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2019 Yeti SB130 TURQ XX1

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  • 29-inch wheels
  • High-modulus carbon fiber frame and swing arm with C-Series and TURQ material options
  • 130mm (5.1-inches) rear travel // 150mm (5.9-inches) travel fork with shorter 44mm offset
  • Switch Infinity suspension system with two-piece wishbone-style shock extender
  • 210x52.5mm Metric shock
  • Compatible with both air and coil-sprung shocks
  • Tapered integrated headtube (41mm/52mm)
  • Custom downtube protector and chain guards
  • Internally molded carbon tubes inside of frame for improved cable routing
  • Integrated axle and derailleur hanger system
  • Boost hub spacing, front and rear
  • 29x2.5-inch tire clearance
  • Press fit 92 bottom bracket with ISCG05 mounts
  • 180mm direct rear brake mount
  • 34-tooth max chainring size
  • Clearance for standard-sized water bottle inside frame
  • Lifetime warranty (new for all 2019 Yetis) and crash replacement program
  • Spruce, Black and Turquoise color options
One bike can’t rule them all, but the SB130 is one bike that rules. Conceived on rowdy Colorado trails and fed a steady diet of technical climbing and high-speed descents, this bike crushes big terrain." - Yeti Cycles

We sat down with Yeti's Director of Engineering, Peter "Stretch" Zawistowski, for an in-depth chat about the new SB150, which shares a lot of similarities to the SB130. Listen in for some great insight:

0:43 - Geometry and fork offset2:08 - Progression and leverage curve3:55 - Shock damping tunes5:03 - Progression rate and shock selection5:49 - All about the shock extender8:07 - Making room for a water bottle8:41 - Anti-squat and pedaling performance11:20 - Internal tube-in-tube cable routing11:59 - Hardware for easy installation and maintenance12:38 - How do the new bikes ride compared to other Yetis?

14:25 - Who are the new bikes for?

Geometry

Compared to the SB5.5 that it replaces, the SB130 sees a number of big geometry updates including a shorter 44mm offset fork, one degree slacker 65.5-degree head tube angle, 40mm longer reach measurements across the size range, and a drastic 3.4-degree steeper seat angle.

Suspension Kinematics

Yeti's intention is "to use the travel and use it well." For years their bikes have averaged 3-8% progression. "Yeti’s leverage rate with linear progression remains, but with a slight [12.5%] 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." The increase in progression has also allowed Yeti to rely less on volume spacers and low-speed compression damping.

In Action

Build Kits, Pricing & Availability

The initial SB130 release includes five complete bikes ranging from $5,199 to $10,099 USD including optional upgrades. The three highest-end bikes have the TURQ edition frame, which uses higher-quality carbon material and saves close to 225-grams (0.5-pounds) over the C-Series. Yeti says that both types of carbon achieve the same stiffness ratings.

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  • C-Series GX Eagle - $5,199 USD
  • C-Series GX Comp Eagle - $6,199
  • TURQ X01 Eagle - $7,199
  • TURQ X01 Eagle Race - $8,199
  • TURQ XX1 Eagle - $9,199
  • TURQ Frame + Shock - $3,500

SB130 TURQ bikes and frames are available now. C-Series models will be available in one to two months.

What's The Bottom Line?

Like the SB150, the new SB130 is able to tame the trail with its smooth, lively suspension feel and excellent front end manners. We enjoy the new direction Yeti has headed as it makes their bikes more fun, sensitive, and bottomless with less compression damping to get things done. This bike is well suited as an everyday ripper and would suit many in search of that one-bike quiver.

Visit www.yeticycles.com for more details.

Photos by Brent Jacoby and Yeti Cycles