Although the majority of its bikes are now made in the Far East, Colorado company Yeti still has a great amount of heritage in its ‘Made in the USA’ roots. In fact, many of the prototypes and some of the smaller runs of bikes (like the 4X) are still made in Golden, Colorado. The company shuts for 90 minutes every lunchtime for a near-mandatory lunchtime ride and Yeti pays over the odds for its workshop space purely for the access out the door to some great trails… With some pretty groundbreaking technology (like its Rail technology and the new Switch suspension) it’s also leading the high-tech charge of all-mountain carbon and aluminium frames too.
Retro Alert : Retro Alert!
Here’s Frank the Welders’ personal Yeti Ultimate. It was one of the first ones ever made and was also the test-ground for the ATac stem and Bullseye cranks too, which Frank was also involved with…
And now this bike isn’t actually Tomac’s, but it’s as close as you’ll ever get. It’s a C-26 carbon and aluminium frame – one of only a handful ever made, and it has a painstaking retro build to reproduce Tomac’s 1990’s World Champs bike, including period-correct Dura Ace shifters (Tomac was a road pro that year too!)