Everyone has seen the photos, everyone has read the hype. You may have even seen it on stands at races.
We were lucky enough that the guys from Silverfish were able to bring Yeti 160E for a visit. We just happened to have our riding kit packed that day.
Over the years, I’ve been very privileged to ride some pretty impressive bikes. I’ve raced in some amazing races, and I’ve seen some kit.
I’ve also, at the tender age of *coughs* 40 ‘ish’ got my favourites, I like what I like. But, haven’t we always yearned for a Yeti? Man and boy, it’s always been there.
But, because its got a Yeti badge on it – is it really better?
Firstly, as they rolled it into the shop, a little shallow I know, but the Yeti 160E had some serious presence. The lines, features and geometry are designed to replicate the SB150 in an ebike, which is undeniably apparent.
There’s always been questions over why Yeti chose to use Shimano’s EP8 motor, over other motor systems? The main issue being the well known ‘rattle’. But let’s look at the reason behind this.
The EP8 motor is basically designed with a one way clutch, for smooth engagement and no drag. However by very nature of its “floating gears” it rattles. Is it detrimental? NO. The EP8 gives a really natural riding feel, the motor is narrower (than most) which replicates the feel of a normal MTB, and the torque is delivered in a smoother manner based on riders input.
The demo bike is an XL, and I’m a M, so this certainly affected how the bike felt and we didn’t have too long on the bike. But…..
Straight into an uphill (we live in the Peak District) the bike didn’t bob. Immediately the Sixfinity suspension platform kicks in. We played around on some steep muddy climbs, and to be honest this is where I really wanted to see if the bike could live up to what we’d been promised.
I am not technical enough to understand the how’s and why of this. But pedalling up a seriously steep grassy and greasy climb, and maintaining a constant cadence, you could feel the suspension start to work and dig in. Moving around the bike, like you would a normal MTB, we gave this climb some beans – in boost. Consequently, this is where you’d see any other ebike spin out, the 160E maintained traction like a a tractor (rubbish terminology we know) This bike was not stopping.
Super plush, bottomless travel and stable. If I’m being honest felt like my SB150, but on an ebike.
You need to try this for yourself. I’m sold, I love it, the attention to detail is unreal.
Keep you eyes peeled for our Yeti demo day.
With Silverfish we’ll host a demo day of the 2022 models, MTB and ebike.
|DETAILS||T1, TURQ series carbon, Shimano XT, Fox Factory GRIP 2 38 Fork||C1, TURQ series carbon, Shimano SLX, Fox Performance 38 Fork|
|FORK||FOX FACTORY 38 GRIP 2/170MM E-Tune||FOX PERFORMANCE 38/170MM E-TUNE|
|MATERIAL||TURQ SERIES||TURQ SERIES|
|TRAVEL||160mm (6.3″)||160mm (6.3″)|
|REAR SHOCK||FOX FACTORY FLOAT X2||FOX PERFORMANCE FLOAT X|
|WHEELSET||DT SWISS EX1700 30MM UPGRADABLE||DT SWISS E1900 30MM UPGRADABLE|
|REAR DER||SHIMANO XT||SHIMANO SLX|
|SHIFT||SHIMANO XT||SHIMANO SLX|
|CRANK||SHIMANO EM900 34T 160MM||SHIMANO EM600 34T 160MM|
|CASSETTE||SHIMANO XT 10-51||SHIMANO SLX 10-51|
|CHAIN||SHIMANO XT||SHIMANO SLX|
|BRAKES||SRAM CODE RSC||SRAM CODE R|
|ROTORS||SRAM CENTERLINE 220/SRAM CENTERLINE 200||SRAM CENTERLINE 220/SRAM CENTERLINE 200|
|POST||SRAM REVERB AXS 31.6MM SM: 125MM, MD: 150MM, LG/XL: 170MM||ONEUP DROPPER POST 31.6MM SM: 150MM, MD: 180MM, LG/XL: 210MM|
|FRONT TIRE||MAXXIS ASSEGAI 2.5 EXO+||MAXXIS ASSEGAI 2.5 EXO+|
|REAR TIRE||MAXXIS MINION DHR II 2.4 DD||MAXXIS MINION DHR II 2.4 DD|
|HEADSET||CANE CREEK 110 INTEGRATED||CANE CREEK 40 INTEGRATED|
|BAR||YETI CARBON 35X800MM EBIKE||YETI CARBON 35X800MM EBIKE|
|STEM||RACE FACE TURBINE R 35X50MM||RACE FACE RIDE 35X50MM|
|GRIPS||ODI ELITE PRO||ODI ELITE PRO|
|SEAT||SILVERADO CUSTOM||SILVERADO CUSTOM|
|DRIVE UNIT||SHIMANO EP8||SHIMANO EP8|
|DISPLAY||SHIMANO EM800||SHIMANO EM800|
|CHARGER||SHIMANO E6002||SHIMANO E6002|
|BATTERY||SHIMANO 630Wh INTERNAL BATTERY||SHIMANO 630Wh INTERNAL BATTERY|
|ASSIST SWITCH||SHIMANO EM800L||SHIMANO EM800L|