Yeti Cycles' bike lineup for 2023 sees some major updates from last year, including the introduction of three new bikes: the SB120, SB140, and SB160. This new lineup results in a cohesive progression of bikes from XC/trail to Enduro use, and the new models utilize features that riders everywhere will love including a threaded bottom bracket, secured cable management, and updated chainstay protection to name a few. Existing models including the ARC, 160E & SB140 27.5er feature an updated color pallette as well.
The Yeti ARC has roots deep in the brand's history, and we were all stoked to see the name be revived when this rad bike was released a couple of years ago. Even though it's not quite as popular as its full suspension siblings, those who have experienced the ARC love its on trail personality and feel. There's just something about a trail loving hardtail that bring you back to your roots. Sporting a 130mm suspension fork and capable geometry, this bike is not only extremely fast and efficient, but it loves to have fun.
The Yeti SB120 is a bike that many have been looking for from Yeti for years now, some would say since the legendary SB4.5 set sail. This bike features a 130mm Fox 34 suspension fork in addition to a Fox Float DPS rear shock, and with its extremely versatile and capable trail focused geometry, you can name your own adventure and the SB120 would be happy to oblige. Strip it down for some XC speed or beef it up for a more capable trail bike, the choice is yours.
For more on the SB120, check out the dedicated blog article and video for the bike.
The term "quiver killer" gets thrown around a lot when it comes to versatile bikes, but Yeti may have created just that with the SB140 29er. This bike is at home in a myriad of environments, and is equally fun on mellow XC trails and steep DH tracks alike. It's playful and lively on flowing singletrack but remains composed when things get fast and chunky. If you're more enduro or gravity focused but still love to pedal, opt for the lunch ride build kit which features a Fox Float X rear shock, SRAM Code RSC brakes, and a 160mm Fox 36 with a GRIP2 damper in addition to several other spec changes for a burlier, more capable ride.
For more on the SB140, check out our dedicated blog article and video on the bike.
The flagship model of the lineup is the Yeti SB160 that's piloted by the brand's factory enduro race team. Replacing the SB150 was no small task and we think the Yeti engineers succeeded in this regard with the numerous improvements, updates, and revisions across the board. On the trail, the SB160 is at home on the steepest tracks and the roughest terrain, and remains composed no matter the terrain. The bike just begs to be pushed to its limits, and when you do it comes back and asks for more. It's also no slouch when it comes to climbing - the Switch Infinity system provides excellent anti squat values which help make this bike climb great, and when it comes to descending, Yeti's in house shock tuner has ensured that the suspension works even better going downhill working throughout its travel. If you love steep technical tracks, and don't mind pedaling to get there, the SB160 is the bike for you.
For more on the SB160, check out our dedicated blog article and video for the bike.
After the long wait for an electrified mountain bike from Yeti, we all knew when they released one it would truly be exceptional, and when the 160E arrived, it certainly didn't disappoint. Equipped with a Shimano EP8 motor and a 630 watt battery, this bike will propel you to the top of your favorite descents time and time again. Not only will it get you to the top, but its capable geometry, suspension and component package will make sure you have a blast on the way down. Speaking of having a blast, we made a video when the 160E came out where Jeff flew out to Colorado and put the bike through its paces, so make sure to check that out if you haven't seen it.
For more on the 160E, check out our dedicated blog article and video for the bike.
Words by: Jared Erickson