Mountain biking’s most iconic brand turns thirty this year aMountain biking’s most iconic brand turned thirty last year, and it’s certainly not slowing down anytime soon. This was proven by young gun, and former DH Junior World Champ, Richie Rude, who had everyone talking about his domination of the Enduro World Series, and the bikes he was riding to victory.
During his EWS campaign, Richie piloted Yeti’s revolutionary Switch-Infinity equipped bikes, SB5C and SB6C, to the top of the podium on numerous occasions, showcasing the incredible performance offered by this unique system.
It’s not all about race results though, as Switch Infinity and the bikes which feature it have been universally praised in product reviews and tests, picking up several awards in the process.
For 2016, the now iconic SB6C has been tweaked, reworked and refined, with the addition of completely internal cable routing and BOOST 148 spacing, making it even more race-tuned than ever before. Its little brother, SB5C, has proved it can hold its own in the toughest conditions, and continues to be a force to be reckoned with.
Fans of big wheels will also be pleased to hear that Switch Infinity has now been rolled out onto a 29’er platform, in the shape of the all new SB4.5C; a mid-travel, huge capability 29” wheeled trail bike with a real enduro pedigree. In true Yeti style this bike is long, low and slack, not to mention beautifully styled. Equipped with BOOST 148 spacing and a burly build kit, SB4.5C thoroughly pushes the boundaries of what wagon wheels can do.
2016 sees the addition of variations on two of Yeti’s already solid models, customized for hard-charging women. The SB5C Beti and ASRC Beti utilise the same high-modulus carbon frames as their regular counterparts, but feature custom-tuned suspension and women’s specific components, making them the perfect machines for women who like to go fast.
Yeti have also introduced a further variation on both these existing models, allowing for the same incredible performance but at significantly lower cost. The SB5C Enduro and ASRC Enduro feature the same technology as their high-mod equivalents, but by using a reworked carbon layup can be produced at a very impressive pricepoint, while gaining only a minimal amount of weight (300g.) Equipped with Fox suspension and a solid build kit, both models are ready to shred straight out of the box and onto the trail.
In other words, after 30 legendary years there’s never been a better time to get a Yeti into your life.