Product DescriptionThe SB66 Carbon is the epitome of a true all mountain bike: Light and fast, this new full carbon frame is ready to shred. From the rocky descents of Yeti's local dirt in Golden, Colorado to your favorite local trail, the SB66 C is eager to please. The SB-66 Carbon has lost over a pound in body fat from its prediser, the SB-66 alloy, as well as gain 10% in stiffness. Add on top of that a tapered headtube, ISCG chain guide mount ( ISCG or ISCG 05 both avalible) and available 142x12 rear end. What does this mean ? It means that you have a work horse that has all of the descending power and handling that comes from the deep 25 year history of Yeti Cycles.
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Date Reviewed: April 11, 2015
Strengths: Outstanding pedaling efficiency, super stiff frame, the quietest bike I've ever ridden, can be used as a trail bike, all mountain rig, or a mini DH bike depending on how you set it up.
Weaknesses: Small bump compliance isn't the greatest, not a huge fan of Shimano shifting its not as quick/crisp as SRAM.
Duration Product Used: 1 year
Price Paid: $3999.00
Purchased At: Competitive Cyclist
Similar Products Used: Giant Trance, Santa Cruz Bronson, Intense Tracer, Specialized Stump Jumper
Bike Setup: Bone stock Race set up with a KS LEV dropper.
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2014
Strengths: light, fast, climbs like nothing I've seen before.
Similar Products Used: Titus Motolite
Bike Setup: XTR, CrossMax SLR
Date Reviewed: December 8, 2013
Strengths: For a long travel bike it climbs very well. Excellent pedaling platform. Very good traction. Can really climb technical terrain. I've caught up to 29'ers on climbs.
Of course descends like a downhill bike. Very supple suspension, never felt like I bottomed out. Have a 34 fork and makes the front end very stiff. Bike is meant to have at least a 34 fork. Very agile.
Weaknesses: Lots of pedal whacks on rocks. Just have to time your cadence. That's the only weakness in my eye. Should come with a dropper post.
Date Reviewed: October 8, 2013
Strengths: It is pretty light and climbs on moderately steep trails.
Weaknesses: I did a thorough comparison riding the SB66, a Specialized Enduro Expert, a Specialized Enduro Comp, a Liteville 601 and a Marin Attack Trail on a set of advanced trails in the Rockies including very steep and technical ups and downs. I tested each bike for multiple days. The SB66, by far, was the worst performer of the bunch. It did OK on smooth climbs but the moment when the trail got steep and loose the rear tire started to spin out. On technical descends the suspension (all dialed in perfectly, and yes, completely open) just did not feel very compliant. It was almost shocking too see how much worse, for instance, the SB66 dealt with rough descends compared to the Enduros. The SB66 suspension is pretty much the opposite of plush in spite of being comparable to the fork/shock setup of the Enduro Expert. Part of the problem, I believe, is the stretched geometry. I am pretty tall but this kind of setup just does not work well for me. On steep climbs I had to slide back to get traction making me feel way too stretched. On the descends the stretched geometry did not work well either. It made the fork feel ineffective. In spite of having quite a bit of travel this bike does certainly not feel very enduroish but does not even feel All mountainish but more like a long travel cross country bike.
Bike Setup: SB66 CARBON RACE
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2013
Strengths: Climbing- so impressed with the way this bike climbs. I've had a Blur and thought it was the best climbing bike ever. The SB66 C blows the Blur away-and it has more travel.
Ripping- this bike needs to be ridden fast because it just loves to rip. You can't help but ride this bike fast.
Looks- is there a better looking bike out there right now?
Weaknesses: I agree with some reviewers that it's a bit hard to clean back by the cam mechanism. Oh well. I have the XT build and it's not as light as I thought it would be (but it rides so well, you don't really need to lose any more lbs- except on your ponch).
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Price Paid: $5600.00
Purchased At: Wrench Science
Bike Setup: XT build
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2013
Strengths: Climbing, Geometry, Stiffness, Confidence, Weight, Decents
Weaknesses: Doesn't come with a dropper post - The Thompson post is fantastic, but to really unleash the potential of this bike, it's gotta have a dropper. Price.
On the way down, the bike is an absolute beast. It wants to, and almost needs to be, pushed hard. Immediately after swinging a leg over this thing and pointing it down hill, one realizes just how fast it is. It's got a confidence I haven't felt on other bikes, and constantly looks for speed. It IS a bit undergunned if you're sending 20+' gaps or dropping 6+', but it's uncommon to find those features on the kinds of trails that Yeti designed the bike for (basically everything but straight up DH and Freeride trails).
The build kit on the bike is impressive, but a few mods (Dropper post, shorter stem, 1x10 w/xcx) take the bike from impressive to damn near perfect. I've been riding 3-4 days a week on it for three months and have yet to have any of the bearing issues reported on the AL frames.
To wrap up - yeah, it's a spendy bike, but what you get is unreal - a bike that's equally at home on 3,000' climbs as it is on white-knuckle, greasy PNW descents - and one that has you smiling ear to ear through it all. A fantastic bike for a wide spectrum of riders, but perfect for experts who spend the majority of their time on demanding, rough terrain. The best "All Mountain" bike I've ridden, both on the way up and down.
Duration Product Used: 3months
Price Paid: $5000.00
Purchased At: Big Tree Bikes
Similar Products Used: Ibis Mojo HD, Norco 6, Evil Uprising
Bike Setup: Full XT (1x10), Reverb dropper, 50mm Thompson Elite Stem, Easton Havoc bars, 32T ring w/ E13 XCX, Fox 34 CTD, Ardents, Carbon rims from www.lightbicycle.com, Hope Evo Pro 2's, CB Candys.
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2013
Strengths: climbs great, descends fantastic, Lightweight, solid and stiff.
Weaknesses: none other than it's difficult to clean the inside of the switch pivot on those muddy rides .
Duration Product Used: 1 mo
Price Paid: $8300.00
Purchased At: Passion trail bikes
Bike Setup: med sb66c, chris king head set and bottom bracket,70mil Thompson stem, Easton havoc carbon bars, ergon grips, xtr brakes, fox36 float, stans flow arch ex wheels with industry nine hubs, reverb dropper post, cromag ltd seat, swallabe 2.4 hans damph front, swallabe 2.25 rear. sram x1x11 drivetrain, xtr pedals.
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2012
Strengths: This bike possesses the best of all worlds! I test rode it up against a 575 by switching back and forth between the bikes and I kept wanting back on the SB66C. I felt more in tune with the trail, turns were sharper, and I can't imagine liking a bike more...so I ordered one! The 575 wanted lift in the front end when climbing and the SB66C felt extremely efficient as a climber. Dialing in the new rear shock (uphill/trail/downhill) put me in touch with the Betasso trails outside Boulder. (I flew to Boulder to test ride the bikes at Sports Garage. Those guys did it right and gave me a great tour guide to boot)
One aspect of the bike that I can't necessarily attribute to just this frame, but the XTR braking and how the bike handled under heavy braking wasn't short of impressive. I never felt out of control and I will truly riding at a speed on trails that I didn't know beyond my skill level. The bike saved me several times.
Weaknesses: None perceived.
Date Reviewed: September 6, 2012
Strengths: Climbs great and descends even better. I had a Ibis Mojo SL and this bike weighs in about .5 lbs heavier at 26.03lbs. This is an extremely fun bike to ride and really rips going down hill. I have only had 4 rids on it but will report more after I get more time on it.
Weaknesses: Cracked the frame on the downtube on my 4th ride. Called Yeti and they told me to talk to the dealer I bought it from...glad it got it at competitive cyclist, they took awesome care of me. They sent me a paid shipping labe for the bike and built up a new one for me. I have purchased many products from them in the past and their customer service is awesome!
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2012
Strengths: Climbs REALLY well for such a competant AM bike. Needless to say, it descends effortlessly. Just as fast as my former Ibis Mojo XC bike going uphill and a LOT faster going downhill. Also, it can be built very light: my build is exactly 25 pounds, which is pretty darn good for such a burly 6" rig. If one really wanted to, they could go with a smaller (32 stantion) fork and lighter tires, and shed another half pound. But, in my opinion, this frame is undergunned with anything less than a 34 stantion fork.
Weaknesses: Expensive. Also, head angle is a little slacker than what I'd like. Have it set up with Fox 34 Float 160, thinking about shimming it to 150mm in order to steepen head angle slightly.
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2012
Strengths: pedalling! in most situations this thing pedals as well and sometimes better than my dads 100mm full xc giant and that says a lot. it beats most xc bikes up technical climbes but on long flat climbes or fire roads it does get beaten by my dads xc bike but i believe that if you set this thing up for long distance speed and added some pro pedal it would be a different story. considering that this bike pedals so well up the hills its astonishing that it can do the things it does when the going gets tough.
It is also light: less than 12 kg.
Weaknesses: Too early to tell. I will post an updated review in a few weeks.
Duration Product Used: 2 weeks
Price Paid: $7000.00
Purchased At: tbsm
Similar Products Used: Not quite similar but other bikes I use are: Giant Anthem X1, Specialized Demo 8.
Bike Setup: fox 36 160 floats reduced to 150mm, shimano xt all round, rock shock reverb, DT Swiss 5.1 rims
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