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2017 Yeti SB5.5 Carbon XT/SLX Bike (discontinued)

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2017 Yeti SB5.5 Carbon XT/SLX Bike 2017 Yeti SB5.5 Carbon XT/SLX Bike
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Great Trail/Enduro BIke

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The Good:

Switch Infinity
Drivetrain Spec
Exo Casing Front Spec
Yeti details on the website
Yeti's customer service

The Bad:

Brake Spec
Bar/Stem Spec
Exo Casings Rear spec
Seat Mast Height

Overall Review:

This bike rips, as hard as every review you've ever read.

Ive been on this bike for almost 2 years now.  It climbs well, even with the rear shock fully open. The switch infinity is smooth, and after 2 years, no signs of wear, and easy to service. The bike descends like a monster.  The only time you notice that its a 140mm travel frame  is when you overshoot a drop, huck a bit larger, or huck to flat (classic wv).  Bike has park laps on it, back country, and local trail riding. The fox suspension is easy to adjust and the volume spacers install easy. The base model DT Swiss 1900 wheel set, has to be the biggest surprise.  They are holding up well still to this day.  Hardly any tweaking or spoke loosening and the hubs are just now starting to show some wear, bearings are almost due. They are relatively light, and set up tubeless well. 

Tires - exo rear casings... This isn't a yeti gripe, but an industry wide gripe.  some people are lucky with exo, i get it, but Double down is a better spec.  i guess this is preference though.

Gripes - Seat Mast, needs to be 3/4 inch shorter imo. i fit perfectly into the large size frame.  The post and saddle height combo is just a bit too tall and you can feel the saddle if trails get too tight or trying to suck up jumps.  

- Brakes, shimano deore? really? i'm a larger guy, i get it. but even for a more normal sized rider, the deores are ridiculously underwhelmed.  for the minute price difference, slx's would be a drastic improvement.  (i had to go to zee's)

-bar and stem combo is meh.  the basic oem raceface is heavy and transfers alot of vibration. 

O and for what this bike costs, YETI, supply the dang grease gun for the switch infinity link with the bike. 

O, and Oscar Blues is sold seperately. 


Product Yeti SB5.5 Carbon XT/SLX Bike
Model Year 2017
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
MD, LG, XL View Geometry
Top Tube Length 601mm 626mm 652mm
Head Tube Angle 66.5° 66.5° 66.5°
Head Tube Length 90mm 105mm 121mm
Seat Tube Angle 73.6° 73.6° 73.6°
Seat Tube Length 445mm 483mm 521mm
Bottom Bracket Height 346mm 346mm 346mm
Chainstay Length 437mm 437mm 437mm
Wheelbase 1168mm 1195mm 1222mm
Standover 743mm 755mm 767mm
Reach 421mm 442mm 463mm
Stack 610mm 624mm 639mm
* Additional Info All specifications listed are with 160mm fork.
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details High modulus carbon fiber main frame and swing arm, custom down tube protector and chain guards
Rear Travel 140mm
Rear Shock FOX Float X Performance, 7.875" x 2.25"
Fork FOX 36 Performance Boost
Fork Travel 160mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Headset Cane Creek 40 Inset Taper
Handlebar Race Face Respond, 785mm width
Stem Race Face Respond, 45mm length
Grips Yeti lock-on
Brakes Shimano 615, 180mm rotors
Brake Levers Shimano 615
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters Shimano SLX
Front Derailleur N/A (1x-specific)
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Chainguide N/A
Cranks Race Face Aeffect
Chainrings Race Face Aeffect, 30 tooth
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB92
Pedals N/A
Chain Shimano SLX
Cassette Shimano XT, 11-46 tooth
Rims DT Swiss E1900
Hubs DT Swiss E1900 Boost
Tires Front: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO tubeless, 29" x 2.5"
Rear: Maxxis Aggressor EXO tubeless, 29" x 2.3"
Saddle Yeti/WTB Custom
Seatpost FOX Transfer Dropper, stealth routing
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 148x12mm Boost
Max. Tire Size 2.5" (varies by brand)
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes (single)
Colors Silver, Turquoise
Warranty 5 years
Weight 30 lb 9.6 oz (13,880 g)
Miscellaneous Switch Infinity suspension system
Collet axle suspension pivots
Internal cable routing
Integrated axle and derailleur hanger system
Coil shock compatible
Price $4,799
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