The Yeti, a titanium version of the companys vaunted ARC


Price: $3,500 as tested ($1,500 frame only)
Weight: 23.5 lbs.
Frame material: 3/2.5 titanium
Sizes available: 14, 16, 17.5 (tested), 19, 20 in.
Fork/travel: Rock Shox SID SL/3 in.
Cockpit: Titec Flattracker handlebar, Titec Fat Al stem, Cane Creek SL5
headset, Titec seatpost, Titec Berserkr KTi saddle
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR crankset, cassette, shifters, brakes and derailleurs
Wheels: Mavic Crossmax
Tires: Michelin Comp S 2.1


The Yeti is, in essence, a titanium version of the companys vaunted ARC. The familiar-looking frame is constructed of seamless , straight-gauge 3/2.5 Ancotech tubing. It stays true to its ARC roots by offering the signature computer bent, one-piece chain/seatstays found on virtually every hardtail Yeti has ever made. The one-piece construction means that the seat- and chainstays are made from a single, continuous tube. The wide-radius loop tail gets a 6/4 titanium dropout welded to it. However, the bent stays provide more than a brand signature. Vertical compliance is a noticeable attribute of this design. One long-standing Yeti characteristic missing from the Ti ARC is an ovalized top tube; in its place is a standard round tube.


The three inches of air-sprung travel from the SID SL provide an un-air like ride. With the negative air spring, initial movement is on par with coil-sprung models. The extra travel is a welcome feature as trails become faster and more extreme.


Just as the construction of Yetis Ti ARC differs from other makers Ti bikes, its ride is also significantly different. The Yeti ride can be characterized as high-performance with compliance. It feels extremely comfortable hammering out the toughest climb, no doubt aided by its light weight. When the trail heads downhill, the bike delivers confidence-inspiring stability through the rough. The tail end of the Yeti yields additional in-the-saddle comfort when motoring over irregularities on the flats. This can be traced to the bent stays, a feature that absorbs shock by design.


If you have a shred of practicality that doesnt require you to show up at the trailhead with a boutique bike, yet you still yearn for a quality-made Ti hardtail with racing in its veins, step up to the plate and order yourself a new Yeti Ti ARC.

-Chris Burgeson

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