Yeti then adds Fox’s Float CTD suspension front and rear
with a mix of tried-and-true components to finish out the
build. Yeti even took the time to spec a faster-rolling Maxxis
Ardent rear tire with a grippier High Roller 2 front tire. It’s
clear that Yeti’s engineers chose components they themselves
would like to ride, rather than just picking the ones that
looked good in the catalog.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Setup: The SB- 75 uses air-sprung suspen-
sion front and rear, which makes setup a
breeze. We found ourselves using
slightly more pressure in the rear shock
than we expected, thanks to the
higher-than-average leverage ratio.
We settled on 30 percent sag front
and rear and hit the trails.
Pedaling: Thanks to the
Switchlink, the SB- 75 pedals better
than most bikes in this category.
So much so that we rarely found
ourselves reaching for the CTD lever
on the shock or fork to firm up the sus-
pension. It’s clear Yeti intended this bike
to be efficient.
Climbing: Pedaling feedback is well isolated
on this bike, which means the rider can use the open, plush-
er suspension settings, even on the climbs. This offers huge
benefits on technical climbs where the rider can charge into
steep sections and simply allow the suspension to handle the
rest. As long as your legs can take it, the SB- 75 can climb it.
We also found ourselves growing accustomed to the relatively steep seat angle on the 75, especially on long climbs.
The forward-riding posture puts you in a powerful and
efficient position right over the cranks. It begs you to push
harder when the trail points up.
Cornering: The SB- 75 leans toward sharp and fast steering rather than high-speed stability. The bike puts the rider
in a comfortably neutral and centered position that makes
cornering a breeze. The SB- 75 is surprisingly nimble in tight
corners, thanks to the tight geometry. While Yeti claims its
“progressive” geometry includes a 67-degree head angle, our
test riders thought it felt sharper and quicker handling than
Descending: Ride the SB- 75 as it was intended and you’re
going to work the suspension hard. The suspension offers
excellent small-bump compliance and a nice ramp-up at the
end of the stroke for bigger hits on small drops and jumps.
The small air sleeve means that the travel feels very progressive. It feels like the claimed 5. 7 inches of travel and not a
The not-too-steep, not-too-slack head angle, coupled with
a very low bottom bracket, means this bike rails descents.
The SwitchLink also remains active under braking, which
means this bike tracks the trail even on the toughest terrain,
whether or not you’re on the brakes.
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
The Thomson seatpost is a nice touch, but we found ourselves wanting a dropper right away. Thankfully, Yeti provides options for either external or internal (Stealth) routing.
The Yeti SB- 75
Superbike Switches To “Tweener” Wheels
When the 29er bandwagon first took off, Yeti firm- ly resisted and stuck to its guns. Yeti even went so far as to call the big wheels “clown shoes” for
bikes. Well, the truth is, Yeti’s engineers have long contended that 27. 5 was a better solution for full-suspension bikes.
They started by bumping their SB-66c (their trailbike with
26-inch wheels and 6 inches of travel) down to 5 inches and
bolting up a pair of 27.5-inch wheels. Whoever was on that
proto during the Yeti test rides ended up the fastest on the
descent, and the crew was convinced that the wheel size had
merit. They started designing what would become the SB- 75
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The SB- 75 is a trailbike first, and the 5 inches of travel
give it loads of versatility. Compared to the SB- 66, which
feels much more like a bruiser on the trail, the 75 is more
efficient, and feels much more like a lightweight trailbike
than most of its “enduro” peers, which feel more like miniature downhill bikes.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The SB- 75 is aluminum through and through. The 5 inches of travel are held together with Yeti’s patented SwitchLink
technology, which essentially works like other multi-link suspension designs. The pivots all ride on cartridge bearings.
The frame also uses a tapered head tube, 12x142-millime-
ter dropouts, and a threaded, 73-millimeter bottom bracket
shell with a nifty splined and removable ISCG mount.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Yeti has several build kits to choose from, so riders can
find a parts mix that suits their riding and budget. Our build
kit featured SRAM’s X01 drivetrain, which is quickly becoming a wrecking crew favorite for its reliability and rock-solid
shifting. Plus, it almost eliminates chain slap via the Type 2
clutch mechanism on the rear derailleur.