Pedal Up, Smash Down, Rinse and Repeat.
If you find yourself racing enduros, ripping laps in the park, or attacking the biggest lines on the mountain, the Yeti SB6 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is your weapon of mass destruction. With its six inches of quality travel, you will be blasting through rocky singletrack at scare-yourself warp speed, and cornering with alacrity that will leave other bikes in its wake. For a bike with such an appetite for aggressive terrain, the SB6's carbon frame pedals along with surprising proficiency tackling big epics, no doubt helped along with the lightweight carbon frame and efficient Switch Infinity suspension platform. Yeti's standard Carbon frame is every bit as strong and stiff as their TURQ carbon, but with a slightly higher weight penalty just north of half a pound. Dollars to doughnuts, that is something we will gladly accept since we'll pocket the difference for post ride burritos and beer and race entries.
This build is equal parts durable, high-performance components and value oriented. The extraordinary GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain has us wondering why doubles even exist anymore since it's plentiful range saves energy with its comic massive 50 tooth bail-out gear instead of grunting up the steepest climbs. Other components of note on this quality build include SRAM Guide R brakes that stop on a dime, and the DT Swiss M1900 wheels with 30mm internal width plumping up the Maxxis tires which help pick apart technical lines at blurring speeds.
Beyond its impressive GX Eagle build, the SB6 is a sure-footed steed that's a favorite of enduro racers and aggressive riders in need of a confident machine capable of tackling rough and rugged the terrain with aplomb. Yeti's factory pilots, Richie Rude and Cody Kelley, constantly put the SB6 through the grueling paces of the Enduro World Series to much success. Key to its slash-and-burn attitude and big-line conquering lie within its long, slack geometry, which is a full degree slacker, at 65.5 degrees, than Yeti's more trail-oriented SB5. Aiding additionally to high speed stability is its slightly longer wheelbase, to the tune of almost an inch, again versus the SB5. The SB6 has imperturbable composure when you twist the throttle at high speed. If you want the absolute best big hit capabilities that will get you down the mountain on shuttle and lift missions, but not so single minded that it couldn't pedal back up if you wanted to, the SB6 is the leader of a very small class.
Outside of its progressive geometry and build kit, the Switch Infinity Suspension platform is responsible for the super-efficient pedaling platform that's still unbelievably plush when you're dropping into unrelenting rock garden sections of baby heads or rooty drops. Yeti achieves this balance through a patented translating pivot that switches its direction as the bike progresses deeper through its travel, hence its Switch Infinity namesake. Yeti's engineers sought to achieve a suspension platform with distinctive anti-squat characteristics while pedaling and climbing, paired with rock-gobbling plushness when you're ripping down rowdy sections of trail. In our book, it's a definite upgrade from the previous Switch Link suspension, which felt a bit harsh on successive square-edge hits and ledges.
- A heavy-duty trail bike from Yeti's thst still climbs
- 152mm of Switch Infinity suspension tames tough terrain
- All mountain enduro geometry climbs fast and descends harder
- Carbon construction drops grams and gains speed
- FOX suspension handles all your high-speed runs
- SRAM's GX componentry is precise and durable
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SB6 size by rider height
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