2018 Yeti SB6 Carbon Shimano XT/SLX
Piloted by the best riders in the world, the SB6 is uniquely suited for pounding out big enduro race days and taking on big terrain. The SB6 has 6 inces of travel in the rear, with 160 mm up-front and geometry that is manageable on the transfers, but optimized for smashing downhills.
Yeti’s opening price point kit is a lesson in restraint. Rather than chase a specific price point, they decided to focus on parts worthy of the frame and its capability. Yeti started with DT Swiss wheels burly enough to take big hits, with wide rims that pair up well with the Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 / Aggressor 2.3 tires, and made sure it had a Fox Transfer dropper seatpost – it costs significantly more, but it’s standard issue.
The SB6 is tested under heightened frame requirements to withstand more abuse. What does this mean? It is tested to stiffness and impact levels of downhill bike standards. Along with the testing in the lab, the SB6 has been ridden to victory on the toughest Enduro race courses in the world. This thing is Richie Rude frigging approved.
By making small changes in the carbon fiber layup of their TURQ Series bikes, Yeti was able to make a more aggressively priced carbon high-performance mountain bike while maintaining strength and stiffness of its higher end sibling. The carbon fiber weighs a bit more, about 250 g for a frame. You’ll see that every Yeti bike model is now offered in carbon with high-end components.
“This is the perfect Tahoe bike. Crazy light, agile, climbs like a goat, and just gets better the more you throw at it. Redefining bikes in the long, low and slack category.” – Ryan Fowler