Yeti Cycles ASRC XC 29er Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

Our friends at Fox worked with us to get the shock tune perfect. This gives the bike uphill efficiency, but a lively, playful feel when descending. Wheel size is optimized to accommodate tall and short riders — 27.5” wheels on the Extra Small and Small frames, and 29” wheels on Medium through Extra Large Frames.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 04, 2016]
parfilator
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Lightweight, little pedal bob, climbs and descends great, internal cable routing

Weakness:

A bit pricey but I guess you get what you pay for.

This review is for a Large ASRC (2015 29er) which I purchased frame only and built up to my personal specifications. All the pre-assembled ASRC's had 1x11 drive trains and those are just too tall for the local trails in the Anacortes Forest Lands (ACFL) so I chose to go with a 2X10 drive train to get a granny gear setup. I am coming from a Yeti 2008 ASR alloy 26er which was a light bike (23 lbs) so my expectation for this bike was to build it as light as I could afford.I tried very had to stay with components that Yeti specifies on their complete builds which I did for the fork (Fox Factory 120 mm 2016) tires (Maxxis IKON 3x speed 2.2) Easton Haven stem (70 mm) and handlebar (740 mm) as well as the Raceface Cinch crank but used a 2x10 double chain ring combo version. The Yeti technician Matt Fisher was extremely helpful in fielding my many questions regarding my parts build and kept me out of trouble with parts compatibility. The weight came in at 24.5 lbs which I feel is very good without going excessive weight weenie.

The bike has more than exceeded my expectations and fits my riding style perfectly. I came from racing XC but have migrated a little more to the side of just wanting a great trail bike that is light but can handle tough terrain. I thought it would not climb as well as my old 26er Yeti but this things climbs better and is very stable riding up steep technical stuff. Once your front tire goes over something the back just follows. Going down hill is just amazing and provides much more control than I'm use to. The 740 mm Eaton Haven bar is wide (for me) and it took some getting use to (4" wide total over my old bike) but provides much better control of the front end and I love it now. The Fox Factory 120 mm fork is the 15 QR version and is very stiff. I've been riding the suspension with the front end open and the rear shock in the middle Trail setting which works very well for my riding style.

I don't think you would be disappointed by this bike because it does it all very well.

Similar Products Used:

ASR Alloy

[Oct 03, 2015]
Le Duke
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Going fast. Seriously.

Weakness:

The frame-only price was hard to swallow, but after my demo, I was sold.

This is the best bike I've ever owned. I'm 5'6", 143lbs, riding a M ASRc. 29er wheels, 120mm fork. It goes up and down, quickly. The DPS shock is incredible. Great traction, little pedal bob. Goes where it's pointed. The geometry is perfect for steep, rocky and rooty trails. It's an XC bike designed for a 120mm or even 140mm fork, but of very light construction. If you want an enduro bruiser, look elsewhere. If you want to get up AND down incredibly quickly, this is the bike for you. It wants to be pedaled, vigorously.

Similar Products Used:

Epic 29, Scott Spark 29.

[Sep 20, 2015]
damagr
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Geometry, suspension, weight

Weakness:

Lack of stock shock lockout, dropper routing, room for water bottle in front triangle, long chainstays/wheelbase

This is a great XC bike with awesome, reactive, efficient suspension. This is the best short travel, do everything 29er I have found. I wanted it for everyday trail use, plus endurance races (I have a Pivot LES for XC racing). It is light, fast, has great geometry (long-ish toptube, low BB), is a solid climber and is an awesome descender. Best descending bike I've used. I was skeptical of the single-pivot design as I do a lot of climbing and wanted something efficient. I swapped the stock shock for a 2016 Fox DPS to have a solid lockout. I have the Fox dual remote so the fork and shock are controlled together for 3 modes (CTD)--this is a great setup. The only bummer is the remote dial on the shock is long and sticks way far into the triangle so that it is hard to get a water bottle in/out, even with a sideloader cage. The water bottle constantly hits the rebound lever, so I have to adjust that before every ride (5 clicks in from full out). In the trail mode (which I run 85% of the time), the rear suspension is super smooth and active, but still efficient. It does not bob much at all while climbing and traction is great. You can stand up and stomp and the suspension is still smooth and efficient. I'm not sure how Yeti does it, but their single-pivot suspension is much better than the dual-pivot designs I've used (CVA and DW--both are efficient, but not very good at small bump compliance and then tend to wallow in their mid-stroke). True trail weight is 24.0 lbs (size Medium, with dropper, dual-remote, 2 water bottle cages, pedals, and mini-pump).
I wish the dropper routing went up the right side of the downtube so I could run the dropper remote on the left handlebar where the FD lever would be. I also wish the chainstays were a little shorter. The wheelbase is long and it is not super nimble and can be tough to negotiate tight switchbacks. The long wheelbase means a super stable descender, great in steep stuff, and wide open fast. It is super stable. You need to have some strong brakes as you'll be flying on this bike.
Built up from frame after breaking my RDO frame. I felt perched way high on the RDO and it never felt great in steep, technical stuff. I liked the Czar, but size Medium was too small for me and I felt cramped in the cockpit. ASR is nice and stretched, love it. I'm running a 75mm step, shortest stem I've ever run, to speed up the steering.
Overall, an awesome bike, one of the best mountain bikes I've had the pleasure of riding.

Similar Products Used:

Niner Jet 9 RDO (owned), Turner Czar (owned), Scalpel Team 29 (demo'd)

[Sep 03, 2015]
Todd H.
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

crazy light, super fast, maneuverable, efficient up and down...it's the perfect ride for 95% of what I ride.

Weakness:

Billed as an "endure" alter-ego...that might be a stretch.

For me, it's the best XC bike I have ever ridden. Short, fast rides or all day epics. It's a cliche' but the bike just seems like an extension of myself while riding...actually you don't some much ride it as you think it through the trails...it's awesome. In technical XC situations I put an Stan's Flow EX with a 2.35 Racing Ralph. For super technical, chunky, rocky riding probably not the best ride to take, unless you're just that good and can take the pounding.

Similar Products Used:

yeti big top, yeti sb 95 (c), salsa spear fish

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