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    17 Reviews



    The 2016 Yeti SB5 Enduro Complete Bike features an aggressive front end and a monstrous six inches of front travel for confident stability across technical rock gardens and off-camber root systems—though, of course, the relatively tight chainstays let you dice it up if you don't want to roll out the nuclear rolling option of Switch Infinity suspension.

    Whichever route you take—direct or dicey—the SB5 Enduro build is equipped to get you there. With a drivetrain composed of predominantly SRAM GX componentry, powerful SRAM Guide R hydraulic brakes, a dropper seatpost, and smooth spinning DT Swiss wheels, the SB5 Enduro toes the line as a race-ready whip at a more wallet-friendly price tag than its top-end sibling, the SB5c.

    As with any Yeti, the rear suspension is the star of the SB5 Enduro's frame. The Switch Infinity suspension is a masterpiece of modern enduro design because its linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs. Deep in the stroke, the Switch Infinity slider works in conjunction with the upper pivot to produce a vertical wheel path that effortlessly flattens big, square-edged impacts. It also erases the momentary harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit.

    Of course, most riders will never experience that dead spot on the Switch Link, but the SB5 isn't for most riders. It's for the all-mountain racer who demands that their machine eats deep log roll overs with the same tenacity that it cleans long climbs—a rare breed in the enduro scene as a whole, but common enough in Yeti's Tribe of enduro nutters. Despite its apparent complexity, the redesigned suspension is also easier to maintain than its predecessor, which makes even some of the most mechanically inept feel like a pro wrench.

    The SB5 Enduro's frame mirrors the top-end Turq models in almost every way except the carbon fiber grade and a few design tweaks. Yeti uses a slightly lower grade of carbon while maintaining the same strict standards for stiffness and strength as the Turq. This does require the use of more material and adds about 300g to the frame, but also comes with a drastic reduction in cost. With thoughtful tube forming, a tapered head tube, and a 142mm rear thru-axle, claiming that it tracks true through rough terrain would be something of an understatement.

    Finally, we'd be remiss not to mention that, in our experience, the non-plus SB5 tops out a 2.4in tire. We've ridden plus-sized tires, so we understand the hype, but—when combined with the peerless quality of Switch Infinity (and it really is peerless this side of literal rocket science)—we think mid-sized tires provide a better blend of tire-to-trail traction and forgiveness on questionable lines. The combination also fends off the top-floppy effect of too much tire folding over onto itself. If you want to float, go fat or plus-sized; if you want to race, then we think the 2.4in tire range will come to define your wing of the industry in the years to come.

    • A trail bike with an enduro appetite
    • 5in of Switch Infinity suspension stay responsive on climbs
    • Slack head tube angle for bombing questionable lines
    • Long cockpit, a short stem, and a wide bar sharpen steering inputs
    • Carbon frame is light, stiff, and allows for sexy frame shaping
    • Build kit comprises FOX and SRAM for Caps Lock-worthy aggression
    • Stealth aesthetics go with anything
    • Yeti Cycles may not have coined the phrase Super Bike, but the brand's flagship models certainly live up to it
    • Item #YTI004Q

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    carbon fiber
    Switch Infinity
    Rear Shock
    Fox Float Performance DPS
    Rear Travel
    127 mm
    Fox 34 Float Performance
    Front Travel
    150 mm
    Cane Creek 40 44x56mm internal
    Front Derailleur
    Rear Derailleur
    ISCG Tabs
    yes, removable ISCG 05
    30 t SRAM S1000
    Bottom Bracket
    Praxis GXP/PF30
    10 - 42 t SRAM GX 1150
    SRAM 1130
    SRAM Guide R
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    180 / 160 mm SRAM Centerline
    Race Face Evolve
    Handlebar Width
    750 mm
    Yeti lock-on
    Race Face Ride
    Stem Length
    60 mm
    WTB Yeti
    Race Face Turbine Dropper
    Seat Collar
    35 mm
    DT Swiss M1900
    Rear Axle
    12 x 142mm
    [front] Maxxi Ardent 2.4, [rear] Maxxin Ikon 2.2
    Tire Size
    [front] 27.5 x 2.4 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.2 in
    not included
    Claimed Weight
    27.3 lbs
    Recommended Use
    mountain bike, trail
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years limited on frame

    Tech Specs

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    This bike cost me my girlfriend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    As soon as I got it, she noticed that she was less involved in my life, because it is so good. I love it.

    Great bike especially for the price!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    How they haven't sold out on this bike is beyond me. Carbon frame, GX groupset and just a little over $3K. Go to your local bike shop and any other bike would be over $4K. The switch technology is better than ever & I thought the SB66 was great. Climbs like a mule but downhills just as good??? I also have a Yeti 575 and there is no comparison, that thing is a dog climbing compared to this yet downhills better??? And Competitive Cyclist did such a great job packaging it and their checklist was very comprehensive so I know everything was done correctly. Attached the bars and tire and was ready to go. Thanks for offering such a great bike at a reasonable price!

    Great Bike

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Have ridden Browns ,it has lots of great climbing,great downhill.Allso blue clay, BNP,Smith's,Cape Fear river trail,Stan Lee and several other tracks . It preform great on all of them.45 mph down hills sweet.droper post a little problem.Had a problem with one of the breaks but it has been resolved.Cant wait to get me a 5.5 yeti I think it might just be the best bike ever.Have already put 100s of miles on this one it's great.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was worried about buying a bike that was too aggressive for my local trails. This bike climbs like nothing I have ever tried. It feels so light and supple going over anything. Bombs downhill.

    I put up faster time on it than my XC bike.

    If you are worried about switching to a 1X setup like I was forget it. It's incredible.

    The shocks and dropper are all black unlike the stock photo :)

    The staff at Backcountry did an amzing job assembling and package my bike. Highly recommended. Thanks you!!


    updated impressions SB5

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    after 50 miles on 4 familiar trails in week 1 on the SB5.
    the 27.5 wheels make me slightly slower than 29's on cross country and climbs, my buddies on 29" xc rigs can gradually leave me...until we hit some downhill sections...suddenly I'm back on their wheel! this bike flies downhill and maneuvers like nuthin I've ridden. bottom line, I'm probably averaging close to the same speed overall but having way more fun!

    2016 SB5 complete bike

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Just got the Yeti SB5 on Monday 12/18. Rode a local trail the next day. This bike did not disappoint! It came with ardent 2.25 on the back instead of icon...much better for NC winter riding. I've been riding a Trek Superfly FS 29er for the past year. Great bike but the SB5 has it beat in every category. Just as fast cross country, no issues with 27.5 rolling over stuff. Climbs very well, no wasted motion with suspension fully open, and bombs downhill. The Yeti is very maneuverable and lot's of fun to ride.This bike is clearly going to make me a better rider. Hittin another trail today!
    And the staff at back country/competitive cyclist was great with questions and support when UPS seemed a little clueless about where the bike was or when it would be delivered. (holiday volume I guess).
    John Dunlap
    Greensboro NC

    Decent deal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My biggest gripe is not with the frame itself, but rather the components.

    I purchased this bike recently due to the 30% off deal. I am glad I didn't pay more for this bike due to issues with the components. I could have bought just the frame and built it up with better components for what I now have into the bike to make it work correctly.

    From day one I had issues with the Race Face Turbine dropper post. It would lose enough air throughout each ride that it wouldn't return all the way. I had to manually grab the seat either with my hand or thighs and pull it up. After several rides of this, I tore it apart and found the lower head seal to be leaking. The design itself for the air seals are horrible (I'm a professional mechanical engineer and know a thing or two about seal designs). I tried machining up some new parts, but it just wouldn't solve the problem. I eventually replaced this post with a Reverb since those are pretty simple to rebuild and work a lot better.

    The seat that comes with this bike is extremely small (and hard) and had to be changed out. Not a huge deal since people are very particular about their saddles. Changed this to a WTB Volt (150mm wide).

    The bars are way too short for a taller person as well, IMO. I'm not fond of the bar's 9 degree back sweep or the short rise. I swapped to an 800mm renthal carbon with 30mm rise, but stayed with a 60mm stem. Even with all the headset spacers installed under the stem, the bars still feel too low, but the extra width and rise helped tremendously.

    The fit guide for this bike doesn't seem accurate at all. I'm 5'-11" with 30" inseam and I feel extremely cramped in the cockpit on a size medium even with the seat pushed all the way back. A large would have been the correct size.

    I'm a bit disappointed that this frame didn't have internal routing for the cables. After the first mud ride, the cables actually rubbed through the frame's paint in several areas. I've put clear protection film all over the bike. The paint scratches extremely easy (if you even care about that stuff, it is a mountain bike after all, but just mentioning it).

    Most of the components work decent. The brakes are great. The rear derailleur is extremely slow on the downshift compared to my XO1, which requires a lot more patience during shifting.

    The actual ride quality of the frame is decent. It is more sketchy on the downhills due to its lightweight and short wheel base, but that actually makes it pretty fun. It is no where near as plush as my other bikes (i.e. Intense Carbine VPP). The climbing on the other hand is amazing. This thing is a billy goat in dry or wet conditions. Wet rocks and roots are no problem.

    All in all, it's a nice frame. If you don't need to change out any components, and you enjoy pulling off your saddle and adding air to your post mid way through each ride, this is a great deal! I have another $1000 into this bike to make it ride-able. That is why it doesn't get 5 stars.

    Decent deal

    I'm 5'10" with a 30" inseam. I normally ride a large on any other bike, however when I got the large in this bike I felt too stretched out. Really it felt like I was riding an XL. This bike is oversized relative to traditional sizing IMO. I returned it for a medium. Perfect now.

    Amazing Bike!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have to say..."this bike is worth every penny"! It was a tough choice I was looking at a lot of bikes in this price range, but nothing had all the features. It has made me a better rider...I ride farther than I ever did on my cross country bike. Climbs amazing!

    I couldn't be happier. Everyone at backcountry was great. Bike came in perfect. Took 20 minutes to put together.

    Thanks. Michael in Nashville

    Amazing Bike!

    Awesome Bike!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this bike to replace a version 1 Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon C. and couldn't be happier.

    Compared to my old Bronson this bike feels much more alive and snappy on the trail. In my experience it completely crushes the Bronson on the uphills. The rear end feels so much lighter and seems to glide over objects where in the past I felt I had to really muscle over stuff. I had hoped that would be the case from the positive reviews I had read about the bike. But what really sold me on the bike was its equal to the Bronson manners on the downhill. For the trails I ride ( in Santa Cruz), I have found this bike to be just as confidence inspiring as my old Bronson. I have no complaints...I'm enjoying the hell out of the bike!

    Sram GX the reviews, just as good as X01 or even XX1 just a bit heavier. So far Race Face dropper just as good as Reverb to me but a much nicer lever. IMO Fox 34 better small bump sensitivity then Pike, nothing lost on the top end.

    One note on size. I couldn't find a local demo for the life of me so bought on advice from Conner@Backcountry. I'm 5'11 and opted for the medium since I don't like to feel stretched out on bikes. For comparison this medium feels comparable to the new v2 Bronson medium. I believe I could probably ride the large, but would have to swap stems out.

    Last but not least I wanted to give a shout out and huge thanks to Conner@Backountry for fielding my endless questions about this bike since I couldn't find a local demo to try out.

    Best deal ever...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I helped my adult daughter purchase this bike as she's been needing a better bike to go to the "next level". I already owned the standard SB5C and when I saw this deal, I let her know about it. She had previously ridden my bike and knew "this is too good of a deal not to buy" and she was right. Where else can you get a top end carbon frame, WITH a dropper post AND 1x11 for this price? The answer can't!!

    My daughter lives in another state and the bike was shipped directly to her. She put the bike together herself and went out on a ride. She loves the bike and after one ride could tell that it was going to improve her skill level. Her confidence in attacking obstacles she previously walked or slowed down for has improved greatly. She can't wait for our yearly trip to Durango to rip it up past Phil's World!!

    Epic Mountain Bike

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This bike is great! Hard to find a better deal then this. I have taken it out once and I know it will make me a better rider. I admit I was nervous ordering a bike online and having to put PARTS of it together. Really isn't hard at all plus the staff rock! Connor helped me with a few questions I had and had the bike shop check over the entire bike before shipping it to me. Trust me if I can do this then you can. Just order it!

    Just awesome

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Got the bike 2 weeks ago. Had one 2 hour ride in a diverse trail i know. This bike is fast and rewarding anywhere. Up, down, flats or twists, it was the fastest i ever went. This is the one bike i always dreamed of.
    Assembly - the bike arrived packed very nice and took 15 minutes to hook up the rear derailure, handlebar and wheels.
    Also, small height adjustment to the dropper and its cable line was needed, according to my preference.
    Dropper - 125 mm and works perfectly. It is a fast dropper but from what i read the air pressure on it is tunable.
    Suspension - i adjusted the sag based on some youtube vids and fox recommendation. This is as good as they say. I rode everything on the shock and fork fully open. Its not the jumps and drops of 4 feet that surprised me, for that i knew the bike would be super. Its actually how good the bike is for the simple xc in addition to the wild and rowdy.
    Price - are you kidding me? Yes i will have to replace the stem may be... there is just no other carbon superbike at this level in this price range. I was considering bikes like specialized enduro, trek remedy / fuel, but what you get there is ether much more expensive, or not close in component level.
    Summary - so is it too good to b true? Nop.

    Well Rounded Trail Tackler

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Today's riders demand more from one bike than ever before. Climb 3,000 feet with minimal effort and descend with DH-like prowess. All while keeping the price tag below that of a new motorcycle. Look no further than the Yeti Sb5c. Solid contender for one of my top 3 trail bikes of the current era.

    The patented switch infinity suspension platform offers a unique design that stands up well to pedaling and feels bottomless in the rough stuff. Coupled with the Goldilocks geometry of long and slack(er), this ride feels stable at any speed. BB clearance is actually quite good and I felt confident I wouldn't pedal strike on every obstacle in the middle of the trail.

    Cornering feels great and I never felt that the front wheel tried to stray from my intended path, even when I was a little more back seat than I should have been.

    Yeti sizing is pretty spot on and my 5'5" stature felt at home on the small. If you have additional sizing questions or want to set up your dream build, contact me directly.

    My Schedule is as follows:

    Mon-Thurs: 7am-530pm MST

    I can be reached at, on Chat as Sean Z, or by phone at 801-736-6396 x 4739

    Well Rounded Trail Tackler

    Trail Bike That Eats Nails for Breakfast

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I'm 5'11" and often am split between medium and large sizing. I rode a large in this case and it felt just a bit long for me. I would probably want to either pair the large with a shorter stem (35 or 40mm) or use a medium with the 60mm stem. I rode this on some flowy trails going up and a rippin' descent down! By hopping on this bike, you instantly become a threat to anyone's KOM on Strava.

    What I liked about it:
    -I've heard a lot of about Yeti's unique Switch Infinity suspension design and it's pedaling ability and holy anti squat Batman did it live up to the hype. I preferred to ride in the trail or leaving it open as opposed to "locking" the suspension out - felt like it had better traction, especially when the going got rougher.
    -While descending didn't feel like absolutely bottomless rear travel, it did feel like it was more than 127mm. Paired with some beefier tires (see my main issue with the bike) this could take on some burly descents. When the suspension was wide open, there was something about it, it had a certain liveliness that a lot of other bikes lack and just wanted to accelerate off everything.
    -The SB5 Enduro may be a bit heavier than the SB5c, but its a great bang-for-your-buck bike. It has a carbon frame with kickass geometry and solid components. Pretty hard to ask for much more!
    -I'll go in depth a bit more on the components - the GX allows for a 1x11 thats is reliable and snappy, the Fox 34 is light and is a fantastic trail fork, the 4 piston Sram Guides are powerful and reliable, and I like how the Reverb's lever is a right handed lever that is inverted and on the left to be more ergonomically correct (check the third image down on the left).

    What I didn't like:
    -Why did they spec this with an Ikon on the back tire? Seriously, a wimpy XC tire should not be spec'd on this. This is a trail bike designed to take on burly terrain. Personally, I would run a DHF or some other beefy tire on the front and throw the Ardent on the rear. That's pretty much my biggest beef with the bike.
    -No room for a waterbottle cage except for beneath the down tube. That means no thanks to using that, I'll pass on my waterbottle getting gunked up with mud. Sorta ix nays my desire to ride without a hydration pack. I can live with this flaw as the kickass suspension design makes up for it.

    Overall if you're looking for a fantastic trail bike that doesn't totally break the bank, you should take note - the SB5 Enduro may be calling your name. It'll boogie on uphill and mob on down! If you have any questions about the SB5 Enduro or Yeti Bikes in general, don't hesitate reaching out! I'm more than happy to talk shop with you and would be stoked to get you on a build spec'd exactly how you'd like! Reach out to me at 801.204.4547 or hit me up at

    Trail Bike That Eats Nails for Breakfast

    Hello, I have a sizing question. I am about 5'11" with a 30" inseam looking at the 17.5 frame. The numbers look right with the stock 60mm stem, but I would like to swap with a 30mm that would cut the reach by an inch. Would it be advised to go with a 19" frame, or is this bike roomy enough?

    The 19" frame should work best for you in theory. As far as the stem goes, I would suggest keep the 60mm stem and try it out for a few rides, then decide if you want to go shorter. Your height and inseam point towards you being long torso which means that 60mm stem on a large might be perfect. if you have any more questions shoot me an email at

    The Yeti frame seems to run a bit bigger than other brands I have demo'd. I'm 5'10 with ~32" inseam and have found large frames for Trek, Santa Cruz and Ibis to fit well but the Medium for Yeti has fit nicely. Given your inseam you may struggle a little with pedal reach on the 19". I raised the dropper post ~0.5" above bottomed-out to get a good reach on the 17.5" frame. I tend to like being stretched out a little more on the bike and think a 30mm stem would be a bit tight. I have a 50mm Race Face Atlas I will be swapping onto the SB5 Enduro and Atlas bars and expect to be pretty comfortable on the 17.5". But I'm not you and it's all personal preference.

    Will this bike arrive assembled? If not, is there any torque sensitive tools you need to assemble? I have never built a bike before, not opposed to the idea. Just want to make sure I have adequate tools.

    How long will the price be discounted on this bike?

    I'm 6'2" 210lbs. Should I go Large or XL frame?

    Hey I'm 5' 8" Right on that threshold of Small or Medium frame. Not sure which way i should go. Any advice?

    Could you tell me the dimension and the weight of the box you use to ship the bike.
    Thank you
    Enrique T.

    Hey Enrique - This bike will ship in a 48x35x12 inch box. The bike itself weighs approximately 27.5 lbs. so the shipping weight will be closer to 35-40 lbs. including the packaging. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to order this Yeti SB5 Enduro or with any additional questions.

    - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

    What length reverb comes on a large frame?

    Is it possible to custom build the SB5 enduro (Pike fork, different wheels), or only the stock build?

    Hey Alex - The SB5 Enduro is essentially a bike in a box from Yeti so you have to get all the spec'ed components. I can have our shop swap out the fork and wheels but you will still end up with the stock Fox Float 34 and DT Swiss M1900s. Other option is I can custom build the Yeti SB5 Frame (Item #YTI003L) since we sell it individually. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in one of these options or have any further questions.

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead -