Yeti SB130 Lunch Ride Replica - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 13, 2019 at 1:39
by Richard Cunningham  

BIKE CHECK
Yeti SB130
Lunch Ride
Similar, but not the same: Yeti's SB130 Lunch Ride is a standard '130, modified with extra wheel travel, a more aggressive tune and slightly slacker geometry.

Don't bother trying to contact anyone at Yeti between 11:30and 1:00 PM, because they will be gone. The Yeti Lunch ride is not mandatory, but it may as well be. With few exceptions, the entire crew heads to the hills at noon each workday for a hotly contested rip on the nearby trails. Since Yeti released the SB130, the mid-travel 29er has become the weapon of choice for almost every employee. At some point, Yeti's product managers noticed that they'd all modified their '130s in a similar fashion - with longer travel forks, more capable shocks and faster-rolling rubber. Small changes, perhaps, but they boosted the SB130's fun factor to 11, so the crew voted to put a replica into production. Meet the SB130 Lunch Ride:


Powerful SRAM Code RSC brakes - 200mm rotor (front), 180mm (rear).

The Lunch Ride's head tube angle drops down to 65 degrees, mostly due to the addition of a longer travel, 160mm Fox 36 fork with the ultra-capable GRIP damping system. The Fox DPX2 shock has been lengthened to provide six millimeters of extra travel (SB 136?). The bottom bracket also rises slightly, just enough to keep the crankset above the rocks.

Fast-rolling Maxxis Aggressor rear tire.
Rider's choice: Maxxis Minion DHF front tire.

Wheels are DT Swiss M1700s - with aluminum rims reinforced with spoke eyelets. Those who want carbon can go for the $1300 USD upgrade, and have DT Swiss XMC 1200 wheels fitted.


SRAM Code RSC brakes are another performance increase over the standard SB130, and stopping power is boosted further with a 200-millimeter front rotor (180mm rear). Yeti chose SRAM's best performance value X01 Eagle drivetrain, this includes a lower geared, 30-tooth chainring to maximize the bike's uphill performance.

800mm Yeti handlebar and 40mm stem.
SRAM X1/XO1 Eagle drivetrain.

The extended shock increases the rear wheel travel by six millimeters, but the more significant benefit is that it alters the leverage curve to further enhance pedaling firmness near the suspension's sag point.

Turquoise decals on the fork and shock signify custom upgrades.

Small frames get a 125mm dropper post, while mediums get 150's and Large/XL sizes get 175's. Weight for the medium-sized bike is pegged at 29.3 pounds, which is respectable in this class. If you don't like Yeti's Turquoise team color, you can also get one in carbon black or Spruce green, which may be my new favorite. As mentioned, the Lunch Ride is only available in one build for $7599. (Complete specs and Geo here)






156 Comments

  • + 94
 So, basically Yeti themselves admit the original bike isn't what anyone would choose to ride? Great selling point.
  • + 41
 Who buys a bike and doesn't change it to suit them?
Nature of the sport.
Seems like the best quiver killer available to me right know personally. I'd still buy it frame only but there's isn't a bike on sale that I would buy complete with sram and rockshox polluting the market so much.
  • - 49
flag duzzi (Apr 13, 2019 at 8:00) (Below Threshold)
 Not to mention ridiculous statements such as: "the entire crew heads to the hills at noon each workday". Right, with "few exceptions" they all go: empty stomach and skip lunch, everyday!

Textbook "brand loyalty" fantasy (look mom! I am riding the same bike they ride for lunch!). Sometimes I can't believe what kind of crap shot commercials make it in press at Pinkbike!
  • + 16
 @duzzi: As it turns out an hour and a half is enough time to eat and ride. But hey-I'm jealous of working at a place where I could do that every day too.
  • + 4
 It definitely is a quiver killer, and I'm not sure overshocking/overforking are a good thing if that's what you're looking for. Mine is plenty capable at 150F/130R, though I'll probably end up tinkering with it because I'm an idiot like that and can't help myself. Haha.
  • + 7
 @duzzi: You know these guys are based in Golden CO, right? With Lookout mountain nearby, it's awesome. I miss my times at Mines...
  • + 14
 I’m in CO too and several of us at my office do the same. It’s very common and great fun here where local trails are at your doorstep. Where Yeti is located, they have a huge network of awesome trails right there. @duzzi:
  • + 1
 @jpat22: Damnit, I need to live/work somewhere like that. Sounds killer.
  • + 17
 @duzzi: Where in article does it say they don't eat lunch? Lots of bike brands do lunch rides at their HQ, it doesn't mean they don't eat. That would just be ridiculous.
  • + 58
 you just eat during work,while you’re watching YouTube...
  • + 5
 @duzzi: Not sure what’s so odd about skipping lunch to ride or workout. I do it all the time. A lot of people I work with do the same. Not odd or far-fetched at all.

It is kind of funny that they came out with a bike and sold whatever builds to the masses, then came out and said, “Psych! This is what we actually ride!” But then again, it’s just another build, and a solid one at that. If I had $7k and was in the market for a new bike, I’d consider.
  • + 5
 I think it's really strange how they do this (for many of their bikes). Why wouldn't they just spec them this way to begin with
  • + 1
 @DrPete: Hell, I got it at 140 at the front with an ardent race on the rear and hr2 up front for more xc days.. Feels like a beefed up 100..
  • + 3
 30t chainring. nice!
  • - 21
flag duzzi (Apr 13, 2019 at 10:52) (Below Threshold)
 @glynnondale: sure they eat and ride, try that. I love it how people drink up commercial advertising better than cool aid! Sure: this is the bike designed for lunch break! Where is the bike for "breakfast start". "Evening release"? "Night Dream"? when all the Yeti employees go riding instead of going to sleep?
  • + 13
 @duzzi: go to Sea Otter, enjoy the nice weather and stop complaining, or go for a ride..... or something.
  • + 7
 @DrPete: office building even has showers so we’re not dirtbags for the rest of the work day :-)
  • + 8
 @duzzi: damn dawg ur hella mad at yeti.
  • + 7
 @duzzi: Ummm, been there at lunch? I have. It's true. Most of the staff heads out for a ride every day at noon, Conroy included. They can eat at their workstations. Or y'know, a Clif bar on the way back from Apex or Dakota Ridge.
  • + 11
 @duzzi: i live on the west side of Denver and ride Apex at lunch pretty frequently. I see Yeti workers riding there a lot. so im guessing they eat before or after. a truly impossible concept to grasp
  • + 13
 @duzzi: What I’m trying to understand is what about this whole thing is inconceivable to you, and why.

Is it really so far-fetched that people might skip lunch and just go ride instead?

Is it really so far-fetched that people might eat a sack lunch at their desks after the ride, or even a little bit before the ride?

Is it really so far out there that a lunch ride would be part of the corporate culture at a small, yet premier bicycle company?

I just really don’t understand where you are coming from. Why is this seem such a departure from reality for you?

By the way — they’ve had references to their lunch rides on their website for years. This isn’t a new thing they came up with to sell this spec.
  • + 1
 It says “mostly due to a 160mm fork”. Is it the same frame or not?

Also, Rocky Mountain does this too with BC Edition. Nbd.
  • + 25
 @duzzi: show us on the dolly where Yeti hurt you.
  • + 2
 @markg1150: A very under-voted comment! Take all my non-stock upvotes
  • + 2
 @bohns1: exactly how it build it. Not interested in 29-30 pound bike for all day rides. What does yours weigh?
  • + 3
 @markg1150: there's no such thing as a quiver killer, just people who don't understand n+1.
  • + 1
 @bikesteamboat: well it's got a 140 pike, ardent 2.4 rear, 2.35 hr2 front, nox carbon hoops and a mix of xo1, xx1Eagle,one up composite pedals.. She's in that 27lb range.. A lighter saddle and some carbon cranks would drop it under but in all honesty it pedals like a much lighter bike than my buddies burly sb130 gx build by far.. Still plenty capable with the 140 and easily all day rideable.

Hope that helps!
  • + 3
 @duzzi: I've been to Yeti headquarters during lunch time. It's true. They all go on a ride. Well except for the guy that gave me a tour of the whole facility. But they have a pretty crappy company culture and my sb6c is terrible to ride
  • + 2
 I just got the Maxxis Aggressor. Its def a dry weather colorado tire. Not great for damp east-coast riding. They should rename it Deflector.
  • + 48
 I can’t spend that much on lunch
  • + 1
 I'm just a bit confused.. I don't know what is gong on here other then me not having any "lunch"
  • + 44
 Looks like an SB130.
  • + 24
 I like how they staged the bike with a water bottle like it was heading out for the lunch ride, but didn't put pedals on!?!?
  • + 5
 Bro don't you know? Yeti with a bottle is a big deal. If they should the bike without a bottle in it now, PB melts
  • + 23
 I need a new job!
  • + 1
 Got that right!
  • + 27
 No kidding--most of us have to choose between the job that lets you ride in the middle of the day and being able to afford a Yeti.
  • + 1
 The Sb6 can be had for 4k with gx eagle and fox performance stuff at the moment. Seems fair.
  • + 1
 @powderturns: I went frame only on my 130 and swapped parts from my fuel ex.. I can be done far less than list prices.
  • + 16
 Does it come with a beefed up rear triangle?
  • + 1
 Beef noodles :>.
  • + 13
 Interesting that they didn't just build it like this from the get go.
  • + 3
 My guess is that they were trying to keep this one more versatile and leave the SB150 to take care of those who wanted a bit more.
  • + 8
 They should have sold this out of the gate as an option. If you were doing a custom build, this is what you would build. Pretty dang nice! The HTA is prob my only design beef, 65 is pushing it for a do-everything 29er.

Rear tire clearance and flex tho... Is that fixed or still a thing with the new SB?
  • + 6
 "Rear tire clearance and flex tho... Is that fixed or still a thing with the new SB?"

^ This. Such dialed and balanced bikes othewise.
  • + 2
 Definitely can't get a plus tire in there, but either they quietly updated the rear triangle sometime late last year or the problem is overblown, because I've had zero problems with rear triangle flex and I'm not a small person.
  • + 5
 @jimeg: lol but is a FEATURE now! "wobbly flexy bikes" are now the new thing.
  • + 6
 @DrPete: I do know one thing. Dr. Pete is stoked on the bike he bought last fall. This man loves his Yeti.
  • + 2
 Yea I demoed one and loved it except it felt like the back end was on a different trail to me.

I didn’t buy one, even with a big discount offered.
  • + 1
 @TheR: no lies detected. The whole mid-travel 29er class just has so many fun rides.
  • + 3
 @Richt2000: PLENTY of Yeti guys getting some carnage on their stays. It's oddly super, super tight back there. On a bike that expensive and with Yeti not supporting the tire rub thing, you def don't want to run a 2.4 minion. I'd stick with 2.3 for sure if I had one. Sad because it's super close to an ideal do it all bike. Maybe they did quitely fix rear triangle but that would be a fortune in molds.

forums.mtbr.com/yeti/sb130-sb150-issues-1089983-5.html
  • + 2
 HTA is a non issue imo. In a few years most trail bikes will be in this realm. When the sta is properly steep and the bike fits then 65 is about right. The Sentinel for example feels great at 64 and I’ve ridden the 130 too. LR is exactly how i’d set one up but riders who aren’t pushing it to the edge of it’s capabilities are fine with the stock setup. Just another option and you don’t need to spend $7k to set one up this way.
  • + 2
 @jimeg: It is a non issue..
  • + 2
 @DrPete: It’s cool, man. It’s great to be so stoked about a new ride. I like that it makes you happy, even if I don’t know you.
  • + 0
 @TheR: That's what it's all about after all. Have fun out there. A lot of it for me comes from starting out with my first MTB back in the 90s and watching MIssy, Myles, Juli, and the like killing it in yellow and turquoise, and most of my life since then has NOT been spent in a Yeti-buying kind of situation but I worked my way out of that. So there's definitely an irrational fanboy piece in there too. Haha.
  • + 1
 @bohns1: Right. Wandering rear end and countersteer are engineered "features".
  • + 1
 @jimeg: yea along with frames snapping
  • + 4
 @jimeg: uh? I've been on this thing since inception.. There is no wondering rear end counter steer issue.. Yes, some are rubbing chainstays.. Im running a 2.4 rear and I have not yet.. The thing absolutely shreds!
  • + 3
 @Richt2000: I've been going out of my way to feel this supposed issue at my 196lb weight.. But every time, my ride ends with a shit eating grin on my face.
  • + 9
 I currently have a SB5.5c and really would like to replace it with this but $7600 is nuts.
  • - 2
 We can make the same travel mods to a carbon series bike if that’s what you’re looking for ✌????
  • + 6
 Spent some time demoing the SB130. This bike feels quite big/long much more than the Ripmo. I hated this bike in techy and tight terrain. I personally think the Ripmo does a better job at everything especially with some 30i wheels (same size as SB130). Demo both bikes with similar wheel/tire set-ups!
  • + 1
 Interesting. My one (XL) sb130 demo was way better than my 3 (L) Ripmo demos. Gonna get some time in on my friends XL Ripmo soon but I think a LR setup would beat the Ripmo climbing and match it on the descents even with a little less rear travel. Two great bikes. And Ibis offers a build that’s $1k less than the cheapest Yeti build.
  • + 6
 Yesterday I finally pulled the trigger on this bike (a non LR version) and I’m pumped, but the sticker shock is real. I narrowed it down to this bike and the SC Hightower. They both are great bikes and the HT build I tested was lighter, but the 130 does everything well and works for where I ride in CO and NM. Cheers!
  • + 2
 Hightower sucks compared to sb130. Santa Cruz was behind the geometry game for a long time even then. Yeti was too but not with the new SB's. You chose...wisely.
  • + 1
 @Svinyard: thanks, man. People will think I’m crazy but being able to fit a full sized bottle in the 130 unlike the previous models, sealed the deal for me.
  • + 1
 Enjoy it man. It’s a hell of a bike, and I agree-Hightower is a sweet ride but the geometry/SI suspension are just a cut above.
  • + 8
 So the people at Yeti skip their lunch breaks to go ride? Phffffft. I skip whole work days.
  • + 7
 What about warranty? Is it also upped ? If your top tube snaps without understandable reason is it still complicated to get an exchange? Just referring to a friend’s case.
  • + 9
 What about rear tire clearance! Did they increase that?
  • + 1
 Lifetime warranty. No questions asked.
  • + 1
 @Golden-G: to manufacturing defects, typically changing the suspension travel will void that lovely lifetime warranty Smile
  • + 4
 @BlacksCycle: One would assume if the manuacturer is specing then selling the bike, as opposed to it being an LBS customization, it would be covered by warranty as they do with their other bikes. But, yes, I'd be clarifying that point with the retailer before dropping cash.
  • + 1
 @BlacksCycle: I am actually wondering if that is true or just an old wives tale that has been passed down through the ages.
  • + 1
 Yeti has never been good about warrantying they’re frames with engineering flaws.

With that said I would rock this bike in a heartbeat!
  • + 7
 160mm fork to live up to the grueling demands of North Table Mountain, Apex, and White Ranch. lol, ok.
  • + 2
 Yeah, I don’t get this either.
  • + 1
 Don’t forget green mountain! ????
  • + 0
 Found the bitter hardtail guy!

White ranch is one of the chunkiest fastest downhills in a state known for big mountains. Is 160mm suddenly reserved for ultra rad north shore boys only?
  • + 5
 So, if this is my lunch time ride, when do I ride the standard SB130; morning or evening rides? Maybe Yeti would come out with a SB130 Knight Rider version...
  • + 7
 Hey, where did the story on Gwin's XC bike go?
  • + 2
 If I wanted a 29er, I'd be all over this. This is a little more slack but otherwise extremely similar to the Pivot Mach 5.5 that I'm riding (27.5). The Fox 36 160mm mated with approx 140mm suspension makes such a fun and all-around capable bike.
  • + 10
 So if you ride a pivot... then your username isn’t ironic?
  • + 2
 @Elitecaleb: They didn't use the 157 rear axle on the Mach 5.5. I wouldn't have bought it if they did.
  • + 1
 @tripleultrasuperboostplusplus: The question is why though? It has a better compatability with older stuff, as you can run an old 157 dh hub, whereas with 148 you have to get a 148 hub.
  • + 2
 Too bad they didn't just develop the one frame, made it 130-140 and 150-170 fork capable with some flip chips. THEN they could have saved money instead of developing 2 bikes. And THEN they could have afforded to SELL the bike frames for a more reasonable amount of money and THEN they would have sold even more of them!!! We'd of ALL been more happy Smile
  • + 4
 It's proven that a 140 backend can pedal super well alraady. You are basically talking about an improved version of Rocky Mountains Ride9 and BC editions. (current blazing through EWS). Good idea and saves mold development so many Yeti could invest in a rear triangle that properly supports an aggressive 2.4 tire in the mud.
  • + 6
 All fine but YThe hell 7,5k$? To pay the 1,5h lunch break?
  • + 2
 More of an observation rather than a complaint, Wouldn't it be nice if companies offered a choice of dropper post size with their bikes ?

Rather than a set size depending on what size bike you buy, especially with seat tub lengths decreasing and the size of bike you need not being solely defined by the length of your legs.
  • + 0
 When I bought my SB5.5, I had to swap the 150 dropper for a 100mm. 150mm was way too long ...
  • + 2
 Trying to use Trailforks to find the trails near Yeti headquarters that they might be ride over their lunch hour - just for perspective on what type of trails they are using the bike for. Thinking Barton Creek, Slaughter?
  • + 8
 Nope. Apex, Dakota ridge, Chimney Gulch, Longhorn, North Table Mountain, and Green Mountain are all rideable from their shop. Longhorn in White Ranch is a bit far for a lunch ride however. ~800' - 2000' ascents and descents. Lots of rocks, drops and goodness. Golden has great trails, if we could just thin down the population. I generally don't ride any of these on the weekend do to the total cluster.
  • + 1
 @danrowe: M-Th lunch is best!
  • + 6
 i think youve looked up the HQ for Yeti coolers, which i believe is in Austin, TX. Yeti Bikes is in Golden, CO.
  • + 1
 That’s funny. I bought this bike early in the season. The first thing I did was swap the fork for the 160mm 36 grip2 and had my 11-6 reconfigured for the bike. The bike rips. It’s my second Yeti for a reason. They build rad bikes not just for dentists. Shred hard????????haters will always hate.
  • + 1
 Man, sick setup there too. Not cheap but neat that you can reconfigure that shock.
  • + 1
 Did you bump up your shock stroke to 55mm too? There was a sick coiled 130 on Vital the other day.
  • + 1
 Honestly I’m not to sure. My shock was reconfigured before the lunch ride was announced. I’m waiting to here back though from the suspension company. Either way I’m not to concerned. The bike is a monster. @Svinyard:
  • + 1
 Honestly I’m not to sure. My shock was reconfigured before the lunch ride was announced. I’m waiting to here back though from the suspension company. Either way I’m not to concerned. The bike is a monster.


@WasatchEnduro:
  • + 1
 Hey,
looking at the LR geometry I found that Toptube lenght on LR is all sizes is bit longer than regular SB130(on medium its 603.4 vs 601.9).
But reach size is smaller on LR than regular (Size M is 455.6 vs 460.2), is something wrong? if toptube in longer, can reach be shorter?
  • + 4
 Threaded bottom brackets coming in 2020?
  • + 3
 Maybe people are blinded by the blue, but that continues to be one mother fugly seat tube.
  • + 1
 @rezrov I can't help but think I should yell "More cowbell" whenever I see one of these from the side...
  • + 1
 Guys and gals at Yeti. Any thoughts of swapping the 170mm fork from a SB150 to a 160 instead? SB150LR? Or is it still too much work in the climbs compared to the modified 130?
  • + 3
 Ripmo doesn't need any shock modification
  • + 5
 Just a head tube angle modification Smile
  • - 1
 @stiingya: and shock.
  • + 2
 Aka a modified placeholder product until they can get an updated frame released. Smart marketing.
  • + 3
 SB130LR is the spec I’ve been waiting for. I dig it!
  • - 1
 I wonder how they ride with an X2? I want to experiment with this longer stroke shock on mine.

I bought the SB 130 GX build in November. I immediately sold ALL of the SRAM stuff and put on XT rear der. with an e13 TRS race cass, XT cranks, XTR shifter and XT 4 piston brakes with a 200 mm rotor up front. Renthal bars and 40mm stem. AND Wolf Tooth light action dropper lever- this thing is sick!!!

All in all, the best bike I've owned to date. Still getting used to how long it is compared to my last bike, 2016 SC 5010.
  • + 2
 When's the sb150 weekend ride coming?
  • + 1
 Cool...but now it’s so close to the 150 might as well just ride that instead.
  • - 1
 Why didn't they just put the 210X55MM X2 on it instead of the DPX2? Already seen someone riding that setup and the X2 is a better shock for the terrain this bike was designed for.
  • + 1
 Good to see eyeleted rims, till yet to see a rim sans eyleys not through long term.
  • + 1
 They put a 210x55mm shock instead of the standard 210x52.5mm?
  • - 13
flag thesharkman (Apr 13, 2019 at 4:03) (Below Threshold)
 Since you didn't attempt to research at all... Yes, according to Yeti's website, it's 210x55 instead of 52.5.
  • + 3
 So can I just swap my 210x52.5 mm to 210x55 on my standard non LR SB130 to achieve the same? Or are additional changes necessary?
  • + 2
 @stuggidavid: That and the 160mm fork. There was one on Vital the other day. Bike of the day. I’ve done this is with my 5010 and my TRC with great results. PS this generally voids the warranty.
  • + 3
 @stuggidavid: I've been poking around to find out the same thing. Sounds like the 210x52.5 can be overshocked to 55mm by removing a 2.5mm travel spacer somewhere in the shock but it's not a DIY job. Seems that Fox or whoever services your shock can remove the spacer at the time of suspension service and make it work.

As far as warranty, since the 55mm stroke is an approved setup for the SB130 it doesn't void the warranty, but if it's a concern I'm sure Yeti would answer that question directly.
  • + 1
 @DrPete: thx for the reply. So what you’re saying is that I can even do the shock change without buying a different shock but by a special service.
Awesome. Might give it a try at the next service.
  • + 0
 @stuggidavid: that seems to be the consensus from the Yeti FB group, MTBR, etc. based on conversations people had at Sea Otter.
  • + 2
 Such a sick whip!
  • + 1
 They should just make an SB150, oh, they have?
  • + 1
 @watchtower You can't just buy that one though. You have to buy something with less travel, then way upfork it, then over shock it, then put on beefier tires, then change to a DH shock. Almost good, but now you need an angleset...

I am all for people modifying their bikes to suit their wants and needs, but sometimes it does seem a bit questionable when they make almost the exact bike people are trying to turn the smaller bike into.
  • + 2
 Great super-D bike.
  • + 5
 Or at least you'll look like a super D riding it
  • + 1
 is the frame on the LR the same as the non-LR Sb130?
  • + 2
 Yes it is, the only difference is 2.5mm more stroke on the shock. Eye to eye is still the same
  • + 1
 @probikesupplynewport: cool, thanks. I picked up a Sb130 a few months ago and like the LR spec. I live in the front range, colorado and have ridden the SB5LR and really dug it. Good to know. Thx
  • + 1
 Finally sense. This is where we've been heading. Golden bikes.
  • + 1
 I might not be a dentist, but I'd pull my own teeth to save up for this.
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