Outlier Vail Demo: Yeti Cycles Lunch Ride

Yeti Lunch Ride

Lunch rides can be magical and Yeti appears to have them dialed.  Their new Lunch Ride put the biggest smile on my face during a weekend riding some pretty special new 2018 bikes.  The LR is born from the existing SB5 to make the bike more funner. Considering all the trends in new mountain bikes with 2.6 inch tires and radical geometry its refreshing to jump on a bike like the LR and grin so much!

“WE SHUT THE FACTORY DOWN DAILY AND SUIT UP FOR OUR LUNCH RIDE. IT’S NOT ONLY A WAY TO BLOW OFF STEAM AND BUILD COMRADERY, BUT ALSO SERVES AS A PROVING GROUND FOR SPEC AND PRODUCT DECISIONS. AFTER TESTING AND RIDING NEARLY EVERYTHING, THIS IS HOW WE SPEC OUR PERSONAL BIKES. IT HAS 10MM MORE TRAVEL UP FRONT AND A BURLIER SHOCK IN BACK. BUILT FOR SPEED.”


Details: Yeti SB5 LR – $7199 – 27lbs – SRAM XO1 Eagle – 27.5″ wheels – 160F/127R travel

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Yeti Lunch Ride
Up front, the Lunch Ride gains 10mm of travel with the burly Fox36 as well as 800mm wide bars.  The 2018 36 with EVOL sure feels excellent with a little-added midstroke support.

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Yeti Lunch Ride
Dialed spec: I’m pretty darn picky and there isn’t much I would change with the build on this bike.   The only thing I’d love to see is a place within the frame to put a water bottle.

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Yeti Lunch Ride
The new Fox DPX2 along with Yeti’s great Switch Infinity suspension gives an incredible balance of efficiency and plushness that feels more like a bike with 150mm of rear travel – not 127.

With the Fox DPX2 the LR really felt similar to other  6″ travel bikes I rode throughout the weekend.  The bike pedals very well with minimal monkey motion in the rear yet remains very active from small to large hits.  I can’t actually think of another bike less than 130mm’s of travel that feels as plush throughout its travel range.

The Yeti Lunch Ride is truly one of the most fun bikes I’ve ridden.  It may not have the most radical geometry numbers, but Yeti strikes a great balance that gives the bike both stability and the ability to change direction fast in the tighter terrain.  Now I’d like to ride a Lunch Ride version of the SB4.5![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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