Sea Otter News: Yeti Launches Carbon SB95 and ARC Models

Bike mag escapes the madness to test out Yeti's new carbon creations.

Yeti's all new carbon SB95 is a stunning piece of machinery

Words and Photos by: Ryan Palmer

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We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a carbon SB95 ever since Yeti’s aluminum five-inch travel SB95 29er came out a couple years ago, so it didn’t come as a huge surprise when that was exactly what we saw upon arriving at the launch, held a few miles off-site from Sea Otter. At roughly two pounds lighter and a heck of a lot stiffer, Yeti’s new SB95C is sure to please.

Just like the alloy version and the small wheel SB66, the new bike utilizes Yeti's clean and simple eccentric Switch link.

The weight savings were immediately appreciated when the climb on our test loop got exponentially steeper, as was the Fox CTD shock. In trail mode, the shock offers a good amount of pedaling efficiency without sacrificing too much bump sensitivity. The SB95C frame kinematics do offer some platform, but not quite enough to leave the shock open on climbs. Lateral frame stiffness is hugely increased when compared to the aluminum bike, as well.

The 68.5 degree head angle and 17.5 inch chain stays create quite a stable bike at speed, yet the SB95 can make its way through tight stuff as well. Suspension feel was balanced and the bike remained planted. Having only spent a couple hours on the bike, I can’t form a full opinion yet, but initial ride feedback is definitely positive. I’m looking forward to spending some more time on the SB95C.

Yeti was able to shave two pounds off the frame without sacrificing the bottom bracket. Though a bit heavier, threaded bottom brackets are much more secure than hokey press fit units. Thanks Yeti.

Should be no surprise by now to see the 142 x 12 axle and post mount brake, but here's a picture of it anyway.

SB95C Pricing:
Frame: $3,200
Enduro: $4,700
Race: $5,800
Pro: $8,000

Three years in the making, the all new carbon ARC is a modernized version of Yeti's infamous race hardtail

Hiding in plain sight behind all the double boingers was Yeti’s all new ARC Carbon race machine. Updating the legendary ARC wasn’t just about slapping bigger wheels on it, Yeti respected the bike’s legacy by taking their time time designing it. Beautifully styled and weighing in at 2.6 pounds with threaded bottom bracket and 142 x 12 axle, the ARC is light yet practical. The ARC Carbon will use 27.5″ wheels for size small and extra small, and 29″ on all other sizes.

Remember Yeti's one piece, rounded seat and chain stays? The new carbon ARC holds onto that heritage. Beautiful brake mount as well.

ARC Carbon Pricing:
Frame: $2,000
Enduro: $3,400
Race: $4,400
Pro: $6,400