Inside we take a look at some 2014 products including ones from Thomson, Yeti, and X-Fusion. Yeti has integrated the 27.5″ wheel into their SB range as well as a new 575. X Fusion has a variety of new fork options including an upside down trail fork called the Revel. Thomson has new carbon bar options as well as showcasing a internal / stealth routing option for their dropper seat post.
Yeti Cycles has quite the following within the community and there certainly are a few reasons for this. Jared Graves has been taking the Enduro World Series by storm this year and he chose to race his Yeti SB-66 Carbon at World Championships this year at Pietermaritzburg where he took third. We’ve taken a look at the SB-66 in our review section as well if you’re looking for more details on the fun SB-66.
Graves’ bike was built up with DH tires but overall bikes like these are very capable at descending and pedaling just the same. They may require a little bit more effort to pedal in comparison to other shorter travel bikes but they’ll easily put a smile on your face during the descent to offset the extra effort.
Custom 8 Speed drivetrain with the Saint M820 clutch'd derailleur
Yeti Cycles works closely with FOX so it should be no surprise that Jared’s bike has the CTD shock and FOX 36 up front controlling the suspension.
You can see more detailed shots of Jared’s SB-66 Carbon in the gallery.
For 2013 to compete more, Yeti will be offering a new SB66 Comp component kit with their complete builds that will come in at a very competitive $2,900 MSRP. In addition to that, they’ll be including a carbon rear triangle on the SB66 alloy bike in select frame / complete options. This will reduce the overall weight of the SB66 (by 430g – claimed) and increase its value at the same time to riders.
Moving on to some of the new 2014 offerings from Yeti below, we’ll be taking a look at their new SB75 and 575.
Yeti SB75 - 27.5in wheels!
The SB75 is clearly inspired by the SB66. Utilizing their Switch suspension system the SB75 packs in 127mm (5″) travel in its 27.5″ wheel chassis.
They’ve decided to alter the geometry slightly and you’ll find a shorter top tube / front-center in comparison to the SB66. The SB75 will be available in October in 4 sizes, XS, S, M, L. Frame pricing starts at $2000.00. Full geometry specs and more can be seen at http://yeticycles.com/#/bikes/sb75
clearance on the SB75
The SB75 utilizes a lot of similar parts and features with the SB66 (axle system, iscg adapters, switch suspension, etc) but is offered up a larger tweener wheelsize. You can see additional detailed photos in the gallery.
Yeti 575 - gets 27.5in wheels
Moving on to the new Yeti 575 they’ve reworked this frame for 2014 to take 27.5″ wheels as well. The butting profiles have been updated and like the SB75, features a 67.5degree head tube. They’ve freshened up the 146mm of suspension a bit and were able to get this bike to market quickly with help from partners like FOX to help dial in the suspension.
This new aluminum 575 gives Yeti fans a way to get into the 27.5″ wheel without breaking the bank.
The 575 has been completely updated and built around a 27.5” wheel platform. Long revered for it’s impeccable trail manners, the 575’s suspension rate has been optimized to give more support in the mid-stroke and a consistent feel throughout the suspension travel. This gives the 575 even more versatility on a variety of trails.
As in the past, all the features that made the 575 a true trail bike are back: hydro-formed aluminum tube set to optimize chassis stiffness, oversized chain stays for durability and stiffness, ISCG mounts and a progressive geometry that gives confidence climbing and descending.
575 press bb
Thomson introduced a dropper seatpost awhile back with a bar mounted lever and a seat mounted option as well. They were showing off a new option that should be ready by next spring for riders looking for a stealth / internally routed dropper post.
Thomson - Internally routed dropper post prototype
They’re still testing and refining the post so things might change from what you see here currently.
Thomson Droppper Prototype
You can check out the gallery for more photos of the Thomson products or visit bikethomson.com
In addition to the internal dropper post, Thomson also was showing off their latest bars and stem offerings.
Thomson All Mountain carbon bar and DH bar
They’ve also added a carbon option for all mountain bikes in addition to their alloy wide Thomson DH bar and Thomson Trail AL bars. They’re still putting the final decision on widths so don’t judge what you see here as final in the width department.
Thomson Trail AL
If you’re into titanium bars, Thomson also had a variety on display including this 780mm wide one with a 15mm rise.
Moving into the suspension side of things, X Fusion has been busy creating new forks this year and had a new one at Interbike called the Revel HLR.
The Revel is an upside down fork available in 27.5 and 29″ models. Features 34mm stanchion tubes in an inverted design with up to 160mm of travel.
The weight comes in at a 4.5lbs (claimed 2041g) and uses a dual-spring air system. Adjustments include High and Low speed compression, and rebound. Axle is their LockX 20mm. MSRP is $1776.00 USD.
X Fusion Revel HLR
We’ve posted up some details on the RV 1 downhill fork in the past as well but here it is in its official outfit for 2014.
Video: RV1 and Metric overview
36mm stanchions. 26 and 27.5″ wheeled otpions. Up to 200mm of travel. Carbon leg guards. Claimed 6.4lbs (2902g) in a coil damper with their HLR damper. High and Low Speed compression, rebound, and pressure release buttons.
X Fusion RV 1
RV 1 Specs
In addition to the RV 1, the Metric is also available from X Fusion for 2014. 26 & 27.5 options with a 36mm chassis.
Up to 180mm of travel with carbon leg guards as well. Claimed weight of 5.3lbs with their Air spring and flux piston (learn more about this in the video above). HLR damper with High and Low Speed Compression, rebound, and air pressure release system. 20mm axle system. See more at xfusionshox.com