Very few bikes are as shrouded in mystery and controversy than the Yeti C-26. To many, this frame exists only as internet rumors and the occasional poorly-scanned photo. Like a campfire ghost-story, its cursed tale is told by “cult” bike collectors and enthusiasts as a relic of mountain biking’s unadorned past, and its halcyon days of over-abundance. The rise and fall of the C-26 project mimics that of countless other startups from that era, where thousands were thrown at the “next big thing” in design, only to have the company pull up stakes to follow hotter trends that popped up seemingly overnight. Yet, where many exotic frames have vanished into obscurity, the legend of the C-26 endures not as a success, but as perhaps the greatest failure of the impenetrable force that was Yeti Cycles, the big little company that could seemingly do no wrong.
The C-26 name was derived from Chis Herting's first initial and his age at the time he designed the prototype. Essentially, it was a FRO frame using Easton C9 tubes. Herting needed a way to lighten the race bike, and Easton's design seemed the best fit at the time. Yeti produced one bike in 1989, and it made its rounds beneath team rider Russ Worley. After the interest generated from the Mountain Bike Action test in June, Yeti decided make it a production frame and brought it to Interbike. In 1990, select team riders raced on C-26s, however, most of its fame comes from its use during the inaugural UCI World Championships in Durango. Juli Furtado won on her C-26, and John Tomac placed 4th and 6th in the downhill and cross country on his C-26 with drop bars. Sadly, by that time, the sun had set for the project. Yeti boss John Parker never trusted the design, and he shelved it after worlds.
This is the Bugatti Veyron of mountain bikes. So rare you’re lucky enough to even see a picture of one. As far as the actual frames, the location of only five are known. There is rumored to be around 10 bikes in the world assembled from stolen tubes. I found a set of these frame tubes here in Durango, and for over a year know. Chris Herting has been re-creating the prototype using my tubes. Its done now. The White Whale caught, and the Dark Tower ascended. I can honestly say I’ve never seen a cooler bike.
My last Yeti project is finished. After a sad issue with my 2007 DJ frame I decided to make something special from my replacing DJ frame and here it is ; a 2008 Team replica
Also have finished my second Yeti project; A special Yeti room to store my Yeti’s. There are 3 Yeti’s now (DJ, 4X and a 575), but the 4th one is coming in soon (AS-X)
Yeti DJ long 2007/2008 Team Replica, built for fourcross racing only. Already tested it on the BMX track and it’s super light! It accelerates amazing.
The bike is not the problem anymore, but the rider still is!
This is my '08 Yeti ASR custom build. Isn't the pink damn hot!? I've never really liked pink, but this is tough pink. It's also an XXS size frame, so I'm the only person small enough to ride it… Yeah!
This is my 24 hour solo endurance machine, weighing in at just over 10kg.
Megan - New Zealand
Found the bike on e-Bay for $400 with a Manitou 2 back in 2003. I then got it powder coated @ Spectrum Bike Works (they do an AWESOME job!). Once I got the frame back, I started the slow process of getting back to old school. After 2 seven month deployments to the Middle East, it's finally done...almost. The only things not period correct are the rims, chainrings, and seatpost.
I’ve finally finished my FRO Serial 436.
As you can see it’s no wall hanger. I rode it to a 20th overall ind the seniors category at this years Erzgebirgs MTB Marathon in Seiffen Germany .
Best Regards- Bedrich
After many years of mountain biking I have pleases myself with a Yeti assembled specially light. With the mythic frame Yeti ASR SL Carbon.
This DJ started life as any other DJ, until Christiaan handed it over to Ralph Lutgen, who did the modifications, and even made the team decal!
You can clearly see there are no more V brake bosses, and the cable holder for the front mech was removed from the seattube too.
Full spec list:
Nick’s Yeti ARC, from 1992 it was built up with Full Ringle and Grafton.
This is one of the very first ARC’s.
Frame: Yéti 575 2007 white carbon chainstays
Checked weight = 12 kg
About the bike:
I originally got my Yeti ARC (large) in summer 2003 when I built it up for XC racing in the south of England. In 2005 I rode for XCRacer.com/Gary Fisher and the Yeti had 6 months off.
During that period I decided to update the ARC with disc brakes (from Avid Arch Rivals) and 100mm forks (from 80mm RockShox Duke Race 2002).
I have ended up with pretty much a dream build for riding in 2007, with the Tune/Stan's wheels a particular standout. All in the bike weighs 22.5lbs and right now I wouldn't change it for anything!
I built my gorgeous 575 to be a "fit and forget bike". I chose Rohloff gearing to be trouble free, strong running and long lasting, plus everybody has Shimano and SRAM. I chose a Brooks Swift Ti Saddle. It looks unconventional, but will eventually be a supremely comfortable saddle.
The rest has all been built for my Canadian adventure in a couple of months, where I will spend 7 weeks riding Whistler and three months in Canada. It's been built with an uncompromising specs list, incl Stan's NoTubes and a strong but not too heavy free ride package. Unfortunately the weight has built up, but I am a heavy guy and put my bikes through allot of crap. Check it out:
I'm so happy to finally have a proper Yeti!!!
Finally I finished my first Yeti like I wanted it to be. I'm very proud of her.
I bought the frame last year in Germany. She was is very good conditions, including the original owners manual. It was a real bargain, that deserved a good classic build-up.
Gathering all the parts to build the Sherpa up as I wanted her to be took a lot of time, and of course also a little fortune. Day's and nicht's searching the net!
I wanted the Sherpa to look retro and noble. That's why I chose to build it up with blue parts. Not to much, so no ringlé seatpost.
With a litte luck I managed to get the AC corwn and brake arch in blue. These parts give the Manitou 4 that litte extra.
For the mechanics I chose the good old XTR 900 series. Up till this project, I always wanted my bikes to have as less shimao parts as possible. But this Sherpa looked best with the m-900's.
The onza H.O. padals are the best I have been riding in the last 16 years (still have about 7 pair's in store, and a bunch of spare parts) Here are the full spec's on the Sherpa
Lawwilljay Jeroen Wacki The Netherlands
Here’s a few for you.
When I was back in Toowoomba Aus (in Cambridge now) I had in my possession for a few weeks and almost bought the 303 and the 4X. Gotta say I wish I could have kept the 4x But was a privilege to have it for the short time I did.
Then I finally bought the DJ frame just before I left for UK.
Loving this bike! First HT in around 8 years! If you see me at Chicksands come and say hi!
Cheers - MrPlow
I really need help with an early/mid 90’s race kit – fluoro yellow/turquoise in XL for a photoshoot next month. Any ideas of somebody who may sell or even loan me one?
Here the spec:
Hope you approve of the build? Kevin
Let me introduce you to my latest YETI the 2008 ARC X Cyclocross. It fills the gap between my Road Project and ARC. Long awaited but well worth the wait.
Brake Cables Shimano Dura Ace
Shifter/Brake -Front Shimano Dura Ace
Since you have never had a Ti Road Project Posted - I thought I would throw this one at you. It took me forever to build up and when I did I rode it for a year and sold the bike. Shit!! Lesson learned. I do not believe that you have to still be in possession of the bike for YOTM
Yeti of the Month February - Pauls Yeti Road Project
The only ‘road’’ signed by Parker
My new AS-R SL, It is an XS with pink Chris King Hubs and headset!, I bought it from Bromley Bike Co and they suggested I sent you some photos before I took it out and got it covered in mud, I hope you’re as impressed as I am with it.
Parts inc, Bullseye Cranks, Mavic rims, Ringle, Answer, Chris king, and all the other period parts you need ona bike like this.
I’m not sure if it gets ridden much, but after all these years, its looking good!
I live in France.
Here are the photograph of my Yéti 575 2006
Frame: Yéti 575 2006 Team turquoise
Best regards Ben
Here is my 575 in blue.
Task was build my own bike that can handle all usage (I'm not headless downhill guy:), lightweight but with enough travel for some fun. So there was no other choice than 575. I was in doubt about carbon inserts in rear triangle, but thanks to yetifan I decided to buy one. Because there are lots of very happy users. It was great decision!
Now I'm enjoying a riding like never before. I'm fan of yeti since I was 17teen - in 1997 was World Cup in Spindleruv Mlyn and there I met nice 4-inch lawwill in team colors. I was interested in this rear suspension solution, but as an student a cannot afford such bike.
I live in Czech Republic (central europe) so I had several problems to get 575 frame. Nearly every internet shop has problem with my location or postage cost so high as for central africa and not europe:) Maybe they think that we are savages with spears and guns. Hi hi.
So I took a car and as an savage drove nearly 1000km for 575 to Germany....easy solution. I had to make hard decision white frame with carbon chainstay or nicely anodized black one in aluminium. I'm conservative so I took black one.
Anodization is nice protection against corrosion - so brain win, but heart still call for white carbon beauty:)) So thats it....I become yetimaniac. I clean it and here it is.
Bike setup: Fox Van RLC, all blue is Hope: mono M4 brakes, hubs, stem, headset, skewers..., rest is shimano XT with classic XTR front derailleur and cables. ODI grips, Gobi seat, easton Monkey lite XC handlebars and EA 50 seatpost, pedals are Time SX, rims are Mavic 717 with DT swiss. On ground holds me Schwalbe nobby nic. Total 12.2kg.
Best regards Lukas