Where is the Yeti SB150? We got this question all the time after publishing our big enduro bike group test in February last year. Yeti wasn’t able to supply us with a test bike at the time but now we’ve got one and we were just as excited as our readers to find out how it would fare against such a strong field.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best enduro bike 2020

Yeti SB150 T2 | 170/150 mm | 14.56 kg | € 8,490

When Yeti introduced the SB150, it sent shockwaves through the brand’s loyal fanbase. Some cheered, happy they would finally be able to mount a water bottle in the front triangle, others were sad to see the organic, curved shapes of the previous models like the SB5.5 go. What has remained is the Switch Infinity link. The main pivot of the linkage slides up and down on a set of rails as it goes through its travel, thereby creating a virtual pivot point. As with all of Yeti’s bikes, the SB150 is available in their trademark turquoise, but you can also get it in a more subtle grey. Yeti offer the frame in two different grades of carbon fibre – besides the difference in price and weight, the frames are identical. The componentry of the € 8,490 bike is well thought-out and functional. You get a 150 mm dropper post on the size M and a 175 mm on the size L – very nice! There is nothing to fault regarding the FOX factory suspension, SRAM CODE RSC brakes and X01 Eagle drivetrain either, though we would have preferred a bigger 200 mm rotor on the back.

Easy setup
Yeti have a setup guide on their homepage that’ll help you quickly find a good base setting for the front and rear suspension – thumbs up!
Quiet!
Thanks to the oversized chainstay protector, the bike always remains very quiet.
Very nice!
The shock mount is made from two parts and beautifully finished
Annoying
The cables are routed internally but they’re not clamped down at the entry and exit points, leaving them free to rattle around inside the frame. Rubber plugs could help here.

Yeti SB150 T2

€ 8,490

Specifications

Fork FOX 36 Factory GRIP2 170 mm
Rear Shock FOX FLOAT X2 Factory 150 mm
Seatpost FOX Transfer Factory 175 mm
Brakes SRAM Code RSC 200/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle 30 - 10/50
Stem Race Face Turbine R 35 50 mm
Handlebar Yeti Carbon 800 mm
Wheelset DT Swiss EX 1700 29

Technical Data

Size S, M, L, XL
Weight 14.56 kg


At last!
A lot of Yeti fans have been waiting for a bottle mount in the front triangle.
A mountain biking icon
Yeti have been making mountain bikes since 1985, and you can see this heritage on the bike – we love it!
Unique
The Switch Infinity link allows the pivot point to move up and down as the suspension cycles through its travel. You won’t find anything similar from the competition.
Pleasantly steep
The seat tube angle is nice and steep which makes long climbs that much more pleasant.
It’s all in the details
It’s the details like the opening on the down tube that set Yeti apart. It makes the cable routing much easier and spares you a lot of stress.

Geometry and size of the Yeti

Long reach, slack head angle, steep seat tube angle – on paper, the geometry of the Yeti SB150 ticks all the right boxes. However, you’ll also notice the short chainstays and the bottom bracket isn’t particularly low either, but it’s available in four sizes and covers almost every size rider – thumbs up!

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 380 mm 410 mm 450 mm 495 mm
Top tube 572 mm 602 mm 626 mm 654 mm
Head tube 95 mm 97 mm 108 mm 119 mm
Head angle 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5°
Seat angle 77.0° 77.0° 76.9° 76.8°
Chainstays 433 mm 433 mm 433 mm 433 mm
BB Height 348 mm 348 mm 348 mm 348 mm
Wheelbase 1,193 mm 1,223 mm 1,248 mm 1,278 mm
Reach 430 mm 460 mm 480 mm 505 mm
Stack 613 mm 614 mm 625 mm 635 mm
Helmet 100% Trajecta | Glasses 100% Armega | Shirt Fasthouse Dropper MTB Jersey | Shorts FOX Ranger | Knee pads FOX Launch Pro

The Yeti SB150 T2 on the trail

Ascending on the Yeti SB150 is a very comfortable affair. Thanks to the steep seat tube angle (76.9°), the pedalling position is well balanced and the long 480 mm reach is nice and roomy – perfect for long days in the saddle. The suspension is sensitive yet efficient for pedalling, offering lots of traction and comfort on the climbs. Going downhill, the Yeti SB150 feels just as plush and absorbs all irregularities on the trail, like you’re on a magic carpet, gliding over the trail… up to a certain point. The suspension hardens on very fast, hard hits because it can’t recover quickly enough. This is where you’ll notice that it only has 150 mm travel. However, the Yeti hasn’t got any trouble dealing with single big hits, offering enough progression to never bottom out. Getting the bike airborne is easy and despite a 20 mm difference in travel between the front and rear, the suspension harmonises well.

Eyes open! The Yeti demands an active riding style in corners

Due to the long front triangle and the short seat tube, you have a lot of room to move around on the bike. On steep terrain and straight sections, it feels stable and confidence-inspiring. However, you have to ride it very actively in the corners to prevent the front wheel from understeering. Here, the combination of a long front triangle and short chainstays feels unbalanced and isn’t very forgiving if you make a mistake. Tight trails and quick direction changes take a lot of work from the rider to balance their centre of gravity between the front and rear wheel.

The rear suspension of the Yeti is very plush and comfortable, but it can’t cope with repeated hits

How does the Yeti 150 compare to the competition?

When you get on the Yeti SB150 you’ll be impressed with the plush feeling of the suspension. You’ll only find something similar on the Specialized Enduro or the RAAW Madonna. However, the rear suspension doesn’t perform as well in rough terrain. The short rear end demands an active riding style like on the Ibis Mojo, but you’ll be rewarded with very direct and lively handling.

Tuning tip: shorten the handlebars | bigger brake rotor on the rear | size down – even Richie Rude (1.82 m) rides a size M

Riding Characteristics

12

Uphill

1
  1. sluggish
  2. efficient

Agility

2
  1. cumbersome
  2. playful

Stability

3
  1. nervous
  2. confident

Handling

4
  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Suspension

5
  1. harsh
  2. plush

Fun Factor

6
  1. planted
  2. poppy

Value for money

7
  1. terrible
  2. very good

Intended Use

XC

8

Trail

9

Enduro

10

Downhill

11

Conclusion

The Yeti SB150 T2 is a bike for racers who know exactly what they’re doing. It offers a lot of traction and very precise handling, though it requires an active and courageous riding style. If you find yourself choosing between two sizes, go for the smaller option. There is nothing to complain about in terms of climbing abilities, but the cable routing could be improved.

Tops

  • very comfortable rear end offering lots of traction
  • efficient climber
  • great to look at

Flops

  • requires an active riding style
  • rear suspension could do with more reserves
  • rattling cables

You can find out more about the Yeti SB150 T2 at yeticycles.com

The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best enduro bike 2020

All bikes in test: Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 LTD | CUBE Stereo 170 SL 29 | Giant Reign Advanced 29 0 | Ibis Mojo HD5 | Norco Sight C1 29 | Nukeproof Mega 275C RS | Nukeproof Mega 290C Pro | Orbea Rallon M-LTD | Pole Stamina 180 LE | RAAW Madonna V2 FOX Factory Built | Rocky Mountain Slayer Carbon 90 29 | Santa Cruz Megatower CC X01 Reserve | SCOTT Ransom 900 Tuned | Specialized S-Works Enduro 2020 | Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert | Trek Slash 9.9 X01 AXS | Yeti SB150 T2 | YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race

Words: Christoph Bayer Photos: Christoph Bayer / Finlay Anderson / Markus Frühmann

About the author

Christoph Bayer

Christoph loves to be kept on his toes – both on the bike and in his role for ENDURO. He’s known as the guy in charge of the bi-monthly magazine and masquerades as both its editor and photographer. You’ll usually find him tearing up the mountains on his bike, soaking up the flow or tackling technical, narrow trails.