My first taste of the dry, dusty desert singletrack of Bootleg Canyon was aboard the Yeti SB-95 and what a taste it was! With 29 wheels, 5 of travel front and back, and a 68.5 headtube angle, this is an aggressive bike that was ready to tackle the most technical Outdoor Demo test track that had been marked out in the barren landscape.

And tackle it the SB-95 didand with ease! While a few bikes I rode at the show betrayed their tendencies toward either climbing or descending, out of all the bikes that I rode, the SB-95 was the best at both. A capable descender thanks to the above characteristics as well as a tapered headtube and thru-axles front and back, the bike was still lightweight enough to make the climbs enjoyable as well. Also contributing to the excellent climbing performance was a solid pedaling platform, courtesy of the Fox CTD (Climb, Trail, Descend) suspension, the Switch Technology patent-pending suspension design, and the relatively short chainstays.

General Thoughts on 29er Trail Bikes

I rode several 29er full-suspension trail bikes (~5 of suspension) yesterday, and I was seriously impressed with their performance. Ive heard some writers gripe about chain stays that are too long and the difficulty of fitting a 29 wheel into a longer-travel package (thus, some of the push for 650b long-travel bikes). But based on my experiences today Id have to say that there are plenty of companies doing 5 (and even 6) FS 29ers very well. If I had to buy a bike today, for my personal riding style and the types of trails I like to ride, it would probably be a 5 FS 29er.

Bottom Line

I rode a wide variety of mountain bikes today, and I have to honestly say that out of all of them, the Yeti SB-95 impressed me the most. This is one bike that I would love to spend some more time with!

# Comments

  • ecwashere7

    I love seeing an article raving about the bike I just bought. Can’t wait for it to arrive!

    • mtbgreg1

      It was great fun! 🙂

    • ecwashere7

      You bring up a great point that this new crop of 5″FS 29ers are making the 650b less appealing than it initially was to someone who wanted the fun of 26 with the benefits of 29. I find the SB-95 to be tons of fun and even “flickable.” I won’t be doing any serious DH with it, but I’ll certainly be ripping up many descents in the upcoming years.

    • JimmyDimes

      Purchased a new SB-95 about two weeks ago. The best bike I have ever ridden and/or owned.

  • dgaddis

    Nice pics! I’ve heard nothing but good things about those new Yeti’s.

  • maddslacker

    If only Yeti hadn’t blown off the Denver based Singletracks staff blogger, we could have had this write-up a lot sooner. 😀

    • mtbgreg1

      Dude, this bike was so spot-on!

  • Jared13

    Awesome looking scenery!

    As an owner of a FS 29ers with 5 inches of travel also, I have to agree, the bike companies are making some great bikes in that travel range!

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