Relative newcomer YT, another German direct-buy brand, took top marks in one of our tests last year with its Capra CF trail bike – so we had high expectations for this well priced, impressively specced downhill mahine. How would it deliver when the going got tough?
- So Good: Balanced suspension and great geometry; smooth, supple yet supportive fork; stable at speed but still agile enough on slower trails
- No Good: Low spring rate means shock won’t suit lighter riders
Frame and equipment: love/hate looks meet no-nonsense spec
The Tues’s eye-catching frame has some unusual lines and tube shapes, which divided opinion within our test team. The head tube is almost completely engulfed by the down tube and the more bulbous and prominent top tube – a design YT has dubbed the ‘Headbox’ – which helps create one tough front end.
YT’s Virtual Four Link (V4L) four-bar suspension system is packaged nice and low down in the frame to dramatically drop the bike’s centre of mass, and delivers 200mm (7.9in) of well-tuned rear wheel travel via a RockShox Vivid R2C shock. Our medium test bike came with a 225lb spring, which felt pretty much perfect for testers around the 70kg mark. Lighter riders may struggle though, because the lightest Vivid spring available is 200lb.
The Tues AL Comp gets a Boxxer Team fork with RockShox’s seriously smooth Charger damper, which features adjustable low-speed compression and rebound damping. Maxxis’ High Roller II Super Tacky treads dish out consistent, predictable grip in myriad trail conditions, while SRAM’s Guide RS brakes offer plenty of punch and modulation even in the wet. The SRAM X9 Type 2 10-speed rear derailleur may not be a flash option, but if and when you damage it – something that doesn’t tend to take downhill riders that long – it won’t be too expensive to replace. Finding a spare at a race weekend should be straightforward too.
Ride and handling: sorted speed merchant
Straight off the line, it’s clear that the Tues is keen on one thing and one thing only – going fast. It takes just a couple of pedal strokes before you feel really at ease aboard the YT. The proportions and riding position just feel right from the get-go.
The low-slung suspension system and bottom bracket mean the Tues is a demon in the turns
That low centre of mass and bottom bracket mean the YT is keen to rail turns as hard as you’re comfortable doing so too. It takes quite a bit to unstick the Super Tacky High Roller IIs – their predictable bite is a racer favourite for good reason. As a complete package, the Tues really does tick a lot of boxes and offers great value for money – and a lot of fun.
- Shipping: within EU €60 / US$79 (Hawaii / Alaska US$289) / AU$200
- YT Industries Bike Box: €20
|Name||Tues AL Comp (15)|
|Available Sizes||S M L|
|Saddle||SDG I-Fly YT|
|Seatpost||SDG Micro I-Beam|
|Shifters||SRAM X9, 10-speed|
|Stem||Race Face Atlas DM 35, 50mm|
|Spoke Type||Stainless, plain gauge|
|Rear Wheel Weight||3200|
|Bottom Bracket Height (in)||13.39|
|Seat Tube (in)||15.75|
|Standover Height (in)||30.51|
|Top Tube (in)||23.43|
|Rims||DT Swiss YT2020|
|Rear Tyre||Maxxis High Roller II MaxxPro, 27.5x2.4in|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP|
|Front Hub||DT Swiss YT2020|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RS|
|Cassette||SRAM PG-1050, 11-28t|
|Cranks||Truvativ Descendant, 36t|
|Fork||RockShox Boxxer Team, 200mm (7.9in) travel|
|Frame Material||Butted 7075-T6 aluminium|
|Front Tyre||Maxxis High Roller II Super Tacky, 27.5x2.4in|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Vivid R2C|
|Front Wheel Weight||2720|
|Handlebar||Race Face Atlas 35, 800mm|
|Headset Type||Acros AZX-205|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X9 Type 2|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss YT2020|
|Frame size tested||M|