When Yeti first unveiled its next generation Switch Link suspension platform on the SB5C, they quickly followed it up with the heavy hitting SB6C. It would take another year before the release of a 29er with the new technology. And that platform, the SB4.5C, was more XC/trail than all mountain. While we called it one of the best new bikes released last year, truth is it didn’t quite fill the SB95 shaped hole in our heart.
Video: From the tangled sheep paths of the tussock grasslands to purpose-built trails snaking through the sharp mountain peaks, New Zealand ’s varied topography makes for an awe-inspiring mountain bike playground.
As good as all three of those Switch Infinity models are, we missed that big wheeled, long travel, do anything, go out and slay bike. Luckily, they’re back at it again with the new Yeti SB5.5c. With 140mm of travel out back, a 160mm Fox 36 up front, and that trademark long and low Yeti geometry, this is the real deal.
The new bike will be available in three sizes: M, L, and XL, with prices starting at $5700 for Fox Factory suspension, DT Swiss wheels, and a SRAM GX drivetrain with Guide brakes. The premiere level build comes with a XTR kit, ENVE wheels, and retails for the mind numbing $10,600. You can also buy a frame only with Fox Float Factory DPS shock.
We don’t have any further info on the new bike, but we’re looking forward to learning more later this week at the Sea Otter Classic. Stay tuned.