Yeti Cycles SB-95

Yeti’s rear linkage, the reason for 
its fluid ride     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Our Favorite Bike of 2013

THE TEST:
Cross-country racers and down-hill devotees alike loved this five-inch-travel carbon trail master. Thanks to Yeti’s ingenious rear-travel system (the pivot actually reverses direction midcompression for a consistent feel throughout), it pedaled with the efficiency of a bike several pounds lighter but skipped through ledges and stair steps with the ease of a downhill rig. Add to it a 120-millimeter Fox 34 fork, a tapered head tube, and front and rear through-axles and you get dead-accurate descents and surprisingly fluid climbs. The only thing missing was a dropper seat post, a must on a bike this capable.

THE VERDICT: Our favorite new bike of 2013. 26.8 lbs

Brand: Yeti Cycles $7,800

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