Getting up to the goods that include flowy and gnarly descents can sometimes require a little work, but the effort is always worth it and we wouldn't have it any other way. So if you don't have shuttle buddies and don't want to pay for lift access, you'll most likely want a bike that can climb as well as it can descend. We've found Yeti's SB5 to be plenty capable of hanging with the big bikes coming down the mountain, yet it climbs better than just about everything in its travel class. This SB5 carries Yeti's Turq designation, which represents the most advanced frame the company knows how to make. For the SB5, this means a more precise carbon layup, carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding any unnecessary bulk. This results in a frameset that has strength where you need it and much-appreciated weight reductions where you don't for a claimed weight saving of roughly 300g compared to the standard SB5 Carbon. The SB5's geometry is universally praised, meaning its plenty stable without missing out on nimbleness, thanks to its head tube angle sitting at an all-mountain appropriate 66. 5-degrees. This pairs nicely with a slightly longer wheelbase and reach that combine for increased confidence when blasting through steep rock gardens. Conversely, the longer, slacker front end is tempered by a steeper seat tube angle and stiff, stubby rear triangle that keeps handling responsive and snappy as you deftly navigate tricky root systems and washed out trails. The Switch Infinity suspension system is the key to the SB5's versatility. Switch Infinity offers a linear feel, while the eccentric link changes direction so you get excellent anti-squat properties for efficient pedaling and climbing. It rides unlike any other platform on the market because no other design can do what it does. The Switch Infinity slider travels upward under the first phase of compression when the SB5 is settling into its sag point. As the rear end compresses dee...
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