Blurring the line between XC and trail.
Not content with the typical pink-and-shrink approach used with many women-specific bikes, the Yeti ASR Beti Carbon Mountain Bike Frame boasts the same lightning-fast acceleration and trail-taming composure of the regular ASR Carbon, just with a special shock tune for needs of lighter racers and riders. While we can argue about the merits of differentiating bikes by gender-specific colorways, the lighter shock tune does provide a noticeable difference for female riders desiring a bit more sensitivity and traction when they're crushing up climbs and ripping descents.
The ASR Beti Carbon Frame is a bit longer and slacker than many cross-country whippets, making it a bit more of a versatile performer on the trail. It's really a lightweight, race-ready rig that's ideal as a spirited and agile trail companion when you're not donning a race plate. This particular frame provides all the strength and stiffness of Yeti's top-tier Turq carbon fiber, albeit with a weight penalty in the neighborhood of 250 grams (that's about 8.8 ounces). Ultimately, this carbon construction translates to rocket-like acceleration and precise handling desired by cross-country racers and trail riders alike.
Seeing that the ASR Carbon occupies much of the same territory as Yeti's newer SB4.5, it's important to detail the differences. You'll find it's actually packing a bit less travel, sports a steeper head tube, and rocks a single-pivot suspension instead of Yeti's signature Switch Infinity. The extra-small and small frames also use 27.5in wheels for easier handling around tight switchbacks for the smallest of racers and riders.
Although more basic than Switch Infinity, this single-pivot platform reduces the frame's overall weight and increases rear triangle stiffness—both characteristics desired for an XC bike. Yeti refined the pedaling characteristics and descending composure of the ASR Carbon by working closely with FOX to fine-tune the suspension rate. What you'll find is snappy acceleration from corners and efficiency on the brutal climbs of XC, yet it's far more confident handling the rough stuff on the trail, with the shock ramping up at end stroke to prevent harsh bottom-outs.
- Feathery XC rocket doubles as agile trail bike
- 4in of single-pivot travel balance efficiency and composure
- Slacker and longer (for an XC bike) to handle burlier trails
- Carbon construction maximizes stiffness and keeps weight down
- 27.5in wheels on smaller sizes for an easier, more nimble feel
- 29in wheels for speed-carrying benefits on medium and larger sizes
- Yeti's tribe may be known for enduro brutes, but it also includes XC assassins