From Mike- January 2009
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.
March 08 YETI OTM
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!
- Frame: Yeti DJ Long
- Headset: Chris King NoThreadset
- Fork: Fox F100 RLC ‘07
- Handlebars: Sunline V1 OS riser
- Stem: Thomson X4 50mm
- Grips: ODI ruffian lock-on white (ltd. edition)
- Wheels: DT240s CL / DT XR4.2d / DT Evolution db
- Tubes: Michelin Aircorp Latex
- Tires: Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 Exception (rear) / Maxxis High Roller 2.1 Exception (front)
- Quick Releases: DT Swiss
- Disc Brakes: XTR 2007
- Discs: XTR 2007 centerlock 160/160
- Rear mech.: SRAM X.9 super short cage
- Shifter: SRAM X.O trigger
- Chain: KMC X9
- Cassette: SRAM PG970 11-23
- Crankset: XTR 2007
- Bottom bracket: XTR 2007
- Pedals: Shimano PD-M647
- Chainguide: E-Thirteen LG-1
- Seatpost clamp: Hope 31.8
- Seatpost: Thomson Elite
- Saddle: SDG Ti Fly
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!
- ˇ Components:
- ˇ Fox RLC100 forks
- ˇ SRAM X0 rear der - Shimano XT front der
- ˇ SRAM X9 shifters - XT cranks
- ˇ DT Swiss 1450 wheelset with tubeless conversion
- ˇ Thompson seat post - Ritchey WSC carbon bars and stem
- ˇ Juicy 7 brakes - ODI Ruffian grips (in pink, of course!)
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.
- Frame: Ultimate (medium)
- Headset: Shimano XT
- Fork: Manitou Gen 1*, *Manitou 2 crown, Speed Spring internals
- Handlebars: Answer Hyperlites
- Stem: Answer A-Tac (NOS)
- Grips: Yeti
- Wheels: Shimano XT II 7sp w/skewers (NOS), DT 14/15g spokes, Mavic 717 rims
- Tires: IRC Claw Comp
- Brakes: XT II (NOS)
- Brake levers: XT II, 2-finger (NOS)
- Shifters; XT II top mount (NOS)
- R. Der: XT II med cage (NOS)
- F.Der: XT II
- Cranks: XT (NOS)
- B/B: XT (NOS)
- Chain: Shimano 7sp (NOS)
- Cassette: Shimano 7sp (NOS)
- Pedals: Shimano 747
- Seatpost: Control Tech
- Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo
BEDRICH YETI FRO
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
January 2007 . Fred’s AS-R
After many years of mountain biking I have pleases myself with a Yeti assembled specially light. With the mythic frame Yeti ASR SL Carbon.
- I have chosen the material as light as possible.
- I live in France in a town called Voiron. It's situated at the entrance of the Alps and my terrain is hilly, with lots of serious climbs and descents. I've built a bike that I think is perfect for this type of terrain
- It's a rocket on downhill, flat, climbing, acceleration's, simply the best.
- I hope that the bike will please the jury as much as it pleases me.
February 2007 - Christiaan’s DJ- but not any ordinary DJ! Read on.........
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:
- 2006 Yeti DJ frame, was Raw, sprayed in Team livery, V brake bosses and front mech tab removed
- Black King nothreadset
- Thomson X4 50mm stem
- Answer Protaper OS bars
- Thomson Elite seatpost
- Gobi saddle
- King ISO hubs, DT spokes, Mavic D3.1UST rims
- Larsen Exception 2.0 TT tires
- Shimano XT Hollowtech II crankset, 175mm
- Carbon Sytem 3 MRP
- E13 Guide ring, 38T
- Sram 970 11-23 cassette
- Shimano XT chain
- Sram X.O Super Short Black Box Carbon mech
- Sram X.O Right hand trigger shifter
- XTR Disc calipers with Saint levers
- XT IS2000 160mm discs
- ODI Lock On Ruffian grips
- Shimano PD-M647 pedals
March Yeti Of The Month 2007
Nick’s Yeti ARC, from 1992 it was built up with Full Ringle and Grafton.
This is one of the very first ARC’s.
YETI OTM April 2007- After having had a turquoise (Yéti OTM September 06…), here my new 575 in white !
Frame: Yéti 575 2007 white carbon chainstays
- Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23 2007
- Fork: Fox Float RLC 2007, 140 mm travel, Wheels: Spinergy Xyclone Disc
- Skewers: Tune titane AC16 & AC17, Cassette: SRAM PG990, Chain: KMC X9 gold
- Tires: Maxxis Médusa 2.1, Brakes: Formula ORO Greg Minnaar Limited 180 mm (polished)
- Pedals: Time ATAC Titan Carbon XS, Cranks: Truvativ Noir 3.3 + Extralite chainrings + Extralite alu bolts
- Rear derailleur: SRAM X.O carbon, Front derailleur: Shimano XTR 2007, Shifters: SRAM X.O with matchmaker Formula > Sram
- Headset: Chris King Titane, Stem: Thomson X4 silver + ti bolts, Handlebar: Race Face Next Carbon
- Grips: ODI lock-on, Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece silver + ti bolts, Seatpost collar: Tune Ti
- Saddle: SDG Bel Air RL Ti, Cables: Nokon + Power Cordz
Checked weight = 12 kg
Yeti Of the Month May 2007-
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!
YETI OTM- JULY- TOMS 575 My 575 is finished (bar rear disc rotor) and have some Pictures attached.
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:
- Frame: Yeti 575 Alloy w/DHX Air - Large, Fork: Marzocchi 66 SL1 ATA
- Rear Hub: Rohloff Speedhub 14 speed, Front Hub: Chris King 20mm
- Spokes: DT Swiss Super Comp, Rims: DT Swiss 6.1d
- Headset: Chris King, Stem: Kore B52
- Bars: Easton CNT DH, Brakes: Formula Oro Puro 200/180mm
- BB: SKF BR600 118mm , Cranks: Middleburn RS-7 180mm
- Chain Device: e-thirteen, Pedals: Shimano DX Flat & Shimano M647 (DX Spud)
- Seatpin: Thomson, Saddle: Brooks Swift Ti
- Tyres: Panaracer 2.3 ,Cables: Nokon full length.
I'm so happy to finally have a proper Yeti!!!
August 2007 YOM-
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
- Frame: '96 Sherpa in black Size: 16"
- Serialnr.: S3369
- Fork: Answer manitou 4
- Fork tuning: AC crown, AC brake arch, speed springs Headset: Chris king devolution
- Stem: A-tac Handlebar: syncros Barends: Nuke proof (the first carbon-fiber one's)
- Seatpost: syncros Seat: Oldschol flite
- Brake's: Paul's canti's with onza chill pills
- Hubs: Ringlé superduper 8 (rear) and superduper D (front) Skrewers: Ringlé twisters Rims: Mavic sup cd ceramic 117
- Tyres: IRC Piranha pro (front) tioga psycho (rear) BB: Syncros pro series Cranks: Grafton Chainrings: Race face 46, onza 36 an 24 (stainless steel) Padals: Onza H.O. Brake and gear shifters: XTR m-900 Front mech.: XTR m-900 Rear mech.: XTR m-900 Cassette: XTR (with a red spider end-ring) Chain: HG-90
- I would like to know what YOU think of it............
- The only thing left to search for now, is a 1 1/4 or 1 1/8 Lawwill leader 3 crown to fit in the Sherpa.
- And than there still are 2 other Yeti's to finish, an Ultimate in white (this one will be without shimano
- again ;-) ), a team ARC AS LT Proto (features an AS and an AS LT rear stay mount) and 2 Straight 8's
- (from 2000, still searching for the rear assambly's)
- See you on the trails out there..........
Lawwilljay Jeroen Wacki The Netherlands
September Yeti Of The Month 2007
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.
- Spec is:
- Yeti DJ Team frame long Jared Graves, check Earthed 4.
- Fox 36 TALAS R's set mostly on 4"
- Wheels: Alexrims debagged so cant remember the model Laced with DT alpine3's on Hadley hubs.
- Brakes: Juicy 5's with hope 6" rotors
- Drivetrain: E13 38t guide ring on Saint cranks Gold RaceFace BB orange E13 bashy. X9 shifter X0 rear SRAM PG95? Roadie cluster. Whipperman teflon chain.
Bars: FSA K force carbon 710. YETI grips
- Thomson 4X 50mm stem
- Gold Chris King headset (shown is Cane creek, changed since)
- Seat: Ti Fly running on a Thomson Elite post. Profile gold seat clamp.
- Bilt pedals.
- Future upgrades: Larsens, and a few more gold bolts here and there.
Loving this bike! First HT in around 8 years! If you see me at Chicksands come and say hi!
Cheers - MrPlow
Yeti of the Month for October 2007
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:
- Frame 1992 Yeti Pro FRO 20”
- Fork Answer Manitou 1
- Headset Deore XT 1 1/8” ahead (using reducers)
- Stem Profile BOA 120mm, 40 degree
- Handlebar ITM Millenium 46cm Drops
- Grips Easton Cork Tape
- Brakes Onza HO’s
- Cantilever cable hangers Onza Chill Pills
- Brake Levers Dura-ace 7400 8 spd STi’s
- Shifters As above
- Front Derailleur Suntour XC-Pro
- Rear Derailleur Dura-ace 7400 8 spd
- Cassette Dura-ace 12-25 8 spd
- Chain KMC Silver 8 spd
- Cranks Cook Bros RSR 181mm
- Chainrings Stronglight, 48/36
- Bottom Bracket Shimano UN-54 68/127.5mm
- Pedals Onza HO (Cromo)
- Quick Releases Shimano XT
- Rims Matrix rear with Tioga Disc Drive Pro, Front Mavic 231CD
- Hubs Shimano M900 rear, Bullseye front
- Tyres Tioga Psycho (Caramel)
- Saddle Rolls
- Seatpost Syncros 26.8*400mm
- Weight 28lbs (approx)
Hope you approve of the build? Kevin
December 2007 DAVID’s YETI ARC-X
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
- Shifter/Brake-Rear Shimano Dura Ace, Handlebars- 31.8 Salsa Bell Lap OS, Stem Ritchey WCS 4 Axis
- Stem Spacer Kit Reynolds 15mm, Headset Chris King 1 1/8" Black , Frameset Yeti 2008 ARC X,
- Seatpost Thompson 27.2x 350mm, Saddle Selle Carbon, Bottom Bracket Shimano Dura Ace
- Crankset Ritchey V-WCS 172.5 CX Specific 36/46, Pedals Crank Bros Eggbeater
- Chain SRAM Hollow pin, Cassette Dura Ace 12/27, Front Der.(31.8mm dia) Shimano Dura Ace
- Rear Der. Shimano Dura Ace, Front Wheel Ritchey WCS Protocol, Fork Easton EC 90 Carbon
- Rear Wheel Ritchey WCS Protocol, Skewers Ritchey Titanium, Front brake Frogglegs Cantilever
- Rear brake Frogglegs Cantilever, Tubes Ritchey 700 x 32, Tire-Rear Ritchey Speedmax 700x35
- Tire-Front Ritchey Speedmax 700x35, Bottle Cage Topeak Carbon
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
March 2006 Yeti of the Month March - Sarah’s 2006 AS-R, The first 2006 New Style paint Yeti on Yetifan.
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.
June 2006 YETI of the Month for June is Noah’s awesome Ultimate.
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
- Rear Shock: Fox Float RP3 2006
- Fork: Fox Float RLC 2007, 140 mm travel
- Wheels: Spinergy Xyclone Disc
- Skewers: Tune titane
- Cassette: SRAM PG990
- Chain: KMC X9 gold
- Tires: Michelin X-trem 26 x 2.00
- Brakes: Formula ORO Greg Minnaar Limited 180 mm (polished)
- Pedals: Time ATAC Titan Carbon XS
- Cranks: Race Face Atlas X-Type
- Rear derailleur: SRAM X.O medium
- Front derailleur: Shimano XTR
- Shifters: SRAM X.O
- Headset: Chris King Titane
- Stem: Thomson X4 silver
- Handlebar: Race Face Next Carbon
- Grips: ODI lock-on
- Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece silver
- Saddle: SDG i-fly
- Cables: Nokon
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