Mountain bikes have seen huge improvements in recent years. From refinements in suspension technology to advancements in frame design and geometry, full-suspension trail bikes are more capable than ever. At times it feels overwhelming trying to decide on your next bike with all the different options in suspension designs, wheel diameters, and variations in travel out there. Many of us are simply looking for that one bike to rule them all, and one category of bike that seems to offer the best do-it-all performance is the mid-travel 29er group. These bikes can tackle a huge variety of terrain while remaining stable and composed, all without bogging you down on the climbs. Aided by the speed and rollover benefits of wagon wheels, these bikes excel on everything from huge backcountry epics on raw, gnarly singletrack, to fast laps at the bike park or a quick spin on your local flow trails. While there are more than just a handful of good all-rounders out there, one that could quickly make the rest of your stable obsolete is the Yeti SB130. With its stiff carbon construction, a plush yet efficient Switch Infinity suspension platform, and geometry that makes the bike feel like an enduro sled on the descents without sacrificing pedaling performance on the way back up the mountain, the SB130 rips any trail with a perfect balance of stability and playfulness. Longer and slacker continues to be the name of the game, and on the SB130 the numbers lean towards the trend of a more capable descending bike that can still pedal when it's time to earn your turn. Its 65. 5-degree headtube is a full degree slacker than the brands 5. 5, a bike that already pushed the boundaries of a long-travel 29er. Of course, this contributes to unflappable stability when descending steep, technical terrain, but usually, a headtube angle so slack would be a bear on climbs and have lazy handling manners on the rest of the trail. This simply isn't the case with the SB130 as it employs a 44mm fork of...
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