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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Yeti SB100. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
17 reasons to buy
- The Yeti SB100 is a short travel bike with a smooth, attractive appearance.
- The bike has 100mm of travel in the rear and 120mm of travel upfront.
- The Switch Infinity suspension system is tucked behind the bottom bracket, giving riders room for a water bottle.
- A splash cover protects the suspension from mud, dirt and water on the SB100.
- The 44mm fork offset allows riders to track well through corners. It prevents the bike from having a floppy front wheel.
- A stick-on rock guard protects the downtube from becoming damaged by trail debris.
- Test riders describe the bike as direct and precise on a variety of trails. It goes wherever one guides it.
- The Yeti SB100’s stiff carbon frame provides efficient power transfer to riders as they pedal. The bike accelerates with ease.
- The bike climbs well. Testers found it capable of ascending technical and steep terrain.
- ODI grips and a WTB Volt saddle are fine features that make the Yeti SB100 comfortable for long days in the saddle.
- The bike is lightweight, allowing the bike to be both lively and quick when descending.
- The Yeti SB100 is available in a women’s specific model called the Beti. The Beti’s shock is tuned for lighter riders, has shorter cranks and a women-specific saddle.
- Experts found the internally routed cables quiet on the bike.
- 180mm brake rotors, combined with SRAM or Shimano brakes, engage on-demand and provide excellent stopping power.
- The bike is available in four sizes. Builds are available for riders 5’1” to 6’7”.
- With a shorter seat post, experts were pleased to find they could easily run a longer dropper post. Riders will find Fox dropper posts on each build of the SB100.
- A Maxxis Minion DHF tire paired with a Maxxis Aggressor in the rear provides riders with traction on a variety of trails.
3 reasons not to buy
- Experts agree the bike is expensive.
- Testers found riding the SB100 could lead to hand fatigue on chattery descents.
- The bike is very responsive. Experts warn it can be difficult to control at high speeds.
Expert Reviews90/100 based on 1 expert reviews
Yeti SB100 T2 Tested
Yeti has had progressive geometry, short-travel bikes before but the SB100 gets a refined version of its control-multiplying twin-shaft Switch Infinity suspension system in a lifetime warrantied chassis. That inevitably adds weight over a pure racer, but the gravity and grin-gains far outweigh a few grams on the climbs.
Bible Review: Yeti Beti SB100 X01 Race Turq
With the SB100, Yeti married its Switch Infinity suspension to a stiff carbon frame and a steep 74-degree seat tube angle to create a bike that doesn’t just climb uphill, but attacks ascents like it should come stock with a cape and an oxygen mask.