Almost a month after it was unveiled to the world at large and at least a few months since Aussie ripper Shaun O'Connor was spotting testing one in Central Otago, the six inch Yeti SB66 is finally here at Spoke HQ. Now unless you have been living under a very big rock you will have seen the SB66 on numerous websites, but really Yeti's own site has the most in-depth info and some cool visuals.
The SB66 is a massive departure in suspension design for Yeti and in fact is the combined effort of four separate engineers—two from Yeti and the two who came up with the Switch concept in the first place. At first glance the SB66 looks like a linkage actuated single pivot, but the thing is, the pivot is actually an eccentric micro-link that rotates in different directions as the SB66's rear triangle moves though its six inches of travel, making the SB66 a dual link design. Like all suspension designers (well most) Yeti is trying to reach the holy grail of trail bike design, minimum anti squat, efficient pedalling and awesome bottomless descending. As far as Yeti is concerned it's found it with this bike.
Honestly though, the videos below from Yeti do a way better job of showing you how the Switch Suspension on the Yeti works than I could, plus after watching them you'll want to go ride! We'll be giving the SB66 a bit of what for over the next few weeks and will bring you our opinions in print, web and video, so stay tuned. In the meantime you can check out all the nice clean photos of our test bike!
The SB66 is agile.
The SB66 goes up.
The SB66 goes down.