by Barney Marsh
August 20, 2014
The steamroller of news and excitement around Eurobike clanks and whirs its way up to speed with news from Yeti about their new, wheel/size specific cross-country bike.
The 100mm travel carbon frame runs on either 27.5in (for the Extra Small and Small) or 29in (for the Medium, Large and Extra Large) wheels, with prices of complete bikes starting from $5799 (UK pricing TBC).
Here’s what Yeti have to say:
“The super lightweight (4.2lb. frame) and efficient suspension has been optimized for shorter travel with an updated and modified single pivot design. Yeti has worked closely with FOX to refine the suspension rate to give the AS-Rc a predictable feel that holds up while pedaling and retains composure when the trail begins to get rough. The new AS-R frame is designed using a carbon Dogbone link to add considerable stiffness to the chassis, and sports Yeti’s progressive geometry (69-degree head tube angle, long top tube, low bottom bracket) that has been borrowed from their experience in DH and Enduro.”
Yetis are long and low – the geometries should be good for some flared-nostrilled XC hooning as well as some high speed trail blasting – and the claimed frame weight of 4.2 lbs looks good.
UPDATE – we’ve now got details of UK pricing: initially only the X01 full-bike build will be available at a price of £5199. Preorders are available now, and availability is “imminent”.