Art’s Cyclery Bike Check: Mark’s Yeti SB5

Trail bike built to scoot uphill and leave you smiling on any descent

27.5 All Mountain Trail
Art's Cyclery Bike Check: Mark’s Yeti SB5

When it comes to adventures outside, Mark is a jack-of-all-trades — a hobbyist, some might say. He enjoys exploring new trails and is a sucker for Santa Cruz, California. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Editor’s Note: This article is courtesy of the team at Art’s Cyclery. The original post can be found here.

Art’s employee: Mark Graham
Position: Components Buyer
Bike: Yeti SB5 (127mm of rear travel)

Art's Cyclery Bike Check: Mark’s Yeti SB5

With a Shimano XT drivetrain and high zoot Reynolds carbon wheels, total bike weight is 27.8 pounds. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

About the rider

Height: 5’9”
Inseam: 30”
Weight: 165 pounds
Years Riding MTB: 8
Riding Style: Smooth

Art's Cyclery Bike Check: Mark’s Yeti SB5

Magura’s MT Trail brakes get the nod for stopping duty. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

About the bike

With a recent history of owning long travel bikes and spending weekends ripping the local moto track, Mark was ready for something different. The Yeti SB5 proved to be just what the doctor ordered: a lightweight build with a focus on functionality. It’s a trail bike that’s built to scoot uphill and leaves you smiling on any descent.

Tech specs
  • Frame: Yeti SB5 carbon, size medium
  • Shock: Fox Factory Float Evol
  • Fork: Fox Factory FIT4 34 150mm
  • Wheels: Reynolds Trail Carbon
  • Rotors: Shimano Ice Tech 180mm
  • Brakes: Magura MT Trail
  • Crankset: Race Face Next SL 170mm
  • Cassette: Shimano XT 11-46
  • Chain: Shimano XT
  • Shifter: Shimano XT M8000
  • Front Derailleur: n/a
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8000 SGS
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer Performance Elite 150mm
  • Saddle: Specialized Power Expert 143mm
  • Stem: Chromag Ranger 40mm
  • Handlebars: Yeti 740mm
  • Front Tire: E*thirteen TRS+ 27.5×2.35 24psi
  • Rear Tire: Maxxis Ardent 27.5×2.25 28psi
  • Pedals: Shimano XT M8020
  • Grips: Deity Waypoint Grips
  • Weight: 27.8 pounds
Art's Cyclery Bike Check: Mark’s Yeti SB5

Rounding things out is an #bike4jessy sticker, in support of a local motocross racer that was injured a crash in 2016. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Extras

Mark added a Fox Kabolt axle to his fork for some additional weight savings. And in an effort to keep his precious SB5 safe in San Luis Obispo’s rocky conditions, Mark added a fair amount of AMS frame protection tape. Rounding things out is an #bike4jessy sticker, in support of a local motocross racer that was injured a crash in 2016.

What do you think of this build? Let us know in the comments section below.

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This article was originally published on the Art's Cyclery Blog. Art's Cyclery is dedicated to offering free expert advice, how-to videos, and in-depth product reviews on ArtsCyclery.com to help riders make an educated decision when selecting cycling gear.


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