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    Does anyone use a Yeti AS-X for AM?

    I'm considering replacing my Giant AC with a Yeti AS-X, and it would become my main trailbike, along with being a dh/super-d racer on occasion. Does anybody have any luck with setting an AS-X up for that kind of riding? My setup would be 22t & 36t rings in the front with a guide, and probably something like a Fox 36 Float, or the new Marzocchi 66 air sprung fork, with an air shock in the rear.

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    I don't, but there is a write up about just this on the Boutique Bikes web page. The initial review said it worked great, but the review of the Intense 6.6 a year later completely changes the picture. It sounds like the Yeti is a good choice if you don't mind pedaling a heavy, sluggish bike. If it was going to be my one bike, I'd have two wheelsets - or at least two sets of tires (one DH/FR oriented (2.5's maybe), one lighter, trail oriented (2.1's))
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    trail asx

    It can work well but use the coil shock. I have seen and heard of many problems with the dhx air, do a search and you'll find enough to make a choice. get the upgrade to RC2 if you want to use the bike for all around and dh. The 66 feels good but is tanky and I would recommend it for more FR/DH. 2 wheelsets is a good idea. The ASX comes with mavic 729 and dh casing tires and are heavy except for the dh side. A friend of mine had his built to 34 lbs with mavic 321 on xt and a cheap 20mm front with the coil shock. it can be done but it may not be cheap, unless you choose parts wisely.
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    Here's a nice review from Krispy @ Go-Ride...http://go-ride.com/artmag_asx.html enjoy.

    If you have further questions, send him an email krispy@go-ride.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techfreak
    I don't, but there is a write up about just this on the Boutique Bikes web page. The initial review said it worked great, but the review of the Intense 6.6 a year later completely changes the picture. It sounds like the Yeti is a good choice if you don't mind pedaling a heavy, sluggish bike. If it was going to be my one bike, I'd have two wheelsets - or at least two sets of tires (one DH/FR oriented (2.5's maybe), one lighter, trail oriented (2.1's))
    That Boutique Bikes review really makes me want to change my mind. Although, my all mountain bike now, my Giant AC, is 38 lbs of climbing hell. And thank you for the 2 sets of wheel suggestions, i actually thought of that laying in bed this morning (yea, bikes are on my mind every second of the day). One of the reasons that i was thinking about the AS-X is that I heard the 575 feels like much more of an xc bike, and I don't like that unless I had it built up like an xc bike, which I wouldn't. I figure if i could get it around 35 lbs I'd be happy, but maybe its not worth it......
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    I rock the asx for all mountian/FR and I love it. I do xc and fr rides on it. It can be a bit of a beotch on the uphill but you wont regret when its time to descend. I know I will never break it. Go for it, it's a great pedaler. If you dont do drops and are mainly xc guy then go for the 575 but if you are out to test you limits and want to do that drop you have always been eyeing up then go for the asx. Best bike choice by far I have made. It can mos def handle dh but if you do it get a thru axle in the back. Makes it much more stiffer. Oh ya, get a coil fo sho!

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    Yep, love it as well. =) I use a 6" fork w/out lockout... so I'm having a bit of trouble climbing but that was true even with my XC hardtail. =p

    The ASX is a sweet bike. I know it'll be a long while before I realize it's true potentials.


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    Quote Originally Posted by twouareks
    ..Although, my all mountain bike now, my Giant AC, is 38 lbs of climbing hell. And thank you for the 2 sets of wheel suggestions, i actually thought of that laying in bed this morning ...
    Yeah, my AC is almost 37 lbs w/ a 5th coil, '06 Boxxer Ride, and the lighter wheels/tires

    I have 2 Wheelsets, one is Mavic F519s, Mutano 2.4s or BG front/Minion 60a rear, both 2.35... This is a good trail wheelset, the Mutanos roll fast for longer rides. This wheelset makes pedaling uphill a lot better, but then you can't blame your slow climbing on the bike anymore The second set is an Atomlabs Trailpimp with 2.5 dh tires, it adds about 5 lbs to the bike Someone is selling the Trailpimps w/ x9 cassette and 2.5 WTB Timberwolf dh tires for $250 on ebay. They are off an '04 Raleigh fr bike.

    Ideally, I'd have 2 bikes, a low 30 lb 5-6" travel bike that can do everything besides the most abusive riding, and a mid 40 lb fr bike... but thats way too much money to shave 5 lbs off my trail bike, so I just deal with having a heavy bike. I think the Yeti looks cool, if you get it, let me know how you like it compared to the AC...
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    The As-X looks like a sweet all mountain/FR rig. RIght now, I am on a 2003 Bullit with a Sherman up front, and 2.4" WTB Motoraptors on the wheels. My wife and I did a ride that included 6000' elevation gain/loss, 23 miles all in just under 12 hrs. There were nasty parts of the trail, but all of it was fun (except for pushing up hill). The Bullit did great.

    I've been thinking that an As-X (set in the low travel setting) with a Van36 on 721's laced to Hadley's would be a great all mountain/FR rig. I'd say go for it.

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    I do

    Got an '05 AS-X. I haven't ridden it in a few weeks, cuz I broke my foot on it, but I love the bike.
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    So is the reason everyone is saying no to the air shock because the dhx air has had problems? Or does an air shock really not work on the asx? I know its a stretch, but has anybody heard much about the new ROCO air shock? Maybe I could just go coil with a Ti spring. Just asking for weight concerns.

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    I use my ASX for everything. I have a lightweight XC rig but now it just sits in my cellar. Ive got the 36van up front and have no complaints about the geometry. Overall sick @ss bike.
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    Sweet Bike!

    Ive ridden the AM spec with Van36 nice ride felt great definitley a keeper, I wouldn't hestitate to own one as my second bike, except I opted for an RFX.

    Go for it I doubt you'll regret it
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    i have the as-x with 36, and it's a whale(don't mbother mentioning the mag30's). do-able on the climbs because it's so damn heavy, the traction is limited by your tires....the seat angle is a little too slack too for good pedalling..

    but the descent does kick butt, and knowing it won't break is peace of mind. other than that there are lighter single pivot frames out there....the Foes FXR 2:1 comes to mind.
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