The 2016 Yeti SB5.5c X01 is a remarkable enduro bike. Consistently dusting the competition in our two-month test, and making us all feel like minor biking deities, the SB5.5c is undeniable as the Editors' Choice for Best All-Mountain Enduro Bike. Our lead tester raved after his first ride: "It feels like a 4" travel trail bike climbing and a 7" freeride bike descending." The bike buffs out chunky rock sections and smooths out the gnar that you'd normally air over. (Don't worry, we jump it too — the Yeti is a confident sender.) The longer travel 29er is an up and coming category and we can see why. It has the rollover benefits of the 29" wheels without its traditional turning limitations. Normally 29ers have a distinct feel and those extra long spokes can seem like stilts. After settling in on this one, we often mistake it for a 27.5" bike that rolls much, much faster.
This Yeti is shockingly speedy and fun enough that you might feel robbed of all those saved seconds. Until you realize you can just keep going. If you prefer downhill laps above all, shuttled or leg serviced, our testers prefer the Santa Cruz Nomad 2016 for its unmatched performance, and pure joy, in technical downhill. But, for any all-day epic with an equal mix of downhill and uphill, the Yeti rules. No enduro bike we tested came close.