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SB150 Turq X01 Eagle Race Complete Mountain Bike
We figured once Yeti reconfigured the Switch Infinity system on its SB100, making it possible to fit a water bottle inside the front triangle, and with the almost universally accepted move to a shorter 44mm fork offset on 29ers across the industry, to accommodate those slacker geos and longer wheelbases, we'd be treated to some new Yeti big wheel bikes soon. Well, we're excited to report that Yeti's newest 29er, the SB150, has arrived and it's the biggest and baddest wagon wheeler yet from the firm that calls Golden, CO home. Six plush inches of travel governed through its much-lauded Switch Infinity provides the kinematics creating a ride that simply gobbles up the burliest terrain and big hits at warp speed with ease, yet pedals with an amazing amount of efficiency so you'll never pass it up on those all-day epic rides or feel like you're wasting a ton of energy on enduro stage transfers. Further cranking up the capability of this bike over the SB5.5 includes adding an extra 10mm of travel up front to the FOX 36 fork, bringing it to 170mm, slackening the headtube to an almost DH-friendly 64.5-degrees and steepening the seat tube to 77-degrees, stretching the wheelbase, and shortening the chainstays down to 433mm, afforded by the new 1x-specific design. These changes all contribute to a ride that’s extremely stable when the going gets rough and the trail is steep, but it doesn't sacrifice that nimbleness, agility, and pop we desire on tighter trails. Furthermore, Yeti tested this frame to downhill standards, which it passed with flying colors, and goes to show where it reckons this bike will find its riding environment on a regular basis. This particular bike, the SB150 Turq X01 Eagle Race Complete Mountain Bike, does an excellent job of proving exactly what we want in a build, like a TURQ frame, FOX Factory goodness, and SRAM's X01 group, providing the weight savings, durability, and performance were after without having to win the lottery.
With DH World Cups and enduros being contested and won on big wheel bikes these days, the legitimacy of wagon wheels is here to stay with even the likes of Yeti's own Richie Rude piloting a 29er on certain Enduro World Series courses. Of course, modern geometry, updated materials, boost spacing, and refined suspension designs have all gone a long way in removing almost all of the complaints and preconceived notions folks had with 29ers and instead allow riders to focus on the incredible roll-over ability and outright speed big wheels contribute to the ride. If you're looking to cover ground quickly or have any ambitions to race super-d events or enduros, we would absolutely recommend the SB150. It's ideal for going fast when the trail takes a downward trajectory with its 64.5-degree head tube angle providing tons of confidence when pointing the front end down a precipitous drop, however, the shorter offset FOX fork brings the front tire's contact patch closer to your center of gravity, so traction isn't compromised over loose surfaces.
This model's frame benefits from Yeti's TURQ Series carbon fiber which consists of the highest quality materials Yeti can get its hands on and it offers up the perfect balance of stiffness, strength, weight, and compliance. This contributes to a ride that's more composed over chunky sections of trail and surefooted in high-speed corners or anytime your stepping on the gas. By using a higher modulus carbon fiber, Yeti is able to shed around 400 grams from the standard Carbon series frames which will certainly lend a helping hand on climbs and pedal-heavy trail sessions. Yeti is so confident that it's perfected its carbon manufacturing process that its now offering a lifetime warranty to the original owner on the frame.
The heart of Yeti’s suspension design is its Switch Infinity platform and with the new SB150, its use of some clever new linkages and a metric shock provide that unmistakable Yeti ride while now appeasing mountain bike forums as it offers water bottle placement inside the triangle. You can expect the same excellent support deep in its travel, super sensitive small bump compliance, with an excellent amount of anti-squat needed for efficient pedaling and serious climbing. On paper, given the geometry and travel numbers, this bike qualifies as a ripper of a descender, that's a given. What surprises us is how well it goes uphill too. Not only were we impressed with how little the metric Factory X2 shock is bothered on the assents, it provides an amazing amount of traction when needed for clawing its way up the loosest, steepest, and most ledgy terrain we could find. We're sure the steep 77-degree seat tube angle has something to do with it too, but whatever it is, Yeti nailed the formula. Furthermore, both the custom-tuned shock and the bike's unique variable leverage ratio allow for excellent mid-stroke support that keeps the bike from wallowing in its travel, provides excellent support while railing berms, and offers a playful, poppy feel that doesn't have any problem getting sent off any jumps, hips, or transitions the trail or bike park put in front of you.
As we mentioned above, this build checks off everything important we look for spec wise and doesn't have us wishing for any upgrades anytime soon. It also leaves a little more in our wallets relative to the XX1 build that we'll happily put towards travel and race expenses. This SRAM X01 Eagle Race build differs slightly from the standard X01 build with the aim of dropping weight and adding some performance touches. The wheels are upgraded to DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline Ones and instead of the XT brakes, downhill-worthy SRAM Code RSC brakes get the call-up, which is a smart choice since you'll be needing to reign in all that speed with equal parts outright power and modulation with one digit. FOX Factory suspension with Kashima coating handles the squishy bits offering a wide range of adjustments to help dial it in for your individual weight, riding style, and terrain so you can charge the hardest lines and revel in how composed the ride is. The frame has clearance for modern 2.5-inch trail rubber and Yeti has bumped up the seat tube diameter from 30.9 to 31.6mm. Lastly, this frame update also features a new internal tunnel routing which makes the bike a lot quieter and a whole lot easier on the maintenance front so you can keep this all-mountain slayer performing in tip-top condition all year long.
- Yeti's 29er enduro bike that's king of the mountain
- 6in of all-mountain, Switch Infinity suspension
- Updated slacker, longer geometry for more stability
- TURQ carbon construction adds strength while reducing weight
- FOX Factory Suspension offers composure on the roughest trails
- 29er wheels add speed and roll-over ability on any trail
- Eagle XO1 drivetrain provides the range for exploring the mountain
- Push limits and charge harder on Yeti's longest travel wagon wheeler
- Item #YTI00DE
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I come from a mixed background somewhere in between a Downhill racer and a bike-park rat.. and with that, someone that's rarely ventured into the realm of 29 inch wheels. Getting on the new Yeti, I had to wipe my expectations clean of what I envisioned a 29 inch bike would ride like, and enter it with an open mind.
I rode a bit of everything on my few days on this beast of rig, from big jumps at DVBP, to tight single track, and then finished off my time with the bike on some of the more rough and rowdy DH trails around the Salt Lake Valley. One of the best ways I could describe the SB150 is like that of a trophy truck.. incredibly fast, eats rocks for breakfast, yet still snappy and nimble when it came time to turn.
Climbing is not one of my strong suits (gravity FTW), but this bike made quick and easy work on climbs that I have struggled with in the past. The positioning on the bike felt great for me (the bike I rode was a medium, and im 5'11 - 190lbs) for climbing, but I could have used a little more reach while descending. Traction was never a problem on the climbs and control of the front end was top notch.
Now for the good stuff.. It felt like whatever you threw in front of this monster, it had zero trouble getting up and over it with ease. While hitting the infamous Barney Rubble rock garden on the classic NCS trail (pictured below), I was able to maintain speed better on this bike then any other time I've rolled through the chunky, hole-filled rock garden. Out of the rocks and into the turns, the SB150 had a flick-a-bility that I would have never expected out of the wagon-wheeled, extra-long wheel based bike. This was probably the most unexpected pleasant surprise that I encountered while riding the Yeti as I expected it to be sluggish and cumbersome in the turns. The positioning on the bike made it feel like a breeze to 'pivot' the bike underneath you as you're loaded up in a turn. And even with the big wheels, it felt like it was holding good speed and powering out of turns.. another pleasant surprise.
My only negative tick on this bike is probably in the most expected area, jumping. While you could absolutely boost this thing with not much regard to what was going on in the landing, it still felt awkward in the air for me. The big wheels just feel off to me, but if you are buying a bike for its jumping abilities, this bike is probably not even on your list.
Overall, the SB150 was an absolute blast to shred on and it opened up my eyes when it comes to riding a 29er. If you're looking for a do-it-all 29er, this sled should be on your short list.
If you have any other questions about the SB150, feel free to reach out to me and chat! PBraunstein@CompetitiveCyclist.com
Climbs and Plows w/ a bottle cage.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Yeti get's it right! I've rode a few before and although I have always been a fan of the SI link for some reason I haven't just jived with the bikes. The SB5c when it came out although light playful, to me nervous twitchy. I was all excited for the SB6 and a great climber but I felt it lacked confidence in the front to really rally the the turns unless a berm was involved. To say the least I was excited and a bit apprehensive when jumping on the SB150. I also don't put much stock in the Geo numbers anymore I simply want to ride it and see if it works......
So I picked it up the SB150 strapped on the Shockwiz and proceeded to hit the rough and rowdy trails that I consider the norm. I'm a long travel kind of guy and if it isn't at least 160 up front meh someone else can ride it.
This fits the bill and doesn't under deliver at all. Handles the rough, rolls in the smooth and climbs really well for a LT bike which is all what you have heard before. Ok, so on to the stuff most won't say. Seat tube angle great, it's super steep and for the really steep climbs it's awesome but for the rest of the day I feel it kind of sucks. I feel that it positions me way to far over the cranks even with the seat slid all the way back, which when pedaling puts more of an emphasis on legs and doesn't engage the glutes which can wear you out a bit sooner. However it will climb a brick wall if you can get the traction. My only other gripe is that I feel it lacks a small amount of mechanical type grip in the flat corners. It rolls in with a lot of speed, turns in beautifully and then the front starts to slide and push. It's transparent and you can feel it loose traction and it will cause you to shift a little body weight over the bars when it happens which is easy to over come and rally on, but I think something is missing. (Disclaimer here: this is being really really nitpicking)
Great climbing LT 29er
Bottle Cage Bottle Cage Bottle Cage
smooth suspension and light feeling bike
Aggressor tire is for trail riding not Enduro
I would like more room to strap tubes, tools etc on frame
Like to see some rubber grommets or sleeves on the cable ports
Shockwiz scoring for my 168lbs out of the shower 5"9" 32" inseam
PSI fork 76 Shock 180
Volume spacer fork 0 shock stock
Sag % standing fork 22% shock 30%
LS Comp fork 5 shock 10
HS Comp fork 4 shock 11
LS Reb fork 2 shock 12
HS Reb fork 7 shock 10
These settings scored a 100% on the Shockwiz for my riding style and trails that I usually ride
No need for lines
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Looking at the SB150 on paper, my first thought was "That's a big bike". When their sizing listed a range of 5'7" to 5'11", I thought there must have been a mistake. An 18.1" reach was way more than I've typically ridden. How could that be? A 77 degree seat tube angle is how. I took our medium demo SB150 out for a 3 day weekend to check the fit and function of the big new Super Bike.
I'm 5'8", and have been riding a medium SB100 since May, and owned a small SB4.5 prior to that. I've always been between small and medium with most brands, and have found I can comfortably ride each size with just a change in stem length. Getting the bike setup, with my 31" inseam, I still have about an inch of the 150mm Transfer's base post exposed above the seat tube clamp. The stock X01 Eagle Race bike comes with a 40mm stem, so things felt good from a reach standpoint. With pedals the bike weighed in at 30.5lbs.
I setup the suspension just slightly softer than Yeti's recommendation for my weight (their new site setup guide is pretty slick). Yeti's SI suspension has always felt well rounded and sits atop industry offerings in my opinion. I find I get the desired small bump sensitivity and unquestioned power transfer when pedaling all while keep the shock in the open setting. The SB150 was no different.
My first ride was a quick 5 mile loop with a steep climbing featuring some tight switchbacks and a familiar rocky descent. Pedaling up, the SI link performed as expected, no noticeable bob from pedaling, even under harder efforts, and the shock only moved to aid in traction. I've found on my other Yetis that I can scramble up damn near anything with a consistent cadence. The suspension absorbs obstacles and maintains great traction. I've never felt a harsh buck, and the bike just seems to claw its way through chunder. The 65.5 head angle was felt on the tight turns, but I cleaned them all taking an anticipated wider line. It was in those turns that I questioned if the small would even be a possibility, as real estate got tight between me legs and the turned bars. The biggest difference I noticed going up was the 6lb difference in weight of the bike compared to my SB100. My time up the climb was middling compared to other efforts, but this bike is built to get down fast, not up.
Speaking of getting down, this bike does just that. I pointed the SB150 down the familiar trail, but intentionally through my known lines out the window, and just smashed the straight line as much as possible. The bike soaked it all up, and I ended up smashing a little too much, having to nurse a small puncture on the rear Aggressor tire home. Even taking in gingerly down the last bit, my time was the 2nd fastest I'd done for the segment. The bike was so composed and stable, I was surprised by the result. Thankfully the Stans did it's job, and the bike was ready to roll to the lifts and take on some jumps and big rocks at Deer Valley the next day.
I'd spent another day at Deer Valley riding the Pivot Firebird 29, so it was great to compare the bikes on similar trails. While the Pivot was a small, and the Yeti was medium, I didn't feel the longer wheelbase of the Yeti in the tight, rooty, drops that litter the trails. Flow trails aren't my jam, but the small segments I did ride revealed composed cornering, and the plush feel you'd expect of a 150mm X2. As with the Pivot, I was left wishing for faster, wide open, chunky terrain on the SB150, but the bike handled the steep, sudden drops of the Deer Valley trails with ease. While I didn't pedal the Firebird as much as the SB150, the Yeti did feel more composed and efficient on the same brief climb.
The final day I did what I would consider a "normal ride" for me, and
The Bike That No One Expected
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
What can I say that the websites, zines, and Instagram posts haven't? I'll admit that I had reservations on this monster due to 29 inch wheels not really being my forte when it comes to riding, I've always been a 27.5" guy. That being said, I wanted to give the SB150 a fair, clean platform to change my mind going into it, as every other characteristic is exactly what I look for in a bike. I can honestly say that this bike was the curveball I never saw coming. With Yeti's undeniably efficient Switch Infinity design being the work horse behind the power transfer of this monster, the 29" wheels aren't the only reason why this 150mm travel bike climbs like a goat. But to play the devil's advocate surely a 29 inch bike wouldn't descend just a well, would it?
Just point and shoot. The SB150 has 6 inches of travel for a reason, and holds nothing back when soaking up the trail! IF you're looking for the one bike to do as much of all as possible, this is it. You can climb, you can descend, tall switchbacks, or bike parks. This bike can conquer anything you throw at it! Oh, and the bottle cage is mounted on the top of the down-tube.
If you have any questions about this bike or any other, please feel free to reach out to me at ZFoley@Backcountry.com, or call my direct line at 801.204.4555!