Though we reviewed the Yeti SB5.5 last summer, the bike developed such a mix with our editors we realized it should concern The Bible of Bike Tests for a thrashing from the entire test crew. This was a great telephone call: The Colorado firm's brand new long travel 29er was among the most desired bikes of the test, and soliloquies of its superlative suspension performance resounded around the night campfires.
The Tracer's leading three develop sets Pro, Elite, and also Factory all spec a version of Fox's Float X2 with a 2 Position lever, leaving a lot of the rear shock's habits as much as you. The steep seat tube, long reach, as well as reduced stack right away got me in the mood to go out and also cover some ground. However when that ground obtained high, the Tracer verified susceptible to a force that, to be reasonable, would prevent any bike with such enough squish.
What made Yeti choose to develop a longer travel 29er, specifically because of that the company already had a qualified mid travel 29er in the Yeti SB4.5? Twenty niners were having some success on the Enduro World Series circuit as well as our racers expressed interest in racing a longer travel adjustment of the SB4.5. We made an examination burro and also recognized it was a special bike (it's the bike of option for a number of the Yeti team). It ultimately ended up being Cody Kelley's go to bike for the EWS as well as can be Richie Rude's selection on some programs in 2017.
The 155 millimeter travel, enduro race inspired Warden is Knolly's entry into the carbon fiber frame video game. Constructed around 650b wheels, it uses Knolly's take on the four bar Horst link suspension, called Fourby4. Created by Knolly chief developer and CEO, Noel Buckley, the strut style suspension declares to permit the wheel course and also shock development to be adjusted independently to develop a reliable pedaling system with an endless feel on large influences.
The agreement on the Compensation 29 was that it was almost as impressive climbing difficult terrain as it was descending it. When billing rough descents, the Compensation 29 felt as stable as a storage tank. With more than 6 inches of travel and also rock smashing 29 inch hoops, the Enduro doesn't always require exact line choices and can ravel tedious descents. The bike's wheelbase really feels long sometimes, and also the base model spec can't hide the weight felt in the wheels as well as drivetrain, however dialed geometry and part spec can do marvels to hide a bike's heft.
The linkage coincides four bar, Horst link layout made use of in previous generations, but a minimized anti squat worth as well as making use of bearings at both ends of the trunnion mount shock are meant to raise suspension level of sensitivity compared to the previous generation framework.