Yeti Cycles SB-66 Carbon Pro 34 Complete Bike - $7,700.00

Budget builds can strain a designer's resources and values as they sacrifice pure performance in favor of saving a few bucks. Yeti's SB-66 Carbon Pro 34 Complete Bike, on the other hand, doesn't present this problem, as it's riding on the best of the best to unleash all potential from this top-tier chassis. XTR, DT Swiss, and Easton adorn this 160mm-travel carbon frame with one of the latest suspension designs from the mountain bike power house in Golden, Co. To start with, the hand-laid, high modulus carbon front and rear triangles knock a whopping 1.5 pounds off their aluminum counterpart -- and thats without sacrificing anything to the stiffness department. Ensuring precise handling and reliability is the collet-type pivot hardware that provides correct bearing preload while protecting the structural integrity of the carbon fiber. Enduro Max angular contact bearings fill the bores and offer ultra-tight, flex-free tolerances, while easily managing side loads that send conventional cartridge bearings straight to the dump. However, the heart of the SB line lies in the suspension design. Unlike multi-link systems, which require linkages packed in between the main and rear triangles, Yetis Switch Technology features an eccentric mechanism buried low in the frame -- enabling super-short chain stays and a low center of gravity for lively handling. This compact eccentric continuously adjusts the lower pivot position for a rearward, small-bump-damping axle path that maintains a firm, pedal-friendly platform. Towards the end of the suspensions travel, the eccentric rotates in the opposite direction for a responsive mid-stroke, and finally to the end position where the suspension becomes progressively stiffer for big hit absorption. Think efficient pedaling, perfectly meshed with big hit capabilities. Like all factory-prepped Yetis, the SB-66 Carbon has its rear suspension motion controlled by the respected Fox CTD with Kashima. - $7,700.00