Very interesting to get a glimpse of the futur Yeti kinematics, thanks for sharing
The SI is only 210g (40g comes from the bearings) ... not exactly heavy when you consider people happily slap a bottle full of water + pump + multi-tool + spare tube on their frameI love Yetis bike, have owned five of them and really like the SI system. I think their main downside is weight. This doesn’t look light, but perhaps with carbon flexible pivots it could be.
Looking at those articles and mention of flex link really puts a monkey wrench in my plan to get a SB115 (that and finances and Shimano availability). Definitely would like to know time frames here...or even this is just a pre-emptive patent filing that isn't going anywhere...Interesting. I wonder when they'll be rolling that out.
I can't imagine they'll be coming out too soon seeing as to how the SB115 just came out. You've got plenty of time to save. :thumbsup:Looking at those articles and mention of flex link really puts a monkey wrench in my plan to get a SB115 (that and finances and Shimano availability). Definitely would like to know time frames here...or even this is just a pre-emptive patent filing that isn't going anywhere...
The patent filing looks like it is fairly well developed. I'd also guess that Yeti is going with a concept that is close to it for its future models. With that said I'd remain skeptical of patent filings as indications for what future products will look like. I work for a huge global auto supplier and we are encouraged to patent everything and anything we can come up with. I even have a few of my own. because of that, even if the idea is novel and unique enough to be patented, doesn't necessarily mean that it has a good real world application.My guess would be around three- four years, given a typical product cycle.
That's a whole lot of kool-aid right there. Wasn't the first switch significantly flawed? And SI has not been without issues, it seems to be fairly often based on this page. The reason Yeti went down this path is because Yeti wanted to come up with a way to get around 100% AS through at least half of the travel without infringing on other companies patents. One such example is the SC Hightower is nearly identical to the SB130. Yeti's kinematics could be achieved with two links, which would be simpler (easier to service, less reinforcement necessary, etc.), but would likely expose them to patent violation, there's nothing crazy or pushing the boundaries there. The kinematics are already broken down and analyzed. SI is just a wonky way to achieve the same as a dual-link bike, except it's never better execution to make something more complicated than it needs to be...It's not a huge problem though, just paint the bikes turquoise and people will want them.When gen 1 Switch, and current SI were introduced into the industry they both drew the same criticism until people started experiencing this "new" crazy technology. A lot of people who currently ride Yeti still don't know what SI is. There are riders who don't care to know either and just enjoy the bike.
Yeti has always been about pushing "boundaries" and not conforming or adopting...this is the same and what sets Yeti apart. Because of this they are also not the first to come to market with some standards. They were very late on 27.5/29 and now emtb.