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2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

 

Eleven speed is so last year, and you’re finally flipping the switch on a new trail bike now that 12-speed is mainstream. That wait brought about more good things than just an extra gear with the 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike, as the flagship trail bike gets updated with a dose of all-mountain attitude. This SB5 also gets the new Turq designation, calling attention to the most advanced construction Yeti is able to create. Turq means strength where it’s needed and less weight where it isn’t courtesy of a more precise carbon layup that’s carefully molded to reinforce key stress points without adding bulk. This weight savings plays to the tune of a claimed reduction of 350g compared to the regular SB5 Carbon.

The geometry changes for this year’s SB5 manifest as a slightly slacker head tube, dropping from last year’s 66.8 degrees down to a 66.5-degree angle, with a slightly longer wheelbase and reach that combine for increased stability when blasting through steep rock gardens. Conversely, the longer, slacker front end is tempered by a stiff, stubby rear triangle that keep handling responsive and snappy as you deftly navigate tricky root systems and washed out trails. The seat tube is also steeper, which keeps you on top of the pedal stroke.

The Switch Infinity suspension system is the figurative backbone of the SB5’s versatility. Switch Infinity originally replaced the Switch Link design, which experiences a momentary harshness when rapidly successive hits kept it hovering above the 30% stroke point. The new design has a more linear travel arc, so the eccentric link changes direction without getting caught in that minute dead spot. Of course, 95% of all riders won’t ever push the Switch Link hard enough to experience this dead spot, but Yeti (being Yeti) went ahead and fixed it anyway. For those of us who are our own mechanics, Yeti also simplified maintaining the Switch Infinity by including easily accessible grease ports, which do away with the need for time-consuming rebuilds.

Apart from those changes, the two suspension systems are fairly similar. 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 effortlessly flattens big, square-edged impacts. Yeti worked with FOX for the shock tune, focusing on the mid-stroke and making it lighter off the top.

 

2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Yeti’s trail bike gets longer and leaner for expanded capability

5in of smooth Switch Infinity suspension

Longer, slacker geometry sends bigger lines

Tight rear triangle maintains agility in terrain

Features Yeti’s most advanced Turq carbon construction

Boost axles increase efficiency and improve tracking

SRAM’s X01 Eagle drivetrain adds the ultimate bailout gear

Yeti continues to push the boundaries between standard trail bikes and enduro sleds

 

2017 Yeti Cycles SB5 Turq X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

high-modulus carbon fiber

Suspension:

Switch Infinity

Rear Shock:

Fox Float Factory

Rear Travel:

127mm

Fork:

Fox 34 Factory

Front Travel:

150mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 40 inset taper

Shifters:

SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

30 t, SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon 12-speed

Bottom Bracket:

SRAM GXP BB92

Cassette:

10 – 50t SRAM 1295 Eagle 12-speed

Chain:

SRAM Eagle 12-speed

Brakeset:

SRAM Guide RS

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

[front] 180mm, SRAM Centerline, [rear] 160mm, SRAM Centerline

Handlebar:

Yeti Carbon

Handlebar Width:

740mm

Grips:

Yeti lock-on

Stem:

Easton Haven

Stem Length:

55mm

Saddle:

Yeti WTB Custom

Seatpost:

Race Face Turbine Dropper

Seatpost Diameter:

30.9mm

Wheelset:

[rims] DT Swiss XM421

Hubs:

DT Swiss 350

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle

Tires:

Maxxis Ardent EXO Tubeless

Tire Size:

[front] 27.5, x 2.4in, [rear] 27.5, x 2.25in

Claimed Weight:

26.5 lbs

Recommended Use:

trail

Manufacturer Warranty:

5 years limited on frame

 

GEOMETRY CHART

SB5
150mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 15in 21.7in 23in 15in 26.3in 3.9in 66.5° 73.7° 13.3in 17.2in 43.9in
S 16.5in 22.8in 23.6in 15.8in 26.9in 4.6in 66.5° 73.7° 13.3in 17.2in 45in
M 17.5in 23.7in 24in 16.7in 28.5in 5in 66.5° 73.6° 13.3in 17.2in 46in
L 19in 24.8in 24.6in 17.5in 29in 5.7in 66.5° 73.5° 13.3in 17.2in 47in
XL 20.5in 25.7in 25.4in 18.2in 29.5in 6.5in 66.5° 73.5° 13.3in 17.2in 48.1in

 

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