Yeti SB75 and 575 - Eurobike 2013

Aug 28, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
SB75

Yeti SB75
The rumors have been swirling for months, but now it's official – Yeti will be adding a 27.5” wheeled bike to their lineup for 2014 called the SB75. The bike will have five inches of travel and maintains the geometry style that Yeti has implemented over the last few years, featuring a longer top tube, lower bottom bracket and relatively slack 67.5 degree head angle. The Switch Technology carries over from the other bikes in the SB lineup as well, with the main pivot mounted on an eccentric that rotates counter-clockwise in the beginning of the bike's travel and then rotates clockwise during the last portion of the shock's stroke. A removable ISCG bracket is available for riders wishing to run a chain guide, and the rear dropouts can be setup as a 12x142mm thru axle or a 135mm quick release. While the initial run of the SB75 will be made from aluminum, it wouldn't be surprising if Yeti offered a carbon version in the future, much like they did with their other SB bikes. The SB75 will be available this October with pricing comparable to the SB66 and SB95.

SB75 details

• Intended use: trail/all-mountain
• Rear wheel travel: 130mm
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Aluminum frame
• Colors: Turquoise, Black, Yellow
• Switch suspension design
• 67 degree head angle
• Available in October

Yeti SB75

The SB75 shares the same clean aesthetic and suspension layout as the other bikes in the Super Bike line.


Yeti 575

Yeti 575
The SB75 isn't the only bike rolling on 27.5" wheels - Yeti is also bringing them to their 575 chassis. The bike's geometry has been adjusted to work with the larger wheel size, and the suspension curve has also been revised, with the changes intended to give the bike a more supportive mid-stroke and allow it to use its travel more efficiently. The 575 also gets ISCG 05 tabs and a PressFit 30 bottom bracket for 2014.

575 details
• Rear wheel travel: 140mm
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Aluminum frame
• Colors: Turquoise, Black, Yellow
• 67 degree head angle

Yeti SB95
The SB95 and the SB66 will both be getting upgrades as well, in the form of a carbon rear triangle that sheds almost a pound off the total weight of the bike. The best part? The carbon rear triangle won't add any additional cost to the price of the bike, which sounds like a good deal to us.

www.yeticycles.com


180 Comments

  • + 148
 Why is it the bike industry seems like a milk marketing campaign lately? Got 27.5?
My 26" bike feels so inferior. Maybe I better go shred on it before it decides to kill itself.
  • + 75
 26" for life. No reason to switch up!
  • + 34
 I absolutely love my SB66, so I am glad they are not replacing it with the tweener wheels...yet. PLEASE YETI.... PLEASE DO NOT GET RID OF THE 66 IN THE FUTURE!!!! It is hands down one of the best AM bikes out.
  • + 43
 Don't knock it till' you try it. I'm not saying 26" is worse, but when a company releases a 27.5er alongside their 26er, its probably not all marketing, their just giving people the option.
  • + 11
 More options the better, but just keep one of those options as the 66 and you will keep many loyal fans.
  • + 24
 Yeah I can understand your point. However, bigger wheels with less travel=fail. Do we really need the tiny little increased rollover at the expense of 22mm of travel? And this is a new frame, requiring new wheels and new fork. In my opinion, if they really wanted to give consumers choice, they'd do what Banshee and Ibis have done with the ability to run either wheel size on the same frame. Personally, I just wish I'd see other companies besides Commencal release some innovation in a 26" wheeled model. If 650B takes over it's going to be because every manufacturer is releasing their best new bikes in 650B. The idea of another wheel size creating more choice is only an illusion. America is a me-too, latest and greatest consumerist culture. Why do you think people upgraded perfectly good iPhone 4 models to the iPhone 4S that had the exact same hardware with a stupid annoying chick that talked back to you as the only change?
  • + 4
 Fair enough. Maybe Yeti is pushing to keep 26" on the more hardcore rigs.
  • + 14
 Please, bike builders, stop with that 27.5 thing! Three years ago, it was 29" everywhere, now 650B. Most riders out there are still digging and using 26" wheeled bikes. Where are they??? :/
  • + 4
 Thoroughly disappointed in Yeti's decision. I love my 575 the way it is. I really hate this whole 27.5 movement. #26forlife
  • + 1
 @Cool3 These companies are not gonna stop making 27.5. this is evolution of the sport and the bigger wheel is here to stay. Dont hate it until you try it. And if you hate it just keep rolling on 26 and stop whining about the bigger wheel takeover. I work at one of the top Santa Cruz dealers in Colorado and we can hardly even give a 26" wheeled bike away. 9 out of 10 bikes we sell has a 27.5 or 29 inch wheel
  • + 2
 ^ Nobody negates the potential benefits of the bigger wheel, but the point is 26 worked, it was never broke, so why do we have to fix it? We don't, but this has created a larger market, which you cannot deny, it's just another slot of bikes they can sell. At the same time to all those complaining, this will never replace 26", you know along with everyone else, so why worry? If anything it's just growth, and I think both sides can agree any growth in the cycling world is good growth. Having 300mm of hucking travel on 3.0" tires was once around, all the railed linkage systems that have come and gone, all manors of stupid will come and go. Just dig it you know?
  • + 8
 Which dealership mattdawg? You can give one to me. If your prices are that good I might even buy one. Wink Ironically you shouldn't be directing that angst at us, you should be irritated that it made your existing 26" stock "obsolete" and hard to sell, right?
  • + 12
 Companies are just producing 27.5 models to stay relevant in the market. If they didnt do it and just stuck with what they had, they have a potential to lose profits. People like brands. If their favored brand carries the tweener wheel size they want, chances are they will buy it for that. Nothing is going away. Just companies healthily competing for our money.
  • + 2
 @mattdawg: I'm not hater nor am I whining. I just say that I'm fed up of hearing about bikes that represent a relatively small portion of the actual bike market. I understand you sell much more 27.5 and 29 bikes in Colorado. But the US market, especially in the Southwest, is not representative of the whole world. In other parts of the world -- Canada, Europe and elsewhere, people are still buying mostly 26" bikes. I am in a 150-members club in Montreal and 90% of my mates are on 26" bikes, if it can serve as a sample of what I'm stating. Then, I'm perfectly comfortable with "the more (choices), the better", but I just want Yeti and other builders to remember that their marketing strategies are not necessarily the reflect of the real world.
  • + 8
 Really? Nothing is going away? Since someone mentioned Santa Cruz anyone notice the Blur LT is gone now? If mattdawg's 9 out of 10 figure is correct, do you think they'll keep stocking 26" bikes when the latest and greatest "me too" thing is 27.5? Do you think tires will be harder to find as shops make room for 27.5 stuff? Have you seen the tire wall at some shops? They only have so much room. I don't mind 27.5, I just laugh at the fact that it will create more choice. I feel it will actually force us to upgrade, just like new RAM and CPU socket sizes force you to upgrade your entire computer every few years. Time will tell.
  • + 1
 Yeah I worked at a shop, and reality is there will never been enough 27.5 options for tires or wheels. Most 29er wheels are order in on request, and only a short supply stock of high end 29er tires were ever kept.

27.5 and 29ers aren't an upgrade that makes 26" obsolete, it's just another option to rule out any reasons not to ride.
  • + 5
 I love my 575 w/carbon r stay, however I have ridden the 27.5 and it rocks. That being said it's not that much better than the 26 to justify a frame and wheel change; P If I do it will be a Yeti; )
  • + 4
 @baeckerX1. I agree 100%. As companies venture down this path they are spreading their design work so thin. Which is why we see fewer big developments in the 26" wheel bikes and the bigger size wheels aren't even new platforms they are just using the 26" platform with some minor tweaks. I'd rather see any company focus their efforts and give us major breakthroughs on one platform than give us minor upgrades to multiple platforms.

Maybe the innovation of the 27.5 is because trails are super buff now and you don't need the ability to maneuver tight spots nearly as much. At least on the northshore we still get the tight rugged trails that made this sport what it is. I'm all about growth but not if that growth leads to breadth rather than depth.
  • - 6
flag jclnv (Aug 28, 2013 at 14:44) (Below Threshold)
 Wake up kids. No singlecrown 26" Fox forks after 2014. 26" is done.
  • + 3
 will one of these ride better than a kona stinky?
  • + 8
 Yeah and it f'ing blows. I don't want to hear this "don't knock it till you try it" bs either.... because Im not going to for a second say I wouldn't ride a 650b. BUT... I really like my 26 bikes, I have three and a lot of dough into each one... the idea that Ill be forced to replace any of them before their time because of parts selection kills me.... really hope it doesn't happen ... s'all im sayin. Smile
  • + 1
 If you must know, I did some reading and 27.5 get's an extra cm of tire on the ground, and that's a good amount of grip. A 26" gets six, and a 29 gets 8, and 27.5 get's 7.

So there's one of the reasons it's being tested and marketed so heavily. I'm sure 1cm of grip can make a lot of difference for some riders.
  • + 10
 Well you need to do some more research and you'll find it has nothing to do with grip and everything to do with money.
  • + 1
 I agree on that. This was not a quest for a cm.
  • + 8
 My SB-66 is the best bike I've ever had...
  • + 1
 I can run my bike with either 150mm rear, 150/160 front in 27.5", or 172mm rear, 170 front with 26". Just switching front shock mount and moving rear mount to another hole.
I have borrowed a wheelset and fork, switched, rode around, and kept 26". Prefer 20mm more travel.
For the same travel, 27.5" is perfectly fine. I will have no problem with it being the standard. Though for me it will mean slammed front - I like my handlebars fairly low.
  • + 6
 Whine, bitch, moan, complain. Y'all sound like our grandparents. Christ on a stick, Yeti, just came announced another new bike and all anyone is writing about is wheel size, with a few notable exceptions re travel being a bit too small. Get over it people and quite treating wheel size like a religion. It's a choice currently and if 27.5 turns out better, then 26 may go away. I've ridden a Mach 6 and Bronson, and both bikes kicked ass. Bikes were just as playful as my 26 rig but were faster and were better in turns. Don't slam something you haven't even ridden, 'cuz wheel size isn't the only warri able. There's plenty of crap 26 inch bikes out there ...
  • + 3
 So when is it choice when Giant goes all in, Norco's product managers are saying its the future, Rocky likely doing the same? Others to follow. I have a mojo hd with both wheel options, and I think it's great. But I wouldn't be surprised if the 'option' disappears in the future.
  • + 3
 No reason to buy a 27.5 just because they make them.
  • + 7
 It's true that 26 was never broke. But it's talk like that that holds back inovation. The Ford Model T was never broke, but innovation made the car better, the same could be done with bikes
  • - 1
 You and I both know that when It's time for me to buy my next bike it will be 27.5 lol....
  • + 1
 I never buy complete bikes. They evolve by upgrades and part changes. So it is a bit more difficult for me to do a clean switch of wheelsizes. Oh, well, not that big of a deal. What I did not want is to be forced into long travel 29rs. Unlike 27.5 those fit like crap, no matter the coolaid from Specialized or Niner. Front too tall.
  • + 2
 Same here...always build bikes and not buy complete.... Get what you want and less money
  • - 3
 Dudes. Keep your 26 as long as u can if you want but don't complain when you can not sell your bike at a decent price in 2 years when everything is either 650 or 29. Just don't complain. Wheel size is not a religion.
  • + 1
 My favorite thing is to watch you guys get screaming mad over something you don't even have to buy or be a part of.
  • + 0
 Well, bad resale values of perfectly fine bikes is something to be mildly mad about. Looking forward to buying some nice used frames for cheap for my wife and kids - and passing my wheelsets along. They do not care about wheel wars.
  • + 1
 @satn: Good point. If you are a seller, tough, a buyer, rejoice!
@fr3er1d3dr: don't be naive. We are all affected by it.And here's how.

Many people here have stated they "do not buy" new bikes, instead seeing their shed as a source of components which they can hang on frames. I too am one. Up to now, every time I wish to buy or sell parts, used or new, I am reliant on their being just that, a market for those goods and there has been a healthy one with a plethora of people all looking to swap parts and frames for their next "new" bike.

The 650B push is differentiating the MTB market, and that will eventually limit the ability of people (who choose not to enter the new market) to get hold of their desired bits and bobs.

If I stick with 26 (which I think I will), there will be an ever decreasing number of buyers of my spare parts over the coming years: for everyone who moves over to 27.5, the number of people looking to buy my spares/parts falls. There is excess supply of spares (prices go down, yeah!) but the equivalent fall in buyers (boo) means the market will stagnate: boo hiss for me. I am affected by it. So are we all. Continues...
  • + 2
 Whether it is intentional or not, the result of the inexorable move of companies to 650B is one of further market differentiation that tends to benefit the producers (every single MTB owner is now a potential customer again!!) , and tends to lead to a stagnation of the old market (in this case the 26 inch market), which in turn leads to pressure to join the new market (yeah, another sale!). There are a billion and one mathematical curves (S curves) you can find that will show you how this works in practice, but work it does and it shall replay itself out in the MTB world before all our eyes, whether you jump in for a tweener or not.

Myself, I think that at 45 years old I can probably end up with a nice array of cheap frames. forks, wheels and rims that should see me through until the body gives out, I feel sorry for you young 'uns who have recently bought a 26 inch bike; you are going to lose big on resale value I suspect.
  • + 1
 Well, survival of the fittest, right? If the demand keeps this marketing up for 27.5, then that's what happens. It happens every few years and now it's just happening to wheels.

It's called evolution, and thanks to it, we have carbon parts, frames and wheels now. 9 speed (soon to be 10) and 7 inch single crown forks and air shocks and air forks. Must I keep going? All of those things are pretty standard now.

You make a realistic point about the used market and demand for the new thing, and you might be right, but so what? Every industry suffers change and it happens to many industries all the time. Movies, music, games, and other software and more can be stolen at almost little to no effort. I think the mountain bike industry should do what it can to keep itself alive, and if that means creating new demand, then they might just do it! They'll do what it takes. And feeding that demand is what keeps this sport moving with new innovations and the funds to support them and the riders/engineers/customers to inspire it.
  • + 1
 Sky is not falling, but that does not mean we should not piss and moan about it. 8 to 9 to 10 to 11 was a bit easier to swallow... cassettes and chains at least are consumable.. and one shifter does not cost as much as a frame or a wheelset. Comparable change was going to disk brake ready frames and forks and wheels... At least there it was easier to feel performance benefits.
  • + 0
 Ok but adding a cog means a new chain, shifter and derailleur in addition to the cassette so you're leaving that out. And performance benefits in a 27.5 are arguably noticeable.
  • + 1
 Chains and cassettes are changed anyway. Yeah, shifter and derailleur. Just migrated one bike - $130 for Saint shifter and XT derailleur. Not too painful. Front crank works fine with 10sp chain (in fact, was using 10sp chains on 9sp drive-trains for a while).

Now this 11sp needs a new free-hub that does not work with all frames.. f*ck that..
  • + 3
 I spent a day on a 2013 575 26r. That bike was so nimble and fun. Fast, light, wheelied like mad. And I mean wheelied for days. I would have bought it had I had the money. I still think about that bike and its lime green frame. Yeti figured it out for sure with that bike.
  • + 1
 There isn't even much tyre and wheel choice on 650B and 29er so i'm happy with 26!
  • + 1
 Demo, demo, then demo some more. I wasn't a believer either until I demo'd a 650 yesterday fitted with Maxxis High Rollers. It's an interesting sensation. They climb just like a 26er, but pointed downhill, they take off like a rocket. And they roll over technical stuff pretty impressively, and they're really nimble in the twisty stuff. Plus, it's no fad. Look at Giant's new HUGE line of 650s and you'll see that it's here to stay.
  • + 2
 Who would buy a Giant 27.5? Those things suck.
  • + 32
 SB75 at only 130mm? Major bummer Frown
  • + 15
 It should be at least 150mm..
  • + 57
 WHAT IS THIS? A BIKE FOR ANTS?
  • + 4
 yeah...reading the model name i imagined it would be a sb66 with bigger wheels. nope. thats a let down
  • + 2
 It's easier (and cheaper) to design bigger-wheel versions of existing frames (in this example SB66 and ... 575) than design the frame with completely new suspension.

Sensible ideas are over so they are trying to reinvent the wheel.
  • + 3
 I agree, while there has been a small consumer push for 27.5" before all of this, the entire industry push is marketing driven. Honestly, I find it hard to believe there will be a better suspesion design than the Switch Technology without adding too much complex linkage. Thats what makes the SBs such an amazing ride. They are remarkably simple.
  • - 3
 And you got to this conclusion after riding it for how many times?
Why not trying it first before releasing statements like that?
It is not a DH bike. you don’t have to get 150mm to have a very capable shredding machine.
  • + 11
 150mm is far away from a DH bike, but what people are trying to say is that 150mm 26" bike sounds much better to ride than 130mm 27.5" bike. You will feel more difference in the travel than in the wheel size.
  • + 3
 That's what she said.
  • - 1
 There are LOTS and lots of riders who don't need 150mm of wheel travel, and quite a few 650B owners who have been waiting for more offerings in the 130mm range of travel. I like the complaining that it was a small consumer push for 650B... prior to the explosion this year, the entire production runs of 650B models from Jamis, Haro, and KHS alone exceeded those of practically every DH bike maker on the planet combined. It didn't take much for brand managers to realize there was money to be made in goldielocks wheels.
  • + 2
 as an sb-66 owner, i would prefer they made it at 150mm. the switch system pedals too damn well to not have the extra travel. personally, anything 130mm or less in travel i prefer single pivots, air shocks work so damn well these days mitigating a single pivots drawbacks. no worries though, i'm all for 650b, but my 66 is such a fun set-up for me i can patiently wait for the sb-76.
  • + 17
 I'll just add to the conversation... reduced travel, new wheel size, untested geometry versus mature, thoroughly refined 26" geometry.
Somehow this untested, new, geometry and wheel size is magical enough to make me sell my bike, or buy a new one, or buy a new fork and wheel set and frame, and... for real. Have logic and reason left the building?

Even if you feel 27.5 is infinitely better, enjoy guinea pigging everyone's new geometry for the next 3 years.
Even if you feel 27.5 is infinitely better, enjoy possibly sitting on a bike which may have shit resale because the market settled out with 27.5 in the longer travel segments or the shorter travel market segments, or because everyone post-hype realizes the current geometry blows donkeys. ( granted 95% of mtb bikers suck and won't notice the difference as long as their friends think their kit is tight seems to be all that matters ).

Since when did idiots stand up with moral shields proclaiming righteousness to be paying to beta testing anyone's first year product?
Since when was it sane that idiots berate ( +1 word usage bitches ) others for critically thinking this through?

Oh, and if you suck on 26", you're gonna suck on 650b. That extra 3/4" isn't going to put somebody with a big fat contract and hoes at the bottom of the hill for you.

Oh, and if you buy a 27.5, all marketing departments and magazines will feature you in a center fold spread and Redbull will sponsor you.... anything else? I am sure I left someone out....

That is all boats and hoes and 27.5 oh noes.
  • + 1
 paying to beta test first year products, has been a hallmark mtb tradtion since the sport's inception. kind of a cool rant other wise.
  • + 17
 First world woe: My SB-66 has an aluminium rear... =(
  • + 16
 White people problems.
  • + 13
 Well, I'm not white... dun-dun-dunnnnn!
  • + 1
 ur not even black ur tanned at best
  • + 11
 seems like overlap between the two. same wheel size, same ht angle, 1cm travel difference?

I understand they're different platforms, and I'm always in favor of more options, but still -- from the same company
  • + 1
 I agree. The 575 is a good layout for the 27.5" wheels. They should have kept the SB for 29" and 26".
  • + 2
 Just for different available price points, I would suspect. The SB platform is of course more expensive to produce, and thus more expensive to buy.

Pretty much the same situation Santa Cruz has going on with the aluminum Bronson vs new Heckler. Exact same geometry between the two, same 27.5" wheel size, same 150mm travel, same weight even (within 1/4 pound). But $650 price difference because of suspension platform difference.
  • + 1
 Dudes, I can assure that they are two different bikes that are going to speak differently to different riders on different terrain for different applications... ALSO, It is nice for someone who owns a nice set of 27.5 wheels, fork and what not to have the option to try other frames for the above different situations... This is not JA, not One bike, One Love, For all... Options are good in this situation... its about freedom Yeti Freak out
  • + 9
 Here we go again, furious 26er owners can't take the evolution :-D I recently switched to SB 95c and holy crap it's amazing bike! It's waaaaaaay faster going uphill, over the roots and rocks and grippy in the corners. I still have more 26 bikes including downhill Yeti303 rdh and my 2011 575. I wasn't big fan of 29ers at the begining, but after a few test rides I changed my opinion.So don't judge it before you ride it. Nobody said you have to switch, there is just more options and that's good.
  • + 4
 I have to agree with you, having recently swapped to 650B on my banshee it faster than 26" and it seems to flow through trails and jumps better. Still love my 26" hardtail though but it hasn't had much use of late
  • + 4
 Notice which people it is who throw tantrums and cry and whine and swear up a storm over wheel size? Notice how it's NOT the people who ride different wheel sizes? It's the people who only ride 26" who seem to think they are the only ones capable of "having fun" when they ride while everyone else freaks out over wheel sizes.

Yet, for some strange reason it's the exact opposite in reality. I ride a 26" bike almost exclusively. But I don't throw tantrums about what other wheel size someone is riding. No one I ride with who rides 650 or 29 talks shit on people who ride 26" bikes. Nor do I call them "fag" and all the other lovely things the kids here call people who ride anything but a 26" full downhill sled or a DJ bike.

Kind of neat to see who the real "bad" people are in all of this.
  • + 4
 Don't think anyone is bitching about people riding 27.5, just the fact the industry is unwilling to support something that people already like. I like Dr. Pepper Ten, but if they stopped bottling regular DP, I would most likely lash out at something, and then probably stop drinking DP all together. People do not need change in something they just have fun in, especially when it hurts their wallets more.
  • + 2
 I am just glad to see Yeti is staying with the market trend. If they don't they would find them selves behind in the R & D department down the road. I love Yeti, I would love to have a SB... any wheel size. We know that the SB66 is proven, lets see if J Graves wins on one of these. That's what really speaks to me. My Asr5C is Tits, Rdh303 Tits, I have plans on getting a super bike for enduro series. Hopefully I dont break my asr5c at mammoth kamikaze.
  • + 6
 Oh wow, it comes with a... Thompson seatpost! holy crap! Its 2013, if youre gonna charge 4000+ dollars for an all mountain bike it had better come with a damn dropper seat post.
  • + 5
 The people who are still complaining about 650B taking over are like the people who complained about Ben Afleck being named the next batman, yet probably weren't even slightly bothered by all the people dying in syria from chemical weapon attacks.
  • + 3
 King of non-sequitors... keep going, Monty would be proud. I'm fucking Matt Damon.
  • + 2
 Just because we're bitching about mountain bikes on a mountain bike website, doesn't mean we're not also reading and being completely disgusted by events in Syria via other news outlets. Just because I'm discussing bike sh*t on here, doesn't mean I'm not having discussions about world events with my friends and colleagues. Good to keep things in perspective, but still...you need to realize they're not mutually exclusive. There's a time and a place for everything, and Pinkbike DEFINITELY is not the place to be discussing Syria.
  • + 7
 Oh man, Yeti too? I thought they were gonna be one of the last holdouts. I can understand them not wanting to be left behind though.
  • + 11
 Last holdouts? Look no further than the brand everyone loves to hate, Specialized!
I find it odd that there is so much hate on this site toward each new 27.5 bike that gets released yet none of these haters are singing the praises of the big S and their anti tweener wheel size position.
Don't worry though, I'm sure when the bandwagon has passed we'll see a 650b Enduro!
  • - 2
 Sellouts
  • + 0
 @gotshovel I said I thought they were gonna be "one of the last"...
  • + 2
 Actually they may have a lot of 650b models by the time their 2015 line comes out.
  • + 2
 it's cheaper to get back to bmx and motocross at this point.
  • + 2
 Specialized is a big ship to steer. They won't go in until all their own wheels and tires and so on are ready. That's why it took them so long to adapt to 29.
  • + 3
 I don't get all of the "wah wah wah... 26" will be obsolete or outdated" crybaby talk. Or the "I'd sure be pissed if I bought a 26er six months ago and now it's useless" talk. All of he 26" wheel bikes out there still work right? And they're still fun to ride? So who care if somebody else wants to buy a 27.5" or 29" or any other size for that matter? Nobody is forcing anyone on to a bike they don't want to ride as far as I know. So ride whatever it is you ride and enjoy. And do it because its fun, because the inch and a half difference between your wheels and the guy your sharing the trail with means absolutely nothing. Just please, for everyone's sake, quit complaining because one thing is for certain, the bike industry and every other industry you can possibly think of will continue to evolve. Some changes will be good, others not so much. But change is never going to stop.
  • + 5
 The only thing we can do about this 650b frenzy is not buying...

a) .. the reports of it being superior to 26" and
b) ... the bikes!)!
  • + 2
 Personally I would be really pissed off if I blew 3-5k on a bike six months ago only to be told by the manufacturer it would be out of date in 9 months time. if the industry was heading this way (as the mass manufacturers would of knew) then they should of told the guys buying the new for 2013 models ie new nuke proof mega etc at the time of release rather than letting it slip out so recently
  • + 8
 Remember though, it's not technically out of date: 26" IS STILL WINNING RACES

The industry's biggest problem with this BS evolution is that the facts are getting in the way of their arguments.
  • + 2
 not all that bummed on my sb66c. Dont care what the industry tries to tell me is archaic or irrelevant, that bike is a destroyer. Saidrick is right, there is no NEED to improve on a platform which is already killing it. The only thing that is discouraging is that the widespread replacement of 26" wheels will affect my ability to sell my bike. But honestly, i have no desire to. 26" wheels on that bike are PERFECT for the terrain i ride... steep, quick up and downs, tight corners through even tighter rock lines. I appreciate Yeti keeping 26" in the line, I wish more companies had the respect for riders to let them have an option. 27.5 is great for certain terrain, as is 29. For companies to eradicate bikes from their lines which riders have loved is blatantly profit-motivated and a slap in the face to their customers. If they truly felt that 27.5 would improve performance for the riders that had already spent that 3-5k+ on their product, they should invest in a large-scale demo program where you could drop off your 26 for a few days and get to spend a good chunk of time on 27.5. This would allow many riders to determine for themselves what is best for them, not some sudden storm of hype backed only by the unknown.
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  • + 3
 After a summer of riding a ton of different bikes (and being totally against big wheels in the past), I have to say that bigger wheels are better in almost all situations. I've ridden the SB66 extensively, and yes it is an absolutely amazing bike. However, when it came time to purchase a bike this year I went 27.5. Still playful, but rolls faster. Again, I was all about 26" in the past. After riding bigger wheels though, there is no arguing against them. Even with shorter travel.
  • + 3
 Article says the 575 has a PressFit 30 bottom bracket, but shows the bike with XT cranks. Shimano doesn't make PF30 cranks. Either Yeti is using adapters to make the XT's work with the frame, which I highly doubt, or the frame is actually a BB92.
  • + 2
 It's a PF30. Yeti is using adaptors.
  • + 1
 Thanks for clarifying, Mike. So, naturally, the question becomes: Why???
  • + 3
 Also, I'm kind of glad the kept it shorter travel on the SB-75. Keeps my SB-66 in the more aggressive arena, and now there are three distinct flavored of SB to be had. Really happy it's not replacing anything!
  • + 2
 We should start a 26" cult movement, for those people out there that still want to shred but don't have the big bucks for all the latest and greatest bs out there. Then in 5 years time when the 26" makes comeback as a 'compact' option, we can all claim that we were out there doing it first.
  • + 2
 If the rear carbon triangle does not add additional cost to the bike then how come they can't price point a full carbon bike the same as aluminum? I understand why companies mark up carbon bikes but at this point in time I would think carbon is starting to get more competitive with aluminum in material/production cost.
  • + 1
 I think that they are just soaking up the cost of the carbon rear ends. A lot of the aluminum ones were cracking, so this makes life easier on them and the customers.
  • + 2
 So wait a minute the new SB75 a similar set up to the current SB66 with 160mm travel now features bigger wheels but only 130mm travel WHAT? why would you want less it's an enduro all mountain rig not an XC plodder you're supposed to be able to give these types of bikes a thrashing frankly that for me is not evolution more like a big step back!
  • + 5
 man, that yellow pops! nice new eye candy...
  • + 0
 Sunburst Yellow. That's what I'd call it.
  • + 1
 I love Yeti, but I am having a hard time getting my head around a 25mm reduction in travel - a full inch - to go to slightly larger wheels. I guess I'd have to ride it to judge, but it definitely decreases my interest. The Knolly Warden however...
  • + 1
 I will have to try out a 27.5 and see how well they roll through the holes. I can feel part of the ground below me on my Reign X. I hate the trail holed on a 26 in. At times I wonder if the back end has travel. I would like something bigger! I couldn't feel anything on a specialized 100 sus 29r when on the trail. I felt like I pushing a train, it sucked. I hated it. Impractical. I could not jump it off curb.. I love my Salsa Fargo 29r rigid... Love it for everything, one of the best bikes Ive had! I think the key is to rent a few bikes or buy a few cheep bikes and try them out. I do not think riding a bike for 1 hour is enough! one needs one for a month to see how they work out!
  • + 1
 Almost all manufacturers are pushing to phase out 26in bikes in the next 3-5 years in their line-ups for all bikes except DH rigs. Soon there will be a lack of fork/wheel options and if that happens it will pretty much kill the 26ers. Choice is good, but I don't get these guys who bash others based on wheel size. I have a 26er, 29er, and a fatbike and ride them for different reasons. Tried the SC Bronson and it was fun too. IF you want a 'do-all bike', then something like the Bronson is where its at...medium sized everything. Compromise? Sure...but that is what you are asking for with a 'do-all bike'. I agree the SB66 is one of the best, sexiest bikes ever made, and arguably the most capable 26er out there.
  • + 2
 Don't worry, when Steve Smith wins on a 650b, suddenly there will be less hate. Half of the haters will instantly realize, oh, having options is good. I'll just buy what I want.
  • + 1
 The thing about wheel sizes is this: Im going to get a new bike, having had my yeti arc for 11 years now. what I want is a new frame and switch all the components over to it like we all did in the good old days. Now add the fact that a decent bike is a big purchase for most people and that the majority of us are only going to have one bike. What on earth do I go for????? Gone are the days when you can just swap frames......gone are the days when you could go and get a bike and all that differs are angles, travel and components. We all want the best bike first time, we don't want to spend thousands of pounds on a 26inch only to find out that a bigger wheel would be better because we now cant just change frames!!!! The biggest gripe we have about all these wheel sizes is that they cross over into all mountain bike disciplines, so what do I get for my one bike???? 27.5" will be very appealing now for a lot of people now because its straight down the middle....do I go big? do I go small? ill just go down the middle and hope for the best. I love Yeti and will get a new one very soon...what shall I get? who knows.............Rant over.
  • + 1
 I don't remember anyone crying when handlbars got wider, or when tires got wider, or when forks got more travel... They basically do the same thing bigger wheel sizes do for riding. So stop crying already about the wheel size. And PinkBike, it's no surprise or rumor that just about every company is coming out with 27.5 Stop feeding into the hype!
  • + 2
 exciting !!!


I pray to god existng alloy SB95 and more importantly 66 owners can buy the carbon rear traignle and swap out ther old alloy ones?

Can yeti confirm is the switch link/bolts has changed too?
  • + 4
 Had my window open and heard the sound of some kid throwing up, right as I read the part about the PressFit 30 BB.
  • + 1
 Last spring I got the asr 5 alloy. The rear triangle is carbon. The bike is stiff and very fast. I have rode the sb 95 and it felt like a tank. It also sits u up quite high above the ground. I didn't like how it handled but I didn't spend a lot of time getting used to it. Definitely had more grip and made climbing easier tho. I've never had the chance to ride 27.5. But very curious about it and impressed with sb platform. I love checking out new bikes and wish I could have them all! In the meantime (until I hit the lottery) everytime I get on my 26er I have a blast and have no need for anything else!
  • + 1
 I'm always amazed how wound up people get about travel difference we are talking small increments here, 130mm v 160mm is a really marginal difference - think you need to ride the bike before you can judge it. Great news on the SB66 carbon rear at no extra cost - well done Yeti
  • + 1
 So I am on my 3rd rear triangle on my yeti asr 5 in a year. Apparently there is "no issues" with them. Funnily enough it is discontinued and this 575 is all alloy.... Bike shop refusing to do anything about it until I break another rear triangle. All I want is a bike I can ride
  • + 1
 Not sure about this SB75 with only 126 mm travel (that's 5"). Especially as it looks too much like the SB66 so I would guess it is almost as heavy as it. Main reason I didn't buy the SB66 was his flat seat angle with a real 160 mm travel fork. The second one was 3.5 kg for the Al version, and a crazy price in Switzerland for the carbon one.
Long story short: who's gonna buy such a heavy and expensive 126 mm travel bike? Weight is only assumption as it's not indicated anywhere though.
  • + 1
 I have owned the following bikes (as a matter of fact I sell bikes annualy at the end of each season, not 3 bikes but 14-25 per year). I get to buy bikes for about 35-50% MSRP each year from a friend that works at a huge bike shop. I loved Yeti, I have owned a 2008 575, 2010 575, 2010 ASR5, 2012 575, 2012 SB66 Alloy Enduro Plus, 2013 SB66 Race alloy, Sb66 carbon Race and Enduro and Santa Cruz Nomad and Bronson. Best Bike Yeti ever made was the SB66 (alloy or Carbon you are riding a nice frame)...... I did not owned a SB75, cuz when I demo this bike, I felt the same as when I demo a Yeti ASR 7. the feeling was was why did they even make this bike? this is a horrible bike period and not worth the money. I would highly recommend to try out a SB66 and SB75!!! I would not even spend $500 on the frame of a SB75 cuz is complete worthless.
  • + 1
 Std SB66 is a Killer looking and performing rig even the SB95 looks better than this fugly thing, maybe its the color, maybe its the size of frame but seems like a quick after thought wack some wheels in looks weird to me, 66 all the way!
  • + 1
 The carbon rare triangle probably cost's yeti less in the long run because they may not have to replace everyone at least once in its warrantie life. by the looks of things the rare triangle is a complete triangle on the drive side which was causing every sb66 that got ridden to its full potential to crack.
  • + 6
 I just had a crisis.
  • + 1
 Come on, it can be worse. Look at the Yeti engineers - they have no fresh ideas.
  • + 3
 Carbon rear triangle on the SB95 and SB66 = great idea. If that had been around when I bought my SB95C, I would have got that version.

PF30 on the 575 = not so much.
  • + 1
 I don't know. A riding partner just had a carbon triangle break on a Yeti ASR5C just tipping the bike over slow speed climbing. I know they're not the same bike, but still. The rear triangle is most likely to contact a rock in a crash.
  • + 5
 Press fit is horrible! Oh the cost saving measures! The 66 looks really nice and tempting though.
  • + 0
 Carbon is *probably* tougher than aluminium (a coke can is made of alu). If a carbon part is going to break, the aluminium one would as well, most likely.

My point is this - a lot of manufacturers get it the wrong way around - main triangle in carbon, swingarm (the bit that moves) in aluminium. Save weight in the bit that moves, is my point.
  • + 2
 Yah because Yeti has a stellar track record with carbon rear tris....
  • + 2
 Press fit? Dealbreaker.
  • + 1
 It's a business. The bike manufacturers build bikes to make money. They have to build what people want. Last week at Mountain Bike Oregon everyone was lined up to ride the 650 demos. Didn't matter what brand. If you weren't in line early enough to ride a 650 or a 29er the left overs were the 26" bikes. Supply and Demand.
  • + 1
 All these wheel sizes are going to start putting the smaller guys out of business. It's hard enough to manage the vast lineup of bikes that are 26 and 29"... now there's a third set of frames to be made!
  • + 4
 would like to see a new DH yeti
  • + 1
 That will be a bigger SB I reckon
  • + 1
 I think they're kinda ugly... the shock mount looks puny, and the rear triangle looks like it got too hot and started to deform a little in the factory.. I'm sure it's fine, but... eww.
  • + 1
 Must say: In the old days Yeti got some kind of Cult status , but they really passed that with the recent bikes...all I can say is they are boooring!
Waaay more interesting stuff coming from good old europe!
  • + 2
 Can you shed light on what bikes are more interesting in Europe? Just curious...... I am not familiar with products in Europe.
  • + 3
 took away the 575 as a 26''... lame.
no lime color? really lame
  • + 2
 Looks like the wife will be getting a 2014 SB66... 130mm on the SB75... nope.
  • + 1
 I am on my 3rd asr5 rear triangle in less than 12 months. Apparently there are no issues anymore though... And now they get rid of it and the new asr is all alloy!!
  • + 1
 haoohw!! Someone should have seen my face when I just opened pb. I thought yeti was making an sb slope! Big Grin
too bad not yet :-/
  • - 1
 Am I the only one to think the industry switching to 27,5'' wheels is really no big deal?

I mean, there will always be a market for 26'' in DH and very probably Enduro too, and if you can't pop and flick a 27,5'', odds are you just plain suck and wouldn't really be better with a 26''.
  • + 12
 Other than the Commencal, what new 26" bike have you seen released this year? Everything is going 27.5. Let's see how you feel in 2-3 years. Personally I don't see the need to upgrade to a new wheel size, yet there is no new innovation happening in 26" bikes, and I'm uncertain/concerned if there will be going forward. Some of us also have a huge monetary investment into 26" wheels and forks that we may want to transfer to new 26" frames down the road. Your argument can go both ways. One could say that if you really need that extra rollover, you just plain suck.
  • + 1
 And smaller people wont fit Frown
  • + 3
 Man I want a sb66 so bad maybe next year !
  • + 1
 Do they nou understand that some people aren't big enough for big wheels!!!
  • + 5
 Great point. I'm seeing 11yo lads racing 29ers on XC at the moment. Wheels come up to their ears. Great time to be stockpiling 26" parts, though - retailers can't throw them away fast enough...
  • + 2
 I know! At the races near me they are riding them and they just look plain awkward!
  • + 2
 U sexy & u know it Wink
  • + 2
 Wow good looking ride, the SB75
  • - 1
 to any one saying they love the 575... Try a different bike, anything will be better than that. Some people just buy a bike instead of testing others first. Soon they will realize that this bike sucks.
  • + 3
 Did anyone See a yeti
  • - 2
 And seriously why do people complain about change and progress in the industry, Its not like you have to ride clown wheels if you don't want to, you wouldn't bat an eyelid at buying a set of twin tips, things have to change its just the way the world is.
  • + 2
 Good to see that the 575 is still uglier than homemade sin.
  • + 1
 So for those who bought the ALU rear triangles, will we see a "no cost" upgrade to carbon? Wink
  • + 1
 "The SB75 will be available this October" It makes me wonder why J.Graves was riding the 26 inch version this year..
  • + 1
 yeti need to start doing ye olde' colours a bit more
  • + 1
 Like just about everything else in this world, it's PROFIT vs HUMANITY
  • - 3
 These bikes look great. Yeti has done a fine job.
Man, I sure hope the bike industry doesn't see these comments asking them to stop making 650b bikes. They'll be like "Guys, shut down the production right now! Some yutz on Pink Bike has a problem with them. Quick, start up production on the 26" bikes immediately!!!! That'll show us to try and progress our sport."
  • + 0
 Dear bike industry, keep it up. Choice is good, more people on more bikes more often.
  • + 1
 what is up with THE BIG DOG SPECIALIZED 27.5?
  • + 0
 this 27.5 fad is a stab to get money on a wheel size that no average rider will feel a difference on..
  • + 1
 Love that yellow, nice to see both 26 and 27.5 options.
  • + 1
 I like the 27.5 for roots rocks and the reggae on my ipod
  • + 1
 Why isn't the called the SB6650B dammit yeti! You had one job!
  • + 1
 SB666
  • + 1
 27.5 just got a little less shiite
  • + 1
 That rear carbon triangle is beautiful.
  • - 3
 It is - but as is the case with all Yeti rear triangles/swingarms - it will break until they redesign it in a year's time.
  • + 0
 Oh. That's a shame...
  • + 1
 @ honourablegeorge- you have no idea what you are talking about. The SB rear tri's have had literally zero issue since they were released. The 5 had its issues but haven't seen anything fail in almost 3 years.
  • + 0
 @rileymeister my asr5 2012 is on its 3rd rear triangle. It is a joke.
  • + 0
 Dear Bike Industry, PLEASE STOP IT!
  • + 0
 Finally Yeti with 650b! They look awesome.
  • + 1
 Mehhhhhhhh
  • - 2
 Well, I guess the 575 should be called the 550 now. Just doesn't have the same ring to it though.
  • - 1
 I think it should be called the SB650130
  • + 0
 Sold.
  • - 2
 Damn!
  • - 2
 Worst time to buy a new bike ever.
  • + 7
 never a bad time to buy a bike.
  • + 2
 Haha - indeed - I can't lie
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