First Look: Yeti’s New SB140 – Splitting the Difference

If you are a Yeti fan, it has been a fairly good month. Matt confirmed you the new SB160 per week in the past, then got here Kazimer with the SB120, and immediately we’re splitting the distinction with the additionally-new SB140. There’s nonetheless a 27.5″ model in the lineup, however this SB140 is actually the subsequent technology of the SB130 (complicated, I do know), and may be configured with both a 150mm or 160mm-journey fork relying on the construct equipment.

Like the different new bikes, the SB140 is obtainable in two flavors. Sign up for one in every of the burlier Lunch Ride fashions with that 160mm fork and there are six full bikes to select from, all with a Float X shock and burlier tires and brakes. The C1, C2, and C3 are all primarily based on the heavier carbon body and retail for $6,600, $6,900, and $7,800 USD. There are one other three fashions primarily based on the pricier and lighter Turq body that makes use of pricier and lighter carbon fiber. You’ll want $8,800, $10,200, and $11,700 USD to get the T1, T3, and T4.

SB140 Details
• Intended use: Trail driving and extra
• Travel: 140mm
• Fork journey: 150mm / 160mm
• Frame materials: Carbon fiber, two variations
• Head angle: 65.4º / 65º
• Seat angle: 71.8º – 73.7º
Wheels: 29″
• Sizes: SM – XXL
• Reach: 435mm – 525mm
• Frame weight: 3,375 grams (med Turq body w/ DPS shock)
• Price: $6,400 – $11,700 USD, $4,500 USD (body solely)
• More information: www.yeticycles.com

If you need that 150mm-journey fork and a bit lighter construct equipment, pricing begins at $6,400 for the C1 or $6,700 USD for the C2. Turq-framed bikes begin with the $8,600 T2 and $10,000 T3, or you may get the high-finish T4 for $11,500 USD. There are eleven totally different SB140s to select from, in addition to the $4,500 USD body, so head over to Yeti’s web site for all the specs and particulars.

Frame Details

The new SB140 appears quite a bit like the earlier model, however the variations are extra apparent up shut… or when you’ve already examine their different new bikes. The low-hanging little bit of bulbous carbon in entrance of the backside bracket has lastly been trimmed right down to a slimmer form that additionally presents extra floor clearance. That’s additionally the place you may discover a twin-density downtube protector that makes use of a softer inside layer mixed with a tougher cap bolted over the high, all of which may be eliminated to make it simpler to route the dropper submit line.

Cables enter and exit at the standard locations, however Yeti’s added small clamps at every of these factors that lightly maintain them in place and may maintain extra slack from rattling round inside the body. Other notables embody a swap to a threaded backside bracket shell quite than Pressfit BB92, loads of rubberized safety on the swingarm, and a comparatively low cost and straightforward-to-discover Universal Derailleur Hanger.

Yeti has additionally modified a bunch of stuff in the suspension division with an eye fixed on reliability, most notably shifting to urgent all of the bike’s bearings into the metallic suspension parts quite than the carbon entrance or rear triangles. This is sensible for all the apparent manufacturing and lengthy-time period causes, nevertheless it’s additionally simpler and fewer dangerous to take away and set up bearings in a bit of aluminum than some costly hand-laid carbon fiber. There are additionally new floating collet pivot axles to carry all of it collectively, and Turq-series frames see higher seals, bearings, and {hardware} used at the sliding Switch Infinity unit versus C-spec frames that use final yr’s stuff.

What’s all this about Turq and C-sequence? The two variations of the body are made in the identical place and look equivalent on the exterior, however Yeti says that the Turkish variations, “are made with the highest high quality carbon fiber accessible and supply the good steadiness of stiffness and compliance.” The C-sequence frames obtain, “small modifications in the carbon fiber layup” that make them inexpensive to fabricate, therefore the barely cheaper price level for full builds. The experience high quality and body rigidity are stated to be equivalent, however the fancy SB140 Turq body weighs 3,375 grams, 174 fewer than the peasant-y C model once they’re each fitted with the identical Fox DPS shock.

Suspension Details

Some of us thought that the new SB160 may use an identical six-bar format as the motorized E160, however Yeti caught with a barely revised model of the sliding Switch Infinity design they have been refining for years. It’s the identical story with the SB140, too, and that is a great factor; we have all the time preferred the balanced nature of Switch Infinity for the way it’s all the time managed to do the pedal and bump-absorbing jobs equally properly.

Yeti has an attention-grabbing historical past with unconventional suspension designs, and when you’re not conversant in Switch Infinity, this is the gist of it. The stable rear triangle floats on two hyperlinks; the higher one drives the shock through a cut up clevis and is fairly bizarre, however not so down at the backside. That’s the place you may see that the principal pivot is on an anodized black aluminum provider that slides up and down on two Kashima-coated rails and a set of upgraded bushings. Grease ports allow you to inject some love as wanted with out taking the complete factor aside, and Yeti’s additionally added higher seals, bearings, and {hardware}.

What does all that do? “When Switch Infinity reverses path, anti-squat drastically drops for freedom of suspension motion,” Yeti explains, with the black provider sliding up on the two gold rails in the first a part of the bike’s journey for extra anti-squat and higher on- energy really feel, earlier than shifting again down afterward in the journey in order that the chain has much less impact on the suspension motion.

Geometry

The refinement continues in the geometry division, with a couple of small modifications right here and there but in addition the notable swap to dimension-particular chainstays. While the earlier model had a 433mm rear-finish throughout the vary, the new bike will get 2mm longer per dimension, beginning at 436mm for the small and as much as 444mm for the double-additional-giant. The identical goes for the precise seat angles that begin at 71.8 and go as much as 77.3-levels on the Lunch Ride model (barely steep on the regular fashions).

The Lunch Ride builds get a 160mm-journey fork that places the head angle at 65-levels even, whereas the much less aggressive builds with 150mm forks sit at 65.4-levels. Reach numbers run from 435 to 525mm, with a big sitting at 485mm and a 623mm efficient high tube size.


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