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Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon SLX Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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Item # YTI008N

Tease.

For 2016, Yeti didn't bother to make any changes to the SB5 frame. Given the bike's all-mountain pedigree, we're okay with that. We've built the SB5 Carbon SLX Complete Mountain Bike up with a mix of Shimano, Race Face, and FOX in order to tease as much enduro aggression out of the Switch Infinity suspension as possible.

As pleased as we are with the workhorse spec sheet, the SB5 frame remains the real star. This is largely because of Yeti's Switch Infinity slider, which is similar to its predecessor, Switch Link, in that it travels upward while the SB5 settles into its sag point. As the rear end compresses deeper, the direction changes, and the slider travels down toward the bottom bracket shell. Deep in the stroke, it works in conjunction with the upper pivot to produce a vertical wheel path that effortlessly flattens big, square-edged impacts. Think of it as everything that has earned the Switch Link such high praise, except that it rides smoother and is easier to maintain than the previous eccentric pivot.

Undoubtedly, there will be those who balk at the idea of having a seemingly complicated pivot, but in reality, it’s lighter and more user friendly than the Switch Link pivot that it replaces. The lightness can be attributed to the Kashima-coated mini-stanchions and feathery forged shuttle, which were co-developed with FOX Racing Shox. Ease of use comes courtesy of the easily-accessible grease ports, which do away with the need for time consuming rebuilds. Not that you'll need to worry about rebuilds, as FOX has successfully tested production units to well over a million compression cycles while completely submerged in mud.

But the SB5 is a bike, not just a little doodad, and if Switch Infinity is its heart then Yeti’s proven carbon fiber chassis is its skeleton. Frame weights are right around five pounds with shock, depending on size, which puts it on the lighter end of the trail bike spectrum without sacrificing strength or stiffness. The frame climbs like it's motorized, and with a long, low geometry, a tapered head tube, and a rear thru-axle, it sticks to its line over trail furniture like a cat on carpet.

  • An all-mountain machine with gravity pedigree
  • 5in of travel in Yeti's smoothest suspension yet
  • Slack geometry pushes into all-mountain territory
  • Less weight and more efficiency with carbon construction
  • Built-up with a workhorse drivetrain and wheels

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
Switch Infinity
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Factory DPS
Rear Travel:
127mm
Fork:
FOX 34 Float 3Pos-Adj FIT4
Front Travel:
150mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40
Shifters:
Shimano SLX M7000
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano SLX M7000
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG 05
Crankset:
30t Shimano SLX M7000
Bottom Bracket:
Race Face PF30 to 24mm
Crank Arm Length:
175mm
Cassette:
11 - 42t Shimano SLX M7000
Brakeset:
Shimano SLX M7000
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 / 160mm
Handlebar:
Race Face Respond
Handlebar Rise:
1/2in
Handlebar Width:
785mm
Grips:
Lizard Skins Moab lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Evolve
Stem Length:
60mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost:
Race Face Turbine Dropper
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9mm
Wheelset:
Race Face Aeffect
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Tires:
Continental Mountain King
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.4in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.2in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years limited on frame

sizing chart

SB5 size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Yeti Cycles

Geometry Chart

 

SB5C
140mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 15in 21.6in 22.7in 14.6in 29.6in 3.7in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 43.4in
S 16.5in 22.6in 23.3in 15.5in 29.7in 4.3in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 44.4in
M 17.5in 23.6in 23.7in 16.3in 29.8in 4.8in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 45.5in
L 19in 24.7in 24.4in 17.1in 30in 5.6in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 46.6in
XL 20.5in 25.7in 25in 17.9in 30.5in 6.3in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 47.6in
150mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 15in 21.6in 22.7in 14.6in 29.6in 3.7in 66.8o 72.7o 13.4in 17.4in 43.4in
S 16.5in 22.6in 23.3in 15.5in 29.7in 4.3in 66.8o 72.6o 13.4in 17.4in 44.4in
M 17.5in 23.6in 23.7in 16.3in 29.8in 4.8in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 45.5in
L 19in 24.7in 24.4in 17.1in 30in 5.6in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 46.6in
XL 20.5in 25.7in 25in 17.9in 30.5in 6.3in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 47.6in

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