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Yeti returns to XC with new model

Published August 19, 2014

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Yeti is getting back into the cross-country race bike market with a new AS-Rc model, introduced Wednesday.

The new carbon full-suspension model uses 650b wheels for smaller sizes and 29er wheels on larger. A complete bike starts at $5,799 retail and begins shipping immediately.

The new frame weighs 4.2 pounds and features a single-pivot suspension design with a custom-tuned Fox shock. A carbon dogbone adds stiffness to the frame, which has Yeti's "progressive" geometry with a 69-degree head angle, a long top tube and a low bottom bracket.

The bike uses 650b wheels on the Small and Extra Small frame sizes, and 29er wheels on Medium through Extra Large.

"We have been out of the cross-country market for several years, so it was important that we nailed the form, fit, and function of the AS-Rc," said Yeti president and co-owner Chris Conroy. "The AS-R has been a storied bike in our line and we raced cross-country for nearly 20 years and have produced some greats in the sport. XC racing is in our DNA and we're excited to reintroduce people to our heritage with a bike that sports Yeti's progressive geometry."

A complete bike with SRAM's X01 build kit retails for $5,799, or $8,099 with an Enve M50 wheelset. It will also be available with a SRAM XX1 build kit with an Enve M50 wheelset for $9,999.

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