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Industries have expanded into North American and Oceania markets, the German brand finally launches the much anticipated, carbon framed version of the TUES DH. There have been spy shots floating around for some time, and after their first foray in to carbon with the Capra it comes as no surprise that they have taken this material to their-best selling model (yes, downhill bikes are YT's best seller) and of course, added 27.5 inch wheels in to the mix. After adding carbon and bigger wheels to the incredible value of their complete bikes, it's likely you'll be seeing a TUES CF on a hill near you soon.
TUES CF Details:
• Carbon main frame and seat stay, aluminium chain stay and linkage
• Frame is one KG lighter than 2014 alloy model
• 27.5" wheels
• 4VL suspension system
• 208mm travel
• 150x12mm rear spacing
• 63.5° head angle
• Colours: Green/White Comp - Red/Blue Pro
• Sizes: S, M, L
• Price: MSRP €3499 Comp - €3999 (North America and Oceania TBD)
• Contact: YT Industries
YT went all out on the TUES CF Pro's suspension, spec'ing a BOS Idylle Rare fork and air-sprung Void DH shock. The more affordable Comp features a RockShox BoXXer Team fork and a coil-over Vivid R2C shock.The CF Pro has E-thirteen LG1r wheels and cranks, and a SRAM X01 DH seven-speed transmission. The Comp has DT Swiss wheels, a SRAM X9 ten-speed transmission and Truvativ Descendant cranks. Both models are well appointed. Specs and GeometryA few details from the TUES Comp: Race Face Atlas direct-mount stem and bars, Vivid R2C shock, Maxxis high Roller II rubber and colour matched SDG saddle.
|Two years of development, considerable brain power and engineering skill as well as input from YT athletes such as Andreu Lacondeguy and Cam Zink have all led to the creation of something close to the perfect downhill bike. - YT press release|
Official YT Press Release:
Das TUES CF – it is done. YT’s flagship downhill bike now in carbon. In April 2015, Forchheim-based bike manufacturer YT Industries will bring a brand new carbon version of its TUES downhill bike to the market. The heir to the much-acclaimed aluminum version is the result of two full years of development effort, and sets a new standard for big bikes. The heart of this speeding bullet is a new carbon frame featuring modern “race” geometry, which when coupled with the proven characteristics of the TUES AL is sure to make waves and turn heads on the trails.
If YT Industries is all about Good Times, the TUES CF is about even Better Times! The latest brainchild of YT’s developers raises the question: an even better version of an already award-winning bike? Hard to imagine, but a reality as of this spring. Two years of development, considerable brain power and engineering skill as well as input from YT athletes such as Andreu Lacondeguy and Cam Zink have all led to the creation of something close to the perfect downhill bike. And now, after getting a first glimpse of the prototype during Crankworx 2014 in Whistler, riders from Europe, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Israel can look forward to the production version, available for purchase directly from the manufacturer of course.
Like its aluminum predecessor, which Andreu Lacondeguy rode to victory at the Red Bull Rampage, the TUES CF features a low center of gravity, extremely agile handling, and great mid-stroke stability and support. It is fast and maneuverable, not only due to the carbon diet which saw the frame drop 1 kg of weight, but also thanks to its modern “race” geometry featuring significantly longer reach. The frame features our award-winning “V4L” suspension system, which provides plush and linear action over rough terrain with just the right amount of progressiveness to deal with the bigger hits. Talking about the development of this DH weapon, “of course we put our heart and soul into this project” said Stefan Willared, Head of Development at YT and father of the TUES CF. “Our goal is always to build the best bike. Like most manufacturers, we receive quite a lot of helpful feedback from our athletes. The big difference is, we take it into consideration too! I am very happy with the result, and I am confident that we have made a bike that will play in the Champions League as well as bring many riders much joy on the trails.”
The standard issue TUES CF COMP is suitable for almost any rider. The suspension components are easy to adjust and already offer great performance out of the box. The bike’s handling is forgiving and confidence-inspiring, yet competitive, for beginners and pros alike. In contrast, the premium CF PRO model is designed for high performance alone. Whether you are ripping laps in the bike park or going big in natural, technical freeride terrain, the TUES CF PRO delivers ultimate fun and performance from the first meter of the trail to the last. The highly sophisticated and fully tunable suspension is recommended for advanced riders with good understanding of bike set-up.
A pro-level ride! What in theory sounds like a “next level bike” can ultimately only be described by the feeling and fun it procures on the trail.
|There are no options to adjust geometry or wheelbase on the TUES. YT say that they want to keep it simple so consumers don't confuse themselves about set-up and can concentrate on getting out and having fun.|
Geometry-wise, the bike is well rounded, offering similar numbers to the existing alloy TUES. Nothing crazy or ground-breaking with a 63.5 degree head angle, 435mm chainstay and a 450mm reach for the large size. The only palatable difference is a 10mm longer top tube and a 2mm lower bottom bracket. People around or over the six-foot mark will be cramped, but anybody under will have an option of a suitably sized machine. There are no options to adjust geometry or wheelbase on the TUES. YT say that they want to keep it simple, so consumers don't confuse themselves about set up and can concentrate on getting out and having fun.
A couple of short days riding the TUES in Malaga certainly wasn't enough to write a solid review of the bike, but I gained a few impressions. If you want simplicity then the RockShox equipped Comp would be the bike for you. Choose the correct spring, dial in some rebound and you can be on the hill before you know it. Apart from that, there isn't much to adjust except the cockpit without pulling the suspension apart yourself or sending it to a specialist. If you need more tune-ability in your suspension, the BOS equipped Pro offers huge performance, but you will need a good knowledge base, time, and patience to get the best out of it. I felt the RockShox version to be a little more playful and more suited to bike-park style riding, whereas the suppleness and control of the BOS would be better for the race track.First Impression:
|If I was sitting at my desk, poised to hit the 'Buy' button, I would have to drop the extra 500 euros for the Pro. I don't know why you wouldn't opt for the BOS equipped bike and its better value over the Comp. The overall package offered by YT is impressive. The smooth lines, great finish and attention to detail, combined with the components selection, including touches like the Renthal cockpit, customized SDG i-beam saddle and Sensus grips. You get the feeling that YT have really sweated it out over the details. Above all, the overwhelming aspect of the Tues is the value you get for your money - 3999 Euro with full BOS suspension? At half the price of some competitors, you can buy a bike with better damping capabilities than many professional downhill racers, even with factory support can achieve. To buy the fork alone, direct from BOS, would blow a 2090-Euro hole in your bank account. It's almost illogical how they can offer such value. - Paul Aston|
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