Zach Lassekwrote a review of Yeti Cycles SB5.5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 on August 29, 2017
Yeti has figured out how to make the perfect bike for everything. The 5.5 is cold hard evidence.
Last year I was on the Santa Cruz Hightower and before demoing this bike I thought it was the best bike out there for me. The Hightower has pushed me to become a better rider across every aspect of riding, but I got on the 5.5 and realized there are more bikes out there....
With 160 mm of travel in the front and 140 in the rear the 5.5 is so well balanced and so methodically built out... Well done, Yeti. There is a reason why pro racers like Cody Kelly and Ritchie Rude choose the 5.5 as their bike of choice, along with both Yeti reps I spoke to (Daker and Hunter - you guys are rad!). The aggressive geometry, higher BB height and overall feel to this bike enables any rider to feel like a pro while you're out there in the saddle.
I tried to find weaknesses or "cons" to the way this bike rode, but I couldn't. Initially I thought it wouldn't climb as well as my Hightower, but I was wrong. it climbed even better. I also thought it wouldn't be as much fun or even overkill on the flat and flowy sections of trail - having that much travel... but I was also wrong there. I have to admit, I was trying to find reasons why I shouldn't fall in love with this bike. After one full season on this bike with a few tweaks made to my suspension setup (MRP is the way of the future) this bike has become the best bike I've ever had the chance to ride.
If you are looking for a hard charging, enduro-style 29er that loves to get some air, rally technical trails and just go FAST - look no further than the 2018 SB5.5
If you are contemplating your next bike, weighing the options and trying to convince your girlfriend or wife why you should spend thousands of dollars on your next bike come talk to me and I'll help soften the blow.
I am right on the fence of their sizing chart, so if you have any questions on this bike, a custom build or whether this will be the perfect bike for you and your riding style just hit me up!