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YETI SB100

Price: £6,999.00 (as tested)

From: Silverfish, silverfish-uk.com

Yeti’s SB100 is a 120mm forked, 100mm rear travel crosscountry bike, again from a company that has been coming out with killer mid-travel trail bikes for the last few years, with little to please the ‘endurance over enduro’ crowd. Yeti has form in the ‘fast and light’ world, though, having made some great bikes like the ASR-C not that long ago.

Much of Yeti’s recent attention has been in perfecting its ‘Switch Infinity’ suspension system.This uses a single pivot that moves position as the bike goes through its travel.

Thee pivot’s path is kept in line by using a couple of small Kashima-coated (and co-developed with Fox) stanchions with sliders that run over them. On Yeti’s bigger trail bikes, there’s a window in the frame where you can see this all happening. But on the SB100, this system has been turned sideways and hidden in the seat tube behind an access hatch.This leaves the bike with some very clean lines. Side-on, our size Medium bike achieves that aesthetically pleasing straight line between the top tube and the seatstays.

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