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2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike


Drawing inspiration from light, nimble XC rigs and burly enduro sleds alike, the 2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike lands in the sweet spot as a snappy, responsive, trail bike that whips up to speed and handles burly terrain like the champ that it is. Its plus-sized tires add much appreciated grip through loose ground and dicey terrain, and its Shimano XT build kit and DT Swiss hoops mean it’s ready to shred whether you’re pinning on a number or heading out for a day of spontaneous adventuring.

The SB5+ Turq’s geometry closely mirrors its smaller-tire SB5 sibling, with slight tweaks to embrace up to three-inch tires for smooth, stable traction across loose terrain. Of particular note is the SB5+’s elevated chainstays, which curve upward from the shock and create a sharply pointed triangle that increased stiffness and opens up tire clearance. This curved design keeps the chainstays at a svelte 17.2 inches for snappy, confident handling when whipping through switchbacks and rocketing over dusty trails.

The frameset carries Yeti’s new Turq designation, which represents the brand’s most advanced frame construction method. For the SB5+ Turq, that means a more precise carbon layup that’s molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding bulk. Yeti also claims it reduces weight by almost 300g compared to the regular version. This process results in strength where you need reinforcement, and lightness where you don’t.

With a 67.1-degree head tube angle, the SB5+ Turq is itching to bomb its way aggressively through steep rock gardens that leave little room for indecision while the short, snappy rear triangle tracks lines on a dime. Amplifying this bike’s handling prowess, Boost rear spacing allows for stubby, quick-thinking chainstays that take successive bumps in stride while finessing a tough line.

Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension is the lynchpin of the SB5+’s versatile capability. Its linear travel hits the sweet spot of anti-squat to keep pedaling sharp across rocky climbs, and it also erases the momentary harshness that its predecessor, the Switch Link design, would display when pushed to the absolute limit. Riding with the shock open won’t condemn you to bottomless squish when you have to transition quickly into a short climb on the other side of a long descent; the bike will still claw up anything without leaving you wide-eyed and white-knuckled when you fly down a deep rollover on the other side.

Other than those changes, long term Yeti fans will be relieved to learn that the 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. Deep in the stroke, the slider works in conjunction with the upper pivot to produce a vertical wheel path that flattens big hits. On the trail, you’ll be tempting faster lines across the chunky stuff as the SB5+ tidies up sloppy, questionable lines and sweeps rider errors under the rug.


2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike

A trail bike that display’s Yeti’s enduro prowess

Cleans technical terrain without faltering on climbs

5in of industry-leading Switch Infinity suspension

27.5+ wheels for better traction in loose conditions

Slacker front end pairs with a responsive Boost rear triangle

Top-end Turq carbon layup blends lightness and strength

Shimano XT componentry delivers precise gear shifts


2017 Yeti Cycles SB5+ Turq XT Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:
Turq carbon fiber
Switch Infinity
Rear Shock:
Fox Float Factory
Rear Travel:
127 mm
Fox 34 Factory
Front Travel:
150 mm
Cane Creek 40 Inset Taper
Shimano XT M8000
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8000
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
30 t Race Face Turbine
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano BB92
11 – 46 t Shimano XT M8000
Shimano SLX
Shimano XT M8000
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
180 / 180 mm Shimano
Yeti Carbon
Handlebar Width:
740 mm
Yeti lock-on
Easton Haven
Stem Length:
55 mm
Yeti WTB Custom
Race Face Turbine Dropper
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
DT Swiss 370 W/XM551 Boost
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Maxxis Rekon EXO TR
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.8 in
not included
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years limited on frame
Actual Weight:
Black, M: 12720g



SB5 Plus
150mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




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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