Back Alley Bikes – New Yeti Dealer in Christchurch

We are excited to announce Back Alley Bikes in Christchurch as Yeti’s newest dealer / service center.

Mechanic Rufus Wenlock has worked for a few other shops in town, but earlier this year decided to set up his own small shop, focusing on excellent service.

You won’t find a lot of bikes here, just a frames or two on the wall, an extremely well kitted out workshop and some essential parts (for example, he carries in stock every Yeti derailleur hanger!)

IMG_3868Casting your eye around the workshop, you can quickly understand what this place is about. The workshop is tidy, yet there is every tool in the book, including an industrial sized lathe! His reputation for quality work is stellar… so if you are in need some help with your bike, or are considering a new bike, make sure to drop him a visit.

7 Wise St, Addington, Christchurch 8024

03-926 4052


EWS Whistler – Jared Graves Race Journal

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August 13th 2014

What a day! I really don’t know where to begin, so much to talk about. We arrived in Whistler late Monday evening and I was already feeling nervous for this race. After the dream race the team had in Colorado two weeks ago, winning here I Whistler last year, the best prize money pay out of the year, my EWS points buffer, and being the second to last race of the series…a good race here would mean a further points buffer for the final round in Finale Ligure and the luxury of being able to just race safe. A bad race in Whistler would mean having to fight to the wire in Finale, or worse, having to make up points. I definitely viewed this weekend as the most important race of the year.


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Jared Graves Race Journal, EWS Winter Park, USA

Jared Graves wins the Colorado, US round of 2014 Enduro World Series.

After seven weeks racing in Europe, it was time to get back to the US for some burritos and Round #5 of the EWS in Winter Park, Colorado. Even more exciting was getting back to Denver and stopping by Yeti HQ to pick up our long-awaited new bikes. As I’m sure 99% of people reading this will already know, we were on brand new bikes for Winter Park. We have ridden prototypes over the past couple years, but these were the first of the production frames in all their glory. It was a case of love at first sight. We got them built up and had a couple days riding to test them out before heading off to Winter Park.

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The San Juans, featuring the Yeti SB5-C

In late fall, we traveled to the high elevations of the San Juan mountains to explore the vast range and to test out our prototype suspension platform. Our trip took us to the southwest part of Colorado because the San Juan’s contain some of the most rugged terrain in Colorado and offer a loose network of trails – some fully developed, others just old mining paths filtering down the mountainside. 
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