SB130 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike
Mountain bikes are damn good these days. XC bikes can tackle terrain that was all-mountain territory a few years ago and an enduro bike is almost as zippy as a short travel trail bike from a few seasons past. Where does that leave the modern mid-travel carbon 29er? It means they're really, really good and are capable of tackling a wide variety of terrain, from backcountry epics with natural gnarly terrain to fast, flow trial hot laps after work, riding until the sun sets. Sure, there are a ton of good options out there but with wheel diameters, geometry updates, and suspension designs changing so much, it can make the buying decision a daunting task. And while we can reel off a handful of really good do-it-all rigs, we have no reservations recommending Yeti Cycles' SB130 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike to add to your stable. It’s one helluva trail bike that can handle shuttles and lift access until your hearts content, yet it doesn't dumb down smoother buff trails either, so those strapping on heart rate monitors and not pads can have their fun too. Factor in its lightweight TURQ carbon construction, plush Switch Infinity platform with FOX Factory suspension, and a snappy shifting, range providing SRAM X01 drivetrain, and you have a fun, playful bike that’s appropriate on a wide variety of trails and geographic locations.
Longer and slacker continues to be the name of the game, and on the SB130 the numbers lean towards the trend of a more capable descending bike that can still pedal when it's time to earn your turn. Its 65.5-degree headtube is 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. Further 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 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. 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.
The ideal SB130 rider is one that might find the SB100 a little under gunned compared their riding buddies' rigs or on their typical riding terrain, whereas an SB150 is simply more bike than what's needed and is just extra weight and travel to pedal around. We feel that the geometry, suspension package, and build kit on this SB130 are all responsible for that neutral, well-rounded position adding confidence on every ride with the ability to work so well in a wide variety of trail conditions. It's certainly a bike we'd have no reservations about pulling off our rack at the trailhead and question if we had the right tool for the job. It simply carves buff, flowy singletrack with aplomb while not backing down on drops, rock gardens, and jumps in the park if that's your thing too. The 130mm of rear travel might not seem like a lot, but with a 150mm 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 pieces are meticulously hand laid with precise layup schedules in molds to reinforce critical tube joints and high-stress areas without adding excessive weight and bulk, landing you a strong and exceptionally lightweight frame, coming in nearly 300-grams lighter than its standard Carbon series. Blending tuned chassis flex and its light weight allows the SB130 to climb with such ease while tackling hair-raising descents with composure and without equal. Yeti is so confident that it's perfected its carbon manufacturing process that it's now offering a lifetime warranty to the original owner on the frame. One last piece of tech that’s worth a mention is the internal tunnel cable routing that keeps the bike a whole lot quieter while riding and makes maintaining the bike a lot easier with the housing coming out at the exact same spot every time.
- Yeti's do-it-all carbon trail 29er
- 130mm of Yeti's plush Switch Infinity eats bumps and pedals efficiently
- Updated trail geometry is optimized for going up and down steep terrain
- Shorter chainstays keep the handling sharp, nimble, and agile
- TURQ carbon construction drops grams and boosts stiffness
- BB92 shell and Boost rear spacing cornering support
- FOX Factory suspension is extremely supple and supportive
- SRAM's X01 Eagle drivetrain provides a wide range and precise shifting