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Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er

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Yeti has been busy this year. First it was the new SB100, followed by the new SB150. Now, they’re splitting the difference (almost) with a new SB130. Like the two previous releases, the SB130 is a 29″ platform that uses their Switch Infinity suspension system. While the SB100 runs 100mm rear and 120mm front travel, the SB150 steps up to 150mm rear and 170mm front. The SB130 slots in nicely between the two with 130mm rear and 150mm front travel to create the ideal trail or light enduro bike for places like Colorado’s high country.

Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29erOnce again available in either Turq or C series carbon frames, the SB130 is essentially a shorter travel version of the SB150 – just with different kinematics and tube shapes. Yeti mentions that all hadware other than the link is shared between the two bikes.

Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29erYeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er

Because of that, it borrows a most of the new tech including the shock extender which Yeti says was created to “maintain a linear path on the leverage ratio while making the curve 15% more progressive.” The result is more midstroke support, small bump compliance, and shock fitting (including coils) – which in this case is the Fox Factory DPX2. The redesign also helps ensure room inside the front triangle for a water bottle on all sizes.

Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er

Elsewhere you’ll find internal cable routing, an integrated headset without aluminum inserts, ISCG 05 tabs around a BB92 bottom bracket, Boost spacing, and integrated frame protection.

Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er

Geometry is always a hot topic these days, and the SB130 naturally moves to a more progressive “enduro inspired” geometry. Like the SB150, the bike is long, low, and slack with a steeper seat tube angle, longer reach, and shorter chainstays. Each build also includes a 44mm offset Fox 36 fork in 150mm travel.

Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er Yeti splits the difference with new SB130 Trail 29er

Complete bikes and frames will be available in Black, Spruce, or Turquoise and pricing starts at $5,199 for a GX C Series. At $7,199 you get into the lighter/stronger Turq series frames with a SRAM X01 Eagle build, up to the top end XX1 build at $9,199. Turq frames will also be available at $3,500.

All of the newly introduced from the SB100 on will be available in April of 2019, and will be covered by their new “No B.S. Lifetime Warranty.

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DeafDaddy
DeafDaddy
4 years ago

Wait until a few of those impulsive “gotta have it” or “me too” types sell it a few months later at 1/2 of what they paid for it after they realized they splurged all that money when the same amount could have netted them 2 equally nice or even better bikes (Canyon or YT)…

Oh, and for that “lifetime warranty” carrot & stick ploy? It only covers manufacturing defecting for the life of the same owner. Seriously, does anyone actually keep it for the rest of their lives?

Crash that new Yeti SB100/130/150 that you just donated a kidney on (and subsequently losing your girlfriend, wife, or boyfriend – hey it’s Colorado where marijuana is legal)? In Yeti’s “No BS fine print”: “If you happen to have a crash or non-warranty situation, we’ll get you back on the trail with a reasonable.”

Reasonable replacement price? Sure Yeti, does it come with that same bag of pot that sent your marketing team up in the clouds to come down with the prices? Only as long as it’s in Colorado, right? As Cheech & Chong would say, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Biscuit
Biscuit
4 years ago
Reply to  DeafDaddy

Uh, warranty is only ever to cover manufacture defects – if you crash your bike, that’s your fault, not Yeti’s. This warranty is as good as any offered by anyone on a frame – there are no manufacturers that I’m aware of that will cover a crash, or anyone other than the original owner. I think your expectations there are a little unrealistic.

Frank Bones
Frank Bones
4 years ago
Reply to  DeafDaddy

Sounds to me like youre the one taking the pot. There are zero manufacturers who will consider damage from a crash as a warranty replacement. Lifetime warranty refers to the lifetime of the product not the lifetime of the consumer.
Get your head out of the clouds.

Electric Orca
Electric Orca
4 years ago
Reply to  Frank Bones

That’s where you’re wrong. Lifetime warranty is only with the original owner, not the lifetime of a product. Buy the Yeti, sell the bike, lifetime warranty disappears for the new owner.

While DeafDaddy may have been a tad overzealous in debunking Yeti’s warranty claim, I’m inclined to agree with DeafDaddy’s ‘carrot and stick’ comment on Yeti’s obfuscation with the high price and warranty claim, especially when most major manufacturers offer similar lifetime warranty programs albeit lower priced (& lower spec’d) bikes.

If you check out the comments section other popular bike sites such as Pinkbike, Vital MTB, or mtbr.com, Yeti’s pricing structure appears to be generating more negativity than they may care, especially with their obviously superfluous warranty claim to justify their higher prices. While many do acknowledge that Yeti’s bikes are desirable, they feel that Yeti is alienating its core audience and could end up shooting themselves in the foot.

Geoff
Geoff
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank Bones

I crashed my ASR a couple of years ago and destroyed the rear triangle. Even though Yeti doesn’t warranty it – they still were more than happy to send me a replacement triangle at manufacturing cost. Pennies on the dollar. They are a great company to work with – great bikes – yes, a little pricey, but worth it IMO.

i
i
4 years ago
Reply to  DeafDaddy

Remind us, what company will warranty a crashed bike? What company warranties anything other than manufacturing defects? Can you name a single one?

John Bones
John Bones
4 years ago
Reply to  DeafDaddy

Wow Deaf. You seem particularly unhappy today. More so than usual. Go eat something. Or stop looking out the window and go pedal. Get more sleep.

Good to see that the bottles are back in the triangle of the frames.
Interesting bike. As usual- not for me, but if I liked squishy bikes? Maybe.

-JCBs

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