Yeti unleashes redesigned SB5 and all-new SB5+

New 27.5+ model and more affordable versions

Yeti Cycles has pulled the covers off a redesigned version of the popular SB5, rolled out a new 27.5+ trail bike and introduced more affordable carbon versions of all its models.

Revamped SB5 and SB5 Beti

The updated SB5 is sleeker than the original with internal routing and no seat tube brace
The updated SB5 is sleeker than the original with internal routing and no seat tube brace

The SB5 is a very important bike for Yeti. It was the first model introduced with the company’s Switch suspension system.

Since it’s introduction in 2014, trail bikes got lower and slacker, internal routing become the norm, and axle spacing became wider.

“The SB5 is an extremely popular bike in our line. In step with advances in frame design and suspension technology we’ve made on other models in our line, we saw an opportunity to make this bike even more relevant for the hard-charging trail rider,” said Chris Conroy, Yeti Cycles’ CEO. “We were able to carry over our commitment to female athletes by updating the SB5 Beti as well.”

The redesigned SB5 has shorter chainstays, longer reach and a slacker head tube angle than the original version
The redesigned SB5 has shorter chainstays, longer reach and a slacker head tube angle than the original version

The unisex and women’s versions of the SB5 get the same makeover. Reach has been increased across the five-size range — the small and extra small sizes have impressively low standover, thanks to the new frame design.

The SB5 and SB5+ have a port to make it easier to route lines through the frame
The SB5 and SB5+ have a port to make it easier to route lines through the frame

Cable routing has been cleaned up with tube-in-tube internal routing. There’s also a removable cover at the base of the downtube and seat tube to make it easier to route the dropper and rear derailleur lines through the frame — a first for a Yeti frame. 

While the standard and Beti versions share the same frame, the women’s versions get a lighter suspension tune, shorter cranks and narrower handlebars.

Plus comes to the Yeti line

The SB5+ is designed around 27.5+ tires it uses the same front end as the SB5 with a plus-specific rear triangle
The SB5+ is designed around 27.5+ tires it uses the same front end as the SB5 with a plus-specific rear triangle

New for 2017 is a 27.5+ version of the SB5. The SB5+ uses a similar front triangle to the SB5 with a rear triangle specifically designed to clear plus-sized rubber.

Yeti opted to use an elevated drive-side chainstay in order to keep the chainstays to just 17.1in / 437mm. There’s clearance for 27x3in tires, though the bike will come shod in 27.5x2.8in rubber. 

Yeti used an elevated chainstay design on the SB5+ to maximize tire clearance without making the rear end too long
Yeti used an elevated chainstay design on the SB5+ to maximize tire clearance without making the rear end too long

While many manufacturers have launched 27.5+ bikes that are also compatible with 29in wheels and tires, Yeti prefers to view the SB5+ as a dedicated plus model, although the company states that 29in wheels will fit.

The SB5+ has similar geometry to the SB5
The SB5+ has similar geometry to the SB5

The top-end Turq series SB5+ build kits will be available in October. Prices start US$6,499 and go all the way to US$10,499 for an SB5+ with SRAM eagle, which will be available in mid-November.

Pricing starts at starting at US$4,699 for the SB5+ with an XT / SLX kit. (UK and Australian pricing was not immediately available.)

Two tiers of carbon

Starting this Fall, Yeti will offer more affordable versions of its carbon bikes
Starting this Fall, Yeti will offer more affordable versions of its carbon bikes

In an effort to broaden its product offerings across more price points, Yeti will now offer all of its models in two levels of carbon.

The Turq family comes with higher-end carbon layups and premium build kits, while the Carbon line uses more budget-friendly carbon construction and components. According to Yeti, the weight difference between the Turq and Carbon frames is approximately 250-400g.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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