The 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.
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 .
I love the bike , I am sure all the high end components I have on the bike add to it but I believe it has made me a better climber and better descender .I am running it with a fox float 36, x1x11 set up, reverb dropper post, and it works great. When I climb I keep it in descend mode the whole time and feel and a cant see any bob at all .It just climbs great, long, short it just goes. When it comes to going down I feel fast and very in control the Easton havoc carbon 30' wide bars with ergon comfort grips with that flat spot on them makes it feel like a fighter jet ripping and diving over bumps and into turns with ease at speeds that I was not comfortable with my other bike. I really do love this bike .I have ridden it in mud, rain, dusty, dry, rocky and yes I keep it very clean but have no issues with any creeks, moans or groans from the suspension links and that makes me happy cause my last bike would talk to me and drive me nuts. I highly recommend this bike to all aggressive riders who also like to climb or the downhiller who is getting older and taking less risks.
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.
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.
The switch technology works! Nuff said! Yeti and Sports Garage rock!
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!
Great bike, hope my next one lasts longer than my 1st...
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.
All-around deserving of its SB acronym.
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.
Great bike so far. Fabulous control in the corners and very fast.