Yeti celebrates its ARC hardtail heritage

Yeti highlights its hardtail history
Yeti's new 35th edition pays homage to the 1991 ARC (Image credit: Yeti)

Yeti is celebrating a very special birthday in the best way possible, with a new limited edition hardtail.

The Coloradan brand, known for its bright colourways and unique Switch Infinity rear suspension system, is celebrating 35-years of its ARC.

Paying homage to the original 1991 ARC hardtail is a new 2021 model year carbon 29er version, which Yeti will only produce 100 examples of.

The ARC 35th edition features a dream build kit, the like of which one would expect from a boutique brand of Yeti’s standing. Typically bold turquoise and yellow design details abound, with a variety of component surfaces finished in the 'turq' colourway which has become a signature of Yeti’s mountain bikes over the years.

SRAM supplies an AXS Eagle XX1 drivetrain, which details some turquoise derailleur cage colouring and a matching hue chainring. The ARC 35’s SRAM Level Ultimate brake callipers and adaptors are also finished in turquoise.

Even the calipers and dropper lever feature matching colourways

Even the calipers and dropper lever feature matching colourways (Image credit: Yeti)

Up front, there is a Fox 130mm Factory specification 34-series fork, featuring a yellow crown and turquoise lowers, extending this new Yeti’s colourway theme from the head tube to front wheel. Even the 175mm stroke Fox Transfer dropper seatpost remote is repainted blue-green.

Beyond its premium build kit and on-brand graphic design, the ARC 35th edition is an entirely credible trail and XC racing hardtail in its own right.

All four frame sizes (S-XL) feature the same 67-degree head angle, balanced by a 76-degree seat angle, to ensure that whether you are cranking up a brutal climb, or descending off the other side, the ARC feels confidently balanced. The ARC 35 also has a roomy, if not quite extreme, 465mm of reach, in a size L.

Rolling the limited edition hardtail along are tyres prioritised for descending technical terrain, with a Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5in at the front, trailed by an Aggressor 2.3in at the rear. Both these Maxxis tyres have an EXO casing and are mounted Yeti’s carbon rims, spinning on Chris King hubs.

Priced to reflect its build kit and limited edition billing, the ARC 35 will retail for $9900 (£8999), if you are one of the lucky 100 riders, to secure one for ownership.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.