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2021 Yeti Cycles Buyer's Guide

Colorado mountain bikes bred for world domination

At this point, there’s no need for a lengthy introduction. You know the name, and you know the reputation. You've seen the bikes on local trails and on the big stage as well.

Based in the mountains of Colorado, Yeti Cycles has been developing some of the best bikes on the mountain for decades. And by the looks of this 2020 lineup, these rides are better than ever.

Yeti’s TURQ and C/series carbon fiber

Yeti is a performance brand dedicated to providing riders the best possible experience, and they believe that a carbon fiber frame is the best way to start the process. 

Yeti offers 2 types of carbon for their bikes, C carbon and T carbon. Both are incredible, but read on to see which is right for you.

Yeti frame rear angle

TURQ series

T/series, or TURQ carbon, is Yeti’s elite frame material and layup that’s offered on their highest-end models. 

No detail is spared in the making of these gorgeous frames, and Yeti pinpoints the precise areas where ultimate stiffness is a must and areas where compliance is key. 

The result is an extremely lightweight frame that’s perfect for mountain biking, and it’s what Yeti team riders race to victory on the toughest courses in the world.

Yeti carbon fiber layup

C/series carbon

In order to offer bikes at different price points, Yeti created their C/series carbon for riders who want incredible quality but don’t mind a little bit extra weight. 

By making a few changes to the TURQ layup, Yeti is able to make a frame that’s more cost effective for riders while maintaining the same level of strength, stiffness, and compliance. 

The only tradeoff is a small weight penalty, or about 225g per frame.

Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension

At the heart of every Yeti bike is the Switch Infinity system. If you haven't heard about Yeti’s uniquely capable suspension, here are the main takeaways:

The Switch Infinity system uses a translating pivot that moves up and down on rails as it progresses through the travel, but what does that mean for you?

Yeti Switch Infinity suspension system

Super tunable

For starters, it means that the anti-squat curve and the leverage ratio can be tuned independently, and that’s a capability the competition can’t duplicate. 

You can mount the system in different ways depending on what characteristics you’re looking for.

Yeti Switch Infinity leverage curve

Great on climbs, dominant on descents

Switch Infinity’s initial high anti-squat keeps the shock from affecting your pedal stroke so you can power up climbs with efficiency. 

Once it heads further into the travel, that anti-squat level diminishes so you can reap the full benefits of the shock and enjoy a bottomless feel that’ll have you sending it big.

Explore the models

Yeti SB115

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Perfect for: XC racing over demanding terrain

The SB115 is one of two Yeti models specifically designed to win races, and if you race cross country, this bike should definitely be on your radar. The SB115 is all about smoothing out the trail. It allows you to glide over rocks and roots so you can maintain better control and higher speeds throughout the course. This short travel downcountry ride is built for 1st place ambitions, but it’s equally at home on your local trails for serious fun and versatility.

SB115 Features

  • Rear travel: 115mm
  • Front travel: 130mm
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Headtube angle: 67.6°
  • Seat tube angle: 74°

From: $4,800

Yeti SB130

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Perfect for: all-around capability, all over the mountain

The SB130 is great for riders who don’t like to choose. It’s the perfect mid travel trail bike for trimming down the fleet and upgrading to a set of wheels that’ll power you up the mountain and shred the whole way down. If you’re an all-mountain rider who takes pride in tackling wild descents and the big climbs to get there, you’ll love how the SB130 offers great pedaling efficiency and downhill prowess.

SB130 Features

  • Rear travel: 130mm
  • Front travel: 150/160mm
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Headtube angle: 65.5°
  • Seat tube angle: 77°

From: $5,200

Yeti SB140

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Perfect for: trail-shredding, gravity-defying fun

Yeti’s SB140 is their wild child. This bike loves to get creative and offers a super confident and playful feel that riders can’t get enough of. With plenty of travel for big air and big terrain, it’s best suited for park and downhill fun, but it still maintains great uphill efficiency for a well-rounded ride that’s a blast for any situation.

SB140 Features

  • Rear travel: 130mm
  • Front travel: 160mm
  • Wheel size: 27.5"
  • Headtube angle: 65°
  • Seat tube angle: 77°

From: $5,200

Yeti SB150

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Perfect for: enduro racing, heavy-hitting trail rides

Yeti takes its racing extremely seriously, and the SB150 is one hell of an enduro racing bike. Every component choice and every geometry decision was made with 1st place in mind, and one look at the SB150’s performance on the world stage tells you all you need to know about its capabilities. It’s a terrain-eating 29er that offers more speed and control than the competition. This bike will make you faster, end of story.

SB150 Features

  • Rear travel: 150mm
  • Front travel: 170mm
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Headtube angle: 64.5°
  • Seat tube angle: 77°

From: $5,600

Yeti SB165

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Perfect for: epic descents, massive air, hair-raising fun

The SB165 is built for huge descents and epic days at the park. If you like to push the limits and seek terrifying lines, the two of you will get along just fine. Its massive amounts of travel and in-the-bike feel give you the confidence you need to silence your inner screams and send it harder than ever. The SB165 is one seriously fun thrill-seeker.

SB165 Features

  • Rear travel: 165mm
  • Front travel: 180mm
  • Wheel size: 27.5"
  • Headtube angle: 63.5°
  • Seat tube angle: 77°

From: $5,500