Carbon ASR-5 vs. Aluminum
While the rumor that Yeti is discontinuing the aluminum ASR may be true, there are still a few out there available in my size. It's about an $800 difference, which I'm fine with (love light bikes!) but I'm wondering about the reliability.
Having never ridden a carbon bike, and realizing that the swingarm is carbon on both models, any concerns with the durability and reliability of the carbon front triangle? I'm not a heavy rider (a bit under 170 lbs.) nor am I a jumper/dropper (I'm 47 and those days have come and gone!).
Any reason to jump on one of the remaining aluminum ASRs instead of a carbon?
Another thing to consider is that my favorite color bike is white and I cannot find a white ASR-5 in a small. If I could, I wouldn't have made this post -- it would have been a no-brainer to get the white Aluminum. But since I can't get white, the color is irrelevant and it becomes all about frame material.
Depends on where you ride.
I had a crash on my 2010 carbon ASR5 and put a hole in the front triangle when it landed on a sharp rock. I switched over to the aluminium frame (crash replacement) and not surprisingly haven't put the bike down on a sharp rock in the same way since. I think I was just very unlucky. However, I feel more confident on the alloy frame since I typically ride on very rocky trails and perhaps should have started off with the alloy. Also, I'm using a dropper post now and like the cable routing which the carbon frame didn't have. The carbon rear has held up very well. I put protective tape all over it and it's survived a lot of scuffs and crashes. The rear did develop a hair line crack near the brakes a few months ago and Yeti promptly replaced it - in fact they over-nighted a new rear triangle. I've been very happy with Yeti's responses in both cases.
I'd suggest making your decision on where you ride based on the amount of rocks and also take a test ride to see if you notice a difference between the two. I felt the carbon frame was much stiffer and it seemed to accelerate a lot quicker.
Either way you won't be disappointed. Good luck.