This Months YOM is a very rare beast. Originally made in the Yeti factory in Durango, its one of only a handful of 24” wheel FRO’s. John Tomac who raced for YETI at the time had one (See Pic), and Robby Rupe who also raced for YETI, and worked their welding/assembling bikes, made this one. These bikes were very specialist, designed for racing Slalom which was a huge part of the sport at the time. Many of the features on the bike will not stand out to the casual observer, but on closer inspection.... The rear loop stays are different to production FRO’s, as well as being shorter, they are welded where the usual ones are one piece, also the steerer (BMX 1”) on the shorter Answer Accutrax is of a much thicker tubing. This bike is now owned by a guy who has taken a lot of time and care to restore it to its former glory having had its Desert Turquoise painted red at some stage of its life. The bars have been custom made the recreate the originals, the Frame is back in Desert Turq & the Forks and bars are in period Yeti Neon Yellow.
I don't know what it is about seeing an old school Yeti, but it sure does bring the feeling of home. I think it reminds me of the early race days of Yeti during the initial boom of mountainbiking in the 90's. Whatever it is, I'm glad there are kooky people like me who take the time to bring the glory back to these old bikes and keep history alive. If I met these people, I would buy them a beer. Cheers!