YT founder and CEO Markus Flossmann with his Tues DH racer.
The pre-production bike in his hands weighs only 15.2 kilograms
(that's 33.5 pounds in the USA).
the owner, CEO and founder of YT Industries dropped in to show us his latest beauty: a 27.5-inch wheel version of YT's Tues DH racer. Markus says that its name conjunction of two German words that translate to, "do it" in English. The Tues proto was outfitted with BOS suspension - and not just any BOS fork and shock. The air-sprung Void DH shock was a new version that had its adjustment dials hidden from the camera by an inner tube and zip ties. All we could squeeze from Markus was that it had a much greater range of adjustment. The air-sprung Idylle Air fork was upgraded with the French suspension maker's FCV valve internals. The top Tues Pro model with reportedly be equipped with the new BOS fork and shock. YT plans to release the new bike at a number of price points, similar to its 2014 predecessor.
While final pricing is not set yet, Markus says that the new 27.5-inch-wheel Tues will be slightly more expensive than this year's models, but still within reason. He hinted that the top-drawer Tues Pro should come in around 4000 Euros. Sizes will be available in small, medium and large.
The front section and upper suspension members are carbon, while the Tues' swingarm is welded aluminum. Reportedly, the new Tues chassis, while looking similar to this season's model, is a different mold, and the linkage is slightly different as well. The changes, says Markus, were necessary to properly blend the larger wheels into the design and to take advantage of the bottom bracket drop that the 27.5-inch wheel's axle placement affords. The frames are made in Taiwan at a factory that YT has been working with for a considerable time, and to keep things running smoothly, YT has a permanent headquarters there.
Before you lay down your credit card for a YT Tues, Markus says that it will be a while before we see them for sale, as final testing and European EN certification is taking place at this time. Reportedly, YT uses independent laboratories for certification and also does its own testing and real-world evaluations using Pro and amateur riders to assess durability and performance characteristics. Markus expects the new Tues DH bikes to ship near the end of 2014.
Those who do not know the story will appreciate that YT stands for "Young Talent." The origin of the company, which ships and sells its bicycles directly to customers through the internet, was a chance meeting between Markus and a number of dirt jumpers who were riding at some local jumps. Markus said that their bikes were terrible department store things that were not safe to be jumping with, but when he told the youthful riders this, the reply was a challenge: "These are all we can afford," came the answer. "If you can make us a better bike for the same money, then we will buy them."
Markus designed and spec'ed a dirt jumper, complete with a Marzocchi DJ fork, for only 400 Euros and had 150 of them made - which was all of his spare money at the time. They sold out in nine days, after which, Markus quit his job and founded YT. Today YT sells in almost every European country and much of the world. The brand is well respected in the UK, and there are plans in the works to enter North America very soon.YT remains dedicated to selling good performing bicycles at very reasonable prices in order to bring young or new riders into the sport. Check the YT Industries website for a good look at their range
and while you are there, read up on their service and warranty agreements. Markus has done well.