Saw a flock of wild Yeti SB-66 up at Grand Targhee for the Wydaho Rendezvous. Broke in (and by broke in I mean went over the bars HARD) the black one on the far right on a short ~8 mile ride or so (not sure exact distance since my GPS app stopped…). One word, smooooth. I’d buy one in a heartbeat if I could get a deal on one (especially so if they release the SB-95…). They are going to sell a ton of these babies.
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I meant to take a ton of photos to share, but I got caught up in the fun and didn’t want to head back to the car and fire up the camera.
So like every new cycling release the twitterblogoforumsphere is going (lady) ga-ga over the latest and greatest technology to drop from the heavens. This time though there’s an unexpected twist – it looks like it’s not just marketing bullshit to justify a $400 pair of spandex shorts!
Yeti’s announced the new SB-66 yesterday. Apparently in production for 2 years, they somehow managed to keep it secret squirrel, even with Fox on board. That, in itself, is a feat. Using ‘Switch Technology’ the SB-66
“uses an eccentric assembly to create a micro link (12mm link equivalent) that continuously repositions the lower pivot of the swing arm throughout the range of travel. This dual link design allows for a bike with great anti-squat characteristics for efficient pedaling, but maintains suspension independence throughout the bike’s travel.”
I’ve watched the videos a few times and it blows my mind (note: simple mind, easily blown). I imagine it’s what astronauts feel like when they are 100k miles from home an looking back onto the Earth. Rather than try to understand the physics behind it I’ve passed it off as magic, like all things designed by sasquatch and powered by unicorns – basically something the human mind can’t comprehend. Watch the vids below, check out the coverage by real bike media (Pinkbike, Mountainbike.com, Singletrack), then, if you’re like me, think back to when mountain biking was affordable.