EB13: Yeti SB75 and ASR 575 Bring 650B Wheels to Mountain Bike Lineup
The new Yeti SB75 is a middle sized iteration of the SB-66 and SB-95 with 650B wheels. Surprisingly, the 26″ model will remain in the line, so there are now three options with the Switch eccentric bearing suspension design.
The name SB75 gives away wheels size (7) and travel (5). I asked why not give it 6″ of travel rather than 5″ since the wheel size is really closer to 26″ than the 5″ SB95 29er. They said they did test a 6″ version but it rode better with five inches of travel. Plus, they’ve discontinued the carbon ASR575, so they wanted another 5″ bike in the lineup.
It’s in production now, available in October. Alloy only for now, but given that its siblings are available in carbon, too, it shouldn’t be long before a composite frame is on offer.
The SB-66/95 both get a carbon fiber rear triangle on the alloy bikes. The change runs across all models and drops 0.9 pounds off the frame without changing the price. Sweet.
The SB-95 carbon gets a new yellow color option.
They’ve also redesigned the ASR 575 as a 650B bike, so this one does replace the 26″. They took the opportunity to mix it up a bit. The rear shock tune was tweaked to sit a bit higher in the travel and not sink through the middle so easily. It has a 67° head angle, 13.6″ BB height and 5.75″ travel.
For 2014, they’re also offering lower price complete bikes. They will start under $3,000 – final pricing and details TBD. Alloy bikes only.