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I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on an ASR-5 carbon and am looking for a bit of tribe feedback on it. I have read all the positive reviews and I am sure it will ride amazingly however what I would like to know is has anyone had any problems with the reliability of the frame.

My concerns come from my 09 575 carbon. The rear end had way to much lateral flex and i end up snapping 2 in my 9 months of ownership. Yeti of course replaced them no problem. I have heard some rumors about the rear dropout on the ASR 5 pulling out of the frame. Just wondering if anyone can comment on this or any other problems.

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Mattinsanfran said:
I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on an ASR-5 carbon and am looking for a bit of tribe feedback on it. I have read all the positive reviews and I am sure it will ride amazingly however what I would like to know is has anyone had any problems with the reliability of the frame.

My concerns come from my 09 575 carbon. The rear end had way to much lateral flex and i end up snapping 2 in my 9 months of ownership. Yeti of course replaced them no problem. I have heard some rumors about the rear dropout on the ASR 5 pulling out of the frame. Just wondering if anyone can comment on this or any other problems.

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Mine is only about 6 months old but it has been ridden hard. I haven't had any issues and lateral stiffness is really good.
 

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Cheers Bailey.
Do you have the standard 135mm QR rear end or the 142mm x 12mm axle
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Right now I have the standard 135mm but next week I will have the through axle. I am just waiting on the chip-set and the conversion piece for my Chris Kings.
 

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I suggest putting a thick piece of 3M tape on the yolk that hangs below the bottom bracket. It's a rock magnet and the CF bruises easily. This should have a metal piece for protection like the right chainstay has.
 

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I suggest putting a thick piece of 3M tape on the yolk that hangs below the bottom bracket. It's a rock magnet and the CF bruises easily. This should have a metal piece for protection like the right chainstay has.
Very valid point. Here is mine and it has heli-tape on it. I added electrical tape on top of that now.

 

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Right now I have the standard 135mm but next week I will have the through axle. I am just waiting on the chip-set and the conversion piece for my Chris Kings.
Is the axle conversion now available for the King rear hub? I heard perhaps some time in March.
 

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Is the axle conversion now available for the King rear hub? I heard perhaps some time in March.
Well, now I wonder. My dealer told me he had them and we could swap it out anytime. I will double check tomorrow.
 

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I'm also concerned with this. My buddy went through a couple of chainstays on his 08 575. I was their for both of them including a real nasty implosion on a small drop. I'd be using this bike mostly for endurance XC races but I tend to ride those races pretty aggressively. I'd hate to DNF on a long race because of bike snappage.

Also, how wide of a tire can the 5C take on the rear? My buddy's 575 could barely squeeze a 2.35 in there.
 

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race mine all year

I raced my 5C all year it by far is the most versatile bike i have been on. I beat the hell out of mine every time I ride it. the rear stay's are way beefier then a 08 575, even this year's 11 575 has a whole new rear triangle :thumbsup:
 

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I'm also concerned with this. My buddy went through a couple of chainstays on his 08 575. I was their for both of them including a real nasty implosion on a small drop. I'd be using this bike mostly for endurance XC races but I tend to ride those races pretty aggressively. I'd hate to DNF on a long race because of bike snappage.

Also, how wide of a tire can the 5C take on the rear? My buddy's 575 could barely squeeze a 2.35 in there.
Hey Woodyak, I graduated from Knolly to Yeti, at least I didn't have to give up or hold back on riding style, since we both know that the Knolly's are built like a tank. I bought my ASR-5c specifically for races like the Trans Rockies, Bow 80 and for some other longer rougher races that I do up here in Canada. The 5 does not disappoint, It's light enough for extended climbs and burly enough to handle the steeps without getting in over you head.The bike is perfect in my opinion for hardcore XC. The only area of concern I have is with the low slung chainstay yolk. I'd like to see Yeti design some sort of protector for this vulnerable part, until now I've got several layers of 3M on there to lessen the rock damage. I can use 2.25 schwalbe's in the rear without a fuss. I had only a 1/4 inch of gap with conti mountain king 2.4's.
 

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Hey Woodyak, I graduated from Knolly to Yeti, at least I didn't have to give up or hold back on riding style, since we both know that the Knolly's are built like a tank. I bought my ASR-5c specifically for races like the Trans Rockies, Bow 80 and for some other longer rougher races that I do up here in Canada. The 5 does not disappoint, It's light enough for extended climbs and burly enough to handle the steeps without getting in over you head.The bike is perfect in my opinion for hardcore XC. The only area of concern I have is with the low slung chainstay yolk. I'd like to see Yeti design some sort of protector for this vulnerable part, until now I've got several layers of 3M on there to lessen the rock damage. I can use 2.25 schwalbe's in the rear without a fuss. I had only a 1/4 inch of gap with conti mountain king 2.4's.
I'm assuming the 5C replaced an Endorphin. How does the suspension compare? A concern of mine is how harsh the suspension would be on the 5C. I tend to run my suspension on the soft side, even on my Racer-X.

How about the geometry? I ride the Delirium for 95% of my riding mostly because I really don't like the geometry of the Racer-X. I don't care if it's more efficient and easier on tight stuff. I'm looking for something that is going to feel more like my Delirium when I hop on it.
 

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Geo is really nice and it handles like a bike with more travel than it actually has, kinda reminds me of the endorphin, however, the 5c rides at the top of its travel instead of wallowing through the middle. Another plus is that I don't get as tired riding the 5. I can be on it for 4-6 hrs without getting beat up like an XC bike does by bouncing you around. On the dh and into the corners it holds its line very well and it will take some big hits and instead of blowing through the travel it uses that travel very well, you don't have to be that picky about the smoothest line but I only ride with a 120mm fork. I demoed a DW 5 spot for awhile and chose this instead. For me it fits the bill between both a HD XC rig and a lightweight AM rig. A delirium this is not.
 

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I really don't like the geometry of the Racer-X.
I had a Racer-X and a few other Titus frames. My buddy has a 5C and I now have a 2011 575.

I've riden his 5C a few times and I love it. It's flat out the best climbing bike I've ever ridden. Geo, for me, is spot on and all day comfy, far more than the RX. It's super stable and dead quiet. The 5C was pretty firm when I rode it, but I didn't get a chance to play with the shock PSI and I know he likes a firm set-up.

He beats on it really hard BTW.

I'll take my 575 for my purposes, but I'd own one if I raced more often.
 

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Been riding an Alloy & then Carbon 5c for the past 14 Months, Amazing.

Way stiffer out back that the 08/09/10 575 ever was.

I've hit big stuff, and no trouble.

I have 8 bikes, and this is the best one by MILES.

Its lighter than my ARC ! and ona good day I can keep up with my 575 riding buddies downhill, then on the uphill I loose them off the back. It climbs amazing.

And its got a long warranty, so trust in the 5 like YETI do!

You will be stoked with this bike!
 

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I had a Racer-X and a few other Titus frames. My buddy has a 5C and I now have a 2011 575.

I've riden his 5C a few times and I love it. It's flat out the best climbing bike I've ever ridden. Geo, for me, is spot on and all day comfy, far more than the RX. It's super stable and dead quiet. The 5C was pretty firm when I rode it, but I didn't get a chance to play with the shock PSI and I know he likes a firm set-up.

He beats on it really hard BTW.

I'll take my 575 for my purposes, but I'd own one if I raced more often.
So it climbs better than the RX? That's the one thing I really like about the RX is it seems to climb up anything.

What size fork does your buddy run on it? I have a Revelation on my RX now lowered to 120mm. I'd probably want to run it at 140mm. I'd also consider replacing it with a Fox as I'm not particularly thrilled with the performance.
 

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So it climbs better than the RX? That's the one thing I really like about the RX is it seems to climb up anything.

What size fork does your buddy run on it? I have a Revelation on my RX now lowered to 120mm. I'd probably want to run it at 140mm. I'd also consider replacing it with a Fox as I'm not particularly thrilled with the performance.
I agree the, the RX is a great climber, but I don't remember being blown away like I was with the 5C. The climbs out here tend to be long hauls, so the more comfortable position may be part of it.

He started with a Fox Float 120, but now runs a Float 140 and won't go back. Now, if I could only get him to throw some wider bars on it. :madman:
 

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Side note: My friend picked up the 5C on the same day that he rode a '10 575 that I had out for a demo while waiting for my Ti Titus FTM. If I hadn't already paid for the Titus, I would have picked up the 575.

In the last year or so, other than the YETI's (and the Titus' that I owned) I have spent fair time on: Blur LTc, Mojo, DW 5.Spot and Sultan, Pivot Mach 5 and 5.7.

Liked 4 of them a lot and didn't care for two of them at all. But I couldn't stop thinking about the 575, so I bought a '11
 

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I got mine from the local auto detail place, they often have excess left over from doing the front of a vehicle and you only need a bit so it shouldn't cost you anything.
 
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