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

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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

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