by Wil Barrett
October 17, 2016
Current Highest Bid: £3000
If you’ve ever wanted to own a top-of-the-range Yeti Cycles SB5c guilt-free, then this is your once in a lifetime chance to do so.
As many of you will have remembered, it was around this time last year that our Deputy Editor, Jenn Hill, stepped down from her role at Singletrack due to her battle with cancer. And it was with great sadness a month later, that we passed on the news of the passing of Jenn on October 16th, 2015. She was 37 at the time.
In the months leading up to Jenn’s passing, she was in the process of building up a new longterm test bike based around a Yeti SB5c frame. The bike build was curated by Jenn from the ground-up, with parts from SRAM, Easton, Fox, DMR and TRP. Sadly, Jenn never got to complete her build, and her Yeti SB5c has remained unridden. Until now.
This Sunday will be the one-year anniversary of Jenn’s untimely passing. In support of the people who looked after Jenn during her final weeks, we are hosting an auction on Jenn’s Yeti SB5c. This has been made possible by the kind people at Yeti’s UK distributor, Silverfish. It has also been made possible by SRAM with their donation of the GX groupset. There are many, many other people to thank who have donated parts to the completed bike, and we’ll run you through the full build below. The complete bike will be auctioned between now and the 31st of October. The highest bidder will not only become the proud owner of a Yeti SB5c, they will also have the opportunity to put their money towards an incredible cause, with all proceeds going to St Gemma’s Hospice.
How to register a bid:
All you need to do to enter the auction process is to email us your bid and your contact details (name, contact number, address) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bidding closes at 11:59pm on the 31st of October. We will update this article with the current leading bid at the top of the page, so you will have the opportunity to submit as many bids as you wish. The highest bid by the close of the auction process will become the proud owner of this stunning Yeti SB5c.
We’ll take you through the details on the bike itself below, but before doing so, we wanted to give our contributor and Jenn’s husband, Tom Hill, the opportunity to say some words about Jenn, and what it means to auction off this very special bike:
“Even when she was at her most ill, Jenn was determined to keep doing things… keep living while she still could. We kept making plans, always with the mindset that we’d rather have that one trip that we didn’t get chance to do, rather than many we didn’t even give ourselves the chance to enjoy. I’m forever grateful for her absolute strength and determination to get out, despite the side-effects of chemotherapy, despite her lung function declining. She gave me so many more happy memories, perfect moments that I’ve clung on to in the year since she died. They are memories that I’ll always look back on fondly, as I know friends who joined us on rides will do to.”
“Jenn being Jenn kept working until only a few weeks before she died, kept doing what she was passionate about. This sweet Yeti SB5c frame was allocated for her to test just before her condition declined quickly. She never did get the opportunity to build it up and put it through its paces, and it has sat boxed up in Singletrack Towers ever since. Rather than recall it, the lovely folk at Yeti have agreed to us auctioning it off to raise money for St. Gemma’s Hospice who helped Jenn and me immensely, both before and after she died. It’s a lovely chance for you to own a special frame, and help some Very Good People doing Very Good Things.”
“Sunday 16th October will be one year since Jenn died. I’m reminded every day how Jenn inspired so many in her own quiet way. I’ve been moved by the love kindness so many have shown me, the generosity that so many have shown in donating to great causes. I hadn’t made plans for the day until this week, but in the end decided that the best way to mark the day would be to ride with a few of her close friends, exactly as Jenn would have wanted to do if she were still here. We won’t ride far or fast, but we will laugh, probably cry, definitely stop at a pub. Far be it from me to tell you what to do on your Sunday, but I wrote this tweet last year. It is probably as relevant now as it was then.
“Thank you for the kind messages and love for Jenn. Now go ride bikes, hug loved ones, bake, enjoy life xxx” – Tom Hill
The #forjenn Yeti SB5c Features:
- Yeti SB5c Carbon Frame
- Medium Size
- Rear travel: 127mm
- Fork travel: 140mm
- SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain
- Fox Factory Float CTD rear shock
- Fox Factory 34 Fork
- DMR Zone 27.5in Wheelset
- WTB Riddler 2.4in TCS Light Tyres
- Easton Haven Carbon handlebar
- TRP Quadiem SL Disc Brakes
The Yeti SB5c frame has been masked up with protectant stickers, which you’ll be able to see in the above photo. The frame itself is brand new and unridden, as is everything else on the bike, bar the forks. Jenn had taken the 140mm travel Fox 34 forks off her other bike, but while there is a minor cable rub mark on the top crown, they’re near-new and in 100% Mickey Mouse condition.
So there you have it; Jenn’s Yeti SB5c. A bike that is now ready to find a new owner, and a new home. And the best part about it? That all the money will be going towards a very worthy cause, and that is something that everyone can be proud of.
Want to simply donate to a worthy cause? Then you can donate to Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support – any contribution counts and goes towards helping to support people in need just like Jenn was in need. Better yet, get yourself a pair of Morvelo Fuck Cancer socks, which recently won the Singletrack Reader Award for best soft good of 2016. A very worthy winner indeed.
If you’d like any further information on the bike itself, by all means leave us a comment below and we’ll answer it as soon as we can. Or you can email us your questions through the email@example.com address.