Skoda Yeti 2017
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Yeti has a new bike on the way for 2017, the SB5+. As the name suggests, it’s the Colorado-based company’s entry into the burgeoning Plus bike market, equipped with five inches of rear travel and 27.5 x 2.8” tires. The carbon fiber frame shares a similar aesthetic to the rest of Yeti’s Switch Infinity bikes, with the exception of the elevated rear chainstays, a design that helps create the necessary tire clearance and minimizes the chance of heel rub.
Key numbers include a 67.1-degree head angle, 437mm chainstays, and a reach of 448mm for a size large, figures that place the new ride squarely in all-round trail bike category. A 150mm fork is matched to the SB5+’s 127mm of rear suspension, suspension that’s delivered via a metric Fox Float shock.
There will be two different options for the carbon frame, Carbon and Turq. The frame’s stiffness and ride characterisics are said to be the same, but the Turq series frames use more high modulus carbon fiber and weigh between 250 – 400 grams less. The different frame options aren’t solely for the SB5+ though; riders will also be able to choose between the Carbon or Turq series for the rest of Yeti’s lineup.
The Turq series versions of the SB5+ will be available in October, with complete prices starting ranging from ,499 all the way up to ,499 for the higest end model decked out with ENVE wheels and a SRAM Eagle drivetrain. Carbon series complete bikes will be available in mid-November, starting at ,699 USD for the XT / SLX spec’d model. Frame weight is a claimed 5.67 pounds, and depending on the frame and parts spec completes are expected to range from 27.2 – 29 pounds.