The Yeti SB-5C is the singular pioneer in a new wave of superbikes. In a progressive effort to develop the best trail bike imaginable, Yeti chose to completely revamp their rear pivot system. Their new Switch Infinity technology combines the best of both worlds: creating a bike for trail riders who go big, and downhill riders looking for a more €˜enduro' riding style. The platform brings with it a new generation of technology that has truly never been seen on mountain bikes before.
Aside from its sleek lines and beautiful performance-bred details, the suspension design of the SB-5C is its crowning feature. Creating a radically redesigned, completely new suspension platform was no easy task. For 4 years, Yeti worked side-by-side with the engineers at Fox Racing to develop the new Switch Infinity suspension system. Functionally, the motion is similar to the older Switch design, but by moving away from a rotating eccentric pivot, Yeti was able to design a link with an "infinite" length, eliminating the feeling of the suspension bottoming out. Essentially, the rear suspension changes its wheel direction by translating vertical motion into horizontal motion on a pivot that suspends on two vertical, Kashima-coated stanchions, that Yeti calls a "rail". As the suspension compresses, the rear wheel moves upwards and outwards. The benefits are multi-fold. Switch Infinity infuses the proven big-hit capabilities of their 303 Rail Technology with the pedaling efficiency of the previous Switch system to produce a smoother, lighter and stiffer rear end, whilst still possessing the climbing prowess and small bump compliance of the original Switch system. This new rail interface eliminates the need to worry about air pressure or oil levels, making the Switch Infinity system virtually maintenance-free. Topping it all off, Switch Infinity is 100 grams lighter in weight than the previous Switch design.
The new SB-5C frame features legendary Yeti trail bike geometry (long top tube, low bottom bracket, and slack head angle) and is constructed of high modulus carbon fiber. It utilizes a slightly different carbon layup than the SB-5's that adds 300 grams but delivers a pure all-mountain bike at a great value. This frame design paired with the climbing characteristics of the new Switch Infinity technology will result in a 5" travel trail bike that knows no boundaries, confidently slaying downhill and flying uphill like there's no tomorrow. This bike is for the rider who wants to climb fast, descend faster, and stay railed in every corner.
|Frame||High modulus carbon fiber main frame and swing arm, 5" travel, Switch Infinity Linkage|
|Fork||150mm travel, tapered steerer recommended|
|Headset Included||Not Included|
|Headset spec||ZeroStack ZS44mm top, ZS56mm bottom tapered headset|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float Factory EVOL Rear Shock, 3 position|
|Front Derailleur||High Direct Mount|
|Bottom Bracket type||PF92|
|Seat Clamp||Yeti, QR|
|Dropout Style||12x142mm thru axle|
|Accessory Mounts||ICSG 05|
|Cable routing||External, with stealth dropper routing|
|Intended Use||Trail, Enduro|
5.69 Lbs / 2.58 kg, Medium
|A: Seat Tube Length||381||419||445||483||521|
|B: Effective Top Tube||550||576||602||628||653|
|E: BB Height||342||342||342||342||342|
|F: BB Drop/Rise||-||-||-||-||-|
|G: Head Tube Length||94||110||121||143||159|
|H: Head Tube Angle||66.8°||66.8°||66.8°||66.8°||66.8°|
|I: Seat Tube Angle||72.7°||72.6°||72.5°||72.5°||72.5°|
|J: Standover Height||761||762||764||770||783|
|K: Chainstay Length||442||442||442||442||442|
|Rider Height||4'11" - 5'3" |
|5'3" - 5'7" |
|5'7" - 5'11" |
|5'11" - 6'3" |
|6'3" - 6'6" |
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