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Yeti's signature ride has become the stuff of mountain bike legend. Famous for its quick, whippy response and point-and-shoot handling on tight, technical singletrack, Yeti faced a greater challenge than most companies when it came to developing 29er frames. 29ers are notoriously lethargic (the nice word is stable) when it comes to tight turns and switchbacks, and in order to maintain Yeti's handling standard, it had to come up with a way to counter wagon wheels' tendency for slow response. The answer is a direct-mount front derailleur and the ultra-compact Switch Technology eccentric suspension. The result is the Yeti SB-95 Mountain Bike Frame.

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.

Switch 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. Keeping everything nice and squishy is a FOX FLOAT CTD shock with the Kashima coating. Since Yeti partners with FOX for its World Cup team, it's no surprise that they spec the latest from FOX. The Kashima Coat creates a slicker, more durable finish on the shock shaft, allowing the suspension to respond to bump input with greater sensitivity. The dampening system has been revised with a simplified user experience as the main objective. CTD offers three pre-tuned compression dampening options for Climbing, Trail, and Descending.

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 (12x142mm or 10x135mm). 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 Mountain Bike Frame'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 S3 low-direct mount (e-type) 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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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just bought SB95 with nice build from competitive cyclist. The whole process worked well and ended up a lot cheaper than if I tried to buy and build up myself. Had a glitch with the order and they took care of it right away. Thanks guys. About the bike: solid and fast. I've been riding a stumpjumper fsr for the past few years. There are a lot of differences with yeti (bigger wheels, lower gears), it's hard to put my finger on it, but the bike just wants to go fast. Really, really fun.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding for almost 20 years now, and I honestly wish one of my friends would have punched me in the face by now. This is my first 29er, and by far the best bike I've ridden to this point. Now, just so you know, I'm 6'3" and about 205, and have a tendency to like going down the mountain more than up (most recent bikes have been the Santa Cruz Nomad and Ibis Mojo HD). The reason why I wished they would have punched me was to turn me over to the whole 29er thing and this bike way sooner. I'm no longer killing myself to keep up with my friend while on the trail. I live in Pennsylvania, where the trails are rooty, short and steep ups and downs, rocky and often muddy. This bike helps me through all of this and I actually have a bit of gas in the tank after my rides now. It's a very solid machine with an excellent parts mix. The rear end locks up like a hard tail on the climbs and eats through the rough stuff on the way down. I just recently took off the front derailleur and went to a 1X10 set up that works really well in the mud and snow. I can't say enough about this bike.

Hi Chris,

I'm actually in PA as well (Pittsburgh) and have been looking at this bike. I currently ride a Niner RIP 9. I've enjoyed the bike, especially on the downhills, but it's been a bit of a bear climbing with it. Partially this is because I have a medium frame, and at 5'8" I'm right in between sizes, so it's a big large for me.

I'm most wondering how it does on the short and steep ups and downs we have in PA. Does it move pretty well up the short steeps, or feel like a heavy tank (like my RIP)?



I just recently put on a Wolf Tooth 1X front ring and run it as a 1X10 now and love it. I have 32 tooth front ring, which was good for the winter. However, I think that a 36 tooth would be better for the drier conditions around here. I do have to admit I'm not the best climber either, but the bike as a whole is great. The Switch suspension locks up real solidly on the ups and makes climbing in or out of the saddle a snap. I'd snatch one up if I were you. Also, I do have to admit I'm a bit taller than you at 6'3", so I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it or not. Have at it!!!