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What We Ride // Chris Herting’s Custom Yeti FRO

Welcome to the first installation in our “What We Ride” series.  A series that will feature an employee’s bike and the story behind it.

To kick off the series we are featuring TPC Founder Nick Martin and his vintage Yeti Fro.  Nick might be a minimalist but he is also a collector, an oxymoron that makes more sense when you see the spaces he creates.  Whether it’s vintage mountain bikes, vinyl records or mid-century artifacts, each piece has all been carefully curated with a purpose.

Chris Herting's Yeti Fro

To the untrained eye this bike looks just like any another old Yeti… until you start looking closer.  At 6’4″, it is nearly impossible for Nick to find a vintage bike in his size.  Lucky enough for him, Chris Herting, Yeti’s original R&D man, stands equally as tall.

In 1985 when Chris Herting joined John Parker at Yeti, he became one of the head welders responsible for the infamous SoCal race machines. In the beginning, he rode bikes of his own design, called American Iron. The story goes that Parker hassled him for months about riding a Yeti, so he finally welded up a FRO for himself.

Since Herting was a bit taller than your average rider, he made himself a custom frame with a longer 23.5″ seat-tube, a longer top tube of 23″ and a 6.5″head-tube instead of 6″.  To top it off, Chris used his initials (CH) in place of a stock Yeti serial number.

Chris Herting's custom serial number

Chris’s initials (CH) in place of a Yeti serial number.

 

Yeti Fro with Tioga Disk Drive

The Tioga Tension Disk. Advertised as lighter, stronger, more aerodynamic, and staying true longer…the reality is they are the opposite of all of these things.

     THE BUILD

     Stem: Tioga T-Bone

     Handlebar: True Temper

     Grips: Tomac ODI Mushrooms

     Seatpost: Shimano Deore XT

     Brakes: Shimano Deore XT

     Brake Levers: Shimano SLR BL-M733

     Shifters: Shimano Deore XT SIS 7s thumb

     Front Derailleur: ShimanoDeore XT

     Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT

     Cassette: Shimano Deore XT

     Crankset: 184mm Bullseye

     Pedals: Shimano Deore XT PD-M797

     Cages: Ringle

     Headset: King BMX 1″

     Rear Wheel: Tioga Disk / XTR HUB / Mavic 261 Rim

     Hub Front: Shimano Deore XT / RM-20 Rim

     Tires: Tioga Farmer John’s Cousin

     Saddle: Perforated Turbo

Chris Herting's Custom Yeti Fro

“There will always be something newer and shinier out there, for me it is the vintage stuff that really gets me excited.  Things that have history, integrity and a story to tell.   Riding this bike brings me back to the early days when I fell in love with the sport of mountain biking.  Back then I couldn’t afford a bike like this, I would simply drool over issues of Mountain Bike Action. ” – TPC Founder Nick Martin.

Because of the unique nature of The Pro’s Closet’s business model, we are lucky enough to see bikes from all makes, models and eras.  Over the years, we have carefully curated pieces of cycling history, like this old Yeti.  These pieces will soon be on display to the public in The Pro’s Closet’s Museum.

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