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SB5 T-Series GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike
Yeti's SB5 T-Series GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike channels its speedy trail heritage and expands its versatility with a longer, slacker profile that adds an infusion of all-mountain sass to charge bigger lines and push the limits of your capabilities. This ripper of a trail bike handles tight singletrack with the nimbleness of an XC bike but has enough stability to get you down any tricky descent you decide to drop in to. Carrying Yeti's Turq designation, this frame represents the most advanced construction Yeti can create to provide strength where you need it and reduce weight where you don't. For the SB5 Turq, that means a more precise carbon layup, carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding bulk for a claimed weight reduction of 350g compared to the regular version.
The SB5 is the mountain biker's mountain bike. Known for its versatility, the bike can handle a wide variety of trails and rarely would you ever have a bike capable enough to tackle both an enduro and an XC race. Not only does it do both quite well, it even excels better then some machines built specifically for each discipline. The 66.5-degrees headtube angle lets you pick a line for the steep stuff going down and will confidently guide you through some things you would second guess on other bikes. Climbing up rocky, ledge trails isn't a task, it's a treat. Put the power down and let the excellent suspension claw its way up while your buddies are off their bikes and walking. The 73.6-degrees seat tube angle encourages a powerful pedaling position for cleaning impossible lines and puts your weight right where it needs to be. When all you have is a horizon line on the trail, drop the seatpost and trust this Yeti to get you out of the tightest of situations.
Boost spacing helps stiffen up the rear end so the suspension is better able to do its job and no power is lost to a flexy rear end. It also allows the chainstays to be placed a little further apart so additional room for bigger tires and mud is available. Stays can be chopped to shorten lengths with the new found space and in combination with the longer reach and wheelbase, you get a bike that can handle high-speed chunder and still thread the needle through a grove of aspens. Balance and versatility defined.
The only thing we can fault about Switch Infinity is that since Yeti owns the patent, no one else gets to use it. It utilizes a translating pivot that automatically switches direction as the bike moves through its travel. This provides excellent anti-squat characteristics for superior pedaling performance and ideal suspension characteristics as it gets deeper into the travel. Inside are a pair of greased bushings that slide up and down on two Kashima coated rails offering a more linear leverage ratio. Simply put the suspension provides plenty of support for efficient pedaling and climbing, but maintains a bottomless feel as you get deeper into the travel. Here again is that versatility and balance.
The SB5 was retooled to use a FOX DPS metric shock featuring an exclusive air volume configuration and tune. Working perfectly with Switch Infinity, this results in better mid-stroke compression and small bump sensitivity providing a wider range of riders with a custom feel. A FOX Factory 34 offers 150mm of plush travel and stays on track through the roughest lines. SRAM's GX drivetrain is the workhorse of the Eagle group, offering resilience and plenty of range for long days. Guide R brakes take care of stopping duties with plenty of power and modulation so you can check your speed without immediately losing traction. The Michelin Force AM tires are a a well-balanced option with their low rolling resistance, reasonable weight, and a tread pattern that excels on a wide variety of trail surfaces.
This frame is constructed from Yeti's TURQ carbon fiber which offers the same durability and stiffness as the standard carbon but sheds about 3/4 of a pound for climbing efficiency. The lay-up techniques of bonding around a mold while curing with minimal resin pooling reduces weight and increases strength in joints without excess material being added. The TURQ carbon frame is the best frame Yeti knows how to construct and it encourages us to push it a little harder knowing that.
- A versatile 27.5 trail bike for everything from XC to enduro
- TURQ carbon frame is lightweight, stiff, and resilient
- 5in of Switch Infinity suspension balances pedaling and shredding
- Long, slack geometry bails you out on drops and technical lines
- Boost spacing stiffens the frame and adds extra tire clearance
- Switch Infinity linkage is a smooth-handling engineering marvel
- FOX Factory suspension cushions the hits
- GX Eagle drivetrain for quiet operation, a wide gear range, and infallible chain retention
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