If you're lucky enough to spend a day around the headquarters of Yeti Cycles, you're sure to see an array of women who can clean lines and leave the guys in the dust, so it's no surprise its designers have put so much effort and time into dialing the women's specific Beti line. Don't let its cute name disarm you, the 2017 ASR Beti Turq GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is built to dominate, offering ladies the same geometry and hard-hitting featherweight carbon fiber that you'd find in the men's line, but with a shock tuned for those of us who are a little lighter on the bike, giving us a rider-tuned suspension for charging through laps of XC singletrack, and cleaning root-latticed lines of rugged trail.
This ASR Beti also carries Yeti's new Turq designation, which represents the most advanced frame the company can make at any given time. For the ASR, this means a more precise carbon layup, carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding any unnecessary bulk. This results in a frameset that has strength where you need it, and much appreciated weight reductions where you don't. Weighing just a claimed 4.28lb, this feathery frame shaves even more weight by choosing a single-pivot suspension system over the heftier Switch Infinity, giving it nearly limitless acceleration potential on smooth, serpentine climbs without compromising on its ability to take on root lattices and brake-rutted descents.
That's not to say that the ASR Beti gets timid when grueling climbs flow into jarring descents. It shines across abusive terrain and white-knuckle descents that would have other cross-country bikes quaking in their tires. The ASR Beti is built to pair with 27.5 in size small and extra-small, allowing you to ride over trail impediments with effortless composure. And because it's distinctly Yeti at heart, this frame proudly retains a gravity-friendly persona with a head tube angle of either 68 degrees (size x-small and small). This moderately relaxed geometry won't chuck you over the bars like other cross-country bikes when the going gets steep, allowing you to confidently descend on only four inches of suspension where other riders opt for longer-travel bikes.
As with the ASR, the ASR Beti eschews Yeti's applauded Switch Infinity in favor of a significantly lighter single-pivot suspension. Not only does this design save a ton of weight for efficiency, but it also simplifies regular maintenance for riders and racers servicing their own bike. The exceptionally stiff high modulus carbon frame and swing arm complement the lightweight suspension platform, translating into uncompromising acceleration needed for tearing the competition to shreds.
- A singletrack hungry steed for XC conquering
- 4in suspension cleans lines made for bigger bikes
- Moderate head tube angle blasts through rough descents
- Turq carbon construction boosts strength and lowers weight
- Single-pivot linkage eases maintenance and saves grams
- SRAM DUB crankset future-proofs your build
- Extra-small and small frames built for 27.5 wheelsets