Ryansod

Ryansod

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Ryansod

Ryansod wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

Not a fan
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really wanted to like this bike.

I got it as a mixed use bike, ride it a little around town, to the bar and back but it would see a far amount of trail time. On the street it was ok, nothing fancy and the 1x10 was very nice, kept things simple. However on the trail it was a like ridding a dump truck. The bike was very very slow to get up to speed and even slower to maneuver. This was my first steel mountain bike and I had high hopes for its ability to absorb some of the small trail chatter and smooth out the ride but it was quite the opposites. This frame had an odd spring effect that made the ride jarring at times and offered an almost dead feel to the rear end in cornering. I'm sure some of the sluggishness from the bike could have been improved by a new set of lighter, faster rolling tires and maybe a lighter wheelset but part of the appeal to the bike was its low price point and that's gone if you replace those items.

Again I really wanted to like this bike, its looks great, the drive train setup was simple and worked like a champ, the fork is perfect for this bike and the price is crazy! But at the end of the day it just wasn't the bike for me.

P.S. After returning the Young Turk I got the BMC TE29 SLX and I freaking love it!

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Ryansod

Ryansod wrote a review of on July 11, 2012

5 5

WOW! The feel that you get from these guys is amazing. At first they can be a little touchy but after a few min you are good to go. The power that these little guys have is just out of this world. Coming from Avid's it was night a day. Simple to setup, simple to bleed, simple to adjust just great design. You should be aware that the lever is a little on the sort side, personally I like it but it may not be for everyone.

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Ryansod

Ryansod wrote a review of on March 29, 2012

5 5

I've have had my ASR5 for almost 4 months now and I'm absolutely loving the bike. It’s almost scary how much confidence this bike can give you. It has a much stiffer mid stroke to the rear suspension allowing you to carve turns and hit things that you probably shouldn't on a 5" bike.
What to not like about the bike-
The enduro kit is lack luster. I know it’s not a fault of the "bike" but it make the experiences just a little less.....Fun. The wheels are not bad, stiff but crazy heavy for this style bike and they don't utilize the 12mm dropout. The stem and handlebar setup are also heavy and that I'm ok with at this price point but they are flexy. The brakes are so/so but I have had to bleed them twice so far. The drive train is fine. It should be said that this was my first SRAM drivetrain and it will be my last.

All these things are minor wheel are just heavy and replacing the stem and handlebars is cheap. The core bike is amazing the fork is top notch and the rear setup is as solid. Just add a dropper seatpost on this baby and shred.

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