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Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon SLX/Reynolds Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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Item # YTI006D

Overcome.

You've read the reviews, seen the promotional videos, and basked in the glowing hype surrounding Yeti Cycles' SB5 frame. As impressive as all that spilled ink is, the only way to really understand is to experience it on the trail. With the SB5 Carbon SLX/Reynolds Complete Mountain Bike, we've custom spec'd Yeti's oft-feted trail sled with some of our favorite gear from the past year, including an all-new Shimano SLX M7000 drivetrain and Reynolds' 27.5 AM carbon wheels. The result is a bike whose only real limits are yours. So get to overcoming.

As pleased as we are with the build kit, 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.

  • A trail bike 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
  • Reynolds carbon rims laced to DT Swiss hubs
  • Shimano's all-new SLX M7000 drivetrain

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
Switch Infinity
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Factory DPS
Rear Travel:
127 mm
Fork:
FOX 34 Float FIT4
Front Travel:
150 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40
Shifters:
Shimano SLX M7000 (right only)
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano SLX M7000
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
30 t Shimano SLX M7000
Bottom Bracket:
Wheels Mfg PF30 Adapter For Shimano
Crank Arm Length:
[Beti Coral sizes x-small - medium] 170 mm, [Beti Coral sizes large - x-large] 175 mm, [Lime, Raw/Grey, Turquoise sizes x-small - small] 170 mm, [Lime, Raw/Grey, Turquoise sizes medium - x-large] 175 mm
Cassette:
11 - 42 t Shimano SLX M7000
Chain:
Shimano HG-X11
Brakeset:
Shimano SLX M7000
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 / 160 mm
Handlebar:
Race Face Respond Riser
Handlebar Rise:
1/2 in
Handlebar Width:
785 mm
Grips:
Lizard Skins Moab lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Evolve
Stem Length:
70 mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Comp, steel rails
Seatpost:
[XS, S, M] Race Face Turbine Dropper 100mm, [L, XL] Race Face Turbine Dropper 125mm
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Wheelset:
[rims] Reynolds 27.5 AM LTD Carbon
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Tires:
Continental Mountain King
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.4 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.2 in
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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4 months in

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A little history - I've ridden all over the country and if I'd say any of the new category style of riding; trail, for the past 18 or so years. Colorado and Utah were home for a bit and now back to VA/NC. My last bike was an enduro-ish 160F150R bike and although nice on my west trips, way more travel than I needed for everyday riding. I used to live in Golden and have had Yeti's before (when aluminum and brake XTR shifters were in) so I thought I'd give them a try again.
Justin at Backcountry was great to work with and was able to get the bike built to my liking and with the sale of the 5c 2017's I couldn't pass it up. Size- I went with medium and could've made a L work but it wasn't peppy enough for my style (5'10" 32 inseam). The chainstay is a bit longer than my last few bikes. I did lose a bit on the DH stability over the L frame but it became much more lively and believe me; these bikes are planted. I wouldn't hesitate to ride this on ANY trail I've experienced in the many years of riding.
Switch Infinity: believe the hype. There is enough info and reviews out there as well as a solid brand like Yeti implementing them on their entire FS line...means something to me. It feels a bit slower than my last bike on climbs but has more traction and I'm PM'ing all of my climbs so "feels" means nothing, it's more of a laser on the dh and doesn't seem to pop off of things like my last bike but yet I'm going faster and bigger?? Those were thought the first 3 months. Now I wouldn't trade it at all. The build is a piece of art. Spec'd to ride up well and demo(n)lish down for a 5" rear bike. Give it a ride somewhere and don't hesitate to reach out to Justin or any other Gearhead to work on a custom build. It will surprise you what they can do. Thanks BC and Justin.

Build- Fox 36 160, RS Monarch Plus, XM481, DHF/Aggressor Spank misc, Fall Line dropper, Guide RSC's 180/200.

quiver killer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yeti came through the other day to let us test the fleet and i was lucky enough to find myself sitting on the do it all trail machine they deemed the Yeti SB5. This bike is one curvy, good looking bike. I was surprised to find out they upgraded the color pallet to offer other options from Yeti blue to include a few more options for those who wish to be different. The big difference with these bikes from Yeti is that switch infinity you see in the SB line. Developed in collaboration with Fox , Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension design is unlike anything currently on the market. One thing you need to realize with this bike is its not a second shock located above the bottom bracket. It's actually two short rails, the heart of Yeti's €œtranslating pivot€ suspension configuration. Initially, as the bike goes through its travel the carrier moves upwards on the rails, giving the bike a rearward axle path for improved pedaling and small bump absorption. As the rear wheel goes deeper into its travel the mechanism moves downwards, reducing the amount of chain tension for better big hit performance. The unit itself doesn't actually move that much about 4mm in either direction but when you attach a 17.4 inch lever to that (the length of the SB5's chainstays), it does make a difference in the bike's wheel path.

So now the real meat, how does it ride?
Climbing: This bike was excellent on the time i spent climbing. Yeti did a great job of making the bike feel plush in bottomless but when climbing i felt no bob with the rear shock wide open. Its also extremely light around 26 pounds, and short so getting this bike uphill is a breeze.

Descending: This is where the fun starts. This 127mm rear travel bike ate everything i threw in its path. I felt the switch infinity pushing me down, and through rock gardens/turns. Its crazy how it gains speed through sections that would usually slow you down. With the switch infinity i found it was great platform while also feeling bottomless on drops and rock gardens. Its a little weird to get used to jumping the bike at first as it does sink deep into travel sometimes when hitting multiple jumps in a row because i am so used to pre loading hard into jumps. I found just letting the bike do its thing and try less helped eliminate this issue.

Overall: This bike is a great quiver bike that can really do it all. I think the geometry combined with the switch infinity developed a stable progressive platform to give you the best range of usability. I would love to have this bike for long rides as i know i would not only feel comfortable on it all day but i could literally throw anything at this bike with confidence. Finally the fun factor on this bike is all time. You cant help but grin accelerating out of a berm on this bike. Its like nothing i have experienced on a bike and i recommend it to anyone.

If you are looking to chat about this bike feel free to contact me anytime!

quiver killer

Great Bike, Great Deal, Great Service

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First, the Backcountry buying experience exceeded expectations. Very personalized guidance from a "Gearhead" on Backcountry staff that talks you through every step of the way with great followup and after the fact support. Bike was packaged in a meticulous fashion. The bike itself is absolutely awesome. The switch suspension is the real deal, really smooths out even the gnarliest terrain and still ready to take the big hits. Only thing I would recommend is installing the 54 tooth star ratchet upgrade to the DT Swiss hubs before it even ships out, the hubs come stock with 18T which is unacceptable engagement for a bike of this caliber. But easily fixed for an extra $100. (Shame on DT for selling it this way and charging so much for the upgrade kit). Definitely recommend highly otherwise.

Awesome bike, and even better deal!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SB5 sits up top as one of the best executed trail bikes on the market. Yeti's switch infinity suspension provides a responsive, efficient climbing platform when its time to put the power down and inspires confidence when descending.



This specific build offers Yeti's higher modulus carbon fiber that decreases frame weight while maintaining its structural integrity. A top shelf Fox suspension package, Reynolds carbon wheels, and a dependable Shimano 1x11 drive train make this bike a pretty great value.



If you would like additional information on the way this bike rides or just want to pick my brain on the components spec, feel free to contact me directly.



Trevor Linthorst

Account Manager - Bike Expert Team

P: 801.204.4563

E: tlinthorst@backcountry.com

Awesome bike, and even better deal!