the bicycle shop

Yeti ASR 7

Follow the progress of our custom build. We’re aiming at a sub-30 pound long-travel bike for the steep, tight, technical singletrack found in the Alps.

With 7 inches (177 mm) of rear travel, we know the ASR 7 will take big descents. And, hopefully, with the 7′s pedigree and the correct build, it will handle technical climbs. We’ll find out in the Alps this summer.

The first component is a gold Chris King rear hub. 72 points of contact in King’s RingDrive mechanism ensure virtually instant engagment – no slop whatsoever.

A Shimano Saint rear derailleur will handle the shifting.

Just in is an XT E-type front derailleur. By mounting directly on to the swing arm, the shifting problems that sometimes occur on long-travel bikes are eliminated. A Blackspire Stinger will stop us dropping the chain over rough stuff.

Crankset had to be a RaceFace Turbine double and bash. Fork is a 180mm-travel Fox 36 Talas RC2 FIT. Travel adjust will drop it to 140mm for climbing. For the Alps we have replaced the Fox RP23 shock with a DHX. Front hub is a Chris King. Tyres are Panaracer Cedric Gracia All Condition 2.35s.

Next to go on will be brakes – Hope Tech V2s.  Then a KMC chain and we go test riding!