Yeti Cycles ARC Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

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Because everyone deserves a bike that fits.

While some companies forgo race-ready frames in smaller sizes due to the limitations of the 29er platform, Yeti feels that everyone deserves to ride the big wheel. For this reason, the ARC Carbon Mountain Bike Frame is available with the same ride feel using a 27.5-inch wheel on its Small and X-Small frames, with the entire frame proportioned for the rider.

Although the ARC is based on the design of the Big Top, it was never available in smaller sizes. For this reason, the new ARC Small and X-Small frames have been given shorter chainstays and a lower bottom bracket and standover height to improve handling with the 27.5-inch wheels. These seemingly small differences make the ride feel consistent across the model.

And while the original ARC, which was an Alloy Racing Composite, comes with a bit of history, Yeti took a leap into the future by employing its carbon knowledge to the ARC, In doing so, it is significantly lighter than the Big Top. And while it is Yeti’s first carbon hardtail, Yeti has extensive experience with the black magic that is carbon fiber. It is constructed as a monocoque design to lend strength to the frame by eliminating joints. It features a tapered head tube for a 100-120mm range fork, and a rear 12x142mm rear axle. The looptail rear triangle is configured with posts for disc brakes. While the bottom bracket is a substantial 73mm, it has removable ISCG mounts.

  • Carbon Fiber monocoque frame
  • 29-inch platform with 27.5-inch wheels for Small and X-Small variants
  • 12x142mm rear axle
  • Compatible with a 100-120mm front fork

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
high-modulus carbon fiber
Suspension:
hardtail
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/ZS56 zero stack tapered
Headset Included:
no
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm English
ISCG Tabs:
yes, removable ISCG mount
Cable Routing:
external
Front Derailleur Mount:
high direct-mount
Derailleur Pull:
bottom
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm Salsa Flip Lock
Rear Axle:
12x142 mm thru-axle
Recommended Use:
cross country
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years limited
Actual Weight:
Turquoise, M: 1390g

sizing chart

ARC size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Yeti Cycles

Geometry Chart

 

ARC Carbon
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 14in 21.5in 26.5in 3.9in 69.5o 72o 11.8in 16.9in 40.6in
S 15.5in 22.5in 27.7in 3.9in 69.5o 72o 11.8in 16.9in 41.6in
M 17.5in 23.8in 28.9in 3.9in 70o 72o 12in 17.1in 43.3in
L 19in 24.8in 29.9in 5.1in 70o 72o 12in 17.1in 44.3in
XL 21in 25.8in 30.9in 5.9in 70o 72o 12in 17.1in 45.3in

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Inside Man

    If you are thinking about an upgrade or swapping components I’m certainly happy to help you out. If you want to build up something custom – great. However, the Competitive Builder is limited to selected items, so if you want something on the bike that is not on the “drop-downs” I’m happy to help out and get you anything you need. Any questions at all send them over:
    Bill Sherman
    Customer Account Manager-Bike
    Office: 801-736-6396 ext. 4737
    bsherman@backcountry.com

    Is there a weight limit to any of the Yeti Carbon frames?

    Hey Chris,



    They have a suggested max weight of 235 lbs on Carbon frames. I am an expert gearhead here with my contact information below. Let me know if you have any questions or need help building this bike or finding another that will work.

    Avg. ride time: 6m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Where is the frame manufactured?

    Hey Sheen,



    Most Yeti frames are manufactured in Asia. Feel free to shoot me any more questions about Yeti Bikes or if you are interested in ordering this ARC Carbon Frame.



    Kyle

    Expert Gearhead

    klivingston@backcountry.com

    801-736-4337

    Avg. ride time: 13h 1m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Climbs like a banshee

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you ride where the trails go up this is a bike for you. My size medium weighs in a hair under 20lbs without doing anything crazy, I could easily go lighter. The super stiff BB and rear triangle make mountains look like mole hills. The external/threaded bottom bracket is a BIG plus.

    Climbs like a banshee

    well i would consider Enve wheels a little crazy but it looks like a nice bike!

    Avg. ride time: 8h 8m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Hardtail perfection

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been on the Yeti ARC for a few weeks now, and can say emphatically that it's an absolute blast to ride! I was on the cusp of sizes between small and medium, but opted to go with the smaller size as I generally prefer a more compact frame and I was excited about the 27.5" wheel size. I got the bike the day before doing a 50 mile mtb race in southern UT, and so had one spin to "get used" to it before a little trial-by-fire action. While not the ideal situation, the bike proved to have really intuitive handling and aside from sharper steering compliments of the smaller wheel size compared to the 29'ers I've been on most recently, it was a quick familiarization process.



    The first thing to appreciate is that the bike climbs like an absolute demon. Weighing in at a about 19.5lbs as built (with pedals) certainly accounts for a lot of this, but so too the short chainstays and stiff bottom bracket area that transforms pedal input into seemingly instant acceleration. The more time I spend on the bike the more I find the handling to be that really elusive mix of razor sharp, but also highly predictable. The bike definitely rewards good line choice and smooth handling with a penalty for botched maneuvers...just like any hardtail. But with the proper attention and focus, it's a highly capable descender that also accelerates, climbs and corners with the best out there.



    Also, worth noting, is that I've been able to run pretty large tires in this frame...up to a 2.4" Vittoria Goma. It was tight, without a lot of clearance for mud, but doable.

    Hardtail perfection

    2014 Yeti ARC Rocks!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Being 5' 10.5" I often seem to be between a Medium and Large in brands such as Santa Cruz, Jamis, etc. The Yeti ARC Medium is the perfect frame for my height. It allows me to run it as a light/fast/confident XC bike with a 100mm fork (70degree head angle) or transforms into an AM wonder bike using a 120mm fork and a meatier front tire (slacker/high-60's head angle) . The Zero Stack headset adds much flexibility for getting the cockpit and bar height just right. Stand over is awesome while allowing me to use a standard 350mm Thomson Masterpiece without maxing it out, and the top tube length is just right (in my case using an 85mm Easton Haven Stem). It is not often I find a bike that just fits so well. I find it to be one of few 29ers that doesn't really feel like a 29er in terms of handling and overall height. I have gone through many bikes that just didn't quite do it for me the past few years... I think the ARC Carbon is a keeper. I would like to take it for a few more rides at the tougher local trails but I just listed my other bike for sale. Only caveat is I suggest buyers consider black vs. green as the paint doesn't seem great with some atypical flaking vs. competitor paint jobs.

    2014 Yeti ARC Rocks!

    Can you share photographs of the paint flaking? Is this from stone chips or frame flexing/cracking? If you could do it over again, would you purchase a raw carbon frame?

    Where is the geo chart for this ($2K)...

    Where is the geo chart for this ($2K) frame? Your bike sizing process isn't accurate. I'm 5'5" with a 29.75 inseam (to pubic bone-can't go any higher) and it's telling me I ride a medium? Not. All medium frames have zero standover. Stand over cannot be adjusted, reach can be, with stem length, or setback seat post. You cannot accurately size a frame based only on top tube length. No one does it that way but tall people.

    Best Answer

    The Geo chart is listed at the bottom of the product page, just above the community review section. The fit calculator is a tool to assist in frame sizing, and slight errors in input measures can skew the results. At 5'5" you would be best fit on a small sized frame.

    Awesome

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Yeti nailed it. Great XC machine. I built the frame up with X01/XX1 components. With heavy flow EX wheels the bike weighs 23lbs even with pedals and two bottle cages. I'm 6'1 200lbs and ride a Large with a 90mm stem and the fit is great. I went with a Syntace P6 hiflex post because the frame is pretty stiff.