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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:27 pm 
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I thought I'd share a restoration project I'm doing for a client in Italy. He is not a active member in the vintage mountain bike community so once this bike leaves my shop it'll most likely never surface again.

This bike started out as a boring 95 ARC (A19XX) with a severe case of the cracked headtube. The build was nothing short of uninspiring with only a couple neat pieces (turquoise graftons in the rear and a moby post), everything else was meh.

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The frame went to FTW for repair (along with another one) and Frank did not disappoint. He replaced the headtube with an updated version with thicker walls and more meat. He also fixed up the gauged chainstays as a bonus.

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After the repair work by FTW the frame was sent off to Spectrum Powder works in Colorado for the famous Yeti team yellow/turquoise powder coat. The owner decided to put the decals under the clear coat for durability instead of applying thicker vinyl cut decals like the originals. Also, in keeping with the weirdness of Yeti back in the day they are different from left to right. Drive side (from L to R) reads EASTON YETI ARC (with a blue drop shadow on the YETI) and the non-drive side (from L to R) reads YETI ARC EASTON (with a blue drop shadow on the YETI.) Couple of the pics in this sequence are of the other frame, just wanted to show the process.

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Then the decals went on:

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The the clear coat and VOILA!!!

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Hopefully I'll have the frame back and can start the build this weekend. Here is the parts list so far:

Judy SL w/ Risse cartridge and White Brothers springs - painted to match
Ringle Super Bubba wheels (turquoise)
Ringle Twisters (turquoise)
Ringle Moby post (turquoise)
Topline cranks (silver)
Ringle Zooka stem (silver or turquoise)
Answer Hyperlite bar (silver or Turquoise)
Ringle or Chris King headset (turquoise)
Critical Racing brakes (turquoise)
Shimano M900 XTR STIs
Shimano M900 XTR rear derailleur
Shimano M900 XTR front derailleur
Shimano M900 XTR 12-28 cassette

I think that about covers it... pics of the build over the weekend, hopefully!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:14 am 
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Yes keep them alive - this is top-notch work!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:19 am 
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Love the Yeti colors - it's artwork. The frame could be hung on the wall like that but hey....build it up and ride it!!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:26 am 
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Buzzsaw wrote:
Love the Yeti colors - it's artwork. The frame could be hung on the wall like that but hey....build it up and ride it!!!!


Thanks. It's being built as a rider. Perhaps it won't be raced, but the owner has a FRO he's been riding for years and wants to finally get that ARC he's wanted for all those years.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:23 am 
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How much of the restorations do you do?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:41 am 
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ez054098 wrote:
How much of the restorations do you do?


I don't paint (yet) or weld. I do refinish parts, and do some touch up painting on frames that don't require full restoration and then all of the assembly work (I know lame.) But in matters of critical importance I leave the work to the professionals.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:22 am 
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Sweet! Pulling my chair up to see how this turns out :)


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Thank you for letting us participate in this great build!

Powdercoating with three colours (yellow - black - turquoise) is quite difficult, I reckon.

I am no Yeti expert. Were the holders for the top tube cables originally black or turquoise? I have seen Yetis with both colours.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:34 pm 
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serious wow. well done! getting frank the welder to fix it is an inspired choice.

paint looks magic!i


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Rahbari wrote:
Thank you for letting us participate in this great build!

Powdercoating with three colours (yellow - black - turquoise) is quite difficult, I reckon.

I am no Yeti expert. Were the holders for the top tube cables originally black or turquoise? I have seen Yetis with both colours.


The cable guides and front derailleur pulley are all turquoise. I might get them reannodized as they were a little bit faded.


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