Photos may have been accidentally leaked last month, but now the truth can properly be revealed on the brand new Carbon Yeti SB95c. Based upon the highly successful 5″ travel 29er, the SB95c simply replaces the metal tubes with beautifully organic flowing carbon fiber that helps to shed some of the excess heft that the alloy SB95 was guilty of carrying. The result is a claimed frame weight of around 2.6kg (w/shock) that puts the new 29er into a much more competitive weight range that could see it as an ideal option for anything from Marathons and 6 Hour races through to Gravity-Enduro events. However, given the alloy SB95 is such a trail ripper, we’re betting that the carbon model is simply going to become many riders “one bike”.
It still retains the excellent Switch Suspension design that utilises an eccentric cam for the main pivot to control the axle path and linkage ratio. Features like the tapered headtube, 142x12mm rear thru-axle and removable ISCG spline are also carried over from the alloy model, as well as the oversized pivot pins and Enduro Max sealed bearings.
• Rear Travel: 127mm (5″)
• Frame Weight: 2.6kg (5.75lbs)
• High Modulus Carbon Main Frame & Swing Arm
• Switch Rear Suspension
• Fox Float CTD Kashima w/Trail Adjust Rear Shock
• Designed for 120-140mm Travel Forks
• Fully Sealed Eccentric Main Pivot
• Oversized Pivot Axles with Enduro Max Bearings
• Bottom Bracket: 73mm English Threaded
• Removable ISCG 03/05 Tabs
• Head Tube: Tapered Inset (44mm/56mm)
• Rear Dropouts: 142x12mm
• Post-Mount Rear Disc Brake
• Internal Cable Routing for Swingarm
• Custom Chain-Slap Guards
• Dropper Post Ready
• E-Type (S3) Lower Direct Mount Front Derailleur
“The SB95C isn’t just the most advanced 29er we’ve ever made, or the most advanced carbon frame we’ve ever designed, it might be simply the best bike we’ve built to date. This is the culmination of more than six years of work and testing on the SB platform. There’s the revolutionary Switch Technology suspension platform, which received rave reviews on the SB-95, for snappy pedaling and predictable bump absorption; the slack, low-slung geometry that keeps the bike attached to the trail; and a new carbon frame that makes the whole package lighter and livelier. And now we have the SB95C, which carries the same progressive geometry, short chain stays, and five-inch travel as its 29er predecessor but wraps it all in a light, stiff high-mod carbon frame that is the result of years of R&D and testing on the trails we call home. The one-bike quiver? This could be it.” – Yeti Cycles
Frame Only: $3990 RRP
w/Shimano XT Easton Build Kit: $6990 RRP
w/Shimano XT Race Build Kit: $7450 RRP
w/SRAM X0 Build Kit: $7590 RRP
w/SRAM XX1 Build Kit: $8050 RRP
w/Shimano XTR Build Kit: $9100 RRP
Not content with just releasing one model at Sea Otter, Yeti Cycles have given us a double-whammy with the addition of the brand new ARC-C to the 2014 Yeti range. Like the rest of the lineup, the ‘C’ refers to Carbon – a material that up until now was yet to see full adoption from the hardtail models. The ARC-C makes full use of the wunder-material in order to provide a blisteringly fast race bike that finally answers the needs of competitive XC & Marathon riders. However, one of the coolest features of the new model is the use of both 650B and 29er wheels – the bigger frame sizes get bigger wheels, and the smaller sizes get the smaller wheels. Pretty cool huh! The beauty of taking wheel size into account with frame size means that little compromise has to be made with geometry – often 29er bikes bottom out at a Medium size, though the new ARC-C goes all the way down to XS!
• High Modulus Carbon Fiber Main Frame
• Tapered Inset Headtube (44mm/56mm)
• Internal Gear Cable Routing
• 29” Wheel Size on M-XL Sizes, 27.5” On XS-S Sizes
• Yeti Looptail Rear Triangle
• Designed for use with 100-120mm Travel Forks
• Bottom Bracket: 73mm English Threaded
• Removable ISCG Mounts
• Bolt-On Cable Guides
• Front Derailleur: Upper Direct Mount
• Rear Dropouts: 142x12mm Thru-Axle
• Claimed Weight: 1.18kg (2.6lbs)
Frame Only: $2690 RRP
w/Shimano XT Easton Kit: $5600 RRP
w/Shimano XT Race Kit: $6050 RRP
w/SRAM X0 Kit: $6200 RRP
w/SRAM XX1 Kit: $6650 RRP
w/Shimano XTR Kit: $7700 RRP
“We never like to think of ourselves as slow, but we were definitely deliberate in our approach to 29ers. And as with all things, once we committed, we committed fully. The hardtail Big Top, the first 29er we were proud to call a Yeti, debuted in 2010 after years of above- and below-the-radar tinkering by a core group of Yeti employees who were enamored with big wheels. It was no one-off. The following year we rolled up on a full-suspension 29er, the ridiculously fun SB95. And now we’re back again, taking everything we’ve learned over the years about bike racing, big-wheel handling, and materials engineering to deliver the all-new ARC Carbon. Twenty years of ARC racing heritage updated with fast-rolling 29-inch wheels and a light, snappy, high-mod carbon frame. For you smaller riders, we made the small and extra small sizes with mid-sized 27.5” wheels for added stand over and improved handling. Basically, take Yeti’s most storied XC race bike, make it even more stable, add bigger wheels, then make the frame as smooth and responsive as only the best carbon frames can be. That’s the ARC Carbon.” – Yeti Cycles.
We’re excited about the new ARC-C for a number of reasons, though without doubt the use of two different wheel sizes across frame sizing is the most impressive innovation from Yeti. Why should folks shorter than 5’9″ miss out on a lightweight race hardtail? The sub 1.2kg frame weight isn’t genre-defying, but given Yeti’s penchant for solid and fun-handling bikes, that weight is very good. Speaking of fun, the ARC-C gets a 69-70 degree head tube angle, short chainstays for manoeuvrability and a generous top-tube length for use with a shorter stem and wider bars. While you’ll likely see a lot of these lining up at Enduros and Marathon race start lines, there’ll also be an equal number of them blasting trail heads around the country.
To get your pre-order in, get to your nearest Yeti Dealer. Don’t know who that is? Head to: www.PureYeti.com.au for more information.