anyone got a Yeti
I finished building mine last weekend and rode it on monday at Innerleithen. Completely blown away by it, it is a hooligan of a bike, just makes you throw it into corners and push it until you are exhausted. I finished the ride thinking I need to join the gym and get better brakes! I really can’t understand how it can be so different from the giant trance I had before. I would really recommend one, enjoy the demo 😉Posted 6 years agovariflexSubscriber
Fantastic!Posted 6 years ago
I have an ali asr5 an on-One 456c and a whyte 829. Asr 5 is the dogs you know whats for trails my way. Is as good up hill as downhill and is super light. Note that the carbon frame doesnt have cable runs for dropper seat post whereas ali does. Have a demo u will love itstewartcSubscriber
Had my Alloy ASR-5 for around 9 months now and it is one of the best bikes I have ever owned, fast uphill and downhill though it can be a little unforgiving on the more gnarly trails if you do not ride with 100% confidence. Just upgraded to a Blur TRc though I still have the frame, just not in the mood to sell it (note: wife has other opinions on this).Posted 6 years agoricardo666Subscriber
My trek ex8 2008 picked up s/h, is good which is a 15″ has been brilliant for a first full sus.
But the Yeti blows it away. Its lively, solid feel, bit on the large side for the small. I tried a medium in the carbon but was too big for little me. I’m 5’5″ by the way.
The full carbon version is awesome, but I couldnt justify the extra pennies. Just to have it for weekends and holidays.
Dont think I’ll be buying another bike in the forseeable future.Posted 6 years ago
6 months in to ASR-5 ownership here. After testing 8 120mm bikes over 10 weekends I knwe it was the bike for me as soon as I sat on it.
I’m riding mine at 120mm, with an XT build/Thompson and it comes in about 26.25lbs. I’ve raced it, ridden it in Wales, Peaslake and my local forest singletrack. I’m 5’11 and ride a medium (80mm stem).
IMO its a superb all round bike. Light enough for amateur events, excellent confidence and handling, confy but also stiff and “tight”. I agree with the comments above – it’ll really blast through most of the UK trails, but when it gets REALLY rough you need to have confidence and push it over the ground.
It really is a great bike with an ability over and above its 120mm / “Trail” guise and no real quirks, but it will get you into true 160mm territory before you know it!
I’d buy one again, no doubt. Its just one of those frames where you can “feel” you’ve stepped up in quality.Posted 6 years agomttmSubscriber
Anyone got a Yeti ASR5?
Yes, ASR-5a that I’ve had for a little over a year now.
Do you like it?
Oh, yes – superb for my riding.
How does it compare to your previous/other bike?
Previous bike was a Mythic (aka Banshee) Spitfire, and before that an older model Five (’05). The ASR and the Spitty are surprisingly similar in many respects, in fact I got the Yeti because it was as close to the Spitfire as I could get. Both are low slung, slack and quite long, and both – under my eleven stone, anyway – are nice and stiff. The Yeti is lighter and generally quicker over most terrain, but for descending the nod would probably still go to the Spitfire. The builds are slightly different between the two bikes, though. I’d “overbuilt” the Spitfire a tad so dropped back to a lighter build on the ASR. Both bikes descend and corner well (140 fork in my Yeti), and I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed in an ASR-5.
My initial concerns about the carbon rear end proved unfounded, and the bike regularly does smaller jumps and drops (think Llandegla black). It came off Snowdon a few weeks back and was very competent and unflustered. Mines not built as a race bike, but it is rather light for the level of “burl”.
One year in and my ASR has just had new shock bushes (in total, original, one new bush, and now complete new hardware for the lower mount). I’ve also just ordered a bearing kit as I noticed the dogbone bearings have indexed quite badly, so time for a replacement. I’m quite happy with this – it’s a fairly normal rate of wear given that it’s ridden a lot and through all weathers.
Here’s a pic:
Anything else?Posted 6 years agoRecyclerSubscriber
I had a demo of a ASR5a two weeks ago and posted under the thread of Yeti ASR5 Vs Zesty. I said the following:
Thought I’d give a quick update following my demo ride on Sunday. Thanks to JD cycles of Ilkley for organising what seemed to be a great afternoon for all who came along.
I thought that up close the ASR5 ooozed class and fortunately was specced exactly as I would want it to be – Fox float 140mm up front with a predominantly XT groupset and Thomson seatpost and stem. So, no excuses regarding inferior kit.
The ride is very, very good indeed. The bike was light in weight, but not flimsy and climbed very well. I felt I could have stayed in the saddle all day as the levels of comfort were brilliant.
On the twisty singletrack descent, the Yeti was very steady and controlled (wasn’t too gnarley)but did lack the hooligan feeling I always get from the Zesty. Having said that, I didn’t miss it either – perhaps that is my age coming into play.
In summary, it’s an excellent bike (pricey) that covers all the bases in terms ofall day comfort, mountain goat climber and confident descender. Everything I now want in a bike.
I am seriously, seriously considering getting one.
Hope that helps and enjoy the demoPosted 6 years agoSuperficialMember
I love mine, it really encourages you to rag it downhill and stomp it up climbs. It’s feels like a precision tool for slicing a line into your trails.
What size do you have? I’m 6 ft exactly and demoing a medium tomorrow, although can see that Yeti recommend a large for my height.
Yetis are big. I’m 6′ and mine’s a medium, I think it’s great. I haven’t tried a large though. I suspect a large would be a much racier stretched out position.
Just upgraded to a Blur TRc
‘Upgraded’ eh? I always liked the look of the TRc and would have bought one over the Yeti if money was no object. Although I’ve since ridden an LTc which I found uninspiring so I’m happy I ended up with the Yeti. Just out of interest, what made you fancy the change? I’d be interested to hear how they compare.
One year in and my ASR has just had new shock bushes
Wow. I’ve owned mine for 4 months now and already replaced the lower bush twice.Posted 6 years agomttmSubscriber
Wow. I’ve owned mine for 4 months now and already replaced the lower bush twice.
The original DU bush went in five hours – it was just too damn tight and chewed itself to bits. I had some spare polymer bushes so popped one in and reasembled using the original mount hardware and it did the next twelve months with no worries. Just replaced that DU bush and the original mount hardware completely with some very nice stuff sourced from e-bay.
Edit – forgot to add 5′ 9″ and on a medium with a 70mm stem. Yeti’s need an inline post for the sizing to really make sense.Posted 6 years agomeesterbondMember
I’ve had a an ASR5c for a year or so… lovely bike which replaced a 5-Spot.
Couple of thoughts though… I went for the carbon version after testing the alloy one and thinking that the carbon would be even better. With hindsight, there’s very little between the two in practice and with the ASR5c you are limited to 120mm forks (I think), plus the routing for the Reverb is ugly.
Don’t get me wrong, the ASR5c is a top bike and I love it, but the extra cash would have probably been better spent on better wheels or beer.Posted 6 years agotonydMember
A friend bought an ASR5 (alu) a year or so ago and absolutely loves it, his riding has improved no end. I rode the demo bike he had and was blown away by it, it’s one of those where you wonder where all the extra speed is coming from. Before buying my Orange Five I demo’d a lot of 140mm bikes, including the 575 which I didn’t enjoy much at all. The ASR though is in a different league. As above, lively but planted and confidence inspiring.
If I was in the market for a new bike I think I’d get one. At 120mm travel it’s much better suited to general UK riding I think.Posted 6 years agovondallySubscriber
not got the asr5 but had the sl-r medium and still have a yeti asr 7 in med at 6ft the 7 is a great fit in med the sl-r in med was i felt too small and i should have got a large. I would try before i buy if you can.Posted 6 years ago
The 7 is a great bike and a tremendous climber i can only imagine the asr 5 is more capable.
solman – Member
again thanks everyone for the info.
@kryton – you mentioned you’re running it at 120mm, is that the front and rear or just the front?
The rear isn’t adjustable – its fixed at 127mm. I’m riding 120mm at the front (Fox F120 FIT). Note (the Yeti website tells you this) this still gives you a 68 degree angle, which IMO is ther perfect angle for having fun in the UK for Trail centre type riding, and lowers the front a tad for some real grip in the singletrack corners.
2 weekends ago I posted the 4th faster ever Strava time for the Graveyard at Afan on it 😀Posted 6 years agostewartcSubscriber
Superficial – I had a large frame and it was just too big for me, I’m 5’9″ with 30 inch legs so it was always tight. Was going to get a Medium frame after a little windfall but saw the Blur TRc frame and thought, why not and it helped that all the components went straight across bar half the headset.Posted 6 years ago
Busted my ribs so not had a real ride on the TRc yet, but the short 1 hour after build test ride felt good barring the agony, she is noticably stiffer and lighter than the ASR-5 though I should be able to get a real idea if its a step up or down in another week or so when recovered.SuperficialMember
I bought an axle set with mine – it cost £50 for the ‘chipset’ (bit of a ripoff…) and £30 for a Shimano thru-axle. It’s a nice convenient setup and works well, and the bike feels very stiff. Having said that, the QR version I demo’d also felt really stiff anyway.
I understand that Yeti have changed the wording on the warranty for the ASR5c – now the carbon version is alright with 140mm forks. But yeah, I’ve heard that the carbon isn’t noticeably stiffer than the alloy one, and the £600 ish price difference is hard to stomach for half a pound less weight (IMO). Of course, if you’re building the ‘ultimate trail bike’ it might need to be carbon.Posted 6 years ago
One thing solman – get the shock pressure right for your demo. The ASR-5 is not a finicky as some, but there’s a difference between 20% & 30% sag thats noticable – BMW sport handling (20%) to Merc comfort handling or thereabouts (30%). Both are good – just different in the eyes of your preference.
In mine and many peoples opinion the ASR5 goes better downhill at 30% sag.
The general rule of thumb for ASR5’s I’ve heard is your weight in pounds minus 5 psi. That resulted in 170 Psi for me, but I prefer 165. I can go down to 155psi for 30% sag and Uber comfort. 165 gives me 25% sag.Posted 6 years agoma-maracasMember
Wouldn’t swap my asr5 alloy, demo’d a few before I bought, but for uphill/downhill I couldn’t find better. Enjoyed the ibis Mojo, but on tamer stuff it flattened the trail too much and made things boring. You still have to ride the yeti rather than letting the bike compensate bad riding. I run a 120mm fork, droppost and 2×10, weighing in at 26lbs, and for Welsh trail Centres etc it s awesome, downhilling in the alps was the only time I’ve wished I was running a 140mm fork. For general UK trails it climbs so much better with a 120mm fork, so a better comparmise. A year in and no desire to swap. 5ft 11 with a medium and 90mm stem.Posted 6 years ago
Just posting an update following my test ride of the Yeti ASR5 yesterday.
Absolutely awesome bike. As many people have said you just don’t stop pedalling. I need to get fitter!
In terms of spec the demo bike was identical to my trek, except for the hope brakes which were a bit weak. However, I was surprised at how different the front felt. The bike just carved through turns. Very responsive, in fact too responsive as I stacked once as the bike turned quicker than expected.
I had the shock set up for 20-25% sag, and whilst it felt very firm it didn’t feel uncomfortable. Like the wife’s golf gti.
Sizing wise, I tested a medium and I felt it was a little short for me. I had the saddle pushed right back and still felt very upright and over the front. As this would be my only bike for short and long rides a large would fit better.
So I’ve ordered one! Should get it next weekPosted 6 years ago
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