Pinkbike is killing it with these vintage mountain bike features!
John Parker founded Yeti somewhere back in 1985, when he knew a lot about fabrication, but very little about making bikes. All that changed when he hired the Herting brothers, Chris and Eric and later, Frank “The Welder” Wadleton. Chris and Eric were already making bikes out of their garage, Frank was a whiz with metal and Parker was the promoter extraordinaire. The TIG welded chromoly FRO was perhaps the most iconic Yeti, with its Desert Turquoise paint, top-tube-mounted cables and curved infinity rear triangle design - it was the dream bike for almost every racer wannabe in the sport’s formative years. Today’s classic bike is a Yeti FRO prototype made by Chris Herting for his personal ride - circa 1988/1989 - and while it is outfitted in period parts that are a close representation of its original pedigree, A few bits are not original because this beautiful machine is also a daily driver. FRO means “for racing only” and this one is now owned by Nick Martin, the founder of “The Pro’s Closet” - a second-hand cycling retailer that buys, sells and consigns quality bicycles and components on its E-Bay store of the same name. The Pro’s Closet is presently building a museum, where outstanding examples of the vintage road and mountain bikes the staff has acquired and restored will be on permanent display.
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