Yeti turns 35 this year and (of course) there’s an anniversary bike from the storied mountain bike company. And it’s none other than the ARC, the dream hardtail of the 90s. The then Easton-tubed hot rod is now carbon with updated geometry more suited for all day shredding than pure speed. It now comes with 29in hoops instead of the good ‘ol 26in.
Besides a coat of classy throwback yellow and turquoise paint, Yeti went lengths to make it one of a kind such as custom painted Fox 34, SRAM XX1 Eagle group with custom anodized chainring, crank extracting bolt, inner rear derailleur cage, derailleur bolt, as well as painted brake caliper and adapter.
There are also a turquoise Chris King headset and etched hubs laced to match-themed rims. The rest of the cockpit is also similarly tuned with turquoise Race Face Turbine R stem, ODI grips, WTB Silverado, and a carbon handlebar down to its Fox dropper lever.
Basically turquoise everything. Each of the Anniversary models are priced at $9,900 starting today. Act fast, Yeti only made 100 of them.
Santa Cruz’s Chameleon has been a fun, versatile hardtail within the firm’s lineup for as long as I can remember. While multiple iterations have been made to the frame over the years, Santa Cruz is (finally) giving the Chameleon a full blown makeover.
Yes, the Chameleon has gone carbon. It’s compatible with 29″ and 27.5+ hoops with clearance up to 3.0″ in 27.5+ or 2.5 in 29er, a swappable dedicated dropout for single speeders, a threaded bottom bracket, internally-routed cables and dual bottle cage mounts, with one being a heavy duty triple bolt mount on the downtube.
The carbon Chameleon is available now starting at $1,599 frame only plus four build kits in both wheel sizes ranging from $3,799 to $5,699. The higher-end SE build will be kitted out with matching Hope hubs and headsets as well. Furthermore, the pre-existing aluminum Chameleon will continue to stay in the lineup for the time being.
But enough about the bike. I absolute LOVE the accompanying launch video. It doesn’t feature Christopher Walkens, or crazy ride footage from Whistler, but it’s got the whole office involved. Can I just work there now?