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March 22, 2021
First, let's go over what I'm riding on. My bike is the Yeti SB150 C2 build with the Fox Factory Suspension upgrade in Raw Carbon. What that means essentially is that I went with a GX build and just decided to upgrade the suspension to Fox Factory because you know... Kashima. As of right now, the bike is completely stock and that's a big benefit of going with Yeti. I wouldn't change anything about this bike straight off the showroom floor.
The SB150 is efficient as hell. Pedaling this thicc enduro monster up-hill was not bad at all. And these aren't "light" enduro bikes. Mine weights in at 31 lbs, which is fairly standard for a bike in this category. Nonetheless, I've pedaled much lighter bikes that felt significantly more "spongy" and "sluggish" when climbing. That said, I should mention that the length of this bike doesn't make it particularly easy to navigate up techier climbs. Riding this bike in Southern Utah, I struggled to summit some of the more intense climbs. With the effective seat tube angle being 77°, this gives you a comfortable climbing position that you can be in all day.
Now let's get into the reason you would buy this bike, the descent. The SB150 is an absolute smash wagon. There is nothing this bike couldn't traverse over. The bike's heavy back end paired with the over-forked front end keeps this bike rolling no matter what the trail decides to throw at it. This bike rewards routey behavior and pushes you to ride more aggressively. It can handle anything that you throw at it and with Yeti's lifetime warranty why wouldn't you take some risks?
The Switch Infinity System is another unique feature that is exclusive to Yeti. The way it works, in a nutshell, is that there are these two rails placed just above the bike's bottom bracket. As the bike goes through its travel, the pivot changes direction and places the bike in a position that helps with anti-squat making each pedal stroke that much more efficient. This gives the bike a bottomless feel when descending chunky trails at high speeds. It's also completely tunable, so you can dial this thing in to feel exactly how you want it. This, combined with the 150mm of rear travel makes this bike feel unstoppable.
The feel of this bike, to sum it up, is "Fast AF". It's scary fast. So fast but it still feels so comfortable. Need proof? The SB150 has won more races stages at EWS than any other bike. It's hard to knock this thing off-line. This is not a "playful" or "jibby" mountain bike. This thing just wants to go and go fast. Yeti's perfectly distributed weight balance allows you to do just that. You roll over just about anything and come out of it like a bat-out-of Wuhan. Did I mention this bike is fast?
This bike rips. The switch infinity system helps keep you in a comfortable climbing position and gets you to the summits efficiently. It equally rips the downhill so that you can make it back to your dental practice. Push the SB150 to its limits and you will be rewarded with top-tier performance. Call you LBS and see if they have an SB150 you can demo and try one out!
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