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It’s a pleasure riding all the new bikes that come through our doors, but one bike that has really left a lasting impression is the Yeti SB5.5. It's such a blast to ride at speed and considering that it's a bike that can handle such gnarly terrain, it isn't a pig to pedal all day or feel like a slug on the climbs. Taking this frame to its highest potential and lust-worthiness is the XX1 Eagle group. If you are looking for the paramount build on the ultimate enduro and trail rig, look no further than the SB5.5 Turq XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike.
The frame construction on this bike utilizes TURQ Series carbon and Yeti denotes it as the highest quality carbon fiber available offering the perfect balance of stiffness and compliance. This results in a bike that feels smooth, solid, and aggressive, exactly what we want in a ride! EWS World Champion Richie Rude and Yeti's in-house testing team and ambassadors constantly put TURQ frames to the test on rugged terrain in remote locations and that leaves us never questioning frame durability or strength. Based on the feedback Yeti receives, they fine tune every detail down to the most minute component so the bike can perform best in the environment it was intended.
At the heart of what allows Yeti bikes to ride as well as they do, is the Switch Infinity suspension platform. 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 characteristics as it gets deeper into its travel. Yeti (and no one else for that matter) wouldn't be able to produce a suspension design that feels this linear and with this amount of anti-squat with a traditional link design. Working with FOX, this translating pivot uses the finest quality low-friction seals, bushings, and bearings and is super durable and dependable. Yeti has field tested the parts for over three years and the original bushings, seals, and stanchions are still in perfect working condition.
We aren't sure if it is the handling, out-right speed, ability to conquer trails both up and down, or some combination of all of those that has us loving the 5.5 so much. We know how much geometry dictates the way a bike rides and Yeti's experience and feedback from some of its great riders help to form the numbers here that are so universally loved. The headtube angle, with a 160mm fork, sits right at 66.5-degrees. It's probably not a coincidence that number is mirrored on some other bikes too that have great technical prowess without losing the penchant to climb. The 17.2 inch chainstay length is long enough for excellent high speed stability and short enough to keep the bike nimble. And it's not just nimble for a 29er, we're talking straight-up nimble. What is amazing is nothing feels like a compromise. It's more like a jack-of-all-trades, master of all.
This Yeti SB5.5 gets all the goodies and the build here makes it a superbike that you will want to fly down a ribbon of singletrack whenever you have free time. SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain has plenty of range on hand if you have 5-digits worth of ascending to do without running out of gear riding the road to the trail head or chasing a Strava trophy. SRAM's RSC brakes consistently give us the power we are looking allowing us to feel comfortable pushing our limits. A Chris King headset promises decades of reliability and smooth steering, it's just a shame that the beautifully machined and anodized cups are tucked away from our eyes and pressed within the headtube. FOX Factory suspension offers tons of control, adjustments, and durability, seriously good stuff. You'll soon be venturing for the steepest, roughest climbs and rowdiest descents you can dream of and this bike will have you conquering trails you never thought possible.
- An aggressive trail bike with progressive geometry
- 140mm of Switch Infinity suspension balances pedaling and comfort
- Long, slack geometry bails you out on big lines and drops
- Boost spacing stiffens the frame and adds extra tire clearance
- Switch Infinity linkage is an engineering marvel
- FOX Suspension cushions the blows
- TURQ carbon construction for lightweight efficiency
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- Q & A
You'll Be Faster Than Ricky Bobby
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm 5'11" and have an 32" inseam. I'm often in between a large and a medium size, but usually opt for a large. I went with a large SB5.5 frame (though I did pair mine with a 35mm length Raceface Atlas stem with 10mm of a spacer under the stem) and it fits spot on. I built my SB5.5 Turq from the frame up so my build differs slightly from this, but would be happy to help get you dialed!
What I like about the bike:
- Fast is the name of the game. Not sure if its overall geometry of the bike, the 29" wheels, or just stoke level, this goes fast.
- Pedaling efficiency is top notch. I did throw an Fox X2 on my bike, but would like to try out the DPX2 shock, but I'll climb with it wide open and it does great. It seriously climbs great. I've been very impressed with it - have put in several 5000ft days of climbing and it does great.
- The bike is a monster truck. Eats up descents and floats over rock gardens.
- Though I did build my bike up from the frame, its not far from what this build is - the specs on my bike are an Eagle X01 drivetrain, a Fox Float 36, Guide RS brakes, a Raceface cockpit, Turbine dropper post, and Raceface Aeffect-R Wheelset with a Minion DHF 2.5 / Minion SS 2.3 tires mounted on it! I have been thoroughly impressed with the Eagle 12sp drivetrain - I personally have a 34t up front and the 50t rear bailout cog lets me spin up just about anything while still being able to hammer descents. Guide brakes modulate great and have plenty of power behind them.
What I don't like about the bike:
- Not much. For people in areas that don't have as much chunder or don't need as much travel might not enjoy this bike as it can take a technical section, chew it up, and spit it out for breakfast without batting an eye.
- I had to get used to bigger wheels after coming off of 27.5" for my last two bikes, but after riding for a bit on it the 29" wheels don't feel big at all!
Overall, if you're looking for a wagon wheel bike that just smashes and tears it up on the trail and still feels relatively nimble, this would a great candidate. If you have any questions or would like help deciding if this is the bike for you, give a shout at my direct line 801.204.4547 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.