We check out the Aaron Gwin-approved YT Tues CF Pro Race MOB Edition, the new Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay Carbon 70 e-bike and Ghost’s FR AMR 6.7 AL freeride rig
£5,066.80 shipped YT bring their ‘Gwinning’ downhill machine to the masses, in superbly-specced team replica form
The YT Tues has achieved more in its relatively short lifespan than many bikes with a long history in the DH world. Not just through its winning performances in the hands of Aaron Gwin, but also with its testing accolades and freeride triumphs. This latest model looks to improve on an already impressive machine, and is available with a limited edition, team-inspired parts spec and paintjob.
The frame The production Tues runs 650b wheels and is available in five sizes, from S (410mm reach) to XXL (495mm). Now built entirely from carbon, it’s claimed to weigh 300g less than the previous frame, which had aluminium chainstays. The XL and XXL sizes get a 5mm longer rear end (440mm), to help position the rider centrally between the wheels.
YT have tweaked the suspension kinematics too, based on input from the MOB team. Their aims were to increase initial sensitivity, add more mid-stroke support and reduce end-stroke progression, to give a smoother transition into the last part of the still-progressive travel. Anti-rise has been increased by 15 per cent too, to keep the geometry more stable under braking and on steep terrain. All the bearings (except on the chainstays) are only accessible from the non-drive side, at the request of team mechanics.
The kit With this MOB Edition being a replica of the team bikes, it’s kitted out with nothing but top-tier components, including a Fox 40 Float Factory fork and Float X2 Factory shock, which still comes in a non-metric 267x89mm size. e*thirteen supply their carbon LG1r wheels and cranks, along with an LG1+ chain guide and seven-speed DH cassette. SRAM X01 takes care of the shifting, with its dedicated downhill mech and shifter, and Renthal look after the cockpit. Gwin’s signature TRP brakes and Onza Aquila tyres finish o what must be one of the most lusted-after factory builds going.
The ride The Tues CF feels light and playful, perhaps unsurprisingly, given that the build leaves you wanting for nothing. Our medium test bike
weighed just 15.14kg, and was quick o the mark when we got on the gas. While the frame isn’t long by modern standards, with a 429mm reach and 1,220mm wheelbase, the bike feels reassuringly stable when speeds increase.
This is thanks, in part, to the performance of the Fox suspension, which is easy to set up and felt balanced straight out of the (bike) box. The Tues CF Pro’s ability to tackle rough terrain with poise and composure is confidence inspiring and meant we felt comfortable from the o . Its hit-absorbing character smooths out the trail, but doesn’t obstruct your ability to put the Tues wherever you want, while its agility makes it a fun bike to play on, not just the purebred race machine you might think it would be.
While we still got trail feedback through the bike – more so than on the high-pivot Norco Aurum, for example – this let us know exactly how it was behaving, rather than leaving us feeling exhausted. We never had a problem with the suspension bottoming out, even with the reduction in end-stroke progression, and the increase in anti-rise didn’t make braking into rough corners overly harsh or disruptive to the ride.
Given that the Tues is a Gwinning machine, it’s hard to find fault in its performance. Our only big gripe is that the TRP brake lever and SRAM gear shifter don’t integrate well. We found it impossible to reach the shifter paddle unless we moved the brake lever closer to the grip than we’d have liked. On any bike this would be an issue, but on a top-spec £5,000 machine this should never happen. The rubber compound of the Onza Aquila tyres was also a touch firmer than we’d have liked. Although they were grippy and predictable in the dry, we found them a little less secure in greasy conditions.
Those niggles aside, the balance, weight, agility and comfort at speed of this bike show it has world-class performance that we didn’t find the limits of. LUKE MARSHALL www.yt-industries.com
An agile bike with a speed-loving, bump- lattening character that’s ideal for racing and bike park laps
Gwin’s bike or yours? This team replica runs the same spec and paint job as the man himself
The suspension kinematics have been tweaked to give more mid-stroke support