I've got a Yeti fro, with easton aluminium taperwall tubes, which i've had for a good few years, not long after getting it I did a fairly short ride (10ish miles) with a tyre that turns out was a smidge too close on the clearance, and has worn a bit of a groove into the driveside chainstay, i'm guessing they don't have northern mud and grit in colorado... eversince then i've had a smaller tyre on the back and ridded it with no probs.
I've recently decided to go back to a smaller british designed steel frame and have just finished building up a 456, i'm tentatively considering the Yeti's future, with the threat of redundancy looming, I may have to part with it - i'm happy to ride the yeti - but is it safe for others?
If I took it to a LBS would they be more informed to check it out? and if so is it better to go to a chain like evans or should I stick to the little fella?
Any advice or opinions would be much appreciated