If you’re a fan of 29ers, this might be the year you’ve been waiting for. If you’ve shunned ‘wagon wheels’ in the past, then it’s time you gave them a second look. The cycling industry appears to be going through a 29er renaissance at the moment. Boost axle spacing to shrink chainstays and create stiffer wheels, wide-range 1x drivetrains and envelope-pushing geometry are creating ever more competent 29er trail bikes.
The Yeti SB5.5c may be the most capable long-travel 29er we’ve thrown a leg over to date. This new aggressive trail bike builds on the success of the shorter-travel SB4.5c with more travel and slacker angles that make it suitable for the rigors of the world-class enduro racing.
The SB5.5c bears a strong familial resemblance to the shorter-travel SB4.5c and the heavy-hitting SB6c
In fact, feedback from Yeti‘s top enduro racers was instrumental in the development of this new model. “Our racers noticed on certain courses that 29ers were flat out faster,” said Yeti owner Chris Conroy.
And so the 5.5c was born.
Really good, but not without criticism
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