September 5, 2011
The Yeti booth this year was hidden in plain sight outdoors, but it was one of the brands most mentioned in the traditional ‘Hey, what have you seen that’s new?’ conversations that passing journalists and bike trade types always have at these events. There was talk of a new carbon bike and a 29er, but it was only on Saturday that I managed to fight through the crowds to see the bikes.
First up, there is a new, carbon Yeti SB66. After being invited to the secret launch of the original SB66 back at Sea Otter time in April, I’d heard that there would be a carbon bike in the works for the end of the year, and here it is… The SB66 Carbon. It features the same ‘Switch Technology’ as the aluminium bike, the same 150mm travel, only now in carbon, which saves a pound of the frame weight and brings it to 6lbs rather than 7lbs.
The carbon lines flow smoothly, giving the bike a much more ‘normal’ look
And how about this? It’s the new 29er version of the SB66. It’s the 29er aluminium version of the SB66. It features 120mm of rear travel and here with a Fox 34 on the front. The bike will be offered in S, M, L and XL sizes and it said to weigh in at 7.5lbs, so a half pound more than the 26in version. We reckon this might swing a few people over to the big wheels next year…
And here’s the very shiny Yeti Big Top 29er hardtail. Yeti was another company that said it wouldn’t make 29ers, so it seems that they’re all producing a couple these days.