This Yeti goes bigger: SB95 test

The not-so-minor details


Yeti SB95


Yeti Cycles Australia





Changes we would make

Dropper post, wider bar, meatier front tyre


Tough! Built to ride hard on rough trails.


Quite weighty. Water bottle mounts are under the down tube.

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Yeti took a long time to come around to 29ers. They make no secret of the fact they once thought 29ers were slow, dull and no fun on the trail. In response to what they saw as lacklustre 29er performance, they set out to create 29er with a different flavour; Yeti flavour.

They started out with their Big Top 29er hardtail, three years ago now. It was hard riding hardtail, with an aggressive spirit that most 29ers lacked. Now, they’ve rolled that ethos into their very first dual suspension 29er, the 120mm travel SB95.

The SB95 cuts an imposing figure. Clean lines, with a great mix of tube shapes and geometry that just looks spot-on!
The Fox Float 34 fork is the perfect match for this bike. The stiffness of the 34mm stanchions was greatly appreciated; you can really notice the benefits, particularly on a 29er. Kashima Coat finish helps keep ’em smooth.
A Fox RP23 took care of duties on our test bike, but more recent versions come equipped with Fox’s new CTD Float shock. Rear travel is 120mm, and a very smooth 120mm it is too. Note the neat cable routing and the cable stops for an adjustable seat post. One downside of the shock placement is that the bottle mounts are underneath the down tube.
Truvativ provide the low-rise carbon bar. For our taste, it was a little narrow. A bike like this is crying out for a bar of 720mm+.
You have the option of running either a 142x12mm rear axle or a standard 135mm quick release through an interchangeable ‘chip’ dropout system. You’d be crazy not to go 142mm – it’s stiff as a board, not to mention easier and neater than a quick release.
Attention to detail is one of the things that make Yetis such highly sought after bikes. The finish is just brilliant!
Ditch the quick-release seat clamp and get an adjustable dropper post onto this bike, stat! The SB95 is crying out for a dropper so you can let it all hang out on the descents.


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