Pricey, however Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension facilitates to make it a pinnacle performer
Yeti’s 130mm-journey trail motorbike has fantastic suspension and an updated form, but this top class TURQ version lacks the kit you’d anticipate for its eye-watering price.
The chassis is made from Yeti’s excessive-tech TURQ Series carbon fiber, which boosts the rate (an extra affordable frame crafted from less-subtle C Series composite is likewise to be had), however, also helps hold the whole motorcycle weight right down to 13.4kg.
It’s superbly finished, with fully internal cable routing, down tube and chainstay protectors, and ISCG-05 chain guide mounts.
Yeti’s Switch Infinity device lets in the primary pivot to trip vertically on two Kashima-lined stanchions to govern the suspension feel. The geometry is bang updated with a 480mm reach, 65.5-degree head perspective, 76.9-degree seat angle and 338mm bottom bracket peak on the large size tested.
Yeti SB130 X01 TURQ package
For £6,999 / $7,199 / $11, a hundred ninety you’d count on the absolute top-drawer kit, but the Yeti doesn’t pretty supply here. The DT Swiss M 1700 29er wheels take a seat 2d-from-backside within the emblem’s 4-robust All Mountain line-up, at the same time as the SRAM ‘X01’ Eagle drivetrain subs in a cheaper GX Eagle cassette, chain, and shifter.
Shimano’s -pot XT brakes provide reasonable power and modulation, however, I had a few wandering chew-factor issues, which is some thing I’ve skilled earlier than with those stoppers.
You do get a top-spec Factory series Fox 36 fork, DPX2 surprise, and Transfer dropper. The fork is the FIT4 version although, as opposed to the contemporary GRIP2 variant. It gets a three-position low-velocity compression lever but isn’t quite as well damped
Yeti SB130 X01 TURQ first trip impressions
On steep climbs, the seat angle puts you in a splendid function to preserve the front wheel going where you need it and centers your mass between the wheels. Small bumps disappear underneath the tires, retaining traction, even as the surprise remains in large part unmoved by way of pedal inputs until you truly start to mash at them. There’s a bit bit of lurch as you crest a rectangular-edged step, but that’s my only real complaint – the bike is first-rate on climbs.
It’s a similar tale on twisty trails, wherein the supportive suspension keeps the motorbike feeling keen as you kick via the pedals between turns. While the front stop is slack and long, the 430mm stays imply it’s nonetheless brief to alternate course and by no means feels slow.
A touch longer again-cease might useful resource excessive-velocity balance, but I by no means felt worried when banging through rock gardens, thanks to the grippy 2.5in Maxxis Minion DHF up front, that stretched the front end and the low backside bracket.
Unlike a few short-travel motorcycles, the SB130, in reality, feels like it handiest has 130mm on the faucet. There’s enough progression within the stroke to provide respectable manipulate, however on larger terrain and drops, you hit the stop of its travel with a dull thud. This isn’t harsh sufficient to blow your toes off the pedals, however, you genuinely understand when you’ve run out.
Overall, Yeti has carried out a nice job with the SB130. While it’s not a motorcycle that’ll wow you as quickly as you soar on it, it’s a wonderful-delicate and composed, high-acting trail bike that’ll get on with the activity with out making a fuss.