Frame Features – Threaded bottom bracket shells make their way to the new 2023 Yeti SB frames, removing the possibility of a creaking or misaligned BB. They also feature integrated ISCG-05 tabs. Out back, the new Yeti SB frames also sport a SRAM UDH (Universal Derailleur Hanger) for ease of replacement no matter if there’s a Yeti dealer nearby or not. Another welcome update to the frame feature list is Yeti’s new cable management system. The cables are now securely clamped at entry and exit points, and if you’re lucky enough to run a wireless drivetrain, then some handy port plugs keep the inside of the frame protected from debris and water ingress. The new clamped ports work as described as all three of our test bikes are deathly silent, and it makes for easier maintenance too.
Also updated is the frame’s silhouette and feel on the trail. Yeti studied their old frames, took rider and racer feedback, and were able to reduce the size and width of the frame in many dimensions to give a much sleeker, and slimmer profile. The new frames give stiffness where needed, but compliance where appropriate, and have their layups tuned so that the average-weight rider on each size will receive the same trail feel. Also improved is the ground clearance as Yeti was able to tuck the downtube up 25-30mm higher than the outgoing models to make those technical climbing attempts or chunky downhills less concerning for the frame.
Suspension Feel – We can’t talk about Yeti’s SB refinements without talking frame alignment, new pivot designs and the improved Switch Infinity unit. Yeti’s team kept reinforcing the “death by a thousand papercuts” analogy in how they attacked the SB updates. By making a number of small improvements, the new Yeti SB’s are claimed to offer a big ride improvement on the trail. Yeti’s Switch Infinity unit is now claimed to be more durable and sensitive thanks to updated slider material and frame changes that reduce stiction and free up the movement. The new bushing assembly is longer wearing and has a lower coefficient of friction, as well as black oxide bearings to improve corrosion resistance and grease ports for service every 40hrs. The new tech is backwards compatible, so current Yeti owners rejoice!
The new pivot design features standard sized cartridge bearings, which are secured via precision-machined floating collet axles. These bearings are pressed into the linkage instead of carbon parts of the frame, making servicing the parts easier and reducing the chance of damage to the carbon mainframe. The floating collet pivot axles increase frame stiffness as well, which increases bearing life and works to improve suspension performance as there’s less flex or binding during compression. Frame alignment was another big focus for Yeti, as a straight frame moves smoothly through its travel, without binding up or causing more stress on the shock.
Also new is Yeti’s shock extender unit. Depending on the model, either a one-piece or two-piece compact wishbone extender increases stiffness, improves alignment and offers an easier shock removal process. The updated. streamlined units allow for a more compact placement of the shock, increased water bottle clearance, more shock compatibility and updated leverage rates.
No matter if you’re a cross country ripper or want to be like Richie Rude, the new Yeti SB lineup will have something for you. Yeti will be offering the 2023 SB mountain bikes in frameset options, C-series carbon or Turq carbon completes with a wide range of pricing.