Call it ‘downcountry’ or ‘fast trail’, we’ve been seeing increasing numbers of bikes coming out in the last couple of years aimed at riders who aren’t necessarily cross country racers, yet they aren’t enduro and who like nothing better than trying to pull their friends’ legs off on the Monday night/Sunday morning ride. Some of these riders have been lost to the world of gravel, but others remain loyal to mountain bikes and they’re after a fast trail bike that can still handle the hits and the odd ‘French line’ or two. That’s who the new Yeti SB115 has been designed for.
Bikes like the Specialized Epic EVO, and the Intense Sniper Trail have been leading the way for a couple of years – usually running a 120mm fork with a little less out back, these bikes are intended for fast trail riding, multi-day stage races or just for cross country racing while having a bit of fun while doing it – taking the ‘A’ line rather than the long way round.
Even Yeti’s SB100, which debuted a couple of years ago came equipped with a much burlier build than you’d expect to see on a bike with ‘just’ 100mm of Switch Infinity travel. Minions front and rear? Obviously this wasn’t a bike intended just for the race course.
“We’re always tinkering with the bikes we have at the shop and started to see if we could “lunch ride” the SB100,” said Yeti Product Manager, Ryan Thornberry. “We kept pushing the boundaries of what the SB100 was capable of and we ended up with a bike that accentuates all of the great characteristics found in the SB100 with a touch more travel to make it more capable. It’s a trail rider’s XC bike.”
The SB115 is specced with four-piston brakes for increased stopping power and Maxxis DHF 2.5in and Aggressor 2.3in tires for improved traction on aggressive descents.
The SB115 will come in three colours: Turquoise, Blanco and Anthracite and is available in four sizes (SM-XL).
The SB115 and all 2019 (or newer) bikes are covered by Yeti’s ‘no-B.S. Lifetime Warranty’.
- SB115 C Series Bike £4,899
- SB115 T series Bike T1 £6,499
- SB115 T Series Bike T2 £6,899
- SB115 T Series Frame £3,199
|2021 FOX 34 SC 130mm||SM||MD||LG||XL|
|A||Seat Tube Length||393||419||457||495|
|B||Top Tube Length [Effective]||577.3||605.7||630.9||657.8|
|C||Head Tube Angle||67.6||67.6||67.6||67.7|
|D||Seat Tube Angle [Effective]||74.1||74.1||74||73.9|
|G||BB Height [Estimated]||339.5||339.4||339.3||339.2|
|I||Head Tube Length||96.2||107||123.2||144.7|
|Fork Vertical Wheel Travel||120.2||120.2||120.2||120.2|