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While Yeti's mascot and history tend skew toward the image of DH and enduro bruisers, the ASRc Mountain Bike Frame stands out as a genre-defying thumb in the eye to an industry that — for whatever reason — insists on overly simple labels like "DH" and "enduro." Even we get occasionally caught up in this need to taxonomize, but the ASRc frees us from those Linnaean fetters by seasoning what feels like an XC climber with the all-mountain firepower of a bike that's just as suited for gnarly lines on the descents.
The ASRc's line-sticking confidence stems from its head tube angle, which is relatively slack for a bike with XC pedigree for a bigger footprint on terrain we'd normally reserve for mid-travel machines. The frame is the culmination of Yeti's obsessively revisited lay-up of high-modulus carbon fiber, modified continuously over the years for just the right blend of low weight and stiffness. The suspension follows suit by eschewing Yeti's weighty Switch Infinity design in favor of a lightweight, single-pivot build. Though the platform lacks the complexity of Switch Infinity, the custom-tuned FOX Float Factory DPS shock nets suspension that feels as aggressive as the head tube is slack. Chances are good you'll find the bottom of the trail before you find the bottom of the travel.
- Blazing-fast XC rocket with an enduro alter-ego
- Lightweight single-pivot suspension with 100mm of rear travel
- High modulus carbon frame and swing arm for exceptional stiffness
- FOX Float Factory DPS shock offers three-position adjustment
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you're looking for a FS XC bike that can double as a trail bike this is it. 100mm feels like 130mm on this rig.
Wow. I sure wish I had this bike when I was fast. There is a popular climb here in SLC called the Tower Climb; it's steep, technical switchbacks, and has some great single track. For about a year a small group of us tried to KOM it for bragging rights. A friend of mine had it for a bit and still holds it over my head...still stings a little. We even went as far as going for it when the wind was just right...ha! That said, I swear I would have shaved off the 26 seconds I needed to have it with this bike. The first thing that stood out to me was the suspension. The single pivot was perfect and probably the smoothest XC bike I have been on. I left the shocks open the whole ride and never felt I was wasting energy on the climbs while standing "trying" to hammer it. Shimano does make the best road groups on the market. It's been peered reviewed so let's not argue too much about it. I have always said they need to step it out on the dirt, and they have. The XTR was smooth, flawless, and I had absolutely no issues at all.
The biggest highlight for me was the suspension, the ASR felt just like a XC racer, but as I rode it more I felt the "trail tendencies" that are there. I would be happy to call this my everyday rig. Of course I have to nitpick because that's my job, so here goes. I would love to put Sram Eagle on this, I feel it has a slightly better engagement, but like I said I'm nitpicking. Any questions at all on this beauty let me know. Happy to help swap anything out or custom build one for you. I rode a medium and it felt spot on. Saddle height 71cm. Bike Weight: 24.7lbs
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The ASRc is a tad bigger than some of the other bikes I'd been riding but certainly didn't feel like it. Very light on the road and easy to maneuver. I rode with a 120 fork which I would recommend, and a 50 stem. Part of why it may have handled so well is that I was on a small which uses a 27.5 wheel, M and up use a 29. There are not many 650b options in good cross country frames so it's a nice setup. Yeti did a great job getting back into the XC field with the ASRc, I was a little skeptical when I first rode one last year. I thought maybe they would throw together something to put out there but thats definitely not the case. It competes with the tallboy very well and I have been a big fan of the tallboy for some time. I had an X01 setup with XT brakes which was great. I'm sure it would be even better with eagle. If you have questions on builds, compatibility or anything on the ASR feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org