Yeti Cycles has a new trail bike for you all to drool over. The Yeti SB5C is a carbon fiber trail bike featuring 5″ (127mm) of travel with 27.5″ wheels. Details inside.
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One of the key highlights of this new bike is the usage of the new Yeti Switch Infinity. Read about what this has to offer from Yeti below. The bike is available as a complete in a few build kit options. Currently there aren’t any frame-only options available.
SWITCH INFINITY OVERVIEW
Switch Infinity utilizes a patented translating pivot that switches direction as the bike moves through its travel. This provides excellent anti-squat characteristics for superior pedaling performance and ideal suspension characteristics as it gets deeper into the travel.
At the beginning of the travel, the main pivot translates upward, creating a rearward wheel path. This provides excellent anti-squat and optimum pedaling performance. While the pedaling is crisp, the linear leverage ratio and translating pivot combine for amazing small bump sensitivity. The linear movement provides unprecedented control of the kinematics and marks a significant improvement over link-based designs.
Once the Switch Infinity system reaches the inflection point, the main pivot begins to translate downward. This linear movement prevents the chain force from adversely affecting the suspension performance and gives the suspension a controlled, bottomless feel.
SWITCH INFINITY SYSTEM
The linear path of the patented Switch Infinity system has very little resistance as it moves through its travel. This allows the system to achieve seemingly contradictory characteristics. In the early stage of the travel it displays superior pedaling efficiency and excellent small bump sensitivity. As you move deeper into the travel, it is well supported and responds effortlessly to square edge hits. The mechanical advantage of our linear system cannot be achieved with traditional link designs.
The Switch Infinity is a simple, lightweight, bombproof system built by Fox Racing Shox from proven suspension components and engineered and tested to withstand the worst riding conditions. We only use the best components in its construction —
Kashima coated stanchions for low friction and durability, seals and bushings that are used in Fox’s off-road racing division, and a lightweight forged translating pivot. We have field tested the parts for over three years and the original bushings, seals, and stanchions are still in perfect working condition. Fox has thrown the system into its testing regimen as well — spray testing, mud, dyno, and ride testing — and found the system worthy enough to be “Enabled by Fox.” The system is significantly lighter (100g) than the original Switch Technology.
Switch Infinity is a versatile system easily adaptable to different travel platforms. The system can be mounted in any orientation and can achieve a myriad of kinematics depending on the design intent. For example, longer travel bikes require drastically different kinematics later in the travel (controlling wheel path trajectory). The Switch Infinity system can control this much more precisely than other suspension designs because of the linear path of the main pivot. We also can control leverage ratio and anti-squat with much greater freedom than other systems.
(July 17; Golden, Colorado) Yeti has introduced the new SB5c trail bike with patented
Switch Infinity technology, expanding its line of ride-driven products. Built for aggressive trail riders, the SB5c rolls on 27.5” wheels and delivers 5” of plush yet responsive rear wheel travel. The SB5c will begin shipping immediately as a complete bike with builds starting at $6599.
Yeti’s patented new Switch Infinity design allows their engineers to control suspension kinematics to a new level. The end result is unprecedented pedaling efficiency and small bump sensitivity when climbing paired with plush, controlled travel when descending. The Switch Infinity technology was created in partnership with FOX and features Kashima coated stanchions and FOX’s renowned build quality. It has endured Yeti and FOX’s rigorous testing protocol and over three years of on-trail testing. Thesystem is simple, lightweight and low-maintenance.
“Yeti has always been ride-driven brand, and the new Switch Infinity technology has been in development and testing for nearly three years.” said Yeti President and co-owner Chris Conroy. “We worked closely with FOX to apply what we’ve learned from our linear rail and Switch Technologies to produce a suspension platform that will work across a wide spectrum of terrain, disciplines, and riding styles.”
The SB5c will be available to ship immediately as a complete bike with SRAM’s X01Build Kit with an MSRP of $6599, or $8999 with an Enve M60 wheelset. Complete SB5c’s will weigh 25.5lbs with a Thomson Elite seatpost, and 26.2lbs with a Thomson Elite Dropper seatpost. It will also be available with a SRAM XX1 Build Kit with an EnveM60 wheelset for $10,599.