Why We Like The SB115 Turq T1 XT Mountain Bike
Building upon the platform of the esteemed SB100, Yeti's new SB115 gets a bump in travel to ”you guessed it" 115mm. This is paired with a 130mm fork up front instead of the 120mm fork we'd find on the SB100. The idea is to create a bike that excels at multi-day stage races like the BC Bike Race, the types of rides where we need something more capable than a purebred XC race bike, but a hefty long-and-slack trail bike would just hold us back. The result is a short-travel shredder that climbs just as well as the SB100, but rallies the descents with greater confidence and bravado.
The SB115 shares the same front and rear triangles as the SB100 but uses a revised Switch Infinity link and a longer-stroke rear shock to gain its extra travel. This means the geometry is almost identical to the SB100, with the head angle slackening ever-so-slightly from 67.8 to 67.6-degrees. The reach is a modest 450mm on a size large, with a 74-degree seat tube angle. On paper, these numbers might look a bit conservative, but that's right in line with the goal of this bike to keep things lively and agile, encouraging quick accelerations and responsive handling on tight, technical racecourses. After all, when we're trying to cover ground as quickly as possible, a long, slacked-out trail bike is probably not the best tool for the job.
Like their other bikes, the SB115 uses Yeti's patented Switch Infinity suspension design. The Switch Link acts as a translating pivot, providing higher anti-squat in the initial travel for class-leading pedaling performance, then moving to a suppler feel as you get deeper into the travel for excellent bump absorption and traction. This particular bike takes advantage of Yeti's TURQ carbon fiber layup, using the highest quality materials to ensure the perfect balance of stiffness and compliance, as well as a 225g weight savings over Yeti's C-series carbon. For good measure, the frame is backed by a lifetime warranty so we can charge the trails with absolute confidence.
As far as components go, this bike gets Shimano's latest XT 12-speed drivetrain, which rivals the performance of XTR but at a considerably better pricepoint. The shifting is stunningly crisp and is proven to be reliable day-in and day-out. We also love the XT 4-piston brakes that offer better power and modulation than the previous generation, providing more than enough bite to keep our newfound speed in check on unruly descents. DT Swiss wheels and top-of-the-line suspension cap off this well-rounded build.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- Cross-country bike with more downhill capability
- Carbon frame construction drops grams and adds stiffness
- Infinity link allows for deep travel with premium support
- Carbon handlebar soaks up harsh vibration
- Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain offers tons of range
- Dropper post quickly gets the saddle out of the way
- 4-piston brakes put on a stop quickly