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  1. The Team Racing Dudes were presented with custom painted YT Tues frames for the 2018 World Championships. South Africa's Johann Potgieter's bike is decorated in green and gold with a touching tribute to his wife on the top tube. The paint scheme was crafted by German designers 70id. Pottie is racing a SRAM's 7-speed downhill specific X01 groupset with a 34 tooth chainring and an ethirteen chain guard to avoid any slips. He clips into a pair of Shimano DX pedals. The suspension features RockShox with a 2018 Boxxer World Cup fork and Vivid R2C shock. Pottie keeps the speed in check with a pair of SRAM Code RC brakes. The bike rolls on DT Swiss's proven FR 1950 wheels with 650b sized rims. The bike currently has Maxxis Highroller and Minion DHF tyres fitted front and back respectively. Although he may change this combination depending on conditions on race day. The handlebar and stem are a Truvativ Descendent pairing with the bars having been cut down to 780mm and the stem measuring 50mm. The saddle and seatpost are from SDG with ODI grips finishing off the cockpit. The bike weighs in at around 16 kilograms, not a problem for Pottie's gun show. Full specifications FrameYT Tues CF 27.5Fork2018 Rockshox Boxxer World CupShockRockshox Vivid R2CWheelsDT Swiss FR 1950Front TyreMaxxis High Roller 2.5 3c compoundRear TyreMaxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3c compoundHandlebarTruvativ Decendant DH Riser (cut down to 780mm)GripsODI lock onStemTruvativ Decendant Direct mount 50mmHeadset + top capAcrossSeatpostSDGSaddleSDGBrakesSRAM Code RC (200mm rotors)ShiftersSRAM X0 7-speedRear derailleurSRAM X0 DH 7-speedCassetteSRAM DH 7-speedCrank armsSRAM X0 DH 165 mmChainringSRAM 34t Narrow wideChainSRAM PC XX1Bottom BracketSRAMPedalsShimano DXChain guideE-Thirteen Looking to buy a downhill bike? Check our classifieds listings here.
  2. Theo rides a carbon fibre YT Industries TUES. A successful racing bike, seeing its second consecutive SA Champs win (last year under Pottie) and a number of World Cup wins by Aaron Gwinn. The Trails Crew. A passionate group of riders who spend their time building and shredding trails around the Cape. If you haven't heard of them, it's definitely worth checking out their work. And some motivation to "SEND IT!!" on the top cap from the guys at cSixx. Converted from coil to air. The winning number. Evidence of a trip to Morzine. Theo has converted his RockShox BoXXer fork from a coil to an air spring to get his preferred feel. He enjoys his shock, a RockShox Vivid, to be coil spring for better small bump sensitivity and to avoid overheating on rowdier trails. The drivetrain is a bit of a mix and match. A SRAM X0 derailleur conducts gear changes across a 10-speed cassette via a SRAM X9 shifter. An E-Thirteen LG1 Plus crankset with a 36 tooth chainring is powered by Shimano DX pedals. A cSixx 9 Gravity Guide keeps the chain in check. Theo is particular about his braking, prefering the tried and tested Avid Code brake set to SRAM's newer Guide brakes. For South African Champs, Theo fitted Maxxis's DHR II tyres front and back. He elected to go with the downhill casing variants for better puncture resistance on the rocky Hartbeespoort track with cSixx FOAMO inserts to further prevent snakebites and rim damage. While Theo does prefer carbon wheels, he rode these trusty aluminium DT Swiss YT 2020's at SA Champs with great success. Specifications FrameYT TUES CFForkRockShox BoXXerShockRockShox VividWheelsetDT Swiss YT 2020TyresMaxxis DHR IIShifterSRAM X9Rear DerailleurSRAM X0 DHChainguidecSixx 9 Gravity GuideCranksete-Thirteen LG1 Plus with 36T chainringCassette SRAM PG-1070ChainSRAM 10-SpeedSaddleSDG I-SpyHandlebarRaceface AtlasGripsODI RuffianStemRaceface AtlasBrakesAvid Code with 200mm rotors The Rider's Perspective: Theo Erlangsen. Frame: YT industries TUES Carbon Fibre XL I could go on for ages about the frame, angles, lengths, kinematics, etc. But give it a thought, Aaron Gwin dominates the World Cup scene on his YT, both last year & this year’s SA champions won on YT Tues. Maybe, just maybe, you could go out on a limb, and say it’s a good bike. Having a championship proven, world-class bike that is cheaper than anything else comparable on the market is a very, very rare combination in any industry. YT is without a doubt the best value when it comes to buying a downhill bike.Fork: RockShox BoXXer One of the best forks I’ve ever had. Technically the fork shouldn’t work as it originally came with a spring, not an air cartridge. I rode it for a while with a spring but hated the feel, so I wanted to put in an air cartridge. However, once you ride it with the spring, it scratches the inside of the stanchion, and they say you can’t run the air cartridge. But I managed to get an old model air cartridge lying in the back of the Cape Cycle Systems's warehouse and put that in. Somehow, I really don’t know how, but it has worked like a dream. I’ve serviced it maybe four times in the two years, and it’s been absolutely bomb-proof, never failing on me. However given the choice, I’d run a Fox 40 air purely for racing in Europe. I’d like to have the increased adjustability in settings and stiffness, as the tracks are so much more demanding. That being said, for riding in South Africa, I think a Boxxer is sufficient for most people. Rear shock: RockShox Vivid Another component of my bike that has surpassed my expectations. In 2 years of abuse, I’ve only serviced it once and it has never given me any issues. I favour coil shocks as I prefer the small bump sensitivity and, when racing in Europe, air shocks can heat up too much on long runs and jeopardise performance. Additionally, with the introduction of the new generation of lightweight springs, there is less incentive to run air shocks. I don’t currently have a titanium or that lightweight orange Fox spring but I would love to run one given the opportunity. Brakes: The OG SRAM Code brakes My favourite component on my bike and the one I am most picky about. Bought second hand in poor condition. Cape Cycle Systems completely redid the internals for me and gave them a second life. My bike originally came with Guide brakes, but I didn’t feel they had enough stopping power, given my weight and riding level. To put it euphemistically, I didn’t like them. The Code brake has a more powerful calliper, which is needed for competitive downhill racing. I am extremely fussy about how my brakes feel. Lever reach as far out as possible, they must bite as early and tightly as possible and each side must feel identical. I run the SRAM brand organic compound pads and wouldn’t run anything else. I’ve tried knock off brand pads and hate them. 200mm SRAM rotors, but I can’t wait for SRAM to start making 220mm rotors. Tyres: Maxxis DHR 2, DH casing (Front and Rear) Another component on my bike which is hugely important to me. I love the feel of the Maxxis tyres, I love the compound and predictability of the side knobs. My ideal combination is a DHF on the front and a DHR on the back. However, I ran DHR’s front and back at SA Champs because they were the only fresh tires I had left. Depending on the nature of the track that I’m racing, I switch between the Double Down and DH casing. Due to the harsh rocks in the SA Champs track, I chose to run the DH casing to reduce the probability of a flat. But if certain tracks allow for it, I run the double down, as it is lighter, and the rotational weight of the wheels makes a significant difference to the feel and speed of the bike. The importance of tyres is hugely underrated. Formula 1, Moto GP, etc., spend millions on tyres for a reason, it’s critical. Don’t think mountain biking is any different. Your tyres are your only point of contact with the ground, therefore the way they feel, makes a huge difference to your riding. Fresh tyres make the world of difference. Chain Guide: CSixx 9 Gravity Guide Really stoked with it, I’ve smashed it on rocks and things so many times, and it’s still holding up. Thanks to the new clutch derailleurs, they can now ditch the jockey wheel and just have a shark fin guide on the bottom, enabling the guide to have full protection with no drag. I’m running the metal one because the custom carbon one they made for me went missing at a Dawn of the Dirt after party. Whoever stole it, Jonty Human is looking for you, and not happy with you. Haha. But there’s a new proto carbon one, with custom colours, waiting at the cSixx office to be put on. The weight reduction on a carbon guide is so obvious, with almost no downside. Carbon is always the first choice. Having a local company, keen to test and develop their products with you, is hugely helpful to both parties. Wheels Set: DT Swiss YT 2020. Also known as DT Swiss FR570 rims. My favourite aluminium rims that I’ve ever run. In terms of DH aluminium rims, I wouldn’t use anything else and highly recommend them. A tip, I run brass nipples, they are a bit heavier, but they are more durable. Aluminium nipples are lighter, but I break spokes too easily. With brass nipples, I almost never break spokes. However, if I could run carbon rims, I would. The weight reduction in rotational weight and increase stiffness is one of the most noticeable and advantageous upgrades you can do to your bike. I would put ‘upgrading to carbon rims’ at the top of your list of things to upgrade on your bike, especially your trail bike. And don’t be silly and buy cheap *** carbon rims, because they will break, and you’ll be angry. Buy some decent quality cSixx ones, with good post-sale warranty support. You get what you pay for. And on that note, if you have carbon rims, always be aware of your tyre pressure. Check it before every ride as tyres always slowly leak air. If you run silly low pressures, don’t be angry when you break them. You won’t believe how much better your bike will feel with light and stiff rims. Rotational weight reduction is the most important and valuable weight reduction you can do to your bike. Additionally, because of the stiffness of carbon rims, they don’t flex, and your spokes don’t get loose over time, meaning you don’t have to constantly tighten spokes to keep your rims true. After testing their proto carbon rims the whole of last year, they are updating and developing the new ones for more testing. They should be on my bike soon. Tyre Inserts: cSixx FOMO’s, Double-ply (Front & Rear) Jo'burg tracks have some of the most unforgiving rocks I’ve ever ridden. It helped hugely to run double ply FOMO's front and back. It reduces the chances of dinging your rim or cutting your tyre, which was a huge risk racing there. Tyre inserts are one of my favourite innovations in recent years, simple, but a game changer. I’ve been running FOMOs in my DH bike and trail bike since cSixx first started prototyping them. Handlebars: Raceface Atlas, 812ish mm wide, not sure exactly My dad CNC’d some homemade bar extensions because I wanted wider bars. I’d still like to go wider, maybe 820mm, but the Jo'burg track was too tight to have wider bars. I’ll put 820mm bars on for racing in Europe. I actually don’t really like the sweep and feel of these bars. I usually run cSixx carbon bars, but had to take them off when I rode Darkfest (for obvious reasons). I much prefer the feel of the cSixx bars and swear by them. Carbon bars are so good at dampening the vibration of rough tracks and were hugely beneficial when racing in Europe on the rough tracks. Don’t be hesitant about carbon bars, yes they can snap, but that’s usually because the person using them was being a plonker. If you treat them right, they won’t just snap out of the blue. I’ve had the same pair of cSixx carbon bars for over a year and a half now, no issues. Drivetrain I’ll pretext this with, I believe the derailleur is the worst most outdated component on bikes today, and I cannot wait for a discontinuous innovation to replace it. Having a fragile little arm hanging at your back wheel is just silly. It’s just so vulnerable. The weight of the whole cassette and derailleur on the rear end of the bike hinders the suspension performance drastically. I have no idea how they are going to innovate the drivetrain, but I can’t wait for the day. (No gearboxes are not the solution yet). Derailleur SRAM X0 That being said. This new XO derailleur is another favourite component on my bike. Most people wouldn’t know this, but the new generation derailleurs have a horizontal parallelogram, as opposed to the diagonal parallelogram of old derailleurs. If you always have issues breaking derailleurs, I highly, highly recommend upgrading to a horizontal parallelogram derailleur. I used to break about 4 or 5 derailleurs a year with the old models, but with the new ones, I’ve broken 1 in the last 2 years. Also a sneaky trick, I run a pedal spacer in between my derailleur and the hanger, I found this to be hugely helpful in not breaking derailleurs, and it helps it not to rattle loose over time. Cassette I have a 10-speed cassette but would run a much smaller one if possible. I don’t ever use the first four gears. Having a cassette as light as possible just means less weight on your rear end and an increase in suspension performance. Chainring: E-Thirteen Unfortunately, cSixx haven’t made one that fits my bike, but are in the process of doing it. Shout out mountain biking industry for having a million different types of chainrings. Cranks: E-Thirteen By a country mile the worst component on my bike. I highly recommend not buying them. Saddle: SDG I-Fly Another component I cannot recommend buying. I’ve snapped two seats already, and find them horribly uncomfortable. Grips: ODI Ruffians Not my favourite, but they’re alright. Prefer the old Ruffians but they stopped making them. Pedals: Shimano DX Favourite pedals to run. I like a ton of float in my pedals and with the adjustability of the DX pedals, I can have them nice and loose. Secondly, they are hard as hell. I’ve smashed them on rocks insanely hard so many times and they always survive. The only issue is, after a year or so the start deteriorating and develop a lot of play. I wish Shimano would sell a service kit for them. Lastly, Upkeep If I’m in Cape Town, I get my bike worked on by Clint Elliot at The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig. If I’m Stellenbosch side, I go to BMT bike shop. This is for a reason. Don’t buy the best bike in the business and then let monkeys work on your bike. The best components in the business can’t be good if they aren’t maintained properly. Proper service of your bike is as important as the components on your bike. Please drop any questions in the comments and I’ll do my best answer them.
  3. YT TUES CF Pro Race Mob Edition. The gained knowledge of two years World Cup racing, the refined kinematics as well as a modern geometry concept that lets riders choose their preferred reach, all contribute to once again making sure that the TUES has precisely the characteristics that form a winner. And the team was able to prove this at the first race of the 2018 season: first race – first place for Aaron Gwin. Aaron Gwin about his new bike: “I’m loving my new TUES, the bike has always been awesome for me so when we designed the new one we really wanted to just refine it and build on everything I already liked about the bike.” The feedback from Rampage superstars Cam Zink and Andreu Lacondeguy has further allowed YT to create a bike that will continue to push the limits of freeriding well into the future. Bryan Regnier on the TUES CF Pro Race. Shot by Ale Di Lullo. Frame While designing the new TUES, YT paid particular attention to synchronizing every suspension element to work together as one: frame kinematics, hydraulic damping curves, and spring force. The Virtual 4 Link suspension system is based on a low leverage ratio – and it's a major factor in giving the TUES its superior characteristics. Amazing small bump compliance in the first part of the travel gives the next-gen TUES even more grip: it practically sticks itself to the ground, holding lines even better than before.A rapidly rising spring curve provides a lot of mid-stroke support: this creates more grip for turning and braking, and optimal use of travel on big jumps. Despite being very sensitive off the top, the progressiveness and support gives the TUES the pop to get airborne easily – and helps keep your legs fresh during sprints, too. Without giving up any of the bottom-out reserves of the TUES, YT have reduced the ending-stroke progression by 5%. It's made the rear a little bit plusher for a boost in comfort and control. YT Tailor Made With five lengths and low seat tubes across the next-gen carbon TUES range, riders can choose between two or even three sizes depending on the preferred reach, from moderate to extra-long. It's like the bike is tailor-made for the rider. The carbon TUES models are available in five sizes, ranging from S – XXL. The wider size selection furthermore ensures the perfect match to both body and style. Geometry TUES Build Kits The premium TUES CF Pro Race model is launched in two colorways: the YT MOB Edition as well as the typical liquid metal coating. YT TUES Pro Race Liquid Metal. The premium suspension consists of the FOX 40 FLOAT Factory fork and FOX FLOAT X2 shock with kashima coating, offering buttery smooth feel. With 233% of range and a weight of just 180 grams the e*thirteen cassette is the best possible foundation for your transmission. Quality: the largest sprocket is made of aluminium while the others are machined from a single billet of steel. SRAM's X01 DH 7-speed derailleur together with the SRAM X0 Trigger provide smooth and reliable shifting, no matter what the terrain. The e*thirteen LG1r is an incredibly light yet extremely robust downhill race crank, with carbon crank arms to really keep the weight in check. YT TUES CF Pro Blood Red. YT TUES CF Pro Chalk White. On the TUES CF Pro the FOX 40 accompanied by the FOX FLOAT X2 shock are featured in the Performance Elite version, recognizable by their black anodized stanchions. The fork offers adjustable low speed compression, rebound damping and integrates FOX’s EVOL air spring technology for 2018. The result is a remarkable sensitive fork with excellent mid-stroke support. The shock features externally adjustable low speed compression and rebound. All in all, the suspension package on the CF is ready for anything you can throw at it.The extremely robust e*thirteen cassette with 233% of range is also used for the TUES CF Pro. The SRAM GX DH rear derailleur ensures quick and accurate shifting. The LG1+ is e*thirteen’s lightweight premium downhill crank with forged crank arms made of EXA+ aluminum.
  4. The YT Brand Relaunch Campaign has established one thing for sure: the guys at YT don’t do ordinary. And the new CAPRA campaign absolutely ties in with their philosophy and founding ideal: The campaign was initially launched with an outstanding cryptic trailer, that has left the public excited for the next big bang YT clearly had up their sleeve. The full launch video is a true testimony of YT’s passion for both the high-quality products they produce and the brand they have created. This is not just another riding video: this 80s horror movie-style launch video is at feature film quality, marking The Return of The Goat – the all new CAPRA. No doubt this goat is coming to get you. The CAPRA returns in both 27.5” and 29”With this bike launch YT absolutely lives up to the anticipation – the CAPRA is now available in both 27.5” and 29”. Both CAPRAs are dialed into a perfect combination of aggressiveness, speed, agility, and handling. The modern geometry with short chain stays, a slack headtube angle and a perfectly adjusted seat angle delivers a full-on downhill machine crossed with the agility and uphill performance of a trail bike. And true to the YT gravity core, the CAPRA also has to master the very same tests the TUES has to pass during its development – as a result, the new CAPRA is delivered with a full-on bike park approval. The CAPRA 29 offers unbeatable control and stability on fast downhills while being an efficient climber on the uphills. This CAPRA is defined by pedaling efficiency over long distances combined with an impressive downhill skillset. Furthermore, with the FlipChip technology, the geometry can be perfectly adapted to offer even more propulsion on those grueling climbs. The CAPRA 27 has the playful agility of an enduro bike combined with the gravity genes of a downhiller. The extra suspension travel ensures it doesn't give any ground when dealing with rough terrain or soaking up sketchy landings – making the bike insatiably fast and addictively engaging, on the ground and in the air. Frame The carbon models of the new CAPRA come as full carbon frames, including the rocker arm, therefore being 15% lighter and 10% stiffer than the previous model. Furthermore, the headset bearing surfaces of the all carbon headtubes are shaped directly into the carbon itself. This allows for homogenous material distribution in the headtube and for the optimal balance between weight, reliability and performance.We can see that YT put a lot of work into their research and development when looking at the aluminum frames: these are visually extremely close to the carbon models and are equipped with double air-formed seat stays. Both the carbon and aluminum frames come with internal cable routing to keep things clean and tidy. For the new generation of the CAPRA, YT has fine-tuned their Virtual 4 Link suspension, ensuring a linear, smooth and responsive suspension action with an ample mid-stroke support as well as a progressive ending stroke. Additionally, the optimized kinematics further reduce the influence of pedaling forces. The result is an outstanding climbing efficiency with optimum climbing position and neutral riding behavior - providing the perfect riding experience. At YT, attention to detail doesn’t stop at the frame design: Complementing the double sealed bearings, all bearing positions are equipped with additional seals to keep water and dirt at bay. Therefore, protecting the bearings and extending their service life. YT Tailor Made For their 2018 CAPRA, YT are introducing “YT Tailor Made”. Throughout all CAPRA bikes sizes, they offer a low seat post height in combination with seat posts, that are specifically matched to each of the bike sizes. Therefore, riders can now choose between two to a maximum of three different frame sizes for their body height. Whether the rider prefers a moderate or long reach – there’s now true freedom of choice. Tailor Made the YT way. Sizing YT offer five frame sizes (S-XXL) for the CAPRA 27. Thanks to the smaller size increments, all riders will be able to find just their right fit. The CAPRA 29 will be available in four sizes (M-XXL). The M size bike will fit people of 1,64m and taller. YT advise that for smaller people the lever translations of a 29er would be so high, that a 27.5” will definitely guarantee more fun. Eleven+ YT has defined Eleven+ as THE DRIVE OF 2018 for their CAPRA fleet. They exclusively use the new 1x11 e*thirteen TRS+ Cassette with a 511% gear range, outperforming traditional 12-speed transmissions by 11%. This 11speed system is not only lighter, but also distinctly more durable and much easier to adjust, making it the perfect package for at least 11% more #GoodTimes out on the trails. CAPRA 27.5” and 29” Build Kits The flagship CAPRA CF Pro Race in Liquid Metal is tuned for uncompromising performance. It's a premium ride with only the very best components: Kashima-coated FOX 36 Float Factory Fork and FOX Float X2 shock with 180mm travel on the 27.5” and 170mm travel on the 29” respectively. This suspension combination is top of the class when it comes to sensibility and maximum adjustability and will keep the rider planted in rugged situations. Furthermore, the CF Pro Race model is equipped with the Kashima coated FOX TRANSFER FACTORY dropper post, providing an infinitely variable adjustment range. The SRAM Code Ultimate brakes with carbon levers as well as titanium components deliver better, smoother, and more reliable braking performance at high speed. The build kit is completed with Renthal cockpit and the e*thirteen TRSr carbon wheels and cranks to name but a few. CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race. The CAPRA CF Pro models are available in two colorways: chalk white/black magic as well as blood red/gore red and are equipped with carefully selected premium components. The FOX 36 Float Performance Elite fork and FOX Float X2 Performance Elite shock with 170mm travel for the 27.5” and 160mm travel on the 29” are equally outstanding in this Performance Elite version as the Factory model. This setup truly delivers excellent responsiveness and racing-level adjustability. The height adjustment range of the FOX Transfer Performance Elite dropper post is infinitely variable, and controlling the post’s return speed as well as making small height adjustments is very easy thanks to the low lever force required. SRAM’s Code RSC brakes offer maximum lever adjustments and the SwingLink technology providing more power, better modulation as well as shorter lever travel. CAPRA 27 CF Pro. The CAPRA CF and AL Comp models boast Rock Shox suspension with Lyrik RCT3 forks and Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3 shock, with 170mm travel for the 27.5” and 160mm travel for the 29” version respectively. The SRAM Code RS brake provides a more positive point of pad contact and better performance, providing the ultimate control right at the fingertips. The e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post with a remote lever shaped like a shifter offers four pre-set seat post height positions with super smooth adjustment. The CAPRA AL marks the competitive starting point for enduro riders. However, the well-thought out, high value parts are raising the performance bar in this segment, making this version an enticing option for experienced riders, too. The 27.5” and 29” models are available in Teal Blue/BlackMagic. The bikes are equipped with RockShox Lyrik RC forks and RockShox Super Deluxe R shock , with 170mm travel for the 27.5” and 160mm travel for the 29” version respectively. The SRAM Code R brake delivers power and good modulation, while the lever offers adjustable reach - excellent performance not matter what's ahead on the trail. Go to www.yt-industries.com for more detailed information about the all new CAPRA and the entire 2018 range.
  5. The four non-mountain-bike related talents were joined by YT riders Aaron Gwin, Andreu Lacondeguy and Vali Höll on the www.findyouryoungtalent.com microsite. The empowering campaign has served as a prelude to the unveiling of an evolved logo, strapline and the release of a YT documentary – chronicling the full history of YT, from 2008 to the now. Just about when YT is heading towards their 10-year anniversary. Brand Relaunch The new YT logo, ‘Live Uncaged’ strapline and documentary are unveiled today on www.yt-industries.com and the campaign microsite www.findyouryoungtalent.com. The evolved branding and strapline unite the old and the new, YT’s youthful energy, badass confidence, and agelessness to reflect the true core of their brand.What Is Young Talent? Young Talent is what YT stands for. It’s inside us all. It’s up to each of us to find our young and undiscovered talent, to overcome conventions and pursue our dreams. This is exactly what CEO Markus Flossmann did, when he founded YT 10 years ago. YT has stayed true to that founding ideal and has always done things their own way. From selling direct and ditching the middle man to redefining the sport itself with bike breeds like the CAPRA, smashing the trail bike scene with the rule-breaking JEFFSY and writing history with Aaron Gwin dominating the World Cup on their downhill weapon TUES. “Over the last decade I’ve realized that Young Talent has nothing to do with age,” explains Markus. It’s never too late to explore your young talent. It’s never too late to try something new and find your passion. It’s this way of life that utterly defines YT and their bikes. YT is about riding. It’s about refusing to be caged. It’s about finding your passion. It’s about building the perfect tool for every kind of rider, in order to allow them unleash their own potential – bikes that let everyone do whatever they want. “And today, years later, we’re still exploring our young talents, overcoming age and conventions. All so you can uncage yours too.” You are confined only by the bars you build yourself. 2018 Bike Range Revealed The new YT fleet is available now on www.yt-industries.com. Brand new specifications, high quality designs and the return of the DIRT LOVE make for an exciting start to the new season.JEFFSY 27 and 29, TUES and DIRT LOVE are once again available in the exclusive flagship paintjob “Liquid Metal” and will certainly turn some heads out on trails and parks. In line with their philosophy of providing the right tool for every type of rider, there are plenty of builds available: from more affordable entry-level machines to exclusive premium race rigs, boasting a focus on maximum performance. Eleven+ And true to their core YT again push boundaries with the component selection. Always looking for more from their components YT has defined Eleven+ as THE DRIVE OF 2018 for their JEFFSY fleet. They exclusively use the new 1x11 e*thirteen TRS+ Cassette with a 511% gear range, outperforming traditional 12-speed transmissions by 11%. This 11 speed system is not only lighter, but also distinctly more durable and much easier to adjust, making it the perfect package for at least 11% more #GoodTimes out on the trails. JEFFSY 27 and 29 Whether you prefer 27,5” or 29” wheels – the JEFFSY represents YT’s very own definition of trail riding. With gravity DNA, JEFFSY is the most aggressive all-mountain bike on the market for all those of you, who want to ride a tad faster, more aggressive and more creative. The flagship JEFFSY CF Pro Race is a bike ready to race. Every aspect is tuned for uncompromising performance. It's a premium ride with only the very best components: Kashima-coated FOX Factory suspension and FOX Transfer dropper post, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes, Renthal cockpit and the e*thirteen TRS+ race-proven wheels and cranks to name but a few. The JEFFSY CF Pro is equipped with equally careful selected premium components, such as the FOX Float Performance Elite suspension - offering excellent responsiveness and racing-level adjustability. The JEFFSY CF and AL Comp models boast a Rock Shox suspension with perfect performance and easy adjustment settings. The JEFFSY AL marks the starting point for serious trail riding. Naturally, it's tailored to the needs of the ambitious entry-level rider. However, sophisticated geometry and a well thought-out, high-value parts spec are raising the performance bar in this segment making this version an enticing option for experienced riders, too. JEFFSY 27 CF Pro Race JEFFSY 29 CF Pro Race Jeffsy Geometry TUES The TUES is capable of anything. Set it against the clock and, as Aaron Gwin has been proving since 2016, it can dominate World Cup racing. Point it down the craziest slopes of the Rampage or the FEST series, on the other hand, and it's the tool for un-rideable lines, colossal jumps and loose whips. The TUES CF Pro Race version is for all those, who would like to have a bit of World Cup taste in their garage. For the 2018 model YT is using exactly the same build Aaron Gwin is racing in the World Cup. The premium suspension package consists of the Kashima coated FOX 40 FLOAT Factory fork and the FOX FLOAT X2 Factory shock. With the EVOL air spring technology featured in the fork in 2018 this package truly delivers World Cup pedigree. YT furthermore specs the TRP G-Spec Quadiem brake, one of the most powerful and reliable brakes on the market. A Renthal cockpit, the e*thirteen cassette with just 180 grams and a 233% range as well as the e*thirteen LG1r Race – an incredibly light yet extremely robust downhill race crank – complete the package. TUES CF Pro Race The TUES CF boats FOX 40 and FOX Float X2 suspension, with the fork also featuring the EVOL air spring technology. The new SRAM Code RS brakes have been given a complete overhaul for 2018. They combine impressive braking power with excellent modulation, and offer both bite point and reach adjustment for the levers with fade-free performance even on the longest, steepest runs. Young Talents galore: a YT must be competitive and thanks to their roots, YT understand this applies to an entry-level build as much as any other. The TUES AL ticks this box with ease. Performance comes as standard with excellent geometry and outstanding component selection. A hell of a machine, the TUES AL offers a flying start in the downhill game. TUES CF TUES Geometry DIRT LOVE The roots of YT can be found in dirt jumping, which is why a lot of development work has flown into the DIRT LOVE and that's how technology usually only found in aluminum frames has crossed over to revolutionize the DIRT LOVE’s steel: hydroforming. Yet again YT prove they don’t do things like the mainstream. While other brands have moved to building dirt frame out of aluminium, YT keep to the steel roots for dirt frame, as the material offers more flex, while at the same time the hydroformed, double-butted CrMo frame is stronger, stiffer, and lighter than comparable steel frames. The Pike DJ used for the build is the designated fork for all this progression. The hardnut brother of the award-winning Pike features a sturdy 35mm chassis, yet is both light and stiff. A custom-tuned charger damper shines on any type of jump, and the similarly jump-honed Solo Air spring offers significant end-stroke ramp-up for buttery smooth landings. SRAM Level TL brakes are feather-light heavyweights that inherit well-proven tech of SRAM’s Guide trail brakes, while super strong DT Swiss 533D wheels are built to expect the odd over-rotated trick and dirty landing. DIRT LOVE Go to www.yt-industries.com for more detailed information about the 2018 range.
  6. Is this official? Saw it on FB !?
  7. It will take place this year from the 12th to the 16th of December. The camp is usually 4-days, however this year I will have a 5-day option for the kids who want to stay longer. Watch the highlights from last year's camp: This year we welcome all cross country riders. There will be a coach taking them to do their skills training with me and we will also help them with their bike setup. Thus all disciplines are welcome at the Youth Camp this year. From Downhill riders all the way through to cross country riders. The ages for the youth camp is for kids ages 10 to 19. We camp out in tents, and there are of course toilet and kitchen facilities. We do skills training in the mornings, come back for lunch and in the afternoons we do some nice riding, play games, and do activities that are cycling related.The costs are R 2,900 for the 4-day and R 3,600 for the 5-day camp. These prices are all inclusive for the camp (Shuttles, all food, and drinks, skills training and accommodation). Each kid will also receive a really cool goody bag at the start of the camp. For more info and details contact Johann directly by phone 072 460 2408 or by email johann.potgieter87@gmail.com. Also, check out the action from the 2015 Youth Camp:
  8. As has become standard, the Jeffsy boasts Boost 148 rear axle spacing. Cable routing is mostly external apart from the dropper that enters the seat tube just above the bottom bracket junction, and the rear derailleur cable which runs internally. Fortunately, the other cables run neatly on the top of the down tube with guides doing a good job of keeping them in place and minimising excessive rub. As with their Capra and Tues, the Jeffsy makes use of a Virtual 4 Link suspension system that has a progressive suspension design with easy movement through the mid travel and support ramping up close to the end of the range. Unlike the Capra, there is no strut between the downtube and seat tube supporting the linkage. The rocker link bolts are also very neatly hidden under the seat stay. This has freed up some space in the front triangle to fit a small, proprietary water bottle and mount. The mounting and bottle can be added to the bike at checkout and did not come with our test bike. Build Specifications FrameJEFFSY CARBON 29"ForkROCKSHOX PIKE RCT3ShockROCKSHOX MONARCH RT3CranksetRACE FACE TURBINEBottom bracketRACE FACE TURBINERear derailleurSRAM X1ShiftersSRAM X1BrakesSRAM Guide RSCCassetteSRAM XG 1150ChainSRAM PC1130RimsDT SWISS M1700 SPLINETyresONZA IBEXHandlebarsRACE FACE TURBINEGripsRACE FACE LOVE HANDLEStemRACE FACE TURBINEHeadsetACROS AIX-326SeatpostROCKSHOX REVERB STEALTHSaddleSDG CIRCUITActual weight13.23 kg including YT mudguard and Shimano SPD pedals Specification Highs & Lows Lows The wheels are the only have-to upgrade on my list of "Lows". With an inner diameter of 22.5mm (outer diameter: 27mm) the DT Swiss M1700 Spline wheelset is the weakest link on the specification sheet. I swapped these out for a cSixx XCM 29 wheelset which has an inner diameter of 26mm which made a significant difference in terms of the tyre profile, and therefore grip and traction, and stiffness. Wheel deflection was also notably better on the wider carbon cSixx rims.The saddle has proven itself incompatible with my body. I'm not one to shy away from a low profile saddle but, even though I have owned one before, the SDG Circuit was not my idea of a day's fun in the sun. It was simply too narrow and hard and became uncomfortable on longer rides. I first tried Specialized's Power saddle and then their Henge Comp - both of which were comfortable, with the Henge staying on the longest. I have since put one on my Knolly Warden as well. The Rockshox Reverb lever sits in an awkward place. I prefer it to be on the left-hand side below the handlebar, as it is quite a bit easier to push and actuate the dropper without too much movement in your hand. Swapping this out will only follow a wheel upgrade and while I'm at it, I will most likely change it out for RockShox's 1x remote lever. The Race Face Love Handle grips are quite thin and I found them tiring on longer rides. These made way for a set of ODI Rogue grips I had in my spare stash. These were then replaced by SDG Hansolo Lock-On Grips which are also manufactured by ODI. I found these to be a perfect match for all-day rides as well as the shorter, more technical blasts that the Jeffsy is capable of. Highs With the wheels the only exception, the bike arrives kitted out ready to ride. Great tyres, nice wide bar with a short stem, solid suspension in the Pike fork and Monarch shock, and a dropper seatpost as standard. Simply put, the bike comes very well specced straight out of the box, and even more so considering the asking price and capability. On the Trail At 179cm with an 84cm inseam (77cm saddle height) the large size with its 445mm reach was a perfect fit with the stock cockpit. Size-specific rears are a nice touch with the L and XL running chainstays being 5mm longer than the S and M.The YT Jeffsy does a remarkable job of being capable and well-balanced in both the high and low geometry settings. You won't hate climbing and just riding along in the low setting and you won't loath descents and technical sections in the high setting. Some bikes, when dropped to the low setting and fully geared towards descending, are a real battle with climbing and/ or pedal strikes. Conversely, some bikes in the high setting actually feel too upright, which leads to a drop in confidence when railing corners. Although the differences, and certainly the benefits of each setting can be felt, the bike is competent in either setting. It is a capable climber and makes light work of climbs even with the all-mountain Onza Ibex tyres. I settled on a shock setup that leaned towards plush, running 25% to 30% sag. This had me using platform damping on my way to the top on longer rides. Through rough stuff the rear is nicely isolated from braking, keeping the suspension active when needed. Stay off the brakes for as long as you dare and the bike rewards with good old fashion fun. Overall traction and grip are excellent with the tyres and suspension doing a great job of keeping up with the dialled geometry and balanced feel. As mentioned above, I swapped the wheels out for a carbon wheelset that was both wider and lighter. This elevated the ride even further and is certainly something I would recommend to those looking to eke every last drop of fun out of the bikeSimply put, the YT Jeffsy 29 is an incredibly fun and capable bike. So much so that between the mountain bikes I have at my disposal (Knolly Warden Carbon, Momsen VIPA Trail, and Momsen ST-F29) it was the bike I rode the most this year. Compared to other bikes reviewed this year, the Jeffsy was the one I always liked to come back home to and quickly became my benchmark bike. It transcends categories as it will happily be your play pal and do duty on race day should you choose to. If you participate in stage races often enough you can add a lighter wheel & tyre combo to the mix and still cash in on the fun bits. Thanks to the 29er wheel size and balanced suspension it will cover distance with ease, with the only real drawback being its weight on very long rides involving serious climbing. But I'm saying this as a comment to the marathon crowd in comparison to a race focused steed, so not really natural territory for the Jeffsy. The reason for highlighting that is to try and convey just how capable this bike is, and just how suited it will be for a large portion of riders out there. If you're a trail rider at heart who does the odd race or two, this could be the bike for you. If however you are a racer who rides trails as part of your training only, then maybe look at one of the excellent 120mm 29ers out there. As mentioned in my 3-month update, the only reliability niggle I've had was with the SRAM Guide RSC brakes that suffered a technical issue. Since they have been warrantied they have been faultless and performed as expected. The rest of the bike has been as reliable as man's best friend. Verdict When he reviewed the YT Jeffsy, Nick Webb concluded: "In my reviews, I try to not get too carried away with emotions but with it being Valentine’s Day, I’m allowed to make an exception. I really love Jeffsy! The bike strikes a remarkable balance between an all-day kilometre eater, and big mountain shredder. No matter where you point the Jeffsy, it manages to excite. The Jeffsy has gone straight to the top of my “if you could have only one bike” list."That is about as spot on as it can be for how I feel about this bike. It is fun, it is capable, it is fast (up, down and around) and it is a looker. Thanks to YT Industries direct to consumer model, it also offers great specification for the money and if you're happy to spend a bit extra to get it exactly how you want it, you could have yourself the perfect all round bike. If I could have only one bike, one bike to do it all with, it would be this one. Or an Evil The Following. Time for an upgrade? Buy or sell new and used mountain bikes in our classifieds here.
  9. For those who are not familiar with the Jeffsy 29, it is a 140mm trail bike designed around 29-inch wheels with adjustable geometry using a flip chip that changes the bottom bracket height, head angle, and seat tube angle. Cable routing is mostly external apart from the house for the dropper that enters the seat tube just above the bottom bracket junction and the rear derailleur cable which runs internally. Fortunately, the other cables run neatly on the top of the down tube with guides doing a good job of keeping them in place and minimising excessive rub. As with their Capra and Tues, the Jeffsy makes use of a Virtual 4 Link suspension system. The Build YT is known for excellent value for money thanks to their direct to customer model and it shows on the CF Comp 1.Such is the nature of the specification that, other than the saddle (which is a personal choice), the only thing I'm looking to change is the dropper post lever. To date, I have always run a right-hand lever on the left in order for it to sit below the bar. This makes pushing it easier as it requires less movement of the wrist. I will most likely replace it with RockShox's 1 x remote lever sooner rather than later. Everything else is exactly what one would expect on a 140mm 29er aimed at slaying trails. Wide bars, short stem, beefy Onza Ibex tyres, a dropper seatpost, 1x drivetrain, and great suspension. All of which come from reputable brands that don't look out of place on a premium carbon bike. The only component niggle to date was the Guide RSC brakes that suffered the same fate as the ones on Nick's Transition Smuggler and had to be warrantied. Thankfully turn around time was quick and they have been perfect since then. On the Trail With the dialed spec, confident handling and comfortable fit, it is easy to jump on and just get on with riding. There are no funny quirks to ride around. Some bikes are super stable at speed but need some muscle to get it around tight corners, others can turn on itself but sacrifice some confidence at speed - the Jeffsy exhibits none of these imbalances.The YT Jeffsy has been nothing short of pure unadulterated fun on the trails and has quickly become one of my favourite longer travel 29ers. With their first effort, YT has managed to strike the perfect balance of agility and stability by blending the best on offer from 29" wheels with 27.5-like handling. In the end If you're looking for a fun trail and all mountain bike that will tackle the Enduro scene with confidence, then the Jeffsy could be the bike for you. YT Industries South Africa is currently selling this model for a ridiculously low R 53,500 (down from R 67,900) which makes it the deal of the century for a bike that will reward on every ride.Keep an eye out for the full review later in the year. Build Specification FrameJeffsy Carbon 29"ForkROCKSHOX PIKE RCT3ShockROCKSHOX MONARCH RT3 HeadsetAcros AIX-326CranksetRACE FACE TURBINEBottom BracketRACE FACERear DerailleurSRAM X01ShiftersSRAM X01CassetteSRAM XG 1150ChainSRAM PC1130BrakesSRAM GUIDE RSCDiscsSRAM Centreline 200mm / 180mmGripsRace Face Love HandleWheelsetDT SWISS M1700 SPLINEStemRACE FACE TURBINEHandlebarRACE FACE TURBINESeatpostROCKSHOX REVERB STEALTH SaddleSDG CircuitActual weight13.23 kg including YT mudguard and Shimano SPD pedals Find out more: To learn more about the YT Jeffsy and other YT bikes, visit the YT Industries website here.You can also follow the latest news from YT Industries on the following channels: Facebook - YT Industries Twitter - @yt_industries Instagram - @yt_industries
  10. Some impressions from Erik: After the intensive training session in Italy, we headed off to Spain (we were up with the sun!). Ahead of us, a 10-hours drive. It’s a long way to go and a long way from home, but we were rewarded with incredible views of the many beautiful landscapes along the journey. When we arrived, we arranged to meet up at La Poma Bike Park, which was buffed out to a shine. After a few hot laps, it was time to check out the home of Bienve, Adolf, and Andreu. The guys showed us their local riding spots on their CAPRA and TUES. We had a great time together, and we also took the opportunity to build up two fresh new TUES for Andreu – not forgetting to enjoy the odd evening beer or two. All in all, it was a great trip with awesome weather, excellent food, and good training for the upcoming season. I would like to thank Andreu, Bienve, Luis, Adolf, Lisa and all the other locos who came to hang out. I appreciate your hospitality very much!
  11. German cars are the focus of our four-wheeled desires, but where are all the German mountain bikes? Click here to view the article
  12. It’s the great curiosity of contemporary mountain biking, an absence of German bikes despite the crushing excellence of German mechanical engineering in relation to all other things wheeled. And it’s not a case of Germans being averse to cycling. Europe’s most populous country has abundant cycling infrastructure and commuting by pedal-powered two-wheeler is robustly encouraged by all Germans. But riding off-road? Less so. Despite its tiny corner of amazing Alpine terrain in the extreme south-west, mountain biking is not embraced in Germany with equal opportunity - as is the case across the Rhine, in France. I’d table population density and a premium on land use as the reason. Munich, the closest of Germany’s large cities to Alpine terrain, doesn’t have nearly the trail network it should. In and around that very same Munich, and across the Bavarian state border in Stuttgart, is perhaps the most remarkable concentration of mechanical engineering expertise in the world. A heritage of cuckoo clock precision tinkering, evolved over centuries, to its current offering of absolute domination in global automotive technology. Nobody engineers and innovates for private transport, quite as Germans do. And not merely on a grand corporate scale, either. Nicolai frames are hand crafted in Lübbrechtsen, Germany. Much of Germany’s modern economic miracle is anchored in Mittelstand companies. Smaller enterprises, most family owned, with exceptional specialisation in technical fields and niche manufacturing. The Mittelstand companies have strategic vision provided by the world’s best technical universities and products built by some of the very best artisan system graduates. If you’ve ever seen the craftsmanship on a boutique German aluminium bike, you’d know. They build everything. But bikes? Why do German bike brands remain slumbering giants (pun, intended), if it’s such a wish list environment for engineering and industrial design? The domestic commuter market is immense and for most, demand has been sufficient to sustain a profitable business. But commuters are not our concern, nor are the custom bikes that German engineers have teased us with so often in the past – as vanity projects for the automotive industry.Signalling a looming revolution, are Canyon and YT. With their disruptive direct sales business model and bikes of distinctive style – Capras aren’t mistaken for anything else – and notable innovation (Canyon’s shape-shifter geometry), the German mountain bike Blitzkrieg could be imminent. The assembly line at Canyon's factory in Koblenz. German ingenuity in mountain biking is inarguable. SRAM’s drivetrain engineering R&D office isn’t in Schweinfurt because the beer and bacon is that much better than Colorado Springs. One by eleven. Eagle. These are examples of what SRAM’s German engineers deliver when challenged – and the justification for SRAM to have a crucial part of its business operating nine time zones away. With a virtually inexhaustible pool of talent schooled in the fields of conceptual design and prototyping, balanced by an absurd adherence to strict testing protocols and an obsession with flawless manufacturing, why would you want to have a bike design bureau anywhere else but Germany? Looking beyond the road Europe is biased towards road cycling but the e-bike phenomenon has enabled an entire new pool of off-road riders to explore gradient terrain without yellow or white lines.The demand for suspension e-bikes is enormous and that should redress some of the supply chain and strategic bias toward road bikes, which have dominated European cycling as a business ever since vélos became more sport than transport after the war. You wouldn’t principally bet against the Germans to build a pretty decent e-bike, now would you? ‘I hate e-bikes. What are you on about?’ European off-road e-bikes are stimulating demand for quality carbon fibre mountain bike frame design in a way unlike ever before. And in Germany, despite its lack of aviation production – ordinarily the gateway industry to downstream advanced material availability – composites have become big business. Kiwi enduro racer Justin Leov's Canyon Spectral. The automotive industry, in an obsessive drive to reduce vehicle mass, is partnering with composite manufacturers or simply establishing their own carbon fibre entities. And the benefit of this will be access to superior quality composites for the German mountain bike industry. Beyond Canyon and YT, Cube and Focus, there could be a tide of new German boutique manufacturers. Highly skilled mechanical engineers, most with a background at BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Porsche, and a love of mountain biking, able to start niche composite frame building businesses. The composite compound quality effect ‘Who cares about BMW carbon fibre bits, it’s not a tube, has nothing to do with bikes.’ The issue is not specific finishing, which will always be industry specific, but the supply chain of quality carbon source material. Global demand for quality source carbon is hierarchical: military, aviation, automotive. Your bicycle frame is not a first tier customer, unless it’s made by someone who weaves their own carbon, such as French brand Time.But if you are an aspiring bike brand operating in an environment where quality carbon is available, and there are ample skills servicing Airbus or BMW composites in proximity to your office, the leveraging possibilities are phenomenal. Utah has great trails and tax incentives for business, but don’t believe for a moment Enve’s head office and manufacturing is there for only those reasons. Utah also hosts most of the United States’ strategic aviation design and the depth of skills around Salt Lake City, in composites engineering, are prodigious. YT Industries are building up an impress portfolio of sponsored riders, including World Cup Downhill Champion Aaron Gwin. YT. From nowhere into desirable fringe brand. Their marketing is indisputably excellent and the current World Cup Downhill champ is on one. Beyond that, the business is run in a manner that is German in its retail cost recovery (South African exchange rate afflicted pricing notwithstanding). Canyon’s ambition in 2017 is the US market, one never to be underestimated with the distribution and customer service demands across a territory with multiple time zones. Considering the reach of its portfolio (from road to downhill) and the ability of German businesses to absorb errors and evolve them to improvement, Canyon will surely be anointed as the vanguard global German bike brand in future; though it’s been in business for three decades. Innovation. Precision. These are the anchors of German engineering. There isn’t a similar contamination of trends as often happens in the US industry. An upsurge of German boutique composite mountain bike brands could provide the necessary outliers we’ve been waiting for, to counter the (perceived) coercive agenda set by the current big three: Giant, Specialized and Trek. The very same brands who submarined European cycling in the 1980s with price, now have a return torpedo to deal with as YT and Canyon go Trans-Atlantic. Competition will equal greater innovation. The tyres you ride off-road are already German. Your next bike could probably be too.
  13. To complete the launch of our new trail bike Jeffsy 27, YT just dropped another edit. Aaron Gwin and rider Ray Syron enjoyed some sweet “winterish” moments on the all new Jeffsy 27 in California and Nevada. Click here to view the article
  14. Edit by Brock van Heel / Suspended Productions. Bonus video: It is the latest video of YT team rider Erik Irmisch who is riding for YT now in his seventh year. He is shredding some local trails in the Ruhrpott area, Germany, near the city of Hagen, on a newly built track. Ralf Schupp shot this amazing edit which is the first part of a video trilogy. Second part coming in next week. Enjoy it!
  15. YT Industries are best known for their freeride legends Cam Zink and Andreu Lacondeguy, and also have top downhill racer, Aaron Gwin on their books. The launch of the mini-downhill Capra enduro bike made waves with its excellent performance paired with a great value offering. A mid-travel 29er trail bike might not fit YT's image but it makes complete sense for them to approach this huge market. In reality, most people simply can’t or don’t want to ride like Lacondeguy or Gwinn. Click here to view the article
  16. YT Industries did a great job with their somewhat strange “ ” advertising campaign leading up to the announcement of the bike. The campaign set the internet abuzz, discussing what the final form of Jeffsy might be. My guess was a trail bike but I had expected to see it fitted with a 27.5 wheel size. Going 29er might be seen as a bold move but it's something we’re seeing more and more of. The frame The Jeffsy is a 140mm trail bike designed around 29-inch wheels. While the Jeffsy looks similar to the Capra, it does appear as if the bigger brother hogged all the food, giving the Jeffsy a more slender build. Unlike the Capra, there is no strut between the down tube and seat tube supporting the linkage. The rocker link bolts are also very neatly hidden under the seat stay. This has freed up some space in the front triangle to fit a small water bottle. The mounting and bottle can be added to the bike at checkout and did not come with our test bike. The Jeffsy makes use of the same Virtual 4 Link suspension found on the longer travel Capra and Tues. The design uses a pivot just in front and below the rear axles with the seat stays connecting to the seatpost with a short link on their way to the shock mounting. As expected from a YT bike, the suspension travel is progressive with easy movement through the mid travel and support ramping up close to the end of the range. The Jeffsy is bang up to date making use of Boost 148 rear axle spacing. Interestingly, YT has decided not to go Boost on the front axle, meaning the front wheel is not as stiff as it might have been. Not that I noticed any unnecessary flex, to be honest. Cable routing is mostly external with the exception of the path through the down tube for the rear derailleur. The drive side seat stay comes with a useful integrated slap guard. There are no ISG mounts for a bash guard but in single chainring mode, the front derailleur mounts are suitable to run an upper chain guide. Geometry The Jeffsy’s geometry can be adjusted using a flip chip that changes the bottom bracket height, head angle, and seat tube angle. In the high setting, the head angle sits at 67.6°, bottom bracket drop is 24 mm, and the seat tube angle is 75,3°. In the low setting, the head angle slackens by 0.7° to 66,9° with the seat tube angle at 74,7° and the bottom bracket is lowered by 8 mm. The idea is to have a better climbing, more agile turning bike with better clearance in the steep setting. Flipping the switch should turn the Jeffsy into a slightly more capable bike for rowdier trails, but makes it a touch more sluggish on the ups. The Jeffsy flip chip found on the shock mount in the seat stay is used to adjust the geometry. The flip chip forms part of the shock mounting at the end of the seatstays. To change it between modes requires the removal of the mounting bolt. While a relatively simple task, it does take a couple of minutes and is not ideal for constant changing on a ride. While the reach on a large Jeffsy is modern at 445 mm, the number isn’t pushing boundaries. Chainstay length varies depending on the frame size with small and medium frames measuring 435 mm and large and extra large bikes sporting 440 mm chainstays. YT do this to balance the change of the upsized front triangles and keep the bike feeling as it is designed to. Components The Jeffsy CF Pro is the range topping model constructed with a full carbon frame, Fox Factory suspension and a SRAM single chainring drive system.Shock: At the centre of the suspension system is the Fox Float DPS Float Factory shock with EVOL extra volume. It proved to be up to the task with sensitive and smooth travel throughout testing. Fork: The Fox 34 plays a difficult role as a trail fork filling the gap between the purpose built 32 and 36 forks. While not as light as an XC fork, it’s also thinner than the beefier 36 all mountain fork. There is, however, little sign of compromise in the 34 and I was able to confidently take on any piece of the trail without the fork feeling out of its depth. I know there will be those that cry out for a 36 on this bike but I really did not see the need. Drivetrain: The SRAM X01 drivetrain with a Race Face Next SL crankset is not an uncommon combination and has proved to be reliable. The top of the range Jeffsy CF Pro was revealed just after the announcement of SRAM’s 12 speed Eagle groupset, meaning it was a tight squeeze to specify the bike with these components. This, however, has been addressed and the updated CF Pro now boasts X01 Eagle components. Wheelset: The wheelset is a carbon pair of DT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline. The wheels proved to be tough with predictable steering and excellent power transfer. The carbon rims played a huge part in the feel of the bike. The inner rim width is 24 mm which some might expect to be too narrow but in reality, I never felt like I needed anything wider.Tyres: At Bike Hub, we like the Onza Ibex. It provides good, reliable grip with a sturdy casing that can take a beating. In the 2.4 inch size on the Jeffsy, the Ibex allows you to explore the boundaries of the bike and your skills without fear of the tyres letting you down. Brakes: The SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes are the top tier in the Guide range. They offer lightweight with powerful braking and a comfortable lever. Out on the trails, however, they felt very similar to the heavier Guide RSC and RC models which is not to say the Ultimate’s are bad, rather that the lower model Guides are outstanding. Controls: The Renthal Fatbar is a reminder of the gravity roots of YT Industries and signals the type of riding this bike is built for. The 780 mm width and 30 mm rise is spot on for my tastes and is paired with suitable length 60 mm stem in the large and extra large sizes (the medium and small get 50 mm stems). The CF Pro features a RockShox Reverb with a healthy 150mm of travel, the small size is a bit shorter at 125 mm.Since we received the Jeffsy CF Pro for review, YT Industries refreshed the specifications across the range. The new CF Pro model underwent a number of component changes including X01 Eagle, Guide RSC brakes, E*Thirteen TRS+ wheelset, and Fox Performance level suspension. YT also introduced a CF Pro Race model which now takes the place of the CF Pro at the top of the range. Specifications: FrameJeffsy Carbon 29"ForkFox 34 Float FactoryShockFox Float DPS FactoryHeadsetAcros AIX-326CranksetRace Face Next SLBottom BracketRace FaceRear DerailleurSRAM X01ShiftersSRAM X01CassetteSRAM XG 1175ChainSRAM PCX1BrakesSRAM Guide UltimateDiscsSRAM Centreline 200mm / 180mmGripsRace Face Love HandleWheelsetDT Swiss XMC1200 SplineStemRenthal ApexHandlebarRenthal Fatbar Carbon BlackSeatpostRockShox Reverb StealthSaddleSDG CircuitFrame sizesS / M / L / XLClaimed weight11,9 kg Building the bike: While you can buy almost anything online these days, new bikes are still generally an exception. YT Industries are one of the few bike companies taking advantage of this retail channel and sell their bikes direct to the public through their website.This does, however, mean that you need to unbox and build the bike yourself. While I can't think of a better way to get to know your new bike, I acknowledge that not everyone has the time, skills, or interest for the job. Thankfully, YT Industries have given this a lot of thought and have made the process (almost) fool proof. When you cut the tape and open the box, an instruction manual sits on top. The manual is very clearly written with picture examples to guide you through the build. Pulling the bike out the box, you’ll notice that it can stand freely on the cardboard cut-outs attached to the front and rear axles, creating a bike stand to build the bike. YT have done their best to set up the bike in their factory but they leave the fitting of the wheels, rear derailleur, handlebar, and pedals (not included) up to you. Some adjustment might be needed to the brakes and shifters to get your preferred angle of attack.The tyres came inflated with tubes - understandably leaving sealant in the tyres while in storage is not really an option. Conveniently, a full conversion is not required, as the rims arrive with tubeless tape installed and there are two tubeless valves included in the box. So all that is required is to remove the tubes, insert the tubeless valves, and throw in some sealant. On the trail Even for a trail bike, the Jeffsy flies up the climbs. YT managed to restrain the urge to go super slack and long with the geometry. You do not feel stretched out on the Jeffsy with a more upright position than some other bikes, giving you a good position for pedalling. It’s a bike that you can easily spend all day riding without feeling uncomfortable.The suspension provides a good pedalling platform even when fully open. I switched between the open and medium shock compression on technical climbs but did prefer the firm setting when climbing long jeep track ascents. Trail bikes need to set themselves apart from slacker, longer travel all-mountain bikes in their ability to climb, and the Jeffsy impressed in this department. For what it’s worth, I managed a number of Strava PRs climbing at Jonkerhoek, a regular test ground where I’ve done a significant amount of riding on cross-country climbers. YT are known for their great descending bikes and the Jeffsy is no different. But instead of just creating a mini Capra, the Jeffsy has a unique feel and character: one more suited to trail riding. Where the Capra has the ability to dumb down the trail, and requires fast speeds to feel lively, the Jeffsy requires a lot less to start feeling exciting. The Jeffsy manages to communicate a sense of consequence- a little reminder that your actions on the trail have meaning. There is a sense of achievement that comes with this, which I really like. In the South African context, this bike makes perfect sense. Don’t get me wrong, the Jeffsy has the ability to dispatch with the most demanding trails and can pull you out of some sticky situations when mistakes happen or skills are lacking. But, at the same time, it is also endless fun on the most mundane trails. The Jeffsy transformed the Constantia Greenbelts for me, with the springy suspension encouraging me to boost every root or mound of dirt in sight. I simply wanted to ride the Jeffsy on every and any trail. This for me is the magic of the Jeffsy. Many sceptics will probably point to the 29-inch wheels, so let's address that. The bigger wheels rolled superbly over rocks and roots, and the bulky tyres paired with the large circumference wheels created mountains of grip. It is often said that the downfall of big wheels is agility in cornering, but the Jeffsy proves otherwise. While I do concede that this may be true in some cases, modern geometry frame design is starting to close the gap on smaller wheels. Also, in the context of South African trails, with significantly less steepness and more open, flowing trails than you might find overseas, the benefits of large wheels on mid-travel trail bikes is a no brainer. Flipping the chip to change the geometry had a real impact on the characteristics of the bike. In high mode, it was notably better at climbing with some detriment to my confidence on more technical terrain. In the low setting, climbing was less sharp when accelerating up short punchy climbs on single track, but grinding out open climbs felt much the same. The slacker angles in the low setting improved descending over drops and rough terrain but the bike remained agile in the turns. For reference, I started out with the chip on the high setting but ended up leaving the bike on low setting. I’m a rather fit rider, so I figured I would play to my strengths and go with the benefits of slacker geometry to help me through some of the gnarlier sections. But that said, I would be happy to ride in either mode for most trails. Conclusion In my reviews, I try to not get too carried away with emotions but with it being Valentine’s Day, I’m allowed to make an exception. I really love Jeffsy! The bike strikes a remarkable balance between an all day kilometre eater, and big mountain shredder. No matter where you point the Jeffsy, it manages to excite. The Jeffsy has gone straight to the top of my “if you could have only one bike” list. ProsA grin-inducing ride Well suited geometry Climbing and descending are equally good Competitive pricing across the range Online direct order from the local franchise ConsMoney can buy you happiness Your local bike shop might be grumpy Long term test bike YT Industries have provided us with a Jeffsy CF Comp 1 for long term review this year.Iwan Kemp will be riding it during this time and reporting back with an in-depth review in the second half of the year. I'm interested to see if he enjoys it as much as I did. Find out more: To learn more about the YT Jeffsy and other YT bikes, visit the YT Industries website here.You can also follow the latest news from YT Industries on the following channels: Facebook - YT Industries Twitter - @yt_industries Instagram - @yt_industries
  17. Not even one month after presenting the new 2017 bike range YT is at it again, rolling out another trail bike – the JEFFSY 27. Click here to view the article
  18. Jeffsy 27 CF Pro Race Silver. It was only last year that YT appeared in the all-mountain market, where they made quite an impression. This segment now sees further growth with the arrival of another model: The JEFFSY 27 is the right choice for those seeking an even more agile and playful bike than the JEFFSY 29 – already one of the most fun-loving 29ers on the market. When it comes to getting aggressive, JEFFSY 27 follows in the footsteps of its big brother, too: in giving it a little bit extra travel, the developers made sure this 27.5” bike won ‘t get hung up on rough terrain. It is available with 160mm of travel on the top of the range model, and 150mm on the rest of the line-up. When it comes to suspension travel, the 160mm JEFFSY CF Pro Race is most suited for racing applications, where in addition to pedaling efficiently the bike also needs to have a tad more gravity potential. YT team rider Bryan Regnier will use JEFFSY for several Enduro World Series races this season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbiR3WqrVAs& When choosing the right wheel size for you, your personal preferences, your riding style, and of course also the terrain you ride all play an important role in the decision. Everybody should decide for themselves which wheel size is most appropriate for them. At the end of the day, it’s not about numbers but about how much fun you’re having on your bike. Everything is what you make of it. Markus Flossmann, CEO. Technical Data The carbon frame weighs in at a scant 2300 grams, while its aluminum counterpart tips the scales at 2900 grams. Just like on the JEFFSY 29, a Flip Chip lets you dial in your ride: in the low position, you get an aggressive, 66-degree head angle and a significant BB drop 15mm). Those who climb a lot might prefer the high position, which yields a 75.5-degree effective seat angle. Naturally, YT’s highly acclaimed V4L suspension layout is also used on JEFFSY 27; it provides great small-bump sensitivity, good mid-stroke support and significant end-stroke progressivity. The BOOST standard was used for the rear axle spacing and the crank in order to provide more space between the chain ring, chain stays, and tire. An E-Type mount makes sure you can always install a front derailleur, even on the single chain ring models. Last but not least, the protectors on the stays help keep drive train noise to a minimum, whilst the discretely integrated alloy “chain suck guides” protect from damage caused by a fallen chain. The Carbon Models The JEFFSY 27 is available in four carbon versions: CF Pro Race, CF Pro, CF One, and CF Two. The top of the line JEFFSY 27 CF Pro Race features only the very best parts, which makes it an ideal choice for racers and pro riders. It is also the only bike in the range that offers 160mm of travel, ready to get rowdy. The Kashima coated FOX Factory suspension components were designed for aggressive trail riding and serious enduro racing, and they are both ready to mix it up with the best. Drivetrain wise the choice felt to e*thirteen being a very reliable and robust cassette for racing with its perfect range of gears. Carbon wheels, crank, and handlebar help keep JEFFSY’s weight really low, this rocket weighs a mere 12.4 kg. Jeffsy 27 CF Pro. Jeffsy 27 CF One. The JEFFSY 27 CF Pro is also a convincing package with extraordinary specs: The FOX Performance Elite suspension shines with top-class responsiveness on aggressive downhill sections as it comes with exact the same damping cartridge as the big brother Factory Series. In fact, the only difference between the Performance Elite fork and the Factory Series are the hard-anodized stanchions. Another eye-catcher on the CF Pro: the SRAM Eagle transmission which with its twelve gears makes the front derailleur superfluous. Those who prefer RockShox suspension will find themselves in great company with the JEFFSY 27 CF One or CF Two. The CF One offers a crisp, 11-speed SRAM transmission while the CF Two provides 2x11 gears via Shimano’s XT group. Jeffsy 27 CF Two. The Aluminum Models When it comes to aluminum, YT offers a choice between the JEFFSY 27 AL One and AL Two. Neither have anything to envy their carbon colleagues, since they are both based on the same frame platform. The user-friendly suspension components are easy to set up and adjust, even for beginners. Both bikes offer 150mm of ready-to-rumble suspension travel front and rear: A RockShox Pike RC fork and Deluxe RT shock on the AL One, and a RockShox Pike RC and Deluxe R on the AL Two. The biggest difference between the two aluminum models is the drivetrain: the AL One features a SRAM X1 1x11 transmission while the AL Two goes 2x11 with SRAM GX. Jeffsy 27 AL One. Jeffsy 27 AL. All models come in S, M, L, and XL sizes and are available to order as of today on the website www.yt-industries.com. At the end of April YT’s Rolling Circus will once again head out with all the different JEFFSY models on a huge test tour of Europe’s trail centers and bike parks. The exact dates and places will be published in March.
  19. YT launched another international web shop: As of now you can get YT bikes also via the South African online shop https://za.yt-industries.com. Click here to view the article
  20. Finally, YT fans in South Africa can order their bikes via the brand new online shop. The demand for TUES, JEFFSY and CAPRA was very high, so YT decided to establish a shop in South Africa. It’s not just since today that Roman and Josh Kumpers stand behind YT South Africa with their company Figroup. Since October 2015 these two men work hard to push YT in South Africa. During the upcoming two weeks they will go on a road trip to visit the Garden Route Trails, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg. These guys take obvious pleasure in their work and love to ride a bike. Besides the website https://za.yt-industries.com you can reach YT South Africa via sa@yt-industries.com and Facebook. About YT Industries: In 2008, CEO Markus Flossmann founded YT with the aim of building competition-ready, affordable dirt jump and slopestyle mountain bikes for talented young riders. After only eight years, the product range includes high-end downhill, enduro, and trail bikes, which are regularly awarded with prestigious prizes. The secret of success: high quality products, fair prices, the direct selling method which eliminates the profit margins of middlemen, an unmatched reputation and last but not least, a team of world-class riders like Cam Zink, Andreu Lacondeguy and Aaron Gwin who are all part of the YT family.Today, YT has established distribution channels in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Africa.
  21. YT is proud to present its 2017 bike range – the new models are available on yt-industries.com as of today. Brand new specs, rich new graphics and new sizes are among the highlights. Click here to view the article
  22. For this year, the JEFFSY, CAPRA, and TUES will all be available in the very exclusive CF Pro Race version. Thanks to the new flagship “Liquid Metal” paintjob these high-end bikes will certainly turn some heads on the trail, while the killer builds and highly adjustable components will be high on every racer’s or pro-rider’s wish list. Another highlight of the new range is the introduction of an XL size for both the CAPRA CF and the TUES CF – welcome news for any rider who enjoys a bike with longer reach. In general, the new range offers everything that YT has built its name on: from entry-level race rigs for Young Talents to the most exclusive premium builds, there is something here for every budget and every riding style. JEFFSY When it was released in 2016, JEFFSY dropped like a bomb. 2017 promises more of the same: YT’s aggressive 29er trail bike will for this year also be available in a CF Pro Race version, sporting a rad new paint job and the very finest components. With Kashima coated FOX Factory suspension, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes, Renthal carbon handlebars, a carbon crank and wide range cassette from e*thirteen, this exclusive bike inspires maximum performance – and not only on the race track. Meanwhile, the JEFFSY CF Pro confidently holds its own line, with FOX suspension that casually smooths out the most uneven of trail surfaces. For those looking for a wider selection of gears, the JEFFSY CF Two and AL Two with their SRAM 2x drivetrains have plenty in reserve. And last but not least, the AL One is a perfect entry-level machine that scores extra bonus points thanks to reliable components and an unbeatable price. Aaron Gwin on the JEFFSY CF Pro Race. Below: JEFFSY CF Pro Race (left), JEFFSY CF Pro (right). CAPRA The carbon version of this enduro legend is available with three different builds for 2017: CF Pro Race, CF Pro, and CF. The CF Pro Race is the flagship offering of the enduro range, once again ready to go into battle sporting Kashima coated FOX Factory suspension components. All new for 2017 are the e*thirteen carbon wheels on the CF Pro Race, as well as the Race Face and e*thirteen dropper posts that appear for the first time on the CF Pro and CF models. Those who prefer aluminum will find what they seek with the AL Comp or the AL. Both aluminum models come equipped with RockShox suspension components: the highly acclaimed Lyrik fork pairs up nicely with the Monarch+ RC3 and Monarch+ R, respectively. For ultimate shifting performance, all CAPRA models run SRAM 1x11 drivetrains this year. Aaron on the CAPRA CF Pro Race. Below: CAPRA CF Pro Race (left), CAPRA CF (right). TUES Aaron Gwin successfully proved last year that the TUES is not only a World Cup worthy downhill bike, but that it has the pedigree to claim the top spot of the podium. Reason enough for us to build a CF Pro Race version! FOX’s 40 Float Factory fork and Float X2 Factory shock deliver World Cup vibes in the suspension department. Freshly introduced to the downhill game by Gwin himself, the TRP Quadiem G-Spec brakes are on stopper duty for the first time this year. Carbon wheels and cranks from e*thirteen and the carbon handlebar from Renthal help keep the weight down and the reliability high – just as you would expect on a purebred race machine. Ace Hayden riding the TUES CF Pro. Below: TUES CF Pro Race (left), TUES CF Pro (right). At YT, it’s not only the flagship model that belongs on the racetrack. The TUES CF Pro and TUES CF were also born to compete: the CF Pro with its noble FOX suspension, or the CF with its easy-to-tune RockShox BoXXer Team and Vivid RC2 shock. Finally, the TUES AL is a fun and affordable way to get into the sport of downhill – offering outstanding components for smaller budgets.Check out www.yt-industries.com for further information.
  23. After two years on Gstaad-SCOTT, the 23-year old Neko “Gnarly“ Mulally from North Carolina has decided to take on a new challenge: In 2017 he will ride for the YT Mob, the same team that took Aaron Gwin to the overall 2016 World Cup title during its debut season on the racing circuit. Neko, who took part in his first race at the tender age of six, knows Aaron Gwin and team manager Martin Whitely since before – they were all part of the same team in 2011/2012. “It worked pretty well at the time, and we’ve stayed in touch since then, spending time together at the races.” says Mulally. “My current contract came to an end in 2016, and it turned out that there was a spot open on the YT Mob. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity, and I think I’ll be able to do some damage with these guys.” At YT, Neko will feel right at home – Good Times and Gravity take pride of place in Forchheim. YT’s CEO Markus Flossmann is stoked with the addition: “With Neko in the team we are extremely well positioned. The guys complement each other and they will all continue to progress together. A perfect blend that has a lot of potential. We are looking forward to the new season and can hardly wait for the first race.” Hear the story directly from the young American to find out about his plans, his motivation for the upcoming season, and just how beer and racing fit together in the following interview: Hi Neko. You are going to ride a TUES CF this year. How will your bike setup differ from Aaron’s and Angel’s? I’ll run an XL frame, like Angel, to suit my long reach. My handlebars will be 20mm rise, lower than Aaron at 30mm and Angel at 40mm. I expect to run 170mm crank arms, and a 34t chain ring, which will give me a little extra leverage and less drag, but compromise from the clearance of a 165mm/ 32t set up like Aaron and Angel. I will have to put in the hours to decide whether the Coil or Air shock suits me better. How would you describe your riding style? I have always been focused on racing, so my style has been efficient and fast. Less flamboyant and more speed. Lately however, I have been pushing myself to learn new skills and ride harder lines that may not be faster in training. It keeps it exciting to look at a trail through a different lens sometimes. Do you know your new team mates? Where did you meet first? I have known Aaron for years as a teammate and fellow American rider. He's probably the guy who checks off the most boxes during his preparation and is a true professional. I can learn a lot from him. I met Angel 2 years ago, on the hot seat in Lenzerheide. I thought "who the hell is this Spanish kid that just beat my time!?" Since then I had the chance to get to know him at the races last season and I can't wait to spend more time together this year. Who will be your mechanic? What is your brother gonna do in the next season? This year I’ll be working with Ben Arnott, current Mob mechanic. Ben is an incredibly smart dude, a mechanical engineer with a ton of experience and a great rider too. I can't think of a better man for the job. My brother is pursuing his own goals at school and working as a shop manager this year. We had an awesome time traveling the world together these past two years and I hope we can do it again someday, but for now we are headed down our own paths. Who else is going to sponsor you? Personally I will continue with Oskar Blues Brewery, Bell Helmets, Royal Racing, Scott Goggles and Blue Sky Fuel. Oskar Blues is a local brewery just a few miles from my house who are involved in Mountain Biking at all levels. All of the employees ride and they are true fans of the sport. Apparently, you are the only world cup rider with a beer company as a helmet sponsor. How does that go together? Mountain bikers like to finish a great ride having a beer with their buddies. It's a fitting category to the demographic of our sport, and Oskar Blues takes pride in supporting cycling. They promote efforts to increase trail access and create events that truly benefit our sport. They are constantly stoked and a true pleasure to work with. What are your goals for next season? Ride inside the top 10 Push myself to new heights Which races will you do? UCI World Cup UCI World Championships Select Pro Gravity Tour Events US National Championships What’s going on at the moment? Last month I transitioned from unstructured training to a dedicated schedule in preparation for the season ahead. This off season has kept me busy with a few projects I started along with moving into the house I spent the past year building. Together with some close friends I’ve built a year-round uplift access Bike Park in my region, and have organized a grassroots pre-season race series with 4 events in the southeast. Both have been really fun and a lot of work, and have been growing the sport hugely in my region. Now I'm all settled in and the projects are running smoothly, so training and racing are now my daily focus. How is your training? Where do you usually train? I like to train in the gym and on the XC bike during the week and ride downhill on the weekends. I am full time from now through to W/Cup round 1, and will maintain my fitness with a similar schedule between events this summer. What does Good Times mean to you? The feeling that you're stoked to be where you are. Usually on 2 wheels with good people for me. What’s the difference between east coast and west coast riders? East coast riders are tougher, we have to deal with all conditions haha Who is your favorite riding buddy? My brother Logan is the best person to ride with because his only goal on the bike is to have as much fun as possible! What’s the most important thing in your life? Waking up stoked to get out of bed and dive into the day ahead. What makes you happy? Being on the bike and feeling like you can do no wrong! Putting the tires exactly where you want them. What makes you angry? Being let down by my own mistakes. If you could choose: With whom would you really like to party? Stevie! The best mountain biking video of all time? Sam Hill’s race run at Val di Sole World Champs 2008 What are you doing when you are not riding? Digging in the woods, or thinking about it!
  24. At YT, Friday the 13th is not a bad day. On the contrary, here’s some exciting news: American Neko Mulally joins Aaron Gwin and Angel Suarez as the third YT Mob team rider, to take on the UCI Downhill World Cup. Click here to view the article
  25. With the year drawing rapidly to a close, we take a look at our ten most popular gear review articles published in 2016. Click here to view the article
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