Released November 10
Full / 160mm rear, 170mm front
The Yeti/Fox factory team won 49 EWS stages, 11 EWS races, and 1 national series championship aboard the SB150. The SB160 builds momentum on this legacy of excellence. Honed. Refined. Even effing faster.
Photo Credit: Yeti
The highs and lows of this model family
|Weight||34.1 lbs||34.0 lbs||33.2 lbs||33.3 lbs||33.1 lbs|
|Fork||Fox Performance Float 38||Fox Performance Float 38||Fox Factory Float 38||Fox Factory Float 38||Fox Factory Float 38|
|Groupset||SLX, XT||GX Eagle||X01 Eagle, GX Eagle||XX1 Eagle AXS, X01 Eagle AXS||XX1 Eagle AXS, X01 Eagle AXS|
|Drivetrain||1 × 12||1 × 12||1 × 12 Electronic||1 × 12 Electronic|
Based on build material and quality level of the frame, fork, wheelset, groupset, suspension system, and more. Learn more →
|Top Tube Length||570||601||623||650||669|
|Seat Tube Length||365||400||440||470||485|
|Seat Tube Angle||77.5||77.5||77.5||77.5||77.5|
|Head Tube Length||95||101||107||118||140|
|Head Tube Angle||64.0||64.0||64.0||64.0||64.0|
🐐 Measurements listed in millimeters and degrees
Nov 10, 2022
The new SB160 builds on the winning legacy of the SB150 enduro race bike
A pure enduro race bike
Excellent climbing manners
Nov 10, 2022
Yeti went back to the drawing board – but started with their existing SB150 platform. The result is the all new SB160!
Alan MuldoonNov 10, 2022
The first generation Yeti SB150 was an instant classic and one of the best enduro bikes of its time, winning our hearts and minds from the very first pedal stroke. So can the latest SB160 follow in its father’s footsteps? Need to know Same, same but different: The new SB160 get 10mm more travel Switch Infinity suspension has been updated with improved reliability New compact wishbone and ultra-compact link Five frame size with size specific chainstays from 337mm to 445mm in 2mm increments Captured cable guides eliminate rattle and rub Prices start at £7,299 for C2 model Every frame design has a shelf life. In the past, brands would typically let the same model run for three years before refreshing it. But in the current climate, it seems like two years is all you get from a design before it falls from favour. Fast fashion? To a degree, yes, as the frame designs don’t actually change that much year to year. And when they do, it’s often more about making the new model standout from the noise, rather than showcasing a genuinely innovative design. So the fact that Yeti managed to get four good years out of the SB150 platform, goes to show just how right the original was. Thanks to Richie Rude, it also has the race results to prove it. And if everyone wasn’t expecting a new version to drop 12 months ago, sales probably wouldn’t have started to wane on the SB150. Because, let’s face it, no one wants to buy the outgoing model, especially when the frame price alone is north of £4k. And while we’re talking money, I would have bet the farm on Yeti switching to the six-bar Sixfinity suspension design that it recently introduced on the 160E. And I’d have lost it all, as the latest SB160 retains Yeti’s signature Switch Infinity design. The obvious pattern to the evolution is that the bike gets 10mm more frame travel than the model it replaces, but there are some subtle changes too that run through the range. Like the switch to threaded bottom brackets, shorter shock links and size specific chainstay lengths. The bike also features size specific seat angles, which should make a big difference to the climbing characteristics, especially on the larger frame sizes. Yeti has long been a proponent of having more fork travel than frame travel on its SB bikes. And that’s because a 170mm fork that’s attached to a 64º head angle only gives about 150mm of vertical travel. So on the SB150 the 170mm fork balanced travel perfectly. So has fork travel increased on SB160 to compensate. In short, no. And that’s probably because there’s a limit to how short you can make the head tube to offset taller forks. Also, given that you tend to run more sag on the rear suspension than the fork, typically 30% vs 20% the new bikes should still feel very balanced. So what else has changed? Looking back though my notes when …Continue reading »
Great shape and feel. Big bike suspension with efficient pedalling characteristics. Lots of little tweaks that make it a little better.
If you’re racing you’ll need a Double Down casing rear tyre. It’s spendy. Heavier than the SB150.
Matt BeerNov 10, 2022
The new SB160 takes its place in Yeti's lineup as their enduro race machine.
Doesn't get bogged down on flatter terrain
Shock and kinematics produce a calm, predictable ride in choppy terrain
Less feedback through the frame than some other carbon enduro bikes
Riding "on top of the bike" requires more focus in steep terrain
Specific geometry and 29er only configuration may deter some riders searching for alternative setups
Discover the next-generation of translating pivot suspension designs. Setting new expectations for kinematics, longevity, sensitivity, and strength.
The refined main frame and swingarm silhouette is more than just striking good looks — it’s an engineering approach that packages Switch Infinity and shock linkage in a tighter, more efficient frame with added impact clearance. Holistic frame chassis stiffness has increased, along with frame ground clearance.
Every rider deserves a frame feel that’s tuned for them, regardless of frame size. Over the course of hundreds of virtual simulation comparisons and back-to-back carbon prototype testing, we’ve refined our carbon layups to deliver consistent torsional stiffness and flex profiles across all frame sizes. The feel is precise yet compliant while structurally balancing lightweight and durability.
Internally routed cable tubes with secure closures at entry and exit points eliminate rattles and cable rub. Whether running a mechanical drivetrain and dropper or a wireless setup, cable management is intuitively easy and quiet.
Threaded aluminum bottom bracket shell with integrated ISCG-05 tabs. This critical drivetrain interface is now more durable, cleaner, and easier to service.
If a hanger bending crash occurs, the new Yeti models use the Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH) interface — the industry standard mount for a rear derailleur. The UDH is available in nearly any bike shop, Yeti dealer or not.
Our patented, two-piece wishbone shock extender on the SB160 ensures optimal clamping, shock compatibility, and ease of shock removal for longer travel applications.
We are able to optimize leverage rates while pushing the shock forward in the frame. This forward positioning allows for a large range of shock compatibility, decreases standover height, reduces shock tab sizes, increases water bottle compatibility, and increases downtube clearance.
Our new pivot designs use 100% standard sized cartridge bearings secured with precision — machined floating collet axles. All bearings are pressed into the linkage assembly vs the swingarm or front triangle.
Our factory team wanted even more confidence at pace. To achieve this, we’ve further refined geometry with little more reach, rebalanced front and rear centers, and size-specific chainstay and seat tube angles. It’s our most confidence inspiring geo to date. And it’s optimized by frame size, ensuring athletes of all sizes and styles are in a position that prioritizes speed and efficiency.