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 Post subject: 1993 Yeti ARC - Reborn
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:23 am 
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I picked up this bike back in 2009 and did a rather traditional build with it as seen in this thread:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 3+Yeti+ARC

Basically started just as a bare frame:

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Build into a 3DV laden, team replica sort of thing:

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The ARC is probably my favorite bike , so when I got bored with the build it was time to try something new and hopefully a bit different, well at least different for me.

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Highlights include:

Shimano M900 derailleurs and shifters
Grafton cranks, bottom bracket, brake levers and shifter perches
Ringle post, stem (might swap for team cut ATAC), team or pro edition hubs laced to 231 ceramic rims, mojo brake hangers and QRs
King headset, hyperlite bar, Critical Racing brakes with DKG stiffeners and
Custom build Manitou 2 with EFC internals for a little less suck on the trails
Onza Porc II tires and Avocet O2 saddle

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The brakes were one of the Achillee's heels of the previous bike so I set out to fix that problem on this build. I found a couple pairs of DKG stiffener plates and custom fit some longer threaded studs to provide adequate clearance for the brakes. Also, I opted to use Critical Racing brakes in lieu of Graftons because they just seem to work better. On the trail the bike has just enough modulation to lock the rears when needed but be able to effectively use the fronts 70% of the time.

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I really wanted the bike to look period correct and the Manitou 2 is the only fork that you can really run on the 2nd gen ARC, but the fork is one of the worst Answer ever made. So, I custom built a Manitou 2 using internals out of a Manitou EFC. This included swapping over the dropouts from an EFC onto the legs of an M2 and moving over the stanchions and seals. It actually works pretty and I can adjust the travel to more or less match the geometry of the frame.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:27 am 
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Simply beautiful.

I love that color combination on ARCs 8) .

Lovely work!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:01 am 
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the second time round build is really nice


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:05 am 
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It's missing valve caps so it's a hopeless build ;-)

(Lovely lovely looking bike)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:16 am 
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Always a pleasure to view your threads, especially ones featuring Yeti's

With perhaps the odd excetion here and there, there has't been agreat deal of builds recently that have excited me..
nowt wrong with Kona's or the dime a dozen Rocky Mountains but a Yeti is special


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:11 pm 
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beautiful arc..

Nice use of parts through out..

Love the black drop outs on the manitou's..... :D


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:47 pm 
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Look good, always loved that colour way, my 95 is getting close after being in bits for 8 years :(

What size frame out of interest?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:10 pm 
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Yetinut wrote:
Look good, always loved that colour way, my 95 is getting close after being in bits for 8 years :(

What size frame out of interest?


Thanks and yeah it was always my favorite color as well. Though if/when this frame cracks I may redo the front dart in black and keep the back end gray like it is now.

This is a 19"


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Love it mate looks way better with black parts...did you anodise the cranks black also are the crank caps Grafton as well can't tell


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:40 pm 
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racer x wrote:
Love it mate looks way better with black parts...did you anodise the cranks black also are the crank caps Grafton as well can't tell


Thanks. Yep, the cranks are reanodized and the caps are Grafton.


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