William Bowenwrote a review of Yeti Cycles SB130 Turq X01 Eagle Race Mountain Bike on May 21, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Yeti's all new geometry for their 2019 line-up is nothing short but amazing! This will continue to be the growing trend and new standard for mtn bikes. Racked out front end at 65.5 head tube angle with a high seat tube 77 degree angle for pedaling efficiency, this bike doesn't disappoint. It climbs extremely well and goes downhill even better for only having 130mm of rear travel. Dare people call it a "mid" travel 29er anymore when you can point and shoot this bike pretty much down anything.
Like all Yeti's, their frames run pretty big over many other bike brands out there. The wheelbase has grown over 30mm in each frame size from the older SB5.5 - this bike is big! 44mm offset fork will definitely help with that wheelbase dimension and keep the bike lively and fun during those switchback climbs.
I'm 5' 11'' and decided to go with a Medium. I rode the Large sb5.5 last year and the frame just felt too big for the style of riding that I like to do. (playful, fun, poppy, and overall more nimble on these racked out 29ers) I could have stuck with the Large if I wanted those line charging fast decends with a super stable feel at high speed but just isn't my style for the riding I want to do.
Overall I'm super stoked on this bike and I'm glad I went with the SB130 for my riding this season. It falls under what I would call the trail travel/enduro geometry category. Critics might say, what is a mid-travel 29er anymore?