Yeti Cycles AS-R 7 Freeride Full Suspension

5/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $1787.99

Product Description

Yeti's ASR-7 stands out form the rest of the crowd. Actually, there really isn't a crowd. The ASR-7 is its own category of bike, more or less. Yeti challenges every convention of bike building with a lightweight all-mountain frame that climbs as well as an XC bike but delivers a full 7 inches of plush travel. Who else can claim this Nobody.

Yeti Cycles AS-R 7 Freeride Full SuspensionPro Review

I tested a Demo Yeti ASR 7 this past winter for five weeks that was built with their Freeride Part kit, and I was amazed how comfortable, controlled and useful it was for climbing and riding steep, rocky and technical terrain. This bike liked to fly! The suspension just soaks up ugly terrain, and it softly flows down a trail like it’s floating on air. Continue reading →

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerald G

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2012

Strengths:    All mountain, all day versatility. This puppy really can do anything: most climbs (even steep technical ones) and pretty much any descent (although double black diamond runs such as ones in Mammoth may still require a "true" downhill bike)

Weaknesses:    Needs a dropper seatpost. That's it!

Bottom Line:   
I can't say enough good things about this bike. I have owned so many mountain bikes over the years but this one really can do it all. No, it's not recommended for XC or downhill racing (although if you are that HARD, you can definitely try!), but it can pretty much ride up or down any trail imaginable. And as mentioned by others, even though it hovers around 30 lbs, you just don't notice it. Especially when it comes time to go downhill. By far the most fun I have ever riding a bike. One thing to note beside the need for a dropper post, since this bike has such a long wheelbase, really tight singletrack switchbacks are a little more challenging. Otherwise, I'm riding this thing until it falls apart!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zebrahum a All Mountain Rider from SLC, UT, USA

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2012

Strengths:    Monster trucking the rough stuff and still being able to pedal to the top.

Weaknesses:    Stock RP23 sits too far into the travel

Bottom Line:   
Let's just start by saying this is the most fun bike I've ever had the pleasure to own. It climbs admirably for a bike with 7" of rear travel and absolutely destroys the trail when it is pointed downhill. The geometry with the 160mm fork feels great for all around riding the handling is precise without being twitchy and when the going gets rough the bike is slack enough to easily cope.

On the steepest, DH resort trails (think the black diamond rock gardens at Diablo) the extra travel and reduced head angle would have added to my confidence but I suspect that is more to do with me than the bike. Another bike park related flaw is that the steep (for a DH bike) head angle makes the bike a little twitchy on high speed jumps, but I can't stress it enough that I never bought this bike to be a park bike and it still performs well in that setting.

Originally, the bike was equipped with the RP23 (high volume) air shock which I rode for about a year. With the RP23, the bike was very light but I noticed that I had to keep a much higher pressure in it then I thought was appropriate in order for the bike to sag properly and feel like it wasn't squatting during extended pedaling. The Pro Pedal helped but I felt like the bike was asking for a coil. So I called up Go-Ride and went down to take their demo Cane Creek Double Barrel out for a weekend in Moab. The bike completely transformed; I could play with the adjustments such that the bike pedaled great, stayed high in the travel while pedaling (due to the coil more than the damping it turns out) and it was much more friendly to do things like preloading for jumps and tackling long rough sections of trail. Got back home, put the RP23 back on and the bike felt a little dumpy and slow, certainly not as fun to jump as it was with the coil. So by a happy coincidence a friend with a Nomad wanted to trade his DHX coil for an RP23 and I obliged. Nearly a year on the DHX so far and I am quite pleased with the ride. I sure would like to get a CCDB or at least a Ti coil (for weight) but until I strike it rich the ASR 7 behaves fantastically.

From front to back I haven't had to replace a single part on the bike so far, and I've never been known as someone who babies their bike. The stock build, while probably not the lightest, is full of durable parts that get the job done without costing an insane amount of money.

If you're one of the people who can fit on the bike, it would be worth your time to give it a test ride. It's kind of tall which might be a show stopper for some people, but it's a fantastic bike for those of us who couldn't care less how fast they get to the top of the hill.

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Favorite Trail:   Rockstacker to Jacksons, Moab

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Jenson, a gift.

Similar Products Used:   Transition Covert, Yeti 575, Transition Bottlerocket, Trek Liquid 65 (from the wayback machine)

Bike Setup:   DHX 5.0 coil, otherwise stock with the 160mm float fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Blue Dogma a Weekend Warrior from Laramie, Wy, Albany

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2011

Strengths:    Climbs like a goat; reasonable efficient XC, excellent at descending and hucking.

Weaknesses:    Stock brakes are a little insufficient. Doesn't come stock with a seat dropper.

Bottom Line:   
I frickin LOVE this bike. It really is the best all around bike I have ever ridden, essentially you can have your cake and eat it too. Reasonable efficient at the XC considering it's weight and travel. Really shines at climbing, seriously I've climbed with ease stuff that's given me fits on an XC bike. This bike absolutely kills in Moab and other spots in Utah that combine high mileage rides with lots of sick descents and hucks. It was slightly out of it's comfort zone riding lifts at the resort. Even with the seat fully down it was still getting in the way a bit, but still able to haul ass and clear the gaps and stunts.

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Favorite Trail:   Curt Gowdy State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3999.00

Purchased At:   Wheatridge Cyclery

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Joplin seatpost, swapped out stock rotors for plus 1 size front and back.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darrell a Cross Country Rider from Vail, CO USA

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2011

Strengths:    The bike is a solid climber for cross country use and can also handle downhill riding. It is durable and has a seven inches of travel to handle just about anything.

Weaknesses:    It is not quite a downhill bike and loses the chain a lot on downhill. It climbs quite well but is a little heavy. The Shimano XT brakes don't handle downhill or steeps on the cross country trails.

Bottom Line:   
This bike outperforms all of the other all mountain bikes I have ridden. It is also the most expensive bike I have ridden. The bike handles very well on cross country trails and I am able to keep up with friends on much lighter shorter travel bikes. The geometry for climbing is very good and the tires hook up very well. As a downhill bike the brakes are the only real problem I see. They overheat very quickly and the pads do not wear well. I replace pads weekly. It also tends to lose the chain on bumpy descents but once again I am able to keep up with friends on downhill bikes. Yeti built this bike as an all around all star and it truly is an amazing all mountain machine.

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Favorite Trail:   Downhill/ crosscountry

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Used demo bike

Similar Products Used:   Giant AC, Orange Five, LaPierre 916, Santa Cruz Bullit, Rocky Mountain Slayer

Bike Setup:   Stock setup with all Shimano components and Fox suspension

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by toast33 a Weekend Warrior from jersey

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2011

Strengths:    too many too list, strength, durability, surprisingly stable pedal-able(considering travel)

Weaknesses:    requires new tapered fork/headset or at least a reducer headset

Bottom Line:   
listen, everyone said 7" travel, WTH?
WELL I had demo'd this bike a year earlier at an event while on vacation and FELL IN LOVE... If your reading this review, you know 7" travel is NO joke, You probably already own a full suspension or have atleast demo'd a few if your thinking of this purchase... And I can tell you this bike pedals like a champ ( Not a hardtail/BUT pedals better than most full S), handles the downhill/all mountain fever with ease, sits a lil' bit higher than most, but I feel at home after a couple weeks ofn pounding on the weekend... You'll love it if you can afford a QUALITY yeti product like this....

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Favorite Trail:   anyone that doesnt have a road connected too it

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3584.00

Purchased At:   Frame (competitive c

Similar Products Used:   04'trek fuel

Bike Setup:   sram X0 package (personal build)
DHX air 5.0 (custom sleaved)
2 forks boxxer r2c2/bomber 55 rc3 ti(depending on trail-conditions)

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