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Pete Booker - 31 / Mar / 2020

2020 Yeti SB130 First Look

First look at the Yeti SB130

2020 Yeti SB130 First Look
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2020 YETI SB130 FIRST LOOK

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If you haven’t met me, i’m Pete. I’m the one that will usually be cruising around downstairs and will answer any of those tech questions you may have. Easy to spot with being ginger too.

Most who know me will only have one question...another new bike? I do have a habit of changing my bikes and the parts that hang from them, but how else can you compare them if you haven’t tried them.

Anyway, onto my new build. Here is my Yeti SB130 LR (LR meaning Lunch Ride. I'll get onto that in more detail later). Im a smidge under 6 foot and went for the large frame size. With the 50mm stem and 800mm wide bar is feels bang on. We have recently chosen to stock Yeti in the shop and ever since I started riding they have always been on my radar. I just had to have one.

Anyway, let’s get onto the bike. The SB130 is a 29er running 130mm of rear travel matched to a 150mm fork. It runs a 66 degree head angle, a 77 degree seat angle and a reach of 480mm on a large frame. It’s progressive, but not ridiculous. The lunch ride or LR for short is a ‘beefed’ up version of the usual SB130. This takes the fork to 160mm and the rear shock to 137mm. It also gives you the fantastic Grip2 Damper in the fork, along with some serious stopping power in the Sram Code RSC brakes. It takes the geo that touch further into to enduro category too.

I’ve had the bike for 5 weeks now and I’m absolutely loving it. It destroys the downs and climbs like a bike of this category shouldn’t. It feels playful yet planted and due to the mega short 433mm chain stays it corners on rails! The feeling of a bike that will happily jump from berm to berm and will hold its line when things get real rowdy isn’t something that you often find. Especially in a package that weighs in at under 13kg with pedals.

Keep an eye out for a further review in a few months time. I’m hoping to get as many miles in as possible, but unfortunately this coronavirus will likely put a hold to it for now.

Ride safe! Ginger Pete

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