Thanks for all your comments, was a real buzz to read them,
I worked as a mechanic for a small racing team in 1991 at Mammoth mountain and the tent next to us was the Yeti team. Their bikes were fully outfitted with ano Ringle stuff. I would do a Ringle 3DV post. IMO
For now the ARC will stay as it is, the black post is so long it goes half way down the seat tube and should safe guard against cracking, but a 3dv Moby is the remaining item on my shopping list.
Very nicely done. Your build is making me want to break out my FRO and get it going. Your bike looks very similar to all the Yeti ARCs I saw racing NORBA nationals back in the early 90s. Especially the ones that came with riders from California. Mind you I was already riding age group races at that point. While I understand the efforts to get all the little bits correct I think it's important to realize that these bikes changed race to race, even day to day. Parts breaking, upgrades, etc. About the only time they were spot on was for magazine shoots and first delivered to the rider. I talked with John Parker many times and I think he was an amazing force in the early days of mountain bike racing. His bikes and his vision of upcoming riders certainly had a huge impact on the sport.
Your point about moving parts from one bike to another is so true, just look at the picture below that Andy from YETI fan sent me to highlight the point you also make… who in their right mind would ride a “privately owned” bike with Odd Grips
, and he claims to have seen thumb shifter on one side of the bar and Gripshift on the other, aside from mis-matching Rims/Hubs and tyres.