First ride: Yeti SB95C

We took the gorgeous Yeti SB95C for a spin around the 2014 Africa Cycle Fair test track to get an impression of the ride. Watch the edit for our thoughts on Yeti's 127mm travel 29er speed weapon.


The Yeti SB95C comes in various build options. The bike we tested came with an SRAM XO1 drive system, Fox Factory front and back, and a Reverb dropper post.

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28 Comments

Johny Bravo, Oct 27 2014 02:43

Very nice. Something I would def look at owning. Any idea on price?

Super_mil, Oct 27 2014 03:09

The problem with Yeti (locally) is the post sale service and availability of spare parts.... I know a number of people who are waiting on rear swing arms for the Yeti SB66. For this reason alone I would not go for this bike.

 

Price tag according to the Yeti site (in USD):

PRICING

SB5C ENDURO $4,999

SB5C RACE $6,299

SB5C RACE + ENVE WHEELS $8,699

SB5C X01 $6,599

SB5C X01 + ENVE WHEELS $8,999

SB5C XX1 $10,599  

 

FRAME ONLY

SB5C $3,399  

 

UPGRADES

Thomson Covert Dropper $350

Iwan Kemp, Oct 27 2014 03:10

Frame & Shock: R36,000

Complete Bikes: R75,000

 

Alu /Carbon frames complete starting R52,000

Greybeard, Oct 27 2014 03:15

The problem with Yeti (locally) is the post sale service and availability of spare parts.... I know a number of people who are waiting on rear swing arms for the Yeti SB66. For this reason alone I would not go for this bike.

 

Price tag according to the Yeti site (in USD):

PRICING

SB5C ENDURO $4,999

SB5C RACE $6,299

SB5C RACE + ENVE WHEELS $8,699

SB5C X01 $6,599

SB5C X01 + ENVE WHEELS $8,999

SB5C XX1 $10,599  

 

FRAME ONLY

SB5C $3,399  

 

UPGRADES

Thomson Covert Dropper $350

Morningside Cycles in Rivonia are local agents.

voltex, Oct 27 2014 05:02

That's the problem mm cycles they are always keen to sell ,but don't try bothering them when things go wrong you will a big arrogant slap

lesego.2, Oct 27 2014 05:18

What a beaut

Johny Bravo, Oct 27 2014 07:16

Frame & Shock: R36,000

Complete Bikes: R75,000

 

Alu /Carbon frames complete starting R52,000

Dis baie geld jong.

worriesnot, Oct 27 2014 07:25

Mooi was nog nooit lelik, of goedkoop nie... Very nice bike that. Probably (read: definitely) too complicated but man; the engineer in me likes!

James Mulholland, Oct 27 2014 07:43

Frame & Shock: R36,000
Complete Bikes: R75,000

Alu /Carbon frames complete starting R52,000

Hmmm, shall I buy a bicycle or a high performance MX bike? I think I'll buy the MX bike, cheaper to maintain.

Johny Bravo, Oct 27 2014 07:55

Hmmm, shall I buy a bicycle or a high performance MX bike? I think I'll buy the MX bike, cheaper to maintain.

Did mx for 4 years, most painfull 4 years of my life. When they throw you off,they throw you off. :D

 

Would I buy another one, in a heartbeat yes.

Odinson, Oct 27 2014 08:03

Where does the water bottle go? Under the down-tube?!

dodger, Oct 28 2014 05:36

Ja one of the issues I think is water bottle space. It's hot in Africa if u doing Marathon stage racing you need to carry at least 2x. 600mm bottles.???

kosmonooit, Oct 28 2014 06:23

Frame & Shock: R36,000

Complete Bikes: R75,000

 

Alu /Carbon frames complete starting R52,000

 

Eish struggle to see that type of value in a frame / bike  .. considering I have a very nice Fiat panel van for R50k on the market </plug>

rudi-h, Oct 28 2014 08:15

unfortunately with mountain bikes you don't buy value, you buy fun/enjoyment.  unfortunately what makes a bike fun and a ride enjoyable is a) good suspension components, b) a stiff and light frame and c) and stiff and light wheelset

 

all of the above are exceptionally difficult to design and manufacture and the companies that get it right know it which means that they keep their prices high...  

Super_mil, Oct 28 2014 08:24

unfortunately with mountain bikes you don't buy value, you buy fun/enjoyment.  unfortunately what makes a bike fun and a ride enjoyable is a) good suspension components, b) a stiff and light frame and c) and stiff and light wheelset

 

all of the above are exceptionally difficult to design and manufacture and the companies that get it right know it which means that they keep their prices high...  

As opposed to designing a high performance engine with 100's of moving parts...

 

The cycling industry has lost its mind. It is crazy that a top end 'Enduro' MTB is way more expensive than a top end Hard Enduro Machine (like a KTM 300 6-days) which comes kitted out with all the bells & whistles.

Gnarly, Oct 28 2014 09:10

Ja one of the issues I think is water bottle space. It's hot in Africa if u doing Marathon stage racing you need to carry at least 2x. 600mm bottles.???

 

Well seeing this is more a trail bike, you could just wear a camel pack. if you want a Marathon bike look at their ASR C, Its a BEAUT.

Daniel J M├ęssem, Oct 28 2014 11:33

so 20k for Al frame and shock is a good deal?

Hairy, Oct 28 2014 11:46

Well seeing this is more a trail bike, you could just wear a camel pack. if you want a Marathon bike look at their ASR C, Its a BEAUT.

Even trail bikes deserve water bottle cages!

jaxtersb6, Oct 28 2014 11:46

That's the problem mm cycles they are always keen to sell ,but don't try bothering them when things go wrong you will a big arrogant slap

 

Do you have any experience to back this statement?

Greybeard, Oct 28 2014 12:24

That's the problem mm cycles they are always keen to sell ,but don't try bothering them when things go wrong you will a big arrogant slap

Can you back this up with an experience or facts?

Pin-it, Oct 28 2014 12:55

Even trail bikes deserve water bottle cages!


You can fit a bottle cage on, it's just not in the most practice place

George O, Oct 29 2014 11:09

As opposed to designing a high performance engine with 100's of moving parts...

 

The cycling industry has lost its mind. It is crazy that a top end 'Enduro' MTB is way more expensive than a top end Hard Enduro Machine (like a KTM 300 6-days) which comes kitted out with all the bells & whistles.

My point also - compare a KTM 300 with all technology, moving parts (engine) and the WP suspension etc. How de heck can n mtb cost the same ?? Demand

enjoi, Oct 30 2014 07:37

Can you back this up with an experience or facts?

I can back it up. Their after sales service, as mentioned in another msg here, is non existing! Aspecially with regards to Yeti.

It took them 5months to try and replace my ASR5c rear swingarm! I say try because after sending me the wrong one, I phoned and emailed them and their response was just useless! So after 5months of giving them a chance I mailed Yeti head office in the States direct and it took them a whole 5!!! Days to ship me a new rear swingarm straight from the States to my door!

Thats what Yeti is about! And thats why I've always been a huge fan but sadly we don't see that in SA!

fastjan, Oct 31 2014 06:05

where can you buy this bike?

Iwan Kemp, Nov 21 2014 10:33

where can you buy this bike?


For now your best bet would be to contact Morningside Cycles http://www.morningsi....za/contact-us/