Like other new bikes, the SB140 is offered in two flavors. Sign up for one of the heavier Lunch Ride models with a 160mm fork and there are six complete bikes to choose from, all with Float X tires and brakes. The C1, C2, and C3 all rely on the heavier carbon frame and retail for $6,600 and $6,900. 7800 USD. There are three other models based on the Turq’s pricier yet lighter frame that uses more expensive and lighter carbon fiber. You’ll need $8,800, $10,200, and $11,700 to get T1, T3, and T4.
• Intended Use: Trail riding and more
• Travel: 140 mm
• Fork travel: 150mm / 160mm
• Frame material: carbon fiber two versions
Head angle: 65.4° / 65°
• Seat angle: 71.8° – 73.7°
• Wheels: 29 inches
• Sizes: SM – XXL
• Reach: 435 mm – 525 mm
Frame Weight: 3375 grams (Torque Medium with DPS shock)
• Price: $6,400 – $11,700, $4,500 (frame only)
• More information: www.yeticycles.com
If you want a 150mm-travel fork and a slightly lighter build kit, prices start at $6,400 for the C1 or $6,700 for the C2. Turq-framed bikes start at $8,600 for a T2 and $10,000 for a T3, or you can get a high-end T4 for $11,500. There are eleven different SB140s to choose from, plus a $4,500 frame, so head over to the Yeti website for all the specs and details.
The look of the new SB140 Much Like the previous version, but the differences are more noticeable up close…or if you’ve already read about their other new bikes. The low carbon bulge in front of the bottom bracket has finally been trimmed to a slimmer profile that also provides more ground clearance. This is also where you will find a dual-density downtube guard that uses a softer inner layer with a stronger cap bolted over the top, all of which can be removed to make it easier to route another dropper line.
The cables go in and out in the usual places, but Yeti has added small clips at each of those points that gently hold them in place and should prevent excess slack from vibrating inside the frame. Other notables include a threaded bottom shell switch in place of the Pressfit BB92, plenty of rubber protection on the swingarm, and a relatively cheap and easy-to-find Universal Derailleur hanger.
Yeti has also changed a bunch of things in the suspension department with an eye on reliability, most notably a move to pressing all of the bike’s bearings into metal suspension components instead of front or rear carbon triangles. This makes sense for all the obvious, long-term manufacturing reasons, but it’s also easier and less risky to remove and mount the bearings in a chunk of aluminum than with some expensive hand-laid carbon fiber. There are also new floating pivot axles to hold them together, and the Turq series tires see better seals, bearings and hardware used in the Switch Infinity sliding unit versus the C-spec tires that use last year’s items.
What’s all this about Turq and the C-series? Two versions of the frame were made in the same place and look identical on the outside, but Yeti says the Turq versions are “made from the highest quality carbon fiber available and offer the perfect balance of stiffness and compliance.” The C-series frames receive “small carbon fiber assembly changes” that make them less expensive to manufacture, hence the slightly lower price point for the complete builds. The ride quality and frame stiffness are said to be identical, but the impressive SB140 Turq frame weighs 3,375 grams, 174 less than the peasant y C version when both are fitted with the same Fox DPS shock.
Some of us thought the new SB160 might use a similar six-bar design as the motorized E160, but the Yeti stuck with a slightly revised version of the sliding Switch Infinity design they’ve been refining for years. It’s the same story with the SB140, too, and that’s a good thing; We’ve always liked the balanced nature of the Switch Infinity for how well it always managed the pedaling and shock absorption functions.
Yeti has an interesting history with funky suspension designs, and if you’re not familiar with the Switch Infinity, here’s the gist of it. the solid rear triangle is floating on two links; The top leads the shock through a split notch which is fairly normal, but not down on the bottom. This is where you’ll notice that the main pivot is on a black anodized aluminum mount that slides up and down on two Kashima-coated rails and a set of upgraded bushings. Grease ports let you inject some love as needed without taking everything apart, and Yeti has added better seals, bearings, and hardware.
What does it all do? “When the Switch Infinity reverses direction, the anti-squat drops dramatically for free suspension movement,” Yeti explains, with the black stand sliding up on the gold bars in the early part of the bike path for more squat resistance and a better on-force feel, before returning to Down later in travel so the chain has less of an impact on suspension action.
The improvement continues in the geometry department, with a few small changes here and there but also the notable switch to chainstays for size. Whereas the previous version had a 433mm rear end across the range, the new bike gets 2mm longer for each size, starting at 436mm for the small and up to 444mm for the extra-large double. Same goes for the actual seat angles, which start at 71.8 degrees and go up to 77.3 degrees on the Lunch Ride version (a little steep on regular models).
The Lunch Ride gets a 160mm-travel fork that sets the head angle at 65 degrees, while less aggressive builds with 150mm forks sit at 65.4 degrees. Reach figures range from 435 to 525mm, with ample seating room at 485mm and an effective tube length of 623mm.
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