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Every 30 days, we award the Top User Reviewer with a little prize. This month Jenson USA pitched in a $100 gift card! Vital MTB member TSchafer wrote a great review of the new Yeti SB6c that we'd like to highlight. It helped earned him the Top Reviewer spot.


Yeti SB6 Carbon - "The SB6 is ridiculously good.

First, the rear end smoothed a patch of sharp rocks into nothing, yet the bike's stance seemed to barely move. Not only that, but mistakenly bouncing the front tire off a rock, I pulled the bars up, and the whole bike hopped back in line. This was so surprising, I almost had to stop— how the in the balls is a 6" travel, low and slack enduro bike this nimble?

Initially, this was my biggest concern about the 6c's geometry. The head angle is 65.5˚, which is damn near downhill bike territory. Some reviewers of the Santa Cruz Nomad reported that its slackness was great descending, but quite a compromise for climbing, making it rather sluggish. Slack is good, but I want an adventure bike— something to take on all-day rides with massive climbs and descents, not something that yearns to be shuttled in a van or lift.

Luckily, the 6c excels at this. It climbs better than my Ibis Mojo HD— which is no slouch— and is super nimble at low speeds. When you lay on power, it instantly answers. Stand and sprint and BAM, the bike is up to speed. And it's fast, like this: PSHEEW!

Great pedaling and traction— I made it up many features on Lower Bitterbrush that I normally don't. And you know, that CTD lever... things do firm up when you flip to Climb or Trail mode, it might be good for a huge fire road climb. But on the trail the bike only felt like itself in Descend. I kept it in Descend 95% of the time, and it pedaled amazingly.

Linear suspension—smooths all small and medium bumps, yet doesn't change any feel of the bike as it moves. It's like... hover bike.

Composed at speed— no wait, it's not just composed at speed... there are many great modern trail bikes out there, and most are composed at speed. The SB6c is nonchalant at speed, and plowing through rock gardens. It's just not that impressed with you. Sorry.

Playful and poppy— a life without gapping over rocks or hopping into water bars is a pale imitation of life. The 6c loves to be sprung over things, it does not soak up your joyful little kid bunny hops like some long-travel bikes.

The only drawback I can find with the SB6c is the low bottom bracket, which is pretty standard on long travel bikes, especially with bigger wheels. Just be careful with the crank arms through rocks. I also missed my 36 point DT Swiss freehub, over the stock 18 point engagement stock on DT hubs. But that's a quick fix.

As I got back to the car I was worked from the day's riding, but sad to take the SB6 back. It's an amazing machine. The suspension is so magnificent, and the build Yeti spec'd is perfect— Fox 36 fork, Sram X01 drivetrain, Shimano brakes, Thompson dropper, wide-ass bars and a short stem, as it should be (both from Easton) and Maxxis High-Roller II's set up tubeless. I honestly wouldn't change a thing. Ahem, besides the freehub ratchet.

If you are looking at new trail bike, definitely give the SB6 or its little brother the SB5 a try, Yeti totally nailed it with these. The SB6 is delightfully smooth and calm over the roughs, stable at speed, swift on the pedals and still very playful and full of pop. It is so choice... if you have the means I highly recommend picking one up (or just giving one a spin)."

Read the full review here.

Big congrats to TSchafer! Thanks for helping out the riding scene with your thoughts on this product.

Want to be in the running for next month's award? Start reviewing the parts you use in the Vital MTB Product Guide and keep an eye on the Top Reviewer leaderboard. We'll announce the next winner in early January.

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