Geoff Kabush’s Yeti SB100 | GMBN Tech Pro Bike Check

Geoff Kabush’s Yeti SB100 | GMBN Tech Pro Bike Check


– We’re at the BC Bike Race, the home of the gnarly cross-country bike, the down-country bike,
whatever you want to call it. This bike’s got a number
one plate on the front, this is Geoff Kabush’s Yeti SB100. Geoff was a really successful cross-country world cup racer, of course, and he’s turned his hand to
racing all sorts of things. He’s been here before, at
the BC Bike Race, and won it. He’s recently been to Trans-Provence, and he’s back again at BC Bike Race, and it’s great to check out his bike. It’s definitely on the sort of, more trail end of the
cross-country bikes here. 100-mil travel on the back, 120 up front. This race, in British Columbia, is seven days of really
amazing single-track. Today was the Queen’s stage, day five, almost 60 kilometres riding,
1600 metres of elevation, but this was full of really
gnarly single-track, as well, as have all the days been so far, so you need a lightweight bike that’s also really capable
of riding those trails fast, and that’s where you
see a lot of racers here running the 100-mil bikes,
as this is, the SB100, but with a jacked-up fork to 120 mil, but also, shorter stems
than you’d normally see on these bikes, so there’s a
55-mil Shimano stem on this. 760-wide bars, it looks
almost like a trail bike. It’s funny, the mix of components
you see on the bikes here. It’s almost like making a sort of everyday, practical cross-country bike, ’cause they’re still super
lightweight, of course. You’ve got the carbon frame. You’ve actually got
the Stan’s carbon rims. You’ve got a Fox 34 up front, so performance fork, obviously, 120 mil, but still super lightweight,
it’s that step-cast fork, and this is where you start to see the sort of crossover between a cross-country bike and a trail bike. Geoff’s running the Shimano XTR brakes, but only on the two-pot,
so super lightweight, and the rotors, they’re 160 mil, they do look kind of undersized
for this style of bike. Also running super fast tyres, this is the Maxis Recon Race. I can tell you, today has been
pretty wet in the morning, pretty muddy, and I can imagine they’re quite a handful
on some of those trails. Up front, Geoff is running a marsh guard, it’s Oakley branded, actually. Today has been very wet,
been really moist as well, so super humid, a bit
wet as we were riding, so it’s very difficult to run glasses, I don’t know what Geoff ran today, but super important to
have that front mudguard. Look at that, I love the look of this, titanium bottle cage, and bolted onto the side of that is a OneUp pump with the tool in the top of there. You’ve got full Shimano
XTR groupsets, so 1 by 12. What you will notice, look at
the size of that chainring, so this is actually a 36. I see a lot of riders here
riding 28s, 30s, 36 is massive. Geoff’s picked the 175-mil
cranks, also running those M9100, the cross-country version of the pedals, so without the sort of cage
on them, super lightweight. Another OneUp components piece here, that’s the chain device just at the top. XTR rear mech and that 1051 big set, but still, 36 chainring up front. Pretty hard work, I’d say. A Shimano PRO Tharsis bar and stem, so carbon bar, 55 mil stem, also got that mount there
for the Stages head unit, so Geoff rides with that on there, keep track of what he’s doing. He’s got the M9100 brakes as well, so the carbon blades on there, and those Lizard Skins
sort of foamy grips. I bet that’s quite nice, actually. Obviously spending a lot of
time on a bike this week, comfort is really important. Finished off with a Pro Turnix saddle. That is, of course,
Shimano’s components brand. Right, time to ask Geoff some
questions about his bike. Geoff, you’re riding an SB100. This looks like a trail bike, more than a cross-country bike. It’s kind of a beefy bike, but you’re running pretty
low-profile, fast tyres. How were the tyres today, in the mud? – Good, I mean, I grew
up on kinda this area, so I’m really comfortable on the trails, so, I mean, I’m trying to run the fastest tyres I can get away with, so definitely, they’re a
little bit higher-volume, 235s, so I could run them pretty low-pressure and then it’s just,
yeah, being really smooth and reading the trail,
being a little bit careful in the slick stuff. – And, yeah, I think I read a bike check from one of the previous years. You’re running pretty low
pressures, what was it? – Today I was running around 20, 21 PSI. – And you don’t feel there’s
a risk with a puncture? – No, I mean, not a tonne of sharp rocks, I mean, today, there’s
one or two sections, but I don’t know, I think I’ve maybe rimmed out once this race. I mean, it’s not full attack
on such a long stage race, so, I mean, we’ve had a lot of good dirt and the wet conditions have kinda taken a bit of the speed off, we’re not hitting sections
quite as hard in the wet. – And it looks to be, yeah, like I say, much more like a trail bike. You’re running a, is that a 60-mil stem? – 55-mil stem, yeah,
and a 740 mil wide bar. – So it’s much different to
a cross-country race bike. – Started working with
Yeti a couple years ago and it’s been really good timing. They launched this SB100 and it’s kinda, XC-ish or down country or
whatever you wanna call it, kinda perfect for a lot of
events, like BCBR, I’m doing. Definitely noticed a difference, so you know, the little
bit bigger, stiffer fork with the step-cast 34, and, I mean, yeah, the Yetis ride
really well on the trail and it’s definitely worth, you know, it’s not a full World Cup weight bike, but it’s perfect for long, kinda technical single-track races like this. – And what bike would you ride at home normally, just for fun? – Depends on where I am, I mean, in Squamish I’ll often take out the 130. I just raced the 150 at Trans-Provence, so I was putting a lot of time on that, but I spend a lot of time down in Nor-Cal and find this bike super fun. I’ll put on some 2 3 Minions, and it’s so nice to pedal around, but I can still do a
lot of the jump trails and hard trails on it, and you can cover so much more ground, so, kinda, it’s lucky to have
so many different bikes, but they’re a lot of fun bikes to ride. – And you’ve got the
Stages computer up front. You ride with a heart rate monitor, are you looking at that
whilst you’re riding, at the BC Bike Race?
– Yeah, I mean, I’ve been racing for so long, I kinda really know my body, but it’s good just to have a little bit extra data to confirm and kinda gauge the effort a little bit, so it’s nice to have that
along with the info up there, with the GPS, for sure. – And you’ve got the OneUp pump. You’re racing with a
backpack on, with a tube. – Yeah, the longer days, for sure, I mean, it’s nice having a OneUp tool, with the tool in there, so it takes a bit of the weight off your back, but yeah, today was almost three hours so I’m taking the Chase
vest from Camelbak, all the, you know, litre
and a half in the back and 750 mil bottle on the bike, and, you know, a few
spares there, for sure. – Almost three hours, it was
four hours and a bit for me. – Yeah, I know, this is the longest, hardest grinder day in the race, for sure. – Two more days to go, the
bike’s holding up to it well? – Yeah, no, everything’s
been pretty smooth. I had a bit of a slide out when
I was in Wood Bridges today, it was pretty sketchy out there, but everything’s staying together, and yeah, really exciting race this year. A couple hard, more long days to go, so let’s see what happens. – All right, thanks, Geoff.
– No problem, cheers. – So there’s Geoff Kabush’s Yeti SB100. We’ve just filmed this on
day five on the BC Bike Race, two more days to go, and this video will come out after the race finishes, so, well done, Geoff, you won! Or, sorry, Geoff, didn’t quite win. ‘Cause there’s a very
tight race at the minute, there’s three seconds
between him and Felix Burke, so it’s gonna be very close. Cool-looking bike, much cooler for having the number one plate on front. If you wanna see a video of me riding one day at the BC
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