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2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike

 

Anyone who’s spent time on a bike built around Yeti’s Switch suspension family knows that it has always excelled on the climbs. With the introduction of plus-sized tires on the SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike, that climbing is only improved. The overall effect keeps pedaling floaty and weightless, adjectives we wouldn’t typically attach to a bike with such capably deep travel. But that apparent incongruity has long been a hallmark of Yeti’s Switch designs, and the SB5+ carries the torch into the brave new world of Boost hub spacing and plus-sized tires. The bike is kitted with a blend of Shimano components that privilege function over bling, and though it does climb well, a dropper post and plush, 2.8in tires make its enduro intentions clear.

The SB5+ owes its expanded tire clearance (which tops out at 3in) to its Boost rear axle spacing, which is matched with a suitably Boosted 34 Float fork. The gains in traction and cushion from running plus-sized tires are immediately noticeable both on climbs and root lattices and rock gardens. The SB5+ can definitely be pushed harder than its non-plus siblings, and we’ve found that it thrives in terrain typically reserved for six-inch bikes. The 67.1-degree head tube contributes to that impression by straddling the line between slacked-out enduro and trail-bike moderation. It keeps things stable on the descents but doesn’t wander off-line while climbing or during low-speed maneuvers.

Despite the plus-sized tire clearance, Yeti manages to keep the stays at a reasonably stubby 17.2in, contributing further to the bike’s clean pedaling and ability to dice terrain that outmatches its impressively capable five inches of Switch Infinity travel. And this being a Yeti, that’s where the bike really shines. Riding with the shock open won’t condemn you to wallowing in squish when you have to transition quickly into a short climb on the other side of a long descent. Even when fully open, the bike still claws up anything without leaving you wide-eyed and white-knuckled when you fly down a deep rollover on the other side with a locked-out shock.

Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension is the obvious lynchpin of the SB5+’s versatile capability. Its linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp on rocky climbs and while taking advantage of the plus-sized tires to carry speed across moderate trail furniture. it also erases the momentary harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit. We admit that even we’ve rarely pushed Switch Link that hard, but—when we do—it’s nice to not experience that hiccup.

Though it’s undeniably improved, long term Yeti fans will be relieved to learn that the new suspension system is fairly similar to the old. Like the Switch Link, the Switch Infinity slider travels upward under the first phase of compression, when the SB5+ is settling into its sag point. As the rear end compresses deeper, the direction changes, and the DH-inspired slider travels down toward the bottom bracket shell to maintain a steady pedaling platform. This change of direction is smoother, without the above-mentioned dead space, but the effect is the same. Deep in the stroke, it works in conjunction with the upper pivot to produce a vertical wheel path that flattens big hits. On the trail, we find ourselves tempting faster lines across everything from scree fields to babyheads as the SB5+ tidies up sloppy, questionable lines and sweeps rider errors under the rug.

A trail bike that climbs and gobbles terrain with aplomb

5in of Switch Infinity suspension let you run the shock open

Versatile Front end straddles the slack and moderate worlds

Plus-sized tires boost traction and add cushion

Boost axles make for better climbing and tracking

No-nonsense one-by build kit demonstrates enduro-grade durability

Yeti Cycles produces the most advanced suspension designs available

 

2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

carbon fiber

Suspension:

Switch Infinity

Rear Shock:

FOX Float Performance

Rear Travel:

127 mm

Fork:

FOX 34 Float Performance

Front Travel:

150 mm

Headset:

44 / 56 mm Cane Creek 40

Shifters:

Shimano SLX M7000 (right only)

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano XT M8000

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

30 t Race Face Affect

Bottom Bracket:

Shimano BB92

Cassette:

11 – 46 t Shimano XT M8000

Chain:

Shimano SLX

Brakeset:

Shimano 615

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

180 / 180 mm Shimano

Handlebar:

Race Face Evolve

Handlebar Width:

750 mm

Grips:

Yeti lock-on

Stem:

Race Face Ride

Stem Length:

60 mm

Saddle:

Yeti Branded WTB

Seatpost:

Race Face Turbine

Wheelset:

DT Swiss 370 W/XM551

Front Axle:

Boost 15 x 110mm

Rear Axle:

Boost 12 x 148mm

Tires:

Maxxis Rekon EXO

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.8 in

Pedals:

not included

Claimed Weight:

29 lb

Recommended Use:

trail

Manufacturer Warranty:

5 years on frame

2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Carbon XT/SLX Complete Mountain Bike

GEOMETRY CHART

SB5 Plus
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
M 17.5in 23.6in 23.9in 16.8in 28.6in 3.5in 67.1o 74.1o 13in 17.2in 45.8in
L 19in 24.6in 24.4in 17.6in 29.1in 4.1in 67.1o 74.1o 13in 17.2in 46.9in
XL 20.5in 25.6in 25in 18.5in 29.6in 4.8in 67.1o 74.1o 13in 17.2in 48in

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