SB130 Turq X01 Eagle Race Complete Mountain Bike
In baseball, they have a term for a player who's so well rounded, they can fill in for any position in a player's absence, a jack-of-all-trades if you will, known as a utility man. How does that tie into mountain biking? Well, bikes are becoming more and more specialized and its quite refreshing to find a bike that’s capable of tackling all sorts of trails, from backcountry all-mountain epics full of natural gnarly terrain to fast, flowy XC hot laps after work letting you blow off a little steam and leaving you with some seared legs and lungs. Finding that unicorn of a bike that can excel at the extremes of your riding is difficult with wheel diameters, geometry, and suspension platforms changing as often as they do, and when you find that magical bike that matches your riding style and one you can completely count on to progress your riding and not hold you back on familiar and unfamiliar trail networks alike, you should gravitate towards it. Great minds must think alike because almost every bike Yeti Cycles has released lately has peaked our interest and in particular, the SB130 Turq X01 Eagle Race Complete Mountain Bike is the utility man our squad needs and after our first ride, it's already got our vote as an all-star rookie. It’s a darling of a trail bike that can handle shuttles and lift action, yet it doesn't dumb down smooth buff trails either, so leg shaving XC riders can have their fun too. Factor in the lightweight TURQ carbon construction, plush Switch Infinity platform with FOX Factory suspension, and a precise, range-happy SRAM X01 drivetrain, and you have one of the greatest well-rounded bikes we've come across in a while.
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 its 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 newest do-it-all trail 29er
- 130mm of Yeti's plush Switch Infinity eats bumps and pedals well
- Updated trail geometry is happy going up and down steep terrain
- Shorter chainstays keep the handling sharp, nimble, and agile
- TURQ carbon construction drops weight and boosts stiffness
- BB86 shell and Boost spacing improves pedaling and cornering response
- FOX factory suspension is extremely supple and supportive
- SRAM's X01 Eagle drivetrain provides a wide range and precise shifting