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SB5 Turq LR Mountain Bike Frame
We love when bike brands spec a build that is the choice of what most of the riders of the company ride. In the case of the SB5 LR frame, whose LR appellation stands for Lunch Ride (a frame designed to perfectly match the rugged Colorado trails that Yeti employees hit on their daily lunch ride)—that means a more aggressive Fox DPX2 rear shock, and a recommendation that it be paired with a 160mm front fork (compared to 150mm on the standard SB5). The SB5 is known as one of Yeti's most versatile and popular bikes among the Tribe and they took that excellent frame and boosted its capability to suit the needs of rougher trails and more aggressive riders. Lunch rides around Yeti are pretty renowned for being hammer-fests and this SB5 is how many Yeti employees build up their own machines to get the job done.
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.
- A burlier version of Yeti's renowned SB5 trail frame
- 5in of smooth Switch Infinity suspension
- FOX DPX2 piggyback shock handles gnarlier terrain
- Lighter TURQ carbon fiber boosts strength and stiffness
- Balanced geometry climbs with ease and descends with confidence
- Clearance for up to 2.6in wide tires
- Designed for 160mm travel front forks (150mm works fine also)
- Yeti Cycles continues to lead the charge in high-end MTB's
- Item #YTIR16O
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