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Yeti CyclesSB100
Turq Mountain Bike Frame

$3,399.00

Item # YTIR16N

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SB100 Turq Mountain Bike Frame

Tech-laden courses seem to have become the norm with cross-country racing these days, and what used to be tame enough for even the most basic hardtails now has riders diving in with full-suspension steeds left and right. And we don't blame them, full-suspension bikes these days capture nearly the same levels of pedaling efficiency as their shock-less siblings, all the while allowing us to charge through the gnarlier, more direct lines, and stay fresh for longer so we've still got the power for big moves later in the race. If all you're doing is racing, chances are its easy to justify sacrificing comfort and playful trail power for speed and featherweight builds, but if you're like us your riding keeps going far away from the starting line, hitting laps with your crew when the last thing on your mind is hanging a number plate from your bar. When you crave a bike that is just as capable of toeing the line on race day as it is diving deep into the backcountry on bikepacking missions, you want a bile built to pull double-duty like the Yeti SB100 Turq Mountain Bike Frame. Back for another season with the same lightweight layup, and four reliable inches of Switch Infinity suspension, the SB100 is eager to please once again, this time with a subdued attitude that drops loud logos for clean lines and sharp aesthetics that speak for themselves.

We can understand why mountain bikes tend to be so specialized and pigeonholed. Comparing a featherweight anorexic race whippet and it'll soar up climbs like a rocketship, and pedal through the flats with efficiency that teeters on hard-tail capabilities. But if you point the same ride downhill and it will feel nervous and twitchy, and efficiency-centric demeanor requires excessive body English that will cause you to wince through the hairy bits of technical terrain, wishing you had a little extra something to keep you off the brakes. Juxtaposed to a trail bike, you'll appreciate the point-and-shoot ability on the steep and rough sections, but take it up a climb at race pace and the gobs of travel and plushness will have you feeling as though you're pedaling through molasses. This is where the SB100 shines. Yeti draws on its XC roots and history and melds it with its current trail and enduro technology to create the proverbial quiver-killer. It shares similarities with the outgoing XC race bike, the ASR, and its current trail assassin, the SB4.5, and EWS winning SB5.5. Beefy pivots join the front and rear triangles improving the lateral stiffness and creating confidence inspiring tracking as you navigate tricky rock gardens, rooty descents, and blown out switchbacks. Switch Infinity, now utilized on every Yeti, gets the call up for suspension duties, the first time we've seen it in this travel format and is optimized for the bike. It's light and tucks behind the seat tube in its own compartment keeping it safe from the elements and allows the frame to accommodate a water bottle in the front triangle. The sliding shuttles allow for a varying leverage ratio for a very linear and smooth off the top feel before transitioning to some mid-stroke support for efficient pedaling, before finally transitioning to some progressive ramping that prevents blasting through the last bit of stroke, giving the frame and FOX Float Factory DPS shock a bottomless feel as you peg the fun meter. You'll honestly be amazed at the way you can attack the trails with only 100mm of travel.

While Yeti's hiatus from XC had us wondering if the brand had thrown in the towel on speedy race bikes for good, we were pleased to see that was far from the case, and the time really enabled its engineers to dial in geometry that's more appropriate for modern XC racing and trail moonlighting. A slacker head tube angle allows for better downhill prowess and on paper, 67.8-degrees might seem a touch slack for XC use, however, the 74 to 74.3-degree seat tube puts some of that weight further forward to keep the front wheel from wandering on steep climbs. The other thing worth mentioning is that Yeti designed the frame around and recommends the use of a 44mm offset fork. The reduced rake brings the front wheel back so more traction is on tap and it brings back the agility that is often lost with slacker head tube angles. Chainstay length sits at 17.2-inches across all sizes, and like the head tube angle, it balances confidence through rough terrain at high speed with the nimbleness needed to make quick moves on tight singletrack. Compared to the ASR, the rear end is updated with Boost spacing allowing the use of hubs with wider flanges that increase the bracing angle, improving wheel strength and stiffness for a more responsive ride.

This SB100 is built using Yeti's top tier Turq carbon fiber construction. Turq frames utilize the finest carbon fiber and resins that Yeti can get its hands on and builds up extremely lightweight frames, with outstanding durability and impact resistance. It also allows for exceptional torsional and lateral stiffness for efficiency, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex so you track through straight rock gardens instead of being deflected off your line. Yeti only builds with carbon fiber these days and its construction is a masterclass. Turq frames are Richie Rude rated so we feel if it can stand up to his strength and the demands of EWS racing, it should stand up to years of our hard riding too.

  • A trail-friendly steed built to dominate the XC race scene
  • Progrssive geometry handles speed with ease, and stays agile
  • Switch Infinity travel is plush, and offers lively pedaling support
  • 4-inches of FOX Float DPS travel soaks up rocks and roots
  • Turq carbon construction sheds weight, doesn't sacrifice strength
  • Moderate 67.8-degree head tube keeps things playful and responsive

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Tech Specs
Frame Material
Turq carbon
Suspension
Switch Infinity
Wheel Size
29in
Rear Shock
FOX Float Factory DPS
Rear Travel
100mm
Head Tube Diameter
1-1/8 - 1-1/2in tapered
Bottom Bracket Type
PF92
Cable Routing
internal
Seatpost Diameter
30.9mm
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm
Recommended Use
cross-country
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime
Geometry

120mm Travel Fork

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    >Rating: 5

    fun never looked so good

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

    XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in. I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could! The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled! I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway. If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it! What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one. Pros: Begs you to go faster Efficient pedaling Feels like it has more travel than it does Cons: More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6" Feels heavy (it's not) High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size) Rider Details: 5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs. Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing) Version Ridden: Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels Pedals: Deity TMAC

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    >Rating: 5

    If I could only have one bike...

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    This would be the one. I have put almost 1500 miles on my SB100 over the past 1.5 years. It’s fast, smooth, light (mine is 24.5 lbs), and did I mention fast. I’ve been riding MTBs for 25 years and have ridden/owned a lot of MTBs, the SB100 is the finest short travel one I’ve owned. Though it’s only 100mm of rear travel, it feels like 120. With a 120mm fork, it feels like a trail bike with more capability than your typical XC bike. I would by this bike again tomorrow. I currently have a Pivot LES 29 and a Yeti SB140 as well but if the house was on fire and I could get one of my bikes out in time, the SB100 would be the one I’d save first. I ride a mix of rocky and sand over hardback southwestern desert, and routinely climb and descend thousands feet on most rides - it does both extremely well. The switch infinity is a super stable platform which is solid when hammering the climbs and super smooth on rocky descents. Thanks for a great bike.

    This
    >Rating: 5

    This is 'THE' mountain bike.

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    Here's my elevator pitch on the SB100: It's an incredibly capable short travel trail bike that can be made race-able with the right spec. If you're a leg-shaving, Strava-obsessing, powermeter-owning racer like me, the Blur, Mach 4 SL, or RKT are probably better options. This bike is not quite as sharp, light, or snappy as any of the aforementioned options, but it's also not a bike for a hardcore Enduro racer. While the SB100 is easily the most capable 100mm bike on the market, it's still a 100mm bike. It's going to be outgunned on bigger drops and super chunky chutes. If you really want to set records downhill, this probably won't cut the mustard. So, you ask, who is this bike for then? Everyone else. Yeti knows that the vast majority of riders are not looking to break records every time they go out on a ride. They know that the hardcore XC and Enduro segments are actually relatively small subsets of the market. Most riders drive to the bottom of a trailhead, climb for a while, descend for a little bit, and then start climbing again. They know that while most of us ride fairly technical trails, the guys who spend all of their time on the double blacks are already sold on their SB150s, Megatowers, and Ripmos. In the same way that the average rider probably doesn't need 160mm of travel to ride his local trails, he also probably doesn't need a 71* headtube angle. This is the beauty of the SB100; it's remarkably efficient and impressively light for a bike of its caliber. You can absolutely run XC tires and take it out to the Tuesday night race, but it's happiest on the 40 mile Saturday group ride that involves hours of climbing that would suck on an all-mountain bike, and descents that would give you traditional XC bike a wedgie and take it's lunch money. The SB100 I rode was set up with a Trust fork, XX1 AXS drivetrain, Industry Nine Trail 270 wheels, and Schwalbe Magic Mary/Nobby Nic combo. In this spec, it felt like a baby Enduro bike. I was amazed at how confidence-inspiring the front end was. Paired with the Trust fork, the amount of stability and grip was mind-blowing. The Switch-Infinity suspension out back manages small-bump chunk incredibly well, and the angles are wonderfully balanced for a stable-yet-nimble vibe. To me, it felt sharper than a Tallboy or a Trail 429, but not quite as plush. In my mind, that's not a bad thing. If I'm going to surrender my XC bike's nimble character, I want to get a significant amount of capability in return, and 100-120mm bike can rarely offer that. The Yeti honestly gives you both. I know that "quiver-killer" is a grossly overused cliche in this industry, but the Yeti SB100 is truly deserving of that characterization. It's the literal manifestation of the "do it all" mountain bike. Yeti absolutely nailed it. Statistically-speaking, this is probably the right bike for you. Please reach out to me directly at jdraper@backcountry.com if you have any questions!