Yeti is a small company nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado. Their roots go all the way back to mountain biking's infancy, when they built some of the fastest race-bikes for the likes of John Tomac and Juli Furtado. Today, their focus remains the same: build the bikes that you're passionate about. The SB-66 is their latest creation, and we have one in our test fleet right now. Check it out:
Yeti's Carbon Superbike:
The SB-66 recieved its name during the prototype testing phase of development, when the Yeti crew members began referring to it as the Superbike (S.B.) The 66 refers to the 6 inches of travel, and 26-inch wheels.
Stealthed out finish:
The understated matte black finish of the Yeti looks fast even when the bike is standing still. Yeti also makes a version of this bike with their signature Desert Turquoise color.
Tried and true parts selection:
Yeti has always been good at picking build kits that really make sense for the rider. Our test bike came equipped with an XT triple setup, 10-speed drivetrain, and a mix of very solid components from Thomson, Easton, and DT-Swiss.
The heart of the beast:
The SwitchLink is the heart of the suspension design. It allows the designers at Yeti to precisely control the wheelpath and linkage rate of the rear suspension. It looks somewhat like a single pivot design on the surface, but the concentric action from the SwitchLink makes this bike behave much more like a multi-pivot design.
More smart choices:
The suspension features the latest from Fox, with a new high-volume Float CTD rear shock, and a Fox 34 CTD fork. We're also excited to try out the new Maxxis Ardent tires with lightweight and tubeless ready EXO sidewalls.
From Colorado, and proud of it:
While Yeti was originally founded in California, they've spent plenty of years in Colorado designing bikes to claim some roots there. One of our few issues with the aluminum version of the SB-66 was the exceptionally wide seatstays, which contacted some of the wrecking crewers calves when pedaling. The carbone version slimmed down the profiles of the stays significantly, which should improve clearance.
The wrecking crew strives to put as many miles as possible on each test bike before we write a full review. Watch for the full write-up on this bike in the coming pages of Mountain Bike Action.