SB130 Turq LR T1 XT Mountain Bike
When lunch time rolls around at Yeti Cycles, they ditch the tupperware and microwave scene for an hour and a half of epic trail riding in beautiful Golden, Colorado. The local trails are a bit gnarlier than your average lunch ride, with plenty of rowdy descents and technical climbs. For this type of rugged terrain, the preferred bike among the Yeti crew is a modified version of the SB130 that's been appropriately dubbed the SB130 Lunch Ride. Equipped with a longer stroke Fox Factory DPX2 rear shock that boosts rear travel by 7mm, a 160mm travel Fox Factory 36 fork with the highly-tunable GRIP2 damper (10mm more front travel than the standard SB130), powerful XT brakes, and custom DT Swiss EX1700 32-spoke wheels that are made to take a beating, the SB130 Turq LR T1 XT straddles the line between a nimble trail bike and hard-hitting enduro sled. This steed is the product of long days of playing around on local trails and tinkering with parts to find the right balance of descending prowess and climbing efficiency, making it a great option if you're stuck deciding between the SB130, or it's long-travel sibling the SB150.
Now, you'll still find the same frame as the SB130 — think of the SB130 LR as the punkrock twin brother, who, minus the band tee, studded jacket, and mohawk, has the same stock as its more conventional sibling. That means it features the same longer, slacker geometry for taking on the steeps, and steeper seat tube for pedaling up long climbs to earn your turns. Its 65.1-degree headtube is over a full degree slacker than the brands 5.5, a bike that already pushed the boundaries of a long-travel 29er. Of course this contributes to unflappable stability when descending steep, technical terrain, but usually, a headtube angle so slack would be a bear on climbs and have lazy handling manners on the rest of the trail. This simply isn't the case with the SB130 as it employs a 44mm fork offset to bring the front wheel in closer to the rider so the contact patch is more aft than fore, for improved traction and a front wheel that's less likely to wander when the trail points up. Further helping in this regard is the 77-degree seat tube angle centering you right over the pedals letting you put the hammer down on the climbs. To push harnessing the watts and contributing to positive handling is the frame's Boost spacing placing the hub's flanges further apart and improving the spoke's bracing angle for a stiffer wheel and combining with the 1x-specific frame to allows space for tire clearances in the neighborhood of 2.5-inches with 433mm chainstays, the shortest we've seen yet on a full suspension 29er from Yeti for quick power transfers and the ability to get the front wheel up and over obstacles easier.
A Yeti wouldn't be a Yeti without its signature Switch Infinity suspension and the new-reconfigured SB130 LR utilizes some new linkages and a metric shock that frees up some precious real estate allowing for the fitment of a water bottle inside the main triangle, and packs in an extra 7-millimeters of travel beyond the standard SB130. What remains the same are the two silky-smooth Kashima-coated stanchions housed just above the bottom bracket that translates throughout the stroke of the Kashima-coated Fox Factory DPX2 shock to adjust the leverage ratio from supple, bump sucking plushness, to mid-stroke, anti-squat pedaling support, to a mild ramp up near the end responsible for its bottomless feel. You'll find that it bobs way less than other designs on the climbs and because its axle path isn't nearly as rearward as some platforms, it doesn't get hung up over square-edge hits letting you take speed and momentum over the obstacle. Whereas the older 4.5 required a little more precision when it came to line choices and favored maneuvering around obstacles, the new SB130 is tuned for full send and is happy taking on a point and shoot approach.
To expand the bike's capabilities, Yeti specs the LR with a beefier 160-millimeter fork to soak up more trail chatter, and offer a bit more of an enduro-ready feel than its trail-hungry sibling. It still provides a neutral, well-rounded riding position, but is a little bit more ready for action, soaking up drops to flat, or wheel-gobbling rock gardens. The 137mm of rear travel might not seem like a lot, but with a 160mm FOX Factory 36 up front and 29-inch wheels, this bike can save your hide when the going gets rough.
This build also benefits from the lightweight stiffness of Yeti's top-tier TURQ level carbon fiber construction ensuring a strong, durable, and responsive frame. High-modulus carbon fiber is meticulously hand laid using carefully researched and tested carbon layup structures to reinforce critical tube junctions and high-stress areas without adding excess weight or bulk. The result is a frame that is roughly 220g lighter than the standard C-Series carbon, with the same levels of strength and stiffness. The design is tested for durability by Yeti's hard-charging enduro racers, and Yeti is confident enough in the frame to include a lifetime warranty to the original owner against defects in materials or workmanship, which includes the Switch Infinity link as well. The frame comes with molded guards to protect the downtube and chainstay, and incorporates full-length cable tunnels to simplify maintenance since the housing slides easily through the frame and pops out in the same place every time. Lastly, it's worth mentioning that there's enough clearance in the rear triangle for up to 2.5in tires.
- The SB130 gets a capability-boost for rowdy lunch laps
- Plush Switch-Infinity suspension is stretched to 137mm
- Fox Factory 36 Grip2 Fork further pushes the bike’s capability
- Slack geometry climbs and descends extremely well
- Shimano XT drivetrain provides a wider 10-51t range
- Turq carbon frame is lighter and stronger than C-series carbon
- FOX Factory suspension is extremely supple and tunable
- DT Swiss Custom EX 1900 wheels are ready to smash rock gardens