It’s a tragedy when classic bikes are lost to cobweb-lined sheds and junk-filled garages, so it’s lucky there’s a committed community of retro-fettlers out there. Particularly so when the bike in question is a Yeti ARC AS/Lt. Leaving this to rust would have been abominable!
This ultra-rare super bike is owned by Nick Jones, who’s a personal friend of component pioneer Geoff Ringlé. He rebuilt frame #003 with a load of period parts and a healthy dose of ano purple as a tribute to the man himself.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the build is the front end, which features a Penske (the famous IndyCar team) upside-down fork and a carbon fibre rotored Grafton cable disc brake. This bike was truly at the cutting edge of mid-’90s downhill racing technology.
More pics in the gallery at right.