Some bike manufacturers just throw a set of + tires on a bike with geometry of a bike built for smaller tires and sell it as a + bike. Yeti on the other hand designs their + bikes to be ridden specifically with + size tires. What does this mean to you?
It means that you are going to feel like you have an unfair advantage on the Yeti SB5+. while the 2.8-inch-wide Maxxis Rekon+ tires floating over rocky, rutted technical terrain. You will have to pretend to be suffering as much as your friends who are fighting over loose terrain on jeep road climbs while the + tires don’t lose an inch through the gravel and choss.
In bringing the 5in full carbon SB5+ to the plus-size arena, the translating pivot increases anti-squat at the settle point where pedaling happens, and then changes direction deeper in the travel for increased suppleness. As one who knows Yeti would expect, their initial plus offering makes use of the Switch Infinity system, which is a carrier on rails housed above the bottom bracket. The system feels well-suited to plus size, with the tires’ added traction complementing its anti-squat characteristics.
Of course it’s not just the plus tires; the bike is capable regardless, it is a Yeti. Stop into our Vail or Avon bike shop and take one for a ride, you may end up taking one home!
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