2018 Yeti SB5 TURQ LR Bike

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Rating:
The Good:

Everything is good about this bike. Bars, good. Frame, good. Drivetrain, good. Tires, good. Fork & Shock, fantastic.

The Bad:

The price and the likely fact that this bike is beyond most mountain biker's capabilities.

Overall Review:
Need a new camera man. haha

The fact that the bike is well beyond my capabilities didn't stop me from getting it and it certainly hasn't stopped me for enjoying it!! I came off of a Yeti SB4.5 with an upgraded wheel set. NOBL tr33 hoops with i9 Torch hubs. I was in love with that bike from the first pedal stroke. I felt like there couldn't be a better feeling bike out there.... until i demoed the SB5 Lunch Ride. From the first pedal stroke on the Lunch Ride i felt the same way about it as i did the 4.5 when i first rode it. Mind you, i demoed the SB5.5 the same day as the Lunch Ride and while the 5.5 is a hell of a bike, it did not generate the same feels as the Lunch Ride did.

The Lunch Ride SB5 has inspired SOOOOO much confidence in my riding. On my first outing with it on my local trails, i was hitting

Overall Review:

Need a new camera man. haha

The fact that the bike is well beyond my capabilities didn't stop me from getting it and it certainly hasn't stopped me for enjoying it!! I came off of a Yeti SB4.5 with an upgraded wheel set. NOBL tr33 hoops with i9 Torch hubs. I was in love with that bike from the first pedal stroke.  I felt like there couldn't be a better feeling bike out there.... until i demoed the SB5 Lunch Ride.  From the first pedal stroke on the Lunch Ride i felt the same way about it as i did the 4.5 when i first rode it.  Mind you, i demoed the SB5.5 the same day as the Lunch Ride and while the 5.5 is a hell of a bike, it did not generate the same feels as the Lunch Ride did.   

The Lunch Ride SB5 has inspired SOOOOO much confidence in my riding.  On my first outing with it on my local trails, i was hitting features on trails that i had previously resigned to walking around, forever.  But the Lunch Ride felt so intuitive, flickable, nimble and light when riding, i felt as if i could conquer anything.  I actually hit the first feature by accident because i was so comfortable and confident on the bike.  Once that happened it was game on. haha  

The new TURQ frame has internal tubes for easy cable routing, but it also makes for a quiet bike, which i love.  I went to great lengths to make my SB4.5 quiet on the trails, aside form the hubs of course, but that's another story. haha  

For some of the haters, the SB5 Lunch Ride is nothing more than marketing material and you may be labeled a Yeti "fanboy" if you get one of these bikes.  But i assure you, this bike is all about anything but marketing.  When i visited the Yeti factory i got to see the staff's "lunch ride" bikes.  There were about 10 bikes in the lunch ride fleet and most of them were SB5 frames set up with SB6 suspension components.  They almost all had XO1 Eagle DT and Ergon grips.  They were well used and seemed to be obvious test mules.  They shop i demoed from talked me into riding the Lunch Ride bike and i'm glad they did.  I like riding jumps, features and chunky stuff.  But i also have to pedal a lot.  This bike seems to be perfect for all of the above.  May be the best all around short travel trail bike i've experienced.  Even though it's "short travel" at 127mm, it feels like there is loads more travel than that. 

I can't think of anything other than wanting to go ride my bike!!   

Specifications

Product Yeti SB5 TURQ LR Bike
Model Year 2018
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
MD, LG, XL View Geometry
Size MD LG XL
Top Tube Length 605mm 630mm 656mm
Head Tube Angle 66.1° 66.1° 66.1°
Head Tube Length 127mm 144mm 165mm
Seat Tube Angle 73.1° 73.1° 73.1°
Seat Tube Length 445mm 483mm 521mm
Bottom Bracket Height 341mm 341mm 341mm
Chainstay Length 437mm 437mm 437mm
Wheelbase 1172mm 1199mm 1226mm
Standover 732mm 745mm 757mm
Reach 419mm 439mm 458mm
Stack 613mm 629mm 648mm
* Additional Info All specifications listed are with 160mm fork and 44mm offset.
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details High modulus TURQ carbon fiber main frame and swing arm, custom down tube protector and chain guards
Rear Travel 127mm
Rear Shock FOX Factory DPX2, 210mm x 50mm
Fork FOX Factory 36
Fork Travel 160mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Headset Cane Creek 40 Inset Taper
Handlebar Yeti Carbon, 800mm width, 35mm clamp
Stem Race Face Turbine Basic, 50mm length, 35mm clamp
Grips Ergon GA2
Brakes SRAM Guide RSC, Centerline 180mm rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RSC
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
Front Derailleur N/A (1x-specific)
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs ISCG05
Chainguide N/A
Cranks SRAM X01 Carbon Eagle
Chainrings SRAM X01 Eagle, 30 tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP BB92
Pedals N/A
Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette SRAM 1275 Eagle, 10-50 tooth, 12-speed
Rims DT Swiss XM481
Hubs DT Swiss 350
Spokes
Tires Front: Maxxis Minion DHF, 27.5" x 2.5"
Rear: Maxxis Aggressor, 27.5" x 2.3"
Saddle WTB Custom
Seatpost FOX Transfer
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 148x12mm Boost
Max. Tire Size 2.4" (varies by brand)
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes (single)
Colors Black, Turquoise
Warranty 5 years frame and handlebar
Weight 27 lb 0.1 oz (12,250 g)
Miscellaneous Switch Infinity suspension system
Collet axle suspension pivots
Internal cable routing
Integrated axle and derailleur hanger system
Available wheel upgrade: DT Swiss XMC 1200 30mm
Price
  • $7,199
  • $8,499
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