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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 1:38 am 
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This bike is a bit of a beautiful tragedy and we need your help to put some of the pieces of the story back together.

This bike was purchased from the original owner out in California. He had purchased the bike in 1990 from a Yeti Team Rider that he was racing motocross with while living in Simi Valley CA. He had to wait to purchase the bike from the mystery Yeti Rider because supposedly the bike was on loan to John Tomac for a period of a couple months. He had to wait until John returned the bike to the rider before he could pick up the bike.

When he got the bike the brake levers were flipped Moto style. This made me believe that the rider would of been Johnny O'Mara. I reached out to the O Show and his response was:

"I looked at that Yeti and it's tough to say if its really one of my race bikes because Yeti never gave me one to keep personally because my frames were always prototype Easton stuff back then! The one thing I don't think I ever rode was a Yeti rigid fork like what is on that bike!

Hopefully that helps,

Johnny O' "

What other rider could it have belonged to? Why would Tomac be borrowing the bike circa 1990?

There are definitely features of this bike that scream Yeti Team Bike:

White GT Epoch Headset
Grease port on bottom of BB
Cook Bros handlebar & 1st gen Cooks crankset (not photo'ed but included w/the bike)
Very early FTW Stem
Funky carbon wrapped seatpost?

The BAD: The bike has rust issues, note the pea sized rust hole on the bottom of the downtube.

The DILEMMA: Not knowing any hard facts of who the bike belonged to, is it worth building the bike up knowing it could never be ridden again? Do you part it out?

I'll let the photos do some talking, let me know what you think?

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Note the RUST Pea Sized Hole:

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What do you think?


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 3:16 am 
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Tough call man... Exactly why I didn't pull the trigger on it. If Tomes rode it maybe you should keep it together?

FWIW I have a similar post made by SR Sakae, seems like something a few companies were messing around with back then.


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 4:50 am 
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Here's the post:

http://www.velobase.com/ViewComponent.a ... AbsPos=133

I'm actually still really happy with the bike and it was worth the chance. There are some key parts on this bike that if it does get parted out will go help solid projects that are out there in the works right now.


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 6:54 am 
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I think you should leave the bike the way it is now....but get rid of those grip shift things.....


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 9:49 am 
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mkaavin wrote:
I think you should leave the bike the way it is now....


+1! Perfect for displaying it in a shop or something like that..., especially if you
get it´s history together.

Friendly greetings
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 11:21 am 
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Brilliant looking fro....

If it was mine, i would see if frank the welder could let a new tube in and lightly restore it..

Red...


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 3:32 pm 
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Sad. Another vote for restoration. Not enough identifiable details to make it a team bike worth preserving.


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 5:03 pm 
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theproscloset wrote:
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What do you think?

leave it as it is (for the next Patina Special :mrgreen: )

seriously I think you should first clean it thoroughly and then take some pics. I see no critical points
(except perhaps in the down tube near the head tube :? )


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 5:37 pm 
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ridevintagemtb wrote:
Another vote for restoration.


And another.

Just out of curiosity, why does the original owner not know the name of the person he bought it from. If it was Johnny O then he'd surely know, especially if he was a motocrosser, he's not the sort of person you'd forget.

Currently it's a rusted through bike with bad parts and a cute story, except the story holds no water.
Why would one of the worlds best riders choose to borrow someone else's bike for two months when he would have had a choice of countless others, especially at the time when he was carefully maintaining a constant riding position with his road bike using high rise and drop bars.

Also surely a highly professional Tomac would have used all his sponsor parts: stem, forks, seatpost, rather than being seen on a bike with none of them. Sort of means that he would have stripped the bike to a bare frame and added his parts before breaking it down again and handing it back before the bike was rebuilt with the original parts again. Just sound like a bit of a stretch.

I'd vote for fixing it, building it properly and selling it on. It's got the basis of a really nice bike that stands on its own without the story.


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 5:45 pm 
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Now just to throw a spanner in the works:

1) O'Mara claimed that he never rode rigid, so how would he explain this:

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2) This story suggests that O'Mara started riding for yeti in 1991 after he retired from MX

http://racerxonline.com/2006/11/24/wher ... hnny-omara

Would sort of discount the 1990 sale of an earlier bike?


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