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Each year Bikemag.com puts together a bible of favourite bikes from the year. These are the bikes which performed the best and put a smile on their faces out on the trail. Each bike has to be ridden by a panel of high level judges from testers through to editors to get featured so making the list is no easy task. This year the Yeti Cycles SB66 carbon received some of the highest praise as the testers explain why the nickname "Super Bike" can hold its own.

Yeti Cycles SB66 Carbon 2013 Bike Magazine Bible Review

Yeah, we're reviewing this bike again, and with good reason. Decked out in XTR-or in this case, a custom X0 build-and a dropper post, the carbon incarnation of Yeti's 'Super Bike' weighs less than 26 pounds, yet packs 6 inches of squish. Stiff, light, fast and obscenely fun on the downhills, the SB-66C has other all-mountain bikes re-reading their resumes and wincing.

But let's back up for a second. If you've been hiding under a rock for the past year and haven't seen any of Yeti's three SB models-the design is available in aluminum 26er and 29er versions as well-you might be wondering what the blue doohickey just above the bottom bracket is and what all the fuss is about.

That turquoise widget is the heart and soul of Switch Technology, Yeti's latest linkage. In a nutshell, the SB features a short, dual-link design. That blue eccentric rotates rearward early in the travel, creating a moderate amount of chain growth, which helps neutralize suspension bobbing. As the bike dives deeper into its travel, the eccentric switches direction, which ensures that the chain growth doesn't get out of hand and lead to pedal kickback.

Yeti Factory racer Jared Graves rode his SB66C to a Downhill World Championship bronze medal this summer in South Africa

That's the theory and, as it happens, that's also how it works on the trail. Testers unanimously praised the bike's impressive acceleration, even when running the Fox CTD shock wide-open in Descend mode. The tradeoff, a few riders noted, was that the Yeti wasn't the plushest bike in the bunch while in the initial portion of its travel-particularly on small, square-edged hits.

We all agreed, however, that the bike was exceptionally well balanced and brilliantly executed from a design standpoint: clean cable-routing, tons of stand over clearance, 142×12 through-axle and a thread-in bottom bracket-impressive.

Read the full review on the Bikemag.com website here

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