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First Look & Ride: Yeti's New SB135

Apr 20, 2023
by Dario DiGiulio  
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Although their lineup contains a wide variety of bikes for just about every off-road discipline, Yeti is a brand most people strongly associate with racing. They've put an immense amount of work and time into their racing programs over the years, and have the wins and speedy rigs to back it up. But fast times aren't the only thing going on there, and no bike embodies that better than their newest: the SB135, "the dopamine machine."

The most eye-catching feature on the 135 won't be its sporty travel and clean lines, but the fact that it has 27.5" wheels in the back and the front. Rejoice, all you folks bemoaning the dominance of the big wheels, as this is one of the few full-27.5 bikes still available from a major manufacturer.
Yeti SB135

• 27.5" front and rear
• 135mm frame travel, 150mm fork
(160mm on Lunch Ride)
• 65.4° head angle (65° Lunch Ride)
• 400-504mm reach
• 429-437mm chainstays
• Size-specific seat tube angle
• XS-XL, MD-XL Lunch Ride
• Weight: 32 lb / 14.5 kg
• Frameset: $4,300 USD
• MSRP: $6,400-$10,300 USD
yeticycles.com


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Closing in on 40 years of Yeti.
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With the classic head badge.

Frame Details

Like some of the other high-end brands on the market, Yeti's design language is starting to look more and more similar between all of the models in the lineup. The SB135 follows this trend, with the shock orientation and frame shapes slotting handily into the trend set by the SB160 and SB140 released late last year. The frame also went through the same slimming and stiffness optimization that the other updated models have seen, resulting in a very svelte form factor. There's quite a bit hiding under the hood though, as the 135mm of travel sports very similar curves to its longer-travel siblings. With 14% progression, it's bang-on the same as the SB140 29er, with similar geometry to match.

On the geo front, things are firmly trail-focused, with pretty modern lengths and angles. We're pretty conditioned to full 29 and mullet geometry charts these days, so it's important to remember that 27.5" frames don't quite compare exactly on all fronts. Reach and angles translate, but otherwise you have to account for the different wheel sizes.

With that in mind, the size range on the SB135 is carefully scaled to suit each point in the fit spectrum. One point that the folks at Yeti were keen to highlight was just how well-sorted the Small and Extra Small sizes are. They gave those smaller frames a completely unique rear end, shock link, and shock mount, with a slightly different kinematic tuned to match the larger models.


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Lunch Ride vs. Regular

As with all of their frames, this new little Yeti comes in both Turq and C-series construction, with the two differing only in weight and price. The Turq is a few hundred grams lighter on average, with stiffness remaining the same. All frames feature fully-guided internal routing, with nicely molded cable clamps to keep things quiet. The UDH standard allows you to either run SRAM's new Transmission system, or simply get an easy-to-find hanger from pretty much any bike shop.

Frame protection is similarly upgraded to the longer-travel models, with a dual-density plate underneath the downtube to keep your fancy carbon frame safe from any hard hits. Dropper post length has been maximized across the lineup, allowing for 150mm on Small frames, 175mm on Mediums, and 200mm+ on Large and up. Lastly, we can celebrate the inclusion of a co-molded threaded bottom bracket, with integrated ISCG-05 tabs, allowing folks to run bash guards and guides if they so please.

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Build Options

Spec is well chosen, albeit expensive, with a decent array of options to suit your desires. Prices range from $6,400 to $10,300 USD, with a decent range of build options in there for different preferences and budgets.

In classic Yeti tradition there's a Lunch Ride version, which gives the bike a slightly slacker profile in addition to the more capable specs. These spec changes reflect what Yeti employees opt to run on their personal bikes, with better brakes, wheels, and tires, as well as a longer-travel fork. This parts selection makes the most sense to me, as the lighter-duty spec holds the bike back a bit from its full capability.

The build kit naming scheme is nothing if not complicated, but the parts specs and prices are as follows:

TLR Transmission T3 ($9500 USD)
Lunch Ride, 160mm fork, Fox Factory suspension, SRAM XO Transmission, Code RSC brakes, DT EX1700 wheels
CLR C2 ($6900 USD)
Lunch Ride, 160mm fork, Fox Performance suspension, SRAM GX, Code RSC brakes, DT E1900 wheels

TXT ($7500 USD)
Fox Factory suspension, Shimano XT drivetrain, XT brakes, DT XM1700 wheels
T2 ($8000 USD)
Fox Factory suspension, SRAM XO1 drivetrain, SRAM G2 RSC brakes, DT XM1700 wheels
T4 Transmission ($10300 USD)
Fox Factory suspension, SRAM XX Transmission, SRAM G2 Ultimate brakes, DT XM1700 wheels

C1 ($6400 USD)
Fox Performance suspension, Shimano SLX drivetrain, SLX brakes, DT M1900 wheels
C2 ($6700 USD)
Fox Performance suspension, SRAM GX drivetrain, SRAM G2 R brakes, DT M1900 wheels

The SB135 is also available as a Turq-level frame retailing for $4300 USD, should you want to build it up with parts of your own.

Riding the SB135

I've been riding a Large TLR Transmission T3 build SB135 for the past few weeks, and boy has it surprised me.

The last full-27.5" bike I rode was a 2019 Ibis Mojo HD4, so it's safe to say I've been away from the platform for a minute. That said, I've ridden plenty of small wheels, but only in the form of the recently popular mixed-wheel setups. Needless to say, the industry has pushed pretty decisively towards the 29" wheel, despite some holdouts in the smaller-diameter camp. It's hard to say what the primary driver has been on this trend, but an industry-wide drive towards making all bikes more capable might be the broadest reason I can come up with right now. Regardless, I expected to enjoy the novelty of the SB135, but didn't think it was going to impress me as much as it did.

The beginning of my test period on the 135 fell right as our weather in Bellingham was turning to spring perfection, so the Yeti was treated with some pretty heroic conditions. That helped the cause, but realistically the bike didn't need a ton of help to shine. The wheels may be small, but that wasn't really the first thing I noticed in the broader equation. One of the main standout features was of course the Switch Infinity rear suspension, which continues to impress with just how predictable it is throughout the the travel. I really enjoy the ride on the SB160, and the 135's back wheel just feels like a scaled-down version.

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Sadly you can't fit a large water bottle with the piggyback.
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But the rear end fits up to 2.6", maybe more.

Now for the elephant in the room: little front wheel (insert spooky music). It still works! It's definitely not quite as capable on steep or chunky terrain, but this bike handled delightfully well on a solid variety of trails. On my typical home trails, the combination of the smaller wheels and shorter wheelbase made the tightest turns just a bit quicker, and allowed me to pump backsides to sections of trail that I usually just speed over. This made the SB135 a little faster in the right areas, though that equation flipped when then trails got rough.

The small front wheel does get gobbled up a bit by holes and roots, which can slow the chassis down where I'm more used to maintaining speed. Luckily, this didn't make for an uncomfortable ride, as both the fork and shock provide a really nicely controlled damping that moves when it has to and gives plenty of support to avoid harsh hits.

The Lunch Ride spec really suits this bike, especially for my purposes, and I don't think I'd want to ride it in any less capable a package. The expensive drivetrain and factory suspension can easily be downgraded without much in the way of performance loss, but the Code RSC brakes and enduro-ready wheels feel critical to the equation. The only parts I swapped out were the cockpit and tires, and that was just to better suit the bike to my home terrain. DH-casing Continentals and a higher-rise bar with a 40mm stem made the whole package feel a lot better in the steeps and g-heavy turns.

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What it feels like to ride the 135.

The SB135 has been one of my more frequently chosen bikes for the past few weeks of riding, and I think that speaks volumes to how fun this bike is. It's definitely not the most capable in my garage, but on trails where playing around and feeling fast are key, I've had nothing but good times on this little whip. I'm looking forward to more time on the fun-forward Yeti, and can't wait to see how it works in the long term.




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178 Comments
  • 234 4
 WAIT, normal cable routing AND 27.5!?!?! The holy grail!
  • 116 1
 I cannot wait to buy one off the Buy/Sell here in a couple years!
  • 21 46
flag TannerValhouli (Apr 20, 2023 at 10:29) (Below Threshold)
 Only caveat now is that it’s a yeti
  • 55 1
 I hope that Yeti end up selling a lot of these! I love my short travel 27.5” bike, and was concerned that the industry was moving towards more travel and 29” wheels.
  • 37 0
 Also a Specialized making a Yeti look like a absolute steal lol
  • 11 18
flag Quincybuickerood FL (Apr 20, 2023 at 12:20) (Below Threshold)
 If only it had a front derailer!
  • 12 26
flag rickybobby18 (Apr 20, 2023 at 12:35) (Below Threshold)
 Not sure if I'd rather have a scored switch infinity slider after doing some gritty rain rides or headset cable routing. I think I'd take headset cable routing.
  • 6 1
 @jimmydubya:
Or in a couple weeks from the, "Bought a bike, turns out I hate biking.... and Line Of Credit payments" crowd.
  • 5 6
 @rickybobby18: people hate the truth bro
  • 1 0
 Canyon enters the chat.
  • 2 0
 and threaded BB
  • 1 0
 @vhdh666: can't be true
  • 121 2
 I'm just shocked at the new Yeti pricing! $7500 for a full XT and Fox Factory bike?! Welcome back to the land of reason.
  • 63 1
 and specialized just released a $6500 frame kit. Crazy
  • 25 0
 It seems like all the brands are dropping prices across their ranges through adjustments or "temporary" sales.
  • 5 1
 @big-red: Norco did the same thing... I bought a Sight a couple months ago and retail on all their bikes dropped 10ish % without them advertising it. My C2 was listed at $6300 and is now at $5500. I got a deal so didn't effect me, but interesting to see the market correction.
  • 13 55
flag 8a71b4 (Apr 20, 2023 at 10:37) (Below Threshold)
 7500 is still a scam. You can get an ebike for less.
  • 109 5
 @8a71b4: yeah but then you'll have an ebike.
  • 6 3
 @TTASS: a lot of it has to do with shipping and material prices dropping back to normal levels. With the shit show distribution system the cycling world has with stuff being shipped and re-shipped 1000 times from raw material to your front door, it went up exponentially when shipping prices skyrocketed. Think about how many parts from different company's are on a modern mountain bike vs a Honda motorcycle. When they forecasted the season it was still expensive and now that it's come down the market has corrected a bit.

That and over stock has made for the season of deals. Just wait until it corrects next year and everyone complaining about getting ripped off because prices went back up halfway
  • 18 8
 @8a71b4: some people like having a nice pedal bike, rather than a throw away e moped
  • 19 24
flag 8a71b4 (Apr 20, 2023 at 15:42) (Below Threshold)
 @englertracing: No, some people just want dentist bikes to flex. You can have a nice pedal bike for $4000.

You can keep on downvoting, but deep inside you know this is true. That extra $3500 isn't doing shit for you.
  • 7 16
flag englertracing (Apr 20, 2023 at 16:08) (Below Threshold)
 @8a71b4: sounds like an aluminum frame, which is totally fine, bit covered in absolutely shit parts that are both heavy, not durable and I'll performing. If you ride 3-4x a week a bike like that will be a shit box in under 6 months. 6000 is really closer to where it's at for best value IMO.
  • 3 1
 Yeti is a brand most people strongly associate with high buy in cost!
  • 13 5
 @englertracing: This is so unbelievably false.

You need to ride with some BMX dudes that can get on a cheap bike with bone stock components, set their suspension to what you would consider "harsh", and absolutely destroy trails. I still can't believe that people think that you need to spend money to ride better with mountain bikes.

As for things wearing out, the only thing that will really wear that will need replacement is the drivetrain at the rear, at which point you can replace it with a $200 microshift one. It will shift better new than a worn higher end shimano or sram groupset.
  • 6 7
 @8a71b4:
Or its so unbelievably accurate I rode bmx park and dj from when I was like 12 to 20 years old.
Could 360 bunnyhop, barspins, tailwhips landing fakie, all that untill I tore my acl, got more into moto and then dh and then enduro, so I don't need to ride with anyone.... also I don't know what you weigh but I'm 6'1" and 190lbs. And further being into cycles for 25 years, I know how I want my stuff to ride, I like nice stuff, I'm particular to the point of machining my own some of my own components, so it's not like I started riding 3 years ago and think jeez an extra 3 grand will make me better.
  • 3 9
flag englertracing (Apr 20, 2023 at 22:23) (Below Threshold)
 @8a71b4: also your from Texas, you don't even know what a mountain is,
Go climb 2k+ ft over 5 miles then come down over 1.5 miles, oh wait not possible. You have no idea no wonder.
  • 93 3
 27.5" is no longer dead.
  • 9 47
flag 8a71b4 (Apr 20, 2023 at 10:40) (Below Threshold)
 Itl reach the same place as slopestyle bikes. Very few people need it or could use the benefits, but there will still be a market for them because of the hypothetical benefits.
  • 9 0
 @8a71b4: Man, that second sentence really speaks to me. I'd switch the place of the 27.5 and 29 though. My 27.5 DH bike is more fun and playful than my friggen 29" enduro bike.
  • 8 0
 26" on the other hand...
  • 2 9
flag 8a71b4 (Apr 20, 2023 at 15:52) (Below Threshold)
 @William42: All has to do with geo. I had a 27.5 DH bike (Tues) and a 29er trail bike (Trance 29), and the trail bike was of course more agile due to the shorter wheelbase.

The main reason to chose 27.5 is really freeride - for the same travel, you get a shorter bike and shorter chainstays, which start to matter once you start jumping steep lips and throwing tricks. For everything else, a 29er with the appropriate geo for the riding that you have to do.
  • 4 0
 It never was!
  • 1 0
 Easter special
  • 56 0
 Full 27.5?!?...damn, maybe I'm taking my 4/20 celebrations to far
  • 5 0
 Too far indeed.
  • 2 0
 Two far
  • 2 0
 Tooth R
  • 5 0
 yes, not a mullet like SC 5010
  • 48 4
 Somewhere in the marketing departments of big bike, people are thinking "hang on, people now want 27.5", are saying geo has gone a bit far, don't want the new shiny headset routing and that eebs are the spawn of the devil and the 40lbs is maybe a bit tubby for an XC bike. What if we just sold them all those bikes we have leftover from 2018... you know the ones where we basically got everything right but they still all complained..."
  • 22 7
 Bike design peaked in 2017 and it's been incremental enhancements leading to a resounding "meh" from the collective bike enthusiasts ever since.
  • 7 0
 @corposello: While I agree, to be fair, the whole history of mountain biking advancements has been in incremental enhancements, but over 35 years, the change has been huge.
  • 1 0
 @corposello: Enhancements or improvements?
  • 14 2
 @corposello: Hell no, those seat tube angles from 2017 make my back hurt thinking about it. Bike design is peaking with geometry at least right now.
  • 2 0
 @dualsuspensiondave: I guess my 2017 Megatrail was well ahead of its time with its steep STA. I tried out a bunch of bikes at that time before buying it and the climbing really stood out. Guerrilla Gravity figured it out before a lot of other brands.
  • 47 6
 How will your friends know you spent 4K on a frame if it’s red?
  • 39 2
 I have always thought that 27.5 makes more sense on short than long travel bikes. I understand wanting a 27.5 if you're flying down A Line or something, but for my terrain, if I am getting a 170mm bike, it's so it rolls over everything in its path, so I want the big (at least front) wheel.

But a short travel trail bike is for having fun. 27.5 wheels are great for that. I rode a V1 Bronson as my every day bike for years and loved it for messing around in the woods (and would have bought a 5010 if the Bronson wouldn't have been cheaper due to a sale). I still have the Bronson and it feels quicker than my V2 Ripmo, which I also love, but in a different way. If I still lived in the woods rather than the desert, I would certainly consider a bike like this even though I'm 6'3".

I hope this genre of bikes is successful. It seems like it would be a good pairing with a big enduro 29ers for a lot of people. In my dream world, I'd have a 120mm 29er, this, and a 160-170 29 or mullet bruiser. If only my wife would work harder....
  • 19 0
 Kudos to your last sentence. I'm with you on that one.
  • 1 0
 Slightly off topic, but tell me more about your v2 vs Bronson comparison. I am on a v2 and am considering swapping to a Bronson. I'm interested in the mullet just because
  • 2 0
 @DCF: I doubt my thoughts will be too helpful as the Bronson has evolved so much, but I'll give it a go. I really liked my Bronson, especially after changing a few things from stock. I never got along with the stock Float CTD shock, but switched it out to a Topaz and ran that shock in the middle compression setting most of the time and liked it much more. I also added a 1 degree angleset to take it to a 66 deg hta. The original was totally fine for most New England woods riding, but I wanted it a bit slacker for occasional park trips and didn't really notice many downsides.

Overall, the differences are about what you would expect. The Bronson us more agile. There is one, really tight, wiggly spot on a climb up one of my favorite trails that I still haven't made on my Ripmo, but did on the Bronson. I wouldn't say the Bronson necessarily feels poppier, but it feels lighter and easier to toss around a bit. I assume it is lighter, but I've never weighed either and it might just be shorter.

The newer Ripmo is better in most other ways. The front end is a degree slacker, the wheel is larger, and it has a 38 instead of a Pike. My home trails are about as desert chunky as there is, and I feel notably more confident rolling over holes and big rocks, especially when it's steep. The pedaling platform is a bit better and that is added to by the better seating position for steep seated climbing.

The new Bronson incorporates a lot of what makes me like my Ripmo over my original Bronson, do I think the comparison would be a lot closer in good and bad. I have buzzed my butt a few times on the Ripmo, do it would be fun to try a mullet.
  • 1 0
 I have a Transition spire, a scout, and a Throttle (ht), they make for a perfect fleet. The smaller wheels on the scout feel like you can just pick them up and put them back down anywhere you want. So playful. Then I have the spire to feed big mountain chunk and carry all the speed. Hardtail for the pump track or long smooth rides.

Life is good over here
  • 2 0
 @mtb-thetown: Sounds it! The Spire is the bike I come back to most when considering a big bike.
  • 1 0
 @MarcusBrody: I have a 2017 v2 Bronson with a Wolf Tooth -1 degree headset (amongst other mods), so 65 deg HTA, so while this is a bit longer in both reach and wheelbase (though long stem on mine) the other stats are within mm. Would be interested in a test ride on this to test mostly its efficiency (Bronson's not great, need to get fitter!) and would buy a frame and switch parts over, but at $4,300 for the frame (no doubt £4,300 in the UK) would definitely need the wife to work harder...
  • 41 6
 Pivot shadowcat, same wheel size, nearly the same travel front and rear. 4 pounds lighter. Better price.
  • 14 27
flag mjlee2003 FL (Apr 20, 2023 at 11:01) (Below Threshold)
 but its a pivot
  • 8 3
 ditto for Ibis Mojo 4 which happens to be a fantastic bike
  • 14 0
 @mjlee2003: i have both and nothing wrong with a Pivot. the DW link is amazing
  • 5 0
 Bought one two months ago. Such a fun bike
  • 14 4
 Did you not get the entire point of the article? This comes in a similarly light build if that's your preference, and inspite of that Dario explicitly states that he preferred it with a heavier build that included more capable brakes, wheels, and tires because it allows this bike to shine the way its supposed to.

Trying to boil bikes down to weight when they have completely different build purposes has to be one of the stupidest things I've ever seen mountain bikers do, and for god knows what reason they do it like clockwork.
  • 3 0
 Shadowcat for the win. It also works well as a mullet for the haters
  • 1 1
 4 pound lighter because it has a frame that breaks, and parts that won’t hold up. My girlfriend who’s barely over 100 lbs managed to break her Shadowcat frame. I wouldn’t feel safe riding it.
  • 2 0
 @coop918: How did she break it?
  • 24 1
 Wait but if you ride it at lunch it’s 10mm more travel?
  • 1 1
 It's yeti's version of JRA, I guess
  • 2 1
 The first time they did it, it made sense from a marketing perspective. Here’s the spec our employees choose for a quick blast on the local Colorado trails.
Now it just means an extra 10mm travel and bigger brakes and applies to every bike in the range, from the xc racer to the enduro tank.
  • 6 0
 And if you ride after lunch it’s 10 lbs heavier.
  • 21 0
 The previous SB140 is the most fun bike I've ridden. No doubt this will make for even more smiles!
  • 16 0
 This bike gives me hope that the industry is starting to sober up. Lots of respect to Yeti for understanding that wheel size is an integral part of the ride feel, purpose, and proper bike sizing for many riders. Definitely on my short-list for a new bike.
  • 2 0
 It looks like a very compelling bike if you can afford it. Pretty cool to see a well-thought out short-travel 27.5 bike.
  • 16 1
 I still ride a 5+ year old 27.5 jeffsy and it's setup awfully similarly to what they're doing here. I have the debonair super deluxe in the rear loaded with spacers so it's probably using a similar amount of travel. 160 lyrik up front, code rsc w/ 200s, spank 359 with hope hubs. Besides the tall seat tube it's pretty much the perfect bike for most of my riding.
  • 16 3
 Oh boy these yeti naming numbers are starting to get real confusing
  • 27 1
 Its actually easier, all new models ending on "0" are 29" and models ending in "5" are 27.5"
  • 9 2
 It's like trying to decipher BMW's line up of cars anymore.
  • 1 1
 @avg-roadie: Doesn't "SB140" refer to two models of bikes, one 27.5 and one 29?
  • 7 0
 @JohanG: not anymore. The sb135 just took the place of the sb140 27.5 bike.
  • 5 1
 @nsmithbmx: i hated that when i was shopping for a new bmw last week.

Ha!
  • 12 0
 Checks numbers against me Mojo 4....feels good about me self
  • 2 0
 Same with my scout.
  • 7 0
 Meanwhile Banshee has been selling the Spitfire for years. 135mm travel, 65 deg HA, 27.5 wheels, alloy frame, $2600 with a decent shock, has enough progression to run coil, uses press-in headset so you can slack it out if you want, bolt on dropouts mean all you folks with expensive 142x12mm hubs dont have to buy new wheels.
  • 8 0
 Is it safe to say? Is it needless to say? Or is it hard to say?

That paragraph has me spinning circles lol. Long live 27.5". Fun & fast without compromise.
  • 9 0
 yay 27.5!
  • 8 0
 SB135 vs Transition Scout… would be a great play bike comparison
  • 7 0
 27,5 wheels will become a new trend (again) where they get marketed "the fun wheel size"
Glad they arent dead!!
  • 4 0
 My Bird Aether 7 (130 rear, 140 front, 65 HA) is probably my most fun bike in my fleet. It is a hoot to ride and so flickable. Not too many of these full 27.5s in the new bike market anymore!
  • 2 0
 The Aether looks like a pretty amazing bike. I'd have one in my garage if I had the terrain for it.
  • 1 0
 @NWBasser: it’s for sale on my page if you’re interested! Shock just had a full service as well and I went through the linkage to make sure it’s running smooth.
  • 3 0
 Still riding a 2019 Canyon Spectral with 27.5” wheels and the bike is still as fun as the day I bought it and can’t see myself changing any time soon. It’s a 160/150 set up and pedals all day as well as a riot on the DH although it’s now 4 years old it’s the longest bike I have ever owned but keeps up with lads on full enduro 29ers. Just ride what you love people and what works for you.
  • 5 0
 Not sure I want it as I think I'm pro-29er for now, but on the right trail that bike looks like an absolute blast.
  • 7 0
 27.5 for lyfe.
  • 6 1
 “Now for the elephant in the room: little front wheel (insert spooky music). It still works!”

It’s all so tiresome
  • 3 1
 I guess they've changed the frame design and likely the suspension kinematics, but geometry-wise it's within 1-2mm in almost every dimension of the 27.5 SB140. Maybe this is the perfect geometry for this bike, but personally I wouldn't see the point in paying thousands for this versus getting a used SB140 for pennies comparatively. I'm sure you could find some mint condition SB140s for cheap just because people are dumping them to get a 29er or the new SB140.
  • 2 0
 Being a Yeti, too expensive for me and I live in enduro country. That said, no headset cable routing, great geometry, and very fun 27.5 wheels should make this a very compelling bike for those who can afford it. The Vital review of it is pretty glowing. I wonder how this one compares to the Shadowcat?
  • 5 0
 Can I put a 29er fork and wheel on it?
  • 5 0
 You bet
  • 14 1
 You'll get cancer and die dude. Just like everyone here knows you can't put a 27.5 front wheel on a mullet bike. This would be getting into the realm of super cancer.
  • 6 0
 Given the travel difference between front and rear I imagine it would ride great with a 130-140mm 29" fork and wheel.
  • 1 0
 @gravitybass: I rode a specialized status with a 27.5 front wheel for a while, I guess I better get my affairs in order.
  • 3 2
 Let me save you guys a ton of money: Get an Intense Primer 27.5 and put either a coil, Mara Pro, or TTX2 air on it. It will ride just as good as this bike for half the price.

The paint job on this Yeti is really nice though. I love that gloss red.
  • 3 1
 Good to see Yeti still making 27.5.
I loved my old SB5c, the only carbon on it, other than the frame, was the bars, yet it weighed only 12.6kg (27.8lb) with pedals. This SB135 weighs almost as much as my 170/160 Enduro bike.
  • 4 0
 I recently bought a Transition Scout (150mm/140mm; dual 27.5”), so I approve.
  • 1 0
 In those cases were there's lack of water boter clearance I always wonder: would it be too crazy if the shock was mounted upside down? Would you really hit your calf with the piggy or is it just that the engineers' O.C.D doesn't allow it?
  • 8 3
 27.5 on a 135mm bike?
  • 2 1
 The whole industry is stuffed full of 27.5" wheels from the C 19er. every company is going to be pushing the 27.5/mullet option for a minute.
  • 1 4
 yeh i thought it too, fun sized and then a weakling xc bike
  • 11 0
 @baca262: Obviously this isn't your endurobro bike, it's a poppy playful jib machine reminiscent of a SC 5010 - very fast if you can float instead of plow.
  • 2 0
 @Lokirides: fun sized bike is going to get beaten, because it's fun.
  • 4 0
 @baca262: Then get the current Banshee Spitfire
  • 2 0
 @markus-a: Was about to say this looks like my Spitfire V3. Very cable bike and never skipped a beat at Lake Leatherwood AR. Cheaper, same geo, and great suspension.
  • 1 0
 Look up the Vital review of the bike. Apparently, it works out very well on this bike.
  • 4 0
 Wait… I’ve been told that companies are no longer making 27.5.
  • 3 0
 Never thought I would want a Yeti until now, all we need is a return of the Yeti DJ too!
  • 6 4
 Or you could buy a Kona Process 134 DL for $2,000. It would weigh less and you could put a longer fork on it and call it a day.

Or any 27.5 bike from 2018 or 2019 lol.
  • 7 2
 2016 Kona Process 134 here, -2° works headset and bumped the travel to 150mm and now my bike belongs in 2023 lol
  • 12 0
 Are both you guys actually laughing out loud?
  • 3 0
 @woofer2609: I think if they actually were, they would spell it ‘laughing out loud’. Pretty sure that’s how that works.
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 @woofer2609: bro I live laugh love all day, get at me
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 @midwest-mtb: Those bikes rip, underrated and easy to buy used
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 DH casing tires on your 135mm trail bike? Sounds like the bike is being ridden outside of it's intended use. I'm not really in any position to complain about free internet reviews..but it always feels like Pinkbike reviews are how does bike x (no matter what type of bike it is) ride on my downhill trails that I pedaled up. In my not so huble opinion, DH or even DD tires can suck the life out of a potentially fun bike.
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 I have dual ply tyres on my hardtail. They do not suck the fun out of it. In fact, they enable the fun
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 @Tambo: One would argue that burly (rear) tyres are more necessary on hardtails, as there's no suspension to absorb the hit when you eventually mess up.
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 @justwan-naride: exactly.
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 When they review a 170mm park bike I get the DH tire comment, or even a noted "enduro" bike in the 150-160 range that is already a 35lb bike. But a bike with several builds listed under 30lbs and you then throw 1300-1500g tires on it and make it 32lbs? Why? Ride a different bike because if you bought a Yeti you certainly have enough $$ for more than one bike.
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 @yupstate: maybe they want to ride a short travel bike fast on super rocky trails? Maybe they spent all their money one one yeti and don't have enough for another...
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 I can't imagine running dh casing tires on my scout, which is basically this bike with a horst link. The Michelin wild am and force am are a perfect balance of speed and traction for a bike like this. Being able to carry enough speed is key with smaller wheels, and dh tires work against that. I ran this setup in a recent two day xc/enduro race (xc day 1, enduro day 2) and won the overall in my category.
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 Who are all these new writers/contributors? Can we get an intro? Can we have Palmer back? @brianpark
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 It's crazy to see most XS bikes now have a 400+mm reach, even on models like this which are pretty conservative by today's standards.
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 ohhh that look amazing *drooly face*
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 Wallet...assume the position!! I just bought a Clash but that is making my mouth twitch. Want to win races? Go 29. Want to have ripping fun? Go 27.5
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 Kudos Yeti. Now I dare ya to put a front derailleur mount on it.
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 Interestingly similar to the Pivot Shadowcat.
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 looks sick, what are those pedals if anyone knows?
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 maybe wolftooth waveforms?
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 @mosplat: yeah definitely are. have never seen them before, and they look nice but damn $200..
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 @two-plank: Haha it was the pedals that got my attention too. Possibly the most beautiful pedals I've seen and they are now on my wish list but yes the price. And I prefer a platform that sits further away from the crank.
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 “who’s President Marty?”. “Ronald Regan”. “The actor!?!?”
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 Want to ride a REALLY fun bike Pinkers? A Spech Status 140 is the rig. Not a ton of money and all the right kind of weird to be a really fun bike on the trail.
Perhaps not a race bike but neither is this. Spech just had the balls to do it right.
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 That is some pretty candy, mmm-mmm!
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 If I win the lottery I would be getting this first!
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 Two 27.5 bikes in one day!!!!!
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 You will have the rip my 27.5' Revel Rail out of my cold dead hands.
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 geometry chart is busted. no way adding 10mm to fork reduces ETT length on the medium by that much.
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 What's the rear tire clearence?
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 it literally says it
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 @mikeyfresh1990: yeah but what is it really?
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 @mikeyfresh1990: my man didn't even look at the pictures
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 @mikeyfresh1990: oops I missed that pic, finally!
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 bet she jumps nicely with those 27.5's

what if how a bike jumps was included in reviews?
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 For the playful Dentist! But for real... pretty cool and semi-reasonable price point.
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 $13,870 Canadian dollars before tax . $14,564 after tax. Seriously!!!
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 Still can’t beat an Evil Calling , love mine , best trail ripper ever made …….27.5 wheels not dead yet!
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 The photos are a nightmare for the colourblind ...what frame?!
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 so yeti can get away with making the same bike with no real change
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 transition scout is holy grail of 27.5 trail bikes. look no further
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 i own one and want this one instead
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 @averagerug: I'm curious why? Do you prefer the firmer feel of yeti suspension or something else?
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 @mtb-thetown: no, just been havin a bit of issues with the scout that didn't really instil my confidence in the bike

probably the fact that it's killed 2 headsets in 4 months (one CK hellbender one Ti nukeproof set, always the top set going first) and also the fact that the seat tube was defective and creaky from new
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 @averagerug: I've had good luck with the wolftooth headset I put on scout, my spire on the other hand has a creak around the headset/fork crown I've been chasing for a while.
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 @mtb-thetown: Just dropped in a CK, pretty much done with this shit at this point, just hope that fixes it and I'll be happy
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 27.5!!! WHOOP!
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 Mixed wheel.. mullet is so 2021.
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 Makes me love my 2017 patrol carbon all the more.
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 Yeti Cruz SB010
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 Cool that they've made smaller bikes for us short kings, but no mx option is a bit dissapointing.
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 SRAM Transmission cost ya $9500
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 Dentists from 2015 just dropped their drills!
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 Looks like a Pivot mach 5.5
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 Color is nice but 4300 for some bonghit boulder bike is lame and well, undesirable at best. Doode. Hope you had a dope 420 cause at least you can act like your prices reflect. H A F! Mkay.
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 So this is an Evil Calling 6 years after it was released by Evil?
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 Only yeti will make a 7k 2017 giant trance equivalent and people will fawn over it lmao
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 wish it had a 76 degree seat angle, thats steep for a 27.5
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