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SB5 LR Turq XT M8100 Mountain Bike
When it's time for the company's daily lunch ride, Yeti employees reach for the SB5 LR. The rowdy trails near their headquarters in Golden, CO are not to be taken lightly, so this "Lunch Ride" version of the bike comes with some burly upgrades that offer an advantage on technical trails filled with rocks and drops. This comes in the form of a longer travel fork that stabilizes the front end, an upgraded DPX2 piggyback shock that improves traction at the rear wheel, powerful 4-piston brakes to keep your speed in check, and wide handlebars for added control on tricky maneuvers and high-speed descents. That being said, the bike pedals just as well as the standard SB5, so you won't be held back when you have to climb several thousand feet before you get to the fun part.
While the forks on other LR specimens increase in stanchion size, the base SB5 Turq fork's is already a 36, so there's nowhere else to go. Except deeper. Which it does, adding a cool 10mm of travel for a bit more funkiness. That may be why Yeti specs the bike with slightly smaller tires, counting on the additional fork squish to keep the trail in check while the 2.4in tires in front and rear, respectively, reduce the floppy, sloppy feel of larger tires. The bar's 20mm of additional width makes for that much more torque on climbs and sharper handling at low speeds.
As the frame itself is identical to the SB5, the Switch Infinity remains the same, which is a very good thing. In short, Switch Infinity utilizes a patented translating pivot that switches direction as the bike moves through its travel. This provides excellent anti-squat characteristics for superior pedaling performance and ideal suspension kinematics as it gets deeper into the travel. The linear path of the patented Switch Infinity system has very little resistance as the shock moves through its stroke. This allows the system to achieve seemingly contradictory characteristics. In the early stage of the travel, it displays superior pedaling efficiency and excellent small bump sensitivity. As you move deeper into the travel, the suspension is well supported and responds effortlessly to square-edge hits. The mechanical advantage of this system couldn't be achieved with traditional link designs.
The SB5 Lunch Ride only comes in the TURQ carbon frame since that's what Yeti's employees ride. TURQ Series bikes are manufactured with the highest quality and best-performing carbon fiber available and offer the perfect balance of stiffness, durability, and compliance. The result is a bike that feels smooth, solid and aggressive. We are fairly certain that if the ride qualities and durability are sufficient for Richie Rude and Yeti's internal testing, they will plenty fine for what we can dish out on our local trails. The weight savings of around 350 grams help take back a little that is lost in the burlier build.
This is the kind of bike we would build from the frame up or eventually assemble in the way of upgrades. Yeti has perfected what it wants most in a bike, and it's tested it on countless laps in the Colorado Front Range and stops on the EWS circuit. The selected parts withstand the chunky, rocky trails in their backyard and we have to agree that we like it for our riding and think you will too. This rig is rowdy ready.
- A rowdier, more capable version of Yeti's SB5 trail bike
- 5in of bump-gobbling Switch Infinity suspension
- Deeper FOX 36 fork and DPX2 shock handle gnarlier terrain
- Mid-sized tires ensure efficient traction without flopping
- Turq carbon construction maintains stiffness while dropping weight
- Boost axles increase stiffness across frame and wheel
- Shimano's workhorse XT build kit brings consistent, reliable performance
- Yeti Cycles sets the standard for high-performance mountain bikes
- Item #YTIR16T
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