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2016 Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

 

Given that the latest generation of SB5 took four years of carbon tinkering and ritualistic sacrifices to the gods of suspension, we’re not surprised that, for 2016, the Yeti SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame returns without any big changes to geometry or the Switch Infinity travel mechanism at its heart. Developing the Switch Infinity went beyond the virtual realm of design software and protractors, with the engineering shamans of Yeti’s tribe cannibalizing materials like dropper post shafts from existing equipment in order to produce testable proofs of concept. The end result is a frame whose suspension design gives XC-minded speedsters more confidence across terrain and enduro/DH bruisers an efficient climbing platform that doesn’t compromise on big hits.

The Switch Infinity suspension’s linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs and relentless small bumps. Deep in the stroke, the Switch Infinity slider works in conjunction with the upper pivot to produce a vertical wheel path that effortlessly flattens big, square-edged impacts. It also erases the momentary harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit.

Of course, most riders will never experience that dead spot on the Switch Link, but the SB5 isn’t for most riders. It’s for the all-mountain racer who demands that his machine eats deep log roll overs with the same tenacity that it cleans long climbs — a rare breed in the enduro scene as a whole, but common enough in Yeti’s Tribe of enduro nutters. It’s also easier to maintain than its predecessor, which makes even some of the most mechanically inept feel like a pro wrench.

The SB5’s frame remains the next evolution of Yeti’s proven carbon fiber chassis. Frame weights are right around five pounds with shock, depending on size, which puts it on the lighter end of the trail bike spectrum, and it does so without sacrificing strength or stiffness. With thoughtful tube forming, a tapered head tube, and a 142mm rear thru-axle, claiming that it tracks true through rough terrain would be something of an understatement. Bikes like the SB6 may get more attention from the high-gloss pages on the hype front of the enduro scene, but for those of us who get our news straight from the trail itself, the SB5 is a proven all-mountain competitor that doesn’t compromise on any terrain or gradient.

Expand your trail horizons with some enduro pedigree

5in Switch Infinity suspension resets all-mountain expectations

Slacked-out geometry for gravity-inspired lines

Carbon construction and thru-axle rear for stiff efficiency

Custom frame protectors preserve that pretty paint job

Clearance for tires up to the new standard of 2.4in

Yeti Cycles consistently lives up to the expectations inspired by its big-footed mascot

 

2016 Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

Frame Material:

carbon fiber

Suspension:

Switch Infinity

Wheel Size:

27.5 in

Rear Shock:

FOX Float Factory DPS

Rear Travel:

127 mm

Head Tube Diameter:

1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered

Headset Included:

no

Bottom Bracket Type:

73 mm PF30

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Cable Routing:

external, [dropper] stealth

Front Derailleur Mount:

Shimano D-Type

Derailleur Pull:

top

Brake Type:

disc

Seatpost Diameter:

30.9 mm

Seat Collar:

35 mm

Rear Axle:

12 x 142mm thru-axle

Claimed Weight:

[frame and shock] 5.1 lb

Recommended Use:

trail, enduro

Manufacturer Warranty:

5 years limited

 

2016 Yeti Cycles SB5 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

GEOMETRY CHART

SB5C
140mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 15in 21.6in 22.7in 14.6in 29.6in 3.7in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 43.4in
S 16.5in 22.6in 23.3in 15.5in 29.7in 4.3in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 44.4in
M 17.5in 23.6in 23.7in 16.3in 29.8in 4.8in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 45.5in
L 19in 24.7in 24.4in 17.1in 30in 5.6in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 46.6in
XL 20.5in 25.7in 25in 17.9in 30.5in 6.3in 67o 72.75o 13.4in 17.4in 47.6in
150mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 15in 21.6in 22.7in 14.6in 29.6in 3.7in 66.8o 72.7o 13.4in 17.4in 43.4in
S 16.5in 22.6in 23.3in 15.5in 29.7in 4.3in 66.8o 72.6o 13.4in 17.4in 44.4in
M 17.5in 23.6in 23.7in 16.3in 29.8in 4.8in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 45.5in
L 19in 24.7in 24.4in 17.1in 30in 5.6in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 46.6in
XL 20.5in 25.7in 25in 17.9in 30.5in 6.3in 66.8o 72.5o 13.4in 17.4in 47.6in

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