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Mid-sized wheels, zero compromise.
We've been waiting with bated breath, and we can finally relax, because the Yeti SB-75 Enduro complete mountain bike is finally here. As longtime fans of the SB platform, we were understandably excited to hear that the Superbike was going to get the 27.5-inch wheel treatment. And in the Enduro guise, with a FOX 34 CTD Kashima fork, and a full SRAM build kit, the 75 is up to everything that you're able to throw at it, while still proving to be an incredible value. We think that you'll agree, this next generation of Superbike has been well worth the wait.
The SB-75 represents the latest version of Yeti's Switch Technology suspension platform. At a glance, it's easy to mistake the Switch platform for a linkage-driven single pivot, but hidden underneath the blue anodized hardware is an eccentric pivot. Essentially, this turns the SB series into a whole different beast. The eccentric pivot is basically a smaller pivot that's housed inside of a larger one. As a result, this system provides Yeti with an extra degree of control over the forces involved in the suspension action. In the beginning of the SB's five-inches of travel, the pivot rotates towards the rear axle. This means that it's rotating opposite the direction of the pedaling forces that are being applied through the chain. In translation, it neutralizes the pedaling force. So, the SB remains stiff and responsive under power, rather than allowing your pedaling force to influence the suspension.
As the bike compresses into the bottom of the travel, the eccentric link changes direction, rotating toward the front axle. This forward rotation keeps the chainstays short under full-compression, which keeps your weight centered in a neutral position relative to the wheelbase. And that all adds up to predictable feel and control throughout the entirety of the bike's travel. But despite the sophistication of the Switch platform, it's easily serviced by home mechanics.
As for the upright link driving the rear shock, it works in conjunction with the eccentric main pivot to provide a firm, responsive ride that's still capable of erasing the roughest of trail chatter. And it has the added benefit of boosting the lateral stiffness of the frame, which keeps your bike tracking straight through G-outs, hard turns, and unpredictable terrain.
The aluminum construction of the SB-75 yields the strength that you'll need when the trails get hairy, while still keeping the weight competitive at just over seven-and-a-half pounds with a shock. The 67.5 degree head tube angle gives you the high speed stability that you'd expect from a bike bearing the Superbike moniker, but it's still precise for climbing and technical turns. The 13-inch bottom bracket height positions your feet below the centerline of the hub axles. In turn, this design yields a planted feel on rough terrain. And, on top of all this, 17.4-inch chainstays keep the 75 lively and responsive, while also providing plenty of climbing traction.
The Enduro build for the SB-75 runs a FOX 34 140mm Kashima coated fork, which pairs perfectly with the FLOAT CTD rear shock. It features a 15mm quick-release thru-axle for stiffness, while the mid-sized chassis is an ideal match for the SB-75's capabilities. The drivetrain and brakes are SRAM items, chosen for value and durability. S1000 cranks transfer your power to the rear wheel, while a X7 front derailleur and shifters, and an X9 rear derailleur, handle shifting duties. The brakes are Avid Elixer 5s. The stem, handlebar, and seatpost are all Truvativ items, T20, T30, and T20, respectively. They've been capped off with Yeti-branded lock-on grips and a saddle. The wheels are DT Swiss M1900s, and they've been wrapped in Maxxis tires. The result is a bulletproof build that, with proper maintenance, will keep coming back for season-after-season of trail shredding action.
The Yeti SB-75 Enduro complete mountain bike is available in four sizes from X-Small to Large and in the colors Black, Yellow, and Turquoise.
Please note that US Yeti dealers are prohibited from shipping Yeti bicycles to any country other than Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had the chance to ride this bike at Outerbike recently and it was,by far, my favorite ride of the weekend. I immediately felt at home on this bike with its ample stand over height,low bottom bracket and well-balanced geometry. That combo made the bike very snappy and agile with awesome flick ability on the trail. The bike also accelerated very well,especially in steep sections and the 5 inches of travel I felt was a great compliment to the 27.5 wheel size. I look forward to the carbon version one day!. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.
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