Yeti 303wc Carbon Prototype - Pietermaritzburg World Cup

Mar 13, 2012 at 23:04
Mar 13, 2012
by Mike Levy  
 
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The Pietermaritzburg World Cup round kicks off the season earlier than ever before, meaning that many teams are working hard to get their race bikes sorted and delivered to the South African venue in time. Yeti are one of a few teams who are debuting a new machine at the first stop of the season, although they seem to have gone about it in a much quieter manner than most of the competition - no press releases, no secretive videos or blanked out photos, and no build-up. Instead, just a few simple photos were posted to the Yeti Facebook page that showed team riders Jared Graves, Richie Rude, and Eliot Jackson, along with Yeti videographer John Reynolds, all looking pretty chuffed about the new carbon frame in front of them.

Jared Graves and his Yeti 303wc Carbon.

A very fit looking Jared Graves poses with his Pietermaritzburg World Cup race bike, Yeti's brand new 303wc Carbon.


The 303wc Carbon pictured in front of Graves is just one of two in existence at this point (with the other at Yeti's Colorado headquarters for internal testing), but that's not to say that there might not be others that employ different carbon layups, or even altered frame layouts, that have been built for testing purposes. "The 303wc Carbon frame has been in the works for about 15 months," Yeti's John Pentecost told Pinkbike, "but the basic frame layout and design started almost 3 years ago", meaning that Yeti has likely put a number of different variations though testing.
bigquotesIt's just a special race project for now - we want it to be tested pretty hard under World Cup conditions before we consider releasing it for sale. We do not have a release date in mind yet. - John Pentecost, Yeti Cycles

The big news here is, as the bike's name suggests, its carbon fiber front triangle. The carbon front end features very similar lines to the 'standard' 303wc that the team has been riding, and uses the exact same suspension mounting points and swingarm (not to say that we won't see a carbon swingarm in the future), meaning that the new bike features the same 8.25'' of rear wheel travel as it's aluminum brother. Hidden up against the seat tube is the bike's vertical rail that the swingarm mounted shuttle travels up and down on. While the upper link controls the bike's suspension rate, the vertical rail determines its wheel path. This means that the new 303wc Carbon makes use of the same wheel path as the aluminum version, although Yeti could certainly alter this by simply changing the angle of the rail.

Yeti 303wc Carbon.

The carbon frame utilizes a tapered head tube and threaded bottom bracket shell, as well as integrated fork bumpers.


We don't have an exact weight figure to compare to the 9.9lb frame weight of the aluminum version, but it's a safe bet to say that it is likely 1.5 - 2lbs lighter. "You're in the ballpark, but that's as much as I can say," was Pentecost's cagy reply when questioned about the weight savings, "As with all of our bikes, we'll build it as light as possible while still meeting our strength and durability requirements."

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThey may have not gone out of their way to attract attention to the new bike, but its arrival doesn't surprise us given the all-mountain SB-66's carbon frame that we showed you from Eurobike. Yeti is a very race oriented company, building bikes for racers from day one, and the 303wc Carbon is no different. Even though the aluminum framed 303wc is just now slated to begin shipping in about three weeks, World Cup team rider Jared Graves already has a carbon version. Word is that Graves has dropped an impressive 30lbs of body weight in his switch from 4X to focusing on top level downhill racing, and we're betting that he very much looking forward to using that fitness on the pedal-heavy Pietermaritzburg World Cup track aboard the new 303wc Carbon. - Mike Levy

Photos courtesy of Yeti Cycles
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140 Comments

  • + 142
 Oh god, it's sex on wheels.
  • + 27
 Well, time to save up in the piggy bank haha:P
  • - 92
flag treekilla (Mar 13, 2012 at 16:31) (Below Threshold)
 yeah good luck saving for one because they will never be available.
  • + 11
 They probably will, but not for a year or so Razz
  • + 4
 Never is quite a long time bud!
  • - 77
flag treekilla (Mar 13, 2012 at 16:39) (Below Threshold)
 right... just like how people said the remedy brandon semenuk is ridding will be out too. oh and sorry time police^
  • + 22
 its just a prototype. do people not understand this? its in the title damn it. this means they're testing it. if its shit it wont be sold. if its good it will maybe be sold.
  • + 11
 I don't see why they wouldn't release a carbon version to the public, they seem to have made carbon versions of other models, I don't see why this would be any exception!
  • - 57
flag treekilla (Mar 13, 2012 at 16:54) (Below Threshold)
 because the past 303wc frame that they have been racing on isnt in production, so i doubt this will be.
  • + 31
 @DHnewboy - the aluminum version starts shipping in a few weeks. I'd bet this one will make production down the road, just like the carbon SB-66.
  • + 3
 Okay then, perhaps they'll just make a carbon version of the regular 303 that you CAN buy. Rolleyes
  • + 3
 Thank you Mike! Exactly what I was trying to say!
  • + 5
 i think they shouldnt make this a production because this bike would cost alot .. not cause its carbon ect .. but beause every time you see it you'd spunk your pants, :/ you'd need 500 boxers a day .. possibly the nicest bike ever made
  • + 9
 I realy can see carbon frames replacing the current style within the next few years, realy does show how much mtb has progressed within the last decade, its unreal Big Grin
  • + 9
 I freakin' love this! Yeti's get my titties hard.
  • + 2
 @robc10 totally agree!! The proof is in that Santa Cruz video with the carbon vs. aluminum crush test. The future is looking bright.
  • + 2
 to me it looks like if a Santa Cruz V10 and a Black Market Kill Switch had sex this is what their babby would look like... BEAUTIFUL
  • + 1
 Cut down minions on the rear ha
  • + 4
 @rob, and what's funny is how supportive people are now, when like 8 months ago, everyone was swearing up and down you'd die if you rode a carbon bike.
  • - 2
 Negitive Prop-en @DHnewboy... Hes right...-ish...not really... forget him, this is about me Damit ! I can't of afford all these CARBON bikes, Particularly that 9.9, there breaking bank !
  • + 1
 Maybe you should try reading the article in its entirety. Production alloy frames, "slatted to ship in the next week"
  • - 3
 Ok dude just read that, but learn to spell before you try to act like a badass by proving a point
  • + 2
 No need to grammar nazi bro, he got his point across and it was legible so I don't see the problem, no need to get on his case.
  • + 0
 @ DHnewboy the 303wc is most definitely in production. I have one one they way now!
  • - 3
 holy shit bro, ive read that like 8 times. stop fucking telling me, i have eyes,
  • + 0
 @HAnewboy leave this convo before your owned out oh and all you have is internet balls
  • - 3
 i will only because people don't know how to spell or have grammar
  • + 3
 we said leave man ur anoying and we all say go away
  • + 1
 Or use grammar*
  • - 1
 ok well IF you get the frame within 5 months send me a picture then it will be settled
  • - 1
 looks like an intense 951 kinda
  • + 3
 im not being funny but so what if they dont just mass produce a frame that clearly hasnt been tested properly? its going to cost thousands of pounds, id like to buy somthing thats been tested and proved, i dont just want the first frame they make because is a few grams lighter. i say test things so we the end consumer dont end up flat on our arses with a hole in our wallets
  • + 2
 yeti has been testing this design for two years..
  • + 26
 It looks nice. Problem is that if I owned one, it would be like putting a 1.0l diesel in a Ferrari...
  • + 1
 Well put:P
  • + 14
 Jared Graves completely dominated 4X, now lets see if he can step it up to the big bikes, bigger jumps, bigger tracks, bigger everything! I wish the man good luck, we know hes got the balls and talent, its just using it in the downhill discipline!
  • + 12
 ...but smaller Jared. -30lbs? commitment
  • + 3
 he already did....hes a solid dh rider he did it all last season hes not that new to it anymore...
  • + 6
 Jared has had some solid results on the World Cup, including a 2nd place at Angel Fire a few seasons back. Can't wait to see him kill it.
  • + 3
 i can see a modified Minion-DHF there..... SOLID Big Grin ... Jared surely in top-10 at PMB, but wait! he's not in my Fantasy League!
  • + 2
 I have done that same thing to a minion for fast tracks and it rides amazing still because all of your corner traction is still there but rolls so fast.
  • + 6
 Graves is a hero. I've seen a few of his interviews and stufff, I think he's among the most interesting and intelligent of the WC level riders. Me, I haven't got time to listen to thickies even if they are world class. I want some banter and opinion in interviews and Graves usually gives some.
How many kg is 30 pounds? 11, 12, 13? That's a serious loss off beef. I hope it goes OK for him this year. I'm sure he'll be killing it when he hits his stride, but I can't see any wins on the horizon. He's been pretty off in the Aussie nationals so far this year hey.
Good luck son. Keep the good interviews coming.
  • + 2
 Look at his legs in the first photo but. From what it looks like he won't even feel that pedal at PMB.
  • + 6
 if sam hill had jared graves dedication he'd make aaron gwin look like wyn masters. graves rules.
  • + 1
 wyn is a classic man, very dedicated, hes looking good on the pivot too, good result in oceanias. id be stoked to be as fast as any wc qualifyers
  • + 2
 Jared actually started racing DH, not 4X. Here's his race history: www.cycling.org.au/?Page=8850

He's still built like a brick shithouse - I'd hate to have seen him with 30lbs more beef on him. No wonder he snapped everyone out of the gate. I know he spent a LOT of time in the squat rack when he was in gated racing.

If there is one course that favours Jared Graves, its PMB.
  • + 1
 Graves could shock everyone this season, this guy trains like a machine, and now focusing purely on DH he could potentially win a good few races.
  • + 9
 This is the sickest bike to ride with slippers!
  • + 5
 is that Jared from subway? i thought he lost more than 30lbs.. Wink
  • + 1
 Hope this one doesn't fail under normal race conditions like the old 2 rail bikes did. Nothing like buying a $3200 "world cup" race bike only to have it sent upon itself, only to have an engineer at yeti talk down to you and tell you it is not a design flaw.

Looks like a fun bike but after ^^^ that happened I sold the (3) yeti frames I bought new that year.
  • + 2
 this "direct drive" style pivot system is so so popular.seeing more and more bike manufacturers move in this direction.Looks like a solid bike though.cleancut and ready for anything...love it.
  • + 2
 My glory 01 2010 frame "s" with shock & rear mech hanger is only 3830g. Carbon is a future but I don't want to spend a fortune for 500g. Bike should be a reason for fun not for hard work after hours
  • + 2
 just wondering, why did most DH rig use carbon in the front triangle while the back still using aluminium? this is contrast to xc bike ie:yeti 575 that use alu in the front triangle and carbon in the back triangle??
  • + 1
 Having on mind every manufacturer's aluminium frame cost's less than it's carbon edition, imagine how much this frame is going to cost.... £6000? they are only going to ride it in Dubai .. haha
  • + 1
 Look on the Yeti website- complete aluminum build for $4,650. Frame is $2,600- I'm not sure where you got that price from.
  • + 1
 dude it was a guess Smile Lets wait and see
  • + 3
 One more reason why Graves is a great wild card for any fantasy downhill team!
  • + 2
 he's on mine Big Grin
  • + 1
 Mine too , you can't boubt his skills and he trains at Olympic standards , losing 30lbs.. I could of done with that 30lbs , transplant maybe ?
  • + 1
 whoa! Looks hotter than the servers at HOOTERS! haha - even if i sell all my bikes (plus my car), i still couldn't afford to get one yeti's carbon frames when it comes out! LOL
  • + 3
 Just needs a turquoise n yellow paintjob!
  • + 1
 ^^ Yes ^^
  • + 2
 "WTS: one wife, two children, two cars, and a house; all lightly used. Proceeds go to buying a bike. PST or call!"
  • + 3
 Are those flip-flop clipless?
  • + 1
 They are marketed as ' flip-less ' ...
  • + 3
 Jared's calf's look like tree trunks!
  • + 1
 Really nice to see Yeti go the Carbon DH route, as it seems to be working well for all others. Hope they (Yeti and Team) have a great year.
  • + 3
 if it did go F/S 12k is ridiculous, as is 11, 10, or even 7. get real.
  • + 2
 So Graves was winning WC 4x races with 30lbs of excess weight on him?

How fit must he be now?
  • + 3
 so clean.
  • + 2
 Love that bike! Yeti's are by far the best!
  • + 1
 Really, don't think it looks very nice. The aluminum version looks, so much better.
  • + 1
 Jesus 30 lbs?! Eek This season is going to be INSANE. Sunday come already!!!
  • + 1
 wowPimp Drool Drool Drool ,thats so beefy and just perfect looking ,whats the price tag on that baby?
  • + 1
 Is it just me or does anyone else prefer this more simple shock mount, compared to the older rail sliders ?
  • + 2
 More pictures, it's stunning!
  • + 2
 Holy EFFIN SHAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WAAAAAANT !!!
  • + 1
 ill trade all 4 of my bikes, camber 29, tr450, p2, ns majesty, and still not enough for a complete prolly
  • + 2
 The geometry looks like an Intense 951! But very nice Smile
  • + 2
 Most of us can only dream...
  • + 1
 Now let's see a carbon Yeti DJ!
  • + 1
 YES!
  • + 1
 终于出了个能看的DH
  • + 2
 solid 12000 dollars haha
  • + 8
 Now where did I put those money tree seeds at...
  • + 6
 its 12 grand? be right back, off to the street corner to sell my body :S
  • + 0
 Is that a lucrative business in the UK? lol And it doesn't say how much the bike is, or when it'll be released, if ever.
  • + 1
 yeah but its much easier (and my arse doesn't hurt) just to carry on as a working welder tho Big Grin
  • + 1
 let me go get a 10,000 loan theni can get this bike lol
  • + 1
 Ha. I stay at that guesthouse every time I'm in PMB.
  • + 1
 That bike looks damn good.... and the fox also makes it more sexy....
  • + 1
 If it's set up tubeless, I'm guessing 35.5lbs.
  • + 1
 Oh my Jesus Christ that's nice! :O
  • + 1
 the new standard for bikeing will be carbon soon
  • + 1
 had to google the word "chuffed"
  • + 0
 so graves is the only one who gets the carbon version? if i were his teammates i would be pretty pissed
  • + 1
 The same thing happened with Gwin and his carbon Session at the beginning I believe.
  • + 1
 Yup, but the others will be on them in the future as well. There just isn't enough to go around at this point.
  • + 1
 hmm didnt know that, i guess i can respect that.
  • + 1
 And they won't be pissed if something major goes wrong with the bike. I hope they sent him out a Alu version 'just in case'
  • + 1
 I'LL TRADE MY GIRLFRIEND FOR ONE ANY TAKERS? HAHA but seriously
  • + 8
 Well that depends....is she hot? Is she at least 18?
  • + 1
 I'm liking the cutdown minions they're going for.
  • + 1
 I have started saving now.
  • + 1
 sexiest carbon dh rig on the circut.
  • + 1
 dam so sexy i wana know the weight!!
  • + 1
 It's 2lbs lighter!
  • + 0
 and thats just with the front triangle in carbon, once they do the swingarm (if they do) i suspect it would shed another 1.5lbs
  • + 1
 SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just jizzed in my pants...
  • + 1
 Wow I can't wait!! ( li haven't even got my aluminum one yet..)
  • + 1
 shuuuuuuuttt...there go my savings, I see it coming Frown
  • + 2
 Oh god my pants....
  • + 1
 beautiful and powerful.................and GALACTIC..................
  • + 1
 damn thats nice
  • + 1
 *DRIBBLE*
  • + 1
 .nice.
  • + 1
 that is so sick :0
  • + 1
 So sick!!
  • - 1
 graves dropped 30lbs?!? i think that might be an exaggeration. nice looking bike.
  • + 3
 I heard it was 70lbs.
  • + 1
 did he cut off his legs?
  • + 1
 Wow I want one!
  • + 1
 porn
  • + 1
 Those lines Drool
  • + 1
 cut knobbies Smile
  • + 1
 awesome frame!!
  • + 0
 would rather wait for the undead...
  • + 1
 What's the price on it
  • + 1
 Damn that's hott
  • + 1
 I want his shirt..
  • + 1
 B E U Tifal!
  • + 3
 learn to spell. I can recommend a good Jim Carrey film that would help.
  • + 1
 I just watched Bruce almighty please forgive me!
  • + 1
 and yet you still got it wrong! Wink I do agree with you though. That thing is B E A Utiful!
  • + 0
 Dat kashima coating
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