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2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

 

With its 2017 SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike, Yeti takes advantage of trickle-down technology in its choice to split its frame lines into standard Carbon and advanced Turq models this year, with the SB6 Carbon falling into the former category. Don’t be mistaken though—this SB6’s carbon construction is still top notch, and is a testament to just how far the industry has come with carbon. It’s just a little bit heavier than the highest of high grade Turq, which means you’re getting a bomber bike at a more attainable price point for the sacrifice of a mere claimed 260g, which is about the weight of a small cup of coffee if we put it in real world terms. Yeti pairs the SB6 frame with SRAM’s new X01 Eagle drivetrain, which gives the surprisingly capable chassis an ultimate bailout gear in the form of a 50t cog.

The Switch Infinity suspension system is a key element behind the SB6’s versatility. Switch Infinity originally replaced the Switch Link design, which experienced 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.

Aside from these updates, 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 SB6 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’s carbon fiber ethos maintains a focus on increased efficiency and decreased weight while dialing the geometry to its signature enduro standards. This involves dropping the head tube angle to a slack 65.5 degrees—down a full degree-and-a-half from Yeti’s more trail-minded SB5. That, combined with the long top tube, makes for a long, low ride that can handle steep, lumpy terrain with ease and speed.

A race-ready enduro sled that leaves a big footprint

Responsive Switch Infinity suspension with 6in of travel

Long, slack geometry sends big lines

Carbon construction balances light weight and stiffness

Boost axles increase stiffness on climbs and tracking on descents

One-by simplicity with a 12-speed range that tops out at 50t

Yeti Cycles refuses to rest on its laurels, continuously updating an already impressive model

 

2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

carbon fiber

Suspension:

Switch Infinity

Rear Shock:

Fox Float X Performance

Rear Travel:

152mm

Fork:

Fox 36 Performance

Front Travel:

160mm

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:

SRAM X1 1400 Eagle 12-speed

Bottom Bracket:

SRAM GXP BB92

Cassette:

10 – 50t SRAM 1295 Eagle 12-speed

Brakeset:

SRAM Guide R

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

180 / 180mm SRAM Centerline

Handlebar:

Race Face Respond

Handlebar Width:

785mm

Grips:

Yeti lock-on

Stem:

Race Face Respond

Stem Length:

45mm

Saddle:

Yeti WTB Custom

Seatpost:

Race Face Turbine Dropper

Seatpost Diameter:

30.9mm

Wheelset:

DT Swiss E1900 Boost

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle

Tires:

[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO Tubeless, [rear] Maxxis Aggressor EXO Tubeless

Tire Size:

[front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.3in

Claimed Weight:

30.3lb

Recommended Use:

all-mountain, enduro

Manufacturer Warranty:

5 years limited on frame

 

2017 Yeti Cycles SB6 Carbon Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

GEOMETRY CHART

SB6 Carbon XX1 Pro
160mm 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 21.8in 22.6in 15.1in 28.7in 3.7in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 44.6in
S 16.5in 22.8in 23.2in 15.9in 28.8in 4.3in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 45.7in
M 17.5in 23.8in 23.6in 16.8in 28.9in 4.8in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 46.8in
L 19in 24.8in 24.2in 17.6in 28.9in 5.4in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 47.8in
XL 20.5in 25.8in 25in 18.3in 28.9in 6.3in 65.5o 73.5o 13.6in 17.4in 48.9in

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