2023 Yeti SB120 carbon trail-ready XC bike stretches out
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2023 Yeti SB120 carbon trail-ready XC bike stretches out

Yeti’s shortest journey mountain bike isn’t fairly so brief anymore, because the SB120 stretches out with a bit extra rear wheel journey however quite a lot of enduro inspiration. The brand new “cross nation” bike primarily will get all the identical upgrades as Yeti’s not too long ago overhauled big-travel EWS, however scaled down right into a lighter, extra nimble short-travel mountain bike that may fly up the hills on its approach to bombing again down once more…

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready XC bike

Similar to their SB150 EWS bike grew to become the longer SB160 final week, now Yeti’s SB115 XC bike is being supplanted by this ever so barely longer SB120. However though an additional 5mm of rear wheel journey doesn’t sound like a lot, Yeti assures us that the brand new XC bike punch above its short-travel class.

What’s new?

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, photo by Sterling Lorence, complete Alpine

From probably the most fundamental standpoint, the suspension idea is similar as earlier than – with the transferring Change principal pivot, one-piece rear finish, and linkage-driven shock below the toptube. So why does the brand new Yeti SB120 look utterly totally different than the previous SB115?

The reason being that Yeti has given the SB120 all the identical practical upgrades because the current SB160.

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, frame

Meaning a extra pared-down, extra angular body design that noticeably rises extra steeply in entrance of the underside bracket for an additional 25mm of rock clearance, additionally paired with barely increased chainstays, too. Yeti claims the tighter chassis design is a extra environment friendly use of carbon for the win-win of lighter weight, elevated stiffness, and improved sturdiness.

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, pivot bearings

It will get totally revised pivot designs that use standard-sized Enduro Max bearings and presses all of them into the linkage meeting, so the carbon principal body & swingarm simply join with a floating collet axle design that ensures extra good alignment and thus smoother suspension motion.

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, photo by Sterling Lorence, headtube

The brand new SB120now options full-length inside cable tunnels & locking modular {hardware} to maintain all of it quiet, multi-part built-in dual-density downtube & chainstay safety, a UDH dropout for the last word in replaceable hanger & future-derailleur compatibility, shorter seattubes to permit for longer journey droppers on all sizes, and a welcome return to a traditional co-molded aluminum BSA threaded backside bracket with built-in ISCG tabs.

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, photo by Sterling Lorence, driveside

You do nonetheless get the identical transferring / translating Change Infinity V2 principal pivot that works its stability of plushness AND assist all through the bikes journey, plus it’s upgraded with improved seals, bearings & {hardware}. And on the brand new SB120 it will get a principally linear leverage ratio with solely 11% of development which suggests you may run 30% sag for plush traction, with good mid-level assist, and sufficient end-stroke ramp-up to deal with the odd sudden massive hit.

Geometry & Tech Particulars

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, photo by Sterling Lorence, cornering

You may’t overhaul a mountain bike as of late with out giving it an extended, decrease, slacker improve – a course of Yeti claims makes for a extra balanced bike. And the brand new Yeti SB120 doesn’t disappoint. 20-30mm longer body attain, decrease stack on the larger bikes, a level slacker 66.5° head angle, and a two-and-a-half diploma steeper 76.5° efficient seat angle.

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, geometry

One other massive geo increase, the brand new SB120 is available in a considerably wider 6-size vary, including a smaller & a much bigger bike for an XS-XXL providing. The bikes additionally all get dimension specific-geometry, so longer chainstays, entrance facilities & steeper precise seat angles for the larger bikes so everybody will get the identical trip really feel within the bike.

 

This slacker entrance finish additionally does an fascinating factor to the relative entrance suspension. Just like the 115, the brand new SB120 will get a 130mm fork. However now with greater than a level slacker head angle, which means the efficient vertical entrance wheel journey drops a millimeter to 119mm vs. 120mm out again. Yeti calls this a “brilliantly balanced trip” however it additionally reminds us that whereas many new XC bikes appear to be rising out of hand and blurring the strains with light-weight path bikes… Yeti nonetheless intends this to be a race-ready rocket ship.

2023 Yeti SB120 – Pricing & choices

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, framset colors

Like most different current Yetis, the carbon SB120 is available in two carbon layup specs – the extra inexpensive however nonetheless dear C/Sequence and the super-pricey Turq collection – and in 4 shade choices: Turquoise, Mud tan,  Uncooked Carbon & Loch inexperienced.

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, photo by Sterling Lorence, TURQ

Solely the premium Turq model is offered as a carbon frameset, promoting for $4300 with a Fox Manufacturing unit shock for a claimed weight of 3021g.

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, halo complete

Full bikes begin at $6300 for the C1 with Shimano SLX/XT or $6600 for the C2 with SRAM GX Eagle. The premium carbon Turq full bikes with Fox Manufacturing unit suspension begin at $8200 for the T1 with GX/X01, $9600 for the T3 with XX1 AXS. They usually high out at a whopping $12,100 for the Yeti SB120 T4 with XX1 AXS, Stage Final brakes & DT Swiss EXC 1501 carbon wheels.

2023 Yeti SB120 trail-ready carbon XC mountain bike, photo by Sterling Lorence, trail riding

So now that the enduro 150 acquired greater and the XC 115 acquired greater, we will guess what Yeti has in retailer for his or her path 130!

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