Review: Yeti SB130 Mountain Bike

Not many bikes boast a playful nature, a smooth trail feel, and the ability to sprint up every hill with ease. The SB130 is ready to tackle all aspects of mountain biking. Born from the ashes of EWS victories, the SB130 has a desire for trails and a passion for adventures.

Let me introduce you to the 2020 Yeti SB130, a slightly more trail friendly bike than its predecessor the SB5.5. Focused around a 130mm of rear travel and a 150mm 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.


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