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Yeti Cycles SB95-A Race XT 2012 $0.00
29er frame designers have notoriously struggled with stand-over height and chainstay length — and we're talking about hardtails here. Take into consideration suspension links and shock mount locations and it gets exponentially more difficult. Yeti's compact Switch suspension, found here on the 2012 SB95-A with the XT Race kit, provides a full 127mm rear wheel travel — and made optimization of chainstay length and stand-over height an uncomplicated endeavor
The Switch suspension design does not require linkages packed in between the main and rear triangles, unlike multi-link suspensions. An eccentric mechanism buried low in the frame allows minimal chain stay length — a deciding factor in how nimble and flickable a full suspension 29er can feel. It also lets Yeti position the shock in the frame for an ultra-low standover height.
Those are just a few of the advantages of Switch technology for use on 29ers. It also happens to be extremely stiff and it's tuned for excellent pedaling and ride characteristics. The eccentric mechanism continuously adjusts the lower pivot position. This allows a rearward, small-bump damping axle path while maintaining a firm, pedal-friendly platform. As you start to blow through 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 its tapered steerer with oversized stanchions ensure the fork will hold its line over aggressive terrain.</p>
Shimano's stalwart XT components compromise the drivetrain, including the triple crank and 10-speed derailleur, cassette and shifters. The SB95’s high-speed nature calls for gobs of stopping power, for that reason, you'll find an oversized 180mm front rotor for the powerful XT hydraulic disc brakes. Equipped with DT Swiss XR400 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs, wrapped in Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires, the SB95 Race will accelerate quickly with minimum effort
The Yeti SB95-A with the Race XT kit gets the preferred cockpit treatment with an Easton Haven carbon handlebar and Thomson Elite post and stem. A WTB Rocket V saddle finishes off this highly capable trail bike's build. It's available in Small through X-Large sizes and comes in Black or Silver.
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Small, 28.9 lbs out of the box
Last small Huck n Roll had in stock, shipped late July '12. FIT RLC and Adaptive Logic RP23, though there are rumors that the latest shipments have '13 Fox CTD. Maxxis 2.4 Ardent EXO and 2.2 Ikon EXO tires instead of Schwalbe. ODI Ruffian with Yeti lock-on caps instead of Yeti logo grips. 12x142 rear thru axle. 711mm width handlebar, not 685. 70mm 6 +/- rise Thomson X4 stem (with 3mm bolt heads, wtf), not 90mm. Cassette only has biggest 3 cogs (in alloy instead of steel) on alloy spider, which I thought should've had another group of 3 cogs also on a spider if truly a XT cassette. Thomson Elite 30.9x367 seatpost. WTB Rocket V Yeti Logo saddle with NiCro rails. Other tech specs should be correct.
Waiting on Chris King thru axles and adjusting clamps before riding it. Tempted to ride it as is, as the DT wheels are really smooth and high quality and I could just keep the CK wheels on my lighter XC bike. Also might switch to a 160 rotor up front, as 180 with the adapter is suffering from brake rub out of the box, esp if these XT brakes are as powerful as everyone says. Gonna weigh again after CK wheels, Reverb seatpost, and Enve DH riser bar goes on.
For how long it took to ship (about 1 week from order to getting a tracking #), the build job wasn't all that great. On top of the front brake rub, I'll have to tune the FD some too, or just get rid of it (go 1x10), as I'm getting chain rub on the inside of the cage when using the 6 largest cogs in the middle ring. I also had a little difficulty removing the wheel plug off the cassette side of the rear wheel. Was jammed in there so tight that I pulled the whole cassette and freehub body off the DT hubs, exposing the spring and star ratchets. Had to slide it back on and hold it on while I used the thru axle to tap the plug out. I'd say something about the stem, saddle, and tire/fork/shock air pressure, but basically everyone needs to adjust those anyways. At least the hoses and cable housing aren't extremely long.