The Yeti AS-X is a freeriders dream bike. 6 or 7 inches of plush travel launches off a Progressive Suspension 5th Element rear shock. The adjustment of travel is by transfering the dogbone linkage over to a second slot in the frame. The mulitpivot link
Strengths: Super balanced, climbs really well. Despite frame weight, can be built relatively light. 1.5" Headset is so nice after riding 1 1/8". Feels really solid and planted on the trail.
Weaknesses: Honestly, the only drawback I have see is the vertical dropouts in the rear.I haven't had any troubles personally, but I am nervous about the small clamp area for rear QR.
I really like this bike...a lot. My riding has done nothing but improve after moving from my freeride hardtail to the AS-X. somehow it is a more efficient pedalling machine than my hardtail, which I think speaks volumes to the geometry of the frame, and the cockpit that it has. I can't say enough about the frame.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 27, 2012
Strengths: This Bike is a beast, didn't disappoint my expectations. Handled everything I asked for riding trails and even steep drops. Not bad at climbing but really shines when going down.
Strengths: Overall it's fast on every terrain, reliabel and secure when you're dropping heights, true allround bike!!!!
Weaknesses: Tiny degree of slack during sharp corners
Well i had to get use this bike, after riding my Yeti Arc for 15 years i thought it was time for the more serious drop offs, no weight weenie but KG increased but what a suprise that this bike moves so easily upwards on hills and even soft soil is like cutting butter with an hot knife.
Still pull out my ARC on occassion but my ASX is definitely more an allrounder and ready to go to battle on any turf.
Weaknesses: heavy (came from ASR and hardtails), flexy rearend, high standover height
i have stopped riding my Yeti ASR and plan to sell it to upgrade parts on ASX. 1st time sitting on the bike i felt at home, geo was perfect except for standover height. don't mind standover height now because the bike is very well balanced. i can ride at very slow speeds around techy turns without free of falling over or haveing to put my foot down cause i'm going to slow. the bike pedals very good. i prefer to pedal this over my ASR on city streets, trails, and even uphill might not be as fast but feels more fun on this one. corners amazing, bike really likes to be steered with the body not the handlebars. wheelies and manuals very easy. suspension is very plush. feels rough on the small stuff but plush on the big stuff (told this is due to the fork and how i have my rear shock set up). bike can be built to suit ur needs. trail/FR/DH. i have 2 other bikes and i alway choose this one to ride everywhere. i might look out of place on city streets but now a days i find myself thinking i want to ride down that or jump off of that while riding. the bike is truly amazing and will open ur eyes to new lines and obsticals that u never thought to ride.
Similar Products Used: bullit, haro x7 but didnt like em as much
Bike Setup: black yetias-x, domain fork, juicy 7 discs, nevegal tires, dhx5 rear shock, race face ride dh crank, 5050 pedals etc...
a Weekend Warrior
from Calera, AL, USA
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2007
Strengths: Quality like no other at any price. Frame tubing and welds are gorgeous and second to none. Bike is plush and smooth no matter what you ride it on. It's The all mountain bike and the kicker is it climbs efficiently! Looks awesome and is tough as a bike comes. It really is a 'do it all' if you are in the all mountain aggressive category.
Weaknesses: None. Well maybe the month I waited to get this bike and it was pricy too.
Best bike I've ever seen and rode and I'm a fortunate rider to own one. The only change I will be making on this bike in the future is on the tires, it came with Maxxis Minion downhill tires at 2.5 and I'm switching to a 2.35 size to shed a little weight as I'm not a full blown downhiller. Bike has all the possibilies, build it for your needs and be done. Have fun!
Similar Products Used: None that are in this bike's catagory. Own Fisher's and Specialized.
Bike Setup: 2007 ASX, 2008 Fox Talas36 RC2 fork, Fox DHX5.0(500# spring), FSA pig DH pro sealed headset, the rest is the Yeti freeride kit.
a Weekend Warrior
from DC Metro Area
Date Reviewed: September 17, 2007
Strengths: Ultra Strong, Confidence Inspiring, Great Craftsmanship, Spot-on Geometry, Rides like a much lighter bike.
This bike is awesome. I own a bunch of bikes that I love but it seems I always take the AS-X. This bike can REALLY do it all. It may be a bit slow on the ups, but really, its not spec'd for that anyway and Yeti tells you that straightaway. I might add that I do manage stair climbs as-well-as drops. This bike can truly handle whatever you dish out. The Fox 5.0 rear / 36 Float fork combo really are a perfect match for my riding.
On a side note - it looks way cool and gets thumbs-ups wherever I go (everywhere).
Bike Setup: Med frame with Fox DHX 5.0, Sherman breakout plus, Mavic ex729 wheels, Maxxis Minion 2.5 front and rear, Race Face x-type crankset with FSA exterior bottom bracket, WTB saddle
from Bay area
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2007
Strengths: light, good parts spec, cheap, looks good
Weaknesses: I got an alternate build kit, costed more for cheaper parts. whatever. tire hits the frame, maxxis minion 2.5
I use this as my DH bike, it is still plush in the rocks and things, but it is easier to throw around. I can just pick up the bike and change lines at speed, effortlessly. It rails turns. It loves to jump, much easier than my old bighit ( with 24" ) It came in stock with single ply's and light tubes at 38 pounds
I run it with a 36, and it feels great. I am considering a bigger fork later on for northstar and whistler, but for this year I feel confident on the 36 coil.
If you ride smooth dh, freeride, or anything with some pedaling / jumping, this is the bike. not ideal for rough races though.