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    Where can I get a Yeti ARC frame?

    If they aren't making the Yeti ARC any more and all of the online dealers are sold out, how can I get one? I can't even find I one on Ebay or Pinkbike. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Are HT 26" XC bikes extinct? Santa Cruz does still make the Chameleon, but it looks heavy and with a dirt jumper head tube angle.

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    where are you?

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    U.S. ---> Washington State

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    ah... plenty over here in the UK, but they can't ship (as in legally not allowed to) to the US... soz

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    Call University Cyclery in Austin 512-474-6696, ask for Mark and see if they may have anything.

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    I've been looking for one in size Small for months with no luck.

    I've tried every online dealer in the US.
    I've searched eBay with no luck.
    I've searched Craigslist nationwide. I found an XS, listed incorrectly as a small, but that's too small for me.
    I've tried LBS across the country (from Yeti's site) with no luck.
    I've called Yeti directly.
    I've had my LBS call Yeti with no luck. They even looked for scratch-and-dents.
    I've contacted UK dealers, which actually have them, apparently, but they can't ship to the US.

    I'm now looking at flights to Heathrow so I can get one myself!

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    Crazy that people are clamoring for the ARC now - we sat on piles of these things for the last couple of years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John P. View Post
    Crazy that people are clamoring for the ARC now - we sat on piles of these things for the last couple of years!

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    Oh man! I love mine so much I was thinking of buying a spare frame just to have. Suppose I should have pulled the trigger on that idea sooner.

    I remember the first time I laid eyes on an ARC though...what a bike. Glad I've got one now!

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    There probably aren't many of us "clamoring". But the guys who are, likely have been riding/racing for 25+ years on the light, efficient and durable 26" hardtail and they probably have a deep respect for Yeti.

    Itís crazy that the two Yetiís that I was considering for next year were discontinued (ARC and ASR-5 alloy). I started riding in 1988, have raced for well over 20 years and this was the year that I planned on buying my first dual suspension XC or trail bike. After my dealer told me that the ASR-5 Alloy was discontinued for 2013, I went out and bought a Santa Cruz. They donít quite have the legacy that Yeti has, but they are building simple, durable, maintenance friendly FS bikes with a good warranty. So thatís the direction that I went.

    I still canít get the name Yeti out of my head, but nothing in their current line-up is really inspiring right now (for me). Iím sure there are plenty of guys that want SB-95ís and those bikes are keeping Yeti in business, which is a great thing, but I spend over 10+ hrs per week riding my mountain bike (on trails) and most of that will be on a 3 X 9 spd, 26Ē hardtail because itís too expensive to maintain anything else. Cheap tires, cheap drive train and simplicity.

    When I find a small ARC on EBay, I will swap out my current frame and ride it until it dies. After that I may be forced to hire FTW to build me something similar.

    Iím not that old, but re-reading this, I sound like a grumpy old man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LATAH_M.E. View Post
    . After that I may be forced to hire FTW to build me something similar.
    Not a bad plan- Frank is doing some really cool stuff....
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    Can't believe that the ARC is no longer available. I just cracked mine and now I'm pissed. What do I get to replace it? I guess I could try to get someone to re-weld it at some point but I need a unique 26er to ride around.

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    Seriously, no ARC anymore? Thats rediculous! It's the bike that defines Yeti. I can understand if they moved production back to the US and only did very small runs of them, but to delete it completely, that just wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Seriously, no ARC anymore? Thats rediculous! It's the bike that defines Yeti. I can understand if they moved production back to the US and only did very small runs of them, but to delete it completely, that just wrong.
    Thanks for the post. A few notes:
    1. There is no 'e' in the word 'ridiculous'
    2. I agree with your logic to an extent, but I think you'd also agree with me that things need to evolve (i.e., Ford isn't still producing the Model T, even though that car defined their brand).
    3. Considering how much the ARC has already evolved over the years, wouldn't it be cool if it evolved once again into something even cooler and more modern? Stay tuned . . .

    Sorry . . . in a bit of a punchy mood this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John P. View Post
    3. Considering how much the ARC has already evolved over the years, wouldn't it be cool if it evolved once again into something even cooler and more modern like a 650b hardtail ARC? Stay tuned . . .
    Fixed that for ya...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John P. View Post
    Considering how much the ARC has already evolved over the years
    I'm a huge supporter of Yeti and I think we all appreciate your time in engaging us on this board. I have a huge soft spot for the ARC and it's 21 year run. I own four vintage ones. I can't think of any other model that has lasted as long. And I agree, it was time to move on.

    But I think it's a stretch to say the ARC evolved much. You could make a weak argument that adding a replaceable hanger, moving from 1.25" to 1.125" headtubes and adjusting the geo for suspension is evolution I suppose. But I look at a 1991 ARC vs a 2012 ARC and the only major difference I see is disc tabs in place of canti bosses. Still a badass 3.5-ish lb 26" alloy hardtail from creation to death. RIP.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    I'm a huge supporter of Yeti and I think we all appreciate your time in engaging us on this board. I have a huge soft spot for the ARC and it's 21 year run. I own four vintage ones. I can't think of any other model that has lasted as long. And I agree, it was time to move on.

    But I think it's a stretch to say the ARC evolved much. You could make a weak argument that
    1. adding a replaceable hanger,
    2. moving from 1.25" to 1.125" headtubes and
    3. adjusting the geo for suspension is evolution I suppose.

    But I look at a 1991 ARC vs a 2012 ARC and the only major difference I see is
    4. disc tabs in place of canti bosses.

    Still a badass 3.5-ish lb 26" alloy hardtail from creation to death. RIP.
    5. Completely different tube set
    6. Different seat post/collar size
    7. Different graphics/paint

    Am I missing anything else?
    Those seem like pretty big evolutionary changes to me!

    Thanks for the nice words about the ARC. I'm sad to see it go too, but I guess every dog has its day.

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    there's an e in it if I say there is damn it *runs off and edits Wikipedia
    It's not like Ford and the model T, you guys haven't made a steel frame in yonks. Its more like Ferrari not making V12's.

    I understand it has to evolve, mine has the scandium tube(s) and would be a fair bit different to the original, geometry wise etc. It would be nice if some of the companies out there, especially the ones that have been around for a long time would say, yeah we realise that there are people who don't need a carbon cookie cutter frame or big wheels.
    Sorry it's just the whistfullness in me coming out, I realise that you need to make money and not prolong the non-viable stuff just for me and the 3 other people in the world who want it.
    Would be nice though, if you guys do come out with a carbon (be it big wheel or not) to resurrect another old name instead, like FRO or Ultimate.
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    While were talking the ARC model, I'm disappointed I can't by a new ARC-X. I guess ARC fans are a minority and destined for the dust bowl of history...

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    Maybe the bike companies will take a page from the skate industry and produce some limited run re-issues of the classic designs.

    I totally understand Yeti's position on this. It was just unfortunate timing as my daughter was moving from her 24" bike and I was going to pick her up a small ARC. As she grew, I was going to swap out the 26" wheels for 650b (which I had heard some folks were successful in doing.)

    Last note, I really really hope you are hinting at a full carbon Big Top.

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    I love my ARC, and will never get rid of it, so in that sense sad to see the model go. But honestly, I only race 3-4 times a year and don't ride mine that much anymore, and it's one of those bikes I can only see owning if you have a handful of others to compliment it - it's so purpose-built, I can't see it as anyone's "only bike"
    In other words, sad to see the end of an era, but I understand the reasoning.

    If you guys offered it in some variant of the anniversary colors (turquoise/yellow), I probably would have bought another, just because, but as it was... That turquoise and white made me throw up a little bit in my mouth every time I saw it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    But honestly, I only race 3-4 times a year and don't ride mine that much anymore, and it's one of those bikes I can only see owning if you have a handful of others to compliment it - it's so purpose-built, I can't see it as anyone's "only bike"
    That's well said.

    Let me ask you this: Is the ARC so "race specific" that it's not a good all-around one-bike solution or are hardtails in general not good one-bike solution.

    Is the Big Top a one-bike solution?

    Would a 650b ARC (which I'm expecting this year!) be a one-bike solution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John P. View Post
    Thanks for the post. A few notes:
    3. Considering how much the ARC has already evolved over the years, wouldn't it be cool if it evolved once again into something even cooler and more modern? Stay tuned . . .
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    Now you've got my attention and please introduce something at sea otter, preferably with the big boots on

    Now back to fixing up the ARC for a snow ride here in Munich...

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    If there is none left in the US and the UK arn't allowed to sell them then you could always try pureyeti ( ARC ) see if they have any, the cost to get one may be prohibitive though and they may not have any.
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    If you guys in the US are willing to pay the exchange rate (£1 = $1.60) plus freight ($150+) to get an ARC shipped back over here from our UK distributor, drop me an email and I'll help you make it happen.

    ...But at the risk of sounding like an a-hole, please only do so if you're actually willing to go through with it. We've all got busy schedules, and unfortunately, I'm too under water with other projects to spend time on this unless you're serious about making the purchase. My email address is in my signature below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John P. View Post
    If you guys in the US are willing to pay the exchange rate (£1 = $1.60) plus freight ($150+) to get an ARC shipped back over here from our UK distributor, drop me an email and I'll help you make it happen.

    ...But at the risk of sounding like an a-hole, please only do so if you're actually willing to go through with it. We've all got busy schedules, and unfortunately, I'm too under water with other projects to spend time on this unless you're serious about making the purchase. My email address is in my signature below.

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    That's a great offer John! Can you let us know what the total cost would be? I'm not sure what the frame costs in pounds.

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    JohnP - Check your e-mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    That's a great offer John! Can you let us know what the total cost would be? I'm not sure what the frame costs in pounds.
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    About $1150 + freight/duty/brokerage (Minimum of another $150-200).
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    And they say opportunity doesn't knock twice ......yes it does it's just more costly the second time around....will kick myself for not pulling the trigger on one a few years back.

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    Now thats good customer service, nice work John P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    That's well said.

    Let me ask you this: Is the ARC so "race specific" that it's not a good all-around one-bike solution
    In a word, yes. It's steep, it fits smaller than other Yetis I've ridden (meaning the largest size is a little small for me), and it's brutally stiff - not built for comfort in any way shape or form, the way a race bike should be.

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    or are hardtails in general not good one-bike solution.
    I don't think that's true. If you enjoy riding a hardtail... I find my squishers more fun to ride most of the time, which is why they are the bikes I reach for.

    But you know, there was a time when 26" hardtail race bikes where pretty much all there was in the world of high end bikes, and they were fun to ride.

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Is the Big Top a one-bike solution?
    Haven't ridden one, but it looks more like it to me. Again, if a 29er hardtail is what you find fun to ride.


    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Would a 650b ARC (which I'm expecting this year!) be a one-bike solution?
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    Can't speculate too much on how a make-believe bike will ride, but if they just put ever-so-slightly bigger wheels on the ARC, it won't ride much different, IMO. The couple 650 bikes I've ridden, I couldn't tell the difference between them and similar bikes with 26" wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post

    But you know, there was a time when 26" hardtail race bikes where pretty much all there was in the world of high end bikes, and they were fun to ride.

    I hear ya. I started mountain biking in 1988 and rode my first full-suspension bike last weekend. So I've been a exclusive HT rider for 25 years.

    But 4 hours after climbing aboard an ASR-5C, I bought a frame.

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    It's interesting, as my bike is a bit older, and can't say for the last few years, but I wouldn't have thought they were that much different (but could be completely wrong). But I found my bike to be on the large size, it definitely feels(felt) bigger than my other medium sized, or 18 inch bikes.
    It also isn;t harsh at all, I went from a steel frame the the yeti, and found it less stiff (vertically) even to the point when I had a flat so I just wheel out the old bike for a ride and was shocked at how much more of a pounding the steel frame gave me over the ARC... I was under the impression that the loops stay rear was supposed to be more compliant, and found it that way. But things may have changed.

    It was also my do it all bike from 04 till 09 when I turned it into a full rigid for commute detail.
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    First post on the forum, so a quick hello to start with! I'm lucky enough to live in the UK, where ARC frames are still available online. Sad to see they have been discontinued.

    I am confused with what size frame to purchase, and thought this thread may be a good place to ask. Medium states it is for heights of 5'7"-6'0", whilst the large is for 6'0"-6'5". I am 6'1" so the size guidelines suggest that I should get a large frame. Would you guys agree with that?

    I would go test ride one if I had the chance, however there are no local dealers as far as I know.

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    I'm 5 10 and I made my small work just fine. I would compare it to whatever you ride on now, such as tt length etc...

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    Second Ave. Sports in Durango has a smallish ARC for sale.


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    +1 on 2nd Ave - Gary is awesome to work with, and they take good care when boxing up the frame or bike.

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    I saw an ARC at Bikesource in Littleton, CO last week.

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    Wow....I feel lucky that I decided not to sell my ARC last year. Now I'm going to frame it and have it be the centerpiece of my garage/workshop area. I actually thought about a cool evolution of the ARC some time earlier this year, it was a 650b Carbon Hardtail designed around a 4 inch fork with 12x142 rear and a tapered headtube and looptail stays and it would be called the CRC (Carbon Racing Composite)...I guess I like to daydream.
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    Just saw this if anyone is interested: XS Yeti Arc Frame
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    Boom. Holy sh!tballs! This thing looks bada$$!!
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    Still there as of last night - and discounted too! I think it was a large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coachk13 View Post
    Boom. Holy sh!tballs! This thing looks bada$$!!
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    yup it sure does look badass except for that 2k price for frame only :O I like my ole ARC !

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    Yippee !! 2012 ARC frame coming my way ! Time to start my parts wish list

    Perfect timing, FedEx showed up right after I got back from my morning ride !Where can I get a Yeti ARC frame?-image.jpg
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