2021 Yeti ARC semi-rigid | the carbon track bike is a modern classic

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When we say this production version of the new ARC trail hardtail is more affordable, it is. Kind of. At least compared to the whopping £ 8,999 Limited Edition ARC prize that was recently announced to celebrate Yeti’s 35th anniversary.

And although the anniversary edition of the bike is limited to just 100 units, there are no such availability issues with the standard ARC.

In fact, there are four different models to choose from in the UK and Europe, with prices ranging from £ 3,799 to £ 5,199, plus an additional model available in the US and other territories for $ 6,700.

But what does this modern classic look like now, and does it look like the bike that was once ridden by legends like Missy Giove and John Tomac?

The limited edition model is reminiscent of the Yetis of yesteryear.
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Five things you need to know about Yeti’s ARC 2021

  1. Yeti offers five different construction models (six if you include the much more expensive Limited Edition Anniversary model), all made from premium T-Series carbon fiber.
  2. The new ARC is built around a 130mm travel fork and 29 inch wheels
  3. Yeti offers the ARC in four sizes (small to extra-large)
  4. Its modern trail geometry design means the ARC’s head angle is 67 degrees relaxed and the effective seat angle is stiff 76 degrees.
  5. ARC is available in two colors: Raw or TURQ

Details of the Yeti ARC 2021 frame

The first ARC was launched in 1991 and was created as part of a collaboration between Yeti and Easton (using its ProTaper tubes), designed to be the ultimate racing machine – something that would be hard to dispute because he takes more than his fair share of the podiums.

While the new ARC clearly pays homage to the original racing bike, its intentions are slightly different.

Yeti claims its latest carbon fiber technology and modern track bike geometry ensure this new bike is grounded in the present and will highlight just how versatile a hardtail can really be.

Yeti ARC 2021 hardtail mountain bike

The frame of the ARC has smooth lines and a modern look.
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In terms of detail, the new ARC uses internally routed cables with carefully finished output ports and a tight fit BB92 bottom bracket.

There are two sets of bottle bosses – one set on the top of the down tube, one set on the underside of the down tube – and plenty of built-in rubberized frame guards that run the entire length of the base and s’ wrap around the underside of the driver’s side shroud. There is also some under the base of the chain to help silence any unwanted chain slam.

At the rear of the bike there is a 148mm x 12mm axle and an integrated derailleur hanger.

Yeti offers the ARC exclusively in its premium ‘T-Series’ carbon fiber. No ARC frame will use the cheaper, lower modulus C-Series carbon which, while equally stiff, is heavier in comparison.

Geometry Yeti ARC 2021

The new ARC is designed to use 29 inch wheels and is built around a 130mm travel fork with 44mm offset. It has a relaxed 67-degree head angle and a low 310mm bottom bracket height.

Other key metrics include reach values ​​ranging from 420mm on the small frame to 490mm on the extra-large, while the 433mm chainstays should help deliver a decent riding position and lively handling.

Yeti ARC 2021 hardtail mountain bike

The ARC could be considered a downcountry hardtail.
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When seated, the effective top tube length is 604mm (on midrange) and is designed to work with a 50mm stem (the same stem size is offered on all four ARC sizes).

Then there’s the effective 76-degree seat tube angle, which should help promote a truly efficient riding position.

Although the seat tube length is really compact at 410mm on the medium size, it jumps from 40mm to 450mm on the large size.

2021 Yeti ARC models, specifications and prices

Yeti ARC 2021 hardtail mountain bike

It is available in a multitude of models, each a fair amount of money!
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All of the ARCs on offer (as well as the Anniversary Edition) use Fox’s 34-travel 130mm fork and Transfer dropper seatposts.

All bikes are also equipped with integrated Cane Creek 40 helmets and the formidable combo of Maxxis Minion DHF and Rekon tires in a wide 2.6 inch width, which are fitted to rims with an internal width of 30mm.

This is how the whole range is put together:

Yeti ARC C1

  • Framework: Carbon C series
  • Fork: Fox Performance 34 130mm
  • Transmission: Shimano SLX 12 speed
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland M1900
  • Price: £ 3,799 / $ 3,500 / € 4,290

Yeti ARC C2

  • Framework: Carbon C series
  • Fork: Fox Performance 34 130mm
  • Transmission: SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes: SRAM TL level
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland M1900
  • Price: £ 4,099 / $ 3,800 / € 4,690

Yeti ARC T1

  • Framework: TURQ series carbon
  • Fork: Fox Factory 34 FIT4 130mm
  • Transmission: Shimano XT 12 speed
  • Brakes: Shimano XT
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland XM1700
  • Price: £ 4,799 / $ 5,000 / € 5,490

Yeti ARC T2

  • Framework: TURQ series carbon
  • Fork: Fox Factory 34 FIT4 130mm
  • Transmission: SRAM X01 Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes: SRAM TLM level
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland XM1700
  • Price: £ 5,199 / $ 5,600 / € 5,890

Yeti ARC T3 (Not available in UK / Europe)

  • Framework: TURQ series carbon
  • Fork: Fox Factory 34 FIT4 130mm
  • Transmission: SRAM XX1 Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes: SRAM Ultimate Level
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland XM1700
  • Price: $ 6,700

Yeti ARC Anniversary Edition

  • Framework: TURQ series carbon
  • Fork: Fox Factory 34 FIT4 130mm
  • Transmission: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Custom
  • Brakes: SRAM Ultimate Level
  • Wheels: Custom
  • Price: £ 8,999 / $ 9,900

Yeti ARC frame only

Initial impressions of the 2021 Yeti ARC course

I would love to say that I have already driven a lot on the new ARC a lot, but due to the embargo being moved by Yeti (with very little notice) I haven’t had the chance yet and that’s why we run archival photos and not ours. But, in my handful of rides up to this point, the CRA has really impressed.

The steep angle of the seat tube is immediately apparent as soon as you start to make your way through the first climb. It perches you just above the bottom bracket shell and although the efficient top tube (604mm on the midrange I rode) and short stem didn’t make it the most stretched out riding position, I felt really comfortable going up long climbs.

There have been times I’ve managed to cut a pedal when tackling tough, rocky uphill turns, but you quickly get used to the timing required to prevent those hits. And I would prefer to have the low bottom bracket because it really helps the ARC feel stuck in the corners.

Yeti ARC 2021 hardtail mountain bike

It’s not the bike I rode, but it looks awesome!
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When the terrain gets bumpy, the ARC manages to get over bumps in a smooth, almost stealthy manner. The carbon layer probably helps here, but a lot of the credit goes to the 2.6-inch Maxxis bulbous rubber, which does a great job of smoothing out ripples on the trail.

Overall, the geometry manages to keep things confident on the descents while ensuring that handling isn’t lacking when you want to launch the ARC.

The only change I am considering at this point is to switch to a grippy rear tire, as the Rekon’s shallow tread struggles in the mud and is not the best for braking when the grade gets steep.

I’ll have a full review online soon, so stay tuned.

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