I’ve owned the red/gold frame for over a decade, it has a huge sentimental value to me as this frame was the first bike I fell in love with as a kid and this partiular frame came into my life by pure chance 16 years ago when I was racing full time.
I always figured it was the 1998 Factory XTR, and I also thought that ALL the Homegrown’s got made by Yeti which turned out to not be true of course.
This year I thought I’d build the old steed back up but when I started looking around I found this Golden Beauty and knew I had to have it.
Before I bought it I thought it had to be the Fame only version from 98, clearly overlooking the fact that what looks like the same frame was sold that year as the XT full build.
The catalog from 98 says the frame only option was made in Durango at I assume is Yeti??
Once I got the frame I noticed the very obvious differences between the red/gold frame and the new one I’ve now named “Golden Boy.”
#1 The lack of cantilever brakes boss on Golden Boy.
#2 Golden Boy has a very finely welded downtube gusset, red/gold does not.
#3 Lastly, and to me the most telling of a Yeti build is the brake stays on Golden Boy, made of a one piece of curved aluminum like a classic Yeti Arc frame vs. the two piece brake stays on the red/gold frame.
So I bring it to the master’s here, what am I looking at here?
Are either of these Yeti Madde frames?