New Yeti 29er

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From what we’re hearing from the US bike trade, it seems that 29ers are now making up a fair amount of the high end hardtail market, at least in the Eastern and Central bits. The west coast seems undecided at the moment. It’s not surprising then, that Yeti has decided to enter the fray.

We caught a glimpse of this bike in a stand at the Fox launch. No doubt it’ll be introduced to us today in the pits, but here’s an early sneak preview.

Called the Big Top, perhaps a reference to clown bikes, perhaps not, it’s a Yeti hardtail like we’ve never seen before. Big, tapered headtube, big main triangle and a carbon fibre back end.

And it’s not just a regular, Taiwanese, glue-in back end that replaces the seatstays. It’s a whole Yeti-shaped rear triangle, complete with curving dropouts.

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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (12)

    Nice. Looks fast 🙂

    Notice the direct mount front mech, with full length housing.

    and ‘only’ fitted with SLX – lordy, you’d not dare that over here – STW Bling Police would be all over you 🙂

    looks like you would be abe to swop out the dropouts to so gears/singlespeed, bolt thru/qr. should be a versatile beast. i think i want one:)

    brace on the rear stay looks ugly!

    2nd the modular dropouts…..Stu,you out there mate?One in large please mon.

    How short is that headtube…

    22incher here, please. That’d be my perfect race bike if I had a few grand more than I do.

    Why do those [pictures make me want a hardtail so much, I’ve never really been interested in a 29er and am happy with full sus, but that makes me want to make a change!

    grass always greener etc…..

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