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BOTM: YETI INSPIRED UP - part 1

Andy Kessler - 04-Dec-2017
Our last limited edition was a in cooperation with ASSOS and was based on the U.P.P.E.R. Now its time for another one based on the NEW U.P.

I have crossed paths a couple of times with YETI Cycles owner Chris Conroy. We both worked at Scott a while ago (ok almost 25 years...). Back then Scott was the owner of the Yeti- and Schwinn brand.  YETI was just the coolest brand out there with a couple of legendary riders and great bikes.

I will never forget the car ride I had with the crazy YETI founder John Parker to the downhill race in Kaprun. He was collecting pictures from every speed camera that we passed. The car that we had was a Scott company car and there were some people "not amused" when they got all the bills from the police a couple of weeks later. 

Yeti passed trough a couple of hands and brand and product suffered. In 2001 Chris and Steve purchased the brand and repositioned it. Yeti had a very strong comeback and is now again one of the leading brands when it comes to anything with suspension. We share the same design philosophy: building bikes we want to ride.

Here comes the intro video to this  BOTM. As mentioned in the video we have produced only 50 framesets. I am pretty sure they will all be gone very fast. So unless we can convince YETI to make another 50 then you better be quick... A bit more info you can find in the "store".






 

 

Comments & Questions

OPEN
Andy, now that you brought up this painful issue again I personally feel it's time to OPEN up on the abandoned project. Back in the official statement it seemed quite vague why you guys eventually quit this project.

But then again...if you do not unveil the fog of mystery, I assume that one happy day, we'll see a full-suspension from OPEN :-) *HoldingMyBreath* and riding another "Swiss-made" fully in the meantime.

Hopes are high though!
Post #1 of 16. Posted by Felix on 04-Dec-2017 07:03:36 GMT in reply to blog [0<--8283]
OPEN
I concur! :-). But I still love OPEN simplicity
Post #2 of 16. Posted by Matt on 04-Dec-2017 07:31:55 GMT in reply to post #1 [8283<--8284]
OPEN
I think Andy is pretty happy riding his Yeti!
Post #3 of 16. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 04-Dec-2017 09:34:30 GMT in reply to post #1 [8283<--8285]
OPEN
...which is good for him - but bad for us, as you guys claim to build only bikes that you would need / ride yourself. And if the Yeti is it...then there's no need for an OPEN.
Well...as I said: I guess I can wait - and eventually my bank-account is grateful ;-)

In the meantime I will enjoy my UPPER!
Post #4 of 16. Posted by Felix on 04-Dec-2017 09:56:10 GMT in reply to post #3 [8285<--8287]
OPEN
Hi Felix, in fact I really like my Yeti and of course maybe one day il will be on a OPEN but the fog right now is gone and its pretty clear that this will not happen soon ....
Post #11 of 16. Posted by Andy Kessler on 11-Dec-2017 05:03:15 GMT in reply to post #4 [8287<--8304]
OPEN
Now Yeti no longer make the ASRc, we need a XCO full suspension frame! no weird liteville designs please though!
Post #5 of 16. Posted by Robert on 04-Dec-2017 10:28:39 GMT in reply to blog [0<--8288]
OPEN
Yeti hasn't abandoned XCO yet... ;)
Post #7 of 16. Posted by Jonathan Lee on 04-Dec-2017 16:49:18 GMT in reply to post #5 [8288<--8290]
OPEN
I hope so, loved my yeti asrc 650b, felt like a change to try a 29er, now regret.
Post #8 of 16. Posted by Robert on 04-Dec-2017 17:40:30 GMT in reply to post #7 [8290<--8292]
OPEN
Wasn't excited about blue/green color scheme of the new UP.
But this color, wow! It's really nice.
Just ordered a size M frame.
Post #6 of 16. Posted by alberto on 04-Dec-2017 12:11:05 GMT in reply to blog [0<--8289]
OPEN
Hi Alberto, thanks a lot for ordering that frame and sharing your passion with us...happy trails
Post #10 of 16. Posted by Andy Kessler on 11-Dec-2017 05:00:47 GMT in reply to post #6 [8289<--8303]
OPEN
This is right up my street. Right bike, wrong time. End of 2018 this is top of my list, but sadly the Yeti colourway will be long gone. Ah well...
Post #9 of 16. Posted by JohnC on 07-Dec-2017 07:22:35 GMT in reply to blog [0<--8294]
OPEN
Hi John, I am sure by then we have some other crazy story that you will like...
Post #12 of 16. Posted by Andy Kessler on 11-Dec-2017 05:04:04 GMT in reply to post #9 [8294<--8305]
OPEN
I’m thinking if pulling the trigger on one of these UP’s. Are these run of 50 frames being produced by Yeti, or just painted by Yeti?
Post #13 of 16. Posted by Dar on 11-Dec-2017 06:06:18 GMT in reply to post #12 [8305<--8306]
OPEN
Hi Dar, the frame is produced and painted by us. We had the idea to do that YETI inspired edition a while ago when I was having a chat with one of the YETI owners and we thought its a gerat way to show that we share same values and ideas
Post #15 of 16. Posted by Andy Kessler on 11-Dec-2017 06:41:37 GMT in reply to post #13 [8306<--8310]
OPEN
I sure hope so! First I must load up my bank account.
Post #16 of 16. Posted by JohnC on 12-Dec-2017 06:43:23 GMT in reply to post #12 [8305<--8314]
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