The new 2015 Yeti AS-Rc is a stunner in their signature ‘desert turquoise’ paint scheme.
With less than a week until Eurobike and the official start of trade show season, Yeti has rolled out a new version of their AS-Rc 100mm-travel, single-pivot cross-country carbon mountain bike. Featuring what the company calls an “enduro pedigree,” Yeti spec’d the lightweight XC bike with frame size-specific wheels. Extra-small and small frames are built around 27.5-inch hoops while 29-inch wheels come on the medium, large and extra-large frames.
Although Yeti photographed the new AS-Rc as a frameset, it’s only sold as a complete bike.
Though Yeti has focused primarily on enduro and gravity bikes the last several model years, they say their re-entry into cross-country has been very disciplined and purposeful as well as in-line with their racing pedigree.
“We’ve been out of the cross-country market for several years, so it was important that we nailed the form, fit, and function of the AS-Rc.” said Yeti President and Co-owner Chris Conroy. “The AS-R has been a storied bike in our line and we raced cross-country for nearly twenty years and have produced some greats in the sport.”
With it’s clean lines and single-pivot suspension it looks as if Yeti is trying to keep things light and simple—and at just 4.2-pounds, the AS-Rc’s frame is in range of the lightest dual-suspension frames on the market. Though the top-of-the-line 22.3-pound XX1 build checks-in at a spendy $9,999, the $5,799 XO1 build is less than a pound heavier at 23.1-pounds. A “tweener” XO1 build with Enve M50 carbon wheels costs $8,099 and weighs 22.7-pounds.