Yeti SB100
Touch and Feel

Yeti's SB100 In The Flesh

Words Cam McRae
Photos Cam McRae
Date Apr 24, 2018

XC bikes aren't normally on our radar but recently shorter travel bikes have been surprising us. A recent example was the Santa Cruz Tallboy, with only 110mm of rear travel and 29" wheels (or 27 Plus). The bike wrestled several weight classes up and I enjoyed riding it in virtually every circumstance. The things Yeti has been saying about the SB100 suggest it's another short travel bike with the heart of a trail bike. But that's not all that makes this bike interesting for fans of longer travel bikes.

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Wait... is that a water bottle cage? Facing upright? On a Yeti Switch Infinity frame?

Yeti reconfigured the Switch Infinity platform to allow the shock to reside directly below the top tube, while preserving the desired kinematics. This change was undoubtedly made to accommodate a full size water bottle where it is protected and within reach. More riders than ever are trying to get water off their backs and Yeti sales will certainly benefit from this change. 

Yeti SB100

Your seat mast will never embarrass you again. 

The tidy and concealed realigned Switch Infinity link now resides behind the seat tube which seems to be in direct response to another criticism of recent Yetis like the SB 5.5 and SB 6; an incredibly long seat mast. If like me you have long legs for your height, you may not be troubled by this, but for others it may be impossible to use a long travel dropper post. Some riders also like to lower their dropper for particularly heinous descents and the long mast removes that option for many. I know of two riders who chose to cut their precious carbon Yetis to lower seat masts. (note - this isn't recommended and will likely void your warranty).

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The layup for the SB100 now includes tubes to guide internal routing for your rear brake, derailleur and dropper post. 

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 The press fit bottom bracket (PF92) remains. 


The much smaller Switch Infinity has also been turned 90 degrees and pushed back toward the rear wheel allowing for an uninterrupted seat tube. This in turn allowed Yeti to decrease the length of the seat mast. They cut that sucker way back to the point that I can't imagine anyone bitching about it. If it still looks a little long that is likely a reflection of the ample standover. 

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Covering the Switch Infinity Link is essential considering its new alignment but it also tidies up the lines of the bike.

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The SI link doesn't sit in the middle of the bike so it's easier to see from the non-drive side of the bike.  The press fit bottom bracket (PF92) remains. 

Why does this matter if you know you'll never buy a bike with less than 130mm of travel? Yeti's not saying but I'd bet a year's supply of sealant that versions of current models like the SB5, 5.5, 4.5 and 6 that are able to accommodate water bottles and long travel droppers are in the works. If you've been holding off buying a Yeti because you hate wearing a pack, your dreams may soon come true. 

Lower your saddle, buy a 170mm dropper, fill your boots (and your bottle cage) on this Yeti. We'll have a tester soon and so we'll be able to tell you how the SB100 handles the trails on the North Shore and in the Sea to Sky corridor. 

To hear what the people at Yeti think about their new bike click here...

Comments

morgan-heater
-2 Jason Youngberg Darryl Chereshkoff
Morgan Heater  - April 24, 2018, 8:47 a.m.

I'm sure this bike is rad, but I think you can get the same feeling from a hard tail, but even more so. Less maintenance, cheaper, and better looking, too.

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davetolnai
+7 Jason Youngberg Endur-Bro Cr4w Luix natbrown Niels Merwinn
Dave Tolnai  - April 24, 2018, 10:20 a.m.

Hardtail?  Psh.  I just bought some trail running shoes.  Less maintenance, cheaper, and better looking too.  I'm cleaning sections that I could only walk before.  It's way better.

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morgan-heater
-2 Jason Youngberg natbrown
Morgan Heater  - April 25, 2018, 8:07 a.m.

Running shoes are not better looking than a hardtail, but nice work on the hyperbole.

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cooperquinn
+5 Jason Youngberg Cr4w Metacomet Andrew Major Darryl Chereshkoff
Cooper Quinn  - April 24, 2018, 3:12 p.m.

Eh..... 4" of travel sure does take a lot of the "edge" of a hardtail off. I'd say they're pretty different riding experiences. 

And while I'm generally a sucker for a nice steel hardtail, and not a Yeti fanboi..... this bike is gorgeous.

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xy9ine
+2 Jason Youngberg Metacomet
Perry Schebel  - April 24, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

agree on both counts. i like the idea of a light xc-travel rig with aggressive geometry (and a stout, slightly longer travel fork), and this yeti is damn fine.

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craw
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Cr4w  - April 25, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

I like where these bikes are going. The Smuggler, Satori and this thing are really cool.

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Captain-Snappy
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Merwinn  - April 24, 2018, 10:31 a.m.

What's weird to me is Seeing Kabush racing the SB100 with Fox 34 at Sea Otter. I know XC courses are a-changin' and all, but since when does a XC bike need a 34. If Josh Carlson can race an Anthem for the Enduro, is a 34 needed for the XC? Sponsorship and just released orange Step Cast factory lowers, I get it. The new RM BC Ed. Thunderbolt has a 36 on it, even for the Small. Huh.  Were XC/trail bikes under-forked then, and are we over-forking now? Probably and maybe not. We all have our prefs.

A buddy of mine won a new Kashima'ed Factory 34 in 2017 (maybe 2016) and could only get $400 for it. $400, new and uncut. Crazy. Maybe we're just fork leg diameter snobs; 'bigger = better', #36ornothing.

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tashi
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tashi  - April 28, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

Stiffer is better for forks, particularly if you're large and ride the tech hard, like Geoff is and does.  I wouldn't be surprised if he chooses the stiffer fork for handling reasons, he also used to be one of the only guys racing on riser bars when everyone rode flats.  Probably not much weight penalty vs. a 32.

Also, marketing.  Thats his job.

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clarkee
-1 Jason Youngberg
clarkee  - April 24, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

I am with Dave in my 200 gram Inov-8's they will probably be as durable as the Yeti.  My back and feet hate me more squish!

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MattyB
-1 Jason Youngberg
MattyB  - April 24, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

I managed to destroy a pair of X-talon 190s in 2 months. They were fucking fast for orienteering racing though

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benripley
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benripley  - April 28, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

This is a beautiful bike make no mistake. And I’m a short travel fan. The modern breed of XC/trail bikes, like this bike, are way more capable than their numbers, and superb fun without being a drag on the climbs. But - and this is academic as I bought a new bike late last year so I’m not in the position now - this bike has a press fit B.B. And that puts me right off - literally never again.

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tashi
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tashi  - April 28, 2018, 1:55 p.m.

No kidding eh?  Even Specialized runs threaded BB's and standard interface shocks again.

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