Yeti Cycles rolls out 35th Anniversary Edition ARC hardtail

Limited release hardtail features modern trail bike geometry and classic Yeti styling


Yeti Cycles is rolling out a special 35th Anniversary Edition of its venerable hardtail, the ARC. First launched in 1991, the original ARC was a collaboration with Yeti and Easton to produce a lightweight race frame.

We've come along way since the original Yeti ARC. Photo by the Pro's Closet

We’ve come along way since the original Yeti ARC. (Photo by the Pro’s Closet) Check out Juli Furtato’s 1991 Yeti ARC in the Pro’s Closet online bike museum.

Frames during that time were typically made of Chromoly steel and weighed 5-6 pounds, but the new Easton ProTaper tubing reduced the weight to 3.2 lbs. and the ARC went on to dominate the race circuit. The ARC defined what a competitive race bike should be—fast, strong, and made to get racers to the top of the box.

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Updated for the modern age, this ARC is a trail-oriented carbon 29er painted in classic Yeti turquoise and yellow decked out in a custom, color-coordinated build harkening back to the iconic race days of the 1990s. The latest version of the ARC takes Yeti’s latest carbon fiber 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.

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“The ARC defined Yeti back in the day. Our latest version pays homage to the past, but is rooted in the present.” said, Chris Conroy, Yeti’s president. “The ARC has always been known for pushing the envelope. Our latest version shows how versatile a hardtail can be with the right geometry, materials, and a little more travel up front,” he added.

If this build conjured up nostalgia, or if you just need a sick, wallet-destroying $9,900 hardtail in your life, act fast—this is a limited-edition bike, and only 100 will be produced.

The 35th Anniversary Edition ARC features a premium build that will be coveted by collectors. Each frame is individually numbered. Custom finished parts include:

  • 130mm FOX 34 fork with powder-coated yellow crown and turquoise stanchions
  • Turquoise painted SRAM Level Ultimate calipers and adaptors
  • Custom 35th Anniversary Edition Yeti branded carbon wheelset with turquoise Chris King hubs
  • Turquoise Chris King headset
  • SRAM XX1 crank with a custom turquoise chainring

This bike is expected to sell out. The ARC 35th Anniversary Edition comes in one color, one build option, and available in SM-XL sizes for $9,900. Yeti 35th Anniversary carbon wheelset and SRAM AXS drivetrain come standard. The ARC 35th Anniversary Edition along with all 2019 (or newer) bikes are covered by Yeti’s no-B.S. Lifetime Warranty.

Check out the ARC 35th Anniversary Edition online here and share your thoughts on this limited edition ARC in our Yeti forum.

About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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  • chef says:

    Does that come in 27.5?

  • DVDA says:

    Beautiful bike. Must have been a fun project building a no expense spared hardtail. I have the 2013 ARC which I think was the last hardtail Yeti made before this. It’s rad. I like the rear triangle on my ARC a bit better… built like sculpture.

  • Lamar says:

    I will not consider a Yeti after their BS in getting rid of the Tribe. My ancestors are from a tribe and Yeti’s use of the word did not offend me. Caving in to PC culture does offend me.

    • Odell Robbie says:

      I’m with you. If they wanted to be “inclusive”, they (along with the entire industry), would not sell $ 10K bikes, because the socio-economics of native Americans and minorities in general pretty much excludes them from buying these bikes. What a joke.

  • Rob says:

    Sweet. A 24.5 lb hardtail for $10,000…

    • myke says:

      Its is a bit of a yawnfest. If Yeti cared about the ARC or XC for that case, Yeti would still have the ARC in their line up. For $10k just buy a custom frame and build that up.

  • Christopher Soja says:

    When will they come out with the new FRO? I still have my FRO frame from 1989. Love that bike.

  • Samuel L Jackson says:

    10 freaking G’s for a hardtail. Can’t wait to see how many fools will part with their money.

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