Yeti Cycles SB-5C 27.5 Full Suspension

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[Aug 27, 2017]
Josh Wyte
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Bomber suspension, good climber!

Weakness:

No remote to lock out the rear shock, Yeti is proud of their bikes, so expen$ive.

This is a review of the "Lunch Ride Edition" SB5C,

A little history here, I'm a late 40's recreational rider. I get out a few times during the week after work for a 8-10 mile ride and try to get a more technical ride in on the weekends. I'm lucky enough to live on the Front Range in Colorado, so a decent amount of trails are around me.

I came off a Ghost Riot, which didn't really fit me well. I'm a bit of a mutant, I have the torso and arms of someone 6'2" or so, but only have a 31.5 inseam, with my CamelBak on I'm probably pushing 215lbs+, so I'm also in the Clydesdale category.

The XL Yeti top tube fit me, but the rest of the bike felt too big. The L SB5C felt too small. Then I got lucky and the shop had a "Lunch Ride Edition" in stock, in a L. With the larger front fork it made the bike slack enough that the L fit me. I may need to add a 70mm stem, but I want to get some rides under my belt first, before I change anything.

So, what is the "Lunch Ride Edition" you ask? Well, it's the way the Yeti employees set up their own SB5C, basically it has the suspension of the SB6C and some more downhill oriented tires. That means a Fox 36 front fork, Fox X2 rear shock, Eagle X01, Turq frame, 2.5/2.4 Maxxis tires.

As I mentioned, that Fox 36 fork makes the bike feel much more slack, to the point where my mutant proportions fit. It also makes the bike ride totally differently. I can't express enough how the 36/X2 change the character of this bike. The bigger suspension makes this bike incredibly stable on downhills and extremely confidence inspiring. Since I'm a bigger guy, I sometimes feel like I'm overwhelming the suspension. Not with this combination, not at all.

You end up going quite a bit faster than usual, because the bike just soaks it all up. It's a very balanced feeling bike, I'm catching air over whoops now that I was never comfortable flying on before. It's easy to place the bike and pop the front end up if you need to.

Surprisingly the bike still feels just as nimble as the regular version, no issues with throwing it around into turns. The infinity rear end is very efficient, the rear end transfers power well when climbing. I did put the rear shock in the "Trail" setting for the climb, although I think I didn't have quite enough air in the shock. I've added some more and will ride tomorrow and update from there.

The weight of this bike is a bit more than the regular version because of the bigger fork/shock/tires. However it's not a ton more, I suspect this bike still weighs less than a Pivot Mach 5.5, which has the same Fox 36.

My feeling is if you're a bigger long torso guy like me, you'll feel much more comfortable on this slacker cockpit. Also, for the type of terrain that I ride out here in Colorado, having the beefier suspension feels great! For not much of a price premium ($700) its a no brainer for me.

This is a thoughfully built bike, Yeti didn't just toss stuff on it and hoped it would work. It feels very well integrated and doesn't take away from the primary reason the bike was built. It's still an efficient, relatively light weigh, nimble trail bike

Similar Products Used:

Demo'd a Pivot Mach 5.5, Pivot Switchblade, Yeti SB5C "regular", Yeti SB5.5C, Santa Cruz 5010

[Nov 08, 2015]
Phil
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Climbs well, descends better, supple suspension

Weakness:

None

Recently purchased the new SB5c after having had several Santa Cruz bikes: Tallboy carbon and Highball hardtail carbon. This bike does it all well for XC and Enduro type riding. Excellent for Pacific Northwest type trails. Light for a full suspension: 25.5 pounds. Switch infinity rear suspension is both very supple and active and feels more than its claimed 127mm travel. Climbs rocks and roots better than my Santa Cruz's. Buy this bike! Very happy with my first Yeti.

Similar Products Used:

Santa Cruz Highball carbon, Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon

[May 06, 2015]
darin
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Climb very good down hill is awsome is very light

Weakness:

Expensive but worth it

This bike is awsome I love to ride steep trails and this bike has made me a lot quicker the only real negative is how expensive it is but they are all getting to be that way.also I'm a Clydesdale at 240 and has held up well I do alot of riding in moab and test road alot of bikes during outerbike and this bike was above the rest

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