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Bike vs. Bike - 1992 Yeti ARC vs. 2015 Yeti SB6c

Heritage or modern-day technology? How do you choose? Considering both of these Yeti machines are top-notch machines of their day, there really can't be a loser, right? The 110mm stem on the '92 ARC may be a deal-breaker for us though (wink).

The Yeti ARC belonging to Jeff Stanton (yes, that Jeff Stanton) is nearly identical to what would have been ridden by Yeti's DH team in 1992-93 or by anyone who wanted a dual-suspension mountain bike. There was no major difference between XC, trail, enduro or DH at the time. This particular bike has a RockShox Judy SL rather than the slightly longer-travel Judy DH (approximately 2 inches vs 3 inches). The tires shown would not have been used at the time, with Yeti FRO 2.0 treads probably being run in their place.  Otherwise this bike, as-is, represents what would have been an equivalent factory-level 'enduro' race bike in the early 1990s.

Richie Rude's SB6 has been left exactly as he raced it in Finale Ligure to clinch the EWS title in 2015.  Though some sponsors have changed and select parts have seen model-year updates, the frame and the majority of the components are identical to what he is currently racing on.

- By Lee Trumpore

  1992 ARC Dual Suspension Richie Rude's EWS Title-winning SB6c
Frame material Easton Aluminum Carbon
Front suspension RockShox Judy SL. 50mm microcellular foam spring, simple rebound adjustable thru-shaft damper cartridge FOX 36, 170mm adjustable-volume air spring, adjustable hi/low compression and rebound damper cartridge
Rear suspension Risse air shock with no external adjustments. 40mm travel FOX Float X 150mm travel
Seat tube length 20 inches 18 inches
Effective top-tube 23 inches 23 inches
Downtube length (center BB to top center HT) 26.5 inches 29 inches
Chainstay length 17.25 inches 17.5 inches
Headtube angle 69 degrees 64 degrees
Wheelbase 42.5 inches 47 inches
BB height 11.5 inches 13.75 inches
Handlebar width 546mm (21.5 inches) 740mm (29.1 inches)
Bar height (ground to center of bar end) 37.5 inches 42 inches
Stem length 110mm 65mm
Drivetrain 3 x 8 1 x 11
Tires Single-ply, 1.95-2.0” (likely 60 durometer or higher) Dual-ply casing, 2.5” triple compound 42 durometer
Wheel size 26 inches
27.5 inches
Weight as shown 28lbs 31lbs

Drool over these weapons of their day and pick your winner in our poll below.

The first Yeti ARC full suspension frame featured 1.5 inches of Risse air-sprung travel. The ARC series was also Easton's first foray into producing MTB tubesets.

30th anniversary SB6, ridden by Richie Rude to his first EWS title in 2015.

Quick release Magura hydraulic rim brakes.
Remember wanting these?
Long travel at the time.
Riser bars were still a few years away.
Wired-on Yeti grips and Onza L-bend barends.
21.5 inch bars.
RockShox Judy SL.  Microcellular foam sping and adjustable thru-shaft damper cartridge.


The Switch Infinity system is the eventual result of years of experimentation beginning with the wild, dual-rail prototypes almost 15 years ago.
740 mm wide Renthal carbon riser bars.

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