Yeti Cycles AS-R 5 Alloy XC Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

The classic cross-country platform has been muddled over the years, influenced by ever-tweaking racers who demand reduced weight over anything, and almost forgotten about due to 'epic' all-mountain flavored marketing. Thankfully Yeti expresses its dedication to one of the most enjoyable and rewarding sects of off-road riding by offering the ASR-5 with Fox Float CTD.No, it's not a race bike; that's left to the ASR Carbon, it's the bike designed to get around your favorite trails reliably, efficiently, and most importantly -- with enthusiasm. Added to your stable, the 127mm travel AS-R 5 will be a relentlessly happy, tail-wagging companion. It's designed to run forks in the 120 - 140mm range -- depending on the handling characteristics you wish to favor.In the 120mm range, you'll experience a bike that's planted in the turns and grounded on climbs. With a longer fork, the descents become less dicey, but the front end will wander when gaining elevation. For the best of both worlds, we'd equip the AS-R 5 with a travel-adjustable fork.Stiff and lightweight, the alloy front triangle sports a tapered headtube to provide a solid platform for the suspension to work. The low-slung top tube allows plenty of standover clearance, and acts as a sturdy attachment point for the Fox Float CTD shock with the simple-to-use Climb, Trail, Descend damping system.For the rear triangle, Yeti employs carbon fiber. The whole unit is molded as one piece with massive chainstays -- defining its lightweight and flex-free behavior. The dropouts feature Yeti's Chips System, so the rear spacing can be changed to run either 135mm or 142mm. All of the suspension pivots house sealed cartridge bearings for a smooth ride and titanium pivot hardware is used to shave weight.The AS-R 5 comes with cable guides for a dropper post, and fits 30.9mm diameter seatposts. It requires a 34.9mm traditional bottom-pull front derailleur and uses a standard 73mm BB shell. Yeti covers the AS-R 5 with a five year warranty.The Yeti AS-R 5 with Fox Float CTD is available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and comes in Black Ano, Turquoise, Lime, Cayenne, Slate Ano, Blue, and White.US Yeti dealers are prohibited from shipping Yeti bicycles outside of the US.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 05, 2014]
NicoSyufy

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Climbing capability, great suspension feedback

Weakness:

none

I love my ASR 5, I have raced it in cross country races and taken it to downhill bike parks and it has been a champ, the suspension doesnt flatten the trail ahead but provides excellent feedback as well as smoothness. XTR rear setup with all else XT is the way to go. I just sold mine to get a 575 for its longer travel but I would totally recomend this bike to anyone who wants an excellent bike for climbs and one thats smooth on the downs.

[Feb 25, 2013]
lschen1216

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, ride like a F1 bike, stiff, very esay to climb, and stable enough to descend

Weakness:

better to rap some tapes on rear triangle in order to protect carbon, standover is little high for me in small size (I'm 170 with 76 inseam)

It's my first fs bike, really appreciate with this bike, I use Rockshox revelation 150-120 adjustable fork and it goes with ASR-5 very well. some people think it's not plush as 575 but, come on! it's ASR-5! born to ride like F1!

[Nov 08, 2012]
max_lombardy

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks, weight, stiffness. It's a YETI!

Weakness:

I don't have 2.

I bought and built up this new frame after riding a used ASR-SL for one season. I loved the bike, and it was my 1st FS bike, so a bit of an experiment. I was HOOKED! I just wanted to ride it more and more, and I couldn't stop ogling the newest ASR 5s. Well, I finally broke down and got one when I saw the frame at competitive cyclist for $1.099. Couldn't resist. SOO glad I did. This bike is everything I hoped it would be, and it makes me want to blow off everything every day to go and ride. Definitely the coolest, funnest, nicest bike I've ever owned, or ridden, for that matter.

[May 09, 2012]
Zach

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Confident inspiring in every way. Suspension, turning, climbing. I can't find a fault with the design of this bike. MSRP is industry norm or slightly better. If you can get a closeout you will not be able to do better.

Weakness:

1. Stock WTB seat didn't agree with me. Swapped for Bontrager Evoke.
2. Size chart on the website seems a little off. I'd size up. I'm 6'2" with a 35" inseam and the chart says I should be on a large. Just seemed too small, and a setback seatpost shifted my weight too far back so balance point was off. Ended up going with an XL with the seat moved forward and a 90mm stem (vs. 70mm stock).

- I can't say enough about this bike. I love it. Rode Trek EX-8 and 9, Specialized Stumpjumper 26+29, Specialized Epic, and a $6K Ibis. The only one that came close was the Ibis, and if I'm honest it's a slightly nicer bike, but I'm not a fan of the styling and it's not $2K better.
- Race build comes with full XT, high-end Fox fork and shock, Thompson components, and carbon bars. Took a couple rides to dial in the suspension in terms of sag and finding the PSI sweet spot. Even while dialing in the handing was spot on. Now the bike feels like an extension of my body. XL Race build is 27 pounds on the button.

[Apr 23, 2012]
ryansod
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The bike is great climbs like a XC race rig and descends like it has more then 5' or travel. Amazing suspension setup for the price and the build quality is top notch. The kit offering from Yeti are diverse ranging from the budget minded enduro kit to full XTR.

Weakness:

The enduro kit is lack luster (its is the cheapest). 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.

I've have had my ASR5 for almost 4 months now and I'm absolutely loving the bike. It’s 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.

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 solid. Just add a dropper seatpost on this baby and shred.

[Dec 05, 2011]
Yamsman
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Nice, sturdy downhiller but light enough to climb back up. Awesome feel and stable around corners and over most rough terrain.

Weakness:

Difficult to put on trailer hitch racks (yakima and thule). Even with pro pedal on (RP23) there is quite a bit of pedal bob.

Great overall bike but there are of course some minor issues.

[Nov 05, 2011]
FlYeti5
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Super fast, great climber, beautiful frame, rock solid steering, the list goes on

Weakness:

None so far

After riding for 4 years I decided it's time to save up and get a dream bike. After lots of research and questions I decided on the Yeti Asr 5. This is a really fast bike its almost like it wants you to just keep going faster and faster. The suspension eats up large roots and rock gardens easily and Is rock solid under pedaling. This bike is really expensive but you do get what you pay for; the frame is an absolute beauty. I chose the blue with the white rear carbon triangle and it's looks awesome. I'm really happy with the paint finish. Overall, if you want a super sweet and fast bike get this one it's absolutely worth it.

Similar Products Used:

Giant Trance

[Oct 11, 2011]
gtg252b
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Amazing descender, great suspension, very light for 5" of travel, looks great, handles great. This thing is a rocket on wheels.

Weakness:

This is minor, but if I'm in the small ring on the front for a climb and I hit a bump that's big enough to compress the rear end, the chain will rub on the chain stays.

I've had this bike for a little over a month now and I've logged right at 150 miles on it. I am absolutely loving it so far. It climbs just as well as my old 3" travel bike did, but it descends much better. It's very stable in the descents, with the 5" of travel soaking up the bumps, but it's still light and agile enough to flick around the corners. I really can't speak highly enough of this bike. It is a blast to ride. It's a bit pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for here.

Similar Products Used:

Trek Fuel

[Sep 18, 2011]
Lhotse
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Climbing ability. Nimble. Lightweight. Excellent geometry. Great on descents.

Weakness:

None so far but heard bad things about the carbon rear triangle.

I sold my 575 and built up an ASR 5 wanting a better climbing and better endurance rig. So far so good. Climbs remarkably better and feels very nimble and light on the trail. Not as plush on the downs as the 575 but still rails even set up with the 120 fork. I have ridden the bike with a 140 as well which makes it even better on the downs. Overall, loving it so far. Built up the bike on a budget and feel the build is pretty good. Yeti produces quality bikes period.!

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Stumpjumper, Trek Fuel Ex6, Yeti 575.

[Jun 25, 2011]
Stratton001
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Everything. Light, nimble, plush, fast, excellent climber, has made me alot better rider, comfortable on all day rides, love the geometry and looks awesome! Got the white with turq.

Weakness:

None than I can think of.

Love this bike! It skips through the trails and climbs like a goat! Have done all day rides and still feels comfortable on the way back to the truck. Love the XT components. Havent had any issues with the real carbon triangle. Get out and get one if your considering!

Similar Products Used:

GF Hi-Fi Deluxe, Santa Cruz Blur,

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