First look: Freeride bikes from YT Industries

Latest machines from new German company

New German freeride brand YT Industries have released details of their 2010 lineup, including some interesting looking full-suspension and dirt jump machines.

The company say it's their aim to sell high-quality mountain bikes direct to the public at affordable prices. They have 10 new models in the pipeline which will be released in the next few months. From December 2009, customers in the EU will be able to buy the bikes online at www.yt-industries.com.

Here's a sneak preview of four of the models, plus a quick look at YT's long-travel 2010 Tues, which is still at the design stage.

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Pictured at the top of this article, this is a singlespeed full-suspension dirt jump/slopestyle bike with 100mm of travel and a 135mm rear end. Claimed weight is 15kg (33lb). It comes with a Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 fork, Suntour Epicon air shock and Avid Juicy 3 disc brakes. RRP is €999 (approx £870).

Romp

Romp is an aluminium hardtail with adjustable dropouts. It comes with a Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 fork, SRAM X9 gears and Division Superlight hubs. RRP is €899 (approx £785).

Dirt Love

Dirt Love has been developed in collaboration with YT team rider Mads 'Makken’ Andre Haugen. At the heart of the bike is a lightweight chromoly frame with hydroformed chainstays. The spec includes a Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 fork, Avid Juicy 3 rear disc brake, a three-piece chromoly crankset with hollow axle plus Division Superlight hubs, stem and handlebar. Claimed weight is 12.7kg (28lb). RRP is €689 (approx £600).

First Love

This 24in-wheeled chromoly hardtail is aimed at beginner dirt jumpers/street riders. It comes set up as a singlespeed with a Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 3 fork, Avid Juicy 3 disc brakes and Pivotal saddle. RRP is €529 (approx £460).

Tues

The 2010 Tues downhill/freeride bike features YT's patent-registered V4L (Virtual Four Link) rear end. This is designed to give a linear suspension curve in the first third of travel so it soaks up small bumps better than other four-bar designs. The hydroformed frame has 200mm of travel.

The bike will be available in a freeride version with 180mm single-crown fork and a downhill version with 200mm triple-clamp fork. Further details, including prices, will be published on YT's website at the end of the month.

Other models

In November, YT will present the other five new models on their website. “We don’t want to shoot our wad straight away,” said managing director Markus Flossmann. “But one thing I can promise – it is worthwhile to wait for the models.”

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