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.
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.