Words by: Reamonn Ryan
Yeti Cycles is celebrating their 35th birthday this year and with that, they have already dropped 2 new bikes for next year. The New ARC and the SB115, which appeal more to those "down country" or trail bike fans out there. Along side these 2 new bikes, we will see a change in colors for many of the other bikes and a few modifications to the build kits available for each of these bikes. Unfortunately we didn't get our hands on any of the new bikes (minus the SB115) to get some of our own photos but keep an eye on our Instagram to see what we build up! The new 2021 Yeti line up is as follows:
Yeti's new ARC Hardtail got a lot of attention when they released the 35th anniversary edition a few weeks ago. They sold out before we even knew what to do with the news. The ARC carries over an iconinc name in Yeti's history and it's cool to see it linked to a 130mm hardtail. The market is very niche but we have seen a drastic uproar in hardtail owners over the past couple years. Maybe Yeti's ARC will help boost that section of the market even further.
“The ARC is a progressive, versatile trail bike capable of tackling the same steep terrain alongside Yeti’s full suspension rigs. The reach numbers and chain stay lengths, paired with an aggressive 130mm FOX Fit 4 fork and 67-degree headtube angle provide an excellent balance of pedaling efficiency and downhill inspiring confidence. Internally routed cable tubes with new secure closures at entry and exit points make cable rattles a thing of the past. An all new, finned chain slap protector silences chain on rubber sound.29” x 2.6” wheels round out the bike providing all the traction and cushion needed.” – Yeti Cycles
The Yeti SB115 will be replacing the loved SB100 for 2021. With the frames being nearly identical besides a slight linkage update with an increase in travel and an improved switch infinity mount design, you basically get the same bike but it can handle a little bit more. The SB115 is still the trail bike you expect from Yeti as it can handle anything from those lengthy XC rides to shuttle laps on the local DH trails. As long as you know how to handle the bike, you shouldn't have an issue testing it's limits.
The Yeti SB130 has to be a shop favorite and a customer favorite for us. More riders have thrown a leg over this bike than any other bike in the line up we like to think it's because of the SB130's insane capabilities. The 130 sits right at the line of being an enduro bike and it can certainly hold up to what most "enduro" riders can throw at it but offering a slightly shorter travel than most bikes in that category, it's downhill and uphill performance out perform nearly all of the competition.
That title is meant to poke fun at the new age of riders taking advantage of bikes like the SB140. The bike is overall just a fun bike to ride and can handle nearly any trail, maybe even a skatepark if that's what you are into. From it's smaller 27.5" wheels and mid-ranged travel, the SB140 sits perfectly in a category of park/jib bikes that will keep a smile on your face even after you stop riding.
The SB150 is Yeti's Enduro Shred Sled. Proven to be one of the fastest bikes at almost any enduro race, the SB150 is probably the second favorite bike at the shop. Having a long traveled 29er that still pedals well is an incredible bike to have in your arsenal, especially if you are looking for that podium spot at your next race or aiming for that KOM on the local DH track.
The SB165 is probably the second most fun bike after the SB140. This thing craves a good shuttle day or bike park lap with no sense of stopping. With 165mm of rear wheel travel, the SB165 is meant to bring those DH tracks back to life but on a single crown platform. As we see riders starting to test the limits of enduro bikes and start treating them like DH bikes, the SB165 sits among the rest as a true testament that you don't always need 200mm of travel to reach the gnar...
This article was written / authored by Reamonn Ryan. Reamonn has worked in the bicycle industry for 6 years now and currently runs our Instagram account along with testing products, editing video content, and writing blogs like this one you just read. Reamonn was a die hard BMX kid for over 10 years and once he started at Worldwide Cyclery made the switch to mountain bikes where he can send stuff better than most guys at the shop. If you like any of our Instagram posts or have gotten any responses from your DM's it was most likely from Reamonn, so give him a thanks. As with all of our employees, Reamonn is a key part of making Worldwide Cyclery the "Best Damn Bike Shop in the World".