If you’re looking for something big and fast, could this be what you’re looking for? We check out the latest bike from Yeti.
Hot on the heels of the recent Yeti SB100 comes a longer-legged 29er in the shape of the SB150. As you’d guess from the name, it offers 150mm of rear travel (and a chunky 170mm up front) and from the travel, you’d guess that it’s probably going to be aimed at the world of enduro racing as well as the more traditional sport of ‘beating your mates’.
The name also gives us reason to believe that Yeti is going to drop its previously confusing naming convention that gave us the SB5 (for the 5in travel 27in bike) and the similar SB5.5 (for the 5.5in 29er bike). After all, who measures rear travel in inches these days? So we have the SB100 now and the SB150. If the 27.5in bikes stick to inches, then that might keep them easier to distinguish.
Anyway, we digress. So, what’s new with this new bike? The most obvious change from previous models is that the shock has changed anchor points from the middle of the downtube to much higher up the downtube. This (finally) allows room for a waterbottle and makes for a somehow more svelte-looking frame. While the SB100 hid its Switch Infinity twin tube gubbins within the frame, the SB150 has this pivot-point-altering mechanism on show.
The SB150 is unashamedly after the enduro crowd and you should expect to see Richie Rude on one very soon (or already…) The factory team did apparently have a lot of input into the frame, so we expect some pro touches here and there. Let’s get into some detail.
We hardly need to mention that the bike will be longer, lower and slacker than what’s come before and indeed it offers “longer reach, steeper seat angle and a slacker head angle combined with a shorter fork offset”
“Our design intent was straight forward – we wanted a bike that smashed the downhills, felt spry on the climbs, and accommodated a water bottle in the main triangle. We checked all the boxes.” said Yeti president, Chris Conroy.
In order to get the shock where it wanted, Yeti designed an intricate-looking new shock extender. It’s not just for show and it allows the suspension linkage to be fine tuned to Yeti’s satisfaction while also allowing the shock to be mounted where it’ll get minimal side loading. It’s also warrantied for a coil shock.
And talking of warranties, the SB150 (and the SB100 and all bikes from here on…) now come with a Lifetime ‘no B.S.’ Warranty from Yeti.
There are other changes to Yeti range too. Today Yeti has also announced the updated SB6, SB5 and SB5 Beti.
The 27.5in wheeled SB6 now offers internally tubed cable routing for ease of maintenance and will be specced with a 170 mm fork with a shorter 37 mm offset.
Both the SB5 and SB5 Beti now run an updated rear triangle that allows 2.8in tyres both front and rear. The SB5 Beti will still be offered with a lighter shock tune, 170mm crank arms and a women’s-specific saddle.
The bikes will be available to order from today, with UK pricing is as follows:
T-Series (Turq Series – Yeti’s top-end carbon frame material).
- SB150 Frame Only – £3,499.00
- SB150 X01 Bike (Pictured and ridden here) – £7,199.00
C-Series (Regular, non-premium carbon layup, adds about 200g)
- SB150 GX Bike – SRP £4,999.00
For more details or to find your nearest dealer, head to: www.silverfish-uk.com
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