Yesterday was my first ride on the new Yeti SB5-C, so I thought I should share the experience. Aaron (from Smallercopter) also came up to shoot me riding a section and try the bike as well
My first ride started with a super grunty climb from Ravensbourne to the top of Signal Hill. While my fitness is far from what it used to be, the bike felt lovely to climb. The transfer of power was awesome and it felt crisp like a hardtail. That didn’t surprise me though… the SB75 is the same in this respect. I could however notice that it was lighter and stiffer. Again not really a surprise considering it weighs 1.5kg less then my SB75 and carbon is nice in this way.
For my first run I hit Burns, Treaty, then Students track, which are some of the most challenging on the hill and probably my favourites. By the first few corners I was shaking my head. Granted the tracks were very dry and grippy, but this thing was insane. I felt so totally in control and the ruts and drops just felt like they weren’t even there. I remember having this sensation when I first rode the SB66… a kind of ‘what the hell is going on here’… a ‘holy shit, this is fast’, a feeling. Getting down into students track, I got so much speed through the rock garden that I ended up missing one of the next corners completely and found myself 5 meters off the track. I was grinning ear to ear all the way down.
On my next run I hit some really rough sections (like the one entering into Old Nationals) renowned for rim crunching and tube popping rocks. I cringed as I launched into it at full speed, but was quite amazed as the bike socked up the big hits. Normally I would have bottomed out the SB75 or SB66 on such hits, but this new linkage is different. It doesn’t really seem to bottom out.
So after one ride, I’m very very happy. I knew the bike would be good, but this is better than expected. I’m sort of crapping myself though thinking what the SB6-C will be like. This bike is already sooo fast.
Just a month after launching the SB5c, Yeti has added a new enduro bike to its line, the SB6c. Like the ‘5c, the SB6c also features patented Switch Infinity technology. Built for aggressive all-mountain riders and enduro racers, the SB6c rolls on 27.5in wheels and delivers 6in/157mm of plush yet responsive rear wheel travel. The SB6c will be available as a complete bike in NZ from November, with pre-orders highly recommended. Frame only purchases will be available at a later date.
Yeti’s patented Switch Infinity design allows their engineers to design bikes with an unprecedented level of control over suspension kinematics. The end result is exceptional pedaling efficiency and small bump sensitivity when climbing paired with plush, controlled travel when descending. The Switch Infinity technology was created in partnership with FOX and features Kashima coated stanchions and FOX’s renowned build quality. It has endured Yeti and FOX’s rigorous testing protocol and over three years of on-trail testing. The system is simple, lightweight and low-maintenance.
“The SB6c was built as a pure enduro machine and proved its mettle before it went into production by winning two consecutive rounds of the Enduro World Series.” said Yeti President and co-owner Chris Conroy. “Long-time Team Yeti rider, Jared Graves, was critical in designing this bike. He worked with our engineers to create the ideal leverage curve and was instrumental in nailing the geometry which is long, slack (65.5° head angle) and low.”
We are excited to announce Back Alley Bikes in Christchurch as Yeti’s newest dealer / service center.
Mechanic Rufus Wenlock has worked for a few other shops in town, but earlier this year decided to set up his own small shop, focusing on excellent service.
You won’t find a lot of bikes here, just a frames or two on the wall, an extremely well kitted out workshop and some essential parts (for example, he carries in stock every Yeti derailleur hanger!)
Casting your eye around the workshop, you can quickly understand what this place is about. The workshop is tidy, yet there is every tool in the book, including an industrial sized lathe! His reputation for quality work is stellar… so if you are in need some help with your bike, or are considering a new bike, make sure to drop him a visit.
What a day! I really don’t know where to begin, so much to talk about. We arrived in Whistler late Monday evening and I was already feeling nervous for this race. After the dream race the team had in Colorado two weeks ago, winning here I Whistler last year, the best prize money pay out of the year, my EWS points buffer, and being the second to last race of the series…a good race here would mean a further points buffer for the final round in Finale Ligure and the luxury of being able to just race safe. A bad race in Whistler would mean having to fight to the wire in Finale, or worse, having to make up points. I definitely viewed this weekend as the most important race of the year.
After seven weeks racing in Europe, it was time to get back to the US for some burritos and Round #5 of the EWS in Winter Park, Colorado. Even more exciting was getting back to Denver and stopping by Yeti HQ to pick up our long-awaited new bikes. As I’m sure 99% of people reading this will already know, we were on brand new bikes for Winter Park. We have ridden prototypes over the past couple years, but these were the first of the production frames in all their glory. It was a case of love at first sight. We got them built up and had a couple days riding to test them out before heading off to Winter Park.