FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) —Scarcely one month after launching the SB5c trail bike and just one week after it introduced a new cross-country race model, Yeti rolled out a third new bike on the opening day of Eurobike.
The SB6c full-carbon frame is built around 27.5-inch wheels, has 6 inches of front and rear travel and is designed with aggressive trail riding in mind. Like the SB5c, its 5-inch-travel cousin, the SB6c is built on Yeti's latest patented suspension design. Switch Infinity, an evolution of Yeti's Switch Technology, is a link tucked into the frame above the bottom bracket and was created in partnership with Fox Racing Shox. The system is designed to maximize pedaling efficiency and small=bump sensitivity when climbing, while allowing for plush, controlled travel on descents.
Approaching downhill bike geometries, the SB6c has a long toptube, low bottom bracket height and slack head angle.
"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 Chris Conroy, co-owner and president of Yeti. "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-degree head angle — and low."
With its slacker angles and substantial travel, the SB6c was designed with gravity and aggressive riding in mind — but it's also meant to be efficient enough for long climbs and big rides on varied terrain.
Complete bikes built with SRAM XO1, a Fox 36 fork and Fox Float X rear shock will retail for $7,399 and are scheduled to ship Oct. 1. Framesets will be available later this year.