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Old 04-10-05, 10:52 PM   #1
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Yeti ASRsl vs. Specialized FSR Pro Disc

These bikes are comparable in price ($3500 vs $3100 for the Speci.). Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to ride either of these bikes; am trying to setup a test ride with my LBS. If anyone owns/ed these bikes and could share some insight as to which of these two bikes they preferred and why, I'd appreciate it.

I am looking to race this bike (Sport this year, Expert next year); I am coming off a hardtail. I am 5'10", 163 lb.

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Old 04-10-05, 11:28 PM   #2
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Hey Hey....
I have not ridden a FSR but:

I bought a ASR-sl a few months ago and I loveeeee it. When I purchased the Yeti I rode a few other high end, full-sus XC rides such as the Ellsworth Truth and Titus Racer X and the Yeti was the only one that felt 'right'. The guy at the shop said most guys coming off a hardtail tend to prefer the Yeti ( I myself am coming off a Litespeed hardtail).
It climbs great properly set up with practically no bob. I suggest the 5th element as opposed to the Fox. The lockout lever I think was just a way to get out of trying to engineer a better shock. It is very stable and the build quality is excellent.
Anyways, my size large with build kit in my sig weighed in at 25.5 lbs. I could easily knock another one off of that. There was some UK cycling mag that rated it as the best available full suspension race bike.
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I don't think the rear Fox shock has a lockout anymore. It has light-medium-heavy pro pedal settings only.

Do you like the 5th element's Adjustable Platform Damping better than the pro-pedal?
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I don't think the rear Fox shock has a lockout anymore. It has light-medium-heavy pro pedal settings only.

Do you like the 5th element's Adjustable Platform Damping better than the pro-pedal?
In either case, having to flip a lever while riding hard, ESP. in a race, is totally impractical.

With the 5th element, it is fully active to all bumps while maintaining very little bob....no levers to play with on your ride.
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Another resounding vote for Yeti here. Don't have any experience with the ASR, but have heard only great things.
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Gotchya. Didn't realize it is fully (auto)active. Thanks for everyone's input!
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You can't go wrong here as both are incredible bikes. For me, it came down to the Stumpy FSR 100 and the Yeti 575. While I ultimately ended up on the FSR I had actually settled upon the 575 but Adrenaline couldn't get any more in for several weeks so I built up the frame that I had received from Specialized and wound up loving it so I never got my 575. I'm quite sure however that, had I gone the Yeti route, I would be gushing over that bike as much as I gush over my Stumpy.

Both are great; ride them and decide which one you like better.
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Yeti wins on coolness factor, of course. Support smaller businesses!
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Comparing Yeti to Spec, what is happening to the world.
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Comparing Yeti to Spec, what is happening to the world.
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Well, here is an update. I picked up the Yeti last month. The bike rides spectacular and I already had a chance to race last weekends. It climbs wells and descends really fast. I love the Fox shock that came with it. I opted for the XT w/o the carbon chainstay, but plan to upgrade the XT/819 wheelset to either Mavic SL or a Swiss setup. Thanks for everyone's input!
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