The ASR 5 was a natural evolution of the AS-R platform. We took the tight handling characteristics of our 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 into them on the downhill.
Part of the secret of this bike is the balance. The front and rear suspension are perfectly tuned. We have engineered it 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 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.
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. It will change your world.