Yeti Cycles' line of trail and enduro bikes has been overhauled pretty heavily this year, but the SB5 Carbon GX Eagle Mountain Bike remains the standard by which the rest of them are measured. While it does see some changes (tire clearance to accommodate 2. 8in rubber, forks beefed up from 34 to 36mm stanchions, and spec'd with 2. 6in tires), but the gist of the bike is the same: The SB5 is literally an all-mountain bike. It pedals like a trail bike, it's proven in pro enduro races, and every outing on it is confirmation of the genius behind Switch Infinity suspension. The head tube angle remains a fairly slack 66. 5 degrees for confidence inspiring handling on the steep stuff without requiring excessive body English keeping the front wheel from leaving terra firma on uphill switchbacks. Further contributing to excellent ascending, the seat tube angle is 73. 6-degrees. This keeps your weight forward on the cockpit and knees over the pedal spindle for improved climbing. When work turns to play, drop the WTB saddle out of the way with FOX's excellent Transfer post and you won't have anything between you and that rowdy descent. 148mm Boost hub spacing widens the hub flanges for a stiffer wheel build and rear end, and it frees up precious real estate between the chainstays close to the seat tube. The bonus here is the ability to shorten the chainstays to a stubby 17. 2in tucking the rear wheel in closer to the frame and allowing you to run bigger rubber--up to 2. 8in, as noted above. On the trail, you get near telepathic handling and a laterally stiff rear end. This translates to playful handling and makes it easy to pick up the front end for manualing down the trail and hopping over any trail furniture that gets into your way. Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension system really doesn't need an introduction these days, but since it does such a great job we do feel the need to wax a little poetic about it. Yeti had the right idea with the previous Switch Link design but...
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