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by Shane Stokes
April 13, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Martin seeking to shrug off bad luck and land success in Ardennes Classics; Van Avermaet trying to land first Classic win of 2018 in Amstel Gold; Strong QuickStep Floors trio announced for Amstel Gold Race; Verschueren out of competition due to malignant brain tumour; New Zealand men tussle for MTB gold, England’s Last takes women’s; Easton adds new gravel and adventure gearing options for EC90 SL crankset; Yeti builds a downhiller’s cross country bike, the SB100; Inaugural Australian Gravel National Championships announced; Boulie safety upgrade revealed; Video: The people of Paris-Roubaix; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever.” Taiwan KOM Challenge, Part 2: The race
Just yesterday, industry suspension leaders [Fox and RockShox each released longer travel and burlier cross country forks] to meet the forever more technical nature of cross country riding and racing. Now, Yeti joins the list, offering a progressive cross country bike.
With 100mm of rear wheel travel and a surprisingly slack, long and low geometry, the new SB100 is more a short-travel trail bike than it is a cross country racer. With a 120mm fork fitted, the head tube angle sits at 67.8-degrees. The 29er-wheeled platform uses a specific version of Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension linkage design, altering the suspension curve to achieve both efficient pedalling in the initial stroke and bottomless-feeling control at the end.
Much like a number of close competitor bikes, the new SB100 is offered in two grades of carbon fibre. The top-tier “Turq” series, and the lower-priced “Carbon”, with the former claiming improved stiffness, compliance and a lower weight. The SB100 Turq frame is claimed to weigh 2.49kg (medium, inc rear shock), a weight higher than more traditional cross country race bikes, and mostly due to the emphasis on suspension quality. The frame is designed to fit one water bottle inside the front triangle.
Yeti’s new signing, Geoff Kabush, will be defending his BC Bike Race title onboard the SB100, a race that’s notorious for its technical terrain, and a good example of what the bike was built for. The SB100 Turq frame is priced at US$3,400, with complete bikes starting from US$5,999 (Carbon series frame), see Yeticycles.com for more information.