Yeti Drops New 160E with New Suspension Platform

The Yeti 160E electric mountain bike features 160mm of rear travel and is designed for racing with a unique six-bar suspension design.

Yeti recently teased their new e-bike, and today the 160E is out with a slew of new and interesting tech and features around the bike.

Yeti says the 160E has been a five-year development project, and with that it brings a new suspension platform for Yeti, and an e-bike they say is made for racing. The bike starts with 160mm of rear travel and a 170mm fork on 29″ wheels. The 160E uses Shimano’s 630Wh battery with its EP8 motor.

Yeti’s new Sixfinity suspension is a six-bar suspension design, made for the added power and mass of an e-MTB, and the 160E has adjustable kinematics which are independent of geometry. Parts of the platform are similar to the Switch Infinity platform used by all other Yeti full-suspension bikes, but the Sixfinity uses a rocker link and what Yeti calls a switch link, which switches directions through the travel and creates a unique anti-squat curve.

Yeti says that they utilized the six-bar design to keep shorter chainstays and 29-inch wheels on the e-bike. “Without resorting to smaller wheel sizes and leaving traction and speed on the table, our 29” wheel chainstays are shorter than other brands’ compensating mullet setups,” says Yeti. Long chainstays on an e-bike still seem to be a compromise as they still measure 446mm across the board.

Yeti incorporated an adjustable leverage rate on the 160E, offering three different rates on the frame. The stock position is 30% progression, then there’s a 25% position for a more supportive and efficient feel. Then, there’s a 35% position, which is more plush and poppy, says Yeti.

As far as the rest of the geometry, the seat tube length is kept short at 410mm on a medium with a 1,240mm wheelbase, a 754mm standover height, and 460mm reach. The seat tube angle measures 78° and the head tube angle measures 64.5°. The bike comes in four sizes, S-XL.

There are two different builds for the 160E, a C1 and T1. The C1 is $10,100 and comes with a Fox Performance 38 and Float x, Shimano SLX, and SRAM Code R brakes. The T1 build adds Fox Factory suspension, SRAM Code RSC brakes, a Reverb AXS dropper post, and alloy DT Swiss EX1700 wheels.

Yeti 160E C1 builds are currently available for order at Competitive Cyclist.

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