First Ride: Yeti's 2020 SB140 Doesn't Want to Be Confined by Race Tape

Jul 29, 2019
by Sarah Moore  



The past year and a half have been busy for Yeti, with an overhaul of their entire lineup. That's three 29ers, the SB100, SB130, and SB150, released in 2018, and the 27.5” SB165 unveiled just two weeks ago. The SB5 was the only bike in the Colorado-based brand's lineup that didn't use the new naming convention so it was only a matter of time before it was replaced. Now, its successor has been announced in the SB140.

As its moniker would suggest, the SB140 has 140mm of rear travel, coupled with a 160mm fork up front. Yeti says it's "down for fun" and has "never met a dirt it didn't like" which seems fitting for a bike with travel that's smack dab in the middle of the brand's lineup.
Yeti SB140 Details

• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Travel: 140mm / 160mm fork
• Carbon frame
• 65° headtube angle
• 433mm chainstays
• Weight: 29.05 lbs
• Price: $7,399 USD as shown (T2 model)
• Colours: Inferno, Grey, Turquoise
• Lifetime frame warranty
www.yeticycles.com

Along with the SB130 and SB165, the new SB140 is part of what Yeti calls the Rip category – bikes best suited to having fun and exploring outside the race tape.


Yeti SB140
Yeti SB140
Orange not your color? You can choose between turquoise, grey or inferno at every price point.


There are three complete models of the SB140 available in Yeti's highest quality 'Turq' carbon fiber, with prices ranging from $6,899 up to $8,299 USD. All of the Turq bikes come with the same suspension, a Fox Factory Grip 2 36 fork and a Fox Factory DPX2 rear shock, and DT Swiss M1700 wheels. The drivetrain and brakes are the only things that change as the price goes up. All three models can be upgraded with DT Swiss XMC 1200 wheels and there's also a SRAM AXS upgrade option on the T2 and T3 models.

Yeti also offers two models of the SB140 in their C series, which use a 220 gram heavier frame, said to deliver the same strength and stiffness as the higher-end carbon. The C series bikes are both equipped with a Fox Performance 36 fork and a Fox Performance DPX2 rear shock. The difference between the two models, which are priced at $5,399 and $5,999, comes from the upgraded wheels, brakes, crank and derailleur on the C2. Both C series models can be upgraded with SRAM AXS and/or DT Swiss XMC 1200 wheels.

Partial to the bike's geometry but would rather pick and choose your own components? Your build will start at $3,499 with the SB140 Turq frame and Fox Factory DPX2 rear shock.


Yeti SB140

Yeti SB140
Yeti SB140
The sparkly orange frame has space for up to 2.6" tires in the frame, which the bike comes with.


Frame Details & Suspension Design

The SB140 frame looks very similar to the 29" wheeled SB130, and other than the shock position, closely resembles the SB150 and SB165 as well. All bikes have identical frame protectors, and have enough room in the front triangle for a waterbottle. In fact, I was even able to squeeze a large water bottle in the frame on a size medium despite the piggyback shock.

The seat tube heights are low enough that the size medium I'm riding can accommodate a Fox Transfer post with 150mm of drop, the size L and XL frames come with a 175mm post, and there's 125mm of drop on the small and extra-small sizes.

Like all of Yeti's other bikes, the SB140 uses the Switch Infinity suspension design. This has a translating pivot that switches directions as the bike moves through its travel – moving upwards in the beginning of the travel, and then downwards deeper in the travel. That change in position is intended to give the bike enough anti-squat for supportive pedaling, while reducing the amount of feedback delivered by bigger hits.


Yeti SB140

Yeti SB140
Yeti SB140


The unique Kashima coated rails and the sliding mechanism that make up the Switch Infinity design are the same size on the SB130, 140, 150, and 165 – it's the location in the frame and the amount that the carrier moves that's different. Like the SB130 and SB150, the SB140 was designed with an air shock in mind, but it can accommodate a coil shock as well, although it doesn't have as much progression as the SB165. The kinematics give it a 13% leverage ratio progression; the SB130 is 12%, the SB150 15%, and the SB165 is 27.5%.


Yeti SB140


Geometry


The SB140's reach numbers are nearly identical to those of the SB130, 150 and 165, ranging from 430mm on a size small all the way up to 505mm on an XL. The medium that I am riding has a 460mm reach. All five models in the Yeti lineup come in small through XL, but only the SB140 comes in the additional XS size, with a 405mm reach.

To balance out those long reach numbers and make the climbing position more efficient and comfortable, the SB140 has a 77-degree seat tube angle. That is coupled with a 65-degree headtube angle, half a degree slacker than the SB130.

Compared to the SB5 which was last updated in 2016, this is an entirely different bike. For starters, it has 10mm more travel front and rear. In addition, the headtube on the SB140 is a degree and a half slacker than the SB5 was, the seat tube is 3.4 degrees steeper, and it has a 37mm offset fork instead of a 44mm offset fork. On the size medium, the reach has grown by 37mm and the wheelbase is 40mm longer.

It's worth noting here that Yeti is discontinuing the Yeti Beti women's line that they introduced in 2015. The SB5 Beti and SB100 Beti will be phased out.

bigquotesThe Yeti Beti bike line will not carry into Yeti’s 2020 offering. Our decision to discontinue the line was driven by the women who work here. We create products that resonate with female riders. When launching the Beti bike line we developed a custom rear shock tune to achieve better performance for lighter-weight riders. After rounds of internal testing, we found that the enhanced tunability of FOX’s current suspension means we can achieve the same ride performance across a wider range of weights – male and female.

The Beti apparel line will continue and carry the Beti name. Our commitment to the women’s mountain bike community remains steadfast through racing, ambassadors, event sponsorship, and visibility within the brand.
Kristi Jackson, Director of Marketing at Yeti Cycles






Yeti SB140
Sarah Moore
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada
Age: 29
Height: 5'7"
Inseam: 27"
Weight: 155 lbs
Industry affiliations / sponsors: None
Instagram: @smooresmoore

Climbing

I was most recently riding the 120mm Ibis Ripley for the BC Bike Race, so my first ride on the SB140 was a bit of a rude awakening (pun intended). The cockpit and pedaling position were comfortable, however, and once I switched off my XC racer mindset I found the bike surprisingly efficient. After a couple of rides, I really began to appreciate the SB140's firm and responsive pedaling platform and its ability to hug the ground and make it up just about anything I pointed it at.

With the 170mm cranks, I never found myself hitting my pedals on rocks or roots on the trail and I was able to climb rough, steep fire roads and twisty singletrack alike. I felt like the front wheel was able to stay on the ground on steep climbs, while the rear maintained traction. The bike comes with a 30T chainring, which I appreciated on more than one occasion. I did lock the SB140 out on smoother climbs, but I didn't feel the need to anywhere else. The 2.6" tires, small wheels, 140mm travel, and extra weight from the burlier components mean it's not going to climb like an XC bike, but that wasn't a fair comparison in the first place.


Yeti SB140


Descending

Once I pointed the Yeti SB140 downhill, it was in its comfort zone. The component spec leaves little to be desired on the descents, with a Fox Factory Grip 2 36 fork, Fox Factory DPX2 rear shock, SRAM's powerful and adjustable G2 RSC brakes, 180mm rotors, Maxxis EXO tires, and DT Swiss M1700 wheels.

I affectionately began to call it the 'big orange couch' to describe its super plush, comfortable ride. On just my second ride on the bike, I had no qualms about pointing it down steep rock slabs with rough runouts. In fact, I found myself gravitating towards steeper and chunkier terrain almost immediately, bolstered by just how capable the bike was on the descents.

That being said, I'll need to spend a bit more time on the bike to get used to cornering with its 460mm reach and 1208mm wheelbase; we'll see how things progress over the course of the next few months.


Yeti SB140







328 Comments

  • + 165
 I dunno about you guys, but this won't cut it - I'm waiting for the SB145.
  • + 7
 Yeah, also holding out for the SB145, dream bike, for sure.
  • + 65
 Good call.. but the LR 148 is gonna be the real dealio
  • + 37
 I'm waiting for ANY of the manufacturers to release a 29er with around 140mm-150mm and call it the "Cliche"
  • + 49
 Sb145 mullet is what the people want.
  • - 32
flag Demoguy (Jul 28, 2019 at 23:52) (Below Threshold)
 Unlikely you'll see a 145 or LR version as the SB140 already has the longest stroke 210mm shock fitted.
  • + 12
 @Austink: #27.5frontwheelsaredead-mullet4life
  • + 13
 @fartymarty:

I forgot the lunch ride part.
Sb145 lr mullet edition. It will sell like 6 bikes minimum.
  • + 41
 Rumor on the trial is the upcoming Yeti-SRAM colab line-up, featuring, but not limited to SB99.99, SB129.99, SB139.99, SB149.55 and SB164.99. Available in SRAM red or tacky Eagle gold. It will be Supreme to everything else out there.
  • + 16
 @jollyXroger: Will likely also come with a Version 1 Reverb, for unlimited unrideability.

Man A: Want to go shred?
Man B: My Yeti 12345.6 is soooo sick, but the droppers in the shop.
  • + 10
 @shredddr: or actually just an aluminium version of this...
  • + 2
 @jollyXroger: So you are saying it will have chronic fork dive, brakes that dont work, no shock adjustments and plastic derailleurs that randomly explode? count me in!
  • + 3
 @zyoungson: Sounds like bikes in the 90s. Fun times!!!
  • + 3
 @zyoungson: Yes, plastic fantastic everything!
  • + 2
 I don´t know why is everyone so "surprised" they wanted to refresh whole their line up
  • + 4
 I actually wish they made something in-between the 100 and 130. 130 is too much for XC riding, but 100 gets overwhelmed by chunk a too easily.
  • + 11
 @dthomp325: SB115 - the new 111....
  • + 3
 @bok-CZ: who here is surprised?
  • + 5
 Hey if I'm spending $8 g's I want a real colored frame.
  • - 19
flag tomasinbc (Jul 29, 2019 at 8:35) (Below Threshold)
 No matter how cool the bike is $7,400 USD is retarded. I hope no one buys this stupid shit
  • + 12
 @Waldon83:
insiders are saying they are waiting for March 14th to release the Yeti π
  • + 1
 @Austink: From Yeti’s Site
CAN I CONVERT THIS BIKE INTO A "MULLET" BIKE AND PUT A 29" WHEEL/FORK ON THE SB140?
Yes but it does change the GEO quite a bit. Head tube angle and seat tube angle gets slacker and the bottom bracket gets higher. Some people will like these changes and some won't, but that is up to you to decide.
  • + 3
 @dthomp325: You could always under-fork the spec build on the 130. Swap out to a 52mm offset 130mm Fox 34. Dramatic change to head angle and less weight. Eliminates the need for Yeti to make a bike at literally every possible travel range.
  • + 4
 @dthomp325: this is why the ripley is sold out virtually through year-end.
  • + 2
 @jon123rjk: geometry would remain the same and be balanced if you downforked it to 140.
  • + 1
 Can we ban the word "mullet" in mountain biking? Or even worse, "reverse mullet"? It's a bit embarrassing. There has to be a better way
  • + 3
 @me2menow: just don't ride one then you will be fine. #friendsdontletfriendsridemulletbikes
  • + 11
 @tomasinbc:

It's not retarded it's merely a sum of it's parts. Yeti pricing is slightly higher than much of the competition but only slightly so. The sb130 GX is $5200 usd, which is par for the course with other brands' full carbon gx builds. maybe $100-200 higher. not sure why this sb140 gx build is higher still, haven't compared spec side by side.

I'd never spend $7k on a bike as the divorce aftermath would cost much more than any on trail performance benefit over a $5k model, but a nice spec on top of a nice frame is what it is. Also yeti's ride amazingly well, definitely not stupid shit. Stupid pricey as shown for sure. Sorry about your Canadian pesos Frown
  • + 8
 I enjoyed the "Rude awakening" pun.
  • + 3
 @KJP1230: probably wanna go with the 44mm offset 130mm FOX34 29er

Also, the stock 29er offset from FOX is now 44 (52 by special request only afaik)
  • + 2
 @Demoguy: don't be "that guy"
  • + 1
 @dontcoast: Yep. I suggested the longer offset since you'd be reducing travel, increasing head angle, etc.
  • + 0
 @mm732: Ibis sizing is retarded. they literally don't make a bike for anyone over 6'1"
  • + 0
 @tomwhite1401: Look up Metric shock sizing. Longest stroke in a 210mm is 55mm which is what is specified on the SB140. There isn't any way of increasing the rear travel on this by fitting a longer stroke shock.
  • + 1
 @conoat:

yup. the XL fits me really well at 6'1.5". it'd be nice if they added an XXL to their lineup. 525mm reach or more.
  • + 1
 @WasatchEnduro: This is where we need standard sizes relating to reach measurements. My XL Murmur is 515mm which is off the end of most others charts. I'm 6'1" and it fits well.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: i know everyone thinks reach is the holy grail of bike fit, but effective top tube is the measure that probably matters most when climbing.
  • + 1
 Sum of its parts ? Tf you on about lil bud ? Literally you can buy a YT or a commencal trail bike for a fraction of the price and will be just as good and last longer being aluminum, so why the hell would anyone buy some plastic POS that’s $7,400?? . Eho gives af they keep releasing the same bike with a 20mm difference, @WasatchEnduro:
  • + 2
 @tomasinbc:

so you're 'that guy' that bitches at every new bike and brings up YT, eh.

No fknsht YT's are less. The rolling circus is passing through my town next month and I'm gonna hop on a Jeff29. I'm looking at d2c for my next purchase as well as bro deals as well as brick & mortar shops.

For a non d2c brand with full carbon frame, awesome design, and high end spec this is what it costs. I won't buy it but it is what it is. there are riders with more means than you and I and they want gucci w/ high end build so this is where they go. And i probably trust a YT frame over a Yeti also.
  • + 1
 @dthomp325:
Maybe you just need to tune the suspension on the SB100.
I have SB6 and SB100 both the suspension on both was tuned with ShockWiz and I find the SB100 easier to hop over all chunk then on my SB6. But once big jumps and drops come into play then it’s time for my SB6 to shine.
  • + 0
 @Demoguy: Please don't make us explain whats really going on here.
  • + 1
 @conoat: huh? There president and CFO are like 6’6” and ride the XL size.
  • + 1
 @tomasinbc: a bike is the sum of its suspension design and geometry. The parts certainly are significant.
  • + 2
 @Yetimike2019: Hans? i'm 6'2" and I am taller than him(I know him and have stood next to him). if he is claiming 6'6", thats awesome
  • + 1
 @conoat: Hans is 6'2ish. Tom Morgan ("Tall Tom") is 6'6"
  • + 47
 It's a yeti so we must mention cost at least once in the comments
  • + 67
 And dentists.
  • + 19
 Wow, look at that, it's $500 cheaper than the SB165!!! Rolleyes Razz
  • - 8
flag chicane32 (Jul 29, 2019 at 7:31) (Below Threshold)
 @mtbikeaddict: Sucks living out of that Winnebago scrapping off spare change?
  • + 12
 How this bike doesn't also come with a Yeti cooler (full of $17/six pack IPAs) is beyond me. Get it together marketing people!
  • + 5
 And Tacoma drivers , ipa drinkers , plaid shirt wearers @fartymarty:
  • + 11
 @tomasinbc: I feel personally attacked by this comment.
  • + 6
 @tomasinbc: a Tacoma driving, ipa drinking, plaid shirt wearing always always has to have a beard too. A thick full beard otherwise I can’t take him seriously.
  • + 3
 Lmao yeah and have to live in the PNW and ride either a transition, evil, yeti. @cuban-b:
  • + 3
 @jackalope: Because this bike is too inexpensive to INCLUDE a Yeti cooler. It would raise the price. See my previous comment... Maybe if it wer the same as the SB165 you'd get a thermos? A cooler if you have a bro-deal connection? Wink
  • + 2
 @cuban-b: @cuban-b: I have 2 brand new flannels hanging in my closet just waiting for my beard to be thick enough to wear em, bullshit genetics means I have a patchy beard after 6 months, but my dad can grow a full on lumberjack in 2 weeks. . . Must be the postman's genes???
  • + 2
 @cuban-b: you mean the "I want to look like a Special Forces operator" look. It's the IPA's that give them away.
  • + 43
 Yeti is turning in to BMW. (If only there were a joke there). Used to be focused on being the “ultimate driving machine”. Now they are an exercise in luxury branding and image marketing trying to cater to every possible niche.

Can’t wait to put an SB137.6 on the back of my 640i GT M Sport xDrive. Or maybe I’ll get an SB200 Lunch Ride on my X2 sDrive 20i MSport.
  • + 22
 "Yeti is turning in to BMW." So does that mean that only a*sholes ride them?
  • + 3
 I hope that means they’ll make another dh bike!
  • + 3
 @yzedf: if Cannondale can figure out how to make a DH bike again, Yeti sure can!
  • + 2
 Would that make Santa Cruz, that Yeti is playing catch-up to in terms of model offering, Mercedes or Audi?
  • + 3
 @jollyXroger: I'd say Audi. Not as flashy, still high performance, and still driven/ridden by plenty of respectable people who don't necessarily want the brand image but do want the brand reputation (if that makes sense)
  • + 3
 @Lookinforit: So who makes the Lexus of the bike world?
  • + 3
 Is a 5 bike range really that crazy? Take a look at Santa Cruz' lineup for example. It is just the LR variant of the SB130 that is a bit niche.
  • + 1
 @dontcoast: I'm not sure... someone who makes slightly heavy bikes that look meh but work well and are comfortable, reliable, and overpriced haha
  • + 2
 @Lookinforit: so...i'd say transition on the heavy and reliable front...but they look good and focus on fun, which is not lexus.

...Giant?

TRP may be the lexus of the brake world tbh... fancy side brand of ole' cheap reliable brand, easy to work on, reliable, not exciting or sexy at all but quite solid, not a fancy german thing...
  • + 1
 @dontcoast: this reminds me somewhat of what Blisterreview.com did with their comparisons of ski to bike companies, and I love it.
I think you're pretty much on it for the TRP thing
Thoughts on Commencal being like Toyota? Or maybe Honda but I can't stand the new Civics
  • + 0
 @dontcoast: pinarello
  • + 3
 @dontcoast: Like maybe a top end Giant? In my mind Giant=Toyota
  • + 5
 Trek: Ford. American, big, not exciting.
Specialized: Chevy. American, big, has some crazier shit than Ford but also has some of the same low-end stuff as Ford.
Giant: Toyota. Asian, MASSIVE, not super exciting but lots of options for high-end and low-end stuff.
Santa Cruz: Tesla. American, f*ckin everyone wants one.
Cannondale: Pontiac. American, and for every cool bike, there's also a weird one.
  • + 2
 @autumncapurso: Specialize is GM for sure. Makes some awesome stuff that isn’t quiet perfect (Stumpjumper EVO/CTS-V) and some average stuff that sells in volume (midsize generic SUV and regular Stumpy’s). The Enduro is the Camaro. Has some great aspects but is flawed and sells in ever decreasing numbers off the strength of the same.

And all that doesn’t matter because they are trying to make everything run off an electric motor in the next three years.
  • + 37
 Riding my wife's 27.5" Foxy vs. my own 29" Foxy, both with the same tires, you'd be shocked at the additional effort to get those 29ers spun up when ridden back to back. Add in a rider (like my wife) that isn't terribly strong and doesn't maintain a lot of momentum and that 29er just becomes too much bike for a smaller (5'3" in this case) person, imo.

For stronger faster riders, a 27.5" sure feels great if you like to aggressively move your bike a lot as well.
  • - 25
flag gpgalanis (Jul 29, 2019 at 4:00) (Below Threshold)
 I am shocked that you are shocked because honestly there isn't any shocking difference between the effort needed to spin the 29er wheels. On the other side it is shocking how many people have switched from 26 to 27.5 for no real reason.
  • + 15
 @gpgalanis: I switched to 650b
  • + 6
 @gpgalanis: maybe the reason was accessible spares and a bit better rolling resistance, try to get a new DH cased tires in 26" somewhere in the shops near bikeparks in Alps, good luck (yep I have tested 26 vs 27,5 on the same frame)
  • + 42
 @gpgalanis: And lifting your truck and adding taller tires doesn't effect acceleration and mpg at all, right? Well except it does, dramatically.

Now imagine you do the same to your bike and are not nearly as strong. It makes a pretty large difference.

Even if you managed to keep weight identical (you can't) the increase in inertia is very noticeable with the heaviest part of that equation (rim & tire) being moved further from the fulcrum.

Physics is a real thing.
  • + 4
 What is the weight difference between the two bikes and is the gearing the same? That could be a factor as well, but yes bigger wheels are harder to pedal.

Also, there are some tradeoffs. Once you get 29ers going, they maintain speed well through corners and minor undulations in the trail.
  • - 12
flag gpgalanis (Jul 29, 2019 at 9:12) (Below Threshold)
 I was sure that I would be downvoted but honestly I don't care since in almost every riding discipline the 29ers lead.
  • + 10
 Yeah I'm taller and have been on 29 for a while. I bought a 27.5+ (but tire measure 2.6) hardcore hardtail and the acceleration is mind blowing. Yeah the HT has a lot to do with it but the bursts of speed and playfulness of small wheels is a lot of fun. I hate being on a 29er on a really steep climb, cranking on the granny gear trying to create bursts of speed to make it over something technical. It's tiring.

On the other hand it is nice when you do have that speed and commitment on a 29er and to be able to hold it.
  • + 6
 @gpgalanis: I think it has to do with your delivery
  • + 18
 @gpgalanis: you mean every racing discipline. Racing is dominated by athletes who are fit enough to handle the draw backs in order to obtain the benefits (better rollover). This is also true of reviewers for bike websites/magazines. They ride bikes for a living, so they're super fit, so they like the better rollover of a 29er.

Regular ol' Jack or Jill are typically not nearly as strong, or as committed. When you aren't committed enough to carry speed through everything, the benefits of the 29er are lost, and you're mostly just left the negative of it being slower to accelerate after the fact.
  • + 2
 @jaredmh: Sounds like the lack of commitment is the problem.
  • + 8
 @jaredmh: I've met a couple reviewers I wouldn't classify as "fit". If you ask me the advantage of 29 and "better rollover" is for people that prefer to do less work, ride less physically(referring to the general public)...29 removes a lot of subtlety to bike handling. I'm someone that looks for roots and rocks to bounce off of, hop over and play around on the trail, hence I ride 27.5...would ride 26 if I had an option I liked(and I'm 6'4 by the way).. @gpgalanis I'm guessing enjoys a 29 because it suits his riding style and therefore dismisses anyone else's opinions of wheel sizes as wrong and stupid. They do change how a bike rides...just like fork offset, which is another debate I've been involved in a bunch
  • + 2
 @underhawk: Lack of fitness could also be pointed to as the issue, since if you're fit or skilled the negatives are less of a concern, but that still ignores the fact that 27.5 accelerate better.
  • + 4
 @GlassGuy: true, most mtn bikers just like going in a straight line over stuff, so monster truck wheels make sense for most mtn bikers due to rollover and the momentum 29ers carry.
  • + 3
 @gpgalanis: does that include rampage? Or fest series?
  • - 3
 @bonkywonky: will you participate in them?
  • + 4
 I feel like trail building in general is pushing more toward flowy trails. The technical parts of the newer trails seem to be 'built' features where rollover isn't the issue. It seems that heavily banked berms, rollers, jumps, designed wood and carefully placed rocks are features on all the newer trails I've ridden. I know this is common in the west because it's much easier to design good erosion control. These features are where 27.5 shine. They pump better, turn in faster, jump easier, etc.

At the same time cross country is looking for ways at the national level to be more technical and enduro is getting closer to downhill. But that's a relatively small percent of riders and those trails aren't reflective of most of the new trails being built.

So basically, the places where most people are riding (out west at least) are getting more and more 27.5 friendly all the time, while at the same time the 'cutting edge' is getting more and more pushed toward 29er. If you're watching the youtubes trying to figure out what to buy so you don't get held back, you'll probably gravitate toward 29er.

I'm an early 29 adopter (like really early) and I have a 29er. I recently picked up a 27.5 though because I am finding myself on more of these mountain biker designed trails and the 27.5 is just more entertaining in that environment. But saying that 29ers are for 'people who prefer to do less work' isn't accurate either. I know some very talented strong riders and they went 29er to be competitive, and speed pretty much equals rollover.
  • - 1
 strong, aggro (not short) rider = 29er is better
mellow, average/tall rider looking for comfort, doesn't care much about punchy acceleration = 29er mid travel or 27.5 longer travel? either way!
short and/or not very fit rider on punchy terrain = definitely 27.5
  • + 5
 You all must have shit bike handling skills and fitness if you have a hard time accelerating or handling a 29er...just ride a bike you have fun on and shut up about the wheel sizes already.
  • + 3
 @bonkywonky: and pump track world champs. Oh, slalom and 4X as well. oh yeah and dirt jumping too. Turns out not “all” disciplines.
  • - 8
flag clink83 (Jul 29, 2019 at 15:49) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: fringe events that no one really cares about?
  • + 5
 I feel like lots of people care about rampage
  • - 1
 @cuban-b: sure, most people only know about it because of Red Bull though. 4x, slalom or dirtjumping is a tiny fraction of the mt bike world. Saying one wheel size is better than another is dumb though, outside of XC you have tons of choices in wheel sizes and geometry. Choices are good, ride whatever makes you smile.
  • + 3
 @clink83: slalom, pump track, jumps and crazy ( both chunky natural or man-made)... I know we all have different definitions of fun and different Terrain, but I think most mountain bikes would agree that quick turns and the rest of it all sound like a pretty darn good time... regardless of media coverage or how incredibly talented you have to be to compete at the international level.
  • + 1
 @WoodenCrow: if you need a certain wheel size to ride a trail it's due to a lack of skill. Period. It's 2019, wheel size doesn't matter.
  • + 4
 @SunsPSD: Missed the perfect time to say 'Physics is wheel'
  • + 2
 @clink83: I think it has to do with your delivery
  • + 2
 @cuban-b: I really should avoid commenting on the ridiculous comments on pinkbike. I'm just here for the XC coverage really.
  • + 6
 @SunsPSD: Rode the Stumpy EVO 29 and 27.5 and I agree with this assessment. 27.5 is way easier to
pedal and get spin up. Especially on heavier bikes. Had the 29. And now on the 27.5.
  • + 1
 @jaredmh: nope. 40+ weekend grassroots intermediate mid pack Enduro racer here. Not very strong, not very fit. Just your average weekend warrior.

The first day I rode my 29r, was getting personal bests without even trying... I am far faster on my 29r. Many average joes / joettes are.

Stop making up shit as you type in order to justify your love for 27.5. I don’t care, Ride what you like, just had to jump in and ensure people knew you didn’t know what you were talking about at all.
  • + 2
 @gpgalanis: nope. will you enter the ews or wc dh next year?
  • + 1
 @michaeldorian: With the exact same gearing, the gear ratio is taller with 29 wheels compared to 27.5.
  • + 3
 @clink83: I feel like there should be a 31" wheel option....just sayin
  • + 36
 It’s good to see it’s only the journalists trying to force on to 29ers. At least the bike companies know we still want 27.5.
  • + 13
 I couldn't agree more. Look at the media and you would think 27.5 is all but dead. Yet companies are still making/updating/releasing new 27.5 bikes.

Doesn't make it easy for a consumer at times!
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  • + 0
 @v7fmp: I tend to agree, it feels sales driven by the marketing departments. A few years ago we're told 29ers are the cool new thing, but wait now 27.5 are the best and 29ers are pointless so go buy a new bike, and now again 29ers "with modern geometry" are the new cool thing. In the next five years are they going to release a 32er and those same people will say 29ers are useless and slow?
  • + 4
 I don't know about that- just a few months ago the nod was given to a Remedy on Pinkbike. I think everyone thinks they're enduro now and wants what enduro guys want. Remedy, Bronson, 5010, this all have some recent updates and seem to be getting press praise.
  • + 1
 bingo. none of my riding buddies is planing to buy a 29er anytime soon.
  • + 0
 @v7fmp: noones forcing anything on you. There is this thing called capitalism, bike companies need to make products there is a demand for.
  • + 25
 Great to see 27.5" options still being released! Yeti has released ALOT of bikes in the last few years and I get the puns about SB145 but yet somehow I still feel there's a gap between the SB100 and SB130. Those two bikes are hugely different in travel and geometry and I'd love to see an SB120. Not sure they have capacity to release a new bike, every week, indefinitely though so it may just be wishful thinking.
  • + 2
 Yep. I'd be very interested in a SB120. And I'd probably build it as a mullet. Or maybe I'll buy a used SB100 and build this bike as a mullet.
  • + 0
 I would rather see a reworked 100... do the shock extension, scrap the mini switch link and just deal with the added 200g or whatever increase you would see in frame weight. Steepen that seat tube up, keep the HA at 67.5, extend that reach out to 475 (lg frame), and call it good. Weight weenies aren't looking at the 100 anyways, and for those of us who prefer to abuse these short travel rippers, we would eat it up.
  • + 3
 @gooutsidetoday: Personal preference of course but I disagree with everything you said about the SB100. Mine is perfect as is.
  • + 7
 Sounds like you would like the SB 130 "Break Ride". It can be done.

Drop the fork to 140mm and get a 210 x 50 shock for ~123mm of rear travel.
  • + 2
 @smokinsnakes:

short shock an sb130?!?! Sorcery! That sounds sick, i wonder how it'd affect the leverage rate. Same eye to eye right? More linear?
  • + 3
 @WasatchEnduro: Same leverage rate since it's the same eye to eye. You would just ignore the last 7mm of travel on the leverage curve since the suspension doesn't go that far. Probably more linear (I haven't looked at the curve for the SB130), but you could change that with a volume spacer or two. Either way you'd get a peppy short travel shredder!
  • + 2
 @jon123rjk: I really enjoyed my 100 when it was working right. But after the update to the switch for the creaking issue, my rear end was the most flexy thing i've ever witnessed. My drive side crank arm rubbed the paint off the chainstay from rubbing it so bad. They warrantied my switch, warrantied the frame, set the pre-load on the switch, replaced all bearings/bushing, and the thing still flexed like a mofo, especially under power. I'm sure its partly because i'm 230lbs, but still it was bad. I have some of my fastest times on that thing, even on chunky DH stuff, so I'm sure the flex wasnt hurting me too bad! And keep in mind I'm a yeti fanboy, i've had a sb5, 4.5, 5.5, 100, and now the 130. I sold the 100 and just bought a new 2020 trek top fuel 9.9... Its an amazing bike, i almost hate to admit that i am faster on it than the 100, but whatever. If you're going to tribe, i'll be there this weekend. Black 130
  • + 25
 It's not a downcountry enduro mullet, so I'm not interested.
  • + 6
 You Tellum
  • + 24
 Sounds like she loves the Ibis Ripley.
  • + 4
 Seems like just about everyone loves it. I'd love to demo one.
  • + 6
 The new Ripley seems to be a really good example of a down...of a modern trail bike with XC-like qualities. It's lightweight, super efficient, but has more progressive geometry of bikes with more travel. There have been plenty of short-travel bikes with great geometry, but they were always decently heavy. My own carbon GG Trail Pistol fits that category - it's by no means an XC Bike, it's just a slightly overbuilt trail bike. If GG could shave 2lbs from the frame that'd be rad, but so would me losing 40lbs.

The Ripley, however, is a long-leg XC bike with Enduro bike geometry. Which means that other bikes "feel" like it in terms of fit, but not many "ride" like it does in terms of weight and efficiency.
  • + 4
 I'd like to hear about why Sara had to get used to cornering after coming off the Ripley.
  • + 6
 @Svinyard: Longer wheelbase, and longer wheelbase+similar chainstay length = good deal longer front center. The more you kick that front wheel out the more you need to weight it so that it won't wash out. It works for riding aggressively, but I imagine there was a bit of an adjustment needed coming from the Ripley.
  • + 1
 @Svinyard: If you’ve been riding something all day everyday for while, then you step on to something a bit different there’s going to be some adjustment required to get the best from it.
  • + 17
 Progression ratios are going to be the next geometry number that people obsess over. I think with trail bikes we have established what 'too slack' is for some riders, and now the industry will start to talk about the progression of the rear suspension
  • + 21
 a very progressive thought
  • + 6
 Well said. Very progressive thinking.
  • + 6
 Edit: My bad. I was foiled by my phone's refresh option and made almost the exact same smart-assed comment :/
  • + 5
 @CF519: eh, no harm done ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • + 19
 And dentists.
  • + 16
 And dentists
  • + 16
 And dentists.
  • + 16
 and dentists
  • + 11
 and maybe even a hedge funder.
  • + 12
 And ortho...dentists
  • + 6
 No need to forget the physicians.
  • + 13
 and dentist bankers
  • + 7
 @Speeder01: and dentist/VC guys...
  • + 13
 You are all rabid anti-dentites!
  • + 9
 don't forget about the dentists
  • + 4
 yes! another bike for the dentists Wink ....LOL
  • + 10
 4 dental hygienists could also chip in to share a Yeti.
  • + 2
 @Thustlewhumber: He converted to dentism just for the jokes!
  • + 3
 and crypto peepz
  • + 18
 Looks like a fun bike. More 27.5 aggressive trail bikes, please.
  • + 12
 Are bikes reaching a plateau similar to how smart phone technology has in recent years? It has slowed considerably over the last year or two.

Now we are splitting sub categories of sub categories meaning long travel 29er enduro bikes were the final frontier.
  • + 6
 I think we will have similar bikes for a few years now, like how bikes didnt change all that that much between 2006 & 2012-2013 (in my opinion). until something new come along.
  • + 4
 Funny you mention this. I've always noted that the industry (in general) seems to "jump forward" about every 4-5 years. Once you see the trend, it makes your buying/upgrade interval pretty straight forward. Smile
  • + 14
 Bravo yeti, thank you for keeping 27.5 relevant. Not all of us are big enough for 29ers and not all of us race. 27.5 is so much more comfortable and playful for me.
  • + 3
 you do realize they aren't the only ones, right?
  • + 11
 "we found that the enhanced tunability of FOX’s current suspension means we can achieve the same ride performance across a wider range of weights..."

Marketing speak for "we know our customers don't understand suspension" and "the economics of women's-specific bikes don't make sense at the high end given current demand levels"
  • + 0
 Pretty much. If you are running a twin tube damper you pretty much don't need custom tunes though...they are amazing.
  • + 11
 I have no budget for one of these at the moment but I’m happy that they commit to the 650B size by making this model with a modern geo. Hoping for Pivot and Ibis to follow suit with their 650B models.

Now, how much can I get for a kidney?
  • + 8
 Considering you are a corpse and your kidney is now probably a rotten maggot infested lump. 5 Krona? You know to keep in a jar in the fridge to scare the kids.
  • + 1
 @GuidoD: Nah, it was preserved immediately after death so it is in pristine condition. A perfect specimen to put on display in a museum but they gotta pay for it.
  • + 12
 Now they just need to offer it with a 150mm fork and a 29er front wheel and PRESTO... perfect bike...

OH Yea, but WTF with the frame prices... (can't forget that!) Smile
  • + 13
 Just wait for the Friday After Work Before Drinks Ride model with 142.5mm travel and $1000 premium, it will have it..
  • + 12
 I'm going to try and wait for the SB140 PDAR (Pre Dinner Appetizers Ride)
  • - 2
 ????????
  • + 7
 PB. If your size chart is correct here, please ask yeti to update their info geometry page for it. The drop-down box for sizes is off for each one. The xs small numbers are for small, small for medium, etc. Would suck if someone bought and waited for a new bike that was the wrong intended size from their site. Thx!
  • + 11
 That is a sexy bicycle. Now do a dh bike.
  • + 3
 Waiting for that to!
  • + 4
 ...as long as the bottom is hidden behind the pedals...
  • + 9
 Geometry is now in the database for all your comparison needs...
geometrygeeks.bike/bike/yeti-sb140-2020
  • + 5
 You're awesome and such a great resource.
  • + 5
 @laksboy: Aww, shucks. Thanks man
  • + 6
 Looks like a fun bike. Marketed similarly to the Bronson. Which makes we wonder, with the sb165 also recently released, is 27.5 making a comeback? Or is it just drunkenly getting up off the canvas one last time? I hope bikes like this find a market.
  • + 34
 Looks like it is 29er = race bike and 275 = freeride. Not everyone needs or wants a race bike so I welcome the trend
  • + 6
 @adrennan: My thoughts exactly!
  • - 7
flag wibblywobbly (Jul 29, 2019 at 4:50) (Below Threshold)
 If Yeti spent $$$$$$ on the molds for the two new 27.5 bike they must think there is a market. And Ibis (who literally can’t make enough Ripley and Ripmo) are keeping the new HD5 as 27.5 too. I guess all the people that can’t ride who didn’t mesh with super long and slack 29ers think they are going to mesh with super long and slack 27.5.

If it wasn’t for the marketing hype and need to be on trend, these schlubs would be better off on plus bikes slowly puttering around and having a great old time. Nobody wants to admit that and there is no money in that.
  • + 2
 @wibblywobbly: they sell 10 of these and they’ve paid for the mold cost.
  • + 1
 @adrennan: ^this 100%
  • + 3
 @adrennan: @adrennan: I still remember how much fun I had on a 26" Ibis Mojo demo bike...right before the 27.5 bikes came out, it makes me wonder when 26" bikes will come back
  • + 2
 @unrooted: the cool kids still have them,
  • + 6
 ???? ???? Bravo on the lack of HUGE LOGOS on the downtube.
Other manufacturers take note- distinctive industrial design and a nice headbadge are ALL you need.

Someone at Yeti deserves a medal for this.

May others soon follow in their footsteps (quiet cough... [pivot] cough).
  • + 9
 Banshee called, they want their Spitfire geometry back.
  • + 6
 Omg I loved mi Spitfire V2 so much, what a mini shredder. On the other hand, compared to Yeti the Banshee was really sluggish under hard load pedal strokes and a bit lazy when not pointed down the hill
  • + 20
 Pretty sure my Spitfire doesn't have a 77 degree seat angle.
  • - 1
 @JCO: ok, maybe not exactly. & they certainly don't rocket up the hills.
  • + 1
 I wonder if this will crack like my Spitfire did (RIP).
  • + 1
 @teethgrinder: I had a weeks warranty left when mine cracked.
Went through 4 swingarms on my SB66.
Is any bike indestructible?
  • + 0
 @Kiwijohn42: forums.mtbr.com/banshee-bikes/possible-crack-1076186.html

So far, the replacement HB160 is. And even if it turns out to be, it's got a lifetime warranty. Not a shitty 2 years.
  • + 7
 It doesn't cost any extra to make a bike with good geo than one with crap geo. Why can't affordable brands make bikes with these numbers?
  • + 4
 They are getting there slowly, looks like the whole industry is standardizing on numbers similar to this, which isnt a bad thing, and would have been considered pretty extreme a few years ago
  • + 1
 Transition scout alloy?
  • + 2
 I'm sure I can't be the only person with dumpy legs thinking 410 seatpost with 460 reach sounds amazing. Unfortunately at this rate I'll only be able to imagine.
  • + 1
 @Grosey: 4kg frame and the real seat angle isn't as sharp because the post angle puts rider weight back when you raise it for climbing. Also that's a $3000 aluminium frame over here.
  • + 1
 @mrtoodles: just curious, whats a yeti frame set you back?
  • + 1
 @Grosey: SB130 is $5,200 retail for the Turq series. They don't list the C series frames but a GX complete is $7,900.
  • + 9
 I first read 'Turq' carbon as 'Turd' carbon...
  • + 1
 Practically every time I see a Toyota with TRD badges I think the same thing.
  • + 8
 Could make a good mullet bike...
  • + 5
 "the headtube on the SB140 is a degree and a half slacker than the SB5 was, the seat tube is 3.4 degrees slacker, ..."

I think you mean the seat tube is 3.4 degrees *steeper*.
  • + 27
 cut him some slack, man
  • + 6
 @wowbagger: about 1.5 degrees and no more?
  • + 4
 @mattvanders: alright, i guess i can saddle for that
  • - 3
 The reviewer and writer is Sarah Moore. Not a “him”. Respect with correct speech. @wowbagger:
  • + 11
 @gwhalen3: you are right! I'm so used to male reviewers that I didn't even think before posting that..
  • + 2
 @gwhalen3: Good that you used your time to bring this to everyone's attention. /PSA
  • + 0
 @wowbagger: NEVER ASSUME A PERSON'S GENDER!!!
  • + 6
 Great looking bike & I bet it is a ton of fun. Dentist comments getting really old. I have yet to meet a dentist on a Yeti.
  • + 12
 I bumped into 3 REALLY nice Dentist guys at a trail building party with my kid. They were hanging out together. I got to know them for a bit and then realized they were all Dentists. I laughed and said "hey who rides a Yeti" (which was perhaps a bit rude). Two of them raised their hand. True story. FWIW Dentists put in the time and it can be a nightmare to be in healthcare. Should let it go. Sales guys (like myself) probably deserve the griefing more.
  • + 8
 I'm an engineer
  • + 7
 They did it! Threaded bottom bracket...wait, no? Dang.
  • + 2
 I'll go with a different color but that bike looks beautiful. Water bottle, 140mm, pedals well, stiff frame and a great warranty. I'm not understanding the budget question...seems inline. I'm a 29er rider so 27.5 just isn't for me but it looks the business.
  • + 2
 "I switched off my XC racer mindset I found the bike surprisingly efficient. After a couple of rides, I really began to appreciate the SB140's firm and responsive pedaling platform and its ability to hug the ground and make it up just about anything I pointed it at."

what does that even mean? sounds forced. mainstream reviews are getting pretty worthless*.

another example, bikemag says its "precise" but this is NOT doublespeak for twitchy, no sir, BUT vitalmtb flat says "no it's twitchy (thx vital*)".
  • + 2
 It pedals well for a trail bike, but for someone who is used to XC bikes it doesn't pedal that well?
  • + 2
 I think companies should just give optional women -specific frame decals if they opt for it. Since air shocks can be highly tune-able for lighter riders, if someone wants to rock a Beti decal, they can. It could help with aftermarket sales too.
  • + 1
 Agreed. And start spec'ing Manitou shocks which can be tuned with a $40 tool.
  • + 6
 next Pink Bike article: "NEW Yeti SB 140 79er Absolutely Shreds!"
  • + 2
 How many dedicated main triangles are used through the 130, 140, 150, and 165? Are they getting away with making four bikes out of one front triangle, and modifying linkages and maybe swingarms?
  • + 3
 At a minimum, the 130 and 140 are different from the 150 and 165. The shocks on the later mount to the down tube instead of the seat tube.
  • + 5
 I peeked at the geometry charts and they are all different. Headtube length is one quick way to compare
  • + 1
 So this didn't climb as well as the Ibis Ripley? I suppose it isn't a fair comparison?

While my V1 Ibis Ripley was at my LBS, I demo'd the SB130 and Norco Range (29er) - these are big freakin' bikes!
I actually preferred the Range over the SB130 because I felt it climbed better.

When I got my Ripley back, it felt like a BMX bike!....LOL!

My Ripley weighs 25 lbs. Those two bikes weigh at least 30. I now really appreciate a lighter bike no matter the trend of a burlier bike!

So, I'm now officially confused on which bike to get next. Decisions, decisions...
  • + 1
 To all those complaining about whatever you all complain about need to realize that there is a market for brand new Porsche 911s and a market for ratchet Nissan 350z's. Even though they both have the intended use to be a fun weekend car, they are not the same. Though many wealthy individuals will buy the Porsche just for the name and look, there are still those who stretch their pennies use them how they're intended to be used. To all of you in the 350 market, enjoy it and use it but drop the hatred towards the brands who are innovating and actually paying for engineers to design half decent products (and not to mention a design staff that doesn't cover them in corny phoenixes and pinstripes *cough cough*).
  • + 1
 The following question is relevant only because Yeti is a prime example of a bike company that has embraced steeper seat tube angles.....DOES ANYONE MAKE A SADDLE WITH RAILS THAT EXAND ALL THE WAY TO THE BACK END OF THE SADDLE? THEREBY MOVING THE RIDER POSITION FORWARD FOR THE CLIMBS?
  • + 1
 9.8 fall line dropper can be purchased with forward offset head which does the same thing
  • + 3
 Yes this is the perfect bike for me! Oh no it’s not, I don’t have Inspector Gadget arms..... What the f*ck is up with those reach numbers..?!
  • + 4
 When is the sb180 freeride and sb200 dh coming out?
  • + 3
 I found it funny how they try to cover this huge downtube bulge with a crank arm on every photo.
  • + 2
 middle school can be an awkward time
  • + 1
 Yeti’s president is anti bike access. He is personally responsible for sabotaging most important trail access reform in decades. Donate to Sustainable Trails Coalition and BOYCOTT corporate stooges Yeti.
  • + 2
 Was that the effort to get bicycle into wilderness areas?
  • + 8
 Can you elaborate? Maybe point us to an article? If true I'd definitely never buy a yeti.
  • + 2
 following.
  • + 1
 Source?
  • + 14
 www.bikemag.com/features/originals/a-cause-for-question

Chris Conroy is on the board of IMBA, so he is one of many who drives the actions and policy direction of the organization. Many felt that IMBA's lack of interest in supporting H.R. 1349 was them being against Bike in Wilderness was slap in the face to so many of its members who wanted to at least start the conversation about which wilderness areas should be open to human-powered-transport. That might be because Sustainable Trails Coalition has been lobbying the bill hard, so perhaps IMBA sees STC as a competing organization trying to steal membership, who knows. Whatever the case may be, Conroy has influence.

IMBA also has become more eBike friendly, and many accuse the organization of doing so because it puts money in their pocket due to industry connections. Obviously Yeti isn't producing eBikes, but IMBA being allowing eBike manufacturers to influence them could complicate things with H.R. 1349 - a bill that would exclude eBikes.
  • + 4
 eBikes are going to be the greatest hurdle to Wilderness access in the future. I'm sure many land managers, if allowed to grant access on a case by case, trail by trail basis would consider it, but with eBikes in the mix now in a big way, I have a hard time imagining it ever coming to pass.
  • + 0
 Kinda of bummed. Was hoping they would go 140/150 fork with 130'ish in the back. This is more of a bruiser. Wife is looking to replace her Roubion and was wanting a bike more on the trail spectrum than enduro. 28+ pounds for xx1 seems rather heavy even considering 2.8 tires and the stock (crappy at this price point) M1700's.
  • + 4
 A play bike for 7400? pffftt
  • + 0
 "The Yeti Beti bike line will not carry into Yeti’s 2020 offering. Our decision to discontinue the line was driven by the women who work here. We create products that resonate with female riders. When launching the Beti bike line we developed a custom rear shock tune to achieve better performance for lighter-weight riders. After rounds of internal testing, we found that the enhanced tunability of FOX’s current suspension means we can achieve the same ride performance across a wider range of weights – male and female.

The Beti apparel line will continue and carry the Beti name. Our commitment to the women’s mountain bike community remains steadfast through racing, ambassadors, event sponsorship, and visibility within the brand.—Kristi Jackson, Director of Marketing at Yeti Cycles"

No one wants to applaud Yeti for this? Fine, I will. Nice work. Looking forward to seeing if any long-term changes result from this move.

SB140 is exactly the bike I'd want from Yeti if I was making Yeti-levels of money. Time to look for a job upgrade.
  • + 2
 The part I'm applauding is that he managed to put the blame on the women who work at yeti, all by the end of the second sentence. That always deserves applause.
  • + 4
 @thesharkman: he's covering his ass so the gender identity folks don't blame the patriarchy
  • + 1
 I can't believe this much engineering, this much stoke, this many hardcore MTBers at yeti designing stuff---and they have just a big gaping hole for cable routing! Not sexy guys. Otherwise, the bike looks nice.
  • + 4
 So is this opening up the “Downfun” category?
  • + 1
 All these brands splitting their bikes so minutely, within 10mm of travel between each other. Yeti must be doing great to have such a lineup. Seems they could be cannibalizing sales within their own models.
  • + 2
 One trade off with Yeti is weight; outside of the sb100, these bikes all weigh well over 30lbs.
  • - 2
 Which is why they need to make an SB115 or SB120.
  • + 2
 10/10 chance I would ride if given the opportunity.

0/10 chance I would pay for it.
  • - 1
 @sarahmoore You spend the first paragraph under "Frame Details & Construction Design" stating that "Side by side the SB140 frame looks exactly like its longer-traveled sibling the SB165 and is also almost indistinguishable to the SB130 and SB150 (...) and have the shock mounted in the same place on the top tube which allows ample room for a water bottle."

The SB165 and 150 both have shock mounts to the down tube, not the seat tube. This is important. I actually consider shock mount position when making a bike purchase due to weight and aggressive riding style.
  • + 2
 YETI hit another home run!! Great bikes with a great selection of colors. Switch infinity is the real deal!
  • + 1
 Can anybody comment on how a Mach 5.5 with moderate 66.5 HTA and wheelbase compares to these slacker, longer bikes on the descents? Is really even that noticeable?
  • + 1
 Why is there no talk about coil on this if the rear is so progressive? At a minimum riding coil makes people think they ride hard.
  • + 2
 "Yeti's new sb140 wants to capitalize on the movement/style popularized by 50to01 and will be marketed as such"
  • + 2
 Did you mean that the SB130 is indistinguishable from the SB140, and likewise for sb150/sb165?
  • + 1
 These are in my budget (these being Yeti bikes) but I just don't see the justification in design or components. I'm not going to pay out the @$$ for a brand name.
  • + 6
 if you cant justify the $$ then clearly they arent in your budget.
  • + 3
 @zyoungson: I agree with @freekandy . Particularly with Yeti it seems the default "i have some money must buy bling" bike.
  • + 6
 You can get a lot more bang for your buck by going with just about any other brand.
  • + 5
 @zyoungson: Or there are better builds out there that cost less
  • + 5
 @freeKandy Starter home in Tahoe - $500,000
Audi A4 - $50,000
Season pass and back country set up $5,000
Starbucks Frappuccino (Dailly) $7
K-mart bike $169.00
  • + 1
 @stumphumper92: except u don't get switch or the aesthetics..
  • + 15
 I really don't get the "Yeti = Bling" thinking. Their prices for complete bikes seem exactly in line with similar bikes/spec from Specialized, Trek, Santa Cruz, Ibis, etc. Hell, even their frame sets are only 10% more expensive than mid-tier brands like Transition, while offering a newer take on geo and a more sophisticated suspension layout.

Are they as affordable as a Guerilla Gravity, nope. As budget conscious as a Giant or Marin - nah. But they make kick ass machines with exceptional suspension attributes.
  • + 1
 @truehipster: hahaha so true. You see these people everywhere. Usually cramming their K-Mart bike (though sometimes an aero-bar Cervelo) into the trunk of the Audi, with the seats down.
  • + 6
 @KJP1230: u nailed it man... I've never understood the uproar myself.. I bought a frame only sb130 and swapped most parts from my fuel ex.. They aren't this unattainable object..
  • + 3
 would love to see someone give this bike the mullet treatment
  • + 2
 They need to make an SB130 designed around 27.5. That would be a true play bike!
  • + 12
 That’s called an Ibis Mojo
  • + 2
 @professed: or if the new transition scout was carbon
  • + 3
 Guerrilla Gravity Shred Dogg
  • + 1
 Scroll down to read an in depth reviews on how it descends with the short offset fork and ????????‍♂️
  • + 1
 I guess women weren't thrilled to pay 8k for essentially a different shock tunr
  • + 2
 My wife really liked the color scheme of the Storm Betis. That being said, my 7 and 4yr shredder boys both say the turquoise "is super girly Dad", and we def dont push gender based colors nonsense. There is something to be said of women's specific touch points too if they were to do it right.
  • + 2
 @Svinyard: I too wish that Storm color would come back. It's awesome.
  • + 1
 Bike looks too big for you in the photos. Size small probably fits better at 5'7".
  • + 2
 Do think the reach and wheelbase are too long for your corner issues?
  • + 2
 If you've seen one Yeit SB, you've seen them all.
  • + 0
 Looks like a fun bike, hopefully it doesn't have the swoopy top tube on the small frames like the SB5 did. 125mm dropper on small frames is disappointing.
  • - 3
 Seems something new, but I am pedaling since 2006 with high progressive suspension ratio as one of the best rear suspension feature of my bikes; more important than slack angles. Although now I have also slack head angle on my bike, but always high progressive suspension ratio.
  • + 1
 Whats Richy to do now with all these SB models too choose from.
  • + 1
 Next Yeti's 2021 SB140.5.
  • + 2
 Wants’s it!
  • + 0
 @sarahmoore Pro tip: Bikes don't have feelings or preferences.
  • - 1
 I feel most of us here would have rather seen a SB190 with a some big wheels and a dual crown fork Smile
  • + 0
 I'd rather take the Pivot Mach 5.5.
  • + 1
 How does it descend (66.5 HTA, moderate wheelbase) compared to these slacker, longer bikes?
  • + 1
 @iRideSteel: A little more maneuverable
  • + 1
 @iRideSteel: Still smashes the DH and climbs like crazy. Fun and playful
  • + 1
 I was considering the pivot Mach 5.5 which is such a sick bike but this has now just turned my head a little.
  • + 1
 Atill want the SB165..
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 Kinda like it!
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 Yep, looks like a overpriced bicycle.
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 Only $3,499 for a frame. That's a deal compared to the SB165!
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 is it just me or are Yetis really ugly
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 definitely just you
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 Nope, can't stand them either. At least the latest iterations of their bikes. That beer-belly-look has to go!
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 @zonoskar: that's why they always hide it behind the pedals... probably some kind of non-disclosure agreement with Yeti
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 @f00bar: lol..dude this has to be true. I not sure I've ever seen such OCD photography with the pedal covering the 'rock-catcher' downtube-BB area. In person (the other models) it does look odd with that square area.
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 @Svinyard: no, its called just having the pedals level
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 is this a joke? its 27.5. Who the hell races a 27.5 bike lol
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 Yeti stop messing about and make a 180 front and rear 29er Wink
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 Remember when they made DH bikes
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 Why not just call it a Switch Infinity Turner 5 Spot converted to 27.5"?
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 I'll hold out till the SB142.7 comes out.
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