It’s now a little easier to welcome a Yeti into your life. The exceedingly popular Golden, Colorado-based MTB bike maker has expanded its line-up to include two levels of carbon frames. Turq designates its premium offering, while standard Carbon is a little more budget friendly.
As an example, a 2017 Yeti 5C (standard carbon) with Shimano XT/SLX and Fox Performance suspension will run $4699, while the SB5C Turq with all XT parts and Fox Kashima suspension jumps to $6499. Besides the price gaps, which run along similar lines across the Yeti line, weight is the other primary difference, with the Turq frames on average coming in 250-300 grams less than their Carbon counterparts.
“We split the line to give more choices to Yeti riders,” explained Yeti CEO Chris Conroy. “Carbon technology is constantly improving on the higher-end and those advances are trickling down to allow us to offer better price points.”
Yeti has also launched three new models: a re-designed SB5, with lower standover, improved internal cable routing, and improved kinematics; a SB5 Beti women’s model that has the new SB5’s same features as well as women’s-specific touch points and suspension tunes; and the SB5+, a 27.5-plus rig equipped with 2.8” tires and an elevated driveside chainstay. All three of the new bikes will come in both Turq and Carbon frame options with a variety of component builds.
By removing the seat tube brace on the SB5, Yeti was able to lower standover height. The new bikes are also set up to use metric suspension.
“The SB5 is an extremely popular bike in our line. In step with advances in frame design and suspension technology we’ve made on other models in our line, we saw an opportunity to make this bike even more relevant for the hard-charging trail rider,” added Conroy.
The high end SB5 and SB5+ Turq bikes will be available starting in October, with the Carbon frame options landing in stores in mid-November.
For more information please visit www.yeticycles.com.