What It Is:
Yeti’s SB130 is an all mountain/enduro bike that may nearly do all of it. It’s constructed with the geometry of a protracted journey 29er, however suspension that’s extra manageable for on a regular basis driving—130mm rear and 150mm entrance. It replaces Yeti’s fashionable SB5.5, climbing extra effectively, descending extra aggressively, with room for a water bottle in the principle triangle. This can be a bike that’s simply as fun riding flow trails as old-school gnar bar single monitor. It’s additionally completely succesful climbing rocky washouts as tacking an alpine climb, and as maneuverable in high-speed unfastened corners as hopping over waterbars. It’s playful, with steering so exact that it offers you the boldness to sort out trails you beforehand may’ve handed.
Why We Like It:
It’s onerous to consider that full suspension bikes are nonetheless getting noticeably higher. However they’re. The enhancements within the SB130 aren’t delicate, fraction-of-a-second saving positive aspects solely useful to knowledgeable racer. They’re evolutions that may make anybody who rides the SB130 a greater rider. New geometry and different options—which incorporates longer attain, steeper seat angle, slacker head angle and a shorter 44mm offset fork mix with 29er wheels—make the SB130 steer with race automobile precision up and down, climb effectively with out want to the touch the shock lockout, and deal with with agility and finesse.
Yeti improved its Change Infinity for 2019—the extra hyperlink that makes all of its bikes really feel just like the suspension is bottomless. Within the SB130, it positioned it to remain out of the way in which of mud or filth coming off the rear wheel. And the model did all of it whereas making the SB130 as playful, hoppy, and flickable as you need it to be. It’s simple to get this bike’s wheels off the bottom, nevertheless it’s balanced and secure on the bottom. Mechanics, each skilled and residential mechanics, will rejoice at outsized ports and inside tubes that make cables simple to string and preserve them out of the climate, and that make threading a dropper submit fast and straightforward. Sure, just like the SB150 and the SB100, the SB130 has house for a water bottle in the principle triangle. It additionally has extra standover top than earlier Yetis, which suggests many riders can run an extended dropper submit than prior to now, and that the dimensions small matches extra riders than in earlier bikes.
Plan to spend the time to get this bike’s suspension dialed in. Fortunately, with the launch of the SB130, Yeti has a help tab on its web site for each 2019 bike that provides advised variety of clicks to tune every of your suspension settings primarily based in your weight and top. Use them—they’ll make it easier to get probably the most from the bike. They’re a fantastic place to start out, and to advantageous tune from. We had been stunned once we weighed the SB130. It’s round 29 kilos for the XX1 construct with Shimano XT platform pedals. Although on path, it pedals mild. We had no drawback maintaining on climbs with riders pedaling Yeti SB4.5s and SB5s. We cherished the Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 entrance tire, however will swap the rear Maxxis Aggressor 2.Three for one thing extra aggressive and nicely suited to moist, technical east coast driving.
The Backside Line:
For those who’re stumped by which bike to purchase since you do a variety of driving, Yeti’s SB130 is a simple selection that may assist flip you from an excellent rider into a fantastic one. Up to now, choosing mid-range ranges of suspension, such as you discover in most mountain bikes, implied sacrifice. With the SB130, there isn’t a compromise climbing or descending—ups are environment friendly and spry. And on descents, you’ll reimagine what you thought you’d have the ability to do, and it’ll doubtless be quicker, smoother, and much more enjoyable. Prepare to go away your driving buddies within the mud.
[Beginning at $3,500 for the body; yeticycles.com]