2010 Yeti ASR 5C Quick Bike Review – From Interbike 2009

Posted in Bike Gear, Gear Reviews, Mountain Bike by Jason Mitchell - 10.05.2009

My quick one-day trip to the Outdoor Demo came and went in a flash, so it’s quite appropriate that most of the bikes I chose to ride were carbon-fiber beauties dialed in for uptempo singletrack assaults. The all-new Yeti ASR 5 Carbon was definitely tops on my list of must-rides at the demo. After catching up with owner, Chris Conroy and domestic sales master, Seth Mukai, I got the low-down on the new ASR 5 C.

Billed as a long-legged XC bike that’s built burly enough to handle all-day adventure, yet still capable on the race course, the full-carbon frameset is superlight (4.7 lbs.) and downright sexy. Yeti knows how to build dialed-in single-pivot mountain bikes and the new ASR 5 C is no exception.

Yeti ASR 5 Carbon Quick Review

The ascent out of the mayhem of the demo booths was met with a responsive and fast climber. This bike shows its XC lineage in its efficiency and quick handling. One onto the twisty, rocky singletrack of Bootleg Canyon, the bike continued to shine. Right at home with narrow desert ribbons winding through unforgiving rocks and “no fall zones”, the ASR 5 C took me up West Leg Trail without so much as a flinch. The rear wheel stayed firmly planted in the desert sand and rocks and propelled me with ease. Quick, steep ascents were no match for this bike.

When the trails turned downhill and the real fun began, this bike felt absolutely solid under pressure. I enjoyed railing it down the swoopy singletrack and dropping small ledges along the way. While the suspension is very compliant and can take some abuse, I still felt like I needed to be careful which line I chose to take. It’s not the kind of bike that can take the burliest line without so much as breaking a sweat–you’ve still got to finesse it down the rough stuff.

The Good

  • Love the feel of the carbon fiber frame
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Travel sweet-spot… not too much, not too little
  • Very balanced feel both up and down
  • Tracks through winding singletrack with ease
  • Loves to be pushed hard
  • Efficient climber and cross-country trail slayer

The Bad

  • Gotta pick your lines through the rough stuff (not really a bad thing though)

Final Thoughts: Yeti ASR 5c

This bike loves to be pedaled hard and fast both uphill and down. I really dig the balanced feel of this bike and its ability to ascend up virtually anything yet still give you enough confidence to tackle rough terrain.

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  1. sid

    I’m torn between either a Titus RACER X Ti or Yeti ASR 5c. I’m a skeptic when it comes to Carbon Frames taken on the trail I worry about the tolerance levels in regards to frame and pivot integrity; Mind you..I just take take the various trails all over Marin Ca. No drives to the “ski resorts” to do down hill courses and such. So im wondering..of the two frames I mentioned ( to make a long story short..) what would be my most bang for the buck. Any and every opinion is of value in the decision making process.

  2. Albert

    My two cents – I current ride a Titus Racer -X, but rode a Yeti 575 for a little bit last season. Even with the added weight and slightly different geometry, I preferred the way the Yeti handled. Looking to sell/trade my Titus for a Yeti ASR 5 now.

  3. jon fritz

    i’ve just logged 6 rides in 10 days with my yeti asr 5 carbon, sram xx. WOW. good bye turner flux of 5 yrs, hello crazy light, amazing steering input, very cush suspension. i was worried that moving to a 5 inch bike would be a big sacrifice for climbing and efficiency, no way. the bike climbs like a mountain goat and doesnt mind out of the saddle efforts.

    unlock the fox float on the down hill and the rake gets slack and you can just flow over the rocks. riding north lake tahoe for a week to flush out the details. overall, the bike is more than expected and for the money, on the spot.

    • Jason Mitchell

      The ASR5c has to be one of the best bikes on the market… glad you’re confirming that and enjoying every bit of it!

  4. jeff

    I have a yeti ar5 and am having a hard time getting it dialed. It seems to take a lot to get the rear suspension moving, but when it goes, it seems soft and seems to get softer the further it compresses. Any tips? The R shock is a rp23.

    • Jason Mitchell

      Hey Jeff… I wish I could help you more specifically with that bike, but I don’t have one here to check against. I do have an RP23 on my Niner RIP 9 and can tell you a thing or two about that shock.

      It sounds to me like you don’t have enough pressure in the shock, but you have the ProPedal engaged and set at a firm setting. At least that’s what it sounds like. What pressure have you set the shock at and are you sure you have the ProPedal disengaged?

      Check the manual for your suggested pressure settings and ensure your shock pump is working properly. Your manual is available here:

  5. jeff

    Hey Jason

    thanx, i think i have the shock at its max and the pro peadel set aat firm. The Pro Peadel lever seems to be loose, (it wiggels freely).

    My shock pump is about 8 years old and might not be reading or working properly, (Good tip, thanx) or there may be something wrong with the shock.
    First i will buy a new pump, then have closer look at the shock. that does not work, i will be back


  6. jeff

    you were rite, my pump was shot and the shock works great. i need to get it dailed in but that is only fiine tuning. , the answer was so EZ :-) do i get a bone head Q. award?
    thanx again

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