The 2016 Yeti SB5C’s have started to roll into the shop and while not all that different than the 2015’s, we wanted to point out a few of the key changes to the 2016 model. The frame remains the same for 2016, however for 2016 Yeti also offers the SB5 in an “Enduro” version which is a complete bike only with a slightly different frame than the SB5C. You can read more about the Yeti SB5 Enduro here.
Let’s start with the frame – this beautifully constructed piece of carbon comes in at just 5.1 lbs and features the patented Switch Infinity suspension system. This system uses a translating pivot that moves up and down as the bike goes through its travel. The purpose of this is to provide the bike with anti-squat characteristics for improved pedaling performance while retaining downhill traction and small bump sensitivity. The frame will retail for $3,400 and the complete bike with X01 build kit comes in at $6,899 (dropper post included in the price and not an upgrade option like last year).
The X01 build kit for the 2016 Yeti SB5C received a number of changes, all of which we are very happy about. To start, you have the brand new 2016 Fox Suspension which is a HUGE upgrade over the 2015 stuff. The Fox 34 fork and the Fox Float DPS rear shock have both received some major upgrades this year and the SB5c benefits greatly from these changes.
For the seatpost, Yeti chose to go with the tried and true RockShox Reverb seatpost instead of the Thomson dropper post that was found on last years model. The stealth routed post comes with the right hand remote that is fitted on the left hand side in just the perfect spot under the lever. Yeti was really paying attention to detail here - we have actually been running our Reverb levers like this for a while. The levers are meant to be on top so it doesn't interfere with a shifter, but since just about nobody uses a front derailleur anymore you can take the right hand Reverb lever and put it on the left side which puts it under the lever and in a far more comfortable position for your thumb to use.
For the brakes on the SB5C, Yeti opted for the SRAM Guide RSC brakes instead of the Shimano XT brakes. With the SRAM Guide RSC’s, you get more modulation and they are not as easy to lock up. Brakes are very much a personal preference but either way, you are getting a solid set of brakes on this bike. Yeti also decided to switch the cranks up and went with RaceFace Turbine cranks with a RaceFace narrow-wide 30 direct mount chainring as opposed to the SRAM X1 cranks last year that did not feature a direct mount chainring. Great choice here, saved weight and added stiffness.
We haven't had a chance to ride the 2016 Yeti SB5C yet but after riding the 2015 for a good amount of time, we can confidently say that this will be an amazing bike out on the trail. Stay tuned for a full write-up on this bike after we spend a bit more time on it.
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