1989 Yeti C-26 Tribute Bike

Smithjss70

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I've been working on this bike for a few years but never started a build thread. The project commenced when some CF tubes became available, so I commissioned two talented Swiss gents to build the frame. Thanks Stefan & Reto for all of your efforts.

It started with a 89' FRO which was the hardest part of the commitment. It was a good frame, so I was pretty reluctant. 🤦 Fortunately, I have a nice 88' FRO so it helped to soften the blow somewhat.

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And so it began...

Junction shot
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Fresh off the mill
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Original brazed guides from the FRO
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I have some cool videos of the mfg process but I'm not sure how to upload them...

Back from powder and the unnerving fit test
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I asked Reto to mill some OG Bullseye FD pulleys while I had his shop time and expertise
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OG red
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I had most of the parts collected with the exception of the TDD. I was fortunate to find an unbuilt disk in Canada so I had Steve Gravenites (Gravy) build it up to a black RM20 via a black M732 hub. https://mbaction.com/inside-the-toolbox ... -mechanic/
It turned out perfect and the noise is quite gratifying.

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Up front, I went with a purple Bullseye also laced to a black RM20.
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Since the frame was going to be repowdered, I had my parts coated by Ollie @ Dark Matter. He is a magician and intimately familiar with Yetis. He painted for Spectrum when they were painting Yeti frames.
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Love the lithium
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Most difficult piece to the puzzle. Come on Chris...run some more of these fine HSs :?
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Drivetrain is as you would expect. XT M730/732

I think most of the decals are OG with the exception being Bullseye & Accu-Trax, which came from our friend Gil.

I can't think of anything else worth mentioning but happy to answer any questions that arise. Here she is though, all finished up. It was a three year project but a lot of fun. Like Wilk told me, it's kind of sad when you finish. He built his 11 years ago which seems crazy to say. I remember like it was yesterday as it was always the bike that gave me goose bumps. :D

30 years later. 1989 Yeti C-26 "Tribute" Bike...or replica if you must...

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Family shot
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Double-E F

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:shock:

Boom! Just like that, out of the blue (or should I say desert turquoise) comes..

.. a C26

Looks awesome, almost too colorful :cool: :LOL:
Cool to see the conversion of the original top tube to the round junction to accommodate the carbon top tube.

So, you're actually riding it?
Great line-up in the last pic, BTW!

Chapeau :D
 

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Great back story to a fantastic bike!
-1 FRO
+1 C26
I don't think any one can be too sad with that outcome.
(Maybe it's unofficial name should be the "Yeti CRO" ;) ).
 

biker23

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WOW!!
You built an outstanding and truly awesome iconic mountain-bike!
Your attention to even the smallest detail is remarkable.
The bike looks superb: The parts, the colors, it's overall appearance-
Congratulations to this master-piece!! A+++
 

Retro Spud

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Jase that’s so So nice... and what a collection you now have



I believe there’s another one being built here in the UK
 

Gerard

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Really nice job.
Videos of the work would be awesome, are they on YouTube?
How does it ride?
 
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