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Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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With its 2017 SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike, Yeti takes advantage of trickle-down technology in its choice to split its frame lines into standard Carbon and advanced Turq models this year, with the SB6 Carbon falling into the former category. Don't be mistaken though—this SB6's carbon construction is still top notch, and is a testament to just how far the industry has come with carbon. It's just a little bit heavier than the highest of high grade Turq, which means you're getting a bomber bike at a more attainable price point for the sacrifice of a mere claimed 260g, which is about the weight of a small cup of coffee if we put it in real world terms. Yeti pairs the SB6 frame with SRAM's new X01 Eagle drivetrain, which gives the surprisingly capable chassis an ultimate bailout gear in the form of a 50t cog.

The Switch Infinity suspension system is a key element behind the SB6's versatility. Switch Infinity originally replaced the Switch Link design, which experienced a momentary harshness when rapidly successive hits kept it hovering above the 30% stroke point. The new design has a more linear travel arc, so the eccentric link changes direction without getting caught in that minute dead spot. Of course, 95% of all riders won't ever push the Switch Link hard enough to experience this dead spot, but Yeti (being Yeti) went ahead and fixed it anyway. For those of us who are our own mechanics, Yeti also simplified maintaining the Switch Infinity by including easily accessible grease ports, which do away with the need for time-consuming rebuilds.

Aside from these updates, the two suspension systems are fairly similar. Like the Switch Link, the Switch Infinity slider travels upward under the first phase of compression, when the SB6 is settling into its sag point. As the rear end compresses deeper, the direction changes, and the DH-inspired slider travels down toward the bottom bracket shell to maintain a steady pedaling platform. This change of direction is smoother, without the above-mentioned dead space, but the effect is the same. 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.

Yeti's carbon fiber ethos maintains a focus on increased efficiency and decreased weight while dialing the geometry to its signature enduro standards. This involves dropping the head tube angle to a slack 65.5 degrees—down a full degree-and-a-half from Yeti's more trail-minded SB5. That, combined with the long top tube, makes for a long, low ride that can handle steep, lumpy terrain with ease and speed.

  • A race-ready enduro sled that leaves a big footprint
  • Responsive Switch Infinity suspension with 6in of travel
  • Long, slack geometry sends big lines
  • Carbon construction balances light weight and stiffness
  • Boost axles increase stiffness on climbs and tracking on descents
  • One-by simplicity with a 12-speed range that tops out at 50t
  • Yeti Cycles refuses to rest on its laurels, continuously updating an already impressive model

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
Switch Infinity
Rear Shock:
Fox Float X Performance
Rear Travel:
152mm
Fork:
Fox 36 Performance
Front Travel:
160mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40 inset taper
Shifters:
SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
SRAM X1 1400 Eagle 12-speed
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP BB92
Cassette:
10 - 50t SRAM 1295 Eagle 12-speed
Brakeset:
SRAM Guide R
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 / 180mm SRAM Centerline
Handlebar:
Race Face Respond
Handlebar Width:
785mm
Grips:
Yeti lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Respond
Stem Length:
45mm
Saddle:
Yeti WTB Custom
Seatpost:
Race Face Turbine Dropper
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9mm
Wheelset:
DT Swiss E1900 Boost
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO Tubeless, [rear] Maxxis Aggressor EXO Tubeless
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.3in
Claimed Weight:
30.3lb
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years limited on frame

sizing chart

SB6 size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Yeti Cycles

Geometry Chart

 

SB6 Carbon XX1 Pro
160mm 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 21.8in 22.6in 15.1in 28.7in 3.7in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 44.6in
S 16.5in 22.8in 23.2in 15.9in 28.8in 4.3in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 45.7in
M 17.5in 23.8in 23.6in 16.8in 28.9in 4.8in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 46.8in
L 19in 24.8in 24.2in 17.6in 28.9in 5.4in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 47.8in
XL 20.5in 25.8in 25in 18.3in 28.9in 6.3in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 48.9in

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Slay the Sand & Stone

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a chance to ride the Yeti SB6 in Moab, Utah at the biannual bike extravaganza known as Outerbike. Everyone there wanted to test the new SB5+ so the SB6 was easier to get my hands on. I have tested older models of this bike but with the updated Boost hub spacing, Eagle 1x12 drivetrain and forever evolving Switch Infinity pedaling platform this is by far the best iteration to date. The only thing you lose with this particular model is the Carbon frame is about 265g heavier than the Turq version. We rode Magnificent 7 which has a little of everything that Moab has to offer: smooth/buff berms, drops, slickrock, technical climbs and rocky, loose descents. I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the SB6:

Plowability - 9

Climbability - 7.5

Maneuverability - 8.5

Wheelie Rating - 7.5

Closest Competitors: Santa Cruz Bronson, Pivot Mach 6

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the SB6, Turq frames or any other Yeti bikes. If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.

https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike

See you out on the dirt.

Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

Slay the Sand & Stone

The Economic Beast of the family

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This build is perfect for those who are looking for one of the best enduro bikes of 2017, and don't want to break the bank. If you expect the high performance descending and perfectly capable climbing of the SB6 Turq, and are willing to gain a little weight to save a few bucks, this bike is for you!

The SB6 Carbon is the less expensive of the two carbon layups (albeit, still very high quality carbon) that Yeti offers for their 2017 SB6. However, don't discount this bike's ability perform! Coupled with the X01 Eagle drivetrain, there's not much this bike can't handle. It was born and bred to descend like a monster and the Switch Infinity suspension system and ridiculously high gear ratio maintains pedaling efficiency for a bike with this geometry. The SB6 has a longer wheelbase and slacker head tube angle than the SB5; making descending through any terrain a breeze. The trade off, compared to the SB5, is that it doesn't climb quite as nimbly. With that being said, the SB6 climbs better than most bikes in its category. I was super impressed with efficiency of the pedal strokes and its ability to get up and over rocks and roots on the climbs.

I'm 5'9" and I found the medium to fit me perfectly. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or to discuss sizing.