The versatility of the Yeti ASR5, it’s ability to tackle large rocks and roots but still maintain a firm cross-country race feel makes it our number one choice for 2011.
Part of the secret of the bicycle is the perfectly balanced and tune front and rear suspension. It’s engineered to ride a bit stiffer in the mid-stroke of the travel. This gives it a similar feel to a sport-tuned suspension on a performance car. You can feel the trail so the bike has a lively, aggessive feel on the trail. The low bottom bracket and neutral steering geometry keep the bike controlled and predictable when you bring it up to speed and it carves turns extremely well – due in part to the amazing stiffness of the frame/axle system.
If you have been holding on to your hardtail or short travel bike because you worry about compromising efficiency or weight, you gotta throw a leg over this bike and give it a spin.
|Frame Weight||4.75 pounds carbon / 5.5 pounds alloy|
|Travel||5 inches /127mm|
|Headset||Threadless 1-1/8″ to 1-1/2″ Tapered|
|Rear Dropout||Standard 135QR or 142mm/12mm interchangable|
|Extras||Gravity Dropper Cable Guide|