The original Yeti ARC is a hardtail of legend. Launched in 1991 at a time when many hardtails frames weighed in at 5lbs or more, the Yeti ARC’s alloy frame – made from Easton’s ProTaper tubing brought the frame weight down to 3.2lbs. Oh, and it looked super cool too. And now, as it’s Yeti’s 35th Anniversary it’s time for a Yeti ARC 35th Anniversary edition, right?
The new Yeti ARC takes some of that pizzazz and puts it into a very limited edition (and very expensive) special edition hardtail that celebrates Yeti’s 35th anniversary. The numbers have been brought up to date, and the frame material this time round is carbon fibre, rather than aluminium tubing. The components, as you might expect from a flagship product are both top-end and custom coloured. And we’re struggling to think of a hardtail in recent years that has cost more. However, the exclusiveness of the hardtail, and the rabid following that Yeti has should mean that these are snapped up by superfans and collectors. (Incidentally, Yeti is dropping the ‘Tribe’ name for its fan gatherings, in recognition that it offends Native Americans – more here: Adventure Journal.)
According to Yeti, “The latest version of the ARC takes Yeti’s latest carbon fibre technology, merges it with modern geometry and hangs custom finished parts to give it a vintage look with a modern twist. Unlike its predecessor, the new ARC isn’t a pure-bred race bike – it was built to bring the simplicity of a hardtail to trail riding.”
Each frame is individually numbered and every part is either top of the shop, like SRAM’s AXS Eagle groupset, or custom finished. There’s a 130mm FOX 34 fork with powder-coated yellow crown and turquoise lowers. The turquoise continues with painted SRAM Level Ultimate callipers, Chris King hubs and headset and a custom SRAM XX1 turquoise chainring.
The Yeti ARC 35th Anniversary Edition comes in one colour, one build and it’s available in SM-XL sizes. The Yeti 35th Anniversary carbon wheelset and SRAM AXS drivetrain come standard
For the UK (and Europe) the new Yeti ARC 35th Anniversary will be exclusively through Silverfish,
- UK £8,999.00
- DE / Europe €10,190.00
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