Bike Check: Ethan Nell's Custom Rampage 27.5"/26" YT Tues

Oct 8, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  


This year marks the tenth anniversary of the YT Tues platform. YT's downhill bike was the first to properly propel the brand from a small dirt jump frame brand into the wider mountain bike mainstream and to celebrate that fact, the German brand has made a custom-designed frame for Ethan Nell to ride at Rampage. The 24-year-old American will be heading to his fourth Rampage on this bike and will be looking to build on the two bronze medals he won in 2017 and 2018.

The design is made up of illustrations from the past decade of YT's Graphics Department. Because of the technicality of the sticker bomb design, YT turned to Riesel Design to stretch wrap the frame as opposed to painting it.

bigquotesThe Tues celebrated its tenth anniversary last year and over the years we have come up with thousands of illustrations and graphics for campaign launches, stickers, patches, and logos. We wanted to pay tribute to the heritage of the brand, the Tues, and also this event this year, which is why we have developed a collage with endless detail. Every time you look at the bike you will find a new detail you didn’t recognize yet. Dennis Dastig, YT Senior Graphic Designer

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YT Tues Spec
Frame: YT Tues CF size S
Shock: Fox Factory Float X2
Fork: Fox Factory 40
Wheels: Stans No Tubes Flow mk4, 27.5"/26"
Tires: Michelin DH22 / DH34
Drivetrain: SB One single speed
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Cockpit: Spank Spike bar w/ Sensus Grips
More info: yt-industries.com

bigquotesJust got the bike and I am stoked! Regarding the setup, I pretty much run the same setup for Rampage that I do all year round: super stiff, slow rebound, 27.5’’ in the front and 26’’ in the rear. I'm super picky about having 26'' in the rear so I don't hit my butt on the wheel yanking for flips and spins. Having well-bled brakes, good suspension settings, and fresh tires for maximum grip help a lot as well. I'm usually riding similar features, steep freeride lines, and jumps all year long so my setup I run for Rampage works great for all of it!Ethan Nell

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The design concept combined a multitude of sketches from past years of the YT Graphics Department.

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Everywhere you look, a new small detail.

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95 Comments

  • 141 0
 We always wanted to do a Rampage bike. Thanks to YT for reaching out to is. This is a dream coming true! Send it, Ethan!
  • 47 0
 Man, you guys absolutely killed it. This bike looks amazing
  • 17 0
 @danielfloyd: your feedback means the world to us! Thank you, mate!
  • 22 1
 if you only started to sell your patterns in big wraps or pre cut, stikerbomb and so on ( not the protection apex ones )
  • 8 79
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Oct 8, 2021 at 7:07) (Below Threshold)
 Jaw dropping originality here. Where and how did they get the idea to put skulls on a YT? So original!
  • 97 0
 @NicolaZesty314: the demand for that is really low :-( But we promise to consider it in our next product meeting, if this comment gets at least 50 upvotes
  • 2 1
 @rieseldesign: Complete bike wraps would be pretty awesome IMHO
  • 13 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: A YT mullet. You and @MattP76 sitting in a tree...
  • 2 0
 You guys killed it. That bike is so dope.
  • 12 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: It's starts with not being forum troll douches.
  • 3 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: you really need to give your head a shake and refrain from these kind of posts
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: in MattP76's defence he doesn't rage against rear derailleurs.
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: raging can take on many varied forms.
  • 45 7
 How can anyone ride a bike with a 26" wheel? That's incredible!
  • 53 2
 Because its only one 26"wheel of course two would be impossible.
  • 17 0
 @lake-st: Well if there was 2 I highly doubt he would've even been able to get it out of the garage and down the driveway! Let alone to Rampage LoL
  • 4 0
 The nano-hoop is for photos only, since as others have already stated, you would probably spontaneously combust if you were foolish enough to ride such a dinosauric abomination.
  • 7 0
 Do 26" wheels still roll, they seem odd and scary since the first years of Rampage? I'm going to go to my happy place to sort this out.
  • 1 1
 At least its not a 27.5/26" mullet otherwise he'd be very slow...
  • 1 0
 @Upat1intheMorning: But that would liook fast on a flat.
  • 21 0
 I'm all about the blacked out fork
  • 6 2
 what brand is that ??????????????
  • 35 0
 @Lagr1980: it is 100% rockshox
  • 15 3
 1000% better than bright orange
  • 5 0
 No fork sponsor, he had to pay kash.
  • 18 0
 27.5/26 new bike standard - nice!!!!!
  • 5 0
 True DownCountry.
  • 10 0
 DownRide or FreeHill
  • 11 0
 Last I checked maxis still makes 26 inch tires. And quite a few companies still make 26 inch rims. Besides Dirt jumping is still alive . 26 inch wheels have greater strength, lighter weight , faster acceleration and turn with less effort.
  • 2 0
 All true, and why I still run them, front and rear no less! But mine are 2.8 minions on wide 40i carbon rims. Light, strong and they rip! 26 for life!
  • 1 0
 Not that it should matter, but 26 wheels and 27.5 look proportional to a bicycle where 29’s usually look goofy. That’s an opinion of course.
  • 11 0
 Now THIS is my kind of mixed wheel setup! hell ya, sick build
  • 8 0
 No one made the most obvious comment yet? Ok I'll do it:

26 ain't dead!
  • 4 0
 I hope all the bike manufacturers that stopped offering wheel size options are taking notes. I feel like the companies i wanted to support this year turned into used car salesmen and tried to force me onto a wheel size i didnt want.
  • 8 0
 Long live 26in
  • 5 0
 Still rocking my 2012 Commencal Atherton V3. 26" & proud! (also too poor to go modern).
  • 6 0
 Size S but going Large
  • 6 1
 Mullets are for the cool kids.
  • 15 11
 Just put a 26 at front and show them all that no one ever needs a Mullet set up.
  • 5 0
 So you're telling me that I can get Michelin tyres in 26".
Where?!
  • 1 0
 Sorted race gear have them in stock
  • 5 0
 ….and it’s all coming back to 26 in.
  • 2 2
 Not really. Most of us don’t ride anything that looks like Rampage.
  • 7 4
 Funny how the one guy without a squish sponser chooses to ride fox over marzocchi….
  • 2 0
 name does not check out
  • 4 0
 According to this article Fox reserves the Fox brand sponsorships for racers only, and freeriders were moved to Marzocchi: www.pinkbike.com/news/brett-rheeder-to-ride-without-suspension-sponsor-in-2021.html
  • 1 0
 I know. I really messed up with that one lol @peterfoley5:
  • 4 0
 Damn, imagine riding Rampage stuff year round.
  • 3 3
 As a former YT Tues owner, Dear YT, GO FUCK YOURSELF. Best of luck to Ethan. Hopefully that joke of a brand made sure the pivots are aligned and the bearing aren't DOA for this custom-made bike, because warranting any part WILL TAKE YEARS. It does not look like there are any E13 components on it, so at least he got that going for him.
  • 1 0
 There's a great video by Calvin Huth (No Bad Days on YouTube) about Ethan Nell's Rampage journey a couple of years ago. Killer soundtrack, too.
  • 3 0
 I wish bike companies would sell bikes this sick!!
  • 2 0
 Anyone ride those single speed things?

I've been thinking about it as I only use my DH bike in the park anyway...
  • 2 0
 Yup. I love it. The SB one G3 is machined to perfection.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: Can you run it with a normal cassette? Do you want to?
  • 1 0
 @MikeyMT: Yes. It's infinite adjust. It slides horizontally so you can put it on any gear you want. Not sure how tight it would get on the bigger cogs, but it's got a full range side to side.
  • 1 0
 Funny that used a painted frame, then sticker bombed rather than paint, when was already painted?
  • 1 0
 I was Rampage ready years ago as had my Yeti 7 set up with stock 26” rear and Fox 36 27.5 on the front.
  • 1 0
 Yep my 2014 Aurum is ready to SEND IT apparently.
  • 1 0
 The patience and skill to do a wrap job as nicely as that on a bike frame is impressive!
  • 1 0
 in fashion everything old is new again; looks like a specialized big hit from 10+ years ago.
  • 2 0
 That is one beautiful bike. Best of luck to you Ethan!
  • 1 0
 How do these guys not have chain guides? I can't even keep my chain on a trail bike without one.
  • 2 1
 Where the f*ckkk are the CROCS!!?!?
  • 1 0
 That bike looks sick Monday - Sunday.... Nice job.
  • 1 0
 The live uncaged knuckles tattoo is for the lulz
  • 1 0
 What a rig! Send it Ethan!
  • 1 0
 I prepred the frame . true story
  • 1 1
 Good luck finding 26" hoops to be a fan boy
  • 1 0
 Yo! I like it!
  • 1 0
 What pedals are those?
  • 1 0
 It's 26"/27.5" FFS.
  • 1 0
 Finally a 26er
  • 1 0
 amazing looking bike
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