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While the advantages of twenty-niners have been touted for over a decade now, the big-wheeled, full-suspension chassis has suffered from ultra-long wheelbases and the resulting lethargic handling on technical trails. Yeti set out to eliminate this limiting factor with the new SB-95. Thanks to a direct-mount front derailleur and Yeti’s compact Switch Technology eccentric suspension, Yeti engineers were able to tuck the large rear wheel as far as possible under the rider and keep the chain stays short. The end result is a long-travel 29er chassis that handles with surprising ease and eagerness.

Unlike multi-link suspension designs which require linkages packed in between the main triangle and rear triangle, Yeti’s Switch Technology features an eccentric mechanism buried low in the frame, requiring minimal chain stay length. This compact eccentric continuously adjusts the lower pivot position, allowing for a rearward, small-bump damping axle path while maintaining a firm, pedal-friendly platform. Start to blow through the travel and the eccentric rotates in the opposite direction for a responsive midstroke, and finally to the end position where the suspension becomes progressively stiffer to provide big hit absorption. Switch Technology is also tuned to be independent of chain forces, preventing any kickback when spinning through rock gardens.

Yeti SB-95 A DetailSwitch Technology not only features perfected pivot and rear-axle motion, it also rides on oversized pivots, pins, and axles to ensure precise, friction-free movement with long maintenance intervals. Controlling the suspension movement is the lauded Fox RP23—but, not just any run-of-the-mill RP23. Yeti has worked closely with Fox Shox, even campaigning a dominant mountain bike race team together, so you can rest assured that this factory-tuned RP23 is the perfect match to the SB-95. The shock is also equipped with the ultra-smooth and durable Kashima coated for out-of-the-box performance.

If your aspiration is to climb fast and efficiently, match the SB-95 to a 120mm suspension fork. Or, if you prefer a bit more travel for all-mountain prowess, one of FOX Racing Shox’s new F34 forks sporting 140mm of travel would do the trick. With beefy 34mm stanchions and the flex-fighting 15QR, these forks will provide the SB-95 with the ability to confidently descend steep and technical trails.

To ensure pinpoint handling and miles of pedaling bliss, Yeti specs a tapered head tube (Inset 44mm/56mm), as well as thru-axle compatibility via their proprietary Chip System dropout (12 x 142mm or 10 x 135mm). The tapered head tube adds to chassis rigidity by using an oversized lower bearing (that also enhances bearing life) with a standard upper bearing to keep weight in the XC realm. Yeti gives you the option to run either a standard 135mm quick release or 142mm thru-axle, and the latter will boost the SB-95's already excellent lateral stiffness. The drop outs are switched by swapping hardware.

Yeti tops off the SB-95’s drool factor with an ultra-low standover height, cleanly routed—both internal and external—cables and hoses, and they also include a guide for a dropper seatpost. It’s available in Black, Grey, and White complete with a Yeti turquoise anodized rocker. It comes in four sizes from Small to Extra-Large. The SB-95 uses a High Direct mount for the front derailleur, a post mount rear disc, a 73mm English Bottom Bracket, and you'll need a 30.9mm seatpost.

US Yeti dealers are prohibited from shipping Yeti bicycles to any country other than Canada, Mexico or the US.

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