Yeti Cycles doesn’t care how the biggest bicycle brands go about their business, they do things their own way, they always have. This month's #6Questions Interview introduces you to the man behind the curtain at Yeti Cycles, Chris Conroy. Photos courtesy Yeti Cycles
6 Questions with Chris Conroy
1. How did you get your start in the cycling industry? Who or what inspired you?I worked in a bike shop in college to fund my racing habit. After college, I moved to Ketchum, ID so I could be in the mountains and worked at one of the local shops. Eventually, I got on with Scott USA as the warranty guy and later became product manager. That was in the early nineties, when mountain biking was exploding, so it was an exciting time to be in the industry. There was tons of innovation and exploration as everyone tried to figure out how to improve mountain bikes. It’s crazy to think full-suspension or even front suspension was a new concept back then. The industry has come a long way… I’m not sure I was inspired by a single person, but had a lot of great people in my life. I got married young (23-years-old) and shortly thereafter my wife got pregnant (not part of the plan) – so I think it’s safe to say at that point I was inspired mostly by fear. I worked hard to make it all work.
2. What are you or Yeti best known for? What achievement(s) are you most proud of?
I’m not sure I’m known for much outside of Yeti. On the Yeti side, we’re known as a core brand, run by mountain bikers. Our company is a bit iconoclastic and stocked full of talented people who push the brand forward every day. I’m most proud of our culture and the innovations it has spurned – we work our asses off, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We make bikes, not rockets. I’m most proud that we were able to hold on to the Yeti heritage and push the brand forward through the many tumultuous times.