Win­ner yt Jeffsy 29 CF

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - BIKE OF THE YEAR 2018 -

So, here’s the big re­veal… The YT Jeffsy CF 29 is our Trail Bike of the Year! But that’s far from the whole story. It’s a bit of a cliché, but there re­ally weren’t any bad bikes in this year’s shootout. The range of ma­chines on test was mas­sively di­verse, and the top three give a fair in­di­ca­tion of that di­ver­sity. The Trek feels like an XC bike on steroids, while the Norco is an en­duro bike on a bit of a diet. As for the YT, it nudged past those two in the fi­nal days of test­ing purely be­cause of the grins it put on the face of ev­ery­one who jumped on it.

One stand­out fea­ture of this year’s line-up was that none of the bikes was let down by truly ter­ri­ble tyres. This was in stark con­trast to pre­vi­ous tests, when we’ve rid­den trail bikes with rub­ber that needed re­mov­ing im­me­di­ately, due to skatey com­pounds that pro­vided no grip or paper-thin side­walls that flat­ted at the first sign of a rock. Yes, we suf­fered some punc­tures, and dinged one or two rims too, but on the whole, we were happy with what we felt un­der­neath the wheels.

An­other trend in the trail bike cat­e­gory was the resur­gence of non-di­rect-sale bikes. The YT is only avail­able on­line, and comes with the spec ben­e­fits that brings. But, de­spite be­ing avail­able from high street bike shops, nei­ther the Norco nor the

Trek is par­tic­u­larly bad value for money, and gen­er­ally, where cheaper parts have been used, they’re well cho­sen (for ex­am­ple, the Trek’s Fox Rhythm 34 fork).

With such va­ri­ety on of­fer, 2018 is look­ing like a vin­tage year for the hum­ble do-it-all trail bike.

The YT nudged past the others purely be­cause of the grins it put on the face of ev­ery­one who jumped on it

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