Proven Here. SB5 Carbon and the San Juan Mountains

Jul 18, 2014
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In late fall, we traveled to the high elevations of the San Juan mountains to explore the vast range and to test out our prototype suspension platform. Our trip took us to the southwest part of Colorado because the San Juan's contain some of the most rugged terrain in Colorado and offer a loose network of trails - some fully developed, others just old mining paths filtering down the mountainside.

Fall in the Rockies is always epic, but the weather is variable. We encountered freezing temps and snow, but were rewarded with fresh loam and peak colors. In the end, after the trails were explored, weather was endured, flat tires were fixed, and a few beers were drunk, we found out what works and what doesn’t. Excursions like this are part of the feedback loop necessary to fully develop our suspension designs.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Fall in the San Juan range: high altitude holds snowy peaks and frigid temps while lower down in the valley the fading sun warms the gold leaves of aspen trees.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
View from the Prospect Trail on Telluride Mountain. Peaks of the box canyon pierce through the afternoon clouds as a storm breaks and lights fills the valley below.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Yeti in the San Juan mountains
An unusually warm and moist fall delayed peak foliage season but that streak of weather broke early in our trip, leaving us to endure a few successive days of snowy weather.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Usually waiting out the bad weather would be the norm in the early morning, but we needed to cover trail. As the descent began and the rear wheel slid left to right, frozen puddles became targets. When feeling returned to our frozen toes, it all became worthwhile.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Most of the higher elevation trails were little more than footpaths on a ridge line, hidden under a thin layer of snow. Joey was able to clear them with his rear wheel.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
The clouds hovered almost every day on the peaks, threatening our temperament and testing our novice meteorologist skills. Should we ride? How long? When do we turn around? The boot heaters normally reserved for ski season definitely came in handy.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Yeti in the San Juan mountains
You never know what to expect late season in the high country of Colorado, but that’s part of the fun. The variable conditions culminated into a perfect torture test for the Switch Infinity mechanism.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
As the weather warmed and the skies began to break, we took a sketchy trip over the summit of Ophir pass and landed in Silverton. Once and old mining town, the boom days are long gone... The only gold left is on the trees.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
The late afternoon sun percolating down through the trees.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Finding new ribbons of singletrack on every ride, the point of the trip becomes lost.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Many sections of trail were covered in a thick blanket of aspen leaves, making last-minute turns inevitable. Here the loose cover of fallen leaves is ripped off revealing the compost of fresh dirt below.

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
As the last of the autumn leaves fell and the fading sun set, a new technology was solidified and our joy of riding in our home state was reignited.

San Juan s. Late fall deep in the high elevations.
Yeti in the San Juan mountains
YETI SB5 CARBON
Learn More: http://yeticycles.com/#/bikes.com/sb5c

Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Yeti in the San Juan mountains
Proven Here. SB5 Carbon and the San Juan Mountains.
Words, Photos, and Film by Craig Grant. Riding by Joey Schusler.
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172 Comments

  • + 69
 Geezus, the haters on here . . . . Anyways, awesome photos - seriously gorgeous shots that would be nice on my wall as a poster. I don't own a Yeti either, but would love to try this bike out. Hell, I'd love to try ANY Yeti bike out for that matter. Nice job Yeti for innovating - pretty amazing how much tech is being brought into the mtn biking industry right now. Looking forward to riding some of it myself one day.
  • - 36
 Strange, if this is innovate and actually high performance, why is Graves still choosing his 26" wheeled SB66? Hint, it's not flashy videos and pretty photos. There's a difference between hating and being totally reasonable with what's going on, and what's going is that Yeti just released a little bit of a silly bike. Think we're all allowed to point and laugh for a bit!

Rad riding and the scenery is pretty baller. Shot last fall and through the winter? Good job keeping it a secret Yeti, that shit can be hard these days!
  • + 30
 Harry: I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.
Lloyd: I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver's full of shit, man.


Seriously though, I want to ride there after work.
  • + 21
 The public is so fickle lately.

First you love Yeti for their Switch link and now, well, the tables have turned. I don't get it. What I do get is people having an opinion; sure the new SB5c is novel, bold, maybe even revolutionary but these are just PREDICTIONS, based solely upon observation of what the model brings to the table. Meanwhile the switch infinity is the worst thing to happen to some since Harold Camping proclaimed apocalypse now.

It is expensive? you bet it is! Is it worth it? I'll give it a shot. Can you afford it? probably, if you really wanted to. So are you gonna buy and then make an informed decision that's neither anecdotal, comparative or in any other manner speculative? Oh, no? then you oughta just shut up.

Yeti, kudos for pushing the envelope. Bold move, yo. I've owned a 575 in the past and it was rad. Currently on an Ibis but I'm inching towards my next bike and it's down to you or a Canyon. But seriously, that's a lotta money.
  • + 8
 the sb5c is not comparable to the sb66
after all it has 2cm less travel... that's probably the reason why graves is still running the sb66
ews tracks are pretty nasty... look at all the new 170mm enduro race bikes
and theoretically this system is pretty awesome, allowing more control over kinematics than conventional designs, just like their previous 303 design, but a LOT lighter and hopefully more user friendly
and look at the inital impressions from the media (e.g. vital), they were blown away.
after having the same doubts when they introduced the switch link and riding a sb66 for a year now, I can say these guys know what's up and how to design a full suspension bike!
  • - 24
 "Want to share an opinion on a biking related website, well f*ck you!" ....Kay. How about we talk about bikes as this is a biking website, and if you dislike reading comments related to a bike, you stop going into the comment field? This seems like a very self inflicted issue. We will talk about bikes, our opinion thereof, and why we think what we do. It won't be stopping. Cheers.
  • + 3
 @jzPV, you know, I just ran the numbers and compared it to my Mojo HD and I was surprised to find similar geos all around: 67 degree head angle, similar stand over, wheelbase was a tad longer on the Yeti but that's their style. So, In theory, based on those facts, this bike should be pretty dialed, as term as feel goes, but of course I can't know 'til I try it yet.

I can't wait to see when they release their longer legged switch infinity bike, as it could be pretty dope. I talked to a Yeti guy a few weeks ago, and he warned me of the stuff that they were gonna be releasing. Color me impressed, for now.

I do have one question for the Yeti folks: with all this flack about the exposed rails, why not devise a flush, carbon, sealed cover that either clips on (not too secure) or bolts on?
  • + 8
 Sherbet: because they haven't release the 66 replacement yet? At this point the 66 is the bike for the EWS (and eventually, it's replacement), and this one is good for everything less, you know, because who needs more than 5" shredding the trails off the garderner expressway, or the Don Valley?
  • - 2
 The bike looks sweet, that double Kashima thing though is pretty ugly, if that bit were not present I think the frames one of the nicest ive ever seen. Great video but it didnt show much did it. Why were there not more rear side shots showing the suspension working because the back end looked extremely stiff to me, hard tail stiff even on big hits I didnt catch it working. And to that effect the rear wheel (on bigger hits) wobbled back and forth like a mother f*cker which can not be good can it over time. That being said I would like to try one though.
  • + 1
 It reminded me that winter still exists and that bummed me out haha! but I agree this video is very well shot, and its cool to see them at least trying to make advancements, to me it shows that they have an invested interest in the future of the sport we all love, and that makes me happy.
  • - 17
 This bike is a little bit of a joke. Pretty, 2 more Fox stickers on gold thingy than competitors.Depth of innovation is amazing. Gearwhores rejoice. Nice video of shorttravel AM bike on smooth tracks though.
  • + 3
 not so concerned about the kashima switch, but NO WATER BOTTLE MOUNTS?!?! I'm audi5000...
  • + 5
 Sorry if i'm missing the point, but the only thing this video shows is that a pro can shred this bike just like any other bike.
  • + 3
 @Sadikone1: To my experience any form of cover is in reality not helping but creating a bigger problem.
Dirt is always going to get in, especially if you have a linear moving part to cover up. So inside the cover you might have a slower build up of dirt witch over time could become so much it would jam up the whole system.

Its a proven design principle that most of the time it is better to leave stuff very wide open so dirt can easily fall out again after it got in.
If anyone works as an engineer for yeti, feel free to correct me, but when I saw the shape of this box at the bottom for the first time this is what I thought they did... clever im my eyes...
  • + 4
 Funny how nobody reads that this bike has being tested for the last 3 years.
  • + 1
 @Sadikone1 +Michi, something I remember from a while ago on the principles of gun design. If you want a gun to function in adverse conditions, It either has to be so tight nothing can get in, or so loose that gunk doesn't matter (referring to american v russian design principle).
  • + 2
 @sherbet You're missing the point of the bike! It's a trail bike and all-mountain bike aimed at riders who want the best of up and down. The SB-66 is a gravity oriented bike that was designed to pedal uphill good enough. Yeti even said when they first released the SB66 that it wasn't the "Best" pedaler. What Yeti has done is show that they're going to take their geometry to a whole new level! If the SB5c is longer than the SB-66, I could only imagine how long the successor to the 66 will be! We are going to see some wild numbers this year! and for the better!
  • + 1
 @ commanderagl, exactly...
  • + 1
 At everyone that educate me on it: ahhhhhhhh. I see.
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  • + 21
 To all the trolls with no bank rolls... Yeti is a boutique company. They don't have the massive resources that Specialized, Trek, or Giant have for sustained media campaigns, hence the barrage. This is a big splashy campaign to get the word out fast, hard and early. They also don't make gimmicky suspension systems just to try and grab eyeballs. They are indeed proven. Don't knock the bikes till you try them. And if you can't afford to, well... get a better job or stop hating. They've achieved their legendary brand status through making excellent bikes, which are almost always at the top of the heap.
  • + 3
 You said it brother, Yeti's are rad bikes
  • + 2
 They are excellent bikes, the only thing about yeti's that bugs me is they tend to crack, although not as much as treks who with a budget like they have shouldn't
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  • + 19
 Dunno if anyone remembers the videos that came out when the SB66 was launched, but they actually showed the bike handling some technical stuff and the switch system in action. All this is showing is flowing stuff that a novice could do at a slower speed - I don't think a lot has been 'proven here'...
  • + 3
 2:57: The switch infinity "cage" packing mud proven. (but still working)
  • + 0
 I suppose they have answered that big question - but how have they shown it impacting the performance of the bike? As far as we know it could be a completely redundant part that they're just trying to charge us a bit more for.
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  • + 16
 Not to offend folks from Colorado, trails and mountain environment look great...

BUT! 'Our trip took us to the southwest part of Colorado because the San Juan's contain some of the most rugged terrain in Colorado'. Rugged??? WTF! all that is pictured is smooth single track that would be fun on a hardtail. How does this make me want to buy a Yeti? you have shown me that you're bike as capable as a hardtail and your new suspension design gets caked in mud if its a little wet outside. Mountain bike marketing is so weird...
  • + 6
 Not the most rugged trails in colorado by far. The skyline looks rugged though with a bunch of 14ers around, maybe thats what they were getting at.
  • - 6
 They r prob targeting the older/newer riders with bigger wallets here with this one, hence the buff IMBA trails. That' 10K+ price covers a lot of marketing expense, I guess. There are definitely more rugged trails here than this but at least they are not using Apex anymore, that is essentially a sidewalk and a lot less fun than trails off SFU, in Burnaby.

I can tell you from experience CO terrain is more hype than reality. Half the state is actually elevated prairie land, looks exactly like Kansas & Nebraska (Eastern slope). The other is the western slope, mountains but very old geologically so much of it are gentle slopes with very limited topographical relief. Plus some desert areas. Very stark contrast to the Cascades, Coast Mtns, Tetons, or even the Northern Canadian Rockies.
  • + 11
 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Wake me up when Jared Graves wins an Enduro World Series round on a 650b switch infinity equipped bike.

Oh ... Wait....... he still runs a 26" with the old concentric switch system..........
  • + 4
 i land in Denver in 10 days so I guess I can find out for myself :o)
  • + 5
 Keystone is much more rugged, but this bike doesn't look like a dh bike so it's understandable they are showing it on xc trails.
  • + 3
 Er yeah for now, I think he'll be on the new enduro bike with this tech very soon.
  • + 34
 The trails in the video may have not been the gnarly jump lines and rock gardens you see in a lot of videos, but that doesn't go without saying that they are still rugged, especially with a fresh dusting of snow! We chose these trails as an honest representation of what most people who ride a 5 inch bike probably ride: fast, fun, flowy trails with still plenty of challenge. I would not recommend taking a hard tail anywhere near those trails, but that's just me.
  • - 14
 colorado trails are boring.
  • + 17
 You're just making these trails look too easy. Next time, try missing your line and having to stop midway through a section, losing traction and crashing in some wet leaves, or braking heavily through a few corners because you went in too fast. That'd make it even more representative of how I ride a 5 inch bike.
  • + 2
 "I can tell you from experience CO terrain is more hype than reality. Half the state is actually elevated prairie land, looks exactly like Kansas & Nebraska (Eastern slope). The other is the western slope, mountains but very old geologically so much of it are gentle slopes with very limited topographical relief. Plus some desert areas. Very stark contrast to the Cascades, Coast Mtns, Tetons, or even the Northern Canadian Rockies."

"colorado trails are boring."

Ah the internet...they are either joking or haven't been to the right place.

@Monkeyass, try: Heil Ranch, White Ranch, Dakota Ridge/Red Rocks (morrison slide), Mt. Falken/Lair 'O the Bear, Trestle/Snowmass (for DH), Elk Meadows/Bergen Peak, Kenosha Pass, Fruita (most anything), and on and on and on.
  • + 30
 Colorado trails are flat, boring, smooth, lame and overrated. Please don't come here, I mean there. Yeah, don't go there.
  • + 4
 @harrybrottman, Well rounded bike companies create a well rounded variety of products for different purposes. It's clear that this bike is NOT intended to be an Enduro race bike. Also, eccentric and concentric have very different meanings.

If you're going to be a smart ass, at least be smart about it
  • - 2
 Seriously, what has mountain biking become if people require 5 inches of travel to navigate such trails. Yes take a mid travel bike on an xc trail and have a blast, but if there is a suggestion that 5'' is a prerequisit for 'trail' riding then i'm a bit lost. You'll still have fun on a ht on those trails, you'll just go a little slower. But hey, i've only been mountain biking for 20 years so wtf do i know...
  • + 0
 You guys are analyzing the text waayyyy too much. Sheesh.... if you've ever ridden in SW Colorado then you'd know these trails are not for the faint of heart. From my experience the trails are very fast, technical and most importantly they're fun as sh*t!!
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  • + 14
 watched a 70s of the video and got bored - seems the new SB5 is the perfect bike to skid on natural trails and make slow mo passes through puddles. for Yeti's next video the 303WC will be seen going down the road to pick up the groceries
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  • + 15
 Most artful and moving depiction of a low-profile, hardpack-optimized rear tire's lack of cornering traction I have ever seen. Simply beautiful. Iconic.
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  • + 16
 Nice review, nice photos. But no, even now I won't pay $10k for that 5mm of kashima thing.
  • + 5
 I read a lot of comments about how this new technology is so awesome... But I just see it as another thing to service (every 200 hrs probably) and have problems with. I got a climb switch on my shock and it works great why complicate things?
  • + 8
 You have a rear shock?? I got bored of fixing bushings and shocks... went back to a Steel HT!
  • + 13
 ^^ you have a steel hardtail!! Get you! and I supposed its got suspension forks? you lucky bastard. mine's fully rigid, buckled wheels front and back, grip shifters and I store it in a wheelie bin at night Smile
  • + 14
 You have a wheelie bin? My bike has no wheels, no frame and I store it outside... Actually I have no bike its just in my head Frown sob
  • + 5
 You have a bike in your head? Well, ok, we all does.
  • + 7
 the 4 yorkshireman sketch is lost on some people... educate yourself here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo
  • + 9
 You had Youtube......? We used to dream of Youtube!
  • + 10
 You dream?? I used to be able to do that then I took an arrow to the knee.
  • + 5
 Pinkbike is one of the funniest things. Thank you pinkbike people for all your humor. Really. Thanks.
  • + 2
 Monty Python at 7:00 in the morning. Perfect!
  • + 0
 You had a knee? I had two but then i fell off my sb66
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  • + 11
 since when is innovation a bad thing??? Even if they end up not getting it right this time, some of the greatest inventions and innovations of today we're born out of many past failures. This new design is simply an amazing step forward for mountain biking wether it's a success or failure. everybody needs to stop being whining snobs.
  • + 5
 I am all aboard for innovation, but at the price they are charging for this bike it had better be amazing.
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  • + 11
 Damn, Joey can rip. Beautiful terrain. Loving the new bike.
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  • + 11
 Proven here... on perfectly buff loamy trails. Pretty video though.
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  • + 6
 This is a beautiful video, but not great at showcasing the bike's abilities. Want to see a great marketing flick - look at the one for the SC 5010. vimeo.com/67430580. Varied terrain, an adventure, and most of all PEATY!
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  • + 10
 Another video of skidding around corners, good job yeti
  • + 4
 Skidding is so enduro I love it. Hopefully they keep riding in Colorado and don't visit my local trails.
  • + 2
 cant believe no one said it till way down here, fu marketing douches
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  • + 6
 if you every forget why your are riding, if everything hurts in your body, if you are stressed by racing, if riding a bike is becoming a job... just have a look at these awesome video and you would remeber why you do this every free minute
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  • + 9
 Cool video of some trees with a bike occasionally riding through them doing some skids.
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  • + 9
 All the marketing aside this was a gorgeous video.
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  • + 8
 oh thats mint. ill have 2 please! Geeves fetch my manbag
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  • + 4
 Couple rants:
1) bike looks like it could be fun I would give it a try.
2) As a person who tries to build sustainable trails was anyone else annoyed by this video where the rider is thrashing through waterlogged trails and skidding through the corners (ie. ruining the trails)?
3) Is anyone else tired of seeing videos with people standing up and sprinting all the time? I would sure as hell like to see someone actually riding a bike as they normally would on a long epic ride (seated pedaling on flats and climbs, standing pedaling hard on descents).
4) Any bike company can show some pro-rider hauling ass down a mountain or simply bunny hoping over technical terrain, how about showing someone climbing up some gnarly technical terrain and riding THROUGH some sketchy rock/root gardens?
  • + 1
 Not skidding, shredding. It's more fun that way.
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  • + 3
 The guy actually goes out of his way to skid in places where it's completely unnecessary. Is this bike only for those riders who don't care about trails?

I do understand that sometimes your bike skids in turns at higher speeds, and that's understandable. But that's primarily a result of trail design, and so the trail builders had an opportunity to strengthen the trail for that.
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  • + 4
 Man people got some seriuos nerve dissing The San Juans and Yetis. Teluride and Silverton are incredible places, and this was trail ride vid. on a 5" bike not a DH vid. on a 8" bike, GEEZUS...
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  • + 2
 Man Yeti videos are always the BEST!!!! They totally inspire me to get out and ride my bike. I was on their website yesterday to check out the new bike but mostly to get my weekend stoke on by watching their videos. If your ever bored head over to their website and watch the past videos. Great job on another video Yeti!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 2
 D#mn PinkBike users! It must be that time of the month! Don't worry, the hype will fade and then Yeti will release the 6-inch version of this bike and then you'll all have something new to b#tch about. In fact, I bet half of you backpedal and cream your pants once the "Enduro" version is out.

But I do agree on the video - meh. Though I might have to steal some pics for my wallpaper. Maybe I'll watch Life Cycles tonight.

Cost is high, as expected. I can see myself on this platform once it trickles down into the industry proclaimed "affordable" bike range that sits around $3500, which it eventually will. BTW - when I tell people my bike retailed for $3,200 but I picked it up new for $1,999 due to a redesign for the next model year, people look incredulous because $2k is expen$ive to someone not familiar with the cycling industry. High end bikes are astronomically priced these days but they perform beautifully and the middle aged weekend warriors don't seem to give a sh#t, which is who this bike is designed for.

Anyway, I rode my outdated full suspension platform up the mountain this morning at 6 am and was plenty f#cking happy about it. Maybe one day Yeti.
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  • + 6
 But I was told it wouldn't work when it got muddy.
  • + 2
 Right. Over the 3 years they've been testing it's never seen mud.
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  • + 2
 Pb reviewed this. Said it rides very well. Yeti does an advert for it and in both cases people scresn and cry about it.
Yeti tried a sliding pivot on a DH bike a few years ago didn't they? I hope it works out. I have been looking for something new for a while now and this might fit the bill.
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  • + 3
 awesome article, made me smile. summer - sure, but fall riding with crisp temps and nice foliage blurring by is awesome. always wanted to get to 'dem san jaun mountains! koodos yeti, wanna buy yer bike, yet again! haha
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  • + 6
 I thought this was a commercial for brakes.
  • + 6
 How? He never used them. Lots of flicking the wheel sideways.

As a Yeti fanboy, I am a bit perplexed by this "proven" video that doesn't show the bike doing anything impressive - like climbing roots or soaking up rock gardens. Beautiful scenery, but this is a miss for me.
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  • + 1
 I can't understand why people hating on this bike! When iron man built his first suit it was awesome,then he built his second suit which was even better! Bad comparison but I mean technology can only get better with time,this bike has took full suspension to another level!
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  • + 2
 Is PB just a big Yeti marketing front at the moment? Lovely bike and nice pics, but man, the Yeti marketing dept is in overdrive. Guess you have to be to sell such an expensive bike, good as it may be...
  • + 2
 I don't think it's that expensive for a carbon frame. santa cruz in germany is by far more expensive with a higher price tag in € than the $ price...
and it's not a huge marketing department, just this one guy. craig grant.
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  • + 4
 Wonder how it'll perform in the UK when the 'switch infinity link thingy' gets full of thick mud...
  • + 15
 It'll be just fine. The link itself only needs to move 4mm up and down. During my time on the bike, which included a number of muddy rides, I didn't encounter any issues. I even refrained from washing the mud off of the linkage after a ride to see what would happen the next time I headed out. The result? Nothing. No creaking, and the link worked without any trouble.
  • + 2
 Wait until it's tested here in cairns
  • + 17
 Goodness the British are proud of their mud.
  • + 0
 Well there is American mud and then theres British mud Wink I couldn't believe it till I saw it. Cairns had a little bit of English mud for the world cup
  • + 2
 America is a big place. Which state are you referring to?
  • + 2
 How many times have you pulled your fork apart and it's full of mud? Never? So why would this be any different? I think this system is better than the switch link in that it IS exposed for easy cleaning, no bearings and is sealed in the same manner as your fork. Good job Yeti.
  • + 0
 Dude, there's a bearing right in the middle of it...
  • + 2
 I was more referring to the seals and 'stantions' as that's what people are whining about. That bearing looks to be a standard issue sealed bearing anyway, just pop it out and replace if it shits the bed. Regardless this system appears to be better than the last system.
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  • + 4
 San Juan or San Jaun... I love it when heavy marketing material has such obvious typos
Smile
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  • + 5
 Yeti makes the best product videos. FACT
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  • + 1
 This is an incredible well produced video, everyone involved did an amazing job. I'm inspired by the terrain and riders ability's as well as the way it was captured. The new bike looks amazing and I'll always want to throw a leg over a Yeti. I also, wish i rode trails like this on the daily, but i don't. I ride working man's trails, the type dudes skip work to build.The trails i ride don't look anything like these trails. I don't know where my bike was tested, but it feel's like it was a little closer to home.
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  • + 4
 Nice video about trees, but there happens to be a bike buzzing through them every now and then Smile
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  • + 1
 Great video, great bike, I just get to a point where my skills are far below the bikes I ride (sb66) I improve every ride but I wonder how much of the "long travel bikes" I'm using right now. I had a problem with my fox 32 fork and instead of 6 inches I was runing with 4 (oil in the upper chamber) I realized this trouble just 2 months later and when I fix it I just get amazed of my new riding skills, I had to use a lot my legs and arms to compensate that problem( and I didn´t know) so now when I see a bike like this I just think what is really capable of doing with the correct skillfull rider...

Good bike, amazing improvement coming form the switch, If i had the money I will buy this bike, but I prefer to wait to see this technology on a 26 frame and just change components from my actual bike Smile
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  • + 4
 This is why manufacturers have sell bikes for $10K to cover these trips to prove it!
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  • + 1
 Not sure if this is a blog about the Video, the Rocky Mountains, Yeti, or the SB5c, but here's my two cents.
Video is lame for the length. 30 seconds would've been enough.
The location of the video seems appropriate for a Trail Bike.
Yetis are great bikes.No question there, I've owned four, but have you noticed how many bikes and suspensions all look the same these days? Yeti design is putting itself out there every couple of years with some major innovation.
As far as this bike is concerned, it is probably a great ride, but I doubt I'll see many on the trail. It's just too damned expensive.
  • + 1
 Frame only, it is the same price as a carbon Bronson or 5010 and they're everywhere. I think we'll see a fair few. I'm excited to have a test ride.
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  • + 3
 Just saved like at least half a dozen of those photos for my desktop background slideshow on my works computer. Brilliant shots.
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  • + 3
 Considering Yeti's track record for building relatively amazing pedaling machines I trust that this one does exactly what they intended it to do.
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  • + 1
 I Could watch this video time and time again... it captures the essence of the Colorado trails so well, so moving. Not to mention how smooth that bike looks over the terrain. Premier work Joey schulser and company!!
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 Awesome how the video was more focused on the rider and the trail rather than the bike
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  • + 4
 Too beautiful to notice the bike.
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  • + 5
 LIFE CYCLES...
Wink
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 I felt the same but was a bit unsure, until I saw the ice macro shot around 1:08. The rest felt just like the winter sequence.
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 PBs review 16th July. Quotes-
" simultaneous combination of landing and preloading for the next jump occasionally made the bike sink further into its travel than expected"

Sorry but I thought this new technology was meant to be a game changer?

"We'd make changes to the tyres and cockpit"

So you've just spunked £7k on the new "super bike" but the first thing you have to do is hand over more cash for upgrades!
take my money!! go on! take it! In fact I'll even rent my granny out down the docks to make sure I get one pre-ordered!
craziness
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 You realize tires and cockpit are personal choices and vary between riders and regions? There is no way they could please the majority of reviewers.
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 exactly right. howevet if you bought it from a shop I'm willing to bet they'd happily change the rubber and cockpit for you with minimal charge, given the parts coming off are high-end
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 Which is it? San JUAN or JAUN?
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 the visuals in this article are magical
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 The 5:29 video had 47 seconds of someone actually riding a bike. 32 seconds of that were slow motion shots. That's one way to sell a bike.
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 Well, at least yeti comes with a tech development on thriwr bike. They are better than specialized who put astronomical price on a fsr linkage bike
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 I'm sick of the media telling the consumer that 650b isn't a marketing ploy. It fucking is you lieing gravy train bastards, end of.
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 Great video... wont buy the bike though! another all carbon, super suspension £5k wonderbike that won't be half as fun as my Ragley Blue Pig steel HT! Why complicate things, i'm not a pro and i don't need pro hardware!
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 Those trails and backdrop look amazing.
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 Video summary:
Bikes: 1:52
Total: 5:29



34% of this video shows a bike.
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 I WANT TO SEE THIS VIDEO JAUN/JUAN MORE TIME!

THAT IS JUAN/JAUN NICE BIKE!
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 Man Yeti is really pushing this new "Infinity" thing hard, I see PinkBike home page SB5 Carbon banners, I see reviews and couple of videos posted everyday day on PinkBike related to this new technology and Yeti, they are really trying hard to push this new technology on people, innovation is good but somehow this feels too forced... Too much marketing...
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 All the video showed me was how little rear end grip the bike had!
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 Sweet skids bro!
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 Lifecycles tribute? Awesome either way
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 Agreed. Liked it though. Beautiful imagery.
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 I was thinking Lifecycles rip off. Very similar music and lots of the same camera angles and ideas (e.g. puddles, season changes, looking up at the canopy of colourful trees, etc).
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 that video didn't prove anything, if i wanted to watch people with really expensive bikes play in the snow in slow motion i would have watched All My Friends Are Sick,
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 yawn, I'm really starting to dislike these overly dramatized hyped cinematic edits. Like Im supposed to be feeling a certain way while watching them, as if Im supposed to believe because of a certain product I will only then have the best time ever....Get on YOUR bike and go have fun.
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 And i thought that 3000$ downhill bikes were expensive as f*ck...
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 Perfect Bike for So Cal mudd free.
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 I love my SB66
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 great shots & great video!!!
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 After watching over one million bike vids..I've finally found my bike porn. Dayum man, I'm dazed.
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 Tons of articles for that bike, a full size top banner advertisement on PB home page... Not saying anything but...
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 I love slow mo of puddles.... FOR 5 MINUTES!
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 I don't believe I've ever seen a bike company try to ram one down our throats as hard as Yeti is with this one
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 I know right?! They almost made me accidentally buy one yesterday. The nerve of companies releasing a mountain bike that is highly anticipated to all the mountain bike websites....that cover mountain bike news...potential customers are going to be so turned off by having so much access to information..and that price!! That's it, I'm buying a carbon Bronson XX1 with enve wheels, way cheaper.
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 Completely agree with you @nate35 , I see PinkBike Homepage banners "SB5 Carbon", I see reviews and couple of videos/posts being posted everyday about this new technology, looks like they are spending a lot on PinkBike for the marketing of this new "infinity" thing...
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 This exact comment was posted when Intense released the Tracer 275. Almost word for word. Shit gets advertised. You're on a bike site. Get over it.
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 @nate35 , Who forced you to watch the video. Did Yeti come knocking on your door trying to sell it to you like a jehovah Witness? What a stupid comment, just because you can afford shit.
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 This bike has huge chainstays .
I work for a dealer that sells Yeti and prospective buyers choose the Stumpy 650b over the SB75 and know i have to try to sell this thing?
I don't think will be placing any order for this bike.
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 I guess Yeti should call Cynergy Cycles and ask the owner if Enrico speaks for the company. Seems weird that Cynergy Cycles would blast one of their lines publicly instead of just calling Yeti to cancel the contract.
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 Now I know where not to buy a Yeti, especially if they dont want to sell it to anyone. which could be over $5k in sales. I suppose the Spesh bravado trickles down.
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 Specialized has already suggested that the investment may not be wortthy so, they don't need suggestions when it comes to the bottom line. on the other hand every Stumpy 650b is selling and that's all it matters to them.
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 damn this guy sounds like a bike shop douche. you really work at this so called Cynergy place??
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 Horayyyy for muddy puddles.....mint vid
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 watch the same video in Vimeo in full HD, the quality it's excellent !!!
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 it's Proven : Yeti bikes roll
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 crazy good video and photos who cares what bike it is!!! (;
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 Almost as much cinematography as "Into The Mind" the ski movie
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 Amazing photos. Just wow!
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 didn't look like a ton of mud build up....
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 Iluvdimsum you must be smoking a huge bowl right now.
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 Undecided, aren't we? Juan or Juen?
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 i went straight to the comments section.............
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 if they do this to the 66 I think ill kill myself
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 Isn't Joey supposed to be in Smith helmet?
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 His tires must be bald after that!
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 1:14 hell yea!!
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 Nugget of a video!
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 Tears literally fall out of my monitor from all the crying in these SB5c articles. Aren't all of you supposed to be on summer break? Shouldn't you be outside riding? Anyways, keep up the good work Yeti.
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