After years of development and a now-defunct single-sided chainstay, Yeti Cycles is introducing the all-new 2009 ASR 7 aggressive, long-travel trailbike to the market. With a more traditional ASR design and Yeti ride and build quality, the ASR 7 still looks great and combines the best of Yeti’s short and long-travel designs.
I reached out to Chris Conroy (thanks, Chris!) of Yeti Cycles to find out the skinny on the new ASR 7 and he gave me the lowdown. It looks like delivery sometime this Summer and more than likely a first ride from me at Interbike this Fall.
The much-anticipated Yeti ASR 7 is getting one last series of improvements before we go to final production. As many of you know, we showed a number of iterations over the last year with a single-sided chain stay. It was well received and got rave reviews. In the end though, we felt it didn’t live up to our performance standards and we have made one final design change – we eliminated the single-sided chain stay and replaced the rear end with a traditional two-sided alloy rear, similar to our 4x bike. Our re-design is more conventional, but the performance is pure Yeti.
The decision was difficult, if not downright painful. We had already started production, had invested heavily in tooling and had tons of orders in the pipeline. But it was the right decision.
Some have asked why we moved away from carbon fiber on the rear. We have used carbon with great success in many other bike applications but there has been some resistance to carbon in the long travel market. So rather than fight that battle, we simply moved to alloy. There might be a carbon rear option in the future. The dog bone link will remain carbon – it is the lightest strongest way to make that part.
When we moved away from the single-sided swing arm, the concentric pivots became less critical to the design, so we moved to more conventional pivots like those found on our 4x frame. We still have some more testing to do, but are pretty confident the latest design will meet our requirements. If all goes well, we will have the ASR 7 available early summer ’09.
Yeti ASR 7 Specs:
- Full alloy swingarm with hydroformed tubes – this adds durability in the event of an impact
- Double row main pivot bearing
- Custom mounting bracket for front derailleur – attaches to chainstay and rotates for better clearance
- Cable guides on top tube for adjustable seatpost cable
- 12mm custom rear thru-axle
- ISCG ’05 chainguide mounts
- Carbon-fiber dogbone
- E-type front derailleur
- Tapered head tube (1.5 to 1.125)
- 7-inches of travel
- Weight: 7.5 lbs (medium)
- Shock Options: Fox RP23 or DXH Air 5.0
- MSRP: $4400 (complete) or $2050 (frame with Fox RP23)
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Rode 1 yesterday, and have to say this bike rocks!!! Simply put, it is the perfect balance between a downhill and cross country build. Simple descents mixed with stable uphill climbs. I took it down the surface of the moon and it ate every bump, hole, pebble, jump, log, comet and boulder I could throw at it. Call it a weird form a beastiality, but I am in love with a Yeti!
Glad to hear it! I didn’t have time to hop on the ASR 7 at the Outdoor Demo, but did hit the ASR 5c and loved it. Maybe I’ll get on the 7 this Spring.
Don’t fear the Yeti! Embrace your newfound love!