Lowdown: Yeti SB4.5
I spent a good chunk of 2016 getting to know the SB4.5 carbon. Yeti's long, low and slack 29er trail bike offering features their usual reverse mullet suspension travel setup and is built around the unique Switch Infinity platform. The transition from my personal Yeti ASR-5 carbon 26" chassis to the 4.5 was surprisingly easy, handling seven-hour backcountry endurance adventures and some short course XC races with equal aplomb. The lightweight trail tamer can scoot uphill with gobs of traction and momentum, but can also descend with near reckless abandon. Could this be the Holy Grail one bike off-road solution?