Yeti Introduces New SB130
Yeti Cycles rounds out their 2019 bike line with the addition of the. The 29-inch trail bike aims to crush descents and pedal with ease in a “one-bike-that-rules” style. The SB130 features 130 mm of travel and progressive trail geometry, including a longer reach, steeper seat angle and slacker head angle. The bike is spec’d with a 150 mm Fox 36 fork with 44 mm offset. Like all 2019 bikes, the SB130 is backed by . And, like the SB100 and SB150, it accommodates a water bottle in the front triangle.
“The SB130 replaces one of our most popular bikes – the SB5.5,” said Yeti president, Chris Conroy. “We updated the geometry, kinematics and created a bike that rules in the high country.”
Launched shortly after the SB150, the bike looks similar to its longer travel sibling but has different kinematics and tube profiles. Both bikes feature a new patent-pending shock extender combined with Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension platform. All hardware, aside from the link, is shared between the two models.
The combined suspension platform allows for a huge range of tunability and a welcome number of independent variables to optimize kinematics. Yeti’s leverage rate with linear progression remains, but with a slight increase to the progressivity percentage, providing greater compatibility with modern shocks. This gives the SB130 an efficient pedaling platform, better small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support, and increased bottom-out resistance. FOX, a long-time partner, worked closely with Yeti to ensure the unique two-piece shock extension assembly is approved to run a coil shock.
The SB130 is the final addition to the 2019 bike offering from the Colorado-based mountain bike brand. The entire 2019 line includes the SB100, SB100 Beti, SB5, SB5 Beti, SB 5 Lunch Ride, SB150 and the SB6.
“Our product team has been crushing it, and we expect this to be a solid year for Yeti,” Conroy said. “The feedback from our team riders, ambassadors and internal test team has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re stoked to release the SB130 to the mountain bike community.”