Bradshaw in BC

Our own Tommy Boy recently left Black Seal with the lame excuse that he wanted to go ride and race around British Columbia, Canada. While we have no idea why he would want to go to such a far away land  we figured we really should provide you all with some updates from his boring adventures. So here’s update #1, one week in…

Hey Kashi and Yeti team,

It’s been one week since I landed in Vancouver and it is has been awesome. It hasn’t stopped, I’ve heckled the BC bike race, hitchhiked with dodgy french Canadians, flown in float planes, bought a wagon to live in, driven 5 hours through 42 degree heat with no AC, been to the top of  Whistler, ridden in a limo, meet the creator of Pinkbike and ridden my bike every day on some of the world’s best trails.

I’ve been based out of Squamish for the past week with James Morris, Director of Ventureweb. James is a born and bred Wellington lad who planned to be in Canada for 1 year. 13 years later he’s still here with wife Julie and two little “Caniwi’s” Ollie and Andrew.

Tomorrow I drive 1200km east to Fernie for a round of the BC Enduro Series as well as the start of a 4 week circuit living out of the wagon around eastern BC.

See below for some 4/10 quality snaps;

 

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Packing

Three Urge helmets should be enough…

 

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The SB-6C in Squamish

Tom’s Specific Specs

Frame: SB-6C Medium
Fork: 160mm Rockshox Pike Dual Air
Wheelset: DT Swiss EX471 w DT Swiss 340 hub
Tires: Maxxis High Roller 2 3C EXO TR 27.5×2.3
Stem: Thomson Elite 50mm
Handlebar: Easton Havoc 35mm
Saddle: WTB Yeti Custom Black
Headset: Cane Creek
Grips: Yeti  Lockon
Drivetrain: Sram XO1 (170mm X1 Crankset)
Brakeset Front: Guide RSC – 200mm Rotor
Brakeset Rear: Guide RSC – 180mm Rotor
Seatpost: KS LEV – 125mm

Photo thanks to James Morris @ventureweb
Photo thanks to James Morris @ventureweb

18 hours travel…straight into riding with my great host for the first few days James Morris in Squamish. 32 degree heat at 6pm a shock to the system.

The Wagon - 2001 Toyota Sienna
The Wagon – 2001 Toyota Sienna

The wagon/bed for the next few months… only 310,000 k’s and open window air conditioning

Granny Ket in BC Bike Race Stage 6
Granny Ket in BC Bike Race Stage 6

The BC bike race was in town… my Aunt Ket Bradshaw was competing on her Yeti ASR-C and came home 2nd in the Vet Women’s Category after 7 days of racing. Not bad for a 61 year old Granny.

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Chilcotin Float Plane Mission

Lake Warner in the Southern Chilcotin mountains – 5 hours north of Whistler. The start of 50km descent back to Lake Tyghauton…

Sub Alpine Singletrack
Sub Alpine Singletrack

I’d like to thank the team at Bike Otago and Yeti NZ for their ongoing support, the gear I have is running perfectly! The SB6 has ridden over 300k’s in a week, from bike park to 2 hour mountain pass climbs it hasn’t skipped  a beat.

Cheers

Yeti Beti

p5pb12370148Yeti has taken inspiration from their female tribe of followers and team riders, the Yeti’s Betis, and have adapted their SB5c and ASRc specifically for women.Yeti’s frames and size runs were already designed with women and smaller riders in mind, so you’ll find the frame design unchanged for the line. What you will see different on the Yeti Beti bikes are the touch point components including handlebar width, smaller diameter grips, women’s specific saddle and varied crank lengths, along with some eye-catching, custom designed colorways. Coral anyone? Yeti explain below in their press release where the inspiration came from to invite more women to the Yeti Beti fold via the Yeti Beti line of bikes.

Why A Yeti Beti Line?
Yeti has a long history of supporting women cyclists. Our race teams have included some of the best women in the sport— among them, Julie Furtado, Marla Streb, Tara Llanes, Jill Kintner, and Rosara Joseph. We have also been long time supporters of the Yeti Beti race team, which was instrumental in creating the Beti Bike Bash, the first women’s only mountain bike race in Colorado. This year, we became the title sponsor of the VIDA MTB Series, a women’s only skills clinic run by Yeti ambassadors Sarah Rawley and Elena Forchielli.

Our introduction of the Yeti Beti line recognizes the important role women have played in our company. Colorado has a disproportionate amount of hard-charging mountain athletes. Head into the Colorado backcountry and you’ll find women skiing big lines in the winter and crushing epic rides in the summer. They’re drawn to Yeti for many of the same reasons men are — performance, technology and our commitment to the mountain bike community. Yet, they approach the sport differently.

With the help of the Yeti Betis and other women riders, we recognized an opportunity to deliver a community to our soon-to-be Yeti Beti riders. When you buy a Yeti Beti bike, you are granted access/membership to a group of women who live to ride.

Want to try your first mountain bike race? The Yeti Betis are waiting to make your first competition a positive experience— they have a “never-ever” category catering to first time racers. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can try your hand at enduro racing with the Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro. Want to brush up on your skills? Hook up with Sarah and Elena at a Yeti VIDA MTB Series clinic. If you just want to hang out with like-minded riders, we’d love to have you join us at the Yeti Tribe Gathering, a group of passionate Yeti riders that gets together once a year to ride epic trails, eat great food and share a drink or two. It’s a different approach, but distinctly Yeti.

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So, how about the product? What makes it unique?

Bike Fit
Women have always influenced our frame designs, particularly the smaller sizes. The Yeti Beti SB5c and Yeti Beti ASRc are derivatives of existing models, but embody our philosophy of making bikes to fit smaller riders. For example, our ARC and ASRc were built with different sized wheels to accommodate smaller riders (27.5” XS/S, 29” M/L/XL). Our SB5c and SB6c are both made in extra small and small sizes. It’s a substantial financial commitment to make the smaller sizes, but integral in accommodating women riders. We also focus on maximizing stand-over height on our frames so it’s easier to get on and off the bike.

Components
With the help of the Yeti Betis, we identified several components that would improve the ride experience for women. All “touch-points” on the bike were an obvious place to start, so we chose a WTB Diva saddle, smaller diameter grips, and narrower handlebars (though, in the spectrum of handlebar widths, they are still relatively wide at 720mm). This provides greater comfort and control. We also changed crank lengths on the extra small, small and medium bikes from 175mm to 170mm. The benefit here is twofold: One, smaller cranks are easier to spin.

Two, the smaller cranks give added clearance in technical sections. Less smashing the pedals on rocks. Colors / Graphics Women were integral in creating our women’s apparel line, so we took visual cues from the apparel and applied them to our Yeti Beti line. In particular, coral has been very well received and used generously in the Yeti Beti line. We also learned that many women preferred bikes that were gloss rather than matte finish because it looked cleaner. All the Yeti Beti bikes are a fresh shade of gloss.

Why call it Yeti Beti?
That’s a better question for the women who have been associated with our brand for over a decade. It wasn’t a bunch of dudes who came up with the name because it sounded cool. The first known use of “Yeti Betty” came from a Yeti freak in Keystone, CO. She was so attached to her bike that she referred to herself as a Yeti Betty. She’d encouraged her friends to join the Tribe and soon there were a slew of Betty’s spreading the gospel. Shortly thereafter, Amy Thomas, who ran a team called the Betis, approached us seeking support for the team. Naturally, they became the Yeti Betis and have been flying the flag ever since. The Yeti Betis were instrumental in putting together our Yeti Beti line: they advised on colors, graphics, and component choices. They’re also, well… women. Turns out that’s pretty important.

Why enter the market now?
We recognize the women’s market has matured and many companies are offering women’s specific bikes (and have for years). Our approach isn’t to make a grand entrance into the women’s market. We’ve always been there. Our new Yeti Beti line is a nod to the women we’ve worked with for years and have helped us create our products and community. Our commitment is unique: best-in-class bikes, apparel, racing, and skills clinics. We’re not just about the bikes. We’re about the community.

Why did Yeti choose to use an existing frame platform rather than build a women’s specific frame?

We felt our current platform fits and performs very well for women. For example, our ASRc / Yeti Beti has 27.5” wheels on the extra small and small sizes and 29” wheels on medium and large. This was done, in large part, to accommodate women riders. We also offer extra small and small in the SB5c / Yeti Beti and since it’s already built with 27.5” wheels, it fits women very well.
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Our fundamental bike design remained unchanged on the Yeti Beti bikes. We know from experience core riders appreciate the performance and attention to detail regardless of gender. We sought to make meaningful adjustments like customizing crank lengths according to frame size and, perhaps most importantly, tuning the rear suspension for better performance. The rear shocks are valved for lighter riders – they have less rebound damping so the suspension doesn’t pack-up when the going gets rough. This results in a bike that is more efficient going uphill and more controlled when descending.

Do we have a lot of women on staff?
We have two women on staff. We’re a small company, but the ratio is still a little out of whack. We work so closely with an array of different women closely associated with Yeti that it really feels like they’re part of the family. We’re lucky enough to benefit from constant dialogue from all their different perspectives.

Do you envision the Yeti Beti line growing in the future?
We know that entering any new bike category takes time and commitment. We wouldn’t have taken this step if we weren’t committed to growing the line, but our underlying commitment will always be to the women’s community and creating products that resonate with them. We will continue to listen to their feedback and use it to shape bikes that suit their needs and deliver the best possible riding experience.

How does the apparel line fit into the overall plan?
The bike and apparel lines are very complementary. Performing your best on the trail depends on a variety of factors, and having high-quality equipment that fits women and functions well is essential. It goes without saying that there has been a void here, and we sought to address multiple aspects by having a coordinated apparel and bike line. There’s nothing wrong with looking good, too.

In fact, when we started making women’s specific apparel three years ago, people told us we were crazy. Many had tried and failed. But our women riders encouraged us and were very helpful in helping us create the line. It was due to their input that our shorts were created and have become so popular. We also had a woman running the entire apparel program at that time, which was critical to the line’s success.

You’ll see many color and branding similarities between the bikes and apparel. In fact, our SB5c / Yeti Beti is coral based on the huge response we got when we introduced the coral Norrie shorts.

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Yeti Beti bikes are currently available as complete bikes only :

YETI BETI SB5C X01 BUILD KIT – $NZ10,000
● REAR SHOCK FOX DPS FACTORY, CUSTOM TUNED
● SUSPENSION FLOAT 34 140 FACTORY CUSTOM CORAL
● HEADSET CANE CREEK 40
● CRANKSET RACE FACE TURBINE 30T 170MM PF30
● REAR DER SRAM X01
● SHIFTERS SRAM X01
● CASSETTE SRAM 1180 10-42T
● CHAIN SRAM 11SPD
● WHEELS DT SWISS XR331 RIM WITH DT 350 HUBS
● TIRES MAXXIS IKON 2.2 / ARDENT 2.2
● BRAKES/LEVERS SHIMANO XT
● ROTORS SHIMANO XT ICE 160F/160R
● HANDLEBAR EASTON EC90 CARBON RISER 720MM
● STEM EASTON HAVEN 55MM
● SADDLE WTB CUSTOM DEVA – YETI BETI
● SEATPOST THOMSON COVERT DROPPER 30.9

Yeti Beti ASRc XO1 BUILD KIT – $NZ9,100
● REAR SHOCK FOX DPS FACTORY, CUSTOM TUNED
● SUSPENSION FLOAT 32 120 FACTORY CUSTOM CORAL
● HEADSET CANE CREEK 40
● CRANKSET RACE FACE TURBINE 30T 170MM PF30
● REAR DER SRAM X01
● SHIFTERS SRAM X01
● CASSETTE SRAM 1180 10-42T
● CHAIN SRAM 11SPD
● WHEELS DT SWISS XR331 RIM WITH DT 350 HUBS
● TIRES MAXXIS IKON 2.2 / IKON 2.2
● BRAKES/LEVERS SHIMANO XT
● ROTORS SHIMANO XT ICE 160F/160R
● HANDLEBAR EASTON EC90 CARBON RISER 720MM
● STEM EASTON HAVEN 70MM
● SADDLE WTB CUSTOM DEVA – YETI BETI
● SEATPOST THOMSON ELITE 30.9

See more here

Yeti NZ Race Support Programe Announced

Yeti NZ Tribe Race Support Programe

I’m keen to get all us Yeti riders working together better at events. I’m creating this program to help us all have more fun and make racing easier… its not just about performance, however I think it will really help those that want to perform too.

New Zealand is too small for Pro Teams, so the only way to build something awesome that lasts long term is to keep it real, and for us all to do it together.

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Yeti riders

Rather then having an exclusive team, this program is for everyone that rides a Yeti and competes in events.

At selected events, there will be a Yeti tent to hangout in, tools and other helpful things. Riders will also receive free or discounted Yeti clothing/bikes (credit towards free clothing and bikes will be based on each riders NZ MTB Crown points at the end of each season)

Riders will have to talk directly with each race co-ordinator to let them know you are coming and what you are needing help with. They will do their best to help you find accommodation, give local advice and offer support at the event. You can also volunteer yourself to help other riders. Do you maybe have skills in mechanics, massage, cooking, driving shuttles? Are you willing to hand bottles out to riders in a different class? There are many ways we can help each other!

My expectations of riders will simply be that you are respectful of others and the brand. I would also love it if you list Yeti as your bike brand on NZMTB Crown and generally do what you can to promote the brand and program.

Yeti race co-ordinators

This project depends entirely on getting enough keen people to help out as race co-ordinators.

This role is all about helping other Yeti riders when they come to town. You can select which events you want to help with, then your roles will include helping the out of town riders find accommodation, provide local advice and setup the race area. If there are enough riders coming and they want to share, you may help them to find a book-a-batch house that riders could share!

We will send our Yeti tent, flags and other things to you directly, then arrange for it to be picked up afterwards. We would also ask that you arrange for a blog to be written and photos taken, then upload this onto www.yeti.co.nz for everyone to see.

Yeti race managers will be well rewarded with discounts. We are all open for ideas… heck, we could even maybe have a little gathering of our own to discuss strategy :)

More info?

Just flick me an email on kashi@yeti.co.nz if you have any questions or want to get involved.

I am personally excited to start turning upto more events and help out as well. We are considering buying a caravan and travelling around a bit with our kids…. so we might see you at some races too !

Cheers, Kashi

 

SB6C Di2 – Problem Solved!

If you were following the Yeti Trans NZ Enduro, or if you were lucky enough to be riding it, you’ll probably remember our flagship Di2-equipped SB6-C breaking down mid-race (right after we announced how reliable it is). The skeptics laughed then rode off on their cable-operated bikes.

Well, we found the problem. Because Di2 is so super-new in NZ, the cables supplied by the Shimano distributor weren’t quite long enough (if you’re reading this, supply the right cables next time!), and the main power cable pulled out of its internal socket inside the battery compartment. A moment of headscratching from Joel our awesome mechanic, and he had it fixed, and then re-routed the cables in a slightly different way so that it can’t happen again. See pictures below.

Live and learn, eh!

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The SB6-C has all the right ports to run Di2. This is how Joel has set it up now.

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This is an alternative set up. It’s not as neat, but we tried it anyway.

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And this is how we routed the cable for the derailleur.