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Introducing the New Yeti SB 150

Words Yeti Cycles
Date Aug 27, 2018

Yeti have launched an all-new Super Bike for their 2019 lineup. The SB 150 is hands-down the most aggressive 29er to come out of the Colorado-based company, and at first blush ticks all the right boxes. Check out the details from Yeti below:

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When you throw a leg over the all-new SB150, you’ll find it rides strikingly similar to nothing. It rides bigger, climbs better and is difficult to put into a neat little box. Is it a race rig? Absolutely. In fact, the steep, grueling downhill tracks of the Enduro World Series pushed our engineers to make a bike that could handle the toughest downhills, but still be efficient enough to ride all day in the mountains.

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Some may say it’s too slack, too low, too long, too big, too different just to say so. That’s fine. The SB150 isn’t for everyone. But riders who really push this bike quickly become accustomed to its new-found capability in profound ways. 

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Specs

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Geometry

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DemonMike
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mike  - Aug. 27, 2018, 11:35 a.m.

sweet bike

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dan
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Dan  - Aug. 27, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

Damn that looks good. Wonder of the fate of the 55...

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craw
+7 grambo Mbcracken Endur-Bro Andrew Major Mammal Niels AJ Barlas
Cr4w  - Aug. 27, 2018, 12:01 p.m.

Not to be a downer but just how much does a frame have to cost before we start seeing size-specific chainstay lengths?

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xy9ine
+1 AJ Barlas
Perry Schebel  - Aug. 27, 2018, 1:24 p.m.

^this.

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Vikb
0 Velocipedestrian Endur-Bro
Vik Banerjee  - Aug. 27, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Put longer CS on my large frame and I won't buy a bike from you. They'd have to decide the if they'd get more sales than they'd lose and factor in the extra cost/inventory management.

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IslandLife
+1 grambo
IslandLife  - Aug. 27, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Not much, Norco Range or Sight in aluminum or carbon in 27.5 or 29.  Also Canadian company.

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xy9ine
+1 Cr4w
Perry Schebel  - Aug. 28, 2018, 9:48 a.m.

the way norco does this is clever - still only one swingarm mold, but the effective rear center is altered by changing the pivot to bb distance in the front triangle. not sure why everyone doesn't do something similar. but yeah - using a fixed rear center to cover a 3" range of reach is just sub optimal - esp for a frameset approaching $5k (!) cad.

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grambo
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grambo  - Aug. 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Ohhhhhhh that is interesting. I assumed the CS was longer (and that was one reason they kept aluminum) but that is clever.

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DangerousDave
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DangerousDave  - Aug. 27, 2018, 1:43 p.m.

Am I the only one who thinks a 460mm reach for a medium is ridiculous? I already feel like my medium Range (430mm reach) is at the limits of what I'd enjoy riding.

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AndrewMajor
+1 Cr4w
Andrew Major  - Aug. 27, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Have to look at the whole geo chart. The STA on the Yeti swallows up that Reach pretty significantly. I’d guess the effective top tube on a Range 29” is actually longer than the Yeti.

So standing this bike would feel roomier (except it is likely designed around a shorter stem to go with the reduced offset fork) but seated and pedaling your Range would feel like the larger bike.

Stack vs BB height on both bikes is basically the same assuming you’re talking about the latest 29” Range (apples to apples)

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I ran into this testing the new Kona Satori where the 78-STA made the large fit like a medium despite the relatively generous reach.I ran into this testing the new Kona Satori where the 78-STA made the large fit like a medium seated despite the relatively generous reach.

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DangerousDave
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DangerousDave  - Aug. 27, 2018, 5:35 p.m.

I get that the seated feel between the two bikes would be the same (TTTL/butt-to-hands), but in standing I'm still riding a much longer bike. So much so that It'd be like sizing up to a large (and then some) in my 2017 Range, or like sizing up to an XL compared to a 2016 Range. As someone who likes a nimble bike that can be thrown around that just doesn't appeal to me. Nor does having to ride a size small with a crazy amount of seatpost exposed when I buy a new bike in a year or two. I understand that there are benefits to a longer bike, but they just don't add up for my riding.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - Aug. 27, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

Two rules I generally believe in - test ride then decide & never argue with personal preference.

Cheers,

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craw
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Cr4w  - Aug. 27, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

You'd be surprised. Andrew's review of the Kona Satori tells the story. I've since tried a few bikes that proved him right. What were big reach numbers on a <75' STA bike mean nothing now. Go try one and see what I mean. 

This is some pretty aggressive geo for Yeti though the ridiculously short head tube and insane price are pretty typical.

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DangerousDave
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DangerousDave  - Aug. 28, 2018, 8:25 p.m.

But reach isn't affected by STA. New geometry lets you keep the same length (butt-to-hands) when you're climbing/seated, but in standing you're riding a bike that's 2-3 sizes larger than a few seasons ago. STA is steeper, reach is longer, stem is shorter (but not enough to offset the increase in reach).

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awesterner
+1 Cr4w
awesterner  - Aug. 29, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

and...you don't want to drop this bike on one of your mile high skinnies;-)  Seriously though, try out a longer reach bike, you'll be surprised that they maybe aren't as roomy as the #s suggest as Andrew says.  You don't want a longer stem than a 40mm on these.  You do take some unique lines though that may requires some extra hopping :-)

craw
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Cr4w  - Aug. 31, 2018, 2:12 p.m.

In theory you're right. But in practice it's not really the case. Go ride a 77' STA bike with slightly longer than average reach for a given size and you'll find it fits remarkably short.

cooperquinn
+2 Cr4w Jerry Willows
Cooper Quinn  - Aug. 27, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Can we accept that your bike preferences are shaped by your past history as a trials weirdo? 

Maybe if you stop running 190mm stems, that would help? 

;-P

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LoamtoHome
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Jerry Willows  - Aug. 27, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

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LoamtoHome
+1 IslandLife
Jerry Willows  - Aug. 27, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

Nice to see more  manufacturers jumping on the new geo train.  Too bad this Yeti would be close to 5k CDN for a frame only option with taxes.

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awesterner
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awesterner  - Aug. 29, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Seriously short head tube.  Anybody that rides these super slack creations (me included) have been adding a fair amount of spacers. on my Sentinel...64degrees drops the front a lot, and that something a lot of us weren't prepared for when we first set them up.

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JBV
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James Vasilyev  - Aug. 29, 2018, 10:54 a.m.

because of that i'm surprised all bikes don't come with 40mm riser bars now. lots of spacers cuts back into the reach. i really like high risers (Chromag FU40) which not only provide a better position on the bike, but allow for ideal bar roll. it's hard to explain but the higher rise allows (IME) a neutral roll, where on short rise stems i feel i have to roll the bar slightly forward.

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