Yeti are famous within the mountain biking world for combining blistering performance with beautiful aesthetics – but they haven’t stopped there. They’ve done size-dependent wheels on this bike, something that’s been advocated by some for years, ever since the wheel debate blew up. So if you’re an XS or S, you’re on 650B, and if you’re Medium to XL, you’ll be on 29. This seems like a natural extension of size-dependent chain stay lengths to me, though Im prepared to be corrected. Aside from that, it looks like a Yeti through and through.
Yeti Cycles introduces the new Yeti AS-R Carbon cross-country bike, expanding its line of ride-driven products. Built for cross-country racers and trail riders, the AS-Rc rolls on size specific wheels and delivers 100mm of optimised rear wheel travel.
The super lightweight (4.2lb. frame) and efficient suspension has been optimised for shorter travel with an updated and modified single pivot design. Yeti has worked closely with FOX to refine the suspension rate to give the AS-Rc a predictable feel that holds up while pedaling and retains composure when the trail begins to get rough. The new AS-R frame is designed using a carbon Dogbone link to add considerable stiffness to the chassis, and sports Yeti’s progressive geometry (69-degree head tube angle, long top tube, low bottom bracket) that has been borrowed from their experience in DH and Enduro. Wheel size on the AS-R is optimized with 27.5” wheels on the Extra Small and Small frames, and 29” wheels on Medium through Extra Large Frames.
“We have been out of the cross-country market for several years, so it was important that we nailed the form, fit, and function of the AS-Rc.” said Yeti President and co-owner Chris Conroy. “The AS-R has been a storied bike in our line and we raced cross-country for nearly twenty years and have produced some greats in the sport. XC racing is in our DNA and we’re excited to reintroduce people to our heritage with a bike that sports Yeti’s progressive geometry.”
The AS-R will be available as a complete bike with a SRAM’s X01 Build Kit, Fox fork and an SRP of £5199. Orders are now being taken for the first delivery due into the UK shortly.
Sizes: 650B – XS / S; 29” – M / L / XL
Colours: Black or Turquoise