Yeti Cycles SB5.5 T-Series X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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SB5.5 T-Series X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike 2018
The popularity of long travel 29ers has boomed in recent years as riders have caught on the benefits of wagon wheels and manufacturers have figured out how to make the geometry work for trail and enduro applications. The big wheels simply roll faster, preserving more of your hard earned momentum and getting less hung up on rocks, roots, and chunky terrain in general. With balanced geometry and a good suspension platform, long travel 29ers climb and corner with the best of them too. The Yeti SB5.5 checks all the boxes with plush yet efficient Switch Infinity suspension, a stiff carbon frame, and geometry that loves to go fast up and down the mountain. It's a proven EWS-winner at the hands of Richie Rude, chosen for high speed courses with long, pedally transfers. If you're looking for a versatile all-mountain bike that carries speed everywhere, with smooth suspension that stays planted on the roughest lines, all while remaining efficient enough to be pedaled on all-day epic rides in backcountry, the SB5.5 T-Series X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is a worthy addition to your stable of bikes.
The heart of this bike is Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension, which is among the best we've ridden. It's plush throughout the 140mm of rear travel, offering a smooth ride quality that makes it feel like you've got more travel than the numbers dictate. It maintains impressive traction across chattery small bumps and square-edged hits alike, with enough ramp to confidently soak up sizeable drops. Paired with a 160mm Fox fork up front, the SB5.5 is unstoppable when gravity takes over and the trail points down.
Climbing abilities are equally as important, and Switch Infinity doesn't disappoint. The beauty of this design is the translating main pivot, aka the Switch Infinity link. The link moves upward in the beginning of its travel, creating ideal anti-squat characteristics for efficient pedaling that minimizes energy lost to the suspension. We found ourselves leaving the shock in open mode for most climbs, except for sustained grunts on buff fire roads. As the suspension moves deeper into its travel, the link switches direction and moves back downward, providing buttery smooth suspension action for successive bumps and harder hits.
The SB5.5's balanced geometry is another element of the bike's success. The 66.5-degree head angle paired with a 51mm offset fork is stable on descents and high speeds, without making the bike feel sluggish on tamer trails and climbs. The reach and wheelbase are generous, but not overly long, providing a good balance between stability and maneuverability. The 17.2in chainstays are short but not too short, which is what Yeti wanted, helping the rear wheel stay tracked through rugged terrain. A low-slung top tube and fairly short standover help you lower your center of gravity for more control on descents and while cornering.
This model uses Yeti's TURQ-series carbon fiber, consisting of the highest quality materials Yeti can get their hands on, delivering a fine balance of strength, low weight, stiffness, and compliance. This makes for a ride that's fully composed over rough terrain, and surefooted when you're stepping on the gas and railing high-speed corners. By using high modulus carbon fiber, Yeti is able to shed roughly 400 grams compared to the Carbon-series frames while maintaining the same levels of durability.
The component spec on this bike doesn't leave much to be desired. Top-tier Fox Factory suspension with low-friction Kashima coating yields a plush ride, with a good range of adjustments to dial it in for your individual weight, riding style, and the terrain at hand so you can charge the hardest lines with confidence. You'll need some solid brakes to control all that momentum and the DH-worthy Code RSC's do the job nicely with plenty of outright power as well as modulation that lets you fine tune your speed without immediately breaking traction. Acceleration duties are handled by a SRAM XO1 drivetrain that offers precise, reliable shifting and a wide gear range, with a 50t bailout gear that helps you get up steeper climbs that might normally require dismount.
- Long travel 29er that excels at all-mountain riding and enduro
- 5.5in of travel works well both up and down the mountain
- Switch Infinity design is remarkably plush and efficient
- Geometry is stable at speed but not sluggish on tamer trails
- TURQ carbon is stiff, strong, and light with a refined ride quality
- XO1 Eagle drivetrain and Code RSC brakes offer superior performance
- Top-tier Fox Factory suspension damps the trail for a plush ride
- SB5.5 has been proven at the EWS level by Richie Rude and Cody Kelley
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bike will inspire more confidence to chose the harder line, take that jump or pin that turn at max speed. The geometry coupled with the tracking and stability of the Fox 36 lends itself to a very controlled ride. I did find myself wanting a livelier, more playful feel at certain points - especially after having ridden the new SB130 - but ultimately that is not what this bike was designed for. The end user should enjoy rowdy descents, will prioritize stability over pop and not care much about weight.
While the Switch Infinity system does well to maximize traction and minimize pedal bob, this bike is still quite a monster truck to push around. In riding a long travel bike with a 51mm offset fork, I finally understood the switch to shorter offsets with the newest crop of enduro 29ers. The front end of the bike tends to wander when riding up technical climbs, which, might not matter to you, but bothers a dirt roadie like me who loves to chase the KOM.
All in all, we offer a great package with this bike but I would make a few key substitutions.
1. Descendant 35mm bars - way too harsh
2. WTB Volt Saddle - way too much cushion for pedaling comfortably. If you plan to tackle a lot of elevation gain, I'd look for a better saddle.
All in all, the SB5.5 is a confidence-inspiring big mountain crusher. You won't be going fast on the way up, but most riders won't care. The reward of the descent will more than make up for it.
Can I order a bike now, to be shipped in July?
How much to swap rims and tires to Santa Cruz reserves and minion tires?
Hey Jerry, feel free to call me at 801-204-4672 and we can discuss wheel and tire options on this build.
Do you guys still have the raw frame available in the XL for this setup? Also, are you able to take two forms of payment for a purchase?
I ordered a bike and it's on its way i wanted to know if the bike is already built or do I have to build it myself?
all you have to do is unpack, install the handlebar and wheels. set up your suspension and ride it like you stole it
its partly built. You have to pt the heels and handlebars on, stuff like that.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If you want to ride the Large with the 170 dropper I recommend at a minimum a 33" inseam.
If you have a 32" inseam feel free to reach out to a Gearhead and we can swap the 170 to a 150 dropper in the Large frame.
If i choose out the "raw" option do i get just the frame or do i get the whole bike build?
Hello Diego, Raw is just one of the color options of the frame.
Yes, you would receive the entire bike.
What is the weight on this XO1 build?
Hello Keith, This bike in a size Large will be 30¼ lbs (13.76kg) without pedals.
My buddy and I ordered two of these bikes in large and one came with the 170mm dropper and the other (unfortunately, mine) with a 150mm. Can I easily exchange this? I'd really like the extra inch of travel. Thanks.
Thanks for reaching out! Yes, I can help you get that dropper exchanged for a 170mm model. Would you mind giving me a call on my direct line? It's (801) 523-4049 and my email is email@example.com.
Hey Josh. Mind if I ask how tall you and your buddy are? I’m looking at ordering one too but I’m not sure about the sizing. I’m 5’10” with a 30” bike inseam. Yeti’s sizing recommends a medium but still not sure. Thanks.
This bike is so good.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Love this bike. Pedals so nice and able to absolutely monster truck. Looks way better then the new sb150. I'm 5 9 30 inch inseam bike felt perfect the moment I sat on it in a size medium. If you're in between sizes I would size up but otherwise I think there sizing is spot on.
This Bike Makes Me Want to Ride More.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm 6'0" and went with a large, the fit is just about perfect for me. The SB5.5 was my first Yeti and it will certainly not be my last. The bike has a suppleness when climbing that is hard to explain. The only way I can think of describing it is that the rear wheel seems to find contact with the back side of bumps and maintains contact with ground. This allows for amazing rear wheel traction when things get loose/chunky. I almost always climb with the DPX2 shock wide open because I feel the bike doesn't need a pedal platform in the shock to stay supportive.
Once the bike is pointed downhill things get pretty exciting - The switch infinity likes to be run pretty deep in it's travel. I set mine up with almost 40% sag. The amazing part of this is that I use all the travel regularly but there is absolutely ZERO feeling of the bike bottoming out.
I ride this bike everywhere from casual lunch laps to testing myself on Enduro stages. Overall this bikes make me want to ride more... it's that good!
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