On the heels of the SB5c, Yeti is set to release a 6-inch travel version that remains pedal-friendly, but is aimed squarely at going downhill with abandon. Like the SB5c, the new SB6c will also feature 27.5/650b wheels to improve rolling efficiency while remaining nimble and fun for technical terrain.
Also, like the SB5c, the SB6c will feature the new Switch Infinity suspension design. The crux of the new suspension system is the ability to fine tune the suspension — specifically for small bump compliance and pedaling efficiency (something that doesn’t always go well together). From the press release, Yeti states:
Yeti’s patented Switch Infinity design allows their engineers to design bikes with an unprecedented level of control over suspension kinematics. The end result is exceptional 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. The system is simple, lightweight and low-maintenance.
The whole system looks fairly robust, so you’d think it would weigh the frame down like a boat anchor. That said, if the SB6c is built like the 5.1 lb SB5c, we can expect a 5.78 lb frame weight for the bigger brother.
We expect the first SB6c’s to start shipping in October with complete SRAM X01 kits and Fox 36 forks for $7399. Available colors will be black, green or blue.
Yeti’s lineup is getting pretty deep with lots of redundancy at this point. We expect some consolidation in the near future as Yeti narrows down their solid, but extensive lineup of trail/enduro bikes.
Who is this bike for?
This bike is aimed squarely at the burgeoning enduro crowd, but will suit aggressive riders looking for a do-it-all machine for epic rides. Yeti athlete, Jared Graves, recently took the Winterpark Enduro World Series aboard this bike.