The Yeti ASR 5 is brand new this year (not even on the Yeti website yet) and marks a bit of a departure from the 575 and ASR 7 models. The ASR 5 is still hand-built by Yeti in Colorado and boasts spectacular craftsmanship – just look at those welds and signature tube shapes!
The rear axle on the ASR 5 is both quick release and 10mm through axle compatible. A 10mm through axle offers a little extra stiffness over a 12mm axle PLUS it’s much easier to line up when you’re mounting the rear wheel. Good call.
During my test ride I had a hard time getting the rear shock dialed in for climbing and the large sized bike felt a little too short for my 6’3” height. But once I got to the top of the hill, the ASR 5 felt like a nimble, aggressive downhill bike and the 5” of travel felt more like seven. Riding the dips in Bootleg Canyon was like riding a wave which makes the shape of the top tube all the more appropriate.
Yeti has a full line of cool bikes for 2010 and we’ll be sure to bring you more info from the show later this week.