The AS-R 5 was a natural evolution of the
AS-R platform. Yeti took the tight handling
characteristics of the shorter travel
AS-R and bumped up the travel to 5”.
This transformed the bike into an amazingly
versatile all-rounder. Long, gnarly
back-country rides? No problem. You
wanna race a little cross-country? This
bike is light enough to help you stomp
your lycra-clad friends uphill and then put
more time into them on the downhill.
Part of the secret of this bike is the balance.
The front and rear suspension are
perfectly tuned. It's engineered to ride a bit stiffer in the mid-stroke of the
travel. This gives it a similar feel as sport tuned
suspension on a performance
car. You can feel the terrain so the bike has
a lively, aggressive feel on the trial. 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 the
If you have been holding on to your
hardtail or short travel bike because you
worry about compromising efficiency or
weight, this frame will change your world.