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Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016

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    8 Reviews


    Symphonic trail harmony.

    Striking the sweet spot between trail efficiency and all-mountain bad-assery, the 2016 Yeti SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame uses a Switch Infinity suspension platform for speed junkies desiring to clean the steepest, chunkiest climbs and blast down like a bonafide rocketship. Five inches of rear travel (127mm) is handled by a Fox Float Factory DPS Shock, which gives riders the ability to choose between Open, Medium, and Firm settings on-the-fly as well as additional sub-settings of low-speed compression adjustment in Open mode.

    Developed in conjunction with the suspension wizards at Fox, Switch Infinity is the result of Yeti's engineers desiring a firm pedaling platform with distinctive anti-squat characteristics and an almost bottomless feel across big, square-edged hits. This is achieved through a patented translating pivot that switches its direction as the bike progresses through its travel, hence its Switch Infinity namesake. Ultimately, this innovative suspension lends the SB5 Carbon the pedaling efficiency desired for unrelenting climbs, yet it feels unflappable and poised dissecting formidable downhill stretches usually reserved for six-inch travel bikes.

    The SB5 Carbon represents the evolution of Yeti's proven carbon fiber chassis, weighing just a tick over five pounds with shock (depending on size), placing it on the lighter end of the trail bike spectrum. The SB5 Carbon's lightweight yet incredibly strong high-modulus carbon translates into uncompromising acceleration for cleaning technical uphills and bursting out of corners. Custom chain and rock guard protectors keep flying debris and chunky rocks at bay during rowdy descents. Stealth dropper routing cleans up its overall aesthetic.

    • Expand your trail horizons with some enduro pedigree
    • 5in Switch Infinity suspension resets all-mountain expectations
    • Slacked-out geometry for gravity-inspired lines
    • Carbon construction and thru-axle rear for stiff efficiency
    • Custom frame protectors preserve that pretty paint job
    • Clearance for tires up to the new standard of 2.4in
    • Yeti Cycles consistently lives up to the expectations inspired by its big-footed mascot
    • Item #YTI003L

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    carbon fiber
    Switch Infinity
    Wheel Size
    27.5 in
    Rear Shock
    FOX Float Factory DPS
    Rear Travel
    127 mm
    Head Tube Diameter
    1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered
    Headset Included
    Bottom Bracket Type
    73 mm PF30
    ISCG Tabs
    yes, ISCG 05
    Cable Routing
    external, [dropper] stealth
    Front Derailleur Mount
    Shimano D-Type
    Derailleur Pull
    Brake Type
    Seatpost Diameter
    30.9 mm
    Seat Collar
    35 mm
    Rear Axle
    12 x 142mm thru-axle
    Claimed Weight
    [frame and shock] 5.1 lb
    Recommended Use
    trail, enduro
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years limited

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've reviewed this before, as I'm on a 2016 model. Here's an additional bit of info. It says up to'll take a bigger tire than that. I'm running 2.6" Nobby Nics front and back (which, BTW, are 2.5", as is the 2.6" Rocket Ron) and there is plenty of extra room. I was at the SLC warehouse and measured their 2.8" Rekon on a 35 mm rim, and it came in at 2.6" which would also fit, I expect, with a reasonable amount of room. I just measured the frame width at the widest part of the 2.6 NN and it came out to 2.81". My lovely bride of 38 years is about to take delivery on a 2017, and it has even more room. You're not going to get a real 2.8 on there, but 2.6? No problem. I came off of a Pivot 5.7c and it took a little while before I was able to get the most out of the bike and the upsize in wheels to 27.5, but after about 2 months, I started getting some personal bests on timed climbs up in Park City. For those of you familiar, one on Sweeny's/John's (rocky, rooty) and one on Armstrong (smooth). I found that, once used to it, the bike was more nimble on uphill switchbacks even though it has a slightly longer wheelbase (maybe positioning, or something...and that's with a 160 Pike on the front end!). I felt the rocks and roots on the downhills a bit more than on the Pivot, but somehow the bike felt more "planted" and secure, less likely to be knocked off course and though not timed, my son seemed to believe I was faster as well. It's hard to go wrong with this bike!


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I first tested the SB5c four months ago and knew then that I had found my next bike. I was so certain that I struck all the other test-rides off my calendar. All of the reviews are true - the suspension on this frame is so good! I'm sure you've read the word-smithing, which is why you're here. So in the interests of brevity, I'll just add that I concur big-time!
    I had never seen the lime frame before, so confess I was anxious to see it in the wild - it looks awesome!
    This is the first bike I have purchased through CC and I was very impressed with the build and packaging. Big Grins!


    Nimble and flickable trail monster

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've always thought Yetis were something special, and this bike is no different. I had the chance to ride one at a recent demo event, and was very impressed with certain things, although I do think there are some small areas that can be improved.

    First off, most rides here in Utah start off with a climb, so I got a good idea of how the bike climbs, and I was thoroughly impressed. I'm a huge fan of DW-link bikes, so I know how a bike is supposed to climb, and honestly, the Switch Infinity on the Yeti climbs better than the bike I own currently (Mojo 3). Way snappier, and I never felt the need to switch the compression on the shock over to the climb mode, the design of the suspension made it not necessary. The one thing that left me slightly unimpressed was the nimbleness through tight uphill switchbacks. The front center and overall wheelbase is a bit longer than similar bikes in this category, and I felt like I had to work the front of the bike around a bit more than I do on my personal bike.

    Once the trail pointed downhill, however, this bike truly opened up. The rear wheel feels glued to the ground. Incredibly planted, almost feels like a coil shock with the small bump absorption and snappiness of the rear end. I found myself linking turns together and pressing the bike further and further into berms to try and find the limit, and I was unable to. It honestly rides like a 6 inch bike on the descents, while maintaining a lighter weight and more overall nimbleness.

    Now the reason I didn't give the bike 5 stars: It doesn't have a water bottle mount in the triangle. Not a huge issue for me, since I ride with a Camelbak, but there are a lot of riders out there who need a bottle cage, so this is something to keep in mind.
    The other was the bike is not boost. You'd think you would not be able to tell a difference, but from riding 4-5 different boost bikes over the last couple months, getting on this one, I could definitely feel a bit more lateral flex in the wheels when the bike was pushed into corners.

    Overall, it is a KILLER trail bike, and with the sale we have going on now, it is really hard to beat. We have an array of complete bikes or frames to build up your own dream machine.

    I can help with building up a bike and making sure you get the best deal possible. Please feel free to reach out to me at or 801.736.6396 x2244.

    Colorado Pride-Yeti's Are The Real Deal

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Looking for your next trail/enduro bike? Hear great things about Yeti bikes, but haven't had the chance to demo one yet? Look no further than the SB5....

    Myself and a few colleagues had the opportunity to demo these bikes last week and man.... It was love at first ride. The switch infinity suspension, balanced travel and well designed geometry on this ride make for one hell of a bike!

    We took this bike to Park City Mountain Resort to do some fast and flowy trails with some chunky/rocky sections tossed in there for fun and this bike was in its natural habitat. Later that day we took it over to the local bike park and to my surprise this bike was the perfect bike for drops, berms, and some jumps sprinkled in there.


    1) Switch Infinity: From small bumps/rocks to bigger and burlier sections the S.I suspension makes your ride smoother by enabling a more efficient pedal stroke. Excels well in berms and switchbacks.

    2) Geometry: The perfect balance between a bike that can climb well and descend like a bat that escaped an Ozzy Ozbourne concert.

    3) Feel: Better feel means more confidence. This bike just feels so organic and smooth over a wide variety of terrain.


    1) Higher price tag: Although I count this as a "con" the bike IS worth the money. Would you rather pay for a used 2-door Ford Ranger or a new Toyota Tacoma? *** Best time to buy is NOW with this sale.

    2) No room for H2o cage: Not the biggest issue in the world, just mount one on the bottom of the down tube.

    Just like my co-worker, Connor stated I am between sizes on the medium and large (5'11" with an inseam of 30") and I tested out the medium. If you are in a similar boat, hit me up about sizing and I'll get you dialed in on a new ride!

    Questions, concerns, want to find if this is the bike for you? Just hit me up!

    Colorado Pride-Yeti's Are The Real Deal

    Trail Bike That Eats Nails For Breakfast

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I'm 5'11" and often am split between medium and large sizing. I rode a large in this case and with shorter stem and it felt perfect. I've ridden a large SB5 Enduro that felt too big - much in part to too long of stem. I enjoy a larger frame with a short stem often. I rode this at Park City Mountain Resort - mostly smooth flowy trail with a bit of chunk dashed in there.

    What I liked about it:
    -I've heard a lot of about Yeti's unique Switch Infinity suspension design and it's pedaling ability and holy anti squat Batman did it live up to the hype. I preferred to ride in the trail or leaving it open as opposed to "locking" the suspension out - felt like it had better traction, especially when the going got rougher. Yeti tends to recommend leaving suspension fully open and I would agree!
    -While descending didn't feel like absolutely bottomless rear travel, it did feel like it was more than 127mm. Paired with some beefier tires this could take on some burly descents. When the suspension was wide open, there was something about it, it had a certain liveliness that a lot of other bikes lack and just wanted to accelerate off everything.
    -The SB5c is lightweight and stiff - lighter than the SB5 Enduro and Yeti's site has a claimed weight of 5.1lbs (likely the medium)

    What I didn't like:
    -No room for a waterbottle cage except for beneath the down tube. That means no thanks to using that, I'll pass on my waterbottle getting gunked up with mud. Sorta ix nays my desire to ride without a hydration pack. I can live with this flaw as the kickass suspension design makes up for it.

    Overall if you're looking for a fantastic trail bike that doesn't totally break the bank, you should take note - the SB5 may be calling your name. It'll boogie on uphill and mob on down! If you have any questions about the SB5 or Yeti Bikes in general, don't hesitate reaching out! I'm more than happy to talk shop with you and would be stoked to get you on a build spec'd exactly how you'd like! Reach out to me at 801.204.4547 or hit me up at


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    got this frame with a custom build here. that was fun in itself, and less expensive than the pre-built models.
    it's beautiful. gorgeous lines and finish.
    and then riding it is a BLAST. can't believe the stuff i can just roll over now (compared to my old santa cruz blur). very forgiving. my only issue is that on really steep uphills, the front wheel wanders more than i'd like, despite leaning way forward. probably because it's quite slack in the head angle, and possibly because i have a medium frame (6 feet tall) and thus have the seat position back a bit too far . otherwise it's a great ride - even my wife (who gets scared/tense on a mountain bike due to previous crashes) loves it and wants to ride it now. the medium is about 4 inches longer in wheelbase than my large santa cruz blur. it's wonderful on singletrack and rocky trails, and i've been making cimbing switchbacks that i usually don't. an all round great bike.