The Worley machine. Yeti FRO 380

Project in progress

This project turns from a - ok, my last Yeti was pretty, but too small AND, I didn`t build it to a fascinating complete restauration.

I´m honest, I do have a preference to build them, which is also why I started this website to report on the history. 

I found the Yeti when I was surfing my standard German Craiglist local searches. And BAAM, there was a 20" Yeti. It looked nice and best situation, I knew the owner well. I contacted him and we found we do have similar interests, a nice conversation started. Thanks Gunther. 

 

As always, I ran down my questions. Is it original paint, were does it come from, do you know anything from the previous owner. But all I got was - bought it, was repainted, no serial number.

 

But I knew already to look for the drop outs, the seat clamp & co - which I missed with my first and never was able to reconstruct history and origin. But this one looked good, there was all on it what I learned - top tube round, Simplex drop puts, seat stay, the clamp, nice...

The Arrival

The local Ad

The unwrapped parcel


 After the arrival, I digged a bit deeper in the Yeti World. Martin´s Secondspin page was indeed the perfect source for this LINK.

What I also found here was to watch for the portage straps. I also wanted to know the year, since a couple of my friends told me this a big frame is likely an early Yeti. To proof this, I did it, I scratched color away from the BB and found the 380. But no XR?

A Yeti Yak from 1987?

After that, my first assumption, It is an early YETI YAK.

https://www.theproscloset.com/blogs/mtn-bikes/1987-yeti-yak
https://www.theproscloset.com/blogs/mtn-bikes/1987-yeti-yak

I loved the idea and started searching the parts - White Bullseye crank and hubs. I even found a FTW - Frank The Welder Stem and NOS White Porcs Most came from this nice dude, Jason, but also a big thank you Kevin for the crank and the massively kind Yogi from the German forum. 

For while, I was so happy to build this, I forgot to finalise my research of the frame.
But Martin told me perfectly right, it has no rack mounts

https://www.theproscloset.com/blogs/mtn-bikes/1987-yeti-yak
https://www.theproscloset.com/blogs/mtn-bikes/1987-yeti-yak

The Worley Plan

Source: http://www.secondspincycles.com/2015/01/yeti-history-1985-86-early-california.html

The plan to build the Worley race bike was born after this moment of frustration. At the end, Martin´s page drove me to that. The article on the early Yeti´s is a great piece of history documentation with nice pics  - this was and is very motivating, even though the parts seem to be impossible to find - Cook Bros Crank and hubs as well as Carbon Sushi bar:(


Source: http://www.secondspincycles.com/2015/01/yeti-history-1985-86-early-california.html

 

In the meantime, I send the frame to Cycle Art Berlin (see details here). The found of the Worley plan lead to a change of the white to turquoise. Gerrit came up with this genius idea to clear coat the serial after I requested to only put thin color on it to see the serial. After paint


A fraction of the shining color

Here some impressions from the painting. Very nice to see again the details - the Simplex drop outs, the the different cable routing FTW stem, the round top tube, even some fillet brazing.

One little piece is missing - the Campagnolo drop outs from the fork, but I think I can live with that.

The super rare parts search

looking at the part list, obviously the Cook Bros Racing parts worried be the most - crank, Sushi bar AND hubs But luckily, 2/3 somehow popped up

Cook Bros Racing Crank 1995

Source: https://www.oldschoolracing.ch/archiv/cook-bros/
Source: https://www.oldschoolracing.ch/archiv/cook-bros/

The found


Cook Bros Racing Sushi bar Fiber

Source: https://www.oldschoolracing.ch/archiv/cook-bros/
Source: https://www.oldschoolracing.ch/archiv/cook-bros/

...now with me


SEARCH

Cook Bros MTB Hubs with QR

OPEN - The Hubs (live on XR309)

Source: http://www.secondspincycles.com/2016/06/1986-yeti-fro-xr309.html
Source: http://www.secondspincycles.com/2016/06/1986-yeti-fro-xr309.html


to be continued...a teaser