FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — The demise of alloy as an option for high-end mountain bike frames left suppliers looking for ways to lower entry price points but still offer carbon frames.
For 2017 Yeti is offering two levels of carbon frame spec that are identical in every way — the same geometry, strength and stiffness. The lower cost carbon frame is priced about 30 percent less than the company’s top-of-the-line effort, and weighs about 250 grams more. Both were shown at Eurobike this week.
For example, the SB5+, Yeti’s new 27.5 plus design built on its Switch Infinity translating pivot platform is available as the SB5+ Carbon or the SB5+ TURQ. Both frames forgo the toptube to seat tube bridge of last year’s frame, greatly increasing stand-over. And internal cable runs have cleaned up builds.
“Last year’s SB5 Enduro frame was of the cheaper carbon construction but we only offered it in one build. This year we are offering a few SB5 Carbon builds that give us more price points below where the SB5 TURQ start,” said Chris Conroy, Yeti’s CEO.
SB5+ TURQ is the company’s top carbon design that receives running changes as Yeti tweaks the design. …read more