Yeti SB130 X01 TURQ first ride review

Short on travel but high on performance

GBP £6,999
Blue full suspension mountain bike

Our review

Pricey, but Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension helps make it a top performer

Yeti’s 130mm-travel trail bike has excellent suspension and an up-to-date shape, but this premium TURQ version lacks the kit you’d expect for its eye-watering price.

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The chassis is made from Yeti’s high-tech TURQ Series carbon fibre, which boosts the price (a more affordable frame made from less-refined C Series composite is also available), but also helps keep the complete bike weight down to 13.4kg.

It’s beautifully finished, with fully internal cable routing, down tube and chainstay protectors, and ISCG-05 chain guide mounts.

Yeti’s Switch Infinity system allows the main pivot to shuttle vertically on two Kashima-coated stanchions to manipulate the suspension feel. The geometry is bang up to date with a 480mm reach, 65.5-degree head angle, 76.9-degree seat angle and 338mm bottom bracket height on the large size tested.

Yeti SB130 X01 TURQ kit

For £6,999 / $7,199 / $11,190 you’d expect absolute top-drawer kit, but the Yeti doesn’t quite deliver here. The DT Swiss M 1700 29er wheels sit second-from-bottom in the brand’s four-strong All Mountain line-up, while the SRAM ‘X01’ Eagle drivetrain subs in a cheaper GX Eagle cassette, chain and shifter.

Shimano’s two-pot XT brakes offer reasonable power and modulation, but I had some wandering bite-point issues, which is something I’ve experienced before with these stoppers.

You do get a top-spec Factory series Fox 36 fork, DPX2 shock and Transfer dropper. The fork is the FIT4 version though, rather than the latest GRIP2 variant. It gets a three-position low-speed compression lever but isn’t quite as well damped.

Switch Infinity suspension system on Yeti SB 130 mountain bike
The pivot slides up and down on two Kashima-coated stanchions
Steve Behr

Yeti SB130 X01 TURQ first ride impressions

On steep climbs the seat angle puts you in a great position to keep the front wheel going where you need it, and centres your mass between the wheels. Small bumps disappear under the tyres, maintaining traction, while the shock remains largely unmoved by pedal inputs, unless you really start to mash at them. There’s a little bit of lurch as you crest a square-edged step, but that’s my only real criticism – the bike is fantastic on climbs.

It’s a similar story on twisty trails, where the supportive suspension keeps the bike feeling eager as you kick through the pedals between turns. While the front end is slack and long, the 430mm stays mean it’s still quick to change direction and never feels sluggish.

A touch longer back-end might aid high-speed stability, but I never felt nervous when banging through rock gardens, thanks to the grippy 2.5in Maxxis Minion DHF up front, that stretched front end and the low bottom bracket.

Male cyclist riding blue full suspension mountain bike
While the front end is slack and long, the 430mm stays mean it’s still quick to change direction and never feels sluggish.
Steve Behr

Unlike some short-travel bikes, the SB130 definitely feels like it only has 130mm on tap. There’s enough progression in the stroke to offer decent control, but on bigger terrain and drops, you hit the end of its travel with a dull thud. This isn’t harsh enough to blow your feet off the pedals, but you definitely know when you’ve run out.

Overall, Yeti has done a fine job with the SB130. While it’s not a bike that’ll wow you as soon as you jump on it, it’s a super-refined and composed, high-performing trail bike that’ll get on with the job without making a fuss.

Yeti SB130 X01 TURQ specifications

  • Sizes (*Tested): S, M, L*, XL
  • Weight: 13.4kg (without pedals)
  • Frame: TURQ Series carbon fibre, 130mm / 5.1in travel
  • Fork: Fox 36 Float FIT4 Factory, 150mm / 5.9in travel
  • Shock: Fox Float DPX2 Factory
  • Chainset: SRAM X01 Carbon Eagle 30t
  • Bottom bracket: SRAM
  • Cassette: SRAM Eagle
  • Chain: SRAM GX Eagle
  • Derailleurs: SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Shifters: SRAM GX Eagle
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss M 1700 Spline 30 wheels
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO TR 29×2.5in WT (f) and Maxxis Aggressor EXO TR 29×2.3in (r)
  • Stem: Race Face Æffect 35, 40mm
  • Bar: Yeti carbon, 780mm
  • Grips: Ergon GE1
  • Headset: Cane Creek
  • Saddle: WTB Volt
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer Factory dropper
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore XT, 180mm rotors

Yeti SB130 X01 TURQ geometry

  • Seat angle: 76.9 degrees
  • Head angle: 65.6 degrees
  • Chainstay: 17.09in / 43.4cm
  • Seat tube: 17.72in / 45cm
  • Top tube: 24.61in / 62.52cm
  • Head tube: 4.34in / 11.02cm
  • Fork offset: 1.73in / 4.4cm
  • Bottom bracket height: 13.3in / 33.77cm
  • Wheelbase: 48.43in / 1,230.2mm
  • Stack: 24.6in / 62.48cm
  • Reach: 18.91in / 48.02cm
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  • Price: £6,999 / $7,199 / AU$11,190