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SB130 Turq X01 Eagle Race Complete Mountain Bike
In baseball, they have a term for a player who's so well rounded, they can fill in for any position in a player's absence, a jack-of-all-trades if you will, known as a utility man. How does that tie into mountain biking? Well, bikes are becoming more and more specialized and its quite refreshing to find a bike that’s capable of tackling all sorts of trails, from backcountry all-mountain epics full of natural gnarly terrain to fast, flowy XC hot laps after work letting you blow off a little steam and leaving you with some seared legs and lungs. Finding that unicorn of a bike that can excel at the extremes of your riding is difficult with wheel diameters, geometry, and suspension platforms changing as often as they do, and when you find that magical bike that matches your riding style and one you can completely count on to progress your riding and not hold you back on familiar and unfamiliar trail networks alike, you should gravitate towards it. Great minds must think alike because almost every bike Yeti Cycles has released lately has peaked our interest and in particular, the SB130 Turq X01 Eagle Race Complete Mountain Bike is the utility man our squad needs and after our first ride, it's already got our vote as an all-star rookie. It’s a darling of a trail bike that can handle shuttles and lift action, yet it doesn't dumb down smooth buff trails either, so leg shaving XC riders can have their fun too. Factor in the lightweight TURQ carbon construction, plush Switch Infinity platform with FOX Factory suspension, and a precise, range-happy SRAM X01 drivetrain, and you have one of the greatest well-rounded bikes we've come across in a while.
Longer and slacker continues to be the name of the game, and on the SB130 the numbers lean towards the trend of a more capable descending bike that can still pedal when its time to earn your turn. Its 65.5-degree headtube is a full degree slacker than the brands 5.5, a bike that already pushed the boundaries of a long-travel 29er. Of course this contributes to unflappable stability when descending steep, technical terrain, but usually, a headtube angle so slack would be a bear on climbs and have lazy handling manners on the rest of the trail. This simply isn't the case with the SB130 as it employs a 44mm fork offset to bring the front wheel in closer to the rider so the contact patch is more aft than fore, for improved traction and a front wheel that's less likely to wander when the trail points up. Further helping in this regard is the 77-degree seat tube angle centering you right over the pedals letting you put the hammer down on the climbs. Further harnessing the watts and contributing to positive handling is the frame's Boost spacing placing the hub's flanges further apart and improving the spoke's bracing angle for a stiffer wheel and combining with the 1x-specific frame to allows space for tire clearances in the neighborhood of 2.5-inches with 433mm chainstays, the shortest we've seen yet on a full suspension 29er from Yeti for quick power transfers and the ability to get the front wheel up and over obstacles easier.
A Yeti wouldn't be a Yeti without its signature Switch Infinity suspension and the new-reconfigured SB130 utilizes some new linkages and a metric shock that frees up some precious real estate allowing for the fitment of a water bottle inside the main triangle. What remains the same are the two silky-smooth Kashima-coated stanchions housed just above the bottom bracket that translates throughout the stroke of the Kashima-coated Fox Factory DPX2 shock to adjust the leverage ratio from supple, bump sucking plushness, to mid-stroke, anti-squat pedaling support, to a mild ramp up near the end responsible for its bottomless feel. You'll find that it bobs way less than other designs on the climbs and because its axle path isn't nearly as rearward as some platforms, it doesn't get hung up over square-edge hits letting you take speed and momentum over the obstacle. Whereas the older 4.5 required a little more precision when it came to line choices and favored maneuvering around obstacles, the new SB130 is tuned for full send and is happy taking on a point and shoot approach.
The ideal SB130 rider is one that might find the SB100 a little under gunned compared their riding buddies' rigs or on their typical riding terrain, whereas an SB150 is simply more bike than what's needed and is just extra weight and travel to pedal around. We feel that the geometry, suspension package, and build kit on this SB130 are all responsible for that neutral, well-rounded position adding confidence on every ride with the ability to work so well in a wide variety of trail conditions. It's certainly a bike we'd have no reservations about pulling off our rack at the trailhead and question if we had the right tool for the job. It simply carves buff, flowy singletrack with aplomb while not backing down on drops, rock gardens, and jumps in the park if that's your thing too. The 130mm of rear travel might not seem like a lot, but with a 150mm FOX Factory 36 up front and 29-inch wheels, this bike can save your hide when the going gets rough.
This build also benefits from the lightweight stiffness of Yeti's top-tier TURQ level carbon fiber construction ensuring a strong, durable, and responsive frame. High-modulus carbon fiber pieces are meticulously hand laid with precise layup schedules in molds to reinforce critical tube joints and high-stress areas without adding excessive weight and bulk, landing you a strong and exceptionally lightweight frame, coming in nearly 300-grams lighter than its standard Carbon series. Blending tuned chassis flex and its light weight allows the SB130 to climb with such ease while tackling hair-raising descents with composure and without equal. Yeti is so confident that it's perfected its carbon manufacturing process that it's now offering a lifetime warranty to the original owner on the frame. One last piece of tech that’s worth a mention is the internal tunnel cable routing that keeps the bike a whole lot quieter while riding and makes maintaining the bike a lot easier with the housing coming out at the exact same spot every time.
- Yeti's newest do-it-all trail 29er
- 130mm of Yeti's plush Switch Infinity eats bumps and pedals well
- Updated trail geometry is happy going up and down steep terrain
- Shorter chainstays keep the handling sharp, nimble, and agile
- TURQ carbon construction drops weight and boosts stiffness
- BB86 shell and Boost spacing improves pedaling and cornering response
- FOX factory suspension is extremely supple and supportive
- SRAM's X01 Eagle drivetrain provides a wide range and precise shifting
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- Q & A
Yeti get's it right
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
So here it comes I’m not a fan of Yeti, I don’t have any specific reason perhaps it’s just that I haven’t jived with any that I have ridden. Until now that is!
What really amazed me with this bike is how well it handles the flow. What to change lines mid turn no worries this thing oozes confidence in the turn while you’re blowing out the berms.
Contrary to popular demand right now I feel that the seat tube angle is a bit to steep for me. I’m 5’9” with a 32” inseam and on the medium I just couldn’t get the seat far enough back. Yes, it’s great on the steep climbs, front wheel feels planted and you power forward with a great body position. However how often do you climb the steepy steep? The rest of the time it feels like I’m too far over the cranks burning out the quads and not engaging the rest of the muscles in the leg or butt.
So now it boils down to would I buy this bike……………. Well they did add a bottle cage to the inside of the frame BONUS actually this is a must for me. I would say yes except for the on one conundrum. The terrain I enjoy riding requires in my opinion just a tick more travel in the back and although I can add some squish to the front I can’t add it to the rear and for me that kills the deal.
Yeti’s have great resale
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
To steep of seat tube angle
It’s that good I only got two
5’9” 32” inseam / 172 lbs
Size Ridden Medium
One and Only?
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Having ridden my SB100 all spring, and taking out the SB150 previously, I was ready to see if the SB130 fit accordingly into Yeti's 2019 lineup. 5 minutes into my first ride, I had my answer.
As with the 150, I rode a medium. Again, at 5'8" the medium fit well despite the longer reach number thanks to the new steeper seat tube angle. My wife is 5'4", and she also rode the medium comfortably. The stock X01 Race build weighed in at 29.7lbs with pedals and a bottle cage, just under a pound lighter than the SB150. Where the SB150 pedaled and felt like a 30lb bike, the SB130 had a much lighter a snappier feel given the weight. Just a few pedals strokes into the initial climb from the parking lot I felt like I could race a weekly XC race on this bike with lighter wheels and tires. All the power seems to go straight from the pedals to the rear wheel.
The SB130 was the most playful Yeti 29er I've ridden. It eagerly hopped off any rock, root, or lip I came across. On one of the more technical rocky trails in the area, it floated over the chunder where the SB150 preferred to plow through.
I even spent a morning riding the lifts of Deer Valley on the SB130. Again, the bike didn't feel out of it's element. Did I ride some of the lines faster on the 150? Yes, but I wasn't crawling down by any means, and the bike in some instances was easier to lift up on some of the slower speed corner drops I encountered.
I'd take the SB130 as the best "do it all" bike in the 2019 SB lineup, more capable than the SB100, but snappier than the SB150.
Shralp-Sessions Just Got More Fun!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I took the SB130 out for the first time intending to throw everything I possibly could at it. And I did. I went up incredibly steep climbs, through creek crossings, down rock gardens. And I don't think I've smiled that much in a very long time!
The SB130 will be the ideal bike for most people's riding style. With 5" of travel, and a set of 29" wheels to hold it up, this bike demands respect right out of the box! Yeti bicycles are notorious for being more capable than their counterparts within the industry, which makes the SB130 a great bike for climbing, descending, or even jumping. Barring that you have a smoother riding style. The Switch Infinity suspension platform has developed an undeniable reputation for being one of the most efficient pedaling platforms on the market. Which allows you to not use the cheater lever (suspension modulation), and still make it up the climbs without burning your legs out.
For descending I personally felt like this is where the testing needed to be done. Yes it climbs incredibly more efficiently than dozens of other 5" travel bikes within the industry, and even its big brother the SB150. But we expected that as the 150 is a 6" travel bike, and weighs 1.1 pounds more for the exact same build kit. Any bike can go down hill, but the question is whether or not it can do it well. Suffice to say the SB130 is a ripper. I found myself able to bounce off of anything with ease, and never hesitated coming in hot on a berm as the rigidity of the frame in correlation to the DT Swiss XM1501 wheel set would sling shot you out with very minimal flex throughout the corner.
If you're looking for an incredibly capable trail bike, that's not JUST a trail bike then the SB130 is for you. It can handle most anything you throw at it, while still allowing itself to be nimble and quick. This bike will suffice quite well on anything from the tree covered trails of Appalachia, to the unforgiving deserts of Utah, California, and everything in between.
If you have any questions about the Yeti SB130, SB150, or any other bicycles, please feel free to reach out to me personally at ZFoley@Backcountry.com, or call my direct extension at 801.204.4555. Thank you very much for reading!
I'm currently riding an Evil Insurgent, which I love, but I'm looking for a slightly shorter travel 29er with some better climbing ability, a steeper seat tube angle (I'm 6'2 and slack STAs add up), and maybe sacrificing a bit of descending performance for a better all-around ride. Sounds like this fits the bill but I'd be curious to hear from anyone who's ridden both.