Yeti's home base is located in Golden, Colorado, with a long and rich history in mountain bike construction and racing. Founded by John Parker in the mid-80s in California, John took the Yeti name from the sleeping bag maker he worked for at the time after they had gone out of business. Yeti moved to Colorado in 1991 in order to be closer to the epicenter of mountain bike racing in Durango, becoming one of the core brands dedicated to the future of mountain biking, through innovation and investing in the sport. Yeti was one of the first brands to adopt full suspension bikes, while also forming a partnership with Easton which gave them an edge in frame tubing design. Yeti also formed the first ever professional mountain bike race team.
By the mid-90s, things were changing. Scott USA had just purchased Schwinn out of bankruptcy and merged their bike departments with headquarters in Boulder. A few years later, John Parker sold Yeti to Schwinn. By the late 90s, things began to unravel a bit. Schwinn, along with Yeti, had been put up for sale by Scott in '97. Soon thereafter, John Parker and Schwinn had parted ways, and by '99, the Yeti factory in Durango closed. Interestingly enough (to the ski crowd at least), Volant Skis purchased Yeti later that year in the hopes of developing an off-season brand. Over the summer of '01, Volant went under and a group of employees came together and purchased Yeti, engineering more than a decade of innovation and fun.
This is Yeti, today. Riding stronger than ever.
evo x Yeti
Yeti defines themselves as "decidedly not corporate," with "creative types, number crunchers, vegetarians, craftsmen, hockey players, fly fishermen, bearded guys and cue balls" among their ranks. At evo, we have our own legion of vegans, hipsters, nerds, and vegan hipster nerds, so we can get down with that kind of company culture. In the end, Yeti loves what they do, much like us. Did we mention Yeti makes radical mountain bikes?
Featured on the SB series, Switch Infinity is a partnership between Fox Racing and Yeti, in which a translating pivot above the bottom bracket works in conjunction with the main suspension for improved shock absorption and smooth riding.
Videos & Reviews
Proven Here: Iceland x SB4.5 Carbon
"All of our testers were blown away by how well the SB4.5c climbed up steep, techincal terrain, its 29-inch wheels decimating trail obstacles regardless of which shock was being employed."
"Light, confident and capable- Yeti's new 'super bike' is a better climber and descender than its predecessor, and, quite frankly, much of the competition."
- Bike Mag's Bible of Bike Tests Final Take - Full Review here
Proven Here: San Juans x Yeti SB5c
"We are in the midst of a golden age of trail riding. There are dozens of spectacular trail bikes on the market, capable of the sort of climb/descend personality we all crave. But the SB5C is, in our opinion, the best. Nothing else rides like it."
- Velo Editor's Pick - Mountain Bike of the Year - Full Review here
"The SB5C introduced Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension design to the world, a system that uses two Kashima coated rods to control the rear wheel path as it goes through its travel. The intention is to provide an excellent pedaling platform for climbing and sprinting, while still retaining a bottomless feel for the bigger hits. The best thing about the new design? It works exactly as claimed, and the SB5C was one of the best pedaling bikes we threw a leg over this season. It's no slouch on the downhills either, a fact that RIchie Rude helped demonstrate with a second place finish at the Winter Park stop of the Enduro World Series. There aren't many trail bikes that can boast results like that, and it's a testament to just how incredibly well rounded this futuristic-looking carbon creation truly is."
- Nominee: Pink Bike Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year - Full List here
"There are hundreds of 5-inch travel trail bikes on the market, but none work like Yeti’s newest creation with their “Switch Infinity” suspension technology. The bike’s front to back balance is superb, seemingly calming down the trail and letting you look further ahead. From the long and low geometry to the shock tune, details throughout are dialed. Now toss in the fact that it climbs like a mountain goat with sticky rubber hooves and you've got a bike that suits pretty much any rider on any day, putting it over the top."
- Vital MTB Shreddy Awards: Bike of the Year - Full Review here
Tried and True: Yeti 575
"It was a game changer 10 years ago and continues to be a relevant bike in a now-crowded category. The simple and proven suspension design allows the price point to remain relatively low when compared to the newer SB bikes. With a lot of sexy new offerings out of the Yeti Camp, the 575 remains a relevant option for most trail riders. If you're looking to graduate to The Tribe as a trail rider, then the 575 is your introduction."