To start off. The biggest change with Yeti this year is every model will have two different levels of carbon to choose from. Turq and Carbon. Turq is the highest level of carbon available but can save you 250-400 grams going with that option. Which is more than you think.
This review will seem like I'm rambling on... But there are tons of things I want to get out. Let's just say I wasn't UNDERwhelmed.
I love the length of the top tube on the medium frame.. reach is great and felt nimble. All I could say when out on the ride was how nimble this bike felt. Nothing ever felt like it was getting stuck, it was flowy in the rock gardens and felt like gravity was on my side.
Even while climbing this bike performed better than I was expecting. When riding through the trail, this bike would send it. I say "send it" because it looked like I was being launched off a jump on a rocket. I mean this in a good way. I prefer to do as little work as possible when trying to get a gravity induced launch and this bike ended up doing all the work for me.
I took the SB5 through some pretty chunky, techy sections and this bike, AGAIN, delivered. The suspension is so responsive, instead of griping about how I should have gone with longer or shorter travel, everything just married really well together and couldn't stop saying holy shiz. Very little effort, HUGE rewards.
I was on pretty loose terrain- but the flowy sections were where the magic really happened. With the plus tires, it gave the bike some extra forgiveness and made for a cush ride. I came into this thinking I'd hate the plus tires and that they'd hold me back but they did not.
TO RECAP: If you want to do it all from XC to Enduro, this is the bike to get. Rear boost for stiffness, internal cable routing, a little bit slacker, a little longer top tube, sleeker lines. The 2017 SB5 climbs just as well as the 2016, but it is a bit more capable on the descents. Lightweight, great pedaling uphill, and a ripper goin' down. This bike delivers not only a sick ride, but a big fat smile on your face.
If you have a lady in your life lookin' for a bike or if you yourself are a lady and have questions, give me a call or shoot over an email.
Side Note: I am 5'8, 150 lbs, Inseam 35in, Rode a Medium.