Yeti AS-R 5 Carbon Review

Jan 12, 2011
by Mike Levy  

66 Comments

  • 39 0
 Honestly Mike, if you insist on using white text on a black background can you at least increase the space between the lines of text?
  • 13 0
 Half the review is now burnt solidly into my retina.... IT BURRRRRRNSSSS!
  • 6 0
 Nice review Mike but I agree with dirtydroog and shred-nz about the white on black text. Maybe you can use it for shorter captions instead of whole paragraphs? Just a suggestion.
  • 8 0
 Please, i actually needed to trail along with the mouse to follow along.
  • 6 0
 I can still see the white text on my screen.
  • 8 0
 please, please change it. i don't want to have to wear my aviators to read pinkbike
  • 5 0
 Totally agree, it's actually painful to read such tight spaced white text on a black background. Please please Pinkbike, keep to black on white for such large areas of text... I really want to read the articles but I find I'm squinting and end up seeing the article for the next few weeks as my retinas slowly recover!
  • 3 0
 Incase it needs to be said again. the text drives my eyes batty and i found myself scanning instead of reading.
  • 17 5
 It looks like a sweet bike, but i couldnt be bothered reading the whole review.
  • 5 1
 Actually I quite enjoy reading the whole review, finding it in-depth and informative to say the least. Being a Yeti fan does give me extra impetus I guess.
  • 6 0
 I loved the review, but I wish they would use normal black text on a white background. I find the white on black much harder to read, especially with smaller fonts. Apart from that, my god that's a nice bike!! :L
  • 13 2
 yetis are so sick! liek so sick!
  • 1 0
 This is a bike i NEED to have.. Looks amazing
  • 1 0
 I just want the DT wheelset
Thanx Big Grin
  • 5 0
 I wish those wheels were UST though...
  • 2 0
 whats the weight of that build? must be pretty light!
  • 1 0
 4.75 lbs on the frame, dont know the whole bike though
  • 1 0
 Have a look at what a great technical rider can do on this bike. Yeah he's a pro but not all short travel bikes are created equal...Great article, even though it burned ma eyes ; )

www.yeticycles.com/#/video/new/2010RiderBioGwin
  • 8 0
 Love it..... would like to see yeti prove the speed claim though.....or even PB....... would be cool t have a top gear style stig from PB on a circuit and a leader board :-)
  • 3 0
 Geometry looks great! 68HA, along with a long TT and reach are spot on for intensive tech-trail mashing. Good looks too. Mhm want want want!

One thing I don't get though - does the swing arm flex to allow the link to move?! you need 4 pivot points to put things into motion, I see 3 here which means a static frame.
  • 1 0
 Bottom of swing arm by the BB. Lower Dogbone(connected to swing arm) upper Dogbone (connected to upper frame tube) and then where the shock mounts to the frame.
  • 4 0
 You're right, there are only 3 pivot points which would mean a static frame. But, they designed the rear triangle to flex just enough to eliminate the need for the pivot point by the rear axle. Not a new concept to frame design, Trek used to do it with the fuels back in ~2003. The article also explains this in the paragraph right above the geometry picture, but I don't blame you for not reading the entire thing.
  • 3 0
 @amht4life Quote:

"The article also explains this in the paragraph right above the geometry picture, but I don't blame you for not reading the entire thing"

jawdrop, you are a rarity, I should have more belief in E-humanity, thanx man! Wink
  • 4 0
 i was trying to read the whole review but my eyes hurt in the paragraph where it says "zip tie". folks at pink bike, can you please do something about the long lines of text not tiresome to read? thanks in advance.
  • 3 0
 "it simply can't get any better"

Too f'king right. I've had my alloy ASR 5 since last summer, and it's painfully good. I very nearly shed a tear the first few times I took it out. Without doubt the greatest 'mountain bike' (in the traditional, all-round sense) I've ever riden.

BTW, if you're looking at an ASR, get an inline seatpost. The seat angle seems a touch slack, so you sit a bit behind the BB, which hinder maximum pedalling output. Get an inline post (and a 10mm longer stem if needed) so you can get right over the BB and put the hammer down.
For the record, I know the geometry charts don't really show this effect, but when actually riding it, it's pretty clear.
  • 2 0
 The lack of full travel on the fork is likely due to the XX damper which is very similar to the standard motion control compression damper. Replacing this with the blackbox dual flow compression damper will allow you to use more travel and the fork will be much more controlled on rough trails.
  • 2 0
 More than a few people have complained about the black on white text. I was told by one moderator that this was just part of some experiment with different lay-out styles. PLEASE Pinkbike, have mercy on our eyes and go back to the regular lay-out style.
  • 1 0
 ha i just got the aluminum version on monday White/Turquoise Large With X9 rear and X7front and shifters
its been raining so im awaiting for a perfect ride. unlike most places Houston does not allow riders to ride on their trail because of heavy downfall. given i can go to Louissiana and ride in the rain on their trail and not be hassled. Rode around the neighborhood last night,, man this bike is ready for me to tear up the trail.
  • 1 0
 Enjoy the new ride, I rode this bike for the last season - so sick!
  • 3 2
 "Yeti has long been known for making great race bikes, so it's no surprise that their 127 mm travel AS-R 5 Carbon holds the prize for being the fastest trail bike out there"

sorry, but this is a bold claim (advertising?) with nothing to back it up(what prize?)...where is the comparison with other similar 5" trail bikes like Banshee Spitfire, Ellsworth Epiphany and Specialized Stumpjumper FSR ...amongst others very quick 5" trail bikes?
  • 1 0
 Just took my new AS-R 5 carbon for a spin in the snow. Man was it slow, maybe not because of the bike though... Considering the article I will never do it justice as I'm not very fast nor have the strong technical skills, but i still like my bike, as I would have liked a Lamborghini in my garage!
  • 1 0
 Let me throw in the Ibis Mojo here... Where is the mention of that tough piece of competition for the Yeti?
  • 3 0
 Having ridden both the Ibis Mojo and the Yeti AS-r 5 Carbon a lot, I can say that while I preferred the general ride of the Ibis, it is not the same when you factor in the geo. The Yeti is a lot more confidence inspiring when the trail becomes more steep and technical, where I felt the Mojo was over its head in a lot of the areas where the AS-r is still game to giver. Under an aggressive rider the AS-r can be pushed passed where I was comfortable on the Mojo. (Let's not talk about Lopes' skill here as he's a professional and can excel on anything).
  • 1 0
 Lopes rides the Mojo HD. 6ish inch coil sprung suspension, super light carbon frame (pretty much my dream bike)
  • 1 0
 @BrulĂ©:Thanks for sharing this insight. Which Mojo did you ride on? The HD is slacker and meaner than the previous versions.
  • 1 0
 The HD is not in the same genre as the Yeti being tested, I spend my time on a regular Mojo, non SL , non HD.
  • 2 0
 VERY nice bike. I have several friends riding this rig... I have heard about a lot of warranty issues on the ASR Carbon (4" version) but so far no issues w/ the 5.
  • 1 0
 if you don't mind me asking how much was it built up with those specs? that's all top of line stuff you have on there, must have cost a fair chunk of change. sweet ride by the way =)
  • 2 0
 Compare to Banshee Spitfire: lighter, faster uphill. What about downhill?? Any experience?
  • 3 0
 I did Frown

*runs away crying*
  • 1 0
 I like the way this comment is completely out of context now....
  • 1 1
 Nice bike and nice review. Maybe I'm nitpicking, but I find it a little frustrating when imperial and metric measurements are used in the same review. It is even more frustrating when they are used in the same paragraph.
  • 1 0
 Hi to everyone. Newbe here. Does anybody know where to buy those turquoise YETI ODI in Europe? My white asr has no turq at all on it.... Its a shame, help me!
  • 1 0
 I rode one of these a size or two too small, and it didn't feel right. Reading this makes me want to jump on one thats the right size and pedal until I puke!
  • 1 0
 thx for a great review...I have one on the way with xtr trail kit...riding a banshee spitfire now and have loved it...definitely anxious to see how this lil ripper goes...
  • 1 0
 My one weighs 26lb (no titanium) but I reckon I can get it down to 25lb (without ti bits). Cannot recommend this bike enough. Get one, or an Alloy 5, or a 575.
  • 3 1
 Took two runs on one in Vegas at interbike. Absolutely adored it.
  • 2 0
 now he is very quick at moving..........or is it just speedup?
  • 1 1
 That is a lot of money for a simple linkage design that will not feel as stiff or pedal as efficiently compared to competing carbon frames.
  • 2 0
 I came for the bike porn, I stayed for the review.
  • 2 0
 Love the look of this frame!
  • 2 1
 awesome bikes , i took our shop demo bike out and it was brillliant
  • 1 0
 what's the weight around for this guy?
  • 3 0
 4.75 lb frame weight, including shock
  • 2 1
 Who says that's the fastest trail bike out there?
  • 2 0
 Yeti Big Grin

Though no one ever proved to experience an encounter with the white furry pervert of Himalayas, so we can take it as marketings necessity...
  • 1 0
 Thats an amazing price for an AMAZZING bike
  • 1 1
 That's why IMO, the carbon Trance is more appealing. I'd want the big warranty with a carbon trail bike.
  • 1 1
 pinkbike sticker......how i can to get some stickers or banners for a advertise of this site in my region ?????
  • 1 0
 Er I dint know, a yeti n it's carbon.
  • 1 0
 That's a $10,000 bike with all that XX and the wheels
  • 1 0
 Closer to $8000 in a high end shop, but ya it was the highest end build we've done to date.
  • 1 0
 AGAIN- White text on black background??? who does this???
  • 1 0
 What q-factor crank did you use?
  • 1 0
 the Med frame sounds long, how tall are you?
  • 1 0
 whats the bike weight ?

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