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Yeti SB5.5 Carbon Xt-Slx Bike 2017

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Yeti SB5.5 Carbon Xt-Slx Bike 2017

Yeti SB5.5 Carbon XT-SLX Bike


Richie Rude, along with the rest of Yeti’s in-house test team, agree that this lightweight bike eats up grueling technical climbs and hauls downhill. Forget any preconceived notions about 29ers, thanks to an impeccable frame design, shortened chain stays and aggressive suspension spec, this bike is easy to maneuver and feels lively and quick on the descents.

Utilizing the same design and geometry of the higher end SB5.5 TURQ series, the SB5.5 Carbon offers similar stiffness and durability with only a 240 gram (0.5 lb) increase in weight. The SB5.5 Carbon is built to be responsive and lively, while still capable of withstanding punishing descents.

The bike’s 17.2 inch chainstays supporting the 29er wheel platform strike an optimal balance of stability and maneuverability. To achieve this shortened chainstay designers eliminated the front derailleur mount and utilized a Boost rear spacing, but still keept true to Yeti’s classic long geometry. To balance the bike’s front end, we chose to use a long travel 51mm offset fork combined with a 66.5 degree head angle. This allowed us to precisely tune the bike’s mechanical trail and wheelbase.

Front rubber to rear rubber, this bike is spec’d out to be an enduro race machine. Your SB5.5 Carbon XT/SLX will come equipped with a Shimano drivetrain, brakes, and wheelset; Fox Performance suspension; and Race Face Turbine seatpost dropper, bar, and stem. This bike is armed and ready for park days and backcountry exploits, and is priced to impress.


  • SB5.5 Carbon Frame is stiff, durable and responsive.
  • Fox Performance suspension built and tuned to get up and ready when it’s time to get down.
  • Shimano 1X XT-SLX Drivetrain reliable braking, clean shifting, race ready.
  • Race Face Cockpit all the right contact points to launch your season of domination
Frame High modulus carbon fiber Yeti SB5.5 29er frame and swing arm, Switch Infinity suspension system, Internal cable routing
Fork Fox 36 Performance 160mm BOOST
Rear Shock Fox Float X Performance
Headset Cane Creek 40 Insert Taper
Shifters Shimano SLX
Front Derailleur -
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Crankset Race Face Aeffect 30T
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB92
Chain Shimano SLX
Cassette Shimano XT 11-46
Brakes Shimano 615, F180/R180
Wheelset DT Swiss E1900 BOOST
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 2.5 Tubeless (f) / Maxxis Aggressor EXO 2.3 Tubless (r)
Handlebar Race Face Respond 785mm
Stem Race Face Respond 45mm
Grips Yeti Lock-On
Seatpost Race Face Turbine Dropper Post
Seatclamp Yeti
Saddle Yeti / WTB Custom
Intended Use Trail
Weight 30.6 lbs

Note: Components are subject to change without notice.

GEOMETRY (mm / inch)
Size Medium Large Extra Large
A: Seat Tube Length 445
B: Effective Top Tube 601
C: Stack 610
D: Reach 421
E: BB Height 346
F: BB Drop - - -
G: Head Tube Length 90
H: Head Tube Angle 66.5 ° 66.5 ° 66.5 °
I: Seat Tube Angle 73.6 ° 73.6 ° 73.6 °
J: Standover Height 743
K: Chainstay Length 437
L: Wheelbase 1168
Suggested Rider Height 170-180 cm
180-191 cm
185-198 cm
5.0 / 5.0
2 Reviews
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1 Stars
Switch Infinity? This bike rocks! I wouldn't switch a thing.
I know you've heard it before. It's totally cliche but... this bike will make you faster. Seriously though, faster up and faster down. At least that's how it's been working out for me.

I've compared times on trails I've ridden 26" bikes and 27.5" bikes with varying amounts of travel and it doesn't seem to matter. This bike makes me faster. I know what your thinking; that's bold talk for a speed-deficient fat man. But it's true. This bike has made me minutes faster on the climbs and seconds faster on the descents. It's stable when things get rowdy but somehow feels flickable when the singletrack gets tight and twisty. How you ask. Yeti came up with a design that employs cutting edge geometry with their Switch Infinity gizmo and - voila! - your fast. You think 66.5° is too slack a head tube angle for a 29r? Well Yeti says you're wrong... and I have to agree. The combination of head angle, fork offset and the Switch Infinity link all come together to create a work of art. A magic bike that inspires confidence. Now I float over rock gardens and technical descents at speeds my skill set usually doesn't accommodate. I swear on one section of trail I heard the 5.5 saying "Swap out the 30t chainring for a 34t so we can hit this section faster next time. I promise you won't miss that nasty old 30t on the climbs." So I did and now we are even faster. I also swapped out the stem for a zero° rise and removed a couple HS spacers to make weighting the front end a little easier (the 160 fork makes the front end tallish, but don't let that scare ya).

I can't even imagine how nice the XT build must be. Which leads me to the bike's only flaw. I can only give it 4.9 out of 5 stars because of the price. Other than that Yeti has outdone themselves with this one. See you out on the trail! I'll be the fat man passing you on a 5.5. Cheers!
December 13, 2016
Response from Jenson USA
Great review title!
December 14, 2016
Cheers, S.Staff
Yeti 5.5, a bike forged from the lost riches of El Dorado.
This bike hails from the mists of Avalon or Golden, Colorado depending on how you look at it. This bike pins corners and slices through rocks gardens with the precision of a well maintained ginsu. This bike has it all, maneuverability/flickability of a 27.5 due to the short chainstays, climbing ability likened to that of a burro indigenous to the towering Andes and the ability to monster truck over immovable obstacles with those huge DT Swiss hoops. The only negative input is that the chain ring that came with the bike is a little bent. It looks like McGazza sent this over a 90 foot gap to flat in Virgin, Utah. I had another chain ring to throw on the bike and there was no visible evidence of sloppy shipping so I do not know what happened? Every part and component aside from the chain ring was impeccable at delivery.

Also, the crew at Jenson built this thing up as quickly as possible, which helped me out tremendously prior to racing in Moab, or Xanadu, depending on how you look at it.

If you see this bike for sale, don't think, just buy.
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I ride in Hawaii and it's got sticky clay mud that requires ample tire clearance at the swing arm/stays as well as fork arch. Can you provide me with measurements with the spec tires please?
Todd S on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The SB5.5 has roughly a half inch between the stock tire and the inside of the stay. It's not a ton of clearance, but it really depends on how packed up the tires get on your trails. I would recommend a frame with more clearance if you regularly encounter very thick mud.
What pedals come on this bike?
Ryan M on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It dosent come with pedals, you need to supply your own.

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