When Yeti introduced the SB5c last summer it was clear the company was heading in a new direction in terms of suspension design.

Yeti replaced the eccentric main pivot previously used on its Switch Platform with a new sliding tube design dubbed Switch Infinity. This suspension overhaul signaled that many of the company’s other models would soon be replaced.

  • Highs: Incredibly stiff frame; clean lines; good standover clearance
  • Lows: Somewhat imbalanced suspension feel, no chainguide option, 1x-specific frame design
  • Buy if: You’re searching for a short-travel 29er with an aggressive edge

The SB45c – which is being unveiled at Eurobike as this goes to press, and which we’ve had a chance to ride – is the successor to the well-regarded SB95c. On paper at least, it doesn’t quite measure up to its predecessor. The SB95c had 127mm of rear travel, while

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