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Yeti Cycles SB-66 Carbon Race Complete Mountain Bike

Yeti Cycles SB-66 Carbon Race Complete Mountain Bike

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We must admit, we had high expectations when our friends in Golden Colorado announced the Superbike. You see, Yeti has been pushing the limits of mountain bike design for almost three decades, and the SB-66 Carbon Race Complete Mountain Bike is a culmination of those efforts. But our expectations were exceeded when we finally swung a leg over one. With a six pound frame offering six inches of travel, its arrival pretty much established a new class of mountain bike. And the aggressive geometry? Perfection, if such a thing exists. We’d have to agree with Yeti, this puppy is in every way deserving of the Superbike moniker. At the core of the SB-66′s beloved handling is Yeti’s proprietary Switch Link suspension platform. On the surface, it looks like most any single pivot bike, but thanks to the eccentric pivots, the wheelpath and suspension kinematics are that of a short dual link suspension design, as found on the SB’s closest competition. The benefit of a dual link design is that it enables the wheelpath to be optimized for particular tasks in different portions of the travel. Namely, the wheelpath stays near vertical early in the travel, providing a responsive feeling at the pedals, and keeping the chainstays short for quick handling. As the bike compresses past the sag point, the axle travels rearward, keeping the bike responsive to large impacts, and providing a smooth ride on incredibly rough terrain. If this seems like marketing-driven hyperbole, perhaps you’ll prefer race results. Yeti factory rider Jared Graves piloted his SB-66 carbon to a win at the Crankworx stop of the Enduro World Series, and thanks to stage wins throughout the season, he took second place in the overall against some truly fearsome competition. As if that weren’t enough, with the help of his SB-66, Graves also placed himself on the podium at the 2013 Downhill World Championships in Pietermaritzburg RSA, the only person on a short-travel bike to be a serious contender. There but a few…

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