Last week it was an idler-equipped downhill bike, and this week a carbon dirt jumper is the latest addition to Yeti's Special Projects
portfolio. Reed Boggs has been logging the air miles aboard the new frame at the renowned Gorge Road dirt jumps in Queenstown, New Zealand. Details are still limited, although it's clear that it's carbon, and looks to have a cleverly integrated chain tensioner system at the seatstay / chainstay junction.
There's no guarantee that the bike will ever make it into production, even if the frame is carbon - Yeti has the capability to make limited runs of frames to satisfy an athlete's needs, or to experiment with new technologies. That said, it'd be great to see Yeti release this and the DH bike for public consumption in the future - it's been way too long since either option was in their lineup.
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Gap — dirt jumper bike.
Crown — championship-winning enduro bike.
Incisor — razor-sharp handling slalom bike.
Nitrous Oxide — an XC race bike so fast you’ll swear it’s nitro boosted.
Carie — cyclocross bike.
Cementum — road bike.
Wisdom — full suspension e-bike for retired dentists.
Bridge & Canal — commuter bike.
Yet-Enamel — show-quality paint option.
Impacted — new lightweight carbon fiber full face helmet.
Retainer — $300 monthly retainer fee for Yeti-factory-certified expert consultation on your upcoming Yeti purchases.
Flossin — $500 factory-certified door-to-door concierge bike cleaning service.
A.R.C. — Adhesive Resin Composite: new nano-particle-modified, crack-resistant, composite bonding adhesive resin.
Perfect Molar — Yeti’s stringent quality control process for optimized molar ratios of structural epoxy resin used in our carbon fiber composites.
Roots — wet condition MTB tire.
Gum — proprietary tire rubber compound.
Bite — pump track / dirt jumper tire.
Salty - budget bike for kids who didn't do too well at school
When you think about it, all DJ bikes are dentist-approved on some level.
Looks like a Dick Pound to me.
Both him and Drew were expected to wipe the table with the whole slopestyle field but it didn't happen.
Different sports, but both sick.
It's weird because the best BMX trails are something special, steep beautiful flowy jumps.
Yet BMX dirt comps are always just an 8 pack of big jumps in a field.
Slopestyle is a middle ground with cool courses and decent bangers.
Nyquists runs were definitely cool and good and I loved seeing him on the podium that one time, but he repeats a lot of tricks, and I don't think he has the depth of tricks that the slopestyle guys have. He has heaps of experience, where taking his solid tricks on a BMX over to a MTB wouldn't be that much of a leap, and he stuck to those consistent tricks to get the 3rd place. I was surprised he got 3rd that time to be honest. Yes, 720 barspins are sick, but all his tricks are generally 360 combos with a Sui, X-up or a barspin. I don't see him doing double flips, cork 7s, any tailwhip combos etc. He did well enough on the doubles in slopestyle, but the top slopestyle guys generally push the envelope on features that AREN'T perfectly groomed trick jumps or they go so much harder on the doubles than the "regular" guys (Semenuk when he first cork 7ed the step down, Rheeder Flat drop flipwhipping, Rogatkin with his ridiculous spins, and Emil with his combo wizard and precision). Nyquist was never about to push slopestyle forward, but rather play it safe for a pretty decent result.
As @hgardner said, they are different sports at the end of the day, despite their similarities on paper, and it's proven that top BMXers so far cannot touch top slopestyle athletes and vice versa.
All the usual arguments for carbon don't seem to obviously apply here, like I said. It's not like DJ frames aren't strong enough or stiff enough as far as I can tell, and no one cares about weight (except maybe pros). And the locals I know who ride DJ really aren't interested in throwing down big cash on a DJ frame just to do it.
Then they abandoned metal so I lost my interest on them.
2. Branding (the cyan blue color is recognizable)
3. The bikes are designed to be very light, and pedal efficiently by having lots of anti squat which makes them very firm. When people demo them or ride their friends, they basically get an experience of a very fast bike. Since most people do very average trail riding, its a very good bike for that.
Now, with the modern popularity of Yeti (and other big brands with carbon bikes like Santa Cruz), a lot of people buy Yeti specifically to resell them a few years later because they hold their value, since there is allways a sucker in line that thinks buying a carbon bike from the "best" brand is going to make their riding better.
The younger guys I know that have them do it to flex on us with Stumpys and Treks. I’ve ridden them, they’re nice for sure, but I didn’t get blown away by them either. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want an ARC though…
Even if they do it frame only.... how much more is it really gonna be?
The Ticket is $1000. The Jackal is $1100.
And those are aluminum frames.
Anyone on here still messing with hydro gyros
I absolutely love mine, but it's way better as a BMX/Pumptrack bike than a Dedicated DJ bike..
FR560 26in seem to be unicorns.