Bike Check: Ethan Nell's Desert-Ready YT Industries Tues

Jun 10, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  




Rider Name // Ethan Nell
Age: 22
Hometown: Virgin, Utah
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Instagram: @ethan_nell


At just 22, Ethan Nell has already been on the podium twice at Rampage, become a FEST series regular and starred in some of the most impressive edits of the past few years. It's no surprise that he has seamlessly entered the world of freeride so effectively, though, as he's a local to Virgin, Utah, the home of Rampage, and is lucky enough to call the legendary King Kong descent his home trail.

Ethan's newest bike is this YT Tues to replace the custom one he's been running since Rampage last year. Like most YT freeriders, Ethan runs his small Tues frame with a carbon front end and an aluminum rear triangle. He's also running 26" wheels and a single-speed groupset for a bike that only has charging down some of the steepest terrain in mountain biking in mind.

Ethan finishes off the build with a mix of RockShox and Fox suspension, Michelin tires, a Spank cockpit and an Errant saddle. Take a closer look at his set up below.

YT Tues Details
Frame: YT Tues
Shock: Fox DHX2 350lb spring
Fork: RockShox BoXXer 115psi, 2 tokens
Wheels: Spank 350, 26"
Tires: Michelin DH34, 2.4"
Drivetrain: SB1 single speed
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Cockpit: Spank
Size: Small
Weight:
More info: yt-industries.com

It's either hike-a-biking up or charging down near-vertical slopes for Ethan Nell so a singlespeed set up is all that's needed.

A chain tensioner is needed to counteract chain growth as the bike moves through its travel.

The other upside of a single speed set up is a cleaner cockpit and fewer controls to get in the way when you're putting your hands back on after a trick.

Ethan Nell runs Michelin's new DH 34 rubber. He runs 40-55 psi, which is basically rock-solid to keep his rolling speed high.

That unmistakable red dust.


Ethan's Errant saddle is one of the parts that really stands out on Ethan's monochrome build.

With no trees to worry about on the Utah mesas, Ethan is able to run 800mm wide bars.




117 Comments

  • 51 3
 Wow that frame looks incredible. It is so interesting to me to see pro riders that ride with setups outside of the norm that is pushed heavily by many invisible forces. 5'9'' - size small frame, max psi in tires, coil shock on a dh bike, and 26'' wheels. In a funny sort of way it makes me feel better about liking the feel of a bigger frame dh bike than what is recommended for my height (or lack of height).
  • 15 2
 to be fair, the primary purpose of the frame is to go fast, either in the park or racing. Thats why the big S sizing of s1, s2, s3, etc makes so much sense.
  • 17 0
 It needs Super Monster T forks to make it truly epic.
  • 1 2
 Plus, YT bikes size big...
  • 4 3
 The hipster community here in Vancouver would be drooling over that fixie!! All kidding aside thats a nice ride bud!!
  • 43 2
 Really nice to see a pro who can pick from any parts he wishes, and doesn't choose FULL ORANGE Kashima and Red Boxxers... Clean, modest build and clearly built for purpous. Lovely bike.
  • 35 2
 I feel like YT needs to sell versions of this to the public.
  • 5 13
flag bman33 (Jun 10, 2020 at 14:11) (Below Threshold)
 You can buy it right now, exact same frame.

us.yt-industries.com/detail/index/sArticle/2367/sCategory/261
  • 5 1
 @bman33: it's a different chainstay
  • 1 0
 @arek-hs: gotcha. Looks like the same chainstay, but a custom seat stay actually since it's aluminum (welds) and the chain stay looks to be the carbon still.
  • 1 0
 @arek-hs:
Isn't the seatstay the Carbon stay that is on the all carbon models, then the chainstay is the aluminum one from the base model?
  • 7 0
 I think the alloy rear triangle is due to the 26" rear wheel and needing a custom job to get the geometry right compared to the 27.5" intended design. Cam Zink had a build video where he explained it. Maybe I even remember it correctly.
  • 4 0
 @SSKRides: I know which video you are talking about. I think he had a custom link to run 26 rear and 27.5 up front if I remember correctly. Still, this is a proper mountain bike and I want one
  • 6 0
 I’ve often wondered if you could fit the older 26” seatstay (with the adjustable chainstay length) to one of the newer frames to achieve the same thing. Every time they show one of the 26” freeriders Tues there’s a demand for them to be made available. Whether it’s enough...I guess not but this is really the kind of DH bike I wanna ride. We have some good freeride here, everyone’s just rocking old DH bikes and they work just fine for hucking around in the woods. Can’t help but feel there’d be 20-30 customers for a newer short wheelbase, 26” Tues right here though.
  • 5 0
 @ProperPushIrons: Add me to the list please
  • 4 1
 @ProperPushIrons: I am waiting for any company who would offer custom replica links and stays to match the ones that are available only to the pro riders.
I have no plans to compete in Rampage, but short chainstays and smaller wheels are more fun in the bike park. Many of us need a bike that will encourage us to throw the bike around, take sharper turns, instead of threading a long bus through the straightest path.
  • 32 1
 Small frame, single speed, hard and fast tires, freeride bike setup. Definitely unique and purpose built for modern day hucking. Bikes are awesome.
  • 16 0
 Bikes!
  • 13 2
 This. In. Alloy everything. Bike companies take note. Super cheap single speed dh bike. A vast majority of people getting into the sport would benefit from a bike with a path to upgrade. Lift tickets and gear cost a lot.
  • 15 5
 The front triangle is carbon
  • 13 3
 26"!! i just built up a set of 26" on boost hubs for my process 153 and love the ride I haven't noticed any true benefit for 27.5" timing my self both up hill and down on the same trail in the same conditions my times improved.. having a custom rear end to compansate for the BB being .75" lower would be nice!
  • 3 2
 I'd like to see a pic of yer bike!
  • 1 0
 @Staktup: ill post it up on my page Posted in 26" ain't dead album
  • 1 0
 @bennspencer: Looks sick and nimble. 27.5 fork or 26?
  • 1 0
 @Staktup: yea I stayed with the 27.5 for so I could switch back if I wanted!
  • 1 0
 Just add more fork to raise the bb with the benefit of a slacker ht.
  • 12 0
 Good to know Michelins new tire is available in 26
  • 2 2
 "Available" to US pros not punters like me. EU online sellers aren't shipping to US yet last time I checked.
  • 5 1
 @endlessblockades: if the mold exists they’ll make them. It’d be downright stupid to invest the $$$ for a mold and then only make tires for the pros.
  • 1 0
 @melanthius: I've held them in my hands are they are available in the EU - just not through standard NA distro .
  • 7 0
 Super clean, really classy. Quick question- anybody able to make out the tire manufacturer? Can't quite tell what those are.....
  • 13 1
 Pillsbury
  • 7 0
 Best looking bike I’ve seen in a while. If only yt made those 26inch chain stays available for customers..
  • 1 2
 Really? Whenever I'm looking at last year model stuff it's usually only small and xl available
  • 10 1
 26" for life
  • 6 0
 those custom seat stays are super interesting! surprised the article didn't talk about them? @jamessmurthwaite any word?
  • 1 4
 26" Wheels. It is far easier to make a custom stay out of aluminium, rather than having someones grandma trying to figure out how to wrap it out of carbon at the plastic factory.
  • 10 2
 #26aintdead.
  • 9 1
 26 ain’t dead
  • 5 1
 I was expecting custom paddle sand tires on this “desert-ready” bike — but I was pleasantly surprised to find 26” Michelins =)
  • 7 0
 26
  • 3 0
 Why do these bikes companies not stock more small sizes? They say they don't sell enough to make more YET they sell out of that size before its even released to the public.
  • 3 0
 Only a 350 pound spring? Are these frames really that progressive? I've heard they were but damn. Maybe the custom shorter stay as something to do with leverage too.
  • 2 1
 I dont think he is running the 350lbs spring for those big Utah hits.
  • 4 2
 It's the leverage ratio with the 10.5x3.5 shock. Using tf tuned's spring calc, a 230lb rider would get 28% sag on a 350lb spring, so it's really stiff for his 155lbs.
  • 2 6
flag IsaacWislon82 (Jun 10, 2020 at 18:26) (Below Threshold)
 @Ron-C: I bottom out my gambler (3.5x10.5 shock) regularly using a 350 lb spring. I'm 150lbs. I now usually ride a 400 or a 450
  • 1 0
 progression rate is different from leverage ratio. Otherwise every bike with the same shock stroke would use the exact same number volume spacers or we wouldn't need any at all.
  • 1 2
 @Ron-C: I weigh 185 and have a 550 on my session which I bottom pretty frequently. Just interesting how it all works. A buddy has an XXL V10 with the +10mm chainstays and had to send his shock in for custom compression damping because of that. He's also about the same weight and on a 550 and it just blows through it. That's why I was curious if short chainstays on the same bike frame results in less leverage on the shock. Of course both of our bikes are only 2.75 and 2.95 strokes though in comparison.
  • 4 0
 i run a 26inch 2014 demo 8 size small and im 5ft8. perfect for all your freeride needs.
  • 2 0
 Dang, nice photos! Excellent lighting to enhance the drama of an otherwise boring backdrop. If I shot a regular old shipping container and gravel, they would be terrible asf. Well done, Peter Jamison.
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 5 2
 "55PSI in my Michelins,

Don't care about your...................ummmm............"


Anybody?
  • 2 0
 55PSI in my DH34's. I don't care about your opinions anymore. Best I could do!
  • 3 0
 That celadon looks sweet.
  • 3 0
 Love the color and the name, Ghostship Green
  • 2 0
 That is nice. Cool saddle too. Would really like to try an SB1 they look good but pricey. Anyone with any experience?
  • 5 0
 I have the cheaper non clutch version on my 26" Supreme Park V3 VIP but,
that was still £120ish with postage an took a few weeks to turn up. Bloody expensive for what it does BUT,
The quality is Top Notch, think Hope quality. It's a very solid little bit of German kit with ALL the adjustments you'll ever need for a perfect chain line and tension. Fitting was a dream.

As for how it works. I run it with a non NW ring, basic Zee 36 ring. 14th gusset fat foot cog on the rear an a KMC X9 SL chain. The spring tension of the non clutch is VERY strong (also adjustable in 3 settings) I've hopped into long root gardens, hit 12ft drops into annoying braking bumps an the chain stayed on, and silent! Which was one the reasons I went SS the V3 is quite a noisy bike with gears.
Another reason I went SS was a different riding style, in stead of pedalling every where like a racer thinking aboot what gear I'm in. I wanted to try a smoother more efficient style getting speed an flow from the terrain an keeping momentum. Kinda like the way BMX trail riders dont like pedaling in between jumps. BUT, I'm very far from a racer or a pro free rider, I'm an ex BMX old goit who just wants to drop in an flow.

In short, very expensive but very worth the £ top notch bit of kit. Does exactly what it says on the tin hassle free.
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: cheers mate thanks for detailed info!
  • 3 0
 Is nobody gonna mention those new boxxers?
  • 3 0
 Tires need MORE LABELING!.
  • 3 0
 I love em.
  • 2 1
 @endlessblockades: The masses already complain about the yellow Maxxis logo on their tires. Michelin goes super tacky and says - “Wait’ll they get a load of me”.
  • 3 0
 @endlessblockades: have you ridden them? how are they?
  • 1 0
 @ridelife6: No just the labels. The Michelin people had them on display at Sea Otter 2019 and said they'd be out 'shortly'. Still not in NA after Cam Zink has been riding them for 3 years.
  • 1 0
 @shredb4dead: Would look great on a 2004 Giant Team DH though
  • 3 0
 @ridelife6: I love my Michelin DH 34 =)
A lot of grip and the rolling is good, but the DH 22 has a little bit more grip.
2.4 are as big as Maxxis 2.6 tyres.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know what single speed cog setup that is ? Spank hub. Looks really clean and was hoping someone could steer me in the right direction. Thanks
  • 2 0
 I think it's the SB1 single speed kit
  • 3 0
 cleannnnn
  • 2 0
 is it just me or does it almost look "Military Issue"?
  • 2 0
 DH isn't my thing at all, but...g'dang that thing is pretty!
  • 1 0
 So clean. I've been thinking about single speed for my DH bike I only ride in the park...anyone running that?
  • 1 1
 See my above reply
  • 3 0
 ss DH rigs are sick
  • 2 0
 That color is amazeballs!
  • 1 0
 When....when can I get those tires for my TUES? @michelinnorthamerica

Been waiting years.
  • 1 0
 Errant Seat Company by SDG? It's nice to have more I-Beam post saddle options - there aren't many. Looks sick.
  • 2 0
 That’s a new boxxer or my name is Charles
  • 2 1
 I'm sure it looks better in person but in the photos it looks cheap to me, like a tiny model bike without actual pivots.
  • 2 0
 Those Michelin tyres look fantastic. Beautiful bike.
  • 1 0
 after a few years of bigger wheels, 26" ones make the bike look like a supermoto
  • 1 0
 Now that is a clean build!
  • 2 1
 I thought Ethan rode for Magura?
  • 2 0
 Nah he rides for fun
  • 2 1
 The saddle really stands out? Don't you mean the tire logos?
  • 2 0
 Amazing looking bike.
  • 1 0
 Holy... shit! What a bike. LOVE that color scheme.
  • 3 2
 He built a BMX with schocks
  • 1 0
 It’s cute ain’t it
  • 1 0
 That chain tensioner is the best I’ve seen.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know who makes that tensioner?
  • 2 0
 @iluvchocmilk: it's an SB1 chain tensioner
  • 2 1
 Beautiful. LOVE the cable free look. Single speeds for life!
  • 2 0
 Bicycle ZEN, drop in, pump flow. Get speed from the terrain an maintain momentum. I love it!
  • 1 0
 Ummm, most of the guys in Pro-XC and some EWS have the exact same "cable free look" but they have 12 gears.
  • 2 1
 Single speed ? .....f*ckkkkkkk
  • 1 0
 Love to rip this on a BMX track...
  • 1 0
 175cm on Small size Tues?!
350Lbs for 75 kilos?
WTF
  • 1 0
 As a smaller rider still rockin' 26", I absolutely love this thing!
  • 3 2
 wow look at that Michelin Minion DHR2...
  • 1 0
 I thought Ethan was riding for Magura??
  • 1 0
 Is this Ghostship Green?
  • 7 7
 Looks like a Tesla
  • 6 1
 Not even close. Only has two wheels and the rudder thingy is straight instead of round. I could go on and on, but I am tired now, maybe tomorrow.
  • 5 8
 @IntoTheEverflow: start by planting a seed. Water it daily, make sure it gets enough sunlight, and maybe someday you might grow a sense of humor.
  • 1 1
 @blkmrktrider156: I agree it was pretty cringeworthy.
But to my defense, I really was tired.
  • 2 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: eh mine wasn't much better either Razz
  • 3 0
 @blkmrktrider156: I think we can all agree this is my fault. Mediocrity begets mediocrity. Smile
Seriously cool bike though
  • 1 2
 26, is it dead yet? Oh wait, it’s called from now!
  • 4 6
 Funny how the bike industry is no longer acknowledging 26” bikes, then this article gets posted. What a bunch of @ssholes!
  • 2 4
 I don't think it's that they are no longer acknowledging them, but rather that they stopped making them. Guess why, for all everyone's complaining on PB no one was actually buying them.
  • 9 1
 @hmstuna: hard to buy something that’s no longer for sale
  • 1 0
 @hmstuna: Then again the ones buying them have no need to complain.
  • 2 1
 Having rode 26" bikes for 23 years and then when I road some of the last modern 26" trail bikes(Devinci, Transition) it was shocking how bad they got hung up on stuff that I had quickly become use to rolling over easily on 27.5 and 29" wheels, I also don't remember those flying off the shelves. They are fun and fine on smooth flowy bike park stuff, but I never(ever) ride that terrain. Maybe for much shorter people, or if you lowered the bike because you don't worry about pedaling they wouldn't feel like they were getting stopped by everything as much.
  • 1 0
 super nice looking 26er there. i like it.

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