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I was given a Homegrown and I have no idea what year model it is. What are some specific ways for me to tell if it was made by yeti or not and what year it was made, seeing as how schwinn does not incorporate any dating into the serial numbers. The pic is an under construction pic. It is now finished.
 

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Durango Homegrown

It looks to be the "lower model range" of Homegrown's Schwinn started to pump out. Those weren't Yeti made. I think the disk tabs also date it past Yeti as well. They Yeti's were only made for 3 - 4 years. Do a couple of searches, maybe vintage/classic bikes and someone hit the dates spot on or the schwinn forum.

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hey hey all the homegrown yetis were built during 97 98 99 they are all mostly 2 different colors like, bass boat red gold, black white, blue silver, green white, red black.

your bike is a 2000.

hey thats still a sweet ride.

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bikesaregood said:
The 2000+ homegrowns were made by S.A.P.A.

And yes, I'm quoting myself.
who is S.A.P.A.? is that a built in America company ?
 

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The 2000/2001 Homegrowns were made at Annodizing Inc. Anno Inc is/was a company that did frame fabrication in Portland, OR. They were purchased a few years ago by SAPA. Sapa's hq is somewhere in the Netherlands (I think) but US frame fab is still at the old Anno Inc location in Portland.
 

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Here is a pic of mine :) It has really good geometry. This one is a 99

Nice bike, but not Yeti made. Only the Factory Homegrowns, in whatever permutation of build kit, are made by Yeti. The easy way to tell (as stated previously) is the two-tone Bassboat paint - red/gold, blue/silver, black/gold, etc. The other is the metallurgy - factory (Yeti) frames are 7005 series Easton Elite, while all others are 6061 alloy.
 

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Nice bike, but not Yeti made. Only the Factory Homegrowns, in whatever permutation of build kit, are made by Yeti. The easy way to tell (as stated previously) is the two-tone Bassboat paint - red/gold, blue/silver, black/gold, etc. The other is the metallurgy - factory (Yeti) frames are 7005 series Easton Elite, while all others are 6061 alloy.
Cool I did not pay much for it and I read the black and white were Yeti but no worries. I own a Yeti 08 ARC so I was building the HG for my 12 year old daughter to beat up for a few years.

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=276436
 

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Only the Factory Homegrowns, in whatever permutation of build kit, are made by Yeti. The easy way to tell (as stated previously) is the two-tone Bassboat paint - red/gold, blue/silver, black/gold, etc. The other is the metallurgy - factory (Yeti) frames are 7005 series Easton Elite, while all others are 6061 alloy
For some reason I thought some of the factory homegrowns were painted in red (like mine pictured below), and that it was only in 2000 that the bassboat colors same out. My bike came with a Selle San Marcos seat that had hand the hand stitched tomato and homegrown logo, and also a headset cap with the tomato logo on it. I believe it's a '98 model, and I remember the dealer telling me that Yeti not Schwinn was the builder of the frame. I'll have to check and see what material the frame is made of to verify when I get home... Either way, it's a fantastic frame.
 

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Just found this other thread. http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=258874&page=2
On page 2 there seems to be good info from a source who used to work at Yeti from '95-'99. I'm quoting the main posting in the thread, credit goes to ameybrook who the following quote is from:

There has been some discussion lately about these frames, and while its not a Potts, Ritchey, Goat, or Ham, I think the Schwinn / Yeti relationship makes for a very interesting story. Ever since I first posted about my frame above, I've been asking as many people as possible about the Durango Homegrown connection. It seems like everyone with a Homegrown has tried to sell it on ebay with the tag "Yeti built," when it likely wasn't. The story I kept hearing was Homegrowns were built elsewhere in the US and shipping to Durango for assembly or decals. I talked to alot of former employees who rolled their eyes when I asked and talked with disdain about Schwinn's treatment of Yeti in the last years in Durango.

Ultimately, I talked to Brett Hahn, Yeti general manager from 95-99, and he was kind enough to entertain me for awhile discussing the Schwinn / Yeti relationship and the Homegrown connection. So Brett, if you ever come across this thread, thanks This is what he had to say:

Much of what has already been said on either Yetifan or elsewhere is true. Companies like Schwinn, GT, Trek, etc, were getting murdered in the early 90s by smaller niche companies with loyal followings. Schwinn was late to jump on the MTB bandwagon, and decided around late 93 it needed on. The sponsorship of the Evian team and the Project Underground frames ran almost parallel. FTW and Herting build most of the frames to Schwinn's specs, and once Schwinn became pleased with the result, they contracted Anodize, Inc., in Portland to make a inital run of 'Schwinn Homegrown' frames. The name was an obvious choice to gather attention to Schwinn's concern for US production. By late 94, early 95, the Homegrown brand was a hit, but Portland could not longer keep up with the demand.

in 95, Yeti was faced with the choice many similar-sized companies had to make. Hahn describes this as nearly the same situation as FAT and Serotta. Scott Sports purchased Yeti, and the plan was to market the Yeti line as the Cadillac of its brands. The high end Schwinn bikes were to be the Chevys, and the low end Schwinn bikes were to be the GMs. Schwinn expanded the Homegrown line to include more than just one aluminum frame. This was known as "Homegrown Factory" and "Homegrown USA."



By 96, Schwinn offered five Homegrown hardtail models, two of which were built in Durango. Hahn describes the identification is pretty simple: If it was stickered "Homegrown Factory," then it was built in Durango. If it was simply "Homegrown," it was built at either Anodize, Inc., or Control Tech in Seattle. Un-decaled bikes would be hard to distiguish as there were no established differences he was aware of. No Ys in the serial numbers or difference chainstay bridge. The one tell is is Yeti dealt with strictly 7005 aluminum, as it did not have the capacity to age the 6061 T6 tubes. This Factory Homegrowns were 7005, the lower-end models were 6061. 6061 is easier to weld so its no surprise the lower ended frames were made in the Northwest with this material.

This process continued in 97 and 98. The Homegrown Factory XTR was the only one built in Durango. The rest of the frames came into Durango from the Northwest factories, were assembled in the case of the FS bikes, decaled, and left the factory in Yeti boxes. The relationship seemed to be twisted at this point. The Homegrowns were popular enough to compete with the Yetis, and Schwinn ran with it, effectively strangling Yeti. Yeti set up an entire separate production facility to deal with the handling of Homegrown frames coming in and leaving. This caused a strain on a lot of people. In 99, Scott Sports no longer saw Yeti as a viable brand and sold it to Volant. This is where my history lesson ended. Chris Conroy ended up with the brand at some point and seems to be doing great things with it these days. Schwinn's Homegrown line was established and continued on for another few years, with most of the frames being welded overseas. Still very nice bikes.

According to Hahn, only a few hundred Homegrowns were built at Yeti per year, and likely less than 500 total. The Factory XTRs were not great sellers because they sold for a huge amount. Late in the 90s buyers realized they could get comparable, raceable frames for less.

So before you go and try to sell your Homegrown on Ebay at Yeti built, do some research.


my disclaimer: I fully understand I was not there. I'm just a guy who likes to research these things. If you have first hand info, great, post it. I'm not claiming any of this as fact.. its just what I'm told.
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