Schwinn Homegrown: When did Yeti stop making this frame?
I'm looking at buying a Schwinn Homegrown frame on ebay. The seller has it listed as a 2000 model. My understanding is that Yeti only made them up until '99. Then the frames started getting made overseas. Is this correct?
The model listed on ebay is a 2000 model and the seller claims it was made by Yeti. I emailed him and asked him about it. Here is what he said.
Hiya! Thanks for responding!
Well, good job on the research. You are right - the official years were 97-99. But as I am sure you know, Schwinn was in a weird state during that time, and slipping towards banckruptcy (again) and the eventual takeover by GT/Pacific.
As such, the Homegrowns started to be less....consistent. Originally, all of the Yeti Homegrowns were two-toned (bassboat metal flake). Ugly as hell, but very identifiable. As things got more erratic, parts/frames were reused. Yeti Homegrowns came in the team red, and some came with the integrated headset and disk tabs. Some of the Homegrowns were Taiwan made though, and these are lacking the handmade in the USA label. Some of them from this period were made by a company called Union. Very similar to the Yetis, but use a different derailleur hanger.
This frame has the '99 derraileur hanger, consistent with the older Yeti built, but has the disk tabs and integrated headset. It is marked with a 2nd gen 'Handmade in the USA' badge on the seattube along with a 'limited edition' moniker.
The guy I bought it from worked for Schwinn during those years (He and I are in Boulder after all). He told me it was one of the last Yeti-built versions before that relationship crumbled. Given the inconsistencies, I believe he is right. Unfortunately however, there doesn't seem to be a guide to the serial numbers or a lot of documentation around for the tumultuous years.
Portis, that is the same Homegrown frame I have. It was made in America, just not by Yeti. The "team tomato red" frames were the bottom level of the Homegrown lineup. You'll notice that is is missing the flanges on the epicenter stays, as found on the lighter/higher rung homegrown frame. Oh and at least the seller left the "Mystery Allow" sticker on the seat tube. The rest/last years of the Homegrown had the "N'Lightened" badge.
Some Homegrowns have just the "epicenter" stays. Some have the flanges or Ram Air epicenter stays. Its all in that seat stay yoke area. Here is a wonderful MSpaint sketch of what I'm talking of.
cool, i get it. it's more like a gusset.
i believe i have one of the first homegrowns, so it didn't have any of the upgrades. for instance mine doesn't have the machined connection between the BB shell and chain stays.