If a company doesn’t have a plus option yet, chances are pretty high that we’ll see it this week. Case in point – Yeti’s new SB5+, a redesigned version of the SB5 built to specifically accommodate 27+ wheels and tires. The plus crowd isn’t the only group to benefit from the new SB5 though as both men’s and women’s SB5 and SB5 Beti have been redesigned for the coming season.
To go along with the new models, Yeti will have two new build levels for their carbon frames, TURQ and well, Carbon. TURQ will fill in as the high end option, but both will be made of carbon fiber…
Starting with the new frames, each Yeti model will now be available in two levels. TURQ, named after their signature turquoise color, will be reserved for the best of the best. These frames use a bigger percentage of high modulus carbon fiber to achieve frame weights of 250-400g less than their Carbon siblings. The name Carbon might be a bit confusing since both bikes are carbon, but the lower tier Carbon series uses less high modulus fiber but still passes all the same performance and testing requirements for the same ride, just a bit heavier.
Jumping into the plus category, the new SB5+ still uses the Switch Infinity translating pivot frame design, but adds a new rear swingarm with a raised chain stay to offer chain and tire clearance. The frames are designed to work around 27 x 2.8″ tires and a 67.1 degree head tube angle with 74.1 degree seat tube angle.
The Boost spacing frame with internal routing will be available in five builds, three TURQ and two Carbon, both with SRAM Eagle options and pricing ranging from $4,699 to $10,499.
On the non plus side, Yeti is rolling out a new SB5 platform for both men and women. New for both frames is a decreased standover height, boost spacing, internal routing, and Metric suspension with their Switch Infinity linkage. Mated with 150mm travel suspension forks and 27.5″ wheels, the SB5 and SB5 Beti should remain one of their more popular models. The SB5 Beti gains women’s touch points as well as lighter suspension tunes to work with smaller riders.
Just like the SB5+, two Carbon and three TURQ models will be offered in each bike with pricing from $4,699 to $10,499.