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Where efficiency meets capability.
- A quick XC bike with a build and geo that rivals trail machines
- 4in of smooth and efficient Switch Infinity suspension
- Moderate head tube angle descends where other XC can't
- Turq carbon construction drops grams and gains stiffness
- Ability to carry a water bottle inside the frame
- SRAM's workhorse X01 group has plenty of range
- Tires, dropper, 34mm fork, and big front rotor shows the bike's intentions and capabilities
- Item #YTI00CN
- Q & A
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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an all purpose ride
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As advertised, the SB100 falls in a category of its own, somewhere between XC and trail. The geometry is decidedly trail oriented, but the 100mm of rear travel and the bike's climbing efficiency make it a compelling XC rig. I'm looking forward to some occasional xc racing and lots of trail riding. That said, those looking for a true XC bike will find the aggressive rake angle a challenge on steep climbs, and those looking for a true trail bike may find themselves wanting more travel. The new fox step cast makes the XO1 build well worth the cost. The bike isn't particularly light for the money so I would definitely recommend the highest end build you can justify. The lines are beautiful and it looks amazing. The ride quality and control are unbelievable. Very pleased with the purchase.
As per Dave's question below....what is the weight? It is very frustrating when looking at XC bikes online that weight is not listed. It's such an important factor in XC bikes. I get that different build kits will give different weights, but just provide ballpark. Do the manufacturers prevent this being listed on your site? You should let them know that not having a weight listed seriously alters whether buyers consider it as an option. I'm assuming I am not alone in this.
I did some digging and found the bike should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 26lbs. Let me know if you have any other questions or would like to put together a custom build!
I've seen other other sites its 27.7lbs, but can't confirm accuracy. XX1 with XRC 1200 wheels and true XC tires will get it below 26 I've also read.