Yeti ASR 5 Carbon Mountain Bike Quick Review – Interbike 2009

Yeti ASR 5 Carbon Mountain Bike Quick Review – Interbike 2009

My quick one-day trip to the Outdoor Demo came and went in a flash, so it’s quite appropriate that most of the bikes I chose to ride were carbon-fiber beauties dialed in for uptempo singletrack assaults. The all-new Yeti ASR 5 Carbon was definitely tops on my list of must-rides at the demo. After catching up with owner, Chris Conroy and domestic sales master, Seth Mukai, I got the low-down on the new ASR 5 C.

Billed as a long-legged XC bike that’s built burly enough to handle all-day adventure, yet still capable on the race course, the full-carbon frameset is superlight (4.7 lbs.) and downright sexy. Yeti knows how to build dialed-in single-pivot mountain bikes and the new ASR 5 C is no exception.

Yeti ASR 5 C Specs

The test bike was built-up with a solid parts spec including:

  • 130mm rear wheel travel via Fox Float RP23
  • 120mm Fox F-Series RLC 15qr fork (120-140mm fork recommended)
  • Shimano XT/XTR drivetrain
  • DT Swiss XR400 wheelset
  • Thompson cockpit
  • Convertible rear dropout from 9mm to 12 x 142mm
  • Weight: 4.7 lbs (carbon) or 5.5 lbs (aluminum/carbon)

Yeti ASR 5c Mountain Bike

Yeti ASR 5 Carbon Quick Review

The ascent out of the mayhem of the demo booths was met with a responsive and fast climber. This bike shows its XC lineage in its efficiency and quick handling. One onto the twisty, rocky singletrack of Bootleg Canyon, the bike continued to shine. Right at home with narrow desert ribbons winding through unforgiving rocks and “no fall zones”, the ASR 5 C took me up West Leg Trail without so much as a flinch. The rear wheel stayed firmly planted in the desert sand and rocks and propelled me with ease. Quick, steep ascents were no match for this bike.

When the trails turned downhill and the real fun began, this bike felt absolutely solid under pressure. I enjoyed railing it down the swoopy singletrack and dropping small ledges along the way. While the suspension is very compliant and can take some abuse, I still felt like I needed to be careful which line I chose to take. It’s not the kind of bike that can take the burliest line without so much as breaking a sweat–you’ve still got to finesse it down the rough stuff.

Overall, I felt completely balanced on the ASR 5 C and look forward to bringing it in for a long-term review in the Spring.

Yeti ASR 5 Carbon Mountain Bike Quick Review - Interbike 2009

Good ASR 5 C

  • Love the feel of the carbon fiber frame
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Travel sweet-spot… not too much, not too little
  • Very balanced feel both up and down
  • Tracks through winding singletrack with ease
  • Loves to be pushed hard
  • Efficient climber and cross-country trail slayer

Bad ASR 5 C

  • Gotta pick your lines through the rough stuff (not really a bad thing though)

The Bottom Line: Yeti ASR 5 C

This bike loves to be pedaled hard and fast both uphill and down. I really dig the balanced feel of this bike and its ability to ascend up virtually anything yet still give you enough confidence to tackle rough terrain.

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A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground. Follow Jason Mitchell on Google+.