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Peppy and poised.
Yeti's flagship trail bike, the SB5, has long been coveted among the rip-anything crowd seeking a balanced rig that's lithe and light on the ups, yet well-composed and confident charging descents and rallying across technical terrain. Seeing its well-balanced demeanor, it was only a matter of time before female rippers wanted in on the trail fun. That's where the newest Yeti SB5 Beti Turq Mountain Bike Frame comes into play, fueling your riding addiction across everything from lung-busting climbs to wicked descents with uncompromising poise and lightweight agility for smaller riders.
Seeing it's origins come from the male-specific version of the SB5, you'll be pleased to find the SB5 Beti doesn't rely on a "shrink it and pink it" design philosophy. To really make this bike shine for females, Yeti gave the Fox Float Factory shock a custom tune that's more responsive for lighter riders. Another benefit to smaller riders is the leading stand-over height, which does away with awkward dismounts and unwieldy handling you've come to know from riding on male-specific trail bikes. Just to demonstrate how much stand-over there is, Yeti claims their XS frame can accommodate 4'11" tall riders, which is an impressive feat for the smallest of female riders.
Enjoying the feathery disposition and impressive stiffness of Turq carbon fiber construction, the SB5 Beti Turq Frame drops approximately 12.3 ounces from Yeti's traditional carbon. This lightweight carbon frame is evident the minute you step on the gas, surging forward with rocket-like acceleration. Yeti's engineers achieve this feat by using the highest quality carbon, which allows them to reduce the amount of material without sacrificing strength or stiffness. To protect this premium carbon, Yeti employs custom-molded down tube and chainstay protectors that fend off flinging rocks and chunky trail debris.
Not only is the SB5 Beti Turq impressively lightweight, but it's packing 5 inches of Yeti's famed Switch Infinity Suspension for a highly efficient pedaling platform with distinctive anti-squat characteristics and a surprisingly planted feel on the descent. Yeti achieves this balance through a patented translating pivot that switches its direction as the bike progresses deeper through its travel, hence its Switch Infinity namesake. And though it may seemed outgunned on paper with "only" five inches of travel, Switch Infinity makes the SB5 Beti far more capable than meets the eye, especially across stretches of trail where playfulness and pedaling efficiency take precedence over brute force and downhill destruction.
We'd be amiss to totally focus on the SB5 Beti's feathery Turq carbon fiber and exceptional Switch Infinity Suspension without mentioning its subtle design tweaks for 2017. The geometry is slightly slacker than before, with the head tube angle measuring 66.5 degrees for greater confidence and composure on the descent. To compensate for its slightly slacker head tube angle, the designers at Yeti made the seat tube angle a touch steeper at 73.7 degrees (size small) for efficient power placement when you're cranking uphill. Ultimately, this means you'll reap the benefits of a well-composed trail bike that climbs and descends better without giving up its zippy feel the minute you step on the gas.
- Balances uphill efficiency with descending confidence
- Turq carbon is 12oz lighter than base-level carbon
- Relatively slack geometry for composure on descents
- Steeper seat tube for efficient climbing position
- 5in of responsive Switch Infinity Suspension
- Boost rear axle lends exceptional stiffness
- Internal cable routing for a clean aesthetic