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.
Once 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”