows minimal chain stay length — a deciding factor in how nimble and flickable a full suspension 29er can feel.
The eccentric mechanism continuously adjusts the lower pivot position, allowing for a rearward, small-bump damping axle path while maintaining a firm, pedal-friendly platform. As you start to blow through the travel, the eccentric rotates in the opposite direction for a responsive midstroke, and finally to the end position where the suspension becomes progressively stiffer to provide big hit absorption. The eccentric is also tuned to be independent of chain forces, preventing any kickback felt in the pedals when spinning through rockgardens.
Switch Technology not only features near-perfect pivot and rear axle motion, it also rides on oversized pivots, pins, and axles to ensure precise, friction-free movement with long maintenance intervals. Controlling the suspension movement is the lauded Fox RP23 — but not just any run-of-the-mill RP23. Yeti has famously worked closely with Fox Shox, even campaigning a dominant mountain bike race team together, so you can be rest assured that this factory tuned RP23 with Kashima coating is the perfect match to the SB95.
Up front, a Fox F29 34 with Kashima sports 120mm of travel. It features a plethora of adjustments, including preload, rebound, low-speed compression, lockout, and lockout-force adjust. The fork is also a 15QR, and that combined with its tapered steerer and oversized stanchions ensure it will hold its line over aggressive terrain.
A smart mix of SRAM’s X9 and X7 components comprise this Enduro kit to keep the price down to earth without sacrificing performance. You'll find an X9 10-speed rear derailleur, X7 front, and X7 shifters. A SRAM S1000 triple crank spins a SRAM 10-speed cassette. This combination offers the most variation of gear ratios for any conditions you'll experience.
The SB95’s high-speed nature calls for gobs of stopping power, for that reason, you'll find Avid’s powerful and lightweight Elixir 5 disc brakes with a large 180mm rotor in the front. DT Swiss XR400 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs ensure fast rolling stock with quick engagement and excellent durability. The front wheel's wrapped in a Maxxis Ardent and the rear gets a Maxxis Ikon. Finishing off the build is TruVativ Stylo components for the seatpost, stem, and handlebar with a WTB Rocket V saddle.
The 2012 Yeti SB95-A Enduro is available in Small through X-Large sizes and comes in Black or Silver.
US Yeti dealers are prohibited from shipping Yeti bicycles to any country other than Canada, Mexico or the US.