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Race on Sunday, trail ride Monday.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- A frame that for the new school XC racer
- The SB100 is XC raceable and trail friendly
- Progressive geometry is stable at speed with slow speed agility
- Turq construction sheds weight without sacrificing strength
- 4-inches of Switch Infinity travel is plush and efficient
- FOX Float Factory DPS shock is butter smooth and adjustable
- Item #YTI00D0
- Q & A
The Swiss Army Bike
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Here's my elevator pitch on the SB100: It's an incredibly capable short travel trail bike that can be made race-able with the right spec. If you're a leg-shaving, Strava-obsessing, powermeter-owning racer like me, the Blur, Mach 4 SL, or RKT are probably better options. This bike is not quite as sharp, light, or snappy as any of the aforementioned options, but it's also not a bike for a hardcore Enduro racer. While the SB100 is easily the most capable 100mm bike on the market, it's still a 100mm bike. It's going to be outgunned on bigger drops and super chunky chutes. If you really want to set records downhill, this probably won't cut the mustard.
So, you ask, who is this bike for then?
Yeti knows that the vast majority of riders are not looking to break records every time they go out on a ride. They know that the hardcore XC and Enduro segments are actually relatively small subsets of the market. Most riders drive to the bottom of a trailhead, climb for a while, descend for a little bit, and then start climbing again. They know that while most of us ride fairly technical trails, the guys who spend all of their time on the double blacks are already sold on their SB150s, Megatowers, and Ripmos. In the same way that the average rider probably doesn't need 160mm of travel to ride his local trails, he also probably doesn't need a 71* headtube angle.
This is the beauty of the SB100; it's remarkably efficient and impressively light for a bike of its caliber. You can absolutely run XC tires and take it out to the Tuesday night race, but it's happiest on the 40 mile Saturday group ride that involves hours of climbing that would suck on an all-mountain bike, and descents that would give your traditional XC bike a wedgie and take it's lunch money.
The SB100 I rode was set up with a Trust fork, XX1 AXS drivetrain, Industry Nine Trail 270 wheels, and Schwalbe Magic Mary/Nobby Nic combo. In this spec, it felt like a baby Enduro bike. I was amazed at how confidence-inspiring the front end was. Paired with the Trust fork, the amount of stability and grip was mind-blowing. The Switch-Infinity suspension out back manages small-bump chunk incredibly well, and the angles are wonderfully balanced for a stable-yet-nimble vibe. To me, it felt sharper than a Tallboy or a Trail 429, but not quite as plush. In my mind, that's not a bad thing. If I'm going to surrender my XC bike's nimble character, I want to get a significant amount of capability in return, and 100-120mm bike can rarely offer that. The Yeti honestly gives you both. I know that "quiver-killer" is a grossly overused cliche in this industry, but the Yeti SB100 is truly deserving of that characterization. It's the literal manifestation of the "do it all" mountain bike. Yeti absolutely nailed it.
Statistically-speaking, this is probably the right bike for you.
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Surprisingly Capable XC Bike
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I am 5'11" and typically ride a large. I was in Seattle for the weekend and the shop double booked the Evil Wreckoning that I was supposed to take out and the SB100 was the last option in a large. For reference, I rode the X01 build and rode Tiger Mountain (rooty, steep, slick) and Duthie Hill (flowy jumps and pedal powered bike park). C'est la vie, lets get rowdy on a XC bike.
I really should say "XC bike." Its spec'd builds with a Minion DHF in front and Aggressor in rear, wide bars/short stem, and a dropper post. Also - the Fox 34 Step Cast 120mm fork. With that, it is a portly bike, its not light. Not exactly what other brands are typically decking out their XC bikes with. A lot of weight weanies and XC folks are not going to be a a fan of this bike, at least how Yeti spec's it. I loved it.
First off, it does climb well. Its relatively snappy, but just feels efficient. I don't know if I really felt much fast climbing (likely as I'm still on a DHF/Aggressor tire combo), but didn't seem to get as tired. It just keeps cruising uphill. If you were concerned about actually setting some climbing PR's, throw some faster rolling tires.
We joked about how it would ride going downhill when we were hanging out up top. "Giddy'up, could be an interesting ride," I thought. It was in interesting ride - mostly cause it surprisingly smashed downhill. Few sort of hairy sections, but was surprisingly impressed with its downhill performance. Again this may be due to the beefed up components and relatively slack headtube angle, but regardless was pretty stoked on it. It may have also been that the travel is used really nicely and that 100mm does its job well.
It would be really interesting to spec the new Santa Cruz Blur in a similar trail fashion and have a head to head comparison. For someone who typically prefers the feel of a longer travel bike, this would be a super fun bike to rock as a short travel, aggressive bike. I refuse to call it a "down country" bike, but will say it is like a fast, mini trail bike. If that sounds like it suits your fancy, you'd be hyped on this!
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medium frame weight?
5.4 pounds with rear shock.
Yeti was able to increase stiffness on the frame by 10% over a traditional threaded bottom bracket. Please let me know if you have any more questions about the SB100!