Yeti adds lower priced carbon frame options

Also revamps SB5 trail tamer and adds SB5+ model to 2017 line-up

All Yeti bikes will now be offered in two levels of carbon.

All Yeti bikes will now be offered in two levels of carbon. All will still be able to fly high.

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.

On average, the Turq series bikes will be about 250-300 grams lighter than their Carbon cousins.

On average, the Turq series bikes will be about 250-300 grams lighter than their Carbon cousins.

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.

An elevated driveside chainstay helps accommodate the wider tires.

An elevated driveside chainstay helps accommodate the wider tires on the new Yeti SB5+ 27.5 bike.

“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.

The main objective remains the same: rip.

The main objective remains the same: rip.

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.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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  • 410sprint says:

    So no more hardtail frames? I don’t get it….

    Kona, Canfiled and the like seem to be doing a very nice business selling 27+ and 29er new generation longer travel hardtails. To make matters worse, the cheapest Yeti frame is now $2900…

    I have been a loyal Tribe member for over 20 years, I don’t get it…

  • JP says:

    No kidding, what happened to the HT frame Yeti??? It was on my short-list and I got excited about the more affordable Carbon (vs. Turq) option. What a shame…

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