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Yeti Bikes Buyer's Guide

SB120: Downcountry

Quick specs:

Rear travel: 120 mm

Front travel: 130mm

Wheel size: 29er

Head tube angle: 66.5°

Seat tube angle: 76.5°

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Yeti SB120 Details:

The Yeti SB120 is a wildly capable short travel trail bike that's up for epic climbs, fast descents, and all day adventures. It's perfect for top speed on XC style flowy singltrack and it's super planted when the trail gets chunky and loose. Riders who are seeking top speed up and down the mountain need to check out the SB120.

A quick glance at the key features of the SB120 all add up to crazy fast, crazy efficient performance on the climbs, flats, and descents. Yeti's famous Switch Infinity suspension system has been updated to be even more capable on this model. 

Short travel trail, rowdy XC, downcountry, call it whatever you want. Just don't be surprised if one blows by you on the mountain.


Quick specs:

Front travel: 150 mm

Rear travel: 130 mm

Wheel size: 29 inch

Headtube angle: 66.5°

Seattube angle: 77°

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Yeti SB130 Details:

The folks at Yeti understand that it’s impossible to create a single bike that excels in all elements of aggressive mountain biking, but that sure didn’t stop them from trying. The SB130 might not be the bike for every single situation, but it certainly is for most.

With the SB130, Yeti has introduced a mid travel trail destroyer that holds its own no matter where you are on the mountain. The frame’s 130 mm rear travel feels like so much more thanks to Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension design. 

It’s progressive enough to give you great compliance and tracking ability as you charge down the trail over rocks and roots, while still feeling bottomless when you take it off the drops. The 150 mm fork has plenty of confidence-inspiring cushion for huge hits and its progressive trail geometry ensures you’ve got agility, climbing capability, and descending chops wrapped into one.

We know it’s hard to find that quiver-killing, do-it-all mountain bike. It may not be possible, but the SB130 is about as close as it gets. Whether you’re looking for an enduro bike that climbs like a goat or a trail bike that throws down with the best, this Yeti has created a force to be reckoned with that we think riders everywhere will love.

SB140: Trail

Quick specs:

Front travel: 150 mm or 160 mm (LR)

Rear travel: 140 mm

Wheel size: 29 inch

Head tube angle: 65.4° or 65° (LR)

Seat tube angle: 77.5° or 77° (LR)

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Yeti SB140 Details:

The SB140 has been transformed from a snappy 27.5" trail dissector and park bike to a faster, more capable, do-it-all 29er. Sitting squarely between the new SB120's short travel downcountry focus and the new SB160's enduro racing prowess, the SB140 is the perfect choice for riders who want a bike that can do anything on the mountain.

The SB140 comes in two model designs, the standard 150mm forked SB140 and the SB140 LR, the Lunch Ride build that adds an extra 10mm of front travel, wider rubber, and heavier-duty brakes. Whichever you choose, you'll have plenty of firepower for the biggest descents and the climbing efficiency to get you there.

If you're just as likely to spend an afternoon tackling an epic ascent and XC flow trail as you are to hit the park or enduro course, the SB140 gives you the performance you need without compromise.

SB160: Enduro Race

Quick specs:

Front travel: 170 mm

Rear travel: 160 mm

Wheel size: 29 inch

Headtube angle: 64°

Seattube angle: 77.5°

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Yeti SB160 Details:

Reborn from the SB150, Yeti slots the SB160 in as a pure bred enduro racing mountain bike, and it’s easy to see why. With 170mm of travel up front and 170 in back, this trail crusher has all the suspension you need to take on the most challenging courses in the world.

The frame is built to Yeti’s downhill standards, providing you with a level of strength that will stand up to the demands of any course. The Switch Infinity system plays a huge part in the way this bike is able to conquer terrain like no other while still pedaling efficiently and taking on the transfers with speed. FOX builds their linear system in order to achieve maximum durability and tunability.

Fast-rolling 29” wheels power through the chunkiest terrain and maintain superior levels of traction needed in high-stakes competitions. This bike is all about winning races, and once you climb aboard this rocket ship you’ll see exactly what we mean.

SB165: Enduro & Freeride

Quick specs:

Front travel: 180 mm

Rear travel: 165 mm

Wheel size: 29 inch

Headtube angle: 63.5°

Seattube angle: 77°

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Yeti SB165 Details:

The SB165 is built to shred the gnarliest trails out there. It’s an all-powerful trail bike that is equally at home on enduro courses. It’s backed by Yeti’s Downhill standards, which are some of the toughest in the entire industry.

This bike has plenty of features that make it the perfect bike for big terrain. The 63.5-degree head angle tube angle keeps things the geometry long and slack for taking on the steeps. There’s mounts for a chain guide that will keep dropped chains from hindering your performance.

180mm of front travel and 165mm in the back make this rig up for anything you’re brave enough to try. The Switch Infinity suspension system allows for a bottomless feel while still keeping the shock responsive on the smaller hits. At 27.5% progression, the SB165 is the most progressive bike Yeti makes.

27.5” wheels provide plenty of traction and confidence on the roughest terrain. So go ahead and let it rip. The SB165 will love you for it.

2022 160E: Enduro Race

Quick specs:

Front travel: 180 mm

Rear travel: 160 mm

Wheel size: 29 inch

Headtube angle: 64.5°

Seattube angle: 78°

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Yeti 160E Details:

The Yeti 160E is the fastest electric mountain bike on the market, designed to race the toughest enduro courses on the world stage. 

Whether your goal is to win a eMTB race, or you are looking to push the boundaries of what's possible on a bike, the 160E will give you the power and confidence to go bigger and ride harder than ever.

The Yeti 160E design has been years in the making, and they figured out a way to tweak their legendary Switch Infinity suspension system to be dialed in for a premium electric mountain bike.

2022 ARC: Hardtail Trail

Quick specs:

Front travel: 180 mm

Wheel size: 29 inch

Headtube angle: 67°

Seattube angle: 76°

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Yeti ARC Details:

The Yeti ARC is back with a fresh take on what a hardtail mountain bike can do. It's perfect for rowdy singletrack, flowy pump tracks, and epic bikepacking adventures. Hardtails are incredibly responsive and fun, and the lack of rear suspension forces you to be extra intentional about your lines which in turn makes you a better rider.

Unless you're riding the hardest-hitting trails and enduro courses out there, there's almost nothing that the ARC can't handle. It's a super efficient climber with packed with the Yeti downhill chops you'd expect. The 130mm fork and 67 head tube angle keep you confident and in control at speed on fast, chunky descents.

The ARC responds to input faster than any full suspension bike can, giving it an agile, lively feel that's a blast to whip around.

There are plenty of hardtail converts that will tell you they won't go back to full squish any time soon, and once you throw a leg over the ARC and ride your favorite trails, you might just become one of them.

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Why you'll want a Yeti Mountain Bike

Yeti builds mountain bikes for hardcore riders who want the best riding mountain bikes on the planet.

They build their entire lineup out of two grades of carbon fiber frames, the Carbon and Turq series of frames, and all of their bikes are known as some of the smoothest, silkiest and fastest bikes on the downhill. Not only that, but they also climb amazingly well thanks to the amazing Switch Infinity Suspension that has been the darling of mountain bike writers since its release in 2014.


The Yeti Cycles Story

Yeti was founded in 1985, in the crazy early days of mountain biking. After all, it wasn't until 1996 that mountain biking first was included in the Olympic Games. 

Yeti has always offered top tier tech without any of the distracting frills. Yeti was intended for people who were serious about mountain biking, as they say, “We Build Bikes we want to Ride.” 

The corporate culture at Yeti is part of what drives the development of its products in 2018. Development is powered by the riders of the Yeti bikes, according to the official story on the Yeti website. 

Yeti claims that the insights it obtained through listening to its riders boosted the quality of the bikes it produced and allowed it to outdo the competition. The company is committed to an extensive and robust research-and-development process, and that has improved the manufacturing process it uses, resulting in better suspension designs, stronger materials, and more powerful frame geometry.

Since 1985, Yeti has recruited well-known riders – including Jimmy Deaton, Juli Furtado, Missy Giove, and John Tomac – in the process of building one of the highest profile mountain biking race teams. As Yeti continued to become a more prominent force in defining the direction of the sport and industry, it was able to prove itself through victories at National and World Championships.

The extent to which the bikemaker was making a name for itself is still evident in journalists and reviewers to this day, with Vernon Felton of Adventure Journal noting that Yeti grew into "one of the most influential mountain bike brands of the 1980s and 1990s."

Felton also pointed to the figure behind Yeti Cycles, John Parker, as one of the primary reasons for its intrigue in the early years. Parker is seen as a magnetic figure because he was an outsider when he entered mountain biking, as opposed to the many other mountain bikes companies that were started by cycling industry leaders.


Yeti Cycles FAQ

Are Yetis good bikes?

Yetis are great mountain bikes, in fact, they're some of the best on the market. We're proud to be a Yeti dealer because they rip and our customers absolutely love them.

How much does a Yeti bike cost?

Complete Yeti bikes typically cost between $3,500 and upwards of $10,000 depending on the model and build kit.

Are Yeti bikes worth the money?

Yeti bikes are completely worth the money. They are made of high end carbon fiber and top tier components, so while they can get expensive, you won't find a better mountain bike on the market. Yeti bikes are perfect for riders who want to make an investment in the best performing ride possible.

Where are Yeti bikes made?

Yeti bikes are designed and tested in Golden, Colorado. They source their components from other top brands, and like most major mountain bike companies, their frames are constructed overseas.

How do I choose a Yeti bike?

Scroll up to the top of this Yeti Bike Guide and explore each model to get a sense of what they do best and who they're designed for.

What makes a Yeti a Yeti?

The Yeti brand is known for its proprietary Switch Infinity Suspension System. The attempt with this system is to allow for mechanically superior suspension. As the system moves through its travel (linear rather than traditional), there is very little resistance. You can achieve incredible small-bump sensitivity and get great efficiency out of your pedaling toward the start of the travel. You are able to flawlessly adapt in response to square-edge impacts via a strongly supported suspension as the travel gets farther along.

As a Yeti bike moves through its travel, a patented translating pivot within the Switch Infinity system automatically changes direction. Due to this pivot, the bike is given a strong anti-squat edge, allowing it to offer incredible suspension attributes and pedaling capability as it proceeds through the travel. Within the Switch Infinity are two greased bushings that rise and fall on rails coated with Kashima. 

Is there routine maintenance for the Switch Infinity system?

The Switch Infinity system is completely contained. However, in order for people to be able to lubricate the seals and bushings, there are external grease ports. Lubrication should be performed after about every 40 hours of riding, according to Yeti. Note that it is possible and detrimental to excessively lubricate. While you do not want to lubricate more than is recommended, it is a good idea to wipe away any dirt or dust that starts to accrue throughout the week.

What is the difference between Carbon & Turq?

A standard Carbon frame will have a lower price. Turq uses a higher grade of carbon and weighs less. A Turq Series bike achieves a blend of compliance and stiffness through use of the highest grade of carbon that is available. The bike is aggressive, durable, and comfortable. A Carbon frame will not use quite as high a grade of carbon, resulting in slightly lower performance in terms of both stiffness and strength. Turq is ideal for the highest echelon of riders competing to mount the podium and Carbon is perfect for the rest of us.

What is a 1x drivetrain?

A 1x, or one-by, drivetrain combines a cassette of any number of gears with one chainring at the front. These drivetrains are often recommended related to their ease-of-use, as indicated by QBP. Front shifting is often a maintenance issue. A simpler and more effective drivetrain can be achieved when the front shifting is taken out of the mix. 

Typically the drivetrain that comes with a Yeti bike is one of the quality levels of a SRAM Eagle 1x drivetrain. The SRAM drivetrain offers more gear options than any other supplier does through a 1x system. Shimano drivetrains are used as well. 

What is the difference between SRAM and Shimano drivetrains?

Yeti drivetrains may be SRAM Eagle or Shimano XT / SLX. The difference between those options is as follows:

  • Shimano 1x drivetrains –  A Shimano 1x setup uses a single ring at the front in combination with various gear options at the rear. The gear range for Shimano is very wide at 420%. Shimano drivetrains offer 11 speeds. 
  • SRAM Eagle – The standard SRAM Eagle drivetrain setup is a GX Eagle. The X01 Eagle™ drivetrain is more expensive but represents stronger innovations so it is more precise, tougher, and lasts longer, as well being quieter. Finally, the XXL Eagle variation is optimized for cross-country riding. Bringing in the lightest possible materials, it uses them within the construct of the latest SRAM 1x™ drivetrain technology, for greater durability and stronger shifting precision via a broader gear range of 500%. These drivetrains have 12 speeds; the one extra speed over the Shimano makes it much simply to ascend hills (10% easier).