Let me introduce you to the all-new 2019 Yeti SB130, a slightly more trail friendly bike than its predecessor the SB5.5. Focused around a 130mm of rear travel and a recommended 150mm travel fork, the SB130 is a 29er that’s capable of just about everything. It’s impossible to create a bike that can handle every discipline of riding at the highest level, but the SB130 sure is trying it’s best. From all day adventures that end miles away from civilization to podiums at local Enduro races, the SB130 will take you where you want to go. Simply put, the SB130 is efficient whether you are pushing up a climb, sprinting down a descent, or logging as many Strava miles as you can.
The SB130 continues to use Yeti’s renowned Switch Infinity suspension platform with improved kinematics and more progression. Progression is best described as the rear shock getting stiffer the further into the travel it goes. This allows a shock to maintain great small bump sensitivity and suppleness off the top but ramp up when a big drop or jump is hit. The Fox DPX2 which comes on all SB130 bikes also accepts volume reducing spacers which further increases the progressiveness of the suspension.
If you are in the market for a new frame that loves descending but can also handle every climb with ease, the Yeti SB130 should be your next frame. From bike park laps with friends to all day adventures in the trees, the SB130 is truly a bike that can do it all. Get yourself a bike with no limits. Get yourself a SB130 frame.
Turq Carbon Frame is stiff, durable and responsive.
130mm of rear frame travel offers just enough travel to handle all types of riding
Fox Factory DPX2 rear shock provides high and low speed compression and rebound adjustment
Switch Infinity suspension platform smooths out the roughest trails
Lifetime Warranty provided by Yeti Cycles
Yeti SB130 TURQ Carbon 29, 130mm travel
Fox Factory DPX2
150mm with tapered steer-tube recommended (not included)
Specs of my particular build... I'm 6'2" with a 34" cycling inseam, and fit is perfect.
SB130 Turq size L, DPX2 shock MRP Ribbon 150mm/46 offset We Are One Agent rims/Onyx hubs Magic Mary front/Nobby Nic rear Bar/stem: Enve M7 bar, ANVL Swage V2 35 stem Bike Yoke Revive dropper/ANVL forge saddle XO1 Eagle drivetrain with Wolf Tooth CAMO rings SRAM Code RSC brakes 200/180 Mallet E LS pedals MRP AMg V2 chainguide
I've been on a 27.5" Evil Insurgent and was looking for something that climbs a bit better while not giving up the descending capability, and the SB130 ended up fitting the bill perfectly. Not only is it plenty capable on the higher-difficulty descents of the trails I ride, the climbing is just a night-and-day difference. I don't know if it's the steep seat tube angle or the Switch Infinity linkage or both, but I have yet to feel any need to turn the damping on my DPX2 to anything but "open." I've already found myself pedaling up sections that my Insurgent would've bogged down on.
I'm using a 46mm offset fork and I have to say that the concerns people have about increased trail and wheel flop just don't translate to the real world. I find the SB130 to be more nimble at low speed than my 27.5" Evil is.
But the biggest difference is on my everyday trails, which are more flow and jump lines. Trails that get kind of boring on a bigger bike are suddenly fun again--that extra little pop off the jump faces, that quick acceleration out of turns, the quick steering... This guy keeps way more of the fun going. The O-ring says I've managed to bottom out but it wasn't harsh enough to be noticeable.
Be really honest with yourself about what you're riding most of the time. If it's not EWS stage-type terrain you'll probably be happier and have more fun on a mid-travel bike than the big 160/170 enduro machines. And of the mid travel bikes, Yeti has absolutely knocked it out of the park with the SB130. It's incredible, and closer to a true "one bike" than I've ever ridden.
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