EB14: Yeti SB6c Gets Official, Switch Infinity Stretches Out
In the past few months, it was hard for Yeti to keep the new SB6c under wraps. After all, the bike was raced twice in the Enduro World Series by Jared Graves, and both times Jared and the new bike were on the top step of the podium.
“The SB6c was built as a pure enduro machine and proved it’s mettle before it went into production by winning two consecutive rounds of the Enduro World Series.” said Yeti President and co-owner Chris Conroy. “Long-time Team Yeti rider, Jared Graves, was critical in designing this bike. He worked with our engineers to create the ideal leverage curve and was instrumental in nailing the geometry which is long, slack (65.5° head angle) and low.”
After the stealthy prototype made its way around the internet, today Yeti made the SB6c official making it the second bike to use Switch Infinity. As the bigger brother of the SB5c, the Enduro proven SB6c looks ready for prime time…
At the heart of the SB6c is the new Switch Infinity system. Co-Developed with Fox, the design is the evolution of the Switch suspension system but instead of a concentric axle, uses a bushing that rides on two Kashima coated shafts. As you sit on the bike the linkage moves up on the sliders, and then reverses direction when going through the travel in effect creating an infinite link. Combined with a carbon dog bone link and a carbon frame, weight is kept to a minimum offering a suspension platform that can handle something like the EWS with its 160mm of travel front and 157mm rear, but still allow you to pedal to the top.
At this point, most Enduro bike standards seem to be worked out with a 142x12mm rear axle, 27.5″ wheels, tapered head tube, stealth dropper routing and really the only wild card these days – a pressfit 86 bottom bracket. Complete bikes will be sold with the X01 build kit as shown above starting October 1, with framesets available later this year. The X01 build will get you a Fox 36 and Fox Float X shock for $7399 (does not include ENVE wheels). This particular bike with XTR pedals installed weighed in at 29.1lbs, but Conroy told us that the show bike had 6 coats of paint. Conroy’s personal bike was built out to about 27 lbs with a custom build.
In addition to the neon green, the SB6c will also be offered in Yeti’s more traditional turquoise and matte black.