Yeti is turning 25, and to celebrate they are releasing a super special edition 575. Bringing it back to the original Desert Turquoise and Yellow paint scheme of 1985 ARC hardtail, the 575 will pay homage to Yeti’s first bikes. While sporting a retro look, the frame will be anything but, with a few key changes to help keep the 575 in front of the competition.
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Drooling yet? Better act fast, as the 25th anniversary 575 will truly be a limited edition with only 250 serialized bikes made. In order to make it even more special, Yeti has teamed with fox to produce a matching desert turquoise fork complete with a tapered steerer tube and QR15 axle.
The special edition will be available as both a frameset (frame, fork, King headset) and a complete bike built up with Yeti’s Enduro kit featuring Shimano Dynasys 10 speed XT, and DT Swiss X1600 wheels. Retail for the frameset will be around $2999, and bumps up to just $4500 for the complete bike.
While known as Yeti’s do-it-all Trail/AM bike, the 575 receives some needed upgrades to keep it at the forefront of MTB technology. Most notably, is probably the tapered headtube which allows owners to run a 1 1/8th to 1.5 tapered fork that is becoming the standard for most trail/AM bikes. The 575 also receives ISCG mounts, which will make adding certain bash guards and chain guides easier. No word on whether is it ISCG 05 or the older standard, which as I found recently is still a point of contention between frame and chain guide manufacturers. In an effort to improve stiffness and durability, the chainstays were borrowed from the AS-R7. These stout stays in conjunction with the same seat stays and the new 142 x 12 thru-axle option for the rear will make for one of the stiffest swing arms in the business.
Surely with these looks, the heritage, and the 575’s increased performance these rides won’t last long. If you are thinking of adding a piece of Yeti history to your stable, you’d better act fast!
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