Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission Review
- Price: $9300
- Frame: Carbon
- Tires: MAXXIS MINION DHF 2.5
- Gear: 1×12 Electronic
What We Like About It: The aluminum bottom bracket shell with integrated ISCG-05 tabs provides durability, easy cleaning, and maintenance, making your riding journey more effortless.
What we don’t like about it: The expensive price may not meet the demands of some riders.
For a long time, hardtail mountain bikes have dominated the off-road trails. But what would it be like to ride a full-suspension mountain bike on these trails? To find out, I got my hands on the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission and was excited to see how it performed.
Below, we’ll analyze the riding experience, main features, components, and specifications of the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission. In the latter part of this article, we’ll also compare it to several other top bike models. So if you want to know more about bike reviews, stay tuned.
To better test this full-suspension mountain bike, I bought a plane ticket and booked a hotel at the Big Bear Lake Trail Center.
I selected the Pine Spur trail at the Big Bear Lake Trail Center. The trail was quite rough, with a constant downhill slope, but with some steep uphill sections. The path was narrow, only enough for one bike to pass, and there were protruding rocks and scattered wood branches that could significantly impact my ride.
On a cool morning, with a light fog lingering in the mountains, I started my ride. I descended the initial straight slope, picking up speed. But each time I encountered protruding rocks, I used the SRAM G2 RSC Hydraulic Disc to reduce speed and roll over them. While a traditional hardtail mountain bike might feel bumpy in such situations, this full-suspension mountain bike, with its 140mm rear travel and 150mm front travel, provided powerful suspension, allowing me to roll over obstacles smoothly without discomfort.
After the straight downhill, there was an uphill section. I adjusted the SRAM X0 EAGLE AXS TRANSMISSION rear derailleur to the lowest gear ratio, leveraging the speed from the downhill to stand and pedal uphill. With the dropper seatpost lowered to avoid any collision between my legs and the seat, I easily ascended the slope. This was the confidence that the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission gave me.
Throughout the uphill and downhill sections, it was not all about riding straight. There were many bends, and the angles were quite sharp. I skillfully controlled the YETI CARBON handlebar, using my body weight to maneuver. The SRAM G2 RSC Hydraulic Disc also helped me adjust my speed. With my vast riding experience, I perfectly completed each bend with excellent form and ideal speed. The sense of achievement was truly fantastic.
Is that all?
The ODI ELITE PRO grips played a significant role during my descents and turns. I could comfortably grip the YETI CARBON handlebar, and the texture provided substantial traction without causing discomfort to my hands. I had complete control of the handlebar, and the feeling was perfect.
Additionally, the bike is equipped with MAXXIS MINION DHF tires. They are made with Super Tacky compound, a special low-rebound, high-traction material that feels well-suited for mountain biking. The tires also have EXO puncture protection, effectively ensuring my safety on the trails.
The Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission is an exceptional full-suspension mountain bike. It features a top-notch TURQ Series carbon fiber frame and a FOX FACTORY 36 FIT fork, providing 140mm rear travel and 150mm front travel, resulting in strong suspension performance.
Additionally, this bike is equipped with MAXXIS MINION DHF tires, delivering maximum control in loose and muddy conditions. Its directional ramped center knobs offer low rolling resistance, making the ride more convenient. The bike also boasts excellent cornering capabilities with the signature Minion channel-cut knobs.
What do we like about it?
- The aluminum bottom bracket shell with integrated ISCG-05 tabs provides durability, easy cleaning, and maintenance.
- Internal cable routing with secure closures gives a clean appearance and ensures a quiet ride.
- The shorter seat tube accommodates longer dropper seat posts.
- It offers twist stiffness and curved profiles that are well-suited for the human body, providing better handling for riders.
What don’t we like about it?
- The expensive price may not meet the demands of some riders.
- Is this bike suitable for beginners?
Both beginners and experienced riders can ride this bike.
- What is the purpose of the progressive curve of this bike?
The progressive curve is designed to increase travel.
- What is the function of the patented two-piece rocker link?
The patented two-piece rocker link optimizes the leverage rate and pushes the shock forward in the frame.
- How do I choose the right size?
The size chart is below:
These sizes are only general guidelines and the true fit may vary from person to person. The easiest way to find your size the best way is to try it out.
|5’1 – 5’7
|5’5 – 5’11
|5’10 – 6’3
|6’1 – 6’7
|6’5 – 6’11
Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission Specs
|TURQ Series carbon fiber frame, Switch Infinity V2 suspension technology, Threaded BB, internally tunneled cable routing, 148mm x 12mm BOOST dropouts, sealed enduro max pivot bearings, Universal derailleur hanger (UDH), and axle. sealed enduro max pivot bearings, Universal derailleur hanger (UDH), and axle.
BB Standard: BSA, 73mm, Threaded
Hanger Standard: UDH
Colors: Turquoise; Raw Carbon; Sangria; Sage
|FOX FACTORY 36 FIT 4/150MM
|FOX FACTORY FLOAT DPS
|SRAM DUB BSA 73
|CANE CREEK 40 INTEGRATED
|burgtec enduro mk3 35x50mm
|YETI CARBON 35X780MM
|FOX TRANSFER 31.6MM / SM: 150MM, MD: 175MM, LG-XXL: 200MM
|ODI ELITE PRO
|SRAM X0 EAGLE AXS TRANSMISSION
|SRAM X0 EAGLE TRANSMISSION 30T 170MM
|SRAM AXS POD CONTROLLER
|SRAM X0 EAGLE TRANSMISSION 10-52
|SRAM X0 EAGLE TRANSMISSION FLATTOP
|SRAM G2 RSC
|DT SWISS XM1700 30MM Upgradable
|MAXXIS MINION DHF 2.5 EXO
|SRAM CENTERLINE 200/SRAM CENTERLINE 180
|Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR
|Bontrager XR4 Team Issue
|1 x 12
|Shimano XTR,e*thirteen TRS Race
|Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 SE
|F: Maxxis Minion DHFR:Maxxis Dissector
|SRAM GX Eagle AXS, X01 Eagle
|2024 Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC
|Maxxis Minion DHR II
|1 x 12Electromnic
|SRAM X0 Eagle Transmission
|Yeti SB120 T3 X0 Transmission
|MAXXIS MINION DHF
|1 x 12Electromnic
|SRAM X0 Eagle Transmission, X01 Eagle AXS
Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission vs Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR
The Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission weighs 14.1kg, which is slightly heavier than the Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR’s 11.5kg. While the heavier bike provides more stability during rides, it also introduces more resistance. On the other hand, the lighter bike offers great agility, making it more suitable for handling turns.
The Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR features lighter carbon wheels, but they are more prone to breakage when facing side impacts. In contrast, the Yeti SB140 T3 X0’s aluminum wheels are sturdier. In summary, if you prefer a lighter bike, I would recommend the Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR. If you prioritize sturdier wheels, the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission would be the better choice for you.
Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission vs Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 SE
The Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 SE is equipped with electronic suspension, allowing for more precise adjustment of the suspension. However, it features 150mm front travel and 135mm rear travel, which provides slightly less suspension performance compared to the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission with 160mm front travel and 140mm rear travel.
Additionally, the stack/reach ratio of the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission is 1.3, while the stack/reach ratio of the Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 SE is 1.26. It’s worth noting that a larger stack/reach ratio provides a more comfortable riding experience.
So, if you prioritize comfort during your rides, the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission will meet your needs. On the other hand, if you want a bike with better suspension performance, the Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 SE would be a great choice for you.
Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission vs 2024 Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC
The Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission is slightly heavier than the Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC, which may result in some additional resistance during rides. This extra weight is likely due to its aluminum wheels. On the other hand, the Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC offers two sizes of carbon wheels, providing riders with more choices.
Furthermore, the SB140 T3 X0 Transmission has better suspension performance compared to the Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC. This is because the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission has 160mm front travel and 140mm rear travel.
So, if you prioritize better suspension performance, the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission will meet your needs. If you prefer more wheel options, the Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC would be a better choice for you.
Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission vs Yeti SB120 T3 X0 Transmission
The Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission is slightly heavier than the Yeti SB120 T3 X0 Transmission. Additionally, its 160mm front travel and 140mm rear travel provide better suspension performance. However, this makes it $200 more expensive than the Yeti SB120 T3 X0 Transmission.
Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission has a stack/reach ratio of 1.3, which is slightly smaller than the ratio of Yeti SB120 T3 X0 Transmission (1.32). A larger stack/reach ratio allows for a more comfortable ride. Moreover, the SB140 T3 X0 Transmission has a slightly smaller head tube angle, resulting in a more stable ride.
In conclusion, if you prioritize a more comfortable ride, the Yeti SB120 T3 X0 Transmission is an excellent choice for you. However, if you prefer a more stable ride, the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission would be a better option.
This is our review of the Yeti SB140 T3 X0 Transmission. It is a fantastic full-suspension mountain bike that provides an exceptional off-road experience. We have given it a rating of 4.9 based on our comprehensive evaluation. If you want more information about bikes, feel free to check out our other reviews.
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