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    c. 1991 Yeti C-26

    Figured it was time to do the official post on this bike. Big thanks to several VRC'ers for help sourcing parts with the biggest thanks to Ameybrook for the lead.
    Took just over a year to get it done and I was thrilled to give it it's shake down ride today.


    Full photo shoot and specs here:
    1991 Yeti C-26 - a set on Flickr


    Here's how she evolved:
    As emailed:


    Safely home:


    Stripped down:


    Parts mock:


    Done:


    And unlike most (all?) C-26's out there...this one gets ridden.


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    nice. i hope the top tube stays where it is.

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    Very cool.

    Aside from it being too big for normal size folk
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    Cool! Forgive my ignorance, but steel where it isn't carbon?

    Nice looking rig for sure
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Cool! Forgive my ignorance, but steel where it isn't carbon?

    Nice looking rig for sure
    Exactly.

    A few C-26s were built in the last few years using a donor FRO and Easton carbon tubes left over from the original run.

    Ameybrook was the first to resurrect the C-26 from the ashes - and others have followed. I'd like to be one of them if I can't get me an original.

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    That thing is so awesome. It ended up in the right hands.

    If I had mine in my possession I'd ride it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    That thing is so awesome. It ended up in the right hands.

    If I had mine in my possession I'd ride it.
    Where did you wind up displaying it?
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    At Yeti in Golden

    <a href="http://s77.photobucket.com/user/ameybrook/media/Bikes/Yeti/C26/c26_ondisplayatyeti_zps248deddb.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/ameybrook/Bikes/Yeti/C26/c26_ondisplayatyeti_zps248deddb.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo c26_ondisplayatyeti_zps248deddb.jpg"/></a>


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    Nice bike ER!!
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    At Yeti in Golden

    <a href="http://s77.photobucket.com/user/ameybrook/media/Bikes/Yeti/C26/c26_ondisplayatyeti_zps248deddb.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/ameybrook/Bikes/Yeti/C26/c26_ondisplayatyeti_zps248deddb.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo c26_ondisplayatyeti_zps248deddb.jpg"/></a>
    Fantastic display and a great place for it to reside
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    Nice bike ER!!
    Rumpfy and Ameybrook - setting the standards for detailed restorations. Damn them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMDoc View Post
    Rumpfy and Ameybrook - setting the standards for detailed restorations. Damn them!

    We're attached at the tip....I mean hip!

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    I am buying a checkered shirt now.

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    Fantastic and good for you for riding it. Very, very nice, E!

    I like how I got the pitcher of beer in that pic.

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    Very nice bike...and the riding spot looks great....I was watching snow come down today.

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    Such a sweet ride man, well done. Photos look great too, did you get a new camera, or are you doing something differently? Not that your photos looked bad before, or anything. I just noticed a little extra snap in these. Maybe it's just my allergies.

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    Proper built on that one. and kudos for getting it dirty.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Thanks guys. It was definitely a fun project. K'Ville got me motivated to finish it...I let it languish for a bit near the end. So much hype around this kinda bike, I was more concerned about being let down by how it rode over how well it held up.
    It did both great. Decidedly Yeti in its riding characteristics, but a bit more snappy on the climbs and that otherwise familiar 'dead' carbon feel. Hamfisted in the twisties, brilliant on the fast descents and in the air.


    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Fantastic and good for you for riding it. Very, very nice, E!
    I like how I got the pitcher of beer in that pic.
    Photo credit to GOB. Thats what you're really looking for isn't it.

    Quote Originally Posted by djmuff View Post
    Such a sweet ride man, well done. Photos look great too, did you get a new camera, or are you doing something differently? Not that your photos looked bad before, or anything. I just noticed a little extra snap in these. Maybe it's just my allergies.
    Yep, new DSLR (for the final posed shot at least). Everything else is dumpy iPhone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post

    Yep, new DSLR (for the final posed shot at least).
    Glad my eyes weren't deceiving me. Those last few shots look great. Now, how about some shots showing this brilliance in the air?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djmuff View Post
    Glad my eyes weren't deceiving me. Those last few shots look great. Now, how about some shots showing this brilliance in the air?
    Bike brilliance is different than rider brilliance...there's less of that. Gotta wrangle a riding buddy for that kinda photog work.
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    Nice bike and effort!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    brilliant on the fast descents and in the air.




    Photo credit to GOB. Thats what you're really looking for isn't it.
    haha! Sorry, didn't mean to imply that. I was noticing the foam and got thirsty. As for the brilliance in the air bit....I thought it was the rider, not the bike? What does a bike have to do while in midair that makes it better than another one? If it's the bike, I could use one that straightens itself out in midair. My experiences have been having that, "uh oh" thought in my head as I am about to land.

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    This is an amazing bike! It bring me images of Tomac, and early MBA magazines dogeared and well worn. I can't imagine how it rides or how terrifying it is to ride but I too would ride it. Such a beauty!
    Try this: HTFU

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    This is an amazing bike! It bring me images of Tomac, and early MBA magazines dogeared and well worn. I can't imagine how it rides or how terrifying it is to ride but I too would ride it. Such a beauty!
    Come for a visit. You can ride it when we go on a ride around these parts.

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    The flouro green is working for you. Great looking bike! What is it with you and white onza porcs, anyway?

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    Eric, the transformation of your C-26 is amazing. I really enjoyed watching it evolve through your pictures. Can't wait to see what's next.

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    Nice rig, Rumpfmeister. Pretty decent chance that frame was made for a new Yeti team rider (and then '89 world champ) who went by the name of Don Myrah.

    I want to see some pics of it in the air.

    As for what makes a bike good in the air, I think it's a stiff one. A flexy bike that "winds up" a bit on a not-so-straight take off can put a rider into the air in a position he didn't intend. Or maybe even dead sailor mode. Or at least that's what I've noticed.

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    awesome!!!

    fwiw, my bikes tend to fly best when i'm not still on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMF View Post
    The flouro green is working for you. Great looking bike! What is it with you and white onza porcs, anyway?
    There are only so many bikes they work on, and this happens to be that bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by shawnw View Post
    Eric, the transformation of your C-26 is amazing. I really enjoyed watching it evolve through your pictures. Can't wait to see what's next.
    I got a few gems up my sleeve.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Nice rig, Rumpfmeister. Pretty decent chance that frame was made for a new Yeti team rider (and then '89 world champ) who went by the name of Don Myrah.
    I want to see some pics of it in the air.
    As for what makes a bike good in the air, I think it's a stiff one. A flexy bike that "winds up" a bit on a not-so-straight take off can put a rider into the air in a position he didn't intend. Or maybe even dead sailor mode. Or at least that's what I've noticed.
    As much as I would love for that to be true, I have a feeling this is not such a bike. Its certainly not a finished frame (no pulley wheel), and the bonding of the TT to the HT is poorly done. The original owner I bought it from said he received it as as a trade for (contractor?) services from a welder working at Yeti at the time. The story sounds like afterhours shinanigans to me. I guess there isn't any real way to confirm it I don't think.

    Maybe it is stiffness that makes for a good air time bike. I've always felt Yetis were comfortable in that regard. Maybe I'll bring it out to Sea Otter and we'll go jump it.
    Speaking of dead sailor...I got a little dead on my 575 the other week on Mailbox. Finally hit that gap jump half way down trail. Kicker almost put me over.
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    [QUOTE=Rumpfy;10289723] I got a few gems up my sleeve.

    Yes you do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Nice rig, Rumpfmeister.

    As for what makes a bike good in the air, I think it's a stiff one.
    First it was Rumpfy-Ameybrook "tip-to-tip"

    Now FB commenting on Rumpfy being stiff while getting air.

    I'm not wearing my vintage Lycra around you guys
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    Naked is even more likely to encourage them. I'd stick to the lycra.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Nice restoration Eric! Looking forward to see the next project!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    Naked is even more likely to encourage them. I'd stick to the lycra.
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana View Post
    Nice restoration Eric! Looking forward to see the next project!
    You're responsible for the next one!

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    New decals from JB? ^

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    Nope. Original decals, polished the frame.
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    That looks shiny! You found some forks too. Cool

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