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Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016

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Large foot.

Given the implications of its mythological mascot's large footprints, it's little surprise that Yeti Cycles is among the first manufacturers to adopt the new, stiffer, extra-wide Boost rear hub standard. It's also a given that, of the venerable brand's stable, the first model to make use of it would be the SB6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame, easily recognizable on enduro podiums the world over as Yeti's flagship sled. The only other change made to the SB6 between model years is an update to the shock, which sees the FOX CTD shock to the door in favor of FOX's DPS model. Other than that, the new SB6 remains shrouded in the same confusion. Is at a short DH bike? A plush backcountry explorer? All of the above? We aren't prepared to answer those questions, but we do know that this Yeti's large footprint and Switch Infinity suspension keep it glued to the earth, regardless of application.

The Switch Infinity suspension system is a big reason why the SB6 is so versatile. Switch Infinity originally replaced the Switch Link design, which experiences 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.

Other than those two changes, the 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.

The SB6's frame itself returns with minimal changes. There is, of course, the rear triangle, which bulks out to accommodate a Boost axle, but the basic construction is the same. Yeti's carbon fiber ethos involves maintaining 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.

  • Drop-in like a sasquatch with Yeti's enduro king
  • Switch Infinity is the missing link in suspension design
  • Sub-66-degree head tubes are no longer creatues of mythology
  • Long cockpit adds stability to the most foolhardy line selections
  • Carbon fiber construction for sleek lines and stiff tracking
  • Big foot Boost axle leaves a huge footprint
  • Few brands enjoy the enduro reputation of Yeti Cycles

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
Switch Infinity
Wheel Size:
27.5 in
Rear Shock:
FOX Float X Factory DPS
Rear Travel:
152 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
44 - 56mm ZeroStack
Headset Included:
no
Bottom Bracket Type:
PressFit 92
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Cable Routing:
internal
Front Derailleur Mount:
direct mount
Brake Type:
disc
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
35 mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Claimed Weight:
[frame and schock] 5.9 lb
Recommended Use:
enduro, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years limited

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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Reviews here authentic.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Reference all other reviews here. They are honest and authentic - my experience with my SB5c and now SB6 has been nothing short of pedaling efficiency perfection and very nearly big single-pivot descending, landing and handling prowess.

The description here about how the rear suspension works is the biggest jumble of marketing slang terms used in industry that I have ever read, though. Arcs cant be 'more linear', vertical wheelpaths do not smooth square-edged bumps and the slider does hopefully does not get stiffer as it travels downward - it's stiff all the time, that's the point.

This Bike Rips!

    The SB6 is as exceptional as you’d expect a bike to be from Yeti. What you get is simple, an enduro machine that excels in its category, it climbs, descends and maneuvers flawlessly. Making this a perfect bike to take on all sorts of terrain.

    The bike feels super nimble for the amount of travel it offers. The switch infinity linkage allows you to leave the rear shock open and pedal the bike without the loss of power through your pedal stroke. This is a rippin bike that anyone can ride, progress and have an incredible time on!

    Sweet frameset.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Fast shipping and arrived flawless first and foremost. Really like this frame so far. Do to weather and stuff I haven't been able to ride it a ton yet so I will see how it holds up. Suspension set up is key as on any bike, but I really think it is extra important on this frame to dial it in proper. Once the set up is done it really wants you to let go of the brakes! Looking forward to getting to spend more time on this bike!

    Alex Andrews

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    SB6 has been crushing! I sold both my DH bike and trail bike to get one whip to conquer all. sb6 has been doing that since! Thanks BC!

    What is the largest rear tire you have fit to this frame? Can it fit a Maxxis Rekon 2.8 or DHR 2.8?

    Thanks!

    It's not designed for a plus size tire, but you should be good with anything maxxis up to and including 2.5.

    Will my 2014 Fox 34 Float Evolution 27.5 160 mm 15mm tapered fork work with this frame? If so, which headset would I need?

    Thank you,

    Ryan

    Hi Ryan,



    Yes your fork will work with this frame.

    For the size of headset you can go to cane creek and they have a tool that will assist you. It depends on the type and size of your bike head tube and the size and type of your fork.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 54m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Love my SB6

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I built this up in the fall and got in a handful of rides before the snow started flying here in SLC, and I can't wait to get back out!

    I would say this bike is a little picky, and needs to be setup properly. I actually hated it my first ride, but I adjusted the fit and played with the suspension quite a bit, and every ride is better.
    I had a Nomad for a season, and the SB6 climbs so much better, it's hard to even compare. I would say the Nomad descended a little better, but I also spent a lot more time on the Nomad, so maybe time will tell on that.

    But spend some time getting this bike dialed, and you will be a happy camper. Climbs like a mountain goat, descends like a freight train. Not too heavy for how big a bike it is. Looks great too. You can't beat the sexy lines of a Yeti.

    Everyone's jealous of my bike, even Alexander Manfred

    Can't wait to rip!

      Its the middle of winter here in Park City so unfortunately I have a little time before I can actually take this bad boy out, but I cannot wait! Definitely think this bike will crush it!

      Richie Who?

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I was out shredding the gnar the other day and ran into my boy, Richie Rude. We decided to have our own little enduro race. He won the first stage, but I came back and crushed him on the next two. It was my first time on the bike. It wasn't really a big deal. OK maybe it this didn't happen, but the bike really is that good. I have never ridden an overall better climber and decender, and most importantly all of my friends are jealous.

      WOW

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

      This bike is flawless, climbs and descends like a beast. Coming off a YT Capra I was impressed just how well this thing handles the rough stuff.

      WOW

      One quiver bike

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I hate using that term but this thing is incredible. Descends like a mini downhill bike and I'm pretty blown away with its climbing abilities. The switch infinity mechanism works really well. The chain stays are a little longer than usual but that keeps you pretty well centered and gives you enormous stability. I've never had a bike that corners at speed like this. I find myself putting my leg down into corners and then picking it back up. Yes, it's not the easiest to manual but it makes you work on technique. A good rider is unstoppable on this platform.

      One quiver bike

      I'm diggin the Push shock! How does it feel climbing?

      The 11-6 is amazing on this bike. The thing is glued to the ground.

      Great setup Sebastien! I bet this bike rocks with the Eleven6 shock.

      Too good!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I am not an experienced MTB'r, so I cannot give a very objective review. I am a long time roadie who can hold his own with many of the fastest riders, as well as the long distance guys. That being said, I bought this SB6c as a complete bike through CC. They were most helpful in customizing the bike to suit my needs.
      With my road experience being what it is, I have been adapting to off road pretty quickly, and enjoying it a lot. I now own 2 bikes for the trail. A Niner One Nine hardtail, and the Yeti SB6c. As a comparison between the two, the SB6c has made me instantly faster and more capable on just about all trail conditions. With the only exception being climbing with tight uphill turns. And that would be only a very small difference. In every other situation, the SB6c excels. The bike is certainly much more capable than my current skill level, and I will enjoy many years of trying to catch up. The ride is super smooth, with no pedal feedback at all. Handling is superb, and it is amazing how I can recover from mistakes that would have probably had me crashing my hardtail. I will be riding this bike quite a bit over the winter months, and I suspect that I will continue to be completely satisfied with it's performance. Five stars for this great bike.

      SO impressed.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Im very surprised how well this climbs. The Switch infinity allows you to climb with the rear suspension wide open and doesnt rob power from your stroke. I was having a blast climbing and thats rare for me until now... I rode a demo that had an SLX build on it. I would have liked a 46 in the rear but besides that this is an amazing bike. First off i have never felt so confident charging down a hill. You point, it goes... the suspension sucks up more than you would think and you can haul ass. But when i needed to get nimble, its still there. I could corner quick, and stay tight on my turns if i needed to. This bike is worth it.

      Avg. ride time: 1h 13m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Is this actually the sb6c or what ?

      Hey Ramon - This is actually the 2016 Carbon SB6. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

      - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

      Simply awesome

        I just started a chat to ask some questions about this frame, then Zane, told me that he can build the bike for a great price and yes, he did it! It was a very nice experience, now i have my dream bike and works great in my local trails. Thanks Competitive for everything!

        Hey Daniel - We do indeed custom build bikes from the frame up. Don't hesitate to reach out any time with questions! - Kyle