Introducing the 2020 Yeti SB165 - w/Coil Shock
I wish we had more to share about this bike, but we got blindsided by this one. While it doesn't say so anywhere in the release we received, it seems this is a 27.5 only bike. When I zoomed in on the photos I could only see 27 x 2.4" tires. The website says this is the 'right wheel size' for this bike and I wouldn't be quick to disagree. This looks like a burly machine in any wheel size though and watching Richie Rude ride it in the video below builds a strong case. - CM
(Golden, Colo.) July. 16, 2019 – At home outside the tape and trusted on the lines where mistakes can’t happen, Yeti Cycles released the SB165 today for aggressive riders looking to up their game. Similar to the SB130 and SB150 models Yeti released last year, the SB165 features a progressive geometry and new kinematics.
With 165mm of suspension in the rear and 180mm FOX Factory Grip 2 damper up front, the SB165 is the slackest sled in Yeti’s line. The progressive geometry features a longer reach, steeper seat angle (77 degrees) and a slacker head angle (63.5 degrees) combined with a shorter offset fork. Tuned for a coil or high-volume air shock, the SB165 is the most progressive bike in the line.
“The Switch Infinity platform provides us the ability to manipulate the bike’s kinematics and tune leverage rates within a wide range, while maintaining the same proven anti-squat properties. At 27.5%, the SB165 leverage rate is the most progressive in the line, optimized for the linear spring rates of a coil or high-volume air shock.” said Yeti Director of Engineering, Peter Zawistowski. In layman’s terms, it climbs great (even for a big bike) and crushes the downhills.
The SB165 T2 (7699 USD), Yeti’s most popular kit, is spec’d for steep descents and technical, big consequence riding -- 200mm rotors and SRAM Code RSC brakes, custom DT Swiss EX 1700 wheels are stiff and durable, and the OneUp Bash Guard keeps it all together in rough terrain. It has water bottle bosses in the main frame, internal routing and an optional shuttle protector. Optional, because some people might just leave the truck at home from now on.