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Just plain quick.

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.